Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Alabama Deputies Beat, Arrest Corruption-Fighting Reporter

The Obama criminals will pay a high price for this one; journalists now reviewing State deadly force laws for application against personal attacks by toothless, coward feral pigs

THE JUSTICE INTEGRITY PROJECT
By Andrew Kreig
10/25/2013

The prominent investigative blogger Roger Shuler was arrested and beaten by Shelby County sheriff's deputies in his Alabama garage upon returning home the evening of Oct. 23. 
 
 
Arrested investigative reporter Roger Shuler
Shuler faces charges stemming from his refusal to obey a judge's order to stop writing about an alleged affair involving Robert Riley Jr., an attorney who is part of Alabama's most prominent political family.

Shuler at right shown in a jail mug shot photo with a swollen face after his beating and attack with MACE in his garage. Authorities in his county south of Birmingham held him on two contempt of court charges and one for resisting arrest. A judge refused to set bond on the contempt charges, thereby enabling authorities to hold Shuler for an undetermined period that could be many months at the judge's discretion. His bond was $1,000 for the resisting arrest charge.

Update Oct. 27: As of this writing, Shuler remained in jail, his wife was barricaded in their home, and a news blackout remained through virtually all of the mainstream media, with only a few web-based media covering the story. OpEdNews editor Joan Brunwasser published an interview with me: Andrew Kreig: Alabama Journalist Roger Shuler Beaten and Arrested!

Meanwhile, the Washington Times reported a federal raid against one of its reporters: Armed agents seize records of reporter.

The Rileys and their political allies have denied Shuler's allegations, as illustrated by legal filings in the case. Hot links are below.

Unknown persons have also created a website, Legal Schnauzer Exposed, to provide negative information about Shuler and his wife. Shuler is shown below in a file photo outside his home with the family's pet dog, Murphy, who inspired the name of his blog.
 
 
Carol Shuler
Shuler's wife, Carol, told me her husband was beaten and arrested by four deputies in their garage about 6 p.m. after he returned home from his blogging at a public library.

She said she was home at the time, but heard nothing of the arrest and scuffling at their attached garage. She became frantic with worry that someone had killed her husband based on his investigative reporting about law enforcement officials and their business allies. Shuler has received death threats.

Carol Shuler told me the morning of Oct. 25 that she was barricaded in their home in Birmingham. She worried about her own safety from deputies seeking to arrest her also on contempt of court charges.

"Roger's afraid he could be in there for months," Carol Shuler, right, told me by phone early Friday. "Meanwhile, I'm stuck in the house with no food, money or Internet. It's one thing if your husband is arrested. But another thing entirely if they're after you. I can't go anywhere." She is an Alabama native married in 1989. The childless couple has no close relatives nearby she feels she can call upon. Both she and her husband were fired several years ago from their jobs, and have claimed it was reprisal in each instance for his reporting about public affairs.

Roger Shuler's columns reporting judicial, prosecutorial and police misconduct across Alabama and the Deep South are often excerpted on the Justice Integrity Project and reprinted in full by OpEd News, Salon, FireDogLake, among other sites. The law enforcement actions against the Shulers threaten a major setback for the nation's embattled but increasingly timid news media.

Official actions were fostered by Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore. Moore became nationally famous in 2003 for ruling that his word and his respect for the Ten Commandments trumps U.S. Supreme Court law. Even admonishments of the state's ultra-conservative Attorney General at the time, William Pryor, Jr., failed to persuade Moore to remove a monument to the Ten Commandments from state property.

The Shuler prosecution illustrates how one-party governance in the Deep South inspired by Karl Rove, the Tea Party, and long-lingering racial and other animosities against the federal government have fostered a new view of the law. More precisely, it seems to be a return to old views. In clear-cut fashion, Judges and their private sector allies increasingly believe they can create result-oriented law to be enforced with drastic penalties against reporters or anyone else.

As a political consultant, Rove helped change Alabama's Supreme Court from all-Democrat in the 1990s to all-Republican in recent years.

At the Bush White House, Rove helped orchestrate the criminal prosecution on flimsy charges of prominent Democrats across the nation, especially in Deep South states. The best known victim was former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman, the state's leading Democrat. Rove pressured U.S. attorneys, who were fired if they did not comply. The story, then, has been to track the deeds of prosecutors as in Alabama who pursued weak cases for crass career gain.

Rove and his confederates have denied wrongdoing. Timid officials in the Obama administration and at major news organizations have failed to follow the clear-cut evidence of the scandals. My long-running investigation tracking Alabama corruption parallels patterns evident elsewhere in the United States (especially Washington) and overseas.
 
