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Hundreds of protesters gather in Beavercreek on the anniversary of the police shooting death John Crawford III.

Protesters met on the sidewalk in front of Walmart on August 5th, and observed a moment of silence. The group Black Lives Matter Miami Valley was planning to stage a die-in at 6 p.m. in the pet aisle of the store, where John Crawford III was killed. The group has held several demonstrations and rallies in the area since Crawford’s death.

During the Wednesday protest, Walmart management shut the store down, and customers were turned away for three hours for what the corporate representatives for Walmart called an "operations decision,” an hour before the scheduled die-in.

 

The FBI's secret Air Force over Baltimore, how big is it?

A Washington Post article on May 5 stated that that the FBI had conducted secret surveillance flights over Baltimore during the recent protests against the police murder of Freddie Gray. Ars Technica also covered the story and covered aviation enthusiasts efforts to track the aircraft's flight patterns, registration and speculated some on their capabilities. The revealed result was the outer edge of a secret air force that rivals size of those belonging to small European nations.

 

British right wing wants to withdraw from the human rights court that would hold GCHQ spying to account

An alliance of ten human rights groups has taken the British government to the European Court of Human Rights for seven years of illegal secret surveillance of British citizens. Their goal is to challenge a ruling by the Investigatory Powers Tribunal, the regulatory body overseeing GCHQ, MI5 and MI6, which found government surveillance programs to be consistent with human rights and yet held large parts of their investigation in secret.

 

Columbus is where the torture taxi and lolita express meet.

Throughout the ongoing Prince Andrew sex scandal there has been speculation as to the involvement of former President Bill Clinton. The tabloid press are happy to note the number of times he was on Jeffrey Epstein's private jet. They gleefully wonder how this will impact Hillary Clinton's latest presidential bid. The mainstream media dutifully reports Epstein's previous conviction for soliciting child prostitution, but do not give his whole history. That history is as intertwined with the intelligence community and organized crime as it is with the fashion world and royalty.

 

Long standing government spy program has potential far beyond combating drug trafficking.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) launched a lawsuit against the United States Drug Enforcement Agency on April 8 after the latter was revealed to have been spying on Americans since 1992. The suit was filed on behalf of Human Rights Watch, which claims the safety and privacy of it's workers and activists abroad were violated by the program. Further analysis of the program suggests that there is more to the program the combating drug traffic.

 

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