Misconduct? Outrageous, FALSE Grand Jury Instructions by Wilson Prosecutors – Lawrence O’Donnell

Now, we have some insight into why Missouri was chosen for this staged event . . . -LW

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Lawrence examines a major correction Assistant Prosecutors had to make to an OUTRAGEOUS, unlawful, unconstitutional, and totally FALSE use-of-force LAW they gave the Grand Jury in the Michael Brown/Darren Wilson case.

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Buffalo News photographer took stunning snowstorm photos from the sky

These are some amazing photos! -LW


Sometimes it’s nice to get a little perspective.

That’s what Derek Gee, chief photographer at The Buffalo News, gave us on Thursday when he soared high over the Buffalo area to capture the aftermath of Tuesday’s massive snowstorm.

SEE ALSO: Time-lapse shows why New York state is getting pounded with snow

His photos captured a Buffalo-area resident digging a path out from his or her home, a handful of trucks that remain stranded on Interstate 90, rows of cars buried at a dealership, houses that look like igloos and a very snow-covered Ralph Wilson Stadium — home of the Buffalo Bills and current host to more than 220,000 tons of snow.

“This storm has been extremely difficult to cover because the sheer volume of snow makes it impossible to get into the hardest hit areas,” Gee told Mashable in an email. “In order to show our readers what was happening in these areas, we knew we had to be creative. One reporter-photographer team hired experienced snowmobile drivers to bring them in. Another photographer finally made it to the Thruway in a convoy with the governor. A fortuitous break in the weather today offered just the right conditions to fly over the community.”

The approach his team chose was a simple one: “To show the regions with the most snow and the places with the most news value. As the eye of our readers, it’s my job to bring them places and see things they wouldn’t normally be able to see,” Gee said. Check out a few select photos, below, and you can view the full gallery on BuffaloNews.com.

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A resident in Depew, New York, digs out after a massive lake-effect snowstorm blanketed the region.

IMAGE: DEREK GEE/THE BUFFALO NEWS

 

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Trucks remain stranded on Interstate 90 outside Buffalo on Wednesday, Nov. 19. Officials asked motorists to stay off the roads, but many didn’t heed the warning. As a result, dozens spent the night in their cars awaiting rescue — including the band Interpol — and documenting their long, cold nights on social media.

IMAGE: DEREK GEE/THE BUFFALO NEWS

 

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Test drives are likely suspended for a few days at a dealership in Orchard Park, New York, as nearly 7 feet of snow was dumped on the area.

IMAGE: DEREK GEE/THE BUFFALO NEWS

 

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These snow-capped houses in West Seneca, New York, could be mistaken for igloos if you didn’t know any better. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he fears “roof collapses” could be a lingering issue for residents in the region. “First we were worried about getting people off the roads — 7 feet of snow, the plows aren’t even effective. Now we’re having the secondary issues of roof collapses, people with no heat, structure failures — and we’re looking at another 2 to 3 feet of snow today and warming on the weekend, which can potentially bring flooding as the snow melts. So this is a very long episode,” he said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Thursday.

IMAGE: DEREK GEE/THE BUFFALO NEWS

 

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This is Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park; it is totally buried in snow. Local news reports said more than 220,000 tons of snow will need to be removed in time for Sunday’s game, and the building is in need of volunteers. Snow-moving heroes will be rewarded with free tickets.

IMAGE: DEREK GEE/THE BUFFALO NEWS

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Communities just south of Buffalo, New York, are barely beginning to recover after a deadly blitz of more than 5 feet of snow fell like a smart bomb, with pinpoint precision, on Tuesday into Wednesday. Still, more heavy snow is on the way.

But the National Weather Service forecast office in Buffalo has narrowed the areas most likely to see more than 30 inches of snow through Friday, largely excluding the locations that saw the blitz of 40 to 65 inches fall on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Additional reporting by Andrew Freedman .

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Anonymous: KKK members may have infiltrated Ferguson cop support group

RT has some extensive coverage of Anonymous and their on-going battle with the KKK. It seems Anonymous has connected the KKK to the whole mess in Ferguson, Missouri. The KKK hasn’t really been in the news since the 1970s. Why would they threaten “lethal force” if there is an outbreak of violence after the grand jury decision? 


