UPDATE: The FBI Just Arrested a Cop for Conspiring to Kidnap, Cook and Eat Women

No, this is not a joke.

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Tomorrow the Supreme Court Will Choose Whether to Act on One of the Worst Anti-Muslim Rulings in Years

Later today, a young Muslim activist by the name of Noor Elashi and the President Emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights, Michael Ratner, will unite in Lower Manhattan to address a crowd of supporters on behalf of “The Holy Land Five.”

The rally is a display of solidarity as the Supreme Court decides whether they will hear the group’s appeal following a 2008 conviction for alleged crimes under the Material Support to Terrorists statute.

In many ways, the anticipation of the October 26 decision by the Court is a win or go home affair. Continue reading

How to Disappear Completely: Lessons from the Antiwar Left, Pt. 3

No Mercy

What happens when well-intentioned individuals attempt to shine a media spotlight on government abuse and fraud?

Barack Obama came into office promising “the most transparent administration ever” and pledging to protect whistleblowers.

“[O]ften the best source of information about waste, fraud, and abuse in government is an existing government employee committed to public integrity and willing to speak out,” said Obama. “Such acts of courage and patriotism, which can sometimes save lives and often save taxpayer dollars, should be encouraged rather than stifled.”

In reality, the White House’s sanctions on whistleblowers and journalists are unprecedented in the course of American history. The growing secrecy that shrouds his administration makes Richard Nixon appear like Julian Assange’s number-one fan. Continue reading

The Philadelphia Police Officer Who Punched an Innocent Woman in the Face Will Be Dismissed

Lieutenant Jonathan D. Josey, II, the Philadelphia officer who sucker-punched a defenseless and innocent woman in the face during Puerto Rican Day celebrations, has been dismissed by Police Chief Charles Ramsay.

Ramsay overruled an original decision by the Department to suspend him for a month.

Josey’s firing has outraged the Fraternal Order of Police in Philadelphia, who pledges to appeal the decision and have the embattled lieutenant reinstated.

The footage of the police attack on Aida Guzman went viral last month, after Josey mistakenly thought the woman threw water on him. Josey’s punch to Guzman’s face immediately knocked her on the street, where she was arrested, her lip split open and face bloodied. Continue reading

The First, and (Likely) Final, Rap Sheet

Rap Sheet is where comprehensive instances of police abuse and misconduct, and legal outcomes, will be catalogued. It is not meant to serve as a definitive source for all cases of abuse. The primary sources for this information are the Cato Institute’s National Police Misconduct Reporting Project (NPMRP), Google News, and Reddit/r/BadCopNoDonut.

This week’s Rap Sheet installment features a scuffle-happy sergeant fighting a woman while her house is on fire, the revelation of paid informants on Muslims in New York City and a trigger-happy officer inside Scott Walker’s house. Continue reading

Drone Attack Kills 3, Injures 2 Children in Pakistan

Per CNN, the Pakistani Ministry of Foreign Affairs strongly condemned a U.S. drone attack today. The drone’s target was a compound shared by militants and civilians, resulting in the deaths of three people, including one woman.

Government officials also reported injuries to two children.

The ministry took action following strikes on October 10 and 11 by filing a complaint with the U.S. Embassy. Officials denounced the attacks as a “clear violation of international law and Pakistan’s sovereignty.”

How to Disappear Completely: Lessons from the Antiwar Left, Pt. 2

Episode II: Attack of the Drones

In January of this year, the President took a bold step in revealing the once-covert drone war in Northwest Pakistan.

But even upon this admission, the White House has taken the position that, in court, due to the secretive nature of the Pakistan operation, it can neither confirm nor deny the existence of the drone attacks. This ridiculous maneuvering has waived Obama from having to comply with judicial review or any Freedom of Information Act requests, because doing so would supposedly threaten national security.

It’s Bush on steroids. Continue reading