SchwartzReport: BP Gulf Spill “Gross Negligence” – $18 Billion Fine? Does Corporate Accountability Begin Now?

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

Here is some excellent news about the Gulf oil spill. A major court decision has seriously placed the blame and responsibility where it belongs. And the court also made it clear what it thinks about BP, Transocean, and Halliburton ethics and behavior.

‘Worst Case’ BP Ruling on Gulf Spill Means Billions More in Penalties
MARGARET CRONIN FISK, LAUREL BRUBAKER CALKINS and JEF FEELEY – Bloomberg

BP Plc acted with gross negligence in setting off the biggest offshore oil spill in U.S. history, a federal judge ruled, handing down a long-awaited decision that may force the energy company to pay billions of dollars more for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster.

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Sep 5

SchwartzReport: Feds Lie, Marijuana Good… Could Marijuana Plus 9/11 Plus Unemployment Plus Wanton Wars Lead to Electoral Reform?

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

I think this essay is stating the truth. I have read stuff coming out from the government on the subject of marijuana so flagrantly wrong that it has to be deliberate. Nobody speaking truthfully about the present state of research could possible make those statements.

The Feds Are Incapable of Telling Truth About Pot
PAUL ARMENTANO – AlterNet (U.S.)

In her latest blog post [3], US National Institute on Drug Abuse director Nora Volkow claims that ‘science should guide marijuana policy.” But if the nation’s top anti-drug doc truly believes that facts, not ideological rhetoric, ought to shape America’s drug policies, why does she feel the need to keep distorting the truth about pot?

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Aug 30

SchwartzReport: 17,000 Police Agencies in the USA, All of Them Concealing How Many People — Generally Black — They Kill Each Year…

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

Today’s news brought yet more stories of police shootings of people whose only real crime seems to be being black. It made me wonder how many people are killed by the police each year. It turns out that is a very hard number to pin down. So I went looking to see if anyone had written something recently about this! . Here’s what I found. I was amazed to learn were have 17,000 different police agencies.

How Cops get Away With it: Why the Government can Read Your Emails, But Not Count Shooting Deaths
HEATHER DIGBY PARTON, Contributing Writer – Salon

Complete safety copy below the fold.

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Aug 28

Owl: CDC Whistleblower Reveals Massive US Government – Corporate — Media Complicity in Concealing Vaccine Cause of Autism — 340% Increased Risk Documented Long Ago — Lawsuits Planned Legions of Parents Anguished

Who?  Who?

Who? Who?

Major CDC Cover-up on Connection of Vaccines and Autism is About to Blow Open Like Mount Vesuvius

This story about a very big cover-up on the link between vaccines and autism committed by the CDC has been making the rounds on alternative media for the last ten days. The implications to be seen in this story so far are like the loud rumblings of a volcano about to blow. But if this volcano of a cover-up does blow open very soon into the mainstream, as is most likely – since alternative media outlets have reported on massive lawsuits being planned – given the connection, in this case to African-American children, this promises to rain down on the public a greater-than-ever-before awareness of corporatist-government collusion and corruption occurring on a massive, never-seen-before scale. Until now, the identity of the CDC whistle-blower was kept a secret, but his name is now out (highlights are mine):

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Aug 26

Steve Aftergood: Court Told No Fly List Guidance is “Objectionable and Evidence-Free”

Steven Aftergood

Steven Aftergood

LEAKED DOCUMENT TO BE INTRODUCED IN STATE SECRETS CASE

The plaintiff in a lawsuit challenging the use of the “no fly list” to bar a US citizen from boarding an aircraft said last week that he would introduce a leaked copy of the government’s Watchlisting Guidance “to show just how objectionable and evidence-free Defendants’ watch listing process is.”

The government said it did not acknowledge the authenticity of the leaked document, and that the case should be dismissed since the Attorney General had invoked the state secrets privilege concerning core issues that it raised.

