Dozens of US cities unite in protests against police brutality

‘They treat us like animals!’ Dozens of US cities unite in protests against police brutalityDozens of cities across the US have seen a national day of protest against police brutality. Organizers stated that thousands of people were killed in crackdowns over the last couple of decades, and police aren’t held accountable for the violence. All across the US people united to protest police violence in rallies.

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The Hidden Corporate Cash Behind America’s Out-of-Control National Surveillance State

Bank of America’s Countrywide loans were ‘in the ditch,’ says U.S.Bank of America Corp.’s Countrywide unit defrauded Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac by selling them thousands of loans known to be defective, an attorney for the U.S. said in closing arguments in a lawsuit against the lender. The U.S. last year joined a whistle-blower action against Bank of America filed by former Countrywide executive Edward O’Donnell.

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Who Buys the Spies? The Hidden Corporate Cash Behind America’s Out-of-Control National Surveillance StateEditor’s note: This is the first in a new series from AlterNet’s New Economic Dialogue Project, edited by Lynn Parramore. Long before President Obama kicked off his 2008 campaign, many Americans took it for granted that George W. Bush’s vast, sprawling national security apparatus needed to be reined in.

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Rand Paul proposes constitutional amendment barring government officials from being above the law

Rand Paul proposes constitutional amendment barring government officials from being above the lawSenator Rand Paul doesn’t want government officials to receive any sort of special treatment, and a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution courtesy of the Kentucky Republican could accomplish just that. Sen. Paul’s office announced on Monday that the lawmaker introduced a Constitutional amendment in Washington last week “that would hold government officials to the same standard as the American people.”

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US citizen sues government after being detained by immigration officials for 7 months

US citizen sues government after being detained by immigration officials for 7 monthsAFP Photo / Jose Cabezas A 33-year-old Filipino woman who came to the United States as a child and was quickly granted full American citizenship is suing the US government after being detained in prison for almost seven months and threatened with deportation.

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JPMorgan in tentative $13 billion deal with U.S. Justice Department

JPMorgan in tentative $13 billion deal with U.S. Justice Department: sourceCredit: Reuters/Mike Segar A sign outside the headquarters of JP Morgan Chase & Co in New York, September 19, 2013. The tentative deal does not release the bank from criminal liability for some of the mortgages it packaged into bonds and sold to investors, a factor that had been a major sticking point in the discussions, the source said.

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Drone strikes by US may violate international law, says UN

Drone strikes by US may violate international law, says UNA United Nations investigation has so far identified 33 drone strikes around the world that have resulted in civilian casualties and may have violated international humanitarian law. The report by the UN’s special rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism, Ben Emmerson QC, calls on the US to declassify information about operations co-ordinated by the CIA and clarify its positon on the legality of unmanned aerial attacks.

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Washington state sues lobbying group opposed to GMO food labeling effort

Washington state sues lobbying group opposed to GMO food labeling effortReuters / Ints Kalnins A lobbying group for major US manufacturers has violated Washington state campaign finance law while opposing a ballot initiative that would require labeling genetically-modified foods, according to a lawsuit filed by the state attorney general Wednesday.

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You Must Change Your Life: Capitalism and the Evolving Dharma

You Must Change Your Life: Capitalism and the Evolving DharmaThe following is excerpted from Evolving Dharma: Meditation, Buddhism, and the Next Generation of Enlightenment, published by Evolver Editions/North Atlantic Books. I’m sitting at the Wisdom 2.0 conference in San Francisco, awaiting a program of millionaires and celebrities, half-envying and half-loathing the fact that many of the people here are filthy rich.

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EFF Files Brief to Reveal the DEA’s Secret Use of Electronic Surveillance in Criminal Cases

EFF Files Brief to Reveal the DEA’s Secret Use of Electronic Surveillance in Criminal CasesGiven the recent revelations about just how pervasive the government’s electronic surveillance has been, it’s no surprise these surveillance programs are popping up in criminal cases, as defense attorneys are finding gaps in how the government collected particular pieces of electronic evidence on their clients.

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14 Caribbean nations sue Britain, Holland and France for slavery reparations that could cost hundreds of billions of pounds

14 Caribbean nations sue Britain, Holland and France for slavery reparations that could cost hundreds of billions of poundsCountries demanding compensation for ‘awful’ legacy of Atlantic trade Have hired lawyers who won pay-out for Kenyans tortured in the 1950s Britain compensated slave owners £20m in 1834 – equal to £200bn today Idea of reparations in the U.S.

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Stallman: How Much Surveillance Can Democracy Withstand?

Stallman: How Much Surveillance Can Democracy Withstand?Editor’s Note: Given Richard Stallman’s longtime role in promoting software that respects user freedom (including GNU, which just turned 30), his suggested “remedies” for all the ways technology can be re-designed to provide benefits while avoiding surveillance – like the smart meters example he shares below – seem particularly relevant.

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