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Occupy Portland’s peaceful rally, march attracts thousands

Portland Tribune
Oct. 6, 2011
By Reed Jackson

Thousands of protestors took to the streets of downtown Portland Thursday afternoon to voice their displeasure with corporate America.
The rally and march organized by Occupy Portland is the latest in a series of demonstrations across the country that began in mid-September as Occupy Wall Street in Manhattan’s financial district. It has grown to include similar groups in more than a dozen major cities.
(There were no official estimates of the crowd size, but protestors filled Pioneer Courthouse Square and stretched for several blocks during the march.)

Following the march, dozens of Occupy Portland protestors planned to set up camp in Lownsdale Square near Multnomah County Courthouse and Chapman Square at Southwest Fourth Avenue and Main Street, near City Hall.
After the noon rally in Tom McCall Waterfront Park, West Burnside Street and Broadway were filled with signs and chants from people of all ages and races voicing their disapproval of social and economic inequality, corporate greed and the influence of corporate money in government.
“I think most of America is fed up with the way things are going,” said 56-year-old Earl Smith, who held a sign that read: “Tax the 1%ers.”
“The rich keep getting richer, the poor keep getting poorer and the middle class is joining the ranks of the poor.”


‘Getting out there’

Leaders of Occupy Portland declined to say what specific policy or problem they wanted to see changed. According to several protestors, though, Thursday’s gathering was less about focusing on a specific issue and more about sparking a dialogue on what they believe are the nation’s problems.

Eleven arrested as Los Angeles protests swell

Oct. 6, 2011

Eleven protestors were arrested Thursday in the biggest anti Wall Street-style demonstration yet in Los Angeles, with some 500 people rallying in the city’s downtown district, police said.
Six men and five women were detained for trespassing by sitting down in the lobby of the Bank of America, said an LA Police Department (LAPD) spokesman.
Crowds — including some from the “Occupy L.A.” group which began protests at City Hall last weekend — looked on as those arrested were escorted out the front door. They were bailed for $5,000 each.

The protest was led by the ReFund California campaign, which lobbies for banks to keep families in homes, pay their fair share of taxes and help rebuild poor neighborhoods.
“Money for Jobs and Housing, Not Banks and War” and “We Need Good Jobs,” read some of the placards carried by protestors, who dispersed later in the afternoon.

Full Article Here – http://news.yahoo.com/11-arrested-los-angeles-protests-swell-225813267.html

Bank of America Customer Delivers 153,000 Signatures in Petition Over Fee

ABC News
Oct. 6, 2011

By Devin Dwyer

Molly Katchpole, the 22-year-old Bank of America customer who organized a grassroots campaign against the new $5 debit card fee, delivered more than 153,000 petitions to a bank branch in D.C. today.  Katchpole closed her accounts, cut up her debit and credit card on the sidewalk, and left with $400 cash she says she intends to deposit in a credit union.

“Five dollars might not seem like a lot of money to the people who made the decision, but to thousands of people right now an extra $60 a year to a company they just bailed out with their tax money is not ok,” she said.

Bank of America President Brian Moynihan told ABC News on Wednesday that the fee “is meant to provide great service” and that customers with a balance greater than $5000 will be exempt.  Katchpole called the explanation unacceptable: “The actual reasons don’t matter to a lot of Americans. What they’re seeing is a company that doesn’t pay any federal income tax asking for more money to go to a feature that people have been using for free.”

Full Article Here – http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/business/2011/10/bank-of-america-customer-delivers-153000-signatures-in-petition-over-fee/ 

Italian Wikipedia replaces every page with free speech protest

ars technica
Oct. 6, 2011

On Tuesday, Wikipedia took the drastic step of replacing every Italian-language page with a statement warning that a law now under consideration by the Italian parliament could force the shutdown of the Italian edition of Wikipedia. In the English version of its statement, Wikipedia says the law includes “a requirement to all websites to publish, within 48 hours of the request and without any comment, a correction of any content that the applicant deems detrimental to his/her image.” Wikipedia says this requirement is “an unacceptable restriction of the freedom and independence of Wikipedia,” and would paralyze Wikipedia’s bottom-up editing process.

Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi is currently on trial for corruption and having sex with an underage prostitute. His government is trying to restrict publication of police wiretapping transcripts after Berlusconi was embarrassed by leaked transcripts of his own phone calls.

One of those transcripts show him expressing contempt for his country and a desire to leave it. In another, he directed a “crude insult” at German leader Angela Merkel. In a third, he boasted, of “‘doing eight girls” in a night and joked that with all his sexual activity, he was only prime minister ‘in [his] spare time.’”

Berlusconi’s government insists the law would safeguard the privacy of all Italians.

Section 29 of the proposed legislation would force websites to post any corrections submitted to them. There’s no provision for verifying the accuracy of the corrections, nor is there a process of judicial review.

Italian Wikipedia editors argue that they “have always been available to review—and modify, if needed—any content deemed to be detrimental to anyone, without harm to the project’s neutrality and independence.” And they argue that existing defamation law already gives adequate protections for Italians who are unfairly maligned by a website.

