November 30, 2017

Manila police caught on video executing drug suspects. “The security camera footage not only contradicts the police account of the Barangay 19 killings. It also provides further evidence of another drug-war tactic: the disabling of surveillance cameras at crime scenes by the police.”

Trump retweets anti-Muslim hate videos. “The executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Nihad Awad, said in a statement that Trump is ‘clearly telling members of his base that they should hate Islam and Muslims’.”   Trump could be banned from Britain under UK law against fostering hate. “In (Theresa) May’s previous role as home minister, she added two Islamophobic American bloggers, Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, to a list of “extremists” barred from travel to the country, on the grounds that their presence could ‘foster hatred which might lead to inter-community violence in the U.K.'”

Air Force admits it failed to flag “several dozen” of its members for exclusion from gun purchases. “The Army chief of staff, Gen. Mark Milley, said in recent days that his service (also) failed in a “significant amount” of cases to alert the FBI to soldiers’ criminal history.”

Coast Guard accused of holding men detained in international waters in chains for months without legal representation or family contact. “…they are detaining hundreds of suspected smugglers every year and then chaining those men aboard Coast Guard cutters by short chains, chains around their ankles, chained to the decks of these ships or along the side of these ships, and holding them aboard Coast Guard cutters for weeks or months while the ships continue their drug interdiction patrols, and eventually transferring these men back to the United States to face prosecution here.”

Honolulu tells medical marijuana users to hand in their firearms. “Your medical marijuana use disqualifies you from ownership of firearms and ammunition.”

Trump accused of lying about tax “reform” bill. “In 2019 the richest 1% of taxpayers would receive 60% of the pass-through tax breaks and 44% of the corporate tax breaks.”

White House lawyer who justified takeover of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau reportedly represented payday loan company before CFPB just last year. “CFPB alleged that NDG, which issues and collects payday loans online, made “false threats” to consumers that non-payment would result in wage garnishment, arrest, or imprisonment.”

Atlanta police issued citations to groups feeding the homeless. “Atlanta police officers told charitable individuals that they can no longer feed the homeless without applying for and receiving a permit… for the ‘operation of a food service establishment’.”

Department of Homeland Security taking bids for facial recognition scanners. “According to solicitation documents, the pilot program challenges bidding companies to accurately identify three individuals in a car traveling at roughly 25 mph through raised car windows and light rain, with one of the passengers in the vehicle’s backseat.”

Trump accused of appointing “acting” directors to federal agencies to maintain control. “At key federal agencies that were designed to be insulated from political influence, he has refused to appoint officials to full terms, and instead appointed acting directors — a status that gives the officials fewer job protections, and allows Trump to more easily remove them if they displease him.”

Large Chicago bakery forced to fire 800 illegal employees. “Cloverhill Bakery, which used an unnamed staff recruitment agency to hire its work staff and did not bother double-checking if all of them had proper documentation needed to work in the U.S., ended up losing 35 percent of its work staff after the raid.”

Royal Oak, Michigan man files lawsuit claiming he was attacked by court officers when he tried to pay a $10 parking ticket in pennies to avoid a credit card fee. “Sevy, in his lawsuit, says the court officers assaulted him, unlawfully arrested him, and violated his right to free speech in what he considered a “symbolic protest” in paying an “unjustified” ticket.”   Video report here shows attack:

Political activists in the U.S. report receiving threatening robocalls in response to their social media activity. “Citizens for Trump has not yet responded to questions about whether it is behind the calls or, if it is, how it is choosing whom to target.”

U.S. military still denies killing Somali villagers. “The August 25 massacre at Barire village in Somalia was a major problem for the Somali government, who initially denied that anything happened but then admitted that 10 civilians were killed in joint US-Somali operations against the village.”

Mainstream media accused of overlooking roots of Libya’s slave markets. “…even the few news reports that do acknowledge NATO’s complicity in the chaos in Libya do not go a step further and detail the well-documented, violent racism of the NATO-backed Libyan rebels who ushered in slavery after ethnically cleansing and committing brutal crimes against black Libyans.”

Ambassadors of United States, Britain and France to skip Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony this year. “The anti-nuclear (weapons) group (ICAN) which won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize accused the United States, Britain and France on Wednesday of snubbing its disarmament work by planning to send only second-rank diplomats to the award ceremony next month.”

Journalism group files lawsuit to force government to reveal its surveillance of journalists. “Instead of the normal media guidelines, the FBI apparently had separate—and secret—rules for using National Security Letters to target journalists.”

29 “Dirty War” officials sentenced to life in prison in Argentina. “Human rights groups estimate Argentina’s (right-wing) military government killed up to 30,000 people during the (1976-1983) dictatorship.”

About 9,000 U.S. troops still stationed in Iraq says Pentagon. “In its quarterly report, the Pentagon said there were nearly 9,000 U.S. troops in Iraq—more than 3,000 more troops than the military has officially acknowledged.”

Lawyers protest immigration arrests at courthouses. “In New York City, lawyers with the Legal Aid Society staged a walkout at the Brooklyn Criminal Court Tuesday, after Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents snatched a man from the hallway of the courthouse and took him into ICE custody.”

November 30, 2017

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