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Vancouver police: Authoritarian officer smashes driver's window when asked a valid question

A YouTube video of a Vancouver police sergeant, who smashed a motorist's window, has raised questions about the rights drivers have when they are pulled over by police.

The testy exchange caught on video shows the unidentified driver opening his window just a crack and infuriating the police officer by not stepping out of the vehicle when he was told to do so.

Instead, the driver repeatedly asked the police officer for an explanation for why he was pulled over.

"Hit the brakes, you moron," the police officer says.

"Sir, why have you pulled me over?" the unidentified driver replies.

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Sex trafficking victim says police involved in human slave trade abused and threatened her

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After years of enduring abuse and sexual exploitation in the human sex trafficking trade, Jessa Dillow-Crisp is telling her story. Part of the details of that story implicates many who were sworn to "serve and protect" who were doing anything but that.

Instead, Dillow-Crisp told an audience at the Colorado State Capitol that many of those involved - on the level of abuse and helping facilitate human trafficking - were police officers.

This revelation came as part of Human Trafficking Awareness and Advocacy Day.

Dillow-Crisp recounted that her victimization began when she was a child, saying that "I was a little girl and was sexually abused by family members. I had to pose for pornographers and was sold to countless men on a daily basis."

She explains that she was trafficked domestically in Canada and throughout the United States.

She knew she had few options to get out, as she couldn't even turn to the police who had themselves taken part in the abuse.

"There was gang raping," she recalled. "The police officer who handcuffed me and raped me, told me I would be put in jail if I opened my voice."

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'Tanks? No Thanks!': Czech activists protest military convoy

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Anti-NATO demonstrators protest against the US Army's "Dragoon Ride" military exercise in Prague March 28, 2015.
Several hundred protesters gathered for an anti-NATO rally on Saturday in Prague, protesting against a US military convoy set to parade through the Czech Republic. The rally clashed with a pro-NATO demonstration held nearby.

Footage by RT's Ruptly agency shows anti-war activists carrying flags and placards with logos such as 'Tanks? No Thanks!' and 'Stop US Army.' At the same time, the pro-NATO demonstrators armed themselves with flags in support of the US military forces.


Comment: United they stand, divided they fall.


Sheriff

Cop-caused accidents: The misconduct no one talks about

Violent police are increasingly criticized for everything from killing dogs to shooting the homeless and beating the mentally ill. These abuses of power are disturbing and desperately need attention. One under-discussed problem with police accountability (or lack thereof), however, is police irresponsibility while driving.

Stories about drunk officers driving the wrong direction on freeways and hitting civilians or soberly ramming into pedestrians are not uncommon. This week alone, three cops caused mayhem and fatalities on the road.

In New Jersey, a car of off-duty officers (who had posted a picture of whiskey shots to Instagram earlier that evening) drove the wrong direction on a freeway, killing a civilian and one of the officers in the vehicle. Two other officers were critically injured. The driving officer had a previous DUI and 8 prior accidents on record. The Police Chief of Linden, James Schulhafer, was vague in his comments, saying "We were all young once and I'm sure we've all done stupid things in our life."

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Ex-girlfriend says Germanwings co-pilot planned to 'make everyone remember him'

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Andreas Lubitz, the Germanwings co-pilot who crashed an Airbus A320 into the French Alps, killing all 150 passengers aboard, had been planning to do something to "make everyone remember him," his ex-girlfriend has claimed in an interview.

Speaking with Bild, Maria W., a 26-year-old cabin crew employee whose full name has not been released to the press, described Lubitz as "tormented" and secretive.

Maria recalled that when she heard about the crash, she remembered how Lubitz had said he would do something one day "that would change the system" so "everyone will then know my name and remember me."

"I did not know what he meant by that at the time, but now it's clear," she told the newspaper. Maria said Lubitz, 27, sometimes woke up at night screaming, "We're going down!" in terror.

Dusseldorf prosecutors said Friday that police discovered in Lubitz's home a torn sick note covering the date of the crashed Germanwings flight. They believe he could have been concealing his medical condition from the airline. It wasn't specified what prompted Lubutz's doctor to issue him with a medical certificate, however.

Comment: The argument above seems a bit convenient in its attempt to be unequivocally convincing. A better docudrama: The co-pilot was compromised, been made unconscious, the cockpit auto-security remotely triggered, the "clues" and "girlfriend" planted and the plane remotely crashed. The hospital statement doesn't confirm the numerous symptoms of psychosis that are listed, nor is there any statement from Germanwings to support this medical/psychiatric "theory." Perhaps there will be other corroboration forthcoming, but for the time being, the "facts" remain dubious at best. If not co-pilot suicide, what was the message 'to make everyone remember,' 'that would change the system?' Who from and to whom intended?


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Freedom of the press: Editor/Worker's party leader jailed in Kiev for editorial policy

In Kiev a journalist was imprisoned for 2 months for "the wrong understanding of the conflict in Donbass".