 
The astounding scandals led me to found the non-partisan Justice Integrity Project in cooperation with civic leaders. That research led in turn to my new book, Presidential Puppetry: Obama, Romney and Their Masters.

The bogus prosecutions smeared officials in Alabama as elsewhere. Revealing those scandals builds on the work of courageous reporters, authors and whistleblowers for the past century. For these reasons, I know the legal dangers facing the Shulers.

Gutting Press Freedom, Due Process and Civil Rights, Dixie-Style

The Riley defamation case against the Shuler family -- which has pursued a seemingly irrational crusade to report scandals despite many threats and economic hardships -- undermines the nation's leading First Amendment Supreme Court case, which arose from the civil rights struggle.

In New York Times v. Sullivan, the court held 9-0 in 1964 that Alabama police commissioner L.B. Sullivan had to prove actual malice before receiving a $500,000 jury verdict.

The defendants were the New York Times and civil rights leaders. They allowed relatively minor errors in a Times ad that civil rights groups had purchased in 1960 to protest the harsh pro-segregation regime. Sullivan, police commissioner in the state capitol of Montgomery, was not named in the ad. But a sympathetic jury found (like others at the time) that Sullivan had been libeled by civil rights advocates.

Defendants included close aides of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., an Alabama native portrayed below left with President Lyndon B. Johnson after national news coverage helped curtain the Alabama beatings and other civil rights abuses.
 
 
Martin Luther King Jr.
The Supreme Court decision found a First Amendment basis for protecting newspaper comment regarding public figures even if an error occurs unless the mistake was made with "reckless disregard" of the truth or knowledge of the claim's falsity. This rule made possible national news coverage of the civil rights movement that had been thwarted by nearly $300 million of dollars of libel verdicts from Deep South juries on behalf of white supremacists seeking to ruin those news organizations that dared cover that era's struggles against desegregation and suppression of black voting rights.

The rule also makes possible much of the rest of aggressive news coverage. An Alabama-based reversal of that Constitutional protection would have historic impact upon the nation's democracy, and yet the national news media has so far ignored the Shuler plight with rare exceptions by fellow bloggers.

Under the current generation's political partisans in what is known as the Cradle of the Confederacy, the reprisals ordered against Shuler strike also at other fundamental protections for the free press. Alabama's Supreme Court has ruled that court proceedings are presumed public. Yet the judge called out of retirement by Alabama's Supreme Court to dispose of the Shuler case has forbidden Shuler from writing about the case -- known as "prior restraint." Also, Circuit Court Judge Claud (sic) Nielson ordered that the court record be sealed so that no one else can report on the case.

At our Justice Integrity Project website and in my columns for such web-based publications as the Huffington Post and OpEd News, I have often reported that Alabama's state and federal courts have increasingly ordered secret proceedings to protect the privacy of prominent officials accused of corruption.

Furthermore, Alabama's three largest newspapers are each on three-times-a-week publication schedules because of weak finances. After massive staff layoffs and management loyalty to the state's essentially one-party political process, the newspapers now largely ignore courtroom and political power plays. As recently as a decade ago, the evidence would have attracted many news stories.

The Rove Counter-Revolution

Under guidance from Karl Rove and his allies, virtually all major state and federal offices have become Republican except for one gerrymandered congressional district combining many of the state's black and other Democratic-oriented voters. The Atlantic Magazine reported the process in a major article in 2004. 
 
 
George W. Bush with Karl Rove
Rove has often denied in his memoir at left and otherwise that he has been involved in relevant misconduct, or has any particular interest in Alabama.

But close study for Puppetry suggests otherwise, as amplified below. For one thing, he was deeply implicated in the 2006 U.S. attorney firing scandal. Also, even a superficial overview of Rove's career shows that he has been a consultant to Alabama Republican political and business interests, including fellow Republican strategist William Canary, head of the Business Council of Alabama.

Furthermore, I have ascertained that Rove's wife of 24 years until recent years, Darby Hickson Rove, attended Murphy High School in Mobile, Alabama, as indicated below.

At a time of the notorious church bombings in Birmingham illustrating continuing resistance to desegregation, Murphy High happened to be the first school integrated in the state after Gov. George Wallace's epic effort to "stand in the schoolhouse" door in 1963 to block integration of the University of Alabama. When Wallace lost that battle because of federal courts and troops the rest of the segregated public school system gradually dwindled, beginning with Murphy High School in 1964.

Shuler, age 56, is unquestionably the nation's leading irritant to Alabama's Republican power structure. Shuler has provided commentary and news commentary about the courts that few else dare attempt.

Meanwhile, the much-weakened national media and national civil liberties groups largely remain aloof from the struggles of bloggers and even investigative reporters, although there is no shortage of rhetoric in the abstract about the need for a free press -- or petition-signing against abuses against journalists by regimes in foreign nations not regarded as close United States allies.

