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Prosecutor And Cop Lose It Over Idea Of Over Idea Of Needing A Conviction To Take Property

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/oklahoma-civil-asset-forfeiture_56461dd1e4b045bf3deedb11?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000592



Law enforcement officials in Oklahoma are distraught about a bill to reform civil asset forfeiture.

Nick Wing
Senior Viral Editor, The Huffington Post

Posted: 11/13/2015 06:21 PM EST | Edited: 11/13/2015 06:24 PM EST

Oklahoma might be best known as a home to Sooners, Cowboys and country music fans, but a local prosecutor and police officer say the state will be welcoming violent drug cartels if a Republican lawmaker gets his way.

State Sen. Kyle Loveless has been trying to muster support this year for a bill that would reform a controversial law enforcement tool known as civil asset forfeiture. Using the practice, police and prosecutors in the state work together to permanently seize cash and property -- including cars, homes and businesses -- based on the suspicion that it's connected to criminal activity.

Proponents maintain that civil asset forfeiture is an important crime-fighting tool, often saying it lets them attack the profits of drug traffickers even when there's not a clear criminal link. But it gives authorities the power to take property without charging its owner with a crime, much less securing a conviction. In Oklahoma, the state isn't even required to provide definitive proof of the alleged criminal ties before taking control of the property, selling it and giving the money back to the departments involved in the case.

Loveless sees this as a fundamental violation of people's rights to due process and property and says the lax standards have gotten innocent people in Oklahoma caught in the civil asset forfeiture net. On Thursday, he sparred with Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler and Eric Dalgleish, a major at the Tulsa Police Department, over the merits of his bill to require a criminal conviction to permanently take someone's property.


Podcast available here:

PC and Eddie with State Senator Kyle Lovelace, DA Steve Kunzweiler, and TPD officer Major Dalgleish on civil asset forfeiture reform

http://www.1170kfaq.com/podcasts/patcampbell/347010772.html
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Mon Nov 16, 2015, 03:47 PM (4 replies)

Attempts at shaming only work when you have credibility with those being shamed

So why are gun control advocates going this route? Gun owners already see them as
somewhere between used car dealers and the more mendacious sorts of TV preachers.

There's no doubt that some of them really think that they can
get gun owners to 'see the light and hear the call' , but to be honest- most of it
seems like a pro forma desperation move, or an attempt to establish
a rep with the like-minded.


Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Sat Oct 24, 2015, 02:50 AM (22 replies)

DEA bought millions in cell phone trackers and training, payment data shows

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2015/oct/14/dea-cell-phone-trackers/


DEA bought millions in cell phone trackers and training, payment data shows

Agency refuses to release acquisition docs despite extensive online checkbook entries - including make and model for specific field offices

Over the past ten years, the Drug Enforcement Administration has spent millions of dollars on cell phone tracking. Federal purchasing documents that are already posted online indicate the make and model of the tracking device, and often even the DEA field office that bought it.

Simple searches on the Federal Procurement Data System reveal more than $5 million that the DEA paid Harris Corporation since 2005 for cell phone trackers and training sessions. The DEA bought a range of surveillance devices from the StingRay line, and as well as numerous device upgrades.

This information is already publicly posted online for anyone to review. But, even after conducting a physical count in response to one request, the DEA insists that it cannot release acquisition documents for its cell phone trackers. Just like the FBI, the DEA continues to withhold the most basic information about surveillance equipment everyone knows they use.


Lots of linked documents at the MuckRock site above

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Thu Oct 15, 2015, 12:46 AM (0 replies)

From the other group: "Living for 32 documentary available on Vimeo"

http://www.democraticunderground.com/12629785

Previously discussed here:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/117227650

The same unanswered questions brought up in that thread still apply:

When do we get to see the unedited, raw footage? And was any evidence of criminal activity
forwarded to the ATF?

And a new one: How does this differ from what James O'Keefe did to ACORN or what
the gestational slavers did to Planned Parenthood?