Comment: Additional punishment: 20 raps on the knuckles with the headmaster's ruler. Kiev is doing a great job showing just what a joke of a 'country' it has become. Thought police? Give us a break!


The Kiev Court of Appeals refused to change the sentence of the leader of the opposition Workers' Party of Ukraine, the editor-in-chief of the newspaper The Working Class, People's Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of III and IV convocations, Alexander Bondarchuk.

The politician and journalist was arrested on March 18 under paragraph 1, article 110 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine "Violation of territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine" for publishing of two articles in his newspaper that the SBU considered a threat to the territorial integrity of Ukraine. To support the defendant came his fellow party members, leaders of PSPU (Progressive Socialist Party of Ukraine), Natalia Vitrenko and Vladimir Marchenko, as well as activists of the Communist party, of which previously Bondarchuk was a member.

At the moment we were no able to find the materials in question in open sources, for distribution of which the editor of the Working Class is blamed, because the site is blocked. At the same time, the lawyer of the opposition activist quoted the expert's conclusion on the basis of which the SBU investigator requested the arrest.

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Gasoline tanker explodes in southern Mexico while residents were attempting to siphon fuel from crash site

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A heist to siphon off spilled gasoline from a crashed tanker in Mexico ended in tragedy with four dead and 34 people injured as the truck exploded.

The victims, including two children, ignored warnings and refused to back away.

An overturned tank filled with 60,000 liters (15,850 gallons) of fuel crashed on a road in southern Mexico between Villahermosa and Coatzacoalcos, Mexican officials said Saturday.

Residents flocked to the crash site, attempting to collect the spilled gasoline. Local authorities issued an explosion warning, urging people to stay away from the crash site - but to no avail.

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Air Canada flight crashes on runway in Halifax

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Air Canada flight 624 has crashed on a runway at Halifax Stanfield International Airport in Canada, the airline has confirmed. The plane reportedly hit power lines and sustained extensive damage upon crash-landing. No passengers were killed.


Flight AC624 "exited runway upon landing at Halifax," Air Canada confirmed on Twitter. According to the airline, all passengers have deplaned and are being evacuated to the terminal. The number of people was reported as 138, including 133 passengers and 5 crew members.

"An aircraft made a poor landing," airport spokesman Peter Spurway was quoted as saying by The Chronicle Herald. The crash took place at 12:30 a.m. local time (4:30 a.m. GMT).

Comment: The crash coincided with a sudden power outage at the airport? Interestingly enough, recently there was a major power outage at Schiphol Airport


Bizarro Earth

Nebraska farmer makes room full of fracking supporters go silent with just a glass of water

Sometimes all the talk in the world can't prepare you for cold, hard reality. At a Nebraska Oil & Gas Conservation committee hearing, a room full of fracking supporters were left in utter silence when a farmer brought in three cups of fracking water and offered each of them to take a sip.

It's a brilliant visual reminder that what's at stake when we talk about the dangers of fracking isn't dollars and cents, but something much simpler: Security in knowing that one of the most basic necessities of life, access to clean drinking water, is safe from harmful pollutants.

Nebraskan James Osborne appeared at the hearing to discuss an oil company's application to ship out-of-state fracking wastewater into Nebraska to be dumped into a "disposal well" in Sioux County. According to a Fox Business report on the proposal, the waste would be coming from states like Wyoming and Colorado, but dumped in Nebraska because nobody else wants anything to do with it:
The commission heard 2½ hours of public comment Tuesday at its Sidney headquarters before convening a specific hearing on the proposal from Terex Energy Corp. The Broomfield, Colorado-based company wants to truck salty groundwater and chemical-laden fracking wastewater that result from oil searches and production in Wyoming, Colorado and, eventually, Nebraska, to a ranch north of Mitchell, Nebraska. As much as 10,000 barrels a day of the water would be injected into an old oil well on the ranch.

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Israeli spies used by traitor Republican senators against US-Iranian negotiations

Cenk Uygur and John Iadaola, hosts of The Young Turks, discuss a recent report on Israeli spying activities used to aide traitor senators against Iran/U.S. nuclear talks.

Israel intelligence was funneled to Republican Congresspeople in order to ruin support for Iran/U.S. nuclear negotiations, a recent report has found. The cables being used to send and receive information to and from the U.S. had been breached by the Israeli spies easily allowing them to steal then send back to members of Congress and is being seen as a direct sabotage attempt.

When asked about the breach in security Israeli officials denied everything, claiming they found the intelligence from other places."


Comment: This is what Israel does best. Uses whatever means possible to achieve its ends. Unfortunately, in this instance, there was no clear-cut legal violation for the Department of Justice to investigate, much less prosecute. The fact remains this is inexcusable. This was a deliberate attempt to subvert the authority of the United States, by a foreign government conspiring with Republican senators, over a policy that does not bow to the demands of warmonger, Benjamin Netanyahu. It is up to the American public to re-evaluate US unconditional support for Israel, remove the Israeli nose-ring from Congress and save itself another war.