Challenge to US Military Spying on Peace Activists May Proceed, Court Rules

By: Tuesday December 18, 2012 4:32 pm

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled yesterday that a lawsuit brought by a lawyer with the National Lawyers Guild against a military operative who infiltrated peace activist groups may proceed.

NLG member attorney Larry Hildes, one of the lawyers involved in bringing Panagacos v. Towery, told Firedoglake this is the “first time any appellate court has ever said that yes you can sue the military for damages for spying on civilian activists. As far as we know there has never been another case that said this.” He added, “By saying we have legitimate causes of action against the army personnel for spying on our clients, getting our clients arrested, etc,” it means we have grounds to sue and that these causes of action, if proven, may entitle plaintiffs to damages.

 

#OccupySupply “Free Speech” Kits for Occupy Wall Street #S17 Available Now

By: Monday September 10, 2012 10:33 am

Occupy Supply Free Speech Kits they are available now at the Occupy Supply store for $25. We will also be sending them free of charge to Occupy Wall Street protesters for the one-year anniversary of OWS on September 17.

Undercover Austin Narcotics Detective Enabled Houston Felonies: #D12 Gulf Port 7

By: Wednesday August 29, 2012 3:30 pm

Why did undercover Austin Police Department Detective Shannon G. Dowell provide material support for an activist protest that resulted in them being charged with a felony in Houston?

That’s the question I want answered after speaking with Ronnie Garza, a member of Occupy Austin who faces felony charges resulting from actions at the Port of Houston on December 12, 2011. On this day, the National Port Shutdown day of action, seven activists from Austin, Dallas, and Houston blocked the main entrance into the port by laying in the road and linking arms inside lockboxes (also known as sleeping dragons), which physically linked them together so that they had to be cut apart. The use of these instruments resulted in these seven being charged with Unlawful Use of a Criminal Instrument or Device, while others who merely linked arms and legs faced lesser misdemeanor charges.

Occupy LA: Reports of LAPD Violence

By: Wednesday November 30, 2011 7:18 pm

This media pool drew mainstream media into the inner circle, where they were treated to a display of courteous policing and nonviolence by the police. Even I was impressed by the police. The operation was smooth and efficient and tactical.

“Then the pool media was divided from the regular media, and kept in the inner circle. They were not present to witness the brutality and violence enacted by LAPD officers who were kettling and running after protestors in order to beat them outside the park and mainstream media attention. LAPD smoothly kept MSM from witnessing this, and tried to control other media by constant kettling and dividing of the crowd.”

Occupy LA: Sunday Night Eviction, NOFX Plays Sunday at 3pm, Massive “Party” Called

By: Saturday November 26, 2011 7:00 pm

Occupy LA has received their official, “Time To Go” notice from the city for midnight Monday morning, and many people, including the cops, the mayor, and the majority of Occupiers hope that whatever goes down doesn’t involve nasty gas, truncheons and/or rubber bullets.

National Lawyers Guild Files FOIA Regarding Federal Role in Occupy Raids

By: Monday November 21, 2011 10:00 am

Since the news of coordination among mayors and near simultaneous raids on occupations across the country, there’s been speculation about federal coordination and funding. The National Lawyers Guild and others have filed FOIA requests with federal agencies for information about their role in the occupy evictions.

OWS – The Legal Working Group

By: Monday October 31, 2011 4:15 pm

Being the law geek around the Lake, I went to introduce myself to the Legal Working Group and was given an interview by one of its members, Janos Marton. Mr. Marton works at a law firm by day and spends his off hours helping OWS. The firm members who know about his activity have been supportive.

Occupy LA Day 27: No Police Action per NLG & LAPD, Food Arrives, and Controversial Radio Team Broadcasts Live

By: Friday October 28, 2011 8:40 am

Occupy LA still has needs: They are out of most medical supplies, including bandages, both adhesive and elastic; single use antibiotic ointment packs; powdered electrolytes like Emergen-C; hand sanitizer; alcohol wipes; single use saline eye drops; Lysol; bleach wipes; tear-off paper covers for exam tables; latex-free gloves; Maalox or other liquid antacids. Blankets are especially important as it gets colder. Thanks to Firedoglake’s Occupy Supply Fund and a private donor, I can pick up some of these items, but more are constantly needed by the LA medics, and by medics at other Occupys.

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