The Secrecy of the Legal Justifications for NSA Surveillance Violates International Human Rights Law

One of the many ways that the NSA’s mass surveillance violates the human rights of both Americans and others around the world is that it teeters on a huge pile of secret law.

Let’s be clear. Under international human rights law, secret “law” doesn’t even qualify as “law” at all.

This is a basic and old legal requirement: it can be found in all of the founding human rights documents. It allows people the fundamental fairness of understanding when they can expect privacy from the government and when they cannot. It avoids the Kafkaesque situations in which people, like Joseph K in The Trial and the thousands of people on the secret No Fly Lists, cannot figure out what they did that resulted in government scrutiny, much less clear their names. And it ensures that government officials have actual limits to their discretion and that when those limits are crossed, redress is possible.

10000bc:

since abercrombie an fitch destroys its unsold clothes and wont donate bc poor people wearing their clothes gives them a bad image i say everyone should donate as much abercrombie and fitch brand clothing that you have to homeless shelters so you can simultaneously piss off a shitty company and help those in need

tamorapierce:

socialnetworkhell:

"Consensual sex" is just sex. To say that implies that there is such a thing as "non consensual sex", which there isn’t. That’s rape. That is what it needs to be called. There is only sex or rape. Do not teach people that rape is just another type of sex. They are two very separate events. You wouldn’t say "breathing swimming" and "non breathing swimming", you say swimming and drowning.

This is a very good point.

jbaines19:

Black children are denied their innocence and childhood, even in death.

#Pseudo Journalism

jbaines19:

Black children are denied their innocence and childhood, even in death.

#Pseudo Journalism

"being authorized to use lethal force doesn’t, by definition, mean that the force used must ALWAYS result in death, a point which apparently eludes every member of every law enforcement agency in the country"
23 days, 3 hours since Mike Brown was killed.

zukorama:

You know, with all of the horribly racist comments I’ve seen about the ferguson situation by white men and women, and many of them likely conservative christians, I just have one question

Which side would Jesus be defending? The white, over-armed militarized police force using violence to assert their authority? or the low income black community fed up with how they are treated by society?

That is all

retroluminati:

The surveillance tapes supposedly shows Michael Brown “robbing” a Ferguson convenience store market. But in spite of the fact that the “robbery” was carried out without the brandishing of a weapon, and in spite of the fact that this was really more a case of petty theft shoplifting, this Friday, for the first time, the owners of the store have said that they never said they believed Michael Brown was the individual who stole the item from their store.
In fact, while the owners are speaking out through an attorney about the surveillance video, the mainstream, corporate media are largely ignoring everything they said, pretending that this video definitively identifies Michael Brown as the strong arm shoplifter.
The owners claim that this is a claim the police have come up with on their own. For his part, Dorian Johnson, a witness to the shooting of Michael Brown, has reportedly confessed to being with Brown in the convenient store. But for now, that has not been corroborated by the store owner, employees or eye witnesses. As well, we are not hearing this from Johnson himself, so a number of questions remain.
Through their attorney, the owner of the store also even dispute the claim that they or an employee called 911. They say that a customer inside the store made the call. This is pretty strange if this was indeed a “robbery”.
As well, in addition to clarifying that they never said they believed, nor identified the suspect with Michael Brown, they claimed that the St. Louis County issued the warrants for the hard drive of surveillance video Friday, based on the police claiming that Brown fit the description of the person in the video… the person who the owners and employees of the store were not even going to call the police on. Again, the owner clarifies that neither the management, nor any employee ever identified Brown as the suspect in that video.
They simply never said they believed that, this was a claim made by the police alone. So the real question is why the media has been taking the word of the police on this matter, even over the word of the eye witnesses and the store owner?
countercurrentnews.com

retroluminati:

The surveillance tapes supposedly shows Michael Brown “robbing” a Ferguson convenience store market. But in spite of the fact that the “robbery” was carried out without the brandishing of a weapon, and in spite of the fact that this was really more a case of petty theft shoplifting, this Friday, for the first time, the owners of the store have said that they never said they believed Michael Brown was the individual who stole the item from their store.

In fact, while the owners are speaking out through an attorney about the surveillance video, the mainstream, corporate media are largely ignoring everything they said, pretending that this video definitively identifies Michael Brown as the strong arm shoplifter.

The owners claim that this is a claim the police have come up with on their own. For his part, Dorian Johnson, a witness to the shooting of Michael Brown, has reportedly confessed to being with Brown in the convenient store. But for now, that has not been corroborated by the store owner, employees or eye witnesses. As well, we are not hearing this from Johnson himself, so a number of questions remain.

Through their attorney, the owner of the store also even dispute the claim that they or an employee called 911. They say that a customer inside the store made the call. This is pretty strange if this was indeed a “robbery”.

As well, in addition to clarifying that they never said they believed, nor identified the suspect with Michael Brown, they claimed that the St. Louis County issued the warrants for the hard drive of surveillance video Friday, based on the police claiming that Brown fit the description of the person in the video… the person who the owners and employees of the store were not even going to call the police on. Again, the owner clarifies that neither the management, nor any employee ever identified Brown as the suspect in that video.

