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FERGUSON RIOTS-TIME TO HOLD POLICE RESPONSIBLE

The tragic story of Michael Brown, an 18 year-old black teenager shot by a police officer for no clear reason, has caused riots among the almost two-thirds black community in Ferguson, MO, a suburb of St. Louis. The story has racial overtones but it is really about the growing problem of thuggish, aggressive police and their increasingly foul-mouthed treatment of anyone who doesn't obey their every demand, legal or not. More and more police are eager to stun or even kill rather than confront with reasonable negotiation and minimum force. Part of this problem is the increased militarization of police in both equipment and warrior attitudes. But the biggest single factor is the deliberate refusal of police chiefs and local judges to prosecute police abuse and rein in aggressive behavior. When officers get away with abuse time and again, bad habits fester and grow. Good cops leave and they are being replaced with aggressive, macho, bulky thugs who have a sense of "I'm the boss" rather than a servant of the community. You can request a one-time free sample of the briefs by sending an email to editor@worldaffairsbrief.com.

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Feds sue Alamance County sheriff Terry Johnson over alleged Latino profiling

posted by askousen - Tuesday, August 19 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. - The U.S. Justice Department has filed a civil rights complaint against the Alamance County sheriff over what it says is his systematic racial profiling of Latinos.The suit filed Thursday in U.S. District Court follows a two-year investigation during which federal authorities concluded Sheriff Terry S. Johnson and his deputies made unwarranted arrests with the goal of maximizing deportations. — WXII12

2 Calif. students arrested in alleged school shooting plot

posted by askousen - Tuesday, August 19 2014
..."This is a prime example of school officials recognizing suspicious behavior," Solinsky said. "It was this information that helped prevent a horrific tragedy." Solinsky said officials had "very specific" information, including named targets....According to police, the two youths had allegedly been researching weapons on the Internet -- rifles, handguns, submachine guns, bombs and explosives, specifically propane -- although authorities did not find any weapons in their homes. — USA Today

2 Students Arrested, 'Potential Mass Shooting' at South Pasadena High School Thwarted: Police

posted by askousen - Tuesday, August 19 2014
...South Pasadena Police Department detectives began an investigation after receiving information from school officials that the students were allegedly planning "to kill 3 staff members and as many students as possible with firearms," a news release from the department stated. Detectives served warrants at each of the student's homes and were able to obtain enough evidence to arrest them, police said. — KTLA.com

'No survivors' after Ukraine convoy attack

posted by askousen - Tuesday, August 19 2014
The Ukrainian authorities say that 15 bodies have so far been recovered from the site of a mortar attack on a convoy of refugees. Attempts to retrieve more bodies have been stopped by renewed fighting. — BBC

6 more journalists arrested in Ferguson protests

posted by askousen - Tuesday, August 19 2014
...Three journalists from German newspapers were also taken into custody on Monday evening. Two of them, Ansgar Graw and Frank Herrmann of the newspaper Die Welt, were detained for three hours and then released without any charges. "This was a very new experience," Graw wrote, according to an English-language translation of his German-language account. "I've been in several conflict zones: I was in the civil war regions in Georgia, the Gaza strip, illegally visited the Kaliningrad region when travel to the Soviet Union was still strictly prohibited for westerners, I've been in Iraq, Vietnam and in China, I've met Cuba dissidents. But to be arrested and yelled at and be rudely treated by police? For that I had to travel to Ferguson and St. Louis in the United States of America." — CNN

Support grows for officer who shot Ferguson teen Michael Brown

posted by askousen - Tuesday, August 19 2014
...In a first account of its kind, a caller to Radio America's "The Dana Show," who identified herself only as Josie, told listeners a detailed account of Officer Darren Wilson's side. A source with detailed knowledge of the investigation told CNN it accurately matched what the officer has told investigators. "He said all of a sudden, he just started to bum rush him," she said. "He just started coming at him full speed, and so he just started shooting and he just kept coming." — CNN

