WASHINGTON — Police officers may enter and search a home without a warrant as long as one occupant consents, even if another resident has previously objected, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a Los Angeles case.
The 6-3 ruling, triggered by a Los Angeles Police Department arrest in 2009, gives authorities more leeway to search homes without obtaining a warrant, even when there is no emergency.
The majority, led by Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., said police need not take the time to get a magistrate’s approval before entering a home in such cases. But dissenters, led by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, warned that the decision would erode protections against warrantless home searches. The court had previously held that such protections were at the “very core” of the 4th Amendment and its ban on unreasonable searches and seizures.
SEOUL, Feb. 19 (Yonhap) — The number of people arrested on charges of violating the country’s anti-communist law jumped nearly 40 percent on-year in 2013 due to an all-out clampdown, police said Wednesday.
According to the National Police Agency (NPA), the number of people arrested for allegedly violating the politically controversial National Security Law came to 22 in 2013, up 37.5 percent from a year earlier.
Enacted in 1948 to fight communism, the law bans any “anti-state” activities that attempt to praise, encourage or propagandize North Korean political ideals
A group of fired-up activists in Portland, Ore., who were tired of seeing homeless people being mistreated staged the kind of protest that will be difficult for the mayor to ignore.
An estimated 4,000 people sleep on the streets of Portland, Ore., on any given night and, since last summer, life has become increasingly difficult for them.
So, a group of protesters descended upon Portland City Hall on Tuesday night carrying pitchforks and torches to "shame the mayor into action," organizer Jessie Sponberg told The Oregonian.
Portland appears to be gearing up to revive a bill that would allow police to rouse homeless people sitting on sidewalks, The Oregonian reported at the end of last year. In July, Mayor Charlie Hales launched an effort to clear out homeless campsites, according to the Portland Mercury.
Sweeping campsites often exacerbates the situation for people living on the streets because the police discard homeless people’s few possessions, which may include their only warm clothing and blankets, advocates noted in a Change.org petition.
Rebuttal to the Feb. 10 Chicago Tribune editorial demanding prison time for the #NATO3 that the Trib refuses to print.
The Chicago Tribune’s War on Dissent: Activists respond
The Chicago Tribune threw down the gauntlet this week in the war on dissent — and came in solidly on the side of the billy club and the black-masked police provocateur. In its February 10 op ed piece (http://bit.ly/1f9M2Qr), the paper’s apparatchiks undertake what all good instruments of the jack-boot state do — they reinvented history.
It is simply factually dead wrong for the Tribune to assert that “city officials went to great lengths to facilitate [protesters’] right to assemble” during the May 2012 NATO protests. In fact, protesters had to battle for months for the right to protest — including against Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s infamous “sit down and shut up” ordinance. And hundreds of protesters who were kettled and assaulted by police on May 20, 2012 would flatly dispute the Tribune’s characterization of that calculated police violence as ‘turning the other cheek.’
Activists also learned more during the NATO 3 trial about what many had suspected — that Emanuel and police superintendent Garry McCarthy have stewarded the full-bore reinstatement of the city’s infamous Red Squad. Under Emanuel’s and McCarthy’s watch, police squandered untold public dollars to spy on constitutionally protected activity and position undercover cops as agent provocateurs to entrap protesters in ‘crimes’ wholly incited and manufactured by those undercover cops. And that spying has not ended. One of those officers involved in surveilling and infiltrating NATO protest efforts joined a volunteer health care project as a volunteer street medic — and was still spying on activists a year later.
It also bears noting that among the ‘masked agitators, dressed in black’ in the run-up to the NATO meeting were the two undercover officers at the heart of the NATO 3 entrapment: Nadia Chikko and Mehmet Uygun. One would have to be asleep at the switch — or an apologist for state repression — to assume there was not the same sort of police endeavor underway during the protests themselves.
But Judge Thaddeus Wilson adamantly insisted that issues related to First Amendment concerns would not be aired in this trial — in effect, guaranteeing that the police overreach and abuse at the heart of this manufactured case would never be disclosed to the jury and the public.
The Tribune has never asked Emanuel, McCarthy or States Attorney Anita Alvarez how much the investigation, incarceration and trial of the NATO 3 has cost the taxpayers. More broadly, the Tribune has never asked the City of Chicago for an honest accounting of what it cost taxpayers to police the NATO summit in real dollars. That’s a remarkable lapse by a newspaper known for its persistent drumbeat to account for — and cut where possible — public dollars for vital front-line public services that range from public health to public education.
The Tribune’s shrill call to lock up the NATO 3 and throw away the key mirrors a longstanding tradition of the paper’s editorial board. The Tribune invoked the same cry for blood more than 125 years ago in the Haymarket 8 case, when its editors at one point offered to pay jurors for a guilty verdict against those defendants. Four were executed on November 11, 1886.
Today, the Tribune has embraced that same unprincipled extremism — by endorsing police policies that create crimes where none exist and derail the fundamental right to dissent unmolested by police agent provocateurs and law enforcement spies. Totalitarianism is informed by a state strategy to dirty up and derail public opposition to government policy. Anita Alvarez, Rahm Emanual and Garry McCarthy have been happy to embrace this sort of despotism. And the Tribune has cosigned it.
