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Dem: ‘Occupy Wall St.’ eviction raises ‘serious civil liberties questions’

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) has issued a statement condemning the actions of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the New York Police Department in their eviction of “Occupy Wall Street” on Tuesday morning. “The City’s actions to shut down OWS last night raise a number of serious civil liberties…

‘Occupy’ protesters hope to shut down Wall Street with street carnival

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Protesters hope to shut down Wall Street on Thursday by holding a street carnival to mark the two-month anniversary of their campaign against economic inequality. Protest organizers acknowledged that the “day of action” they have planned could be the group’s most provocative most yet, and could…

CIA monitoring Twitter, Facebook for intel and tips

The Central Intelligence Agency is clandestinely gathering troves of information from social media sites, according to a huge report released Friday by The Associated Press’ Kimberly Dozier. Based out of an unassuming building in Virginia, a team known within the organization as the ”vengeful librarians” are tracking chat rooms, blogs, Facebook,…

‘Occupy Wall Street’ protestors flood into court

NEW YORK — Occupy Wall Street protesters in New York shifted their fight from the streets to the court Thursday, when dozens of people arrested while marching rejected a deal for them to avoid trial. The first batch of 78 protesters from among hundreds arrested for disorder over the last…

Second scandal in a week rocks New York cops

Sixteen New York Police Department officers pleaded not guilty to charges of widespread fixing of traffic tickets as well as more serious crimes, in the second scandal to hit the force in a week. Five civilians were also netted in the nearly three-year undercover probe that involved the wire tapping…

Sgt. Shamar Thomas encourages veterans to join ‘Occupy’ movement

Sgt. Shamar Thomas, the U.S. Marine who confronted New York City police in a now-famous video from the “Occupy Wall Street” protests, appeared on Keith Olbermann’s “Countdown” to discuss acts of police brutality against “Occupy” protesters, including Marine Scott Olsen, whose skull was fractured by police in Oakland. Thomas rallied…

Occupy Wall Street protests ‘police brutality’

About 500 people, including activists from the Occupy Wall Street movement, marched through New York on Saturday in protest at police abuses. The demonstration through Manhattan marked the nationwide Annual Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality. However, the rally came under extra attention this year against the background of…

Cornel West arrested for protesting ‘stop and frisk’ in New York City

Princeton professor and noted activist Cornel West was arrested last weekend for protesting in front of the Supreme Court, and on Friday afternoon he repeated the experience in New York City. West was part of a demonstration against the New York Police Department’s “stop and frisk” policy, in which individuals…

New York Civil Liberties Union: Stop blanket surveillance of ‘Occupy Wall St.’

The New York Civil Liberties Union on Thursday called on the New York Police Department to stop the 24-hour video surveillance of “Occupy Wall Street” protesters. In a letter (PDF) to NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly, the NYCLU acknowledged the city had accommodated the ongoing demonstration by allowing the protestors to…

FBI panel recommends expanding definition of rape

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is one step closer to updating their definition of rape to modern day standards. The agency’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program currently defines rape as “the carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will.” Rape without force is not included. The current…

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