Wednesday News: June 12, 2013

  • Protesters were cleared from Istanbul’s Taksim Square last night, after a day-long clash with police that saw riot cops making steady progress into the square using tear gas, water cannons and rubber bullets. Protesters have retreated to Gezi Park, where tents still remain.
  • In an interview with Chinese press, admitted NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden says he will fight any extradition attempt the U.S. will mount, in order to have him stand trial for leaking the existence of the NSA’s PRISM program, a partnership between the government and large internet companies, which streamlined surveillance of massive amounts of online communications.
  • Reports out of Syria are saying that dozens, perhaps 60, Shia Muslim civilians were killed by anti-Assad rebels in the eastern village of Hatla, in Deir al-Zour province on Tuesday.
  • New York Anarchist Black Cross has a reportback from a visit with Tinley Park 5 member Dylan Sutherlin, who was sentenced to five years in prison in January for attacking a white supremacist meeting in Illinois.
  • The last remaining Cleveland 5 defendant, Joshua Stafford, defended himself in court yesterday, while the court heard testimony from FBI informant Shaquille Azir, who befriended the five, gave them work, beer and drugs, provided the fake weapon used in the plot, and prodded the five young men to abandon plans to knock bank signs off of buildings in lieu of the bomb plot. The other four Cleveland 5 co-defendants have been sentenced to prison.
  • Documents obtained by journalist Will Potter show TransCanada, the company behind the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, has been briefing local police about non-violent protesters and urging prosecutors to consider terrorism charges against those seeking to block construction of the pipeline.
  • The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed adding captive chimpanzees to its list of protected endangered species, which animal rights activists hope spells the end of using primates in medical experiments.
  • Mirroring a trend in Oregon, heroin use in young adults in their 20’s is up, resulting in a doubling of heroin deaths, in findings from a study looking at 11 years of data by the University of Washington. Deaths from overdoses of opioid prescription drugs such as oxycodone are also increasing.
  • TRIGGER WARNING: This discusses cops and sexual assault. A Las Vegas TV station has obtained footage from a 2011 Clark County, Nevada family court hearing where a woman is subjected to a drug search by a family court officer