By Matthew Behrens - rabble.ca
While the use of security certificates appears to have stalled, their most pernicious attributes are being used in a widening net that entraps refugees and permanent resident applicants. For years, secret trials opponents have argued that security certificates were a thin edge of the wedge for a broader attack on fundamental freedoms...That argument...continues to be confirmed, as witnessed these past few weeks by revelations of mass spying on global citizens by the National Security Agency as well as the Communications Security Establishment Canada.
By John Pilger - June 20, 2013
[Whistle-blower Edward] Snowden’s revelation that Washington has used Google, Facebook, Apple and other giants of consumer technology to spy on almost everyone, is further evidence of a modern form of fascism...Having nurtured old-fashioned fascists around the world...the genie has risen at home. Understanding this is as important as understanding the criminal abuse of technology.
By James Cersonsky - June 19, 2013
School police are the bedrock of the school-to-prison pipeline, a system that levies harsh punishments for nonviolent behavior and, despite scant evidence of greater infraction, funnels disproportionate numbers of black and Latino students out of school and into court...The commotion over school safety has also opened space for youth organizers to push the conversation in the opposite direction.
NSA is one of 16 known US spy agencies. Perhaps others operate secretly. Black budgets conceal what's spent. Amounts are enormous. They're unconscionable.
By Garth Mullins - June 14, 2013
Putting an entire society under the microscope is a bad way to catch the enemy of the day. It is a search for a terrorist needle in a haystack of the global population of phone and computer users. It also happens every day at every airport. Anyone who flies on a plane becomes a suspect.
By Dana Gabriel
The Beyond the Border action plan is the most significant step forward in U.S.-Canada cooperation since NAFTA. It provides the framework for future North American integration. When fully implemented, the agreement can be expanded and updated. So far, the agenda has quietly slipped under the radar. By incrementally incorporating various pilot projects and excluding Mexico from the process, it has managed to avoid the controversy of past initiatives.
General Keith Alexander is NSA director. He's US Cyber Command head. He's in charge of lawlessly spying. He directs illegal hacking.
By Keith Jones - WSWS
On the basis of secret government directives, Canada’s national security apparatus is conducting mass surveillance of Canadians parallel to, if not directly patterned after, the domestic spying operations of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA)...Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC), the NSA’s Canadian counterpart and longstanding partner, has been scrutinizing the metadata of Canadians’ electronic communications since at least 2005.
By Jonny Bonner - AlterNet
Police shot a young woman to death "assassination style" as she sat in her car, amid "widespread and systemic corruption" in the undercover drug force, the woman's parents claim in court...Melissa Kennedy and Frederick Willard, parents of the late Danielle Willard, sued West Valley City, its police Officers Shaun Cowley and Kevin Salmon, Lt. John Coyle, Police Chief Thayle "Buzz" Nielsen, and 10 Doe officers, in Federal Court.
For over two weeks, daily anti-government protests rocked Turkey. Police attacked peaceful demonstrators intermittently. They've done so brutally. Turkey's notorious for police state viciousness.
A provincial investigation found the former Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre prisoner was handcuffed, shackled and stomped by jail guards in 2010. Ontario ombudsman André Marin made the assault central to the report he released Tuesday criticizing the Ottawa jail and the province’s corrections system as a whole.
By Robert Stevens - 13 June 2013
Around 1,200 riot police were mobilized in London Tuesday against anti-capitalist protesters. Throughout the day the police attacked supporters of the StopG8 group, making a total of 57 arrests...Mass arrests were made by police after they smashed their way into a squat with chainsaws, axle-grinders, crowbars and climbing gear.
By Jerome Stern - 12 June 2013
Metropolitan Police officers raided three sites in Ilford, east London, last month where homeless people were sleeping. In the course of the raid, police officers reportedly not only evicted the rough sleepers, they also took away their sleeping bags and food parcels they had been given.
By Andrew Cohen - Znet
It has been an extraordinary three weeks in the history of the American penal system, perhaps one of the darkest periods on record...[T]he systemic abuse and neglect of inmates, and especially mentally ill inmates, has been investigated, chronicled and disclosed in grim detail...The conclusions are inescapable: In our zeal to dehumanize criminals we have allowed our prisons to become medieval places of unspeakable cruelty so far beyond constitutional norms that they are barely recognizable.
He's Obama's FBI director choice. He'll replace current rogue head Robert Mueller.