I have observed many times that DC-based reporters and civil rights organizations tend to have rose-colored views regarding the integrity of politicians and judges. Also, they rely heavily on wire service reports generated by local newspapers for information about such Deep South travesties as those routinely occurring in Alabama.
Roger Shuler recently reported on the plight of Bonnie Cahalane, a woman jailed for nearly five months because she lacked funds to make a payment ordered in her divorce case.

That same justice system poses a serious threat also to the Shulers, who have no funds for lawyers. Furthermore, lawyers in Alabama are severely limited in representation because bar rules prevent forbid any criticism of judges.
 
 
Judge Claud Neilson
In the Shuler case, the retired circuit judge shown at left in a file photo, issued an injunction ordering the Shulers to remove from public view all columns regarding an alleged affair between lobbyist Liberty Duke and Riley, who is a rumored congressional candidate for 2014 and the son of former two-term Alabama governor Bob Riley.

Neilson also forbade the Shulers from writing in the future about the case.

To ensure no one else does so, the judge also sealed the court file. Riley and Duke, who was married at the time of the purported affair, have each denied Shuler's claims, which include an allegation she had an abortion at the request of the married Riley.

"If this can happen to us it can happen to anybody," Carol Shuler told me in describing the oppressive conditions her family is facing for her husband's commentaries. "This is supposed to be America. You can't turn a blind eye when someone's trying to speak the truth."

According to the articles previously written by Shuler he did not receive proper legal notice of the suit. Imagine a court locking up a journalist for exercising his constitutional right to freedom of the press. This is an important civil rights and first amendment story. It impacts not just print media but especially digital media.

Shuler, whose columns we often excerpt at the Justice Integrity Project, is his state's leading investigative reporter regarding its rampant judicial and legal corruption. Arguably, he is also the most important investigative journalist regarding other Deep South legal cases. A national survey recently described Legal Schnauzer as the nation's 39th most important legal blog, making it virtually the only one in the top 50 run by one person without any institutional support.

Shuler has written hundreds of columns simply about government misconduct in the federal-state frame up of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman, Alabama's leading Democrat and a potential future presidential contender.
 
 
Bob Riley
The elder Riley, at right, succeeded Siegelman in a 2002 election marred by electronic ballot theft shifting enough votes in Baldwin County near Mobile after polls closed so that Siegelman's initial victory announcement had to be reversed the next morning.

Siegelman is now serving a long prison term for his 1999 actions -- primarily for soliciting a donation from businessman Richard Scrushy for an education reform non-profit. An unprecedented numbers of former prosecutors (113 former state attorneys general) and law professors have argued that Siegelman's actions were not a crime.

However, the Obama administration has endorsed the Bush-era prosecution of Siegelman despite many gross irregularities we and others have documented through the years. Among them are $300 million in Bush-era contracts secretly awarded to a company controlled by Siegelman's trial judge, whose divorce action revealing his finances and his affair with a federal court clerk under his command was ordered sealed in violation of Alabama Supreme Court precedent.

Shuler is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, which is highly respected in press circles. He worked for the Birmingham Post-Herald for 11 years (1978-89), as a reporter and copy editor. The newspaper had the largest circulation in Alabama among morning newspapers. Shuler worked as an editor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham from 1989 to 2008.

The university fired him under murky circumstances after he began writing in his spare time about the Siegelman prosecution by the Bush Justice Department. Shuler alleges that the firing was reprisal and that his wife's employer fired her for the same reason.

The Bust

Carol Shuler told me they have no money for bond or even Internet access. Roger Shuler had been traveling to a public library to write his five-day per week column and conduct other correspondence before his jailing. "We don't even have enough cash for a Kit-Kat bar at the library vending machine."

Shuler has published many other controversial columns, including several recently gaining high national attention for linking alleged sex scandals with public policy issues. One series portrayed the powerful and controversial federal appeals court judge William Pryor as having posed stark naked in college-age photos later published on a gay porn website. Pryor has denied the photos were of him.

Also, Shuler has published many columns alleging that Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange has had an affair with married political operative, who recently underwent a divorce. All of those involved are Republicans who have described themselves as family values advocates. I am among the investigative reporters who have heard many of the same allegations for years.

Shuler has written that he has heard he faces at least one other defamation action but has not been officially served. He denies that he must comply with the judge's contempt order in the defamation case by Riley and Duke.

