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FERGUSON RIOTS-TIME TO HOLD POLICE RESPONSIBLE

The tragic story of Michael Brown, an 18 year-old black teenager shot by a police officer for no clear reason, has caused riots among the almost two-thirds black community in Ferguson, MO, a suburb of St. Louis. The story has racial overtones but it is really about the growing problem of thuggish, aggressive police and their increasingly foul-mouthed treatment of anyone who doesn't obey their every demand, legal or not. More and more police are eager to stun or even kill rather than confront with reasonable negotiation and minimum force. Part of this problem is the increased militarization of police in both equipment and warrior attitudes. But the biggest single factor is the deliberate refusal of police chiefs and local judges to prosecute police abuse and rein in aggressive behavior. When officers get away with abuse time and again, bad habits fester and grow. Good cops leave and they are being replaced with aggressive, macho, bulky thugs who have a sense of "I'm the boss" rather than a servant of the community. You can request a one-time free sample of the briefs by sending an email to editor@worldaffairsbrief.com.

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After Russia targets McDonald's, businesses wonder who's next

posted by askousen - Thursday, August 21 2014
Russia said on Thursday it was investigating dozens of McDonald's (MCD.N) restaurants, in what many businessmen said was retaliation for Western sanctions over Ukraine they fear could spread to other symbols of Western capitalism. — Reuters

Defense: 'Red herring' that Perry was trying to upend cancer research investigation

posted by askousen - Thursday, August 21 2014
...The notion that Perry was trying to halt the investigation by erasing $7.5 million in funding to the Public Integrity Unit, "is a red herring that the Democrats are trying to float upstream," said Perry attorney Ben Ginsberg. A top executive of CPRIT was indicted last December in connection with the investigation. He is accused of skipping a review process for an $11 million grant to a company whose backers included Perry supporters. Perry detractors have pointed to that connection as a possible self-dealing reason of why he vetoed funding for the office. — Dallas News

Jurors said Perry indictment based on facts, law

posted by askousen - Thursday, August 21 2014
...Perry faces a two-count criminal indictment alleging he abused power when he vetoed money going to a Travis County prosecutors' unit. An abuse of official capacity count is a first-degree felony punishable by five to 99 years in prison. The count of coercion of a public servant is a third-degree felony carrying a punishment of two to 10 years in prison. Perry said he vetoed the money after Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg refused to resign following her arrest for drunken driving. He said Lehmberg has lost the public's confidence. — Dallas News

U.S. aid workers released from Atlanta hospital after cleared of Ebola

posted by askousen - Thursday, August 21 2014
...Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, who both contracted the deadly virus while working for Christian organizations, were discharged after blood tests showed no evidence of the virus and eased symptoms, said Dr. Bruce Ribner, medical director of the infectious disease unit at Emory University Hospital....Asked whether the experimental drugs used on the patients helped improve their survival, he said, "The honest answer is we have no idea." said what did know going into the treatment, however, was that the "key to surviving Ebola is aggressive supportive care," which is something Emory medical workers knew they could deliver to the patients more effectively [than in] Africa. — Reuters

Researchers Easily Slipped Weapons Past TSA's X-Ray Body Scanners

posted by askousen - Thursday, August 21 2014
Two years ago, a blogger named Jonathan Corbett published a YouTube video that seemed to show a facepalm-worthy vulnerability in the TSA's Rapiscan full-body X-ray scanners: Because metal detected by the scanners appeared black in the images they created, he claimed that any passenger could hide a weapon on the side of his or her body to render it invisible against the scans' black background. The TSA dismissed Corbett's findings, and even called reporters to caution them not to cover his video. Now a team of security researchers from the University of California at San Diego, the University of Michigan, and Johns Hopkins plans to reveal their own results from months of testing that same model of scanner. And not only did they find that Corbett's weapon-hiding tactic worked; they also found that they could pull off a disturbing list of other possible tricks — Wired.com

US intel community confirms journalist beheading video 'authentic,' Obama to speak

posted by askousen - Wednesday, August 20 2014
The U.S. intelligence community has confirmed the authenticity of a video showing Islamic State extremists beheading American journalist James Foley, as military analysts and U.S. lawmakers say the execution should be a wake-up call to the need to dismantle the militant organization. — Fox News