National Guard Troops Fail to Quell Unrest in Ferguson

posted by askousen - Tuesday, August 19 2014
...Early Monday, after a new spate of unrest, Gov. Jay Nixon said he was bringing in the National Guard. Hours later, he said that he was lifting the curfew and that the Guard would have only a limited role, protecting the police command post. Late Monday night, peaceful protests devolved into sporadic violence, including gunshots, by what the authorities said was a small number of people, and demonstrators were met with tear gas and orders to leave. Two men were shot in the crowd, officials said in an early-morning news conference, and 31 people - some from New York and California - were arrested. Fires were reported in two places. The police were shot at, the authorities said, but did not fire their weapons. Although the tactics changed, the nighttime scene did not. — NY Times

Fluoridation outlawed in Israel

posted by askousen - Monday, August 18 2014
...I have looked at this from all angles and I have to conclude that fluoridated cities would save money on fluoridation costs, parents would save on costly dental bills treating dental fluorosis, dental decay rates would remain unchanged or even continue to decline (as has been demonstrated in many modern fluoridation cessation studies) and the health of city residents would improve when industrial waste products are no longer added/ to the drinking water (I find it absurd that the fluoride used to fluoridate drinking water is derived from industrial waste without purification, increasing carcinogenic heavy metal levels, such as arsenic and radionuclides, in the drinking water). In my opinion, purposely adding carcinogens to the drinking water at levels that are known to increase cancer rates (e.g. arsenic at parts per billion), in my opinion, is against all concepts of ‘do no harm’. Lawsuits have now been launched to hold those responsible for this practice accountable. — Fluoride Alert

With Aid Doctors Gone, Ebola Fight Grows Harder

posted by askousen - Monday, August 18 2014
The departure of many Western development workers from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the West African countries hit hardest by Ebola, has further weakened the region's understaffed health systems at the very moment they are facing one of the most volatile public health crises ever. Liberia, population four million, has fewer than 250 doctors left in the entire country, according to the Liberia Medical and Dental Council. Seven doctors there have contracted Ebola, and two of them have died. — NY Times

Dozens killed in attack on convoy, Ukraine says; rebels deny firing rocket

posted by askousen - Monday, August 18 2014
Dozens of people, including women and children, were killed fleeing fighting in eastern Ukraine on Monday when their convoy of buses was hit by rocket fire, military spokesmen said. Ukraine accused pro-Russian rebels of targeting the convoy, which it said was bearing white flags when it was hit near the eastern city of Luhansk. The separatists denied responsibility. — Reuters

After Brown autopsy, mom wants officer arrested

posted by askousen - Monday, August 18 2014
...Baden, who also spoke at the news conference, said Brown, 18, was shot at least six times, including twice in the head. None of the bullets entered from the back, and three were recovered from Brown's body, he said. — USA Today

Google Maps is tracking everywhere you go

posted by askousen - Monday, August 18 2014
Google probably already knows your age, your interests, and everything you've looked at online. But now, there's proof that Google knows where you are pretty much all of the time as well. And it's proof Google gave us! Google's location tracking site shows exactly where you and your cell phone have been. It even conveniently breaks down the locations it shows by day, proving that not only is the tech giant aware of users' locations, but it's also keeping a detailed record. — Yahoo News

DOJ, Communists, New Black Panthers Hijack Ferguson Protests

posted by askousen - Monday, August 18 2014
Black Panther Leader Malik Shabazz was recorded leading a group of protesters in a chant aimed at Darren Wilson, the officer that shot 18-year-old Michael Brown. "What do we want?" asks Shabazz, to which the crowd responds, "Darren Wilson." "How do we want him?" asks Shabazz. While some in the crowd respond with "indicted," others are heard to chant, "dead!" While many, including members of the original Black Panthers, regard the New Black Panthers as a divisive, militant and occasionally violent organization, police in Ferguson seemingly have no problem working with the group, as shown in the image below of Captain Ronald Johnson coordinating with Shabazz. — Infowars.com

GOP Congressional Hopefuls Look to Join Amash's Liberty Caucus

posted by askousen - Saturday, August 16 2014
Despite being ruthlessly attacked by Establishment Republicans, Justin Amash (R-Mich.; shown) won his recent primary and looks likely to return to his position as the U.S. House of Representatives Liberty Caucus chairman. According to a report published August 15 in the Washington Examiner, Amash may soon have some help restoring constitutional restraints on the legislative branch. — The New American