Bill Ayers, Distinguished Professor of Education & Senior University Scholar (retired), University of Illinois at Chicago
Babur Balos, Occupy Chicago/Rogers Park, Overpass Light Brigade/Chicago
Brian Bean, Occupy Chicago Direct Action Committee, Summit Working Group, CANG8
Father Bob Bossie, SCJ: The Priests of the Sacred Heart
Tom Burke, Committee to Stop FBI Repression
James Cox, Radicals Against Discrimination
Sister Kathleen Desautels, SP, NATO Mobilization Peace Guide
Mike N. Durschmid, Rising Tide Chicago, NATO-Green Bloc Alliance, Organic Consumers Association
Vince Emanuele, IVAW - Iraq Veterans Against The War
Frank T. Fitzgerald, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology, College of St. Rose
Chris Geovanis, NATO Independent Media Center
Matt Ginsberg-Jaeckle, Mental Health Movement/Chicago
Donald Goldhamer, Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights
Eldon Grossman, Veterans For Peace
Dylan Hayworth-Weste, Food Not Bombs/Pilsen
Pat Hunt, CANG8 — Coalition Against NATO/G8 War & Poverty Agenda
Joe Iosbaker, CANG8
Mike Kalas, Multikulti
Terry Keenan, Occupy Chicago
Marilyn Levin, UNAC — United National Antiwar Coalition
Joe Lombardo, UNAC
Gregory Malandrucco, Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression
Andy Manos, NATO protest organizer
Kait McIntyre, Anti-War Committee - Chicago
Matthew McLoughlin, Occupy Chicago
Alan Mills, Legal Director, Uptown People’s Law Center
Jason Page, Multikulti
Sister Dorothy Pagosa
Ray Parrish, Vietnam veteran, veterans’ rights activist
Rachael Perrotta, NATO Protest Press Team Coordinator
Micah Philbrook, Occupy Chicago Press Committee
Barry Romo, Vietnam Veterans Against The War
Dick Reilly, CAM — Chicago Action Medical
Zoe Sigman, NATO protester
Arny Stieber, on behalf of the Chicago Chapter of Veterans For Peace, ChicagoVFP.org
Jess Sundin, Committee to Stop FBI Repression
Andy Thayer, co-founder, GLN — Gay Liberation Network, CANG8
Danielle Villarreal, NATO protest logistics coordinator
Rachel Unterman, NATO protest press liaison
Natalie Wahlberg, labor organizer, NATO protest spokesperson
Today in history: February 5, 1994 - More than thirty years after the fact, open white supremacist Byron de la Beckwith is convicted of the 1963 murder of Mississippi civil rights leader Medgar Evers.
De la Beckwith had been arrested soon after Evers’ murder, but two all-white male juries in Mississippi failed to convict him. The assassination of Medgar Evers was a pivotal moment in the development and radicalization of the civil rights movement.
(picture: Medgar Evers holding sign, protesting segregation in Jackson, MS in June 1963, just days before he was killed)
Via Freedom Road Socialist Organization (Fight Back!)
A TALE OF TWO BRATTONS
WHEN: Tuesday, February 4th at 12:30PM
WHERE: Steps of City Hall
WHO: New Yorkers Against Bratton, October 22nd Coalition, Parents Against Police Brutality
New York—On Tuesday, February 4th, New Yorkers Against Bratton—an ad hoc group comprised of parents, activists, and community members affected by NYPD abuse—will hold a press conference to address Mayor Bill De Blasio and Bill Bratton’s approach to reforming the NYPD.
- After this past Thursday’s announcement that the City will formally begin the process of dropping the appeal of a federal judge’s rulings on the Stop and Frisk case (Floyd V City of New York), New Yorkers should be wary of any premature celebrations or rhetoric that Stop and Frisk has been “solved”—like Bratton recently proclaimed. Bratton has promoted the practice of Stop and Frisk for years in both his public and private sector career.
- Even as Bratton has been promoting his version of “collaborative policing”, the first month of the De Blasio and Bratton regime has seen instances of police brutality in both Queens and Manhattan. In Queens an elderly Asian man was brutalized by the NYPD as a direct result of the Mayor’s new “Vision Zero” initiative which is a continuation of Bratton’s zero-tolerance policing philosophy—an important feature of his “Broken Windows” philosophy, which was a precursor to Stop & Frisk.
- In addition to police brutality, New Yorkers would be well advised to remain vigilant of a continuation of Muslim surveillance, which Bratton has embraced, and shootings of unarmed New Yorkers by police, whom Bratton never brought to account during his first run as NYPD commissioner when dozens of people were killed by the NYPD.
This Tuesday’s press conference also marks the 15 year anniversary of the shooting death of Amadou Diallo by the NYPD in 1999.
PHILADELPHIA TOWN HALL MEETING: Mumia Under Attack By Fraternal Order of Police
Saturday, January 25 - 1pm to 4pm
Church of the Advocate, 17th and Diamond, Philadelphia
The struggle to free political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal and bring him home continues.
Fight back against the FOP and their media and corporate backers who recently renewed their attacks on Mumia following Obama’s nomination of Debo Adegbile as head of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice
Call 212 330-8029 for travel information
All are welcome.
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Sponsored by International Concerned Friends and Family of Mumia Abu-Jamal, the Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition (NYC), Campaign to Bring Mumia Home, and International Action Center
KNOW YOUR ENEMIES: Chicago undercover police officer Nadia Chikko, aka “Gloves” testifies on Wednesday during the #NATO3 trial that “The department does not allow me to work undercover” because “my face being all over the internet.” Chikko (right) and her partner, undercover Chicago police officer Mehmet Uygun, who posed as “Mo.”
Via Richard Reilly