Cops cleared more than 400 times each year for justified homicides

posted by askousen - Wednesday, August 20 2014
More than 400 fatal police killings a year are sanctioned by local, state and federal authorities as justified homicides, but the FBI doesn't specifically track how many times officers are prosecuted for improperly causing a person's death. The FBI said Tuesday that it doesn't keep statistics on specific prosecutions of law enforcement officers because it doesn't track crimes by profession, though it does track justified homicide rulings. — Washington Times

Army to Continue 'Black Helicopter' Training Over Twin Cities Despite Anger

posted by askousen - Wednesday, August 20 2014
...With both law enforcement and the Army refusing to divulge precisely what the exercise is supposed to accomplish, residents and city councilors complained bitterly at taxpayer money being wasted on the exercise. "I think it's outrageous," said St. Paul City Council member Chris Tolbert. "We're going to have Black Hawks flying at a low level over a densely populated urban area without any notice at all? I had helicopters shaking my house at 11:57 last night. They were right over the trees." — Infowars.com

Feds sue Alamance County sheriff Terry Johnson over alleged Latino profiling

posted by askousen - Tuesday, August 19 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. - The U.S. Justice Department has filed a civil rights complaint against the Alamance County sheriff over what it says is his systematic racial profiling of Latinos.The suit filed Thursday in U.S. District Court follows a two-year investigation during which federal authorities concluded Sheriff Terry S. Johnson and his deputies made unwarranted arrests with the goal of maximizing deportations. — WXII12

2 Calif. students arrested in alleged school shooting plot

posted by askousen - Tuesday, August 19 2014
..."This is a prime example of school officials recognizing suspicious behavior," Solinsky said. "It was this information that helped prevent a horrific tragedy." Solinsky said officials had "very specific" information, including named targets....According to police, the two youths had allegedly been researching weapons on the Internet -- rifles, handguns, submachine guns, bombs and explosives, specifically propane -- although authorities did not find any weapons in their homes. — USA Today

2 Students Arrested, 'Potential Mass Shooting' at South Pasadena High School Thwarted: Police

posted by askousen - Tuesday, August 19 2014
...South Pasadena Police Department detectives began an investigation after receiving information from school officials that the students were allegedly planning "to kill 3 staff members and as many students as possible with firearms," a news release from the department stated. Detectives served warrants at each of the student's homes and were able to obtain enough evidence to arrest them, police said. — KTLA.com

'No survivors' after Ukraine convoy attack

posted by askousen - Tuesday, August 19 2014
The Ukrainian authorities say that 15 bodies have so far been recovered from the site of a mortar attack on a convoy of refugees. Attempts to retrieve more bodies have been stopped by renewed fighting. — BBC

6 more journalists arrested in Ferguson protests

posted by askousen - Tuesday, August 19 2014
...Three journalists from German newspapers were also taken into custody on Monday evening. Two of them, Ansgar Graw and Frank Herrmann of the newspaper Die Welt, were detained for three hours and then released without any charges. "This was a very new experience," Graw wrote, according to an English-language translation of his German-language account. "I've been in several conflict zones: I was in the civil war regions in Georgia, the Gaza strip, illegally visited the Kaliningrad region when travel to the Soviet Union was still strictly prohibited for westerners, I've been in Iraq, Vietnam and in China, I've met Cuba dissidents. But to be arrested and yelled at and be rudely treated by police? For that I had to travel to Ferguson and St. Louis in the United States of America." — CNN

Support grows for officer who shot Ferguson teen Michael Brown

posted by askousen - Tuesday, August 19 2014
...In a first account of its kind, a caller to Radio America's "The Dana Show," who identified herself only as Josie, told listeners a detailed account of Officer Darren Wilson's side. A source with detailed knowledge of the investigation told CNN it accurately matched what the officer has told investigators. "He said all of a sudden, he just started to bum rush him," she said. "He just started coming at him full speed, and so he just started shooting and he just kept coming." — CNN

