I’ve been talking with a DOJ source with knowledge of the Snowden case asking whether or not any charges will be referred towards Guardian ‘reporter’ Glenn Greenwald. Greenwald will likely consider himself a “journalist” – which he is nothing of the kind – and defend himself along the first amendment, freedom of the press, etc. My source told me that the agency is actively looking into charging Greenwald with conspiracy to commit espionage. This isn’t so much from his covering of the story and subsequent publishing of the information, but that he apparently has information, and a sort of admission that he has helped Snowden distribute the information to other persons as a sort of “ace up his sleeve”, if so the journalistic protection is out the window.
Greenwald is actually a civil rights attorney – turned blogger and since he appeared in the early 2000s, he clearly has had less than honorable intention towards the US. In fact he’s rhetoric back during his blogging days was closely akinned to that which you would read on some antigovernment sites, he’s clearly unhinged and not a fan of basic American ideas.
We’ll see how this plays out. Meanwhile check out Alan Dershowitz’s assessment of Greenwald’s actions. He flat our calls his actions a commission of a felony.
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One of the travesties of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 is what is perceived is a perpetual punishment on states who at the time were deemed racist enough to warrant continual monitoring. Today the Supreme Court threw that out.
“The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a civil rights law that requires some states to get federal permission to change their voting rules, but it struck down the formula for which jurisdictions are covered — leaving it to Congress to redraw the map.
The opinion was written by Chief Justice John Roberts. The vote was 5-4.
“Our country has changed, and while any racial discrimination in voting is too much, Congress must ensure that the legislation it passes to remedy that problem speaks to current conditions,” Roberts wrote for the court.
Under the law, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, nine mostly Southern states must get permission from the Justice Department or a special panel of three federal judges before they make changes. The rule also applies to 12 cities and 57 counties elsewhere.
The act is considered the most important piece of civil rights legislation ever passed. Congress has renewed it four times, most recently in 2006, with overwhelming margins in both houses.
But the law still uses election data from 1972 to determine which states, cities and counties are covered. Some jurisdictions complain that they are being punished for the sins of many decades ago.
Legal observers have said that striking down the map would mean sending the issue back to a deeply divided Congress, and they said it was an open question whether Congress could even agree on a new coverage map.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote a dissenting opinion and was joined by three other members of the court’s more liberal wing.
Well she’s not really a mystery, she’s Martin’s girlfriend – hardly an eye witness, and here testimony has been called into question a couple of times. Here’s a teardown on her veracity and the prosecutorial incompetence by an attorney.
“Prosecutors in the Florida murder trial of neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman will reveal a star witness for the first time on Tuesday, the girl Trayvon Martin was talking with in the last minutes of his life.
The teenage girl, known as Witness #8 until now, was due to testify about what Martin, the unarmed black 17-year-old shot and killed by Zimmerman last year, told her what he saw that night.
Identified in court on Monday only as Rachel, a friend of Martin from Miami, she received a running account about what was happening, starting when he noticed a man, Zimmerman, watching him in the gated central Florida community he was visiting.
Zimmerman, 29 and part Hispanic, was a neighborhood watch volunteer in the Retreat at Twin Lakes community in Sanford at the time of the February 26, 2012, killing. He has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and could face life imprisonment if convicted.
The racially charged case triggered civil rights protests and debates about the treatment of black Americans in the U.S. justice system, since police did not arrest Zimmerman for 44 days.
To win a conviction for second-degree murder, the prosecution must convince jurors that Zimmerman acted with “ill will, hatred, spite or an evil intent,” and “an indifference to human life,” according to Florida jury instructions.
In previous written testimony, Rachel described Martin as scared and trying to get away from the man. She was urging him to run. She last heard Martin say, “why are you following me” after which she said she heard what sounded like Martin falling. Then the phone line went dead.”
Of course as I said before the prosecution completely ignored two eye witnesses, especially the witness known as “John”. His account:
“The guy on the bottom, who I believe had a red sweater on, was yelling to me, ‘Help, help.’ I told him to stop, I was calling 911,” John told the TV station. Zimmerman was wearing red.
“When I got upstairs and looked down, the person that was on top beating up the other guy was laying in the grass. And I believe he was dead at that point,” the eyewitness claimed.”
