Wed, 19 Dec 2018

Articles Posted in the " USA " Category


  • Report Details Dangers of “Non-Lethal” Weapons Used Against Protesters

    A protester flees from tear gas fired a protesters in Hong Kong in 2014. Photo by Pasu Au Yeung via Flickr

    A report by Physicians for Human Rights and the International Network of Civil Liberties Organizations detailed the health risks associated with crowd control weapons (CCWs) used by police around the world and issued recommendations for their proper use.

    The report, titled “Lethal in Disguise,” discusses the use of kinetic projectiles, chemical irritants, water cannons, disorientation devices, acoustic weapons and directed energy weapons with information obtained from medical reports and news reports on injuries sustained by these weapons at protests


  • Donald Trump Flees Chicago Campaign Event Following Demonstrations

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    Donald Trump was forced to call off a rally on the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) campus on Friday after thousands turned up to protest the event.

    An Estimated 5,000 protesters chanted and held signs criticizing Donald Trump’ for his racism, particularly against Muslims and Latinos. Many of the protesters were also criticizing Trump for his support from White supremacists and terrorist organizations like the KKK.

    The protesters were separated from those attending the Trump event by steel railings, police on horseback, and an all around heavy police presence.

    The UIC community had


  • 1,000 Civilians Estimated Killed in Air Campaign Against ISIL

    An EA-18G Growler launches from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the Arabian Gulf, Oct. 28, 2014. Photo courtesy of the Department of Defense.

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    IRAQ & SYRIA — The air campaign against ISIL in Iraq and Syria has reached a grim milestone with estimates now putting the civilian death toll at 1,000. This estimate is fifty times greater than the number of civilian deaths the US led coalition has admitted to in it’s 18 month campaign against ISIL.

    Researchers with the non-profit group AirWars have identified 352 “reported civilian casualty events” in which coalition


  • Examining the Power of Aerial Surveillance – Part I

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    This is Part I of a series covering aerial surveillance in America.

    MINNEAPOLIS (NSP) – Americans by now are now familiar with concepts of domestic militarization and the growth of the surveillance state at least in a general sense. What is often lacking is specific, detailed information (sometimes by design) that helps the country visualize and deeply understand the issues at hand.

    Without precise knowledge of how these systems and programs are being used, We the People are not able to have a proper, informed and accurate debate on the use of advancements such as aerial


  • ICYMI #10 – Freddy Martinez: Chicago Police Surveillance

    Sam and Jason fill in for Jerod to interview Freddy Martinez of the non-profit Lucy Parsons Labs in Chicago. Martinez won a major public records case against the Chicago Police Department specifically over their use of surveillance technology. In doing so, he’s uncovered proof that the CPD uses seized money from drug busts to fund their acquisition of surveillance gear. The three talk about his case, the wider surveillance state, the War on Drugs, the counter-surveillance movement and more!

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  • Cellebrite: What You Need to Know About Cell Phone Forensics

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    Smartphones are nearly ubiquitous devices that handle, create, and store massive amounts of information about our lives.

    Law enforcement agencies have spent tens of millions of dollars on technology and training to seize a large trove of data on any given smartphone. Cellebrite has emerged as a leading supplier of cellular data seizure technology. Cellebrite produces software and mobile terminals that are used to physically copy data off of seized cell phones–data that might not be shared over a connection that can be intercepted.

    Smartphones are often the best source of information on their users, which


  • UK Denies Involvement in Alleged Civilan Casualty Events in Iraq

    A dozen 2,000lb joint direct attack munitions ready for dispatch to US forces, Qatar Dec. 17th 2015 photo by USAF/ Tech Sgt James Hodgman

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    IRAQ — The Royal Air Force has denied any involvement in eight incidents from December 2015 in Ramadi and Mosul that led to civilian deaths, according to Britain’s Defense Secretary.

    Scottish media and British politicians began raising concerns in early January after independent watchdog groups, such as AirWars, cross-referenced civilian casualty events with UK airstrikes in Iraq.

    RAF planes had been reported in the areas where the incidents allegedly took place, sparking


  • US Admits to additional Civilian Casualties in Air Campaign Against ISIL

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    IRAQ & SYRIA — The United States military has admitted to five new civilian casualty events caused by the air campaign against ISIL in Iraq and Syria but many independent organizations believe the number to be higher.

    AirWars.org, an independent group of journalists and more, has estimated an additional 803 to 1,127 civilians have been killed in airstrikes preformed as part of Operation Inherent Resolve.

    “The latest US admission is particularly welcome,” said Chris Woods, director of AirWars in a press release.

    “Three of the five casualty events disclosed by CENTCOM today


  • UPDATED: CENTCOM FOIA Denial Reveals US may Seek Legal Action in Hospital Bombing

    The FOIA denial letter from United States Central Command.

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    Update

    The Pentagon is planning on seeking legal action against United States Special Forces and others involved in the bombing of a Doctor’s Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan last year, according to information obtained by Foreign Policy.

    Earlier this month, a Freedom of Information Act request denial letter sent to the North Star Post from the United States Central Command revealed United States officials might be seeking legal action.

    An unnamed source told Foreign Policy that staffers with CENTCOM in Fla. will be combing through a