National Guard Troops Fail to Quell Unrest in Ferguson

posted by askousen - Tuesday, August 19 2014
...Early Monday, after a new spate of unrest, Gov. Jay Nixon said he was bringing in the National Guard. Hours later, he said that he was lifting the curfew and that the Guard would have only a limited role, protecting the police command post. Late Monday night, peaceful protests devolved into sporadic violence, including gunshots, by what the authorities said was a small number of people, and demonstrators were met with tear gas and orders to leave. Two men were shot in the crowd, officials said in an early-morning news conference, and 31 people - some from New York and California - were arrested. Fires were reported in two places. The police were shot at, the authorities said, but did not fire their weapons. Although the tactics changed, the nighttime scene did not. — NY Times

Fluoridation outlawed in Israel

posted by askousen - Monday, August 18 2014
...I have looked at this from all angles and I have to conclude that fluoridated cities would save money on fluoridation costs, parents would save on costly dental bills treating dental fluorosis, dental decay rates would remain unchanged or even continue to decline (as has been demonstrated in many modern fluoridation cessation studies) and the health of city residents would improve when industrial waste products are no longer added/ to the drinking water (I find it absurd that the fluoride used to fluoridate drinking water is derived from industrial waste without purification, increasing carcinogenic heavy metal levels, such as arsenic and radionuclides, in the drinking water). In my opinion, purposely adding carcinogens to the drinking water at levels that are known to increase cancer rates (e.g. arsenic at parts per billion), in my opinion, is against all concepts of ‘do no harm’. Lawsuits have now been launched to hold those responsible for this practice accountable. — Fluoride Alert

With Aid Doctors Gone, Ebola Fight Grows Harder

posted by askousen - Monday, August 18 2014
The departure of many Western development workers from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the West African countries hit hardest by Ebola, has further weakened the region's understaffed health systems at the very moment they are facing one of the most volatile public health crises ever. Liberia, population four million, has fewer than 250 doctors left in the entire country, according to the Liberia Medical and Dental Council. Seven doctors there have contracted Ebola, and two of them have died. — NY Times

Dozens killed in attack on convoy, Ukraine says; rebels deny firing rocket

posted by askousen - Monday, August 18 2014
Dozens of people, including women and children, were killed fleeing fighting in eastern Ukraine on Monday when their convoy of buses was hit by rocket fire, military spokesmen said. Ukraine accused pro-Russian rebels of targeting the convoy, which it said was bearing white flags when it was hit near the eastern city of Luhansk. The separatists denied responsibility. — Reuters

After Brown autopsy, mom wants officer arrested

posted by askousen - Monday, August 18 2014
...Baden, who also spoke at the news conference, said Brown, 18, was shot at least six times, including twice in the head. None of the bullets entered from the back, and three were recovered from Brown's body, he said. — USA Today

Google Maps is tracking everywhere you go

posted by askousen - Monday, August 18 2014
Google probably already knows your age, your interests, and everything you've looked at online. But now, there's proof that Google knows where you are pretty much all of the time as well. And it's proof Google gave us! Google's location tracking site shows exactly where you and your cell phone have been. It even conveniently breaks down the locations it shows by day, proving that not only is the tech giant aware of users' locations, but it's also keeping a detailed record. — Yahoo News

DOJ, Communists, New Black Panthers Hijack Ferguson Protests

posted by askousen - Monday, August 18 2014
Black Panther Leader Malik Shabazz was recorded leading a group of protesters in a chant aimed at Darren Wilson, the officer that shot 18-year-old Michael Brown. "What do we want?" asks Shabazz, to which the crowd responds, "Darren Wilson." "How do we want him?" asks Shabazz. While some in the crowd respond with "indicted," others are heard to chant, "dead!" While many, including members of the original Black Panthers, regard the New Black Panthers as a divisive, militant and occasionally violent organization, police in Ferguson seemingly have no problem working with the group, as shown in the image below of Captain Ronald Johnson coordinating with Shabazz. — Infowars.com