To this date that seems to be the clearest eye witness and it’s likely the defense will produce him at some point.
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“A prosecution expert is prohibited from testifying that screams for help captured on a 911 call came from 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, a judge ruled Saturday.
Defense attorneys for George Zimmerman had claimed the expert’s testimony was flawed.
Circuit Court Judge Debra Nelson made the ruling ahead of Monday’s expected opening statements in Zimmerman’s second-degree murder trial.
Prosecutors will be able to argue in opening statements that Zimmerman profiled Martin based on factors such as aged or clothing before he shot the unarmed black teenager, but they cannot say he was profiled based on race, according to a ruling Nelson issued Friday.
Defense attorneys had asked the judge to prohibit prosecutors from using a series of words in opening statements that they deemed inflammatory. Those words included “profiled,” “vigilante,” “wannabe cop,” and that Zimmerman had confronted Martin. Zimmerman identifies as Hispanic.
The judge said all of those statements may be used, provided that race is not discussed if the issue of profiling is brought up.
Prosecutor John Guy had argued that there were a number of ways someone could be profiled other than race.
“That is not a racially charged term unless it’s made so, and we don’t intend to make it a racially charged term,” Guy said. “There are a number of avenues someone can be profiled in any one way or combination. We don’t intend to say he was solely profiled because of race.”
Defense attorney Mark O’Mara said he was concerned using the word “profiled” would “infect” the jury with a racial component that shouldn’t be there.
“I want to be very, very cautious,” O’Mara said.
As a former LEO, I’ve said on many occasions that part of the job of crime detection is to profile. It’s why the FBI and many departments employ profilers. It’s only profiling based on race that the courts have frowned upon. Nevertheless it’s important that the judge seems read up on the NBC news attempt to peg Zimmerman as racist based on their chopping up the audio early in the story.
Again, this story and the fact that Zimmerman was even charged is based on politics and nothing else. Had Martin been white, asian or anything other than black this wouldn’t have more than a 2 day story. So who’s really doing the profiling here? Zimmerman or the prosecutors of this farce?
Today the media is reporting as something new something that has been going on for a while.
“The United States will supply Syrian rebels with weapons through a CIA-run program, FoxNews confirmed Saturday.
President Obama decided Thursday to supply rebel forces with small arms and ammunition, following confirmation that the regime of Syria President Bashar al-Assad’s has been using chemical weapons in the 2-year-long civil war in which at least 90,000 people have been killed.
In addition to supplying the weapons, the CIA will train rebel forces, Fox News also confirmed.
Obama vowed last summer to take action should the Assad cross a “red line” by using chemical weapons but has been challenged in verifying whether his forces used chemical weapons and in determining which rebel forces can be trusted.
However, the rebels being supplied with only small arms has disappointed some Capitol Hill lawmakers and other Americas who want a more robust response and who say the administration’s actions might be too little, too late as Assad forces appear to be taking control of the war.
Arizona Republican John McCain, a military hawk, wants much heavier arms, including anti-aircraft missiles to go after Assad’s air power.
The White House has still not decided whether to send anti-tank weapons.”
However as I reported last October, the US was already in the process of sending arms to the rebels. In fact, that’s what Benghazi was all about.
“Back in January Russia and the US traded accusations, the Russians were saying that the US was supplying weapons to Syrian rebels and the US said that Russia was supplying attack Helicopters to to Assad’s regime. Both the US and Russia denied the claims.
However both were true. While the US has denied suppling weapons to rebels in Syria, I’ve learned they they have been supplying weapons to the Syrian rebels yet not in a way that has been announced.
As I told you the US had supplied weapons to the rebels in Libya. We also know that the US supplied some weapons to the FSA (Free Syria Army in Syria. We know this via the FSA who told journalists last year during the struggle that rebels received both French and American military assistance, and that assistance was in the form of small to medium weaponry including anti-aircraft missiles. However after the fall of Qadaffi the weapons found their way into the hands of terrorists.
At the time of his death Amb. Stevens was attempting to get factions to turn the weapons over to the US for an “undisclosed sum of money”. It’s unclear is this was a direct swap of cash for guns – a program that is run in the US from time to time, or whether the money would be actually given directly to rebel factions. However the objective was to get the weapons and funnel them to rebels in Syria.”
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