Full Article Here – http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/10/italian-wikipedia-replaces-every-page-with-free-speech-protest.ars?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+arstechnica%2Findex+%28Ars+Technica+-+Featured+Content%29

Occupy Seattle Attorney Says Arrests Violate First Amendment

Oct. 6, 2011
By Josh Feit

I just got off the phone with the pro-bono attorney who’s representing the eight protesters who were charged today with obstructing officers when the police made the Occupy Seattle protesters take down their tents yesterday .

Attorney Kevin Trombold told PubliCola, “I’m happy to represent activists who are speaking out about how terrible things are.” Trombold says he’d been following the protests on TV and went down to the jail this morning “to offer my service.”

Trombold, a private criminal defense attorney, says “the city made a political decision and they are trying to turn it into a criminal case. … When you do that you run into problems with the First Amendment.”

The political decision? Trombold says “the mayor just made a decision, ‘I think I’ll just say no tents,’” adding that “people are allowed to put up tents in the park. They do it all the time.”

Trombold noted that the city “knows this,” and so is filing charges under state code which gives police broader discretion, “but it’s still unlawful,” he says, “for police to just decide what your First Amendment rights are.”

Trombold has represented homeless encampments such as Tent City and Nickelsville and has gotten illegal camping charges dismissed.

His eight clients were released—after this morning’s charging hearing at the jail court—and will face trial at Seattle Municipal Court on November 14. The court said the defendants could to not return to Westlake Park as a condition of release.

Full Article Here – http://publicola.com/2011/10/06/occupy-seattle-attorney-says-arrests-violate-first-amendment/ 

Occupy DC, October 2011 groups protest on Freedom Plaza Thursday

Washington Post
Oct. 6, 2011
By Maggie Fazeli Fard

The protest movement energized by Occupy Wall Street is trying to build momentum in Washington, with demonstrators from the October 2011 and Occupy DC groups gathering Thursday at Freedom Plaza.

The movement, which began in New York City to protest the United States’s “corrupt democratic process,” has spread to cities like D.C., Los Angeles and Chicago, gaining credibility as support from politicians and celebrities has grown.

Occupy DC protesters have been gathering in McPherson Square for planning meetings since Saturday–so far in relatively small numbers, compared to the New York movement.

Protesters marched to Capitol Hill on Wednesday, and plan to hold a rally and concert at Freedom Plaza at noon Thursday, according to their Web site.

Full Article Here – http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-buzz/post/occupy-dc-to-protest-on-freedom-plaza-thursday/2011/10/06/gIQA6TAiPL_blog.html 

Judge Refuses to Sanction CIA for Destroying Torture Tapes

Oct. 6, 2011
By David Kravets

A federal judge won’t hold the CIA in contempt for destroying videotapes of detainee interrogations that included the use of a torture technique known as waterboarding, ruling instead Wednesday that the spy agency merely committed “transgressions” for its failure to abide by his court order.

Punishing the Central Intelligence Agency, U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein of New York ruled, “would serve no beneficial purpose.” (.pdf)

Hellerstein wrote that CIA officials responsible for producing the tapes in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit might “not have been aware of the videotapes’ existence before they were destroyed.” The judge also said officials who ordered the tapes’ destruction in 2005 might not have been “aware of court orders requiring identification or production of the videotapes.”

The American Civil Liberties Union, which brought the long-running FOIA case and asked for a contempt finding, had requested that Judge Hellerstein order depositions and discovery to ascertain if CIA officials destroyed the 92 videotapes of post-9/11 interrogations of terrorism suspects after they had notice of court orders to produce them.

The judge declined.

“I will not allow additional discovery,” the judge said. He added that the CIA has admitted that some of the videos showed the CIA using waterboarding torture techniques. Footage on one tape, he said, had shown an interrogator who “continuously applied large volumes of water to a cloth that covered the detainee’s mouth and nose.” The Obama administration has declined to prosecute CIA officials for torture, citing legal memos that authorized the techniques.

Hellerstein said because of the tapes’ destruction, the CIA “improved protocols for the retention of records potentially relevant to an investigation or a judicial, congressional, or administrative proceeding.”

The judge said the tapes’ destruction “exposed serious flaws” in the CIA’s document-retention procedures, and he noted that the CIA in August “adopted new document preservation and destruction protocols to insure against similar transgressions in the future.”

Alexander Abdo, an ACLU staff attorney, blasted Hellerstein’s ruling.

“While today’s decision recognizes that the CIA violated a court order when it destroyed the torture tapes, we are profoundly disappointed by the court’s unwillingness to label as contempt what it describes as the CIA’s ‘dereliction.’ We also strongly disagree with the court’s finding that the CIA has ‘remedied’ the destruction,” Abdo said in a statement. “The truth is that the CIA destroyed evidence of torture, and the destruction of this evidence has made it harder to hold high-level officials accountable for the abuse that they authorized.”

Full Article Here – http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2011/10/cia-dodges-contempt