Robert Riley Jr., who often goes by the name Rob, is a Yale Law School graduate who has become a prominent attorney in Alabama. Among other cases was serving as co-counsel with former Siegelman defense attorney in a class action that resulted in a $500 million fraud verdict against Scrushy, Siegelman's co-defendant in the criminal case. Shuler wrote repeatedly that the representation constituted a conflict, which the lawyers denied. Such commentary has antagonized many judges, prosecutors, lawyers, and political operatives in Alabama.

Neilson was a contemporary of the elder Riley at the University of Alabama in the mid-1960s. Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, widely known as "The Ten Commandments" judge who defied court precedents in 2003 to insist that state residents publicly honor the commandments, brought Neilson out of retirement to handle the defamation case brought by Riley and Duke even though Neilson was from another part of the state than the jurisdiction of the case.

The arrest occurred as follows, according to an account Carol Shuler heard by jail phone from her husband. She relayed it in calls to me and radio host Peter B. Collins, who shared this account with his listeners following my interview with him for his show today:

Shuler’s wife, Carol, added details about the arrest of Roger. Like all of the events in this matter, the arrest appears improper – no warrant or other legal instrument was referenced or shown. Carol reports that her husband was invited to step out of his garage by the first officer; when Roger declined and tried to enter his house, he was grabbed, “whaled on” and sprayed with mace. She reports multiple injuries and that Roger was threatened with a broken arm by an officer as he was hauled off.

We review the astounding lack of legal basis for the proceedings to date, from the selection of retired Judge Neilsen by state supreme court justice Roy Moore to the one-sided hearing that led to an illegal injunction and orders for Shuler to appear without proper service.

Author, commentator and former Navy intelligence analyst Wayne Madsen first broke the story of Shuler's arrest in a column excerpted below. Madsen's columns, like those of Shuler, have traced the Riley's political machine to a worldwide network of defense contractors that sought Siegelman's imprisonment for sordid reasons.

No evidence has surfaced that state or federal authorities have ever seriously investigated the Rileys or their confederates, aside from Jack Abramoff and his team, who arranged for $20 million in Indian casino donations to be donated to anti-Siegelman efforts. Given the number of whistleblowers seeking justice against the Riley's and their allies the inaction of legal investigators at the Justice Department and elsewhere raises deep questions about the integrity of watchdog institutions.

Suffice to say that the vast array of evidence of corruption in Alabama's court and political world led directly to the creation of the Justice Integrity Project in 2010 because previous scandal revelations, including on CBS 60 Minutes documenting Siegelman's frame-up, appeared to have no lasting impact generating investigation.

Summing Up and What You Can Do

Shuler, shortly before his jailing, installed a Paypal button for donations on his website, Legal Schnauzer.

I urge all readers here to consider a donation, and to help spread news of this latest prosecution to relevant news, commentary and legal reform organizations. I'll be undertaking interviews on it, beginning with one Oct. 25 on the national radio show of Peter B. Collins, whose commentary on the case earlier this month is listed below. Here's one quick, helpful thing to do: Visit the Reddit site, and click the link to help spread the news. Stay tuned. This is big.


 

Lawyers Advise Toronto Police Chief to Arrest Dick Cheney “As A Person Suspected Of Authorizing And Abetting Torture”

The noose tightens around the necks of the Bush/Cheney war criminals; they now cannot travel overseas for fear of arrest for war crimes

LAWYERS AGAINST THE WAR (LAW)
10/28/2013

Richard Cheney, former Vice President of the United States of America is scheduled to speak in Toronto Ontario on 31 October 2013 at the Toronto Global Forum, hosted by the International Economic Forum of the Americas at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Sunday, October 27, 2013
Toronto Chief of Police
William (Bill) Blair
william.blair@torontopolice.on.ca
Attorney General of Ontario John Gerretsen,

Ministry of the Attorney General
McMurtry-Scott Building
720 Bay Street, 11th Floor
Toronto, ON, M7A 2S9
jgerretsen.mpp@liberal.ola.org; attorneygeneral@ontario.ca
Fax: 1 416 326 4007 
 
Re: Duty to arrest Richard Cheney as a person suspected on reasonable grounds of authorizing, counseling, aiding, abetting and failing to prevent torture.