Snoops Could Hack Smartphone Gyros to Record Ambient Conversation

posted by askousen - Saturday, August 16 2014
Just when you thought there was no other way the snoops could hack your smartphone, along comes a story in Wired U.K. that adds another entry on the list of leaks in the technologically advanced telephones. In an article published online on August 15, Andy Greenberg reports that spies can take control of a smartphone and use it to record sound completely without the consent or cognizance of the user — The New American

Liberty-focused Online Academy Exploding in Popularity

posted by askousen - Saturday, August 16 2014
Add to that the latest, and to-date most ominous, threat of a wholesale federal government education takeover — being pitched by the friendly sounding moniker “Common Core” — and it's easy to understand why countless thousands of parents across America are rushing to add their own children to the estimated 2.5 million K-12 students currently being educated at home through an assortment of homeschool curricula and online academies. One of the most exciting and innovative home education options to come along in the last few years is the explosively popular FreedomProject Education (FPE), which delivers a complete classical, Judeo-Christian-based K-12 curriculum to students across the United States using state-of-the-art online technology. — The New American

Russia Violates Intermediate Nuclear Missile Treaty

posted by askousen - Saturday, August 16 2014
Congress is investigating why the administration failed to inform oversight committees of the treaty breach since 2010. The treaty violation, if it had been disclosed earlier, likely would have affected Senate ratification of the 2010 New START arms accord with Russia — Washington Free Beacon

Attkisson: Border Patrol Says They're Told 'Let as Many People Go as Possible'

posted by askousen - Friday, August 15 2014
..."Whether spoken or unspoken, there is a policy coming from the top, that they're basically to be very lenient and try to let as many people go as possible, that's what they think, that's the message they think they're receiving," she stated on Thursday's broadcast of "The Laura Ingraham Show." She added that agents she has talked to believe "they're being told not to do the job." — Breitbart

Mike Brown shooting: Images of militarized police bring out critics

posted by askousen - Friday, August 15 2014
And in a piece in Time magazine, Sen. Rand Paul (R) of Kentucky wrote: "There is a legitimate role for the police to keep the peace, but there should be a difference between a police response and a military response. The images and scenes we continue to see in Ferguson resemble war more than traditional police action." — CSM

Obama Administration Released Over 600 Illegal Immigrants With Criminal Convictions

posted by askousen - Friday, August 15 2014
More than 600 convicted criminals, including felons, were among thousands of illegal immigrants freed under the Obama administration in advance of 2013 budget cuts mandated under sequestration. That's according to a new report today from the inspector general for the Department of Homeland Security. — The Daily Signal

Obama Makes Plans to Send Illegal Kids to US Schools

posted by askousen - Friday, August 15 2014
The Obama administration is prepping the nation's school systems for a huge influx of illegal immigrant children this fall as they await hearings that could lead to deportations. "All children in the United States are entitled to equal access to a public elementary and secondary education, regardless of their or their parents' actual or perceived national origin, citizenship, or immigration status," the Education Department stated in a fact sheet. — Newsmax

Public Reacts With Skepticism to Ferguson Police Announcement of Officer Involved in Shooting

posted by askousen - Friday, August 15 2014
Jackson prefaced the name announcement by describing a "strong-arm" robbery that had occurred a few minutes before the shooting at a nearby convenience store. A police report released to members of the media at the news conference described Brown as the suspect involved in the robbery, in which he allegedly took a box of cigars and grabbed and shoved a store clerk before leaving. ... Jackson prefaced the name announcement by describing a "strong-arm" robbery that had occurred a few minutes before the shooting at a nearby convenience store. A police report released to members of the media at the news conference described Brown as the suspect involved in the robbery, in which he allegedly took a box of cigars and grabbed and shoved a store clerk before leaving. — ABC News

