So responded Iowa State Rep. Clel Baudler, chairman of the Public Safety Committee and member of the Government Oversight Committee.
In April, I had traveled to Des Moines to testify regarding civil asset forfeiture. Baudler's reaction to a law-abiding citizen attempting to state facts and express concerns speaks volumes on the growing rift between citizens and law enforcement.
Middletown, DE — The family of 20-year-old Ty Sawyer is now in mourning after the young man was brutally beaten to death. Local authorities know who the murderer is, but there will be no charges pressed. There won’t even be an investigation according to the police department.
Ty’s killer has been identified as University of Delaware hockey player Patrick Downey. He also happens to be the son of two former police officers. Sources report the beating occurred at a party.
A few weeks ago, there was an election in Ferguson, Mo., the result of which was to treble the number of African Americans on that unhappy suburb’s city council. This was greeted in some corners with optimism — now, at last, the city’s black residents would have a chance to see to securing their own interests. This optimism flies in the face of evidence near — St. Louis — and far — Baltimore, Detroit, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Atlanta, Los Angeles, San Francisco . . .
You may have heard that the Patriot Act is set to expire soon. That’s not quite the case. The Patriot Act was a large bill, as were the reauthorizations that followed in 2005 and 2006. Not all of it sunsets. But three provisions do expire on June 1st: Section 215, the "Lone Wolf provision," and the "roving wiretap" provision.
WYCKOFF, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — In a noticeably different protest against police in Wyckoff, New Jersey Tuesday, demonstrators accused an officer of a senseless murder.
But as CBS2’s Lou Young reported for TV 10/55, in this case, the officer opened fire not on a person, but on a pet.
Pet owners and activists in Wyckoff were complaining about the recent death of a 5-year-old German shepherd named Otto. The dog was gunned down in his owner’s yard during a burglary investigation in the wrong house.
The SWAT team snakes behind a one-story pink and yellow house an hour before dawn breaks over a silent working-class block in Hallandale Beach. As the heavily armed cops in black military gear pour into the small backyard, Tank, a 15-year-old pit bull, rises from the concrete ground, straining at his metal chain. One cop aims and shoots the dog, killing it. Another officer smashes open the back door, then hurls in a flash grenade. Officer Michael McKenzie, a burly cop covered in bulletproof gear and armed with an automatic shotgun, bursts into a narrow kitchen.
Federal agents responsible for leaving a 23-year-old UC San Diego engineering student in a holding cell for five days without food or water received only reprimands or short suspensions from the Drug Enforcement Administration, according to the Justice Department.
Daniel Chong was swept up in a 2012 DEA raid on his friends' house, where he had gone to smoke marijuana. After an interrogation, he was told he would be released.
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Snitches get stitches. That's the street code that inhibits witnesses to crimes from talking to police out of fear of retribution from the neighborhood.
Cops frequently decry this no-snitch culture as hindering their ability to put bad guys behind bars. But the trial of Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo has highlighted the hypocrisy of their message.
In the wake of the Baltimore riots, Al Sharpton is calling for the federal takeover of local police. Like most ideas from the loathsome Rev. Sharpton, this is a lousy one. But since federalizing local police is actually an Obama administration idea, it's worth paying a bit more attention.
The idea behind federal supervision of local police forces is that it will make them more accountable. Instead of a bunch of presumptively racist, violent hicks running things on a local level, we'll see the cool professionalism of the national government in charge.
Leaked documents reveal how the security agency converts speech into text as part of its Big Data collection program. Top-secret documents from the Edward Snowden archive show that the National Security Agency has developed technology allowing the U.S. government to automatically convert telephone conversations into text. The new technology, referred to as human language technology, uses a text analysis software that has significantly enhanced the U.S. government’s ability to listen in on telephone conversations.
(CNSNews.com) - Freeman Dyson, an award-winning British scientist and retired professor of physics at the Institute for Advanced Study, said that the science on climate change isn’t “at all clear,” and in fact, humans are actually helping the planet.
“I would like to emphasize is that human actions have very large effects on the ecology, which have nothing to do with climate,” Dyson, 91, told National Public Radio on Saturday. “Carbon dioxide is what we're producing in big quantities and putting into the atmosphere.
Would you find it frightening— perhaps even downright Orwellian — to know that a DNA swab that you sent to a company for recreational purposes would surface years later in the hands of police? What if it caused your child to end up in a police interrogation room as the primary suspect in a murder investigation?
In an extremely troubling case out of Idaho Falls, that’s exactly what happened.
During an obscure Senate hearing on Tuesday morning, lawmakers vented their frustrations with the Drug Enforcement Administration for failing to answer questions about an incident that saw a man almost die of dehydration while in its custody.
“At what point do I have to conclude that the is hiding something about what happened here?” asked Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, unsuccessfully prodding a DEA witness to explain why Senate inquiries into what happened to Daniel Chong have been met with silence.
(Reuters) - U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen met with a research firm that later published confidential information from the central bank, she said on Monday.
Yellen met with Medley Global Advisors in June 2012, she said in a letter, months before the firm unveiled details of a September Fed meeting a day ahead of the publication of the central bank's own record of the discussions.
The Justice Department is investigating Medley over a possible leak of information from the Fed.
A war vote is a vote that everybody makes on the basis of what think know, what they believe, who they trust. There’s large number of people who supported the war. The consequences have been terrible in terms of what it meant to our veterans and the rest of that, but no. the answer is no. I don’t think should disqualify her…