Gov’t covers up white supremacist infiltration of police

first_imgAccording to The Intercept, the FBI is now so “concerned about the infiltration of law enforcement by white supremacist groups and its impact on police abuse and tolerance of racism” that on Sept. 29 it released an unredacted version of  agency surveillance about the infiltration, which supposedly started in 2006. (Sept. 29)The people of Portland, Ore., march against racism and fascism on the city’s 100th continuous day of protest, Sept. 5.It is difficult to credit the FBI with “concern” when none of its reports on this racist activity were previously made public in full. Coverup may be more appropriate. Redacted versions of the report had previously been published, yet the FBI has not once sounded an alarm to prevent the numerous police murders of Black and Brown people, which have gone on for too long. Perhaps local communities alerted in such a way might have acted sooner to stop racist abuses of authority and saved Black and Brown lives.As early as 2006, the FBI raised “concerns” that individuals already within law enforcement were volunteering professional resources to white supremacist groups with whom they sympathized. The FBI’s redacted report raises serious questions – including just how deeply white supremacist groups have also infiltrated the FBI itself.  Now, with cracks opening in the ruling class about the outcome of the imminent presidential election, The Intercept reports there is growing concern by federal officials about the “historical” interest of white supremacists “infiltrating law enforcement communities or recruiting law enforcement personnel.” The Atlantic has also written extensively about FBI reports on the escalating pre-election danger of specific far-right groups, whose members include trained professional police and soldiers who are Trump supporters. (theatlantic.com, Nov. 2020)That racism is deeply embedded in most U.S. police departments should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with the historic origins of police in this country – linked to the slave patrols sent after enslaved Africans who were seeking freedom from bondage.Racist state strategyIn the Sept. 29 debate with Joe Biden, Donald Trump was challenged by moderator Chris Wallace to denounce white supremacists. Trump not only refused to do so, he rallied his supporters in white supremacist groups like the Proud Boys by using a military command term, “Stand back and stand by.” In other words, Trump as Commander in Chief of the U.S. armed forces was saying to vigilante white supremacists: “Be ready to act on my future orders.” Days before the debate, the top two Department of Homeland Security officials, testifying in congressional hearings, acknowledged that white supremacists pose the most lethal threat to the U.S. (Reuters, Sept. 29)Trump called on his far-right supporters to turn up on election day and beyond to secure his continued rule, regardless of the voters’ choice. Even before commanding the Proud Boys during the debate, Trump had been championing his support from law enforcement groups, including the Fraternal Order of Police in Philadelphia. Despite the widespread murders of people of color by police, Trump and those in his administration have made it clear that violent white supremacists are a valued part of Trump’s base, especially those within the police. For instance, in Philadelphia in mid-July, members of the Proud Boys showed up for a party at FOP headquarters after a speech by Vice President Mike Pence during a “Back the Blue” event. Philadelphia police have come under heavy scrutiny for social media posts supporting racism. In June, white supremacist demonstrations in the city against Black Lives Matter protesters were openly defended by police.Trump’s recruitment of police support is a direct response to the widespread outrage against police brutality in the aftermath of police murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and other African American people. Trump made his support for police violence clear on June 1 in Washington, D.C., when he used federal police forces to brutally clear peaceful demonstrators in Lafayette Square so he could stage a Bible-thumping public relations event. This was quickly followed by his unleashing of federal and unidentified police forces to kidnap anti-racist protesters in Portland, Ore.It remains a question whether Trump can count on military support if he attempts to carry out a coup after the election, especially since many enlisted people come from Black and Brown communities. However, he can count on the overwhelmingly white police and paramilitary militia groups.Throwback to McCarthyismHistorically, U.S. capitalists have relied on white supremacist groups to bolster their hold on power during times of social upheaval.  Case in point: In the mid-1920s, funding for the Ku Klux Klan reached an all-time high of $4 million, even when membership was dropping. The Klan was used then to terrorize Black and immigrant communities demanding inclusion during the limited period of U.S. economic prosperity following World War I, before the collapse at the end of the decade which led to the Great Depression.    Now, Trump is blatantly trying to galvanize his white supremacist base against anti-racist, anti-fascist and left protesters. Trump has especially been targeting the loose movement against fascism known as antifa. His campaign ads claim that “antifa mobs will terrorize U.S. [white] suburbs.” It is widely known that “antifa” is a philosophy, not an organized group. Then, on Oct. 2, Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued a “Policy Guidance Regarding Inadmissibility Based on Membership in a Totalitarian Party.” This states that “membership in or affiliation with the Communist Party or any other totalitarian party” is grounds for denying citizenship.On the surface, this may appear like another anti-immigrant attack, but it is far more serious. While Trump has frequently attempted to link Democratic Party presidential candidate Joe Biden with left-leaning elements, including Democratic Socialists of America who supported Bernie Sanders, obviously Biden is no socialist. Clearly Trump is taking aim at the political far left.Fascism in the service of capitalism targets oppressed groups to split and divide opposition, particularly from the working class. Historically, the most serious fighters against fascism have been anarchists (antifa), socialists and especially communists. Now, more than ever, a united fightback by all these groups is what is needed, not just to oppose Trump, but to end the increasing misery from capitalist oppression and exploitation once and for all.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Audio Video Recording Of Witness Statements & Installation Of CCTV In Police Stations: SC Directs Centre To File Affidavit Before 7th September [Read Order]

