Category Archives: Civil Disobedience

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Germany is NOT a democracy!

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has come under intense international scrutiny over authoritizing state attorneys to prosecute a TV comedian over a vulgar, satirical poem he performed lampooming Turkey’s brutal dictator Tayyip Recep Erdogan. But the issue goes far beyond Merkel’s cozying up to the tyrant in Ankara; Germany’s libel and anti-insult laws have long been a weapon of choice for those seeking to suppress the marketplace of ideas. Hitler himself, prior to assuming power, was also a vicious libel plaintiff.

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The GDR was not a rogue state – Die DDR war kein Unrechtsstaat

It is Sunday. I am sitting on my couch and read German newspapers online. In the online edition of DIE ZEIT I am reading an article about coalition negotiations between the Green Party, the SPD and The Left Party. There was a state election last weekend in Thueringen/Germany. Because the people in Germany have no direct vote, the political parties in Germany are trying to figure out what they want to do with the peoples vote. Germany is an indirect democracy, which

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Petition Askes For White House To Declare Copblock And Others ‘Domestic Terrorists’

In what I’m sure is a huge coincidence, a petition at We the People was submitted Sept. 19th asking for the government to label “Copblock.org” (and any variation) members as “domestic terrorists.” [h/t Police State USA] This seems to follow news of Austin police officer Justin Berry’s designation of these organizations as “domestic extremists” far too closely to be just some sort of random happening — more or less within five days of the information first being exposed. Here’s the

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Cops in hot water after videos catch them shooting, beating people

One officer shot an innocent motorist during traffic stop; another beat a homeless woman. The South Carolina incident.       A South Carolina highway trooper was charged Wednesday over accusations of assault and battery in connection to the unprovoked shooting of a motorist pulled over for a seatbelt violation—an incident that was videotaped by the officer’s dashcam.   And on the same day South Carolina patrolman Sean Groubert, 31, was charged with wrongful shooting, California officials agreed to pay a

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ACLU releases Android app that secretly videos police

Police Tape prevents officers from deleting video shot during police stops. The New Jersey chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has released an Android app that surreptitiously records police stops and sends the videos to legal watchdogs for review. The advent of Police Tape is designed to counter a practice an increasing number of civilians have encountered over the past few years: those who videotape or photograph police officers performing routine stops and other official acts are frequently arrested

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Police beating of woman goes viral

  “This is not just jabs, they are hooks. Those are lights-out punches. Those aren’t like taps. You see it, you heard it. It was like ‘thump, thump, thump’ and then you see her head bouncing ‘bam, bam’ on the concrete. Then you hear her screaming, ‘No, don’t, stop.’ Then you even—at the end where she has her hands up like this—when it’s clear there is no more resistance, he takes another four or five shots.” That’s how motorist David

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Judge affirms probationer has a right to tape police officer in her home

Judge: When police search a home, recording their actions is even more important. In a statement of findings and recommendations filed last week, a US Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of California affirmed that a woman on searchable probation had the right to videotape three officers who came to her home to search it. In February 2011, plaintiff Mary Crago was visited by three police officers, including defendant Officer Kenneth Leonard. Leonard was working on the Sacramento Police Department’s

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Court upholds “First Amendment” right to film police

This ruling is one of many nationwide supporting right to record police. A federal appeals court has ruled that the public has the right to film cops in public and has reinstated a lawsuit against a local New Hampshire police department brought by a woman arrested for filming a traffic stop. The plaintiff in the case, Carla Gericke, was arrested on wiretapping allegations in 2010 for filming her friend being pulled over by the Weare Police Department during a late-night

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