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Reuters/Adrees A. Latif

The latest move in its cyber battle against the Ku Klux Klan, the hacktivist group Anonymous claimed to identify three members of the Klan at a recent rally in support of Wilson. A grand jury is currently deliberating whether to hand down an indictment of Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed African American teenager Michael Brown, who was killed on August 9. That decision is expected any day.Anonymous claims it has identified members of the Ku Klux Klan at a support group rally for police officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed a black teen in Ferguson, Missouri. Following the expose, the support group removed the photograph from Facebook.

The Anonymous cyber conflict started during the weekend, when the group seized two of the KKK’s twitter accounts after the white supremacist group issued flyers threatening the use of “lethal force” should violence erupt following the grand jury decision.

Another group, dubbed “Now” – which is part of Anon Cop Watch – started an exposure campaign when they thought they had identified unmasked members of the KKK at a Wilson support rally, and circulated photographs with the “unhooded” Klan members. One of them appears to be Frank Ancona, Imperial Wizard of the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in Missouri, and the man behind the recent fliers.

READ MORE: Anonymous: Campaign against ‘terrorist group’ KKK will continue

RT reported earlier that Anonymous published a statement by way of the affected Twitter account, @KuKluxKlanUSA, explaining the status of the headline-grabbing operation launched over the weekend on November 16.

“Before going any further, we’d like to address our idea of freedom. After exposing Klan members and seizing the Klan’s websites and Twitter accounts, Anonymous members faced much criticism regarding freedom,” the message reads in part.“Anonymous stands for freedom, so why would we strip someone of his or her freedom of speech? The Ku Klux Klan is a terrorist group. The blood of thousands of human beings are on the hands of Klansmen. In most of Anonymous’ member’s eyes, the KKK no longer has the right to express their racist, bigoted opinions.”

READ MORE: #OpKKK: Anonymous hacks KKK websites, Twitter over Ferguson threats

The situation between Anonymous and the KKK is just one of conflicts unfolding in Missouri ahead of the grand jury decision. Governor Jay Nixon declared a State of Emergency and activated the National Guard on Monday, a move seen by many as confirmation that a decision from the Grand Jury is imminent. Prosecutor Bob McCulloch has always maintained that a verdict would be reached by mid to late November.

Leaked reports by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch suggest the officer will not be indicted, and have only heightened the likelihood of violent reprisals.

READ MORE: KKK rebrand: Blacks, Hispanics, gays & Jews now welcomed by Ku Klux Klan

Leaked reports by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch suggest the officer will not be indicted, and have only heightened the likelihood of violent reprisals.

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TPP: The Dirtiest Trade Deal You’ve Never Heard Of

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is often referred to as “NAFTA on steroids.” Please share this information, quickly.


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The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) could cost us our internet freedom, labor rights, access to affordable medicine, the safety of our food, and protections that keep our water and air clean.

Breaking: Pentagon Review Says America’s Nukes Are FUBAR

The guys babysitting our missiles in Montana couldn’t agree more.

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is ordering a massive overhaul of America’s nuclear weapons program after finding it to be plagued with “fundamental flaws,” the AP reported this evening. Pentagon-commissioned reviews of the nuclear forces have found outdated equipment, weak leadership, and abysmal morale among the men and women responsible for maintaining and launching some of the most destructive weapons on the planet. Many of the problems were already well known, but the language the Pentagon is using to describe them is uncharacteristically strong. “Hagel’s reviews concluded that the structure of US nuclear weapons forces is so incoherent that it cannot be properly managed,” noted the AP, which got a briefing on the highlights from two senior defense officials.

“Nothing the Air Force is doing is going to reduce the risk. It’s not missileers who are at fault, it’s the mission.”

The latest review, which was expected to be released this week, was conducted by Retired General James Welch, a former top nuclear commander whom the Pentagon has tapped repeatedly to assess problems with its nuclear oversight. In 2007, Welch led the initial outside review of what remains the worst nuclear weapons scandal in recent years: Six nuclear missiles went missing for 36 hours after a crew at Minot Air Force Base mistakenly loaded them onto a plane and flew them across the country. (See our timeline: “That Time We Almost Nuked North Carolina.”) Welch later directed two follow-up assessments in April 2011 and April 2013, the last of which noted improvements and concluded that “the nuclear force is professional, disciplined, committed and attentive to the special demands of the mission.”

