The Creep of Counterterrorism: FBI’s Professed ‘Primary Function’ No Longer ‘Law Enforcement’

By: Monday January 6, 2014 3:14 pm

An FBI fact sheet accompanying every Freedom of Information Act response from the agency has changed, according to a Washington-based national security lawyer named Kel McClanahan.

Noticed last month by McClanahan, ForeignPolicy.com reports that the fact sheet used to list the “primary function” of the FBI as being “law enforcement.” The new fact sheet indicates that it is “national security.”

 

After NSA Whitewash Story 60 Minutes’ John Miller to Join NYPD

By: Friday December 27, 2013 9:32 am

After producing the now discredited 60 Minutes puff piece on the NSA the anchor of the piece, John Miller, is going back to his other job – apologizing for the use of state power. Miller will be rejoining the government communications profession for the New York Police Department. The announcement has not surprisingly been met with a mix of amusement and disgust.

Stop-and-Frisk Victims Submit Challenge to Court Ruling That Removed Judge from Lawsuit Against NYPD

By: Monday November 11, 2013 11:39 am

A motion to reconsider a ruling in a lawsuit brought by victims of stop-and-frisk against the policy and practice carried out by the New York Police Department has been filed in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

The Liberal Outrage Toward Brown University Students Who Shut Down Lecture by NYPD Chief

By: Wednesday November 6, 2013 8:15 pm

The president of Brown University has announced the establishment of a committee to investigate what happened on October 29, when NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly faced protest at a speaking event. The university may even choose to hold certain individuals or organization responsible for violating the “Code of Student Conduct.”

Banksy Arrested? Calm Down, It’s Art!

By: Thursday October 24, 2013 10:25 am

Rumors swirled yesterday that bluechip street artist Banksy got pinched.

CUNY Students Arrested While Protesting Petraeus Face Charges of Disorderly Conduct

By: Thursday September 19, 2013 9:30 am

Six students from the City University of New York were charged with multiple offenses on Wednesday night after being arrested while protesting the university’s hiring of former CIA director and ex-general, David Petraeus, who had a key role in secret detention and torture centers setup by Iraqi security forces.

The criminal complaint filed against the students indicates they were charged with disorderly conduct, riot, resisting arrest and obstruction of governmental administration.

CUNY Student Group: Six Students Violently Arrested Protesting Petraeus Await Charges

By: Wednesday September 18, 2013 7:40 am

Six student activists were violently arrested yesterday outside of a City University of New York (CUNY) Macaulay Honors College fundraiser featuring former CIA Director and Honors College adjunct professor David Petraeus.

Occupy Marks Two-Year Anniversary as Richest 1% in America Continue to Get Richer

By: Tuesday September 17, 2013 12:50 pm

Two years ago, a group of Americans in New York City sparked a movement that redefined protest and struggle. Around one hundred people took over a park near Wall Street to call attention to income inequality and economic injustice.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Graham A. Rayman, The NYPD Tapes: A Shocking Story of Cops, Cover-ups, and Courage

By: Sunday September 1, 2013 1:59 pm

Adrian Schoolcraft is the whistleblowing police officer at the center of one of the more bizarre of the NYPD’s ongoing scandals.

Schoolcraft worked in the relatively high-crime 81st precinct in Brooklyn, and he was not a happy camper as a cop. A loner, he began to secretly tape recording precinct roll calls at which commanding officers ordered patrol cops like himself to make it difficult for victims of crimes to make formal complaints. Equally disturbing, cops were also ordered to downgrade felonies — serious crimes — to less serious misdemeanors so that the precinct would appear safer than it actually was.

Schoolcraft’s tape recordings might well have been ignored or forgotten, had not the police department then done something that was indeed shocking.

Beyond Stop and Frisk: Communities Organize for Deeper Reforms

By: Thursday August 29, 2013 5:00 pm

On August 22, the New York City Council voted to override Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s veto of the Community Safety Act, which is composed of two bills seeking to create more levels of accountability within the New York Police Department (NYPD) and prevent discriminatory practices, such as stop-and-frisk activity, from occurring.

The Community Safety Act was passed one week after Judge Shira A. Scheindlin declared, in Floyd v. The City of New York, that the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk program is unconstitutional because it violates the Fourth Amendment.

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