first_imgTop StoriesAudio Video Recording Of Witness Statements & Installation Of CCTV In Police Stations: SC Directs Centre To File Affidavit Before 7th September [Read Order] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK6 Aug 2020 8:13 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court has directed the Centre to file its affidavit before 7th September 2020 on the issues of implementation of audio-video recording of witness statements recorded by a Police officer under Section 161 CrPC and installation of CCTV in Police Stations While considering an SLP filed by one Paramvir Singh Saini last month, the bench headed by Justice RF Nariman, had said that it…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court has directed the Centre to file its affidavit before 7th September 2020 on the issues of implementation of audio-video recording of witness statements recorded by a Police officer under Section 161 CrPC and installation of CCTV in Police Stations While considering an SLP filed by one Paramvir Singh Saini last month, the bench headed by Justice RF Nariman, had said that it is important to “follow up” on the directions issued in Shafhi Mohammad v. State of Himachal Pradesh’ (2018) 5 SCC 311, with respect to introduction of “videography in investigation”. “We request Shri K. K. Venugopal, learned Attorney General of India, not only to appear on behalf of the Union of India but also to assist us in this case” said the bench yesterday while directing the Centre to file affidavit in this issue.The case is posted on 16th September, 2020. In Shafhi Mohammad, the court had ordered that the first phase of implementation of crime scene videography must be introduced by 15th July, 2018, at least at some places as per viability and priority determined by the COB. The Court had also directed that with a view to check human rights abuse, CCTV cameras be installed in all police stations as well as in prisons. It had directed the Home Ministry to constitute a Central Oversight Body that may issue appropriate directions so as to ensure that use of videography becomes a reality in a phased manner.In the said case, the Court had accepted a Centrally Driven Plan of Action prepared by the Committee of the MHA, for implementation of the directions in a phased manner with milestone-based review mechanism as follows: Phase-I: Three Months: Concept, Circulation and Preparation Phase-II: Six Months: Pilot Project Implementation Phase-III: Three Months: Pilot Implementation Review Phase-IV: One Year: Coverage extension from Pilot Implementation Phase-V: One Year: Coverage extension to remaining Cities and Districts Observing that “follow up to these directions is important,” the Bench, during last hearing, had issued notice to the Union of India- Ministry of Home Affairs and had appointed Senior Advocate Siddharth Dave as Amicus Curiae. Case Details: Case Title: Paramvir Singh Saini v. Baljit Singh  . Case No.: SLP (Crl) DN 13346/2020 Coram: Justices RF Nariman, Navin Sinha  Appearance: AOR Bankey Bihari and Advocate Dhawaljeet Dutta (for Petitioner) Click here to Read/Download OrderRead OrderNext Storylast_img read more

CUNA pushes for removal of problematic part of MLA guidance

first_img continue reading » CUNA and the Defense Credit Union Council (DCUC) asked the Department of Defense (DOD) to remove a problematic question from its guidance on the Military Lending Act (MLA). While CUNA has additional concerns with the guidance, it seeks immediate withdrawal of Question and Answer 2 (QA2) due its seeming inconsistency with the text of the MLA regulation.The DOD finalized changes to the MLA regulation in 2015, and issued an interpretive rule in 2016 and amendments to that rule in 2017.“Aspects of the 2017 changes are problematic, including QA2, which addresses certain credit extended for the purchase of a motor vehicle or personal property,” reads the letter, signed by CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle and DCUC President/CEO Anthony Hernandez. “Specifically, the revised answer to Question 2 indicates that a credit transaction that also finances a credit-related product or service—such as GAP or credit insurance—rather than a product or service expressly related to the motor vehicle or personal property would not qualify for exemption from the requirements of the MLA Regulation.” 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