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Thu Oct 1, 2015, 01:45 PM (0 replies)

SCREW YOU, FEDS! Dozen or more US libraries line up to run Tor exit nodes

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/09/17/library_freedom_project_dozen_more_tor_nodes/

A dozen libraries across the US have asked for details on how to host Tor exit nodes following a decision by the small town of Lebanon, New Hampshire, to forego police warnings.

Following a decision by the library's board of trustees earlier this week to put the exit node back online, the founder of the Library Freedom Project, Alison Macrina, said that she had heard from a number of other libraries interested in hosting Tor nodes...

...There was consternation at the government's actions, however, and the issue quickly centered on freedom of speech. At its meeting, following the vocal backing of residents, the board unanimously decided to turn it back on.

Macrina now says that the DHS' efforts have put her project on the map. "This has catalyzed additional libraries and community members," she told Motherboard. "Folks have emailed me saying 'We don't care if it gets shut down, we want to push back against '."


Note: this is a follow-up to

First Library to Support Anonymous Internet Browsing Effort Stops After DHS Email

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1016131944

http://www.democraticunderground.com/11681466

and

Library’s Tor relay—which had been pulled after Feds noticed—now restored

http://www.democraticunderground.com/11681473


The Library Freedom Project site can be found at:

https://libraryfreedomproject.org/


Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Thu Sep 24, 2015, 12:21 AM (2 replies)

SCREW YOU, FEDS! Dozen or more US libraries line up to run Tor exit nodes

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/09/17/library_freedom_project_dozen_more_tor_nodes/

A dozen libraries across the US have asked for details on how to host Tor exit nodes following a decision by the small town of Lebanon, New Hampshire, to forego police warnings.

Following a decision by the library's board of trustees earlier this week to put the exit node back online, the founder of the Library Freedom Project, Alison Macrina, said that she had heard from a number of other libraries interested in hosting Tor nodes...

...There was consternation at the government's actions, however, and the issue quickly centered on freedom of speech. At its meeting, following the vocal backing of residents, the board unanimously decided to turn it back on.

Macrina now says that the DHS' efforts have put her project on the map. "This has catalyzed additional libraries and community members," she told Motherboard. "Folks have emailed me saying 'We don't care if it gets shut down, we want to push back against '."


Note: this is a follow-up to

First Library to Support Anonymous Internet Browsing Effort Stops After DHS Email

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1016131944

http://www.democraticunderground.com/11681466

and

Library’s Tor relay—which had been pulled after Feds noticed—now restored

http://www.democraticunderground.com/11681473


The Library Freedom Project site can be found at:

https://libraryfreedomproject.org/


Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Thu Sep 24, 2015, 12:13 AM (1 replies)

Library’s Tor relay—which had been pulled after Feds noticed—now restored

Note: this is a follow-up to

http://www.democraticunderground.com/11681466

First Library to Support Anonymous Internet Browsing Effort Stops After DHS Email

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/09/small-town-library-restores-tor-relay-which-had-gone-dark-for-weeks/

The New Hampshire library, which last week took down a Tor relay after federal authorities read about it on Ars, has finally restored its important link in the anonymizing network.

The node was turned back on Tuesday evening immediately after the board of the Kilton Public Library in Lebanon voted to do so...

...As Ars reported earlier, the goal of the Library Freedom Project is to set up Tor exit relays in as many of these ubiquitous public institutions as possible. As of now, only about 1,000 exit relays exist worldwide. If this plan is successful, it could vastly increase the scope and speed of the famed anonymizing network. For now, Kilton has a middle relay but has plans to convert it to an exit relay. A middle relay passes traffic to another relay before departing the Tor network on the exit relay.

A Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agent first learned of the plan after reading Ars’ July 30 article and then forwarded it on as a heads-up to a local police officer on the New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children task force. That, in turn, led to a meeting between local law enforcement, city officials, and the library. (HSI is the investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security.)


Kudos to the Kilton Public Library!

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Thu Sep 17, 2015, 01:09 AM (1 replies)

First Library to Support Anonymous Internet Browsing Effort Stops After DHS Email

https://www.propublica.org/article/library-support-anonymous-internet-browsing-effort-stops-after-dhs-email

A library in a small New Hampshire town started to help Internet users around the world surf anonymously using Tor. Until the Department of Homeland Security raised a red flag.

by Julia Angwin
ProPublica, Sep. 10, 2015, 11:20 a.m.