Dear Toronto Chief of Police William Blair and Attorney General John Gerretsen,

Richard Cheney, former Vice President of the United States of America is scheduled to speak in Toronto Ontario on 31 October 2013 at the Toronto Global Forum, hosted by the International Economic Forum of the Americas at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Once Richard (Dick) Cheney enters Canada:


• All of the torture alleged against and admitted by Dick Cheney, is deemed to have taken place in Canada, pursuant to (s. 7(3.7) of the Criminal Code of Canada (CC);

• criminal proceedings can be commenced against him in Toronto Ontario BC (CC, s. 7(5);

• Canada must ensure that Dick Cheney is either investigated and prosecuted for the indictable offence of torture in Canada or extradited to another country willing and able to do so (Convention against Torture, Art. 7);

• Toronto Police Service (TPS) officers are duty bound to arrest and detain Dick Cheney for investigation on suspicion of torture as part of Canada’s mandatory legal obligation to prevent and punish torture globally;

• TPS officers are duty bound to arrest Dick Cheney to ensure the proper conduct of his investigation and prosecution for torture in Canada or his extradition to a country willing and able to prosecute;

• TPS officers are duty bound to arrest Dick Cheney to prevent him from escaping to the United States or some other jurisdiction where he will have ‘safe haven’ from prosecution for torture;

• the arrest of Dick Cheney can be carried out without warrant in advance of the commencement of criminal proceedings in Canada.

As you are aware, the common law duty of police officers including TPS officers to investigate and prevent crimes such as torture, have been enacted by statute. TPS officers also have a mandatory duty to prevent offenses against the administration of justice such as enabling a torture suspect (in this case a person who has admitted to authorizing and failing to prevent torture) to escape prosecution. 
 
 
Rabid, murdering scumbag headed for prison
The duty to investigate and prevent torture also arises from the Crimes against Humanity and War Crimes Program (War Crimes Program), established to meet the challenge of investigating crimes committed outside Canadian territory. The mandate of the War Crimes Program is to “…support Canada’s policy to deny safe haven to suspected perpetrators of [torture]… and to contribute to the domestic and international fight against impunity.” 1


The Crimes against Humanity and War Crimes Section has received and is reviewing a request from Lawyers against the War to ensure that Dick Cheney, if he enters Canada, is prosecuted for torture. 
 
 
Co-traitors Bush, Rice also headed for the can
We remind you that neither Dick Cheney’s status as former vice president of the United States nor his status as a guest of the Toronto Global Forum or the International Economic Forum of the Americas constitutes a defense to torture or confers on him any temporary immunity from Canadian law. As you are aware, TPS officers are compelled by law to ensure that the criminal law is administered in accordance with s. 15(1) guarantee that, “[e]very individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination…”

The prohibition on torture cannot be derogated from under any circumstances including a claim of comity and Canada’s duty to prevent and punish torture is a duty owed to individuals qua individuals and takes precedence over any duties owed to the US as a state.2

(See Inaction contravenes the Articles on Responsibility of States for International Wrongful Acts3 that prohibit states from recognizing as lawful a serious breach of an obligation arising under a peremptory norm of international law such as freedom from torture.)

Evidence of Complicity in Torture


Evidence of Dick Cheney’s complicity in the widespread use of torture by the United States is well documented and widely available and Dick Cheney has publicly admitted to authorizing the use of torture.
 
 
Rumsfeld will be playing "pick up the soap"
For a review of some of the evidence we refer you to LAW’s letters of 30 September and 17 October 2013 or go to www.lawyersagaintthewar.org. These letters contain accurate summaries of the law and references to evidence of the widespread use of torture under the authorization and direction of Dick Cheney and other high-ranking members of the administration of G.W. Bush.

 
The words of Maj. General Antonio M. Taguba, author of the U.S. Army’s 2004 internal report on Abu Ghraib, have been echoed by many scholars, “… the Commander-in-Chief and those under him authorized a systematic regime of torture….
 
 
Drooling doofus Betrayus will be joining them in prison
After years of disclosures by government investigations, media accounts, and reports from human rights organizations, there is no longer any doubt as to whether the current [Bush] administration has committed war crimes. The only question that remains to be answered is whether those who ordered the use of torture will be held to account.”4

The Law

1 Overview of Operations, mandates and Structure, Canada’s Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Program: http://www.justice.gc.ca/en/ps/wc/oms-ams.html;

2 Duty to Prevent and Punish Torture: Summary of International Instruments and Canadian Law, http://www.lawyersagainstthewar.org/tortureinfo/Duty_to_prevent_and_punish_torture.html;

3 Adopted by the International Law Commission (53rd Sessions, 2001);

4 Maj. General Antonio M. Taguba (USA-Ret.), Preface to Broken Laws, Broken Lives: Medical Evidence of Torture by U.S. Personnel and its Impacts, A Report by Physicians for Human Rights, June 2008. http://brokenlives.info/?page_id=69.

Criminal Code of Canada; Under s. 269.1 of the Criminal Code of Canada, torture is an indictable offense bearing a sentence of up to 14 years imprisonment.

Aiding, abetting and counseling the use of torture are also offenses.

Torture is also a crime under the Crimes against Humanity and War Crimes Act. Once Dick Cheney enters Canada, the torture (both the torture he has admitted to authorizing and the torture that he is accused of) are deemed to have been committed in Canada as determined by the Criminal Code of Canada s. 7(3.7).

