All nodes in Dictatorship


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A 4-year-old girl who was shot in the leg when a police officer fired at a dog is recovering after surgery as her family questions how the officer responded.

Ava Ellis was hit accidentally on the afternoon of June 19 when an officer fired at a charging dog at a home in Whitehall, in central Ohio, according to Columbus police. The department said another relative had flagged down the officer for help after the girl's mother cut herself on glass.


A federal judge has just ordered the government to return $167,000 it took from a man passing through Nevada on his way to visit his girlfriend in California. The officers really wanted that money, too. They used two consecutive stops to jerry-rig some probable cause… even though at that point they thought they were only dealing with $2000. From the original stop forward, the entire situation was deplorable, indisputably showing that everyone involved was more interested in taking (and keeping) a bunch of cash than enforcing laws or pursuing justice.


In August 2013, just as the ink was drying from the press covering the initial Snowden revelations, ITIF estimated that the economic fallout for US cloud computing providers could run from $22 to $35 billion. In the two years since, ITIF noted that US technology continues to underperform due to mistrust of US government surveillance. They concluded that the long-term repercussions "will likely far exceed" the $35 billion figure from 2013.


It was recently reported that the Pentagon has changed their suggested code of conduct in times of war, in a way that allows them to persecute journalists. The “law of war” is an instruction book released by the Pentagon, explaining how enemy targets should be killed and imprisoned.

The book is 1,176-pages long and is officially known as “Department of Defense Law of War Manual.” In the manual various methods of murder including shooting, bombing and stabbing are listed as acceptable ways of dealing with an enemy, although chemical and biological agents are strictly forbidden.


Jeffersonville, IN — A Clarksville firefighter who is also a police officer is off both jobs after he pepper-sprayed an infant during a domestic dispute involving his estranged wife.

As of Monday morning, Charles Edelen has been suspended without pay from his job at the fire department and has resigned from the Clarksville police department.


The thing about transparency is that it's not just about what you reveal. It's also about what you choose to keep hidden. In the ongoing docket for the government's 2015 bulk records requests, there appears to be a missing document.


June 30, 2015 (Mimesis Law) — The city of Seattle, Washington has decided to settle an excessive force lawsuit for $1.975 million to the plaintiff, Nathaniel Caylor, and which cost the city an additional $524,000 in defense costs. This is believed to be the largest settlement Seattle has ever made. So what happened?


As of noon today, 23 of the men indiscriminately taken into custody in the Twin Peaks parking lot of May 17 remain in the McClennan County jail. Presuming that those men are innocent and considering the going rate in false imprisonment lawsuits is about $5,000 per hour of false imprisonment, each of those men can look forward to eventually getting a check from the generous folks of Waco and Texas in the amount of about $4 million. Welcome home!


Detroit, MI — Or so says the official policy of the Detroit Police Department. Yet, on Wednesday, Detroit police continued a high-speed chase into a busy neighborhood, resulting in two small children being killed and others injured.