Ukraine Says It Attacked Russian Armored Column Near Border

posted by askousen - Friday, August 15 2014
The Ukrainian government says its troops have destroyed military vehicles that crossed the border from Russia into eastern Ukraine. The office of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced the news Friday on the presidential website. It said Ukraine destroyed a "significant" portion of the military column. British media had reported early Friday that a large column of Russian armored personnel carriers and other vehicles crossed the border into Ukraine. At a subsequent news conference, NATO leader Anders Fogh Rasmussen confirmed the sighting of "a Russian incursion." — Voice of America

Republicans question HHS official's instruction to 'delete' internal ObamaCare email

posted by askousen - Friday, August 15 2014
A key official overseeing the ObamaCare launch last fall asked a subordinate to "delete" an email exchange on the matter, according to newly released records, fueling Republican concerns that the administrator may be hiding internal discussions from Congress. — Fox News

Groups rally around think tank, publication being sued for global warming views

posted by askousen - Thursday, August 14 2014
...Michael Mann, a prominent professor of meteorology at Pennsylvania State University, has long been a target of climate change skeptics for his work claiming temperatures have risen dramatically in recent decades, and has sued before when groups tried to debunk his data. But this time, Mann is being accused of going too far with his case against the Competitive Enterprise Institute, National Review and others. Critics say the suit threatens to violate constitutionally protected rights to opinion and fair comment, particularly in an area of scientific debate. — Fox News

Britain deploys special forces to Iraq

posted by askousen - Thursday, August 14 2014
Britain has finally deployed military with special forces (SAS) landing in northern Iraq to "gather intelligence". With the US calling off a planned rescue mission of thousands of Yazidis on Mount Sinjar on Thursday, British prime minister David Cameron said UK would still keep its military "assets" stationed there. Britain has also offered to fly Soviet-era ammunition from eastern European countries to Kurdish forces. — Times of India

Health care law data discrepancies threaten coverage for 300,000

posted by askousen - Thursday, August 14 2014
...Well, originally, there were about a million people for whom the healthcare.gov system couldn't verify that they were in the United States legally, and therefore entitled to access coverage under the law. The administration has whittled that down to about 310,000 people now that they say they haven't heard from after they have asked them multiple times to send in more information....So, at this point, two million people - we started out saying some two million people are being investigated for some sort of discrepancy. This is a big number of the eight million. — PBS News

Snowden and supporters fear Americans will lose interest from 'NSA fatigue'

posted by askousen - Thursday, August 14 2014
..GWEN IFILL: Snowden discloses that the U.S. government ran a top secret cyber-war program code-named MonsterMind. He said it could accidentally start a war. And he reveals that, in 2012, NSA hackers mistakenly shut down all of Syria's Internet service....He was quite concerned that at some point, the information that is coming out will pretty much be put on the back pages, people won't pay attention to it anymore. He sort of compared it to a war, in the sense that five people being killed is a headline, 1,000 people being killed a month later is a back page — PBS News

Ukraine crisis: Rebel military chief Strelkov 'quits'

posted by askousen - Thursday, August 14 2014
The military leader of pro-Russian rebels in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, Igor Girkin - known as Strelkov - has resigned. Alexander Borodai, the former PM of the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic, confirmed the news but denied reports Mr Strelkov had been wounded. — BBC

Rambo Hates Guns: How Sylvester Stallone Became the Most Anti-Gun Celeb in Hollywood

posted by askousen - Thursday, August 14 2014
...After the shooting death of his friend, comedian Phil Hartman, in 1998, Stallone became particularly passionate about the issue. And it wasn't just lax gun laws he was angry about; he wanted to blow a hole through the Second Amendment: "It has to be stopped, and someone really has to go on the line, a certain dauntless political figure, and say, 'It's ending, it's over, all bets are off, it's not 200 years ago, we don't need [the Second Amendment] anymore, and the rest of the world doesn't have it,'" Stallone told Access Hollywood in 1998. "Why should we?" "Until America, door to door, takes every handgun, this is what you're gonna have," added Stallone. "It's pathetic. It really is pathetic. It’s sad. We're living in the Dark Ages [in America]." — Daily Beast