Jurisdiction (3.7)

Notwithstanding anything in this Act or any other Act, every one who, outside Canada, commits an act or omission that, if committed in Canada, would constitute an offense against, a conspiracy or an attempt to commit an offense against, being an accessory after the fact in relation to an offense against, or any counseling in relation to an offense against, section 269.1 shall be deemed to commit that act or omission in Canada if (e) the person who commits the act or omission is, after the commission thereof, present in Canada.

2. Protecting Civil Liberties:

Attached is the Protesters’ Guide to the Law of Civil Disobedience in BC:

Take Back our Communities Edition, Sept. 22, 2011, by Leo McGrady Q.C.. The guide explains what constitutes lawful assembly and expression as part of protests conducted in public places and the lawful role of police. 
 
 
Bush attempts to sanitize Blair with bogus "peace" medal
We understand that TPS officers may be under pressure to resort to exceptional measures to shield Dick Cheney from people lawfully protesting his presence in Canada and the refusal of the Attorney General of Canada and the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration to enforce the applicable law which include the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, the Criminal Code of Canada and other Canadian and binding international law prohibiting torture.

 
 
We remind you that the right to publicly protest is guaranteed by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It is therefore particularly important that TPS officers be adequately instructed to keep the peace during any citizens’ protest that takes place on 31 October 2013 by protecting and ensuring the right to protest rather than suppressing or violating those rights. We hope the guide attached will be made available to officers involved in policing at or near the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the site of the Toronto Global Forum. 
 
 
Rove will be thumbing nose from jail cell
We anticipate that protesters will be calling on the TPS to uphold and enforce Canadian law and Canada’s international law obligations to prevent and punish torture wherever it occurs, whatever the nationality and status of suspected perpetrators and whatever the nationality of victims. We anticipate that protesters may try to engage officers in conversation on this issue or otherwise persuade officers to act to detain Dick Cheney.

The right (and duty) of individuals to vigorously express criticism of government policies and practices (in this case the refusal to bar Dick Cheney from Canada) in public spaces is the foundation upon which democracy rests. As expressed by Cory, J. in R. v. Kopyto (1987), 24 O.C.A. 81. “… it is difficult to imagine a more important guarantee of freedom to a democratic society than that
of freedom of expression. A democracy cannot exist without the freedom to express new ideas and to put forward opinions about the functioning of public institutions.

These opinions may be critical of existing practices in public institutions and of the institutions themselves. However, change for the better is dependent upon constructive criticism. Nor can it be expected that criticism will always be muted by restraint. 
 
 
Obama criminals will follow Bush scum into the can
Frustration with outmoded practices will often lead to vigorous and unpropitious complaints. Hyperbole and colourful, perhaps even disrespectful language may be the necessary touchstone to fire the interest and imagination of the public, to the need for reform, and to suggest the manner in which that reform may be achieved.” As further noted by Mr. Justice Cory in the above noted decision, “History has repeatedly demonstrated that the first step taken by totalitarian regimes is to muzzle the media and then the individual in order to prevent the dissemination of views and opinions that may be contrary to those of the government.”

We are ready to arrange education sessions for your police officers as to their policing duties should Dick Cheney–a foreign national suspected on reasonable grounds of authorizing widespread torture outside Canada—enter Canada via Toronto. Given the paucity of international humanitarian law education and training available to police officers across Canada, the failure to provide special training as to the requirements of the law in this situation, may well result in officers in their apprehending duties.

We will make a summary of this letter available to interested members of the public and to officers attending any citizens’ protest.

Respectfully,

Gail Davidson

Copied to:

Solicitor General of Ontario Madeleine Meilleur
mmeilleur.mpp@liberal.ola.org;

Toronto Police Services Board
Fax: 416 808 8082




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Obama 'Aware Of Merkel Tapping Since 2010'

Endless ludicrous lies, obfuscation, bullshit as Obama criminals scramble to save their own asses

ORANGE NEWS
10/28/2013

Barack Obama knew three years ago that his intelligence service was eavesdropping on Angela Merkel, according to a newspaper, despite reports he told the German leader he knew nothing about the situation.


Merkel pays the price for climbing in bed with fellow Nazi Obama
Bild am Sonntag claimed the US President allowed US intelligence to continue listening to the German Chancellor's calls, after being briefed on the operation by the National Security Agency in 2010.

It also alleged that Mr Obama personally authorised the monitoring of Mrs Merkel's mobile phone.


Germany received information last week that the US National Security Agency (NSA) had bugged Mrs Merkel's phone, prompting Berlin to summon the US ambassador - a move unprecedented in post-war relations between the close allies.

