Federal court considering two journalists’ lawsuit to be removed from U.S. ‘kill list’. “In their complaint filed in March 2017, Zaidan and Kareem alleged they were included on the kill list as a result of algorithms used by the United States to identify terrorists.” http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/44620-how-do-you-get-off-the-us-kill-list Mr. Kareem, a US citizen who has survived five targeted air strikes, received a tip from a foreign intelligence official that the US was trying to kill him.
Supreme Court rules 8-1 that police need a warrant to search your property, even if just peeking under a tarp in your driveway, Justice Alito dissents. “The tarp-covered motorcycle parked in the driveway could have been uncovered and ridden away in a matter of seconds. And Officer Rhodes’s brief walk up the driveway impaired no real privacy interests.” https://www.courthousenews.com/warrantless-driveway-search-rankles-high-court/ So by the same logic, a quick trawl through our cell phone data would be ok too? Or a quick detention and questioning at a police roadblock? Or a quick stop-and-frisk while walking down the street? How about a quick, secret search of our homes (sneak and peek) or a quick analysis of our social network?
More than 40 civil rights groups call on Department of Homeland Security to release more information on surveillance of black activists. “Rather than focusing on the real threat of white nationalists and Neo-Nazis, the government has demonized and criminalized black activists protesting injustice — this is part of a long history of protecting white terrorists while attacking black communities they target.” https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/05/30/40-rights-groups-demand-homeland-security-release-unredacted-race-paper-used-justify
European experts gather to work out a sustainable food production and distribution system. “Driving the need for the new framework, organizers say, are current failed policies that ignore soil degradation, take aim at obesity while ignoring its root causes, encourage… carbon-intensive practices and fail to fully support smaller farms.” https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/05/30/upend-failed-paradigm-hundreds-experts-converge-eu-forge-blueprint-sustainable-food
After students at the University of California at Davis voted in favor of boycotting products from Israel in 2015, Roseanne Barr reportedly tweeted, “I hope all the jews leave UC Davis & then it gets nuked!” http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2015/02/12/roseanne-barr-tweets-she-hopes-uc-davis-gets-nuked/ But that didn’t stop her from getting hired…
ACLU launches movement to stop the separation of parents and children detained by immigration authorities. “Fighting back against the Trump administration’s ‘vile’ new policy of separating young migrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, the ACLU is launching ‘Families Belong Together’ rallies at immigration enforcement offices nationwide on Friday in an urgent effort to ‘end this practice for good’.” https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/05/30/nationwide-keepfamiliestogether-rallies-will-demand-end-trumps-vile-abuse-immigrant
Dead ICE detainee was reportedly suffering from dehydration and pneumonia. “(Roxsana) Hernandez had been taken to Cibola County Correctional Facility, which contracts with ICE, on May 16, then airlifted to the intensive care unit at a hospital in Albuquerque where she remained until she died on May 25 of cardiac arrest.” https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/05/30/denied-care-and-held-ice-box-cell-asylum-seekers-death-ice-custody-exposes-systemic
Journalists express concerns over Democratic National Committee’s lawsuit against Wikileaks. “What the language in this suit is calling ‘conspiracy’ is the same thing journalists do all the time—report on leaked or stolen documents.” https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/05/30/blistering-report-journalism-watchdog-condemns-dnc-lawsuit-against-wikileaks-severe
39 arrested at California ‘factory farm’ protest. “…dozens of… activists were arrested by local law enforcement after, according to the group, they attempted to enter the farm and access one of the industrial chicken sheds to document conditions and demand the transfer of sick or mistreated birds to the city animal shelter.” https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/05/30/hundreds-rally-dozens-arrested-effort-save-chickens-horrific-cruelty-industrial-egg
TransCanada pipeline company reportedly showering Nebraska politicians with cash. “The (Associated Press) found that a TransCanada political action committee has given more than $65,000 to campaigning officials within the past year, including $25,000 to GOP Gov. Pete Ricketts’ re-election effort, $15,000 to the Nebraska Republican Party, and $25,500 to state legislators.” https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/05/29/keystone-xl-developer-infiltrates-our-democracy-major-campaign-contributions
Ukrainian authorities reportedly faked assassination of Russian journalist. “Arkady Babchenko, the Russian journalist whose murder was dramatically announced by Ukraine on Tuesday, emerged very much alive on Wednesday and said he had faked his own death in order to thwart a plot by Moscow to kill him.” https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/30/arkady-babchenko-reveals-he-faked-his-death-to-thwart-moscow-plot
Thousands in the UK reportedly trapped in ‘forced’ marriages. “Treated as slaves and subjected to threats and violence, victims endure the added burden of their own families (pressuring) them to stay in these marriages to avoid bringing them shame.” https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2018/may/28/thousands-enslaved-in-forced-marriages-across-uk-investigation-finds Not to mention in the situation in countries where this is legal.