10 months agoRoma, AC Milan battle for Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi

first_imgRoma, AC Milan battle for Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayiby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe race for Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi is heating up.Gazzetta dello Sport says Roma are considering an approach for Batshuayi.They are considering an approach for the Chelsea striker in a loan with an option to buy deal.Batshuayi is currently on loan at Valencia but has been linked with a switch to Serie A with AC Milan.Valencia coach Marcelino was non-committal last week when discussing whether the Belgian would still be with the club beyond the January market. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

7 days agoBenteke, Tomkins extend Crystal Palace contracts

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Benteke, Tomkins extend Crystal Palace contractsby Ansser Sadiq7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace are boosted by news that Christian Benteke and James Tomkins have extended their contracts.Tomkins will now be with the club until the end of the 2021/2022 season, while Benteke has a contract that expires at the end of the 2020/2021 campaign.While Tomkins is a key player, Benteke’s renewal was a little surprising given he has only started two Premier League games and not scored a goal in league play this season.Speaking about the renewals, Palace club chairman Steve Parish had the following to say: “I’m pleased that agreements have been reached with these two important senior players.”Both James and Christian bring vast Premier League experience, commitment and professionalism to the squad.”These new deals show that we recognise their levels of performance in recent seasons, that we believe in both players, and that they are hugely motivated by the direction the club is heading.” last_img read more

Jerami Grant Posts Cool Photo Of Himself In Brother’s Jersey

first_imga general view of the floor at notre dame basketball arena(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Syracuse and Notre Dame are rivals on the hardwood, but former Orange star Jerami Grant, who now plays for the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA, is rooting for the Irish Thursday afternoon. That’s because his older brother, Jerian Grant, will be finishing up his senior season in this year’s NCAA Tournament. Grant showed some love for his brother by wearing his No. 22 Notre Dame jersey ahead of the contest.Grant made sure to remind Orange fans that he’s still “Cuse Nation” though. Very cool.last_img

Humboldt Broncos player hurt in bus crash joins former team as assistant

first_imgRED DEER, Alta. – A Humboldt Broncos player who was injured in a horrific bus crash in Saskatchewan has become an assistant coach for the Red Deer Optimist Chiefs.Graysen Cameron, a 19-year old forward from Olds, Alta., has decided to join the top-tier, triple-A hockey team in the Alberta Midget Hockey League in the upcoming season.The team made the announcement on Twitter.The team says it’s thrilled to have Cameron, who played with the Chiefs from 2015 to 2017 before joining the Broncos.Cameron, who retweeted the announcement, was one of 13 players injured April 6 when Humboldt’s junior hockey team bus and a semi-trailer collided in rural Saskatchewan.Sixteen people were killed.last_img