 
Snowden revelations destroying Obama criminals
The NSA denied Mr Obama had been informed about the operation by the NSA chief in 2010, as reported by the newspaper, but the agency did not comment on whether Mr Obama knew about the bugging of Mrs Merkel's phone.

Both the White House and the German government declined to comment.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday that the NSA ended the programme that involved Mrs Merkel after the operation was uncovered in an Obama administration review that began this summer.

The programme also involved as many as 35 other world leaders, some of whom were still being monitored, according to the WSJ report, which was attributed to US officials.


Citing a source in Mrs Merkel's office, some German media have reported that Mr Obama apologised to the Chancellor when she called him on Wednesday, and told her that he would have stopped the bugging happening had he known about it.


But Bild am Sonntag, citing a "US intelligence worker involved in the NSA operation against Merkel", said NSA chief General Keith Alexander informed Mr Obama in person about the matter in 2010.


American investigative journalist Wayne Madsen has been exposing NSA spying, crimes for over a decade and has been targeted by the U.S. government in a bogus MSM media blitz to discredit him

"Obama didn't stop the operation back then, but let it continue," the newspaper quoted the source as saying.

The NSA said, however, that Gen Alexander had never discussed any intelligence operations involving Mrs Merkel with Mr Obama.


"Alexander did not discuss with President Obama in 2010 an alleged foreign intelligence operation involving German Chancellor Merkel, nor has he ever discussed alleged operations involving Chancellor Merkel," said NSA spokeswoman Vanee Vines.

"News reports claiming otherwise are not true."

On Sunday, another German media publication, Der Spiegel magazine, claimed the US may have bugged Mrs Merkel's phone for more than 10 years. It said the Chancellor's mobile had been listed by the NSA's Special Collection Service since 2002 and had still been on the list weeks before Mr Obama visited Berlin in June.




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Spain Summons U.S. Ambassador Over Claim NSA Tracked 60 MILLION Calls A Month

Hilarious Obama lies enrage EU as American government becomes laughing stock of the world

THE GUARDIAN
By Paul Hamilos
10/28/2013

The Spanish prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, has summoned the US ambassador to explain the latest revelations to emerge from the files leaked by Edward Snowden, which suggest the National Security Agency tracked more than 60m phone calls in Spain in the space of a month.
 
 
Criminal Nazi can't keep track of his ludicrous lies
Spain's European secretary of state, Íñigo Méndez de Vigo, is meeting James Costos as the White House struggles to contain a growing diplomatic crisis following accusations that the NSA monitored the phones of scores of allies, including the German chancellor, Angela Merkel.

El Mundo newspaper reported on Monday that it had seen an NSA document that showed the US spy agency had intercepted 60.5m phone calls in Spain between 10 December 2012 and 8 January this year.

An NSA graphic, entitled "Spain – last 30 days", reportedly shows the daily flow of phone calls within Spain, and that on one day alone – 11 December 2012 – the NSA monitored more than 3.5m phone calls. It appears that the content of the calls was not monitored but the serial and phone numbers of the handsets used, the locations, sim cards and the duration of the calls were. Emails and other social media were also monitored.
 
 
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The news comes as a parliamentary delegation from the EU prepares to visit Washington to discuss the scale of US spying on its allies. The EU's civil liberties committee will meet members of Congress to express their concerns over the impact on EU citizens' fundamental right to privacy.

Last week Spain rejected a move by Germany, which wants the EU's 28 member states to sign a "no-spy deal" along the lines of an agreement wanted by Berlin and Paris.

"We'll see once we have more information if we decide to join with what France and Germany have done," Rajoy said at a press conference in Brussels on Friday.
 
 
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"But these aren't decisions which correspond to the European Union. They are questions related to national security and are the exclusive responsibility of member states. France and Germany have decided to do one thing and the rest of us may decide to do the same, or something else."

The White House and NSA are coming under intense pressure to reveal the extent to which Obama and senior administration officials knew about US surveillance operations targeting the leaders of allied countries.




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Lying NSA Chief Accuses Obama Of Lying

White House criminal rats now devouring each other as they scramble to avoid prison

PRESS TV
10/28/2013

It was noted the other day the reason the non-denial confirmation that NSA wiretapped Angela Merkel has raised the stakes for what President Obama told the Chancellor in June about the spying. Did he give assurances she hadn’t been tapped? 
 
 
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If he did, anonymous leakers from the NSA’s vicinity suggest, he knowingly lied.