...In July, the Kilton Public Library in Lebanon, New Hampshire, was the first library in the country to become part of the anonymous Web surfing service Tor. The library allowed Tor users around the world to bounce their Internet traffic through the library, thus masking users’ locations.

Soon after state authorities received an email about it from an agent at the Department of Homeland Security.

“The Department of Homeland Security got in touch with our Police Department,” said Sean Fleming, the library director of the Lebanon Public Libraries.

After a meeting at which local police and city officials discussed how Tor could be exploited by criminals, the library pulled the plug on the project...



So much for "Live Free or Die"...
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Thu Sep 10, 2015, 10:45 PM (4 replies)

First Library to Support Anonymous Internet Browsing Effort Stops After DHS Email

https://www.propublica.org/article/library-support-anonymous-internet-browsing-effort-stops-after-dhs-email

A library in a small New Hampshire town started to help Internet users around the world surf anonymously using Tor. Until the Department of Homeland Security raised a red flag.

by Julia Angwin
ProPublica, Sep. 10, 2015, 11:20 a.m.

...In July, the Kilton Public Library in Lebanon, New Hampshire, was the first library in the country to become part of the anonymous Web surfing service Tor. The library allowed Tor users around the world to bounce their Internet traffic through the library, thus masking users’ locations.

Soon after state authorities received an email about it from an agent at the Department of Homeland Security.

“The Department of Homeland Security got in touch with our Police Department,” said Sean Fleming, the library director of the Lebanon Public Libraries.

After a meeting at which local police and city officials discussed how Tor could be exploited by criminals, the library pulled the plug on the project. ...


So much for "Live Free or Die"...
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Thu Sep 10, 2015, 10:42 PM (0 replies)

Leaked Files Show How the Heritage Foundation Navigates the Reactionary Views of Wealthy Donors

Heritage claimed last week that this was a hack:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10141196433

"Data breach: Heritage Foundation emails, donor info stolen"


http://gawker.com/leaked-files-show-how-the-heritage-foundation-navigates-1727706821

Late last month, a strange file appeared on an Amazon server belonging to the Heritage Foundation, an influential Washington, D.C.-based think tank that remains widely regarded as one of the country’s most serious and respectable conservative institutions. The file—which appears to have been unintentionally uploaded by a Heritage staffer, rather than obtained by an intruder—offers a remarkable window into how Heritage maintains this reputation. It contains hundreds of emails and thousands of pages of internal fundraising reports documenting how the foundation navigated the flood of conservative conspiracy-mongering that followed Obama’s election in 2008, and how its staffers discussed the increasingly bizarre ideologies of its donor class with puzzlement and occasional derision.

The file, which has since been deleted, is a Microsoft Outlook backup folder that appears to have been associated with an assistant director at Heritage named Steve DeBuhr, who belongs to the foundation’s “major gifts team” and handles donor relations in the Midwest. In that capacity, he received regularly updated “call reports” containing detailed dossiers on current and potential donors as well as DeBuhr’s and other development officers’ various interactions with those donors throughout the country. By all accounts, the file appears to be authentic: It surfaced on the same server (thf_media.s3.amazonaws.com) where Heritage hosts policy papers and membership forms.

Between 2008 and 2009, Heritage raised approximately $135,000,000 in tax-deductible donations from private charities and individuals, according to publicly available tax filings. One of those individuals was a Pennsylvania businessman named Robert W. Ellis, who between 1994 and 2008 gave 40 gifts totaling nearly $250,000 to the foundation. DeBuhr’s records indicate Ellis’s development officer, a Heritage employee named Jeffrey Trimbath, met Ellis in person at least seven times between July 2008 and June 2009. In notes taken after those meetings, Trimbath characterized what he took to be Ellis’s views toward Muslims and liberals.


Short version: Heritage plays rich, right-wing nutters for big money
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Thu Sep 10, 2015, 12:47 AM (2 replies)
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