Ohio State Penn State mens hockey split offensively charged series

OSU junior forward David Gust attempts a shot during a shootout in a game against Michigan on Jan. 15 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won in the shootout. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Asst. Sports EditorThe Ohio State men’s ice hockey team went to Happy Valley this weekend for a two-game series, but it is heading home feeling nothing more than content after an up-and-down weekend.The Buckeyes were thoroughly defeated on Friday, losing 6-1, but they were able to recover the following day, taking care of the Nittany Lions 7-4.In Game 1, the Nittany Lions struck first after junior forward David Goodwin dispossessed the Buckeye defense behind the goal and laid off the puck for senior forward David Glenn, who fired it behind junior netminder Christian Frey.The first period was quite physical, as both teams were handed penalties. At two points, the teams played four-on-four hockey. Penn State junior goaltender Eamon McAdam demonstrated why he leads the Big Ten in save percentage, stopping a flurry of shots from sophomore forward Luke Stork and senior forward Anthony Greco. The Buckeyes appeared to be knocking on the door after a strong finish to the first period. That, however, would not be the case, as Penn State illustrated why it has the nation’s fifth-ranked offense.Penn State would double its lead with a long shot from freshman defenseman Vince Pedrie. Redshirt senior forward Eric Scheid brought the puck up the right side of the rink and completed a cross-ice pass, which Pedrie collected and converted. Goodwin made it 3-0 with just over six and a half minutes left in the period after some nifty build-up play with freshman forward Andrew Sturtz. This forced OSU coach Steve Rohlik to make a switch inside the pipes. He replaced Frey with junior goalie Matt Tomkins, marking Tomkins’ first appearance in seven games. The substitution would not make any difference.Just three minutes later, Penn State senior defenseman Luke Juha made it 4-0. The nightmare continued for the Buckeyes just over a minute later when freshman forward Alec Marsh pushed the puck under Tomkins’ right skate, making it 5-0. Junior forward and co-captain Nick Schilkey broke McAdam’s shutout with a power-play goal just over two minutes into the third period. The goal, however, did little to turn the tide, as Penn State coasted to the victory. Junior forward Zach Saar took advantage of an empty net with less than 30 seconds remaining, ending the match 6-1. Tomkins would remain in goal for the Scarlet and Gray for Game 2 on Saturday. Senior goaltender Matthew Skoff took over for McAdam in the Nittany Lions’ goal. It became quite clear early on that the Buckeyes were not going to allow a repeat of the previous night’s performance.Just a minute and a half into the first period, Schilkey laid the puck off to junior forward David Gust, who converted for the power-play score. It was Gust’s 17th point in 17 games, although his 15-game point streak ended the night before.The Buckeyes doubled their lead just six minutes later after freshman defenseman Tommy Parran netted his first career goal for the Buckeyes. Another freshman, forward Freddy Gerard, made it 3-0 for the Buckeyes less than halfway through the period. With just over two minutes remaining in the period, Penn State got on the board. Scheid centered a pass for freshman forward Chase Berger, whose shot was deflected in by Tomkins. Sturtz cut the lead to one goal just past the halfway point in the second period after a great solo effort from the Penn State defensive zone. Emotions began to run high after a few altercations between the two sides. One conflict behind the Buckeyes’ net resulted in junior defenseman Drew Brevig and junior forward Ricky DeRosa being sent to the box, resulting in some four-on-four hockey similar to the night before. An interference call on Parran resulted in a four-on-three advantage for the Nittany Lions, and they would swiftly take advantage with an equalizing goal from Goodwin. Penn State would then grab its first lead of the afternoon when Kevin Kerr fired a shot from long range above Tomkins’ glove just under three minutes into the third period. The Buckeyes finally responded after Penn State’s four straight goals, courtesy of sophomore forward Matthew Weis’ eighth goal of the season. Then, just 42 seconds later, a shot from senior defenseman and co-captain Craig Dalrymple trickled underneath Skoff, which left freshman forward John Wiitala with an easy empty-net goal to put the Buckeyes back in front 5-4. Weis would grab his second goal of the game after a two-on-one breakaway and doubled the Buckeyes’ lead with just over five minutes remaining in the encounter. Senior forward and Co-captain Anthony Greco put the game to rest with just under 30 seconds left with an empty-net score, ending the match at 7-4. OSU is set to get back in action on Friday against Wisconsin at the Schottenstein Center. Puck drop is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. read more