But that conclusion was quickly called into question by a string of new scandals, as detailed in “Death Wears Bunny Slippers,” my recent feature story about the ICBM program. In the months following Welch’s review, 98 missileers were implicated in a cheating scandal and nine midlevel commanders were fired; a leaked email from the commander of the nuclear missile wing at North Dakota’s Minot Air Force base complained of “rot” in the missile force; and Gen. Michael Carey was removed as commander of the ICBM program after an official trip to Russia, where he engaged in “inappropriate behavior,” including heavy drinking, rudeness to his hosts, and associating with “suspect” women. Just last week, the Air Force fired two high-level commanders in the ICBM program and disciplined a third for various leadership lapses, including the maltreatment of subordinates.

Welch has since distanced himself from last year’s rosy assessment. His spokesman told the AP that the 2013 report was addressing organizational aspects of the nuclear mission and not primarily personnel and attitude issues.

The Air Force has long struggled to create a balance between strong oversight of missileers and the need to create a rewarding work environment that attracts talented recruits. Following the 2007 missing-nukes scandal, the Air Force instituted a regimen of strict tests and inspections that “was as much punishment as it was rigor,” Lt. General Stanley Kowalski, now the Deputy Commander of US Strategic Command, said at the time. In a follow-up report three years later, Welch suggested that the strategy had backfired by sowing mistrust and creating a sense of “nuclear paranoia”—talented airmen were avoiding nuclear weapons jobs.

According to the AP, Hagel will seek to invest an additional $1 to $10 billion in the nuclear program and promote its top commanders to give the nuclear wing more clout within the Air Force bureaucracy.

During my reporting for “Death Wears Bunny Slippers,” I interviewed a slew of nuclear policy experts and traveled to Great Falls, Montana—home to Malmstrom Air Force Base—where I spent time with current and former missileers. They told me of the mind-numbing boredom of babysitting ICBMs for 24 hours straight, of cheating on proficiency tests, of how one colonel made them shit in a box because he didn’t want to take the missiles offline to fix the toilets. They were basically dying to get the hell out.

The consensus among the experts was that no amount of funding or attention will be enough to fix the ICBM program’s biggest problem: obsolescence. “I am deeply disappointed with the happy talk coming out of the Air Force and Department of Defense on this,” Joseph Cirincione, president of the Ploughshares Fund, a foundation focused on nuclear weapons policy, told me. (Disclosure: Ploughshares has provided some funding for Mother Jones’ national security reporting.) “These missileers are in dead-end jobs and they know it. They pull 24-hour shifts underground waiting to push a button that they know they are never going to push, and if they did, they would be condemning hundreds of thousands of civilians to death. What kind of job is that? New helicopters and new managers are not going to fix this problem. Nothing the Air Force is doing is going to reduce the risk. It’s not missileers who are at fault, it’s the mission.”

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Obama’s Secret Treaty Would Be The Most Important Step Toward A One World Economic System

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Finally! Some news about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) often referred to as NAFTA on steroids.

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Source: The Economic Collapse Blog, by Michael Snyder

Barack Obama is secretly negotiating the largest international trade agreement in history, and the mainstream media in the United States is almost completely ignoring it.  If this treaty is adopted, it will be the most important step toward a one world economic system that we have ever seen.  The name of this treaty is “the Trans-Pacific Partnership”, and the text of the treaty is so closely guarded that not even members of Congress know what is in it.  Right now, there are 12 countries that are part of the negotiations: the United States, Canada, Australia, Brunei, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.  These nations have a combined population of 792 million people and account for an astounding 40 percent of the global economy.  And it is hoped that the EU, China and India will eventually join as…

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Obama urges FCC to reclassify internet amid net neutrality protests

U.S. President Barack Obama (Reuters/Wang Zhao)

U.S. President Barack Obama (Reuters/Wang Zhao)

The president’s remarks, posted to the White House website early Monday by way of both a video message and a written statement are among the most straightforward yet spoken by Obama after long advocating for net neutrality but publicly doing little in the face of the FCC’s looming decision on the matter.?United States President Barack Obama said Monday that the Federal Communications Commission should heed calls from the public concerning the future of the internet and “implement the strongest possible rules to protect net neutrality.”