In Germany, Der Spiegel reported that the NSA’s Special Collection Service (SCS) had listed Merkel’s phone number since 2002. The number was still on the list - marked as “GE Chancellor Merkel” - weeks before Obama visited Berlin in June, raising the possibility that the German leader had been under surveillance for more than a decade. In an SCS document cited by the magazine, the agency said it had a “not legally registered spying branch” in the US embassy in Berlin, the exposure of which would lead to “grave damage for the relations of the United States to another government”. 
 
 
The White House refused to comment on that report - or others that emerged in Germany overnight, raising questions about how much Obama personally knew about the spy operation.

The German tabloid Bild reported that Obama was personally informed about US surveillance against Merkel by the director of the NSA, Keith Alexander, in 2010, and allowed the operation to continue. The newspaper cited “a secret intelligence employee who is familiar with the NSA operation against Merkel”. The Bild article also claimed that intelligence gathered by US spies based in Berlin was not channeled to NSA headquarters in Forte Meade, Maryland, but directly to the White House. 
 
 
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The newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung reported that when Obama spoke to Merkel over the phone on Wednesday, he assured the German leader he had not previously known her phone had been monitored. [my emphasis]

Much of this is obviously coming from Germany’s own national security establishment. But the Bild leak is clearly identified as a US source. The NSA is now denying it (in language that seems desperate to deny that Alexander was Bild’s source).

NSA chief General Keith Alexander “did not discuss with President Obama in 2010 an alleged foreign intelligence operation involving German Chancellor Merkel, nor has he ever discussed alleged operations involving Chancellor Merkel.”
 
 
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That said, any certainty about what Obama got briefed would move likely come from ODNI, which is likely just as tired of taking the fall for the Snowden leaks.

Nevertheless, someone at NSA and/or associated with the Embassy in Germany is trying to hang this on the President.

Obama’s public line has already been that his Administration will assess whether we should be doing something, whether or not we can. I’m not all that convinced, particularly given the puffery of his Committee to Make You Love the Dragnet, he really means that. But even the hint that some at NSA want to hang this on the President might make him much more critical of what it’s doing.

AN/ARA




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Massive Barge On San Francisco Bay Likely Secret Google Facility

Floating spy ring needs to be sunk - permanently - Good Ship Google headed for the "bottom" with cargo of Schmidt's corpo-pedophiles

CBS
10/25/2013

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — 
 
The U.S. Navy had its share of secrets on Treasure Island, but few were better kept than what’s taking place on a mysterious barge just off the island.


Google pederast Eric Schmidt
The barge, with a four-story stack of shipping containers, is out in the open for all to see. But the project’s purpose has been kept under wraps, and virtually no one wants to talk about it for the record, from the harbor office at Clipper Cove to the Treasure Island Development Authority to the U.S. Coast Guard.

“I don’t know anything about it, honestly I don’t,” a voice on the intercom at the Clipper Cove told KPIX 5. “It’s a complete mystery to me.”

There has, of course, been speculation about the barge’s purpose, much of it centering on the belief that it’s a water-based data center for Google.

KPIX 5 has learned that Google is actually building a floating marketing center, a kind of giant Apple store, if you will — but for Google Glass, the cutting-edge wearable computer the company has under development.
 
 
The good ship Pederast, floating villa for Google pedophiles, little-boy fuckers

 Although Google wouldn’t respond to requests for comment for this story, sources close to the project told KPIX 5 that Google hopes to tow the completed structure from Treasure Island across the Bay to San Francisco’s Fort Mason, where it would be anchored and open to the public. 
 
 
Nazi Merkel gets taste of own medicine, not amused with Obama
But as mysteriously as the barge-and-container structure began appearing several months ago, work on the project suddenly stopped a few weeks ago.

The reason: Google does not have a permit for a floating anything.

“Google has spent millions on this,” said an insider close to the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission. “But they can’t park this barge on the waterfront without a permit, and they don’t have one.”

A BCDC official confirmed the agency has held discussions with Google about “hypothetical operations” on the water, but he complained the tech giant has been vague about how the barge would be used. 
 
 
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Larry Goldzband, BCDC executive director, said Google is free to build whatever it wants but the company needs to define the structure’s purpose if it wants a permit.

And that’s not the only hurdle Google faces in its quest for a permit. Docking the barge for an extended period of time at Fort Mason would qualify as “bay fill,” said a source with long experience in waterfront issues.

“The law is crystal clear in this case: The Bay is not to be used for something that can be built on land,” Goldzband said. 
 
 
Further complicating the picture for Google, the BCDC is already facing heat over the plan to build a new waterfront arena for the Golden State Warriors. 
 
Although the arena would be built on existing Piers 30 and 32, the piers would have to be enlarged to accommodate the structure.

“Given that controversy, it’s not at all certain that BCDC approves the Google structure,” the waterfront expert said. “They may end up with egg on their face and a lot of money lost in the drink.”




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