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Uncomfortably Close to Home: Torture, War Crimes, Ohio State University and Joyce Beatty

As a warning to the reader, some of the subject matter contained here is not going to easy on the sensibilities because it deals with technical details torture and how it relates to the reality of campus community life at OSU and other public universities in Ohio. It is now a well known fact that the military and the CIA have openly used torture in the so-called war on terror. The national dialogue centers on if this or that particular technique used to gain compliance is torture based on the “severe bodily harm” loophole in definitions written decades and centuries ago.

 

Lame Duck in Arizona illegally purges voter rolls

Most politicians, especially rich ones with a spare intern under their desk, keep their Wikipedia page clean, clear up to date a free of flags. Michelle Reagan is a Republican so there is no way there is not an intern under the desk, therefore they must have other duties. As a moderate Republican, she got lost her reelection bid in this year's primary, but she is still loyal to the party.

 

Family and Protestors confront CPD over the death of Donna Dalton-Castlebury while they hide in their rooms and lock the door

 

Two months ago, on August 23rd, Columbus Police Vice Squad Detective Andrew Mitchell murdered 23 year-old mother of two Donna Dalton-Castlebury in his car with 8 bullets. Three days ago, October 23rd, her family were still demanding answers. They did so in front of Police Headquarters on Marconi along with three dozen protestors at a demonstration called by Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ).

 

Two Buzzfeed sources sent to prison in a single week for leaking information

On October 17th the Justice Department announced that Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards, a Senior Advisor at the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), had been arrested and charged with one count of unauthorized disclosures of suspicious activity reports and one count of conspiracy to make unauthorized disclosures of suspicious activity reports. Each so-called crime carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

 

Second Wave of Racist Voter Suppression in Georgia ensures stolen election

After disallowing registrations 53,000 from voters in mostly Democratic counties, 33,000 of them black, Georgia made more moves to suppress the vote in tarted and calculated ways. An additional 107,000 “inactive” voters were removed from the rolls on October 18th. At the same time, at least one bus load of African American senior citizens was stopped on the way to a polling place by police and election officials and turned back.

 

Confused Senate Democrats surrender more federal judgeships while feigning horror ahead of midterm elections

Two deals in two months were supposed to lead to 30 Trump appointed federal judges. Senate Democrats got way less than they surrendered for on the second deal, which is a logical result of reaching across the aisle to pet the bipartisan snake. A caucus, led by Dianne Feinstein is pretending they did not know the nature of the deal they agreed to last week.

 

Two Sets of Rules for wiretapping journalists, one secret for the Justice Department and one very secret for the FBI

A Washington Post Journalist, a dismemberment murder, multiple audio and visual devices in a consulate, a wiretap into the journalist's watch, now lead to a mainstream press narrative that ends with “Who actually cares?” The authoritarian regime of Turkey, equiped with the best placed devices could not or more likely did not intervene to save the life of Jamal Khashoggi. The recordings have been seen by people from multiple intelligence agencies in multiple countries.

 

How the NSA will use Google's new French partnership as a gateway to all of Europe and beyond

Yesterday, October 15th, Google announced a new partnership with privately run and partially state owned French telecom giant Orange to build a new transatlantic cable. Far from being a snub to the Brexit befuddled United Kingdom, the partnership creates a host of new surveillance opportunities in Eastern Europe, Africa, Spain and France itself. This will greatly expand Google's usefulness to global surveillance by the five eyes nations (US, UK, Australia Canada and New Zealand) through their already developing infrastructure level projects.

 

How an Ohio Company perfected the method that is helping Georgia suppress the black vote

he denial of the right to vote to black people in the old south is barely a news story. The headline might as well read “sunrise found to historically happen before noon.” Voter suppression is one of the foundational pillars of election fraud and both major parties do it to suppress everyone to the left of them. The Democrats do it to undermine progressives (most recently in New York) and the Republicans do it to undermine anyone who is not a rapist in jackboots.

 

Fascists call for law and order, Mayor's removal and march with police escort to attack a vigil for police shooting victim in Portland

Saturday night in Portland, the fascist group Patriot Prayer, along with the usual Proud Boy hangers on and other associated groups held a rally demanding the removal of Mayor Wheeler for failing to suppress anti-police brutality protestors. They came dressed in T-shirts covered in slogans proclaiming violence and even public executions as well as the standard khakis and yellow on black polo shirts. The group then marched with police escort to a vigil being held protesting the death of Patrick Kimmons on September 30th, and immediately attacked to prevent a flag from being burned.

 

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