Modern ‘Murica

By: Thursday January 8, 2015 1:30 am

On the one-hand:             Meanwhile…in a well-trained citizenry:

 

Francois Hollande to Drop Russian Sanctions. Says Putin “doesn’t want to annex eastern Ukraine.”

By: Wednesday January 7, 2015 6:30 pm

When did Hollande wake up and smell the espresso? Putin has been saying that from day one, interview after interview. He said that Ukraine was an economic basket case and Russia had already thrown $30 billion down Ukraine’s black hole over the past 24 months. What had been on the table was Ukraine joining the Russian Customs Union, but as for Ukraine becoming part of Russia, Putin said from the beginning that Russia was not in a position, economically, to absorb Ukraine. That message from Putin never changed. His only suggestion after the coup and ensuing civil unrest was that the largely ethnic Russian East Ukraine should be an autonomous state within a Ukraine republic. Additionally, Putin said that when Ukraine joins the EU, its Russian loans be paid from Ukraine’s IMF bailout, as per contract. Does that sound like a declaration of war?

Supreme Court Asked to Determine if Terrorism Suspect Targeted by FBI Should Have Access to Surveillance Records

By: Wednesday January 7, 2015 4:00 pm

Lawyers for a man who was targeted by an FBI sting operation and charged with terrorism offenses have asked the United States Supreme Court to review their case to determine if an appeals court erred in denying access to material the government collected under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Adel Daoud is charged with [...]

A Guide to Inducement, Predisposition and Entrapment

By: Wednesday January 7, 2015 3:00 pm

Nancy Reagan was fond of saying, “Just say no,” but if you don’t and a badge interrupts your happy dance, keep your mouth zipped, don’t consent to a search and give your lawyer a call asap.

US Media Mostly Ignore Bomb Exploded Outside NAACP Office in Colorado Springs

By: Wednesday January 7, 2015 12:00 pm

A bomb was detonated late in the morning on January 6 in Colorado Springs against the exterior of a building, where a local NAACP chapter’s office is located. The FBI, including the agency’s own Joint Terrorism Task Force, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives were on the scene very soon afterward to [...]

Boehner Takes Vengeance After Surviving Speaker Challenge

By: Wednesday January 7, 2015 10:00 am

House Speaker John Boehner just escaped losing his speakership when a group of Republican members of Congress tried to oust him in a surprise coup. According to one Republican member of Congress, Representative Mulvaney, there was a plan to install Representative Louie Gohmert as Speaker. Representatives outside the plot simply did not vote for Boehner [...]

Satirical French Newspaper Faces Deadly Attack

By: Wednesday January 7, 2015 8:15 am

The 4 French cartoonists killed in #CharlieHebdo attack http://t.co/qdxTYjYrXu Cabu, Tignous, Charb, Wolinski pic.twitter.com/79cHNs7HcZ — BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) January 7, 2015 The satirical French newspaper Charlie Hebdo was attacked earlier today leaving an estimated 12 people dead. The attack is alleged to have been motivated by anger over the publication’s criticism of Islam with [...]

The Roundup

By: Wednesday January 7, 2015 7:00 am

Good morning! International Politics Overall – Gareth Porter: “Top Secret List Shows McChrystal Halting Night Raids After Controversy” – Turkey foresaw things differently in Libya before the country slipped into turmoil and are now paying the price – The Pentagon admits its air strikes against the Islamic State may have caused the deaths of civilians – The European [...]

Over Easy: Bar Complaint Filed Against Prosecuting Attorney McCulloch and Two Assistant Prosecutors

By: Wednesday January 7, 2015 5:09 am

McCulloch also admitted that he knew Witness 40 had lied to the grand jury, but she testified anyway and the prosecutors did not inform the members of the grand jury that they knew she lied. She was an important witness because she was the only witness who backed Darren Wilson’s version of the shooting, specifically the ‘bull rush’ description of Brown charging at Wilson. Turns out she was not there and did not witness the shooting.

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