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Daily Archives: October 31, 2011

Federal judge orders TN to stop arresting Occupy Nashville protesters

The Tennessean
Oct. 31, 2011
By Brandon Gee 

A federal judge granted a temporary restraining order today requiring the state to stop enforcing a hastily drawn up policy that set a curfew for gatherings at Legislative Plaza and resulted in about 50 arrests of Occupy Nashville protesters.

Local attorneys and the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee filed a lawsuit this morning against Gov. Bill Haslam and other state officials and requested a temporary restraining order to prevent any further arrests. U.S. District Judge Aleta A. Trauger granted the request. The state did not object to the restraining order and agreed to work out its differences with protesters.

After tolerating the protest for three weeks, Haslam approved a crackdown on demonstrators last week, citing safety and sanitation concerns at the plaza. The state instituted a new use policy for Legislative Plaza that included a curfew and permit requirements.

Full Article Here – http://www.tennessean.com/article/20111031/NEWS03/111031013/Federal-judge-orders-TN-stop-arresting-Occupy-Nashville-protesters?odyssey=mod

Google refuses to remove police-brutality videos, it says

Bangor Daily News
Oct. 31, 2011

In its most recent Transparency Report, Google states that it has received multiple requests from law-enforcement officials to remove videos.

“We received a request from a local law enforcement agency to remove YouTube videos of police brutality, which we did not remove. Separately, we received requests from a different local law enforcement agency for removal of videos allegedly defaming law enforcement officials. We did not comply with those requests, which we have categorized in this Report as defamation requests.”

The report covers January to June of this year, and catalogs removal requests from a variety of sources. The report states that Google complied with 63 percent of the 92 requests for content removal and a 93 percent of the 5,950 requests for user data. Writing in The Atlantic, Rebecca J. Rosen says that the lack of detail in the report “does more for making government transparent than it does more making Google itself transparent.”

The company says it releases this information to “help in ongoing discussions about the appropriate scope and authority of government requests,” and referred elsewhere to the need to reform the  Electronic Communications Privacy Act.

Full Article Here – http://bangordailynews.com/2011/10/31/news/nation/google-refuses-to-remove-police-brutality-videos/

Police break up Occupy Richmond encampment

Richmond Times Dispatch
Oct. 31, 2011

Richmond and Virginia State Police today broke up an encampment of Occupy Richmond protesters who had been camping at Kanawha Plaza downtown since Oct. 15.

Police officials would not immediately comment on the operation, which occurred about 1 a.m. when officers went to the public park and gave the protesters a chance to leave. Many did; those who did not were taken into custody.

Authorities said trespassing charges were likely.

Police did not use force and there were no injuries, putting the shutdown of the Richmond operation in contrast to those in some other cities where people have gathered to protest what they view as inequities on Wall Street.

It appeared as many as 15 people were taken into custody during this morning’s operation.

After the park was cleared, Richmond Department of Public Works crews came in with bulldozers and began clearing the debris left behind and stringing yellow police tape around a perimeter marked by traffic barrels.

Full Article Here – http://www2.timesdispatch.com/news/2011/oct/31/police-break-occupy-richmond-encampment-ar-1423424/

U.S. had advance warning of abuse at Afghan prisons, officials say

Washington Post
Oct. 30, 2011
By and

KABUL — Across the street from U.S. military headquarters in Kabul, shrouded from view by concrete walls, the Afghan intelligence agency runs a detention facility for up to 40 terrorism suspects that is known as Department 124. So much torture took place inside, one detainee told the United Nations, that it has earned another name: “People call it Hell.”

But long before the world body publicly revealed “systematic torture” in Afghan intelligence agency detention centers, top officials from the State Department, CIA and U.S. military received multiple warnings about abuses at Department 124 and other Afghan facilities, according to Afghan and Western officials with knowledge of the situation.

Despite the warnings, the United States continued to transfer detainees to Afghan intelligence service custody, the officials said. Even as other countries stopped handing over detainees to problematic facilities, the U.S. government did not.

U.S. Special Operations troops delivered detainees to Department 124. CIA officials regularly visited the facility, which was rebuilt last year with American money, to interrogate high-level Taliban and al-Qaeda suspects, according to Afghan and Western officials familiar with the site. Afghan intelligence officials said Americans never participated in the torture but should have known about it.

When the United Nations brought allegations of widespread detainee abuse on Aug. 30 to Gen. John Allen, the top U.S. military commander here, he took swift action ahead of the public release of the findings. Coalition troops stopped transferring detainees to Department 124 and 15 other police and intelligence agency prisons. They also hastily began a program to monitor those facilities and conduct human rights classes for interrogators.

But the prospect that U.S. officials failed to act on prior warnings raises questions about their compliance with a law, known as the Leahy Amendment, that prohibits the United States from funding units of foreign security forces when there is credible evidence they have committed human rights abuses. The State Department is now investigating whether the law applies and what funding might be affected, according to U.S. officials.

Full Article Here – http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/us-had-advance-warning-of-abuse-at-afghan-prisons-officials-say/2011/10/21/gIQA7Dg2VM_story.html