GOP Congressional Hopefuls Look to Join Amash's Liberty Caucus

posted by askousen - Saturday, August 16 2014
Despite being ruthlessly attacked by Establishment Republicans, Justin Amash (R-Mich.; shown) won his recent primary and looks likely to return to his position as the U.S. House of Representatives Liberty Caucus chairman. According to a report published August 15 in the Washington Examiner, Amash may soon have some help restoring constitutional restraints on the legislative branch. — The New American

Snoops Could Hack Smartphone Gyros to Record Ambient Conversation

posted by askousen - Saturday, August 16 2014
Just when you thought there was no other way the snoops could hack your smartphone, along comes a story in Wired U.K. that adds another entry on the list of leaks in the technologically advanced telephones. In an article published online on August 15, Andy Greenberg reports that spies can take control of a smartphone and use it to record sound completely without the consent or cognizance of the user — The New American

Liberty-focused Online Academy Exploding in Popularity

posted by askousen - Saturday, August 16 2014
Add to that the latest, and to-date most ominous, threat of a wholesale federal government education takeover — being pitched by the friendly sounding moniker “Common Core” — and it's easy to understand why countless thousands of parents across America are rushing to add their own children to the estimated 2.5 million K-12 students currently being educated at home through an assortment of homeschool curricula and online academies. One of the most exciting and innovative home education options to come along in the last few years is the explosively popular FreedomProject Education (FPE), which delivers a complete classical, Judeo-Christian-based K-12 curriculum to students across the United States using state-of-the-art online technology. — The New American

Russia Violates Intermediate Nuclear Missile Treaty

posted by askousen - Saturday, August 16 2014
Congress is investigating why the administration failed to inform oversight committees of the treaty breach since 2010. The treaty violation, if it had been disclosed earlier, likely would have affected Senate ratification of the 2010 New START arms accord with Russia — Washington Free Beacon

Attkisson: Border Patrol Says They're Told 'Let as Many People Go as Possible'

posted by askousen - Friday, August 15 2014
..."Whether spoken or unspoken, there is a policy coming from the top, that they're basically to be very lenient and try to let as many people go as possible, that's what they think, that's the message they think they're receiving," she stated on Thursday's broadcast of "The Laura Ingraham Show." She added that agents she has talked to believe "they're being told not to do the job." — Breitbart

Mike Brown shooting: Images of militarized police bring out critics

posted by askousen - Friday, August 15 2014
And in a piece in Time magazine, Sen. Rand Paul (R) of Kentucky wrote: "There is a legitimate role for the police to keep the peace, but there should be a difference between a police response and a military response. The images and scenes we continue to see in Ferguson resemble war more than traditional police action." — CSM

Obama Administration Released Over 600 Illegal Immigrants With Criminal Convictions

posted by askousen - Friday, August 15 2014
More than 600 convicted criminals, including felons, were among thousands of illegal immigrants freed under the Obama administration in advance of 2013 budget cuts mandated under sequestration. That's according to a new report today from the inspector general for the Department of Homeland Security. — The Daily Signal

Obama Makes Plans to Send Illegal Kids to US Schools

posted by askousen - Friday, August 15 2014
The Obama administration is prepping the nation's school systems for a huge influx of illegal immigrant children this fall as they await hearings that could lead to deportations. "All children in the United States are entitled to equal access to a public elementary and secondary education, regardless of their or their parents' actual or perceived national origin, citizenship, or immigration status," the Education Department stated in a fact sheet. — Newsmax

Public Reacts With Skepticism to Ferguson Police Announcement of Officer Involved in Shooting

posted by askousen - Friday, August 15 2014
Jackson prefaced the name announcement by describing a "strong-arm" robbery that had occurred a few minutes before the shooting at a nearby convenience store. A police report released to members of the media at the news conference described Brown as the suspect involved in the robbery, in which he allegedly took a box of cigars and grabbed and shoved a store clerk before leaving. ... Jackson prefaced the name announcement by describing a "strong-arm" robbery that had occurred a few minutes before the shooting at a nearby convenience store. A police report released to members of the media at the news conference described Brown as the suspect involved in the robbery, in which he allegedly took a box of cigars and grabbed and shoved a store clerk before leaving. — ABC News