They simply never said they believed that, this was a claim made by the police alone. So the real question is why the media has been taking the word of the police on this matter, even over the word of the eye witnesses and the store owner?

countercurrentnews.com

undeadthug:

I actually feel sick reading this TIME article. I would never think that an esteemed source of media like TIME would actually publish an article that comments on how ”Negrophobia” and the “fear of black people” could be “lethal”.

It’s like nooooo he didn’t shoot an 18yo unarmed boy multiple times because he was racist! He shot him because he had….NEGROPHOBIA!!

This is so surreal.

We’ve reached a point where white people are making up medical terms to dismiss their racism. I’m in disbelief right now.

#Pseudo Journalism

beautybyuche:

ecklecticsoul:

{Strolling Series by Cecile Emeke}

Sexism,Patriarchy,Racism and Colonialsm.Full Discourse

prometheusunchained:

The armored trucks and “war” gear worn by police found in Ferguson serves a purpose, but you would be wrong to believe this purpose is for any real protection. They wear this gear to propagate an image of violent chaos, where the cops are supposedly “good guys who are risking their lives” to protect the people from “violent animalistic behavior”. However this is not the case, the police have done nothing but harass protesters and ignore looters purposely to make things escalate so they can demonize an already grief stricken neighborhood. Ferguson is not a war zone, it is an American community, a community that has every right to peacefully protest the loss of life of a community member that they believe was unlawfully executed by a police officer. All they are demanding is accountability for what happened. Yes this IS a racial issue, stop saying it isn’t, if you are someone who has ever proudly rocked a confederate flag then there is really no place for your voice in this discussion. I get it…many of you are cop sympathizers, authority lovers, blind believers in a justice system that doesn’t really serve anyone but white people and it scares me. Open up your eyes and realize the people of ferguson are not being treated fairly. 65% of Ferguson is black and yet 48 out of 53 Ferguson police officers are white. Shouldn’t the percentage of black cops match the demographics of the community? This is not a coincidence, this is intentional oppression. It’s also not a coincidence that Ferguson’s police chief hangs a confederate flag in the middle of his living room, but I’m sure there will be people who say otherwise…If I offended any of you I’m not even a little bit sorry, that just means you get angry over the wrong things.

brnjianna:

… Page spent an hour whining about black people, the LGBT community, FEMA camps, President Obama’s and birth certificate, and an evil plot to institute martial law and rewrite the Constitution. Here are some highlights:

About a minute in, the hate already begins to show as he explains that all men are created equal. “That does not mean affirmative action,” he says.

At around 1:20, he says “We’re all equal. God does not respect persons–so we have no business passing hate crime laws–NONE–because we’re setting aside a group of people special. We got a Supreme Court out of control with the laws on sodomy and that’s what they are. The word gay just means happy. It does not mean ‘wrong.’

At around 3:20, he explains that the Bible is the foundation for the Constitution, adding, “I don’t know what them black little perverts don’t understand down there. But they need me to talk to them. I’ll square them away for you. Take me about a minute.”

At around 15:40, he explains that “There are four sodomites on the Surpreme Court.”

At about 21:30, he explains to the crowd that the public school system is going to place our children in camps, rarely allowing them to return home, as they train our kids to spy on us.

He explains that President Obama is an illegal alien from Kenya at around 26:40. “Now this here is Kenya. I had my own airplane…” He says that he visited because his “undocumented President” is from there. “So I flew to Africa and I went to our undocumented President’s home. He was born in Kenya.”

31 minutes into his rant, he lets his Islamophobia fly. “Do you know how the Muslims take care of you? They cut your head off. Obama is allowing hundreds of thousands of Muslims to come in ever week…Muslims are passive until they gain parity with you or they exceed you in numbers–and they will kill you.”

At 35:50, he explains that there is “no such thing as an Executive Order.” He says that he left the military because “I’m not going to obey an undocumented President.” He tells the crowd he took two years early retirement because he did not want to obey Obama’s orders.

At 51:45, he says that “The EBT cards are going to shut down. Can you imagine what’s going to happen to North St. Louis and St. Louis County when the EBT cards go down? When the ATM machines don’t work?” Rioting, of course! “When the inner cities start to ignite, people are going to start killing people they don’t like.”

At the end, he was presented with an Oathkeepers badge. “Wouldn’t that look good on his St. Louis County police uniform?” the man asked as he presented the badge.

This is the sort of person interacting with the largely African-American protesters in Ferguson, MO.

Think about that.

Watch: Insane, Violent St. Louis Cop Spews Unhinged Psychotic Rant to Oathkeepers (Video) | Americans Against the Tea Party

Nice job, “isis”

because the good guys always behead other people (and/or make videos thereof, real or not).


PS: The real Isis [Aset, Iset] is much angered by your name, and pissing off a Goddess does not end well.