TSA accused of blacklisting troublesome passengers. “On Thursday, lawmakers demanded more details about the watch list, which had not been previously disclosed, and suggested that the agency notify people who have been added to it.” https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/17/us/politics/new-watch-list-tsa-screeners-.html
U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley implies there is no need for an investigation into shootings of Gaza protesters by Israeli troops. “The people of Gaza do not need protection from an external source. The people of Gaza need protection from Hamas.” https://www.timesofisrael.com/us-blasts-security-council-as-measure-condemning-hamas-blocked/
Researchers say push to shrink safety net is based on racial resentment. “The findings suggest that political efforts to cut welfare programs are driven less by conservative principles than by racial anxiety, the authors conclude. That also hurts white Americans, who make up the largest share of Medicaid and food-stamp recipients.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2018/05/30/white-americas-racial-resentment-is-the-real-impetus-for-welfare-cuts-study-says/
Wildwood, New Jersey police release snippets of body cam footage from beach altercation with woman accused of drinking on the beach, but there is no video of her kicking the officer in the groin and he doesn’t mention it when describing the incident to other officers. “She tried walking away from me,” he says. “I tried grabbing her, she tried kicking at us, so I slammed her to the ground . . . I hit her a couple of times and put her in cuffs.” http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/bodycam-shows-yelled-jersey-shore-violence-article-1.4017867
Woman charged with attempted murder after shooting her husband in the back of the head. “According to deputies, she told them her husband had asked her to do a Google search for a template for a project they were working on. But apparently the way he asked her to do the search upset her.” http://www.miamiherald.com/news/state/florida/article212182319.html
Left-leaning former mayor of Mexico City, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, has a 2 to 1 lead over his rivals in run-up to presidential election. “I don’t have a rooster in this fight because AMLO has his own issues,” said Alvaro Enrique, 56, a driver. “But he’s the only one who might actually do something for the people.” https://www.dallasnews.com/news/mexico-election-2018/2018/05/30/poll-mexicos-left-leaning-presidential-candidate-lopez-obrador-widens-lead
Japanese whalers killed more then 300 whales for ‘scientific research’ last summer. “A newly released report shows that, in total, 333 minkes were captured and killed by Japanese fishermen during the 12-week expedition in the Southern Ocean.” https://www.aol.com/article/news/2018/05/30/japanese-fishermen-slaughter-122-pregnant-whales-for-scientific-research/23446915/
Some Starbucks employees don’t want to be woke, and Philly Magazine just happened to interview two of them. And just those two. “At one point,” said Jamie, “a girl at my table actually had to get up and leave because video after video they showed black people being assaulted by police or black people being verbally assaulted and white people being racially biased toward people of color. It offended her.” https://www.phillymag.com/business/2018/05/30/starbucks-racial-bias-training-philadelphia/ Apparently some journalists are having trouble accepting racial realities as well.
Protesters rally outside Amazon shareholders meeting. “Amazon’s profits come at the expense of our communities, and that’s because of a lack of accountability up at the top.” https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/talkingtech/2018/05/30/drag-queens-pilots-activists-protest-amazon-annual-meeting/653678002/