Baseball Ohio State looking to put rough 2017 behind it heading into

Ohio State freshman right fielder Dominic Canzone bats in the bottom of the seventh inning against North Carolina Greensboro. Credit: Edward Sutelan | Lantern reporterTo say the Ohio State baseball team had an up-and-down 2017 season might be too generous. It limped to a 22-34 overall finish, including an 8-16 conference record, and did not qualify for the Big Ten tournament.In particular, the pitching staff performed uncharacteristically poor, with an ERA climbing above the 5.00 mark for the first time since head coach Greg Beals took over in 2011.“We know it’s not acceptable to have the record we did last year here at Ohio State,” redshirt senior pitcher Adam Niemeyer said. Despite last season’s struggles, sophomore outfielder Dominic Canzone and senior pitcher Seth Kinker both said this team expects to compete for and win a Big Ten title.Being fresh off an 11th-place Big Ten finish does not provide much reason to believe that goal is attainable. But the return of several starters and a renewed chemistry provides hope for the Buckeyes.Niemeyer said a main issue with last year’s team was the growing pains involved in having “17 or 18 new players in key roles.” This year’s team will not have that problem. Beals used the word “feeling” to describe the attitude last season’s group had as opposed to “attacking” like he expects this squad to do.“I see a lot better baserunning, being able to go first to third, being able to score from first base,” Beals said. “Dirt-ball reads, having some action in counts where in a 3-1, 3-2 count where we think there’s gonna be action with the bat we’ll get runners started. Just little things like that.”The Buckeyes will return all of their starting pitchers from a season ago except Jake Post. Junior Ryan Feltner, who was recently listed as the top-ranked Big Ten prospect by both D1Baseball.com and Perfect Game scouting services, has struggled in the past, but could prove to be the ace of the staff. He already has been named as the regular-season Friday night starter.To fill out the starting rotation, Beals also will look to Niemeyer and fellow redshirt senior Yianni Pavlopoulos, along with junior Connor Curlis and sophomore Jake Vance. All five of those players have started at least five games for Ohio State, and only Vance has fewer than 24 game appearances.Curlis will take the mound first for the Buckeyes this weekend during the Snowbird Classic, Beals said.“[Curlis] is working very hard,” Kinker said. “He works with Feltner who, honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone work as hard as Feltner.”Kinker, who had 54 strikeouts and a 2.95 ERA last season, headlines a bullpen that features four additional seniors. Experience won’t necessarily translate to performance on the mound though, especially on the back of a poor performance from the pitching staff last year. Niemeyer expects his fellow hurlers to improve their control.“[We want to] fill up the zone early in counts, ‘cause that gives us an advantage,” Niemeyer said. “You just have to have the mindset if someone hits a first-pitch ground or fly ball that’s a good thing. You don’t have to try to strike everyone out.”The Buckeyes maintained all but two starters from last season’s starting lineup. Among the returnees is sophomore Conner Pohl at third base, who was second on the team with a .325 batting average last season. Last year’s primary third baseman Brady Cherry is back playing second base. Canzone will be in right field once again; he led the team with a .346 batting average and was second with 36 RBI. He also stole 13 bases.“I’m very confident with the guys that we’re gonna put on the field this year,” Canzone said. “All around it’s just a lot of great chemistry across the board, this team. I’m just excited and it’s the most fun I’ve had, honestly, in a preseason.”Junior catcher Jacob Barnwell is back behind the plate after 51 starts last season, and junior college transfer Kobie Foppe rounds out the infield at shortstop with a defensive style Beals called “smooth.” Malik Jones, another junior college transfer, will be in center field.An intriguing development within the batting order is the group of athletes vying for playing time at first base, left field and designated hitter.“We’ve got several capable bodies. Bo Coolen and Noah McGowan are both gonna get playing time at first base, McGowan can play some left field and DH, Nate Romans can DH, [Tyler] Cowles can play left field and DH,” Beals said. “We’re gonna be able to wiggle and play some guys that are hot.”Ohio State opens its season Friday against UW-Milwaukee as part of the Snowbird Classic. read more

West Hams penalty shootout hero Adrian thrilled with win

first_imgWest Ham United defeated Mainz 05 on penalties following a 1-1 draw on Tuesday with goalkeeper Adrian coming to rescue by saving a spot-kick, before scoring one of his own to ensure victory for the HammersManuel Pellegrini’s side managed to break the deadlock after 70 minutes at the Silberstadt Arena in Tuesday’s pre-season friendly due to Snodgrass’ cross finding Toni Martinez, who then headed home the opening goal.But the lead would only last for 10 minutes with Robin Quaison equalising for Mainz.With neither side able to score again, the tie was to be decided in a penalty shoot-out.And Adrian stepped up to save Pablo de Blasis’ effort, before then later coolly slotting home his own penalty-kick with Gaetan Bussmann sealing the victory for West Ham to hand the club the Betway Cup for the first time.“It was a very good result,” Adrian told the club website.Alisson Becker, LiverpoolReport: Injury update on Liverpool’s Becker George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Liverpool has released an update on Alisson Beckers progress as he recovers from injury.According to Liverpoolfc.com, there is still no timeline for the Brazillian…“At the end I saved one, I scored one and we won so I am very happy!“It was a good night for us, I thought we played really well. We played against a really good team in Mainz, they play attacking football and they press really high so it was a really good test for us.“I thought we pressed really well, we kept the ball and created good chances. We had the better chances and fortunately we got the win we deserved on penalties in the end. In pre-season it is important that every game you get better and put into practice the manager’s ideas. We are getting there, and it was another good performance.”The Spanish shot-stopper had asked to be one of West Ham’s first five takers, but was turned down by assistant coach Enzo Maresca.“I wanted to be one of the first five penalty takers! I told Enzo that I wanted to take one but they didn’t give me the chance! I was happy to take one, and to score for the team eventually,” he revealed.West Ham will now conclude their pre-season preparations with a final game against French club Angers SCO in Grodig on Friday.last_img read more