In the coming months, the FCC is expected to finally announce its determination on what rules will be put in place pertaining to how Internet Service Providers, or ISPs, deliver content to customers across the US. Following months of discussions, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is expected to back a “hybrid” proposal that would “separate broadband into two distinct services: a retail one, in which consumers would pay broadband providers for Internet access; and a back-end one, in which broadband providers serve as the conduit for websites to distribute content,” according to a Wall Street Journal exclusive published recently. Much to the chagrin of open internet advocates, however, such a purported plan would not outright eliminate the ability for ISPs to create a multi-tier system in which the speed of that distribution differs depending on price.

“Simply put: No service should be stuck in a ‘slow lane’ because it does not pay a fee. That kind of gatekeeping would undermine the level playing field essential to the Internet’s growth,” Obama said Monday.

The campaign to reclassify ISPs as common carriers, like utility companies, has intensified in recent weeks on the eve of Wheeler’s impending unveiling of the new proposal, evidenced on Friday by coordinated demonstrations at a dozen cities across the US waged by activists equipped with signs inscribed with slogans such as “Save the Internet.” Outside the White House last Friday, protesters gathered to ask the president to take action before the FCC, and two days earlier an international day of action dubbed the “Million Mask March” saw activists take to the streets in cities around the world to ask for, among other things, a free and open internet.

Save the Internet! Net neutrality protest happening now at the White House http://t.co/TVzzNE3rkh (pic via @apblake)pic.twitter.com/OG4MPwBQLi

— RT America (@RT_America) November 6, 2014

Obama has previously advocated for maintaining an open internet while on the campaign trail and in office, but the reality of achieving as much has waned in recent months following a landmark decision last January in which the US Court of Appeals in Washington, DC found the FCC had erred by insisting ISPs must give customers equal access to all lawful content on the web. Activists responded to the ruling at the time by petitioning the president to “direct the FCC to reclassify Internet service providers as ‘common carriers’ which, if upheld, would give the FCC a distinct set of regulatory tools to promote net neutrality.” After garnering more than 105,000 signatures, however, the White House said in a statement last February that the final decision on the fate of net neutrality lies in the hands of the FCC, a an independent agency albeit one with an Obama appointee, Wheeler, at its helm.

On Monday, the president again acknowledged “The FCC is an independent agency, and ultimately this decision is theirs alone.” Nevertheless, Obama said he wants Wheeler and company to adopt “simple, common-sense steps that reflect the Internet” as it exists already, and described last January’s appeals ruling as “Unfortunate.”

“I believe the FCC should create a new set of rules protecting net neutrality and ensuring that neither the cable company nor the phone company will be able to act as a gatekeeper, restricting what you can do or see online,” Obama said.

“So the time has come for the FCC to recognize that broadband service is of the same importance and must carry the same obligations as so many of the other vital services do. To do that, I believe the FCC should reclassify consumer broadband service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act — while at the same time forbearing from rate regulation and other provisions less relevant to broadband services. This is a basic acknowledgment of the services ISPs provide to American homes and businesses, and the straightforward obligations necessary to ensure the network works for everyone — not just one or two companies.”

Moments before the president’s statement was published to the White House early Monday, protests were still occurring, at least in Washington, DC. There outside of Wheeler’s house, a group of net neutrality activists showed up shortly before 7 a.m. and blockaded his driveway with a sit-in demonstration that at one point led to a five-minute long conversation with the chairman before he ultimately retired realizing he would be unable to leave in his car.

“We’re blockading Tom Wheeler’s driveway because he’s made it clear that when he goes to work, he’s not working for the public, he’s working for Comcast, Verizon and AT&T, the companies that used to pay his salary when he was a lobbyist for the cable industry,” Kevin Zeese, co-director of the group Popular Resistance, said outside the Georgetown resident early Monday. “The future of the internet is a life or death matter for marginalized people all over the world. We cannot in good conscience allow this corrupt official to carry on with business as usual.”

Yet as word circulated soon after concerning the president’s plea to the FCC, activists fell short of expressing outright optimism and asked Obama to see to it that Wheeler acts on the voice of not just the commander-in-chief, but the millions of Americans passionate about protecting net neutrality.

“At this point it should be unthinkable that Tom Wheeler would defy both the American public *and* the President, but we hope President Obama is prepared to demote him if he doesn’t move forward in good faith with Title II reclassification,” Fight for the Future co-director Holmes Wilson said early Monday.

 

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