“I think if you look into it, it would be a rare situation in which somebody was blocked from public service for having successfully vindicated the Constitution of the United States.”—Debo Adegbile, President Obama’s nominee to lead the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division has formally withdrawn following opposition over his ties to the legal defense of imprisoned journalist and former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal. The Senate rejected the nomination of Adegbile in March following a fight that focused almost solely on his role as part of an NAACP Legal Defense Fund team that successfully argued the trial judge’s jury instructions violated Abu-Jamal’s rights in his conviction for killing a Philadelphia police officer.
“The family has had an independent autopsy done, in which it indicates that he was shot six times. None of those shots entered from the front, and the one that killed him hit him right in the middle of the back. The others were in his shoulder, there were two in his leg, there was one in his elbow and one in his hand. So it begs the question, of course: How is it that someone ends up shot in the back if he is shot while he is lunging toward the officers?”—
Randall Edwards, an attorney for Darrien Hunt’s family. Hunt was shot dead outside a restaurant in Saratoga Springs last Wednesday. Utah County authorities said he was shot after lunging at officers with a Samurai-style sword. But Edwards told HuffPost Live that autopsy results contradict that claim.
On Monday, authorities changed their account, telling The Guardian that Hunt allegedly lunged at officers outside a bank that was actually several dozen yards from where he ultimately died. Authorities also said the two police officers involved had not been interviewed yet, a delay which the family’s attorney called “almost incomprehensible.” One of the officers was scheduled to be interviewed yesterday and the second tomorrow, more than a week after the shooting. Hunt’s mother, Susan, told reporters she believes her son was racially profiled. “They killed my son because he’s black. No white boy with a little sword would they shoot while he’s running away,” she said. Surveillance footage from the scene has been obtained by authorities.
Man: “If we don’t force him to make peace, we will not have peace.”
Bill Clinton: “First of all, I agree with that. But in 2000, Ehud Barak, I got him to agree to something that I’m not sure I could have gotten Rabin to agree to, and Rabin was murdered for giving land to the Palestinians.”
Man: “I agree. So, but Netanyahu is not the guy.”
Bill Clinton: “I agree with that.”
”—Former President Bill Clinton has been caught on tape agreeing that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is “not the guy” to reach a long-term peace deal with the Palestinians. At a Democratic fundraiser in Iowa, C-SPAN recorded Clinton defending his own record in past negotiations as he chatted with a member of the public, who criticized Netanyahu. Bill Clinton’s comments differ sharply from the public stances of his wife, potential Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who has defended Netanyahu, including over this summer’s Israeli assault on Gaza.
“I think we could and should maybe revisit some of these practices. Now, our national security policy directive, as you know, is very clear on ransom. That’s been in place for many, many years, through different administrations. I’m not suggesting we change that, by the way. But I think maybe there are some areas that we could do a little better with, as far as in dealing with families and the human part of this.”—
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has acknowledged the United States could improve its treatment of family members whose loved ones are held hostage by the Islamic State.
His remarks come after the mother of James Foley, who was executed by ISIS, criticized the U.S. treatment of her son’s case, saying officials told her she could face prosecution if she tried to raise ransom to free her son. Responding to New Hampshire Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, Hagel defended the U.S. policy of not paying ransoms to terrorists, but acknowledged room for improvement in other areas.
“Chelsea Manning, previously known as Bradley, is currently serving a 35-year sentence for leaking classified information to WikiLeaks. A year ago, Manning announced she identified as a woman and planned to seek hormone therapy. Last month the American Civil Liberties Union threatened to sue the Pentagon for withholding treatment for her transition, saying, “It is cruel and unusual punishment to withhold from Ms. Manning the care that the military’s own doctors have deemed medically necessary.””—ACLU: Chelsea Manning Denied Treatment for Gender Transition
“In the Syrian province of Idlib, at least 34 children are said to have died after receiving tainted doses of a measles vaccine. The Syrian rebel coalition, which was running the program, said supporters of the Bashar al-Assad regime may have tampered with the vaccines. They said the doses were supplied by UNICEF and the World Health Organization by way of the Turkish government. The death toll is expected to rise as many children are seriously ill.”—34 Children Die in Syria from Tainted Measles Vaccine
With the number of Syrian refugees in the Middle East hitting 3 million, it’s worth examining how the United States and other countries not on the frontline of the conflict have stepped in to help countries like Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey. These countries have the misfortune to be neighbors not only of Syria, but of Iraq and Israel/Palestine as well, other places that have been the source of millions of refugees.
Consider this: Lebanon is hosting 1.14 million refugees from Syria, the equivalent of 83 million refugees in the United States — or the combined population of California, Texas, and New York. And what has the United States done to relieve the human burden on Lebanon and Syria’s other neighbors? In the first 10 months of fiscal year 2014, the US admitted a grand total of 63 Syrian refugees.
As a principle of basic fairness, there is no reason why a country that has the bad luck of bordering another country that is hemorrhaging refugees should be expected to bear that burden alone. But as a legal principle, such countries have a solitary obligation not to push refugees back to places where they would be persecuted or subjected to other serious harm.
“Consider this: Lebanon is hosting 1.14 million refugees from Syria, the equivalent of 83 million refugees in the United States — or the combined population of California, Texas, and New York. And what has the United States done to relieve the human burden on Lebanon and Syria’s other neighbors? In the first 10 months of fiscal year 2014, the US admitted a grand total of 63 Syrian refugees.”—US to Syrian Refugees: We’ll Give You Money But Stay Away, Please (via humanrightswatch)
Alleged to have threatened customers, John Crawford, 22, was talking on his phone while holding an unloaded BB gun
When Ronald Ritchie called 911 from the aisles of a Walmart in western Ohio last month to report that a black man was “walking around with a gun in the store”, he said that shoppers were coming under direct threat.
“He’s, like, pointing it at people,” Ritchietold the dispatcher. Later that evening, after John Crawford III had been shot dead by one of the police officers who hurried to the scene in Beavercreek, Ritchierepeated to reporters: “He was pointing at people. Children walking by.”
One month later, Ritchie puts it differently. “At no point did he shoulder the rifle and point it at somebody,” the 24-year-old said, in an interview with the Guardian. He maintained that Crawford was “waving it around”, which attorneys for Crawford’s family deny.
Ritchie told several reporters after the 5 August shooting that he was an “ex-marine”. When confronted with his seven-week service record, however, he confirmed that he had been quickly thrown out of the US marine corps in 2008 after being declared a “fraudulent enlistment”, over what he maintains was simply a mixup over his paperwork.
Crawford, 22, turned out to be holding an unloaded BB air rifle that he had picked up from a store shelf. After Ritchie said Crawford appeared to be “trying to load” the gun, the 911 dispatcher relayed to an officer that it was believed the gunman “just put some bullets inside”.
The Crawfords’ attorneys told the Guardian that they had learned the preliminary findings of an autopsy were that he was shot in the back of his left arm and in his left side, supporting their claim that he was turned away from the police officer who shot him.
They have pleaded with Mike DeWine, Ohio’s attorney general, to release the store’s surveillance footage of the shooting to the public. Having viewed it, they say that it disproves Ritchie’s version of what led to the deaths of both Crawford and a 37-year-old woman who collapsed and died in the ensuing panic.
this isn’t shade to anyone, but yall need to stop acting surprised when your fave celebs fuck up. they’re part of a ruling class who are thoroughly isolated from concrete global issues and catastrophes and actually rely on the disenfranchisement of others to sustain their status. their entire persona is inherently problematic as ultimate beneficiaries of capitalism. what ethics do you expect, idgi