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“Any time someone puts on a vest, of some sort, comes out with a bag full of loaded magazines, has an extra receiver, has a handgun and has a semi-automatic rifle, carjacks folks, goes to a college, kills more people and has to be neutralized at the hands of the police, I would say that that’s premeditated,” said Santa Monica police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks. The killer, 24, could not be identified as his next of kin was out of the country. The gunman had an unspecified “contact” with the police in 2006 when he was a juvenile, according to authorities. Weapons and ammunition were recovered from the scene of the killings at Santa Monica College, a two-year school with about 34,000 students, where the shooter was gunned down by police forces on Friday. The college campus is currently locked down. The gunman looked calm and composed as he fired, said college employee Joe Orcutt. “He’s just standing there, like he’s modeling for some ammo magazine,” he said, “seeing who he could shoot, one bullet at a time, like target practice.” The violence started a mile away from the school when the gunman began shooting at a house, as it caught on fire. The killings began as a domestic violence incident, according to officials who spoke on condition of anonymity to Associated Press. The victims in the house, the gunman’s father and brother, were later found inside dead. After that he carjacked a woman, who was passing by and directed her to drive to the college campus, shooting bypassers from the car. A woman wounded by gunfire has a “grim prognosis” for recovery, said Seabrooks. At the college parking lot he fired on two people in a red Ford Explorer that crashed through a wall, the driver was killed and the passenger is in critical condition. Authorities identified the driver as the school’s employee, Carlos Navarro Franco, 68, of West Los Angeles. The gunman shot a woman in the head before entering the building, as students ran for cover to the library’s ‘safe room’. The violence lasted for more than 10 minutes before police killed the man. …
This fact speaks not only to the critical role whistleblowers are playing and will continue to play in the struggle against an emerging, monstrous surveillance state, but it also speaks to the dereliction of duty of the legislative branch, entrusted with holding the power of the Executive in check, and utterly failing in this primary task over the last decade. It began with the PATRIOT Act which greatly expanded the powers of the executive to conduct domestic surveillance. Specifically related to domestic spying, the PATRIOT Act’s section 215 is the linchpin for the modern surveillance state. How was the NSA able to use a FISA court to snoop on the calling data of millions of Verizon customers? Section 215 – also known as the business records section. As Sen. Dianne Feinstein noted after news broke of the Verizon snoop, “This renewal is carried out by the FISA court under the business records section of the Patriot Act. Therefore it is lawful. It has been briefed to Congress.” The ACLU argues, “Section 215 of the Patriot Act allows the FBI to force anyone at all – including doctors, libraries, bookstores, universities, and Internet service providers – to turn over records on their clients or customers.” You can add telecom companies like Verizon to that list, too. The only check on this is a secret FISA court, with secret rulings, and a gag on any warrants that come out of this court. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), the author of the original PATRIOT Act and section 215, reacted with outrage to the news of the NSA’s collection of Verizon users’ data. “How could the phone records of so many innocent Americans be relevant to an authorized investigation as required by the Act?” he asked in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder. Sensenbrenner argued that he does not believe the NSA action “is consistent with the requirement of the Patriot Act.” If only he listened to the warnings from privacy experts back when he was drafting the legislation. Despite privacy concerns routinely raised by certain lawmakers, section 215 has been renewed along with the larger PATRIOT Act which was extended another four years in 2011. But in its mission to cede all oversight power to the Executive, the Legislative branch didn’t stop at the PATRIOT Act. With the Protect America Act of 2007 and later the FISA Amendments Act, Congress removed the need of executive intelligence agencies to even obtain a warrant from a FISA court. It codified electronic monitoring of communications of all Americans who may be communicating with foreign agents, as long as it was “reasonably believed” that the specific target of that surveillance was not inside the country. And to discourage telecom companies from not complying, they were granted full legal immunity to betray their customers’ privacy. In regards to the latest revelation about the massive internet snooping operation known as “PRISM,” the ACLUnotes that subsections of the Protect America Act of 2007, “create the enforcement mechanism, allowing the AG or DNI to direct a communications company to immediately allow access to its facilities.” The ACLU adds this provision is, “one of the most dangerous…It allows the government to directly tap into telecommunications facilities.” This appears to be exactly what the NSA was doing with PRISM. So, it’s pretty clear: all this outrageous domestic surveillance coming out of the Executive that’s long been speculated and only recently confirmed, was made possible thanks to Congress. That explains why Congress has largely been unsurprised by these revelations. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) admitted that lawmakers had a “general sense” of the scope of NSA spying, “but with no specificity.” Going a step further, Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) admitted, “Everyone’s been aware of it for years, every member of the Senate.” And Sen. Dianne Feinstein also said news of these surveillance programs doesn’t come as a surprise to her and her colleagues and they are regularly briefed on it. The Senate knows because they wrote the laws giving the President the power to conduct this sort of surveillance. The actions of both parties in Congress as well as both a Democrat and Republicans in the White House over the last decade proves that political change has done little to rein in the growth of surveillance. The pervasive effects of money in politics and the media’s obsession with fear-driven stories, means lawmakers who do want to reassert Congressional oversight into domestic surveillance will face consequences and charges of being “soft on national security.” Paralyzed by fear, the legislative branch has neutered itself. So, now that Congress has abdicated from its responsibility to provide oversight and hold the Executive accountable for preserving first and fourth amendment constitutional rights, we must rely on our fellow citizens – on whistleblowers for the oversight. Luckily for all of us, they are up to the task. The Washington Post reports that the individual who handed them information about PRISM had, “first-hand experience of these systems” and was in “horror at their capabilities.” The officer told the newspaper, “They quite literally can watch your ideas form as you type.” Glenn Greenwald who broke the NSA/Verizon story with The Guardian, said he obtained the information from one of his readers who trusted Greenwald’s reporting on domestic surveillance and treatment of whistleblowers. These new whistleblowers are the latest in a line of citizens – from Thomas Drake to John Kiriakou – who’ve seen first-hand what the United States government is up to, and believe that the only way to stop these abuses is to expose them. And while there were fears that aggressive actions by the DOJ toward AP and Fox News reporters James Rosen may discourage whistleblowers and journalists in the future, the exact opposite has happened. DOJ and NSA actions have only emboldened truth-tellers. The succession of bombshell leaks laying bare the NSA and DOJ’s surveillance of Americans can best be described as a “revolt” against the security state. These individuals realize that absent an aggressive legislative and judicial branch, they – and all of us, really – are the final check against misuse of power by our President and his intelligence agencies. As we’ve seen over the last decade, it’s true that without oversight, the Executive branch can run amok. But, as we’ll learn in the coming years, this can only last for so long before people of conscience step up to expose it. Armed with the facts about what’s going on, “we the people” will take care of the rest. As Abraham Lincoln believed, “Give the people the facts and the Republic will be saved.” Years from now, we may look at these two fateful days in June, when massive components of the security state were dragged into the light, as the beginning of a great unraveling – the beginning of the end for the post-9/11 security state apparatus. It’s too early to tell if these revelations will compel Congress – the most democratically responsive of the three branches of government – to find its oversight footing once again and serve as a needed check on overblown powers of the Executive. There have been a few hollow calls from Capitol Hill for investigations and hearings into the NSA since this news broke. But if Congress chooses to lie down once again while the Executive runs roughshod over the Constitution, then it will be up to “we the people” to build the movements necessary to correct the balance of power in our government. And it will be whistleblowers marching as the vanguard of this movement. …
Turkey protests: ‘message received’ says President 04/06/2013 00:46 CET
Clashes continue in Turkey 04/06/2013 05:55 CET
Turkish solidarity protests spring up across Europe 03/06/2013 00:47 CET
Turkey: Clean-up begins after weekend of riots 03/06/2013 11:26 CET
Turkish PM blames extremists for anti-government… 03/06/2013 13:21 CET
A night of relative calm descended on Turkey after four days of protests that left two people dead and one in critical condition.
Police and protesters engaged in a stand-off in Istanbul overnight as the Kesk trade union federation accused the government of “state terror.”
The union has announced a two- day strike. The confederation claimed the government is undermining democracy.
Schools and universities will affected along with government offices.
The unrest began on Friday after police cracked down on a demonstration in Istanbul, which quickly turned into a nationwide protest against the government.
Those opposed to Prime Minister Recep Tayipp Erdogan’s decade-long rule claim he is trying to impose Islamic reforms on a secular nation.
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Special agents Christopher Lorek, 41, and Stephen Shaw, 40 died in off the coast of Virginia Beach area on Friday, the FBI said Sunday. The bureau offered few details of the deaths. The case remains under investigation.Local TV station WAVY quoted a Navy spokesman as saying that the accident happened aboard a Military Sealift Command ship that the FBI had leased for training.Both agents were brought by helicopter Friday to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, the leading trauma center for the area, a spokesman for Sentara Healthcare said. He offered no details on their treatment or the injuries they sustained.An investigator in the Virginia medical examiner’s office for the Tidewater District, where the accident happened, said the cause of death may not be obtained before Monday.”We mourn the loss of two brave and courageous men,” FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III said in a statement. “Like all who serve on the Hostage Rescue Team, they accept the highest risk each and every day, when training and on operational missions, to keep our nation safe. Our hearts are with their wives, children, and other loved ones who feel their loss most deeply. And they will always be part of the FBI Family.”Lorek joined the FBI in 1996, the bureau said. He is survived by his wife and two daughters, aged 11 and eight. Shaw has been with the FBI since 2005. He is survived by his wife, a three-year-old daughter and a one-year-old son.The deaths bring to at least four the number of fatalities in the elite counterterrorism team during training since its creation in 1983 in preparation for the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. In April 1986, James K. McAllister died after falling from a helicopter and in December 2006, Gregory J. Rahoi was accidentally shot and killed during a live-fire training exercise.The Hostage Rescue Team is part of the Critical Incident Response Group based at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, and is prepared to respond to the “most complex and urgent FBI cases in the United States and abroad,” the bureau’s website says. Over the three decades it has participated in hostage situations more than 800 times, in the US and elsewhere. …