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Aug 18

SchwartzReport: App Five-O Helps Citizens Hold Police Accountable

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

Something very interesting is happening with social media. It is becoming a sharing venue where people otherwise unconnected can share common experiences of police violence. If this trend takes off, as I think it will, hundreds if not thousands of these confrontation episodes, that normally go largely unremarked except locally, will get posted online where they can be picked up and passed around. This will make it impossible f! or media to ignore them.

These 3 Teenagers Created An App To Hold Police Accountable
CARIMAH TOWNES – Think Progress

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Aug 18

SchwartzReport: White Police Kill Black Citizens Twice a Week in US — Every Week, for Seven Years of Data

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

I was very happy to see a more civilized approach to policing in Ferguson, Missouri, but it got me to thinking how many black teenagers are killed by white police officers every year. I was not alone in this thinking apparently, as this report explains.

Local Police Involved in 400 Killings Per Year
KEVIN JOHNSON, MEGHAN HOYER and BRAD HEATH – USA TODAY

WASHINGTON — Nearly two times a week in the United States, a white police officer killed a black person during a seven-year period ending in 2012, according to the most recent accounts of justifiable homicide reported to the FBI.

On average, there were 96 such incidents among at least 400 police killings each year that were reported to the FBI by local police. The numbers appear to show that the shooting of a black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., last Saturday was not an isolated event in American policing.

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Aug 17

SchwartzReport: One Nation Under SWAT — Police Militarization and the Occupation of America

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

The militarization of the police in the United States is a major sociological change in the way our country operates, as this report spells out very clearly. What concerns me as much as the war toys, is that the use of such equipment and the context in which it is used attracts exactly the wrong type of personality for law enforcement. It exerts a siren call to the bully, the thug, the s! hoot first and ask questions later type of individual. And, as Ferguson makes clear, that is exactly who signs up, and how they behave.

One Nation Under SWAT: How America’s Police Became an Occupying Force
MATTHEW HARWOOD – Salon

Jason Westcott was afraid.

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Aug 16

Jeffrey St. Clair: Dave Lindorff on Police Militarization in America — In Many Communities Cops Are the Terrorists — And Armed by the US Military

Jeffrey St. Clair

Jeffrey St. Clair

August 14, 2014

Police Militarism in America

In Many Communities Cops are the Terrorists

by DAVE LINDORFF

CounterPunch, 14 August 2014

The apparent murder by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, of Mike Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old black youth who was shot a number of times while he was allegedly on his knees with his hands up in the air, pleading “Don’t shoot, I’m not armed,” is exposing everything that is wrong with policing in the US today.

The Ferguson Police Department, reportedly nearly all white, patrols a St. Louis suburban community that is largely African-American, which is already a recipe for disaster in a country that is drenched in racism. The Ferguson PD is also reportedly using the kind of aggressive policing — arresting people over minor infractions — that can quickly escalate into violent confrontations. In this case, it appears Brown’s offense was jay-walking and perhaps talking back to the police officer — the first being a citation offense, and the second not even illegal.

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Aug 15

Berto Jongman: UK Pedophilia Update — Thatcher Pedophiles, Police Cover Up

Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman

Margaret Thatcher’s Cabinet bigwigs named in Leon Brittan paedo files

The file is said to have named Sir Keith Joseph and Sir Rhodes Boyson amid warnings of an active child abuse network in Westminster

Former Minister says Thatcher aide was paedophile who preyed on boys’ home – and Hague should have known

  • An ex-Tory minister has claimed Sir Peter Morrison was implicated in the child abuse scandal that engulfed children’s homes in North Wales
  • An inquiry discovered up to 650 children in 40 homes were sexually, physically and emotionally in the 1970s and ’80s
  • Rod Richards, a former Tory MP, said he had seen evidence linking the former aide to Baroness Thatcher to the scandal

Police to investigate whether their own officers and politicians tried to ‘cover-up’ alleged abuse at school linked to Cyril Smith

  • Sir Cyril Smith allegedly sexually abused young boys at Knowl View School
  • Despite many complaints by victims, late politician was never prosecuted
  • Separate inquiry to identify who took part in the alleged abuse is ongoing
  • Now, police will investigate alleged cover-up of abuse at Rochdale school
  • They will look at whether own officers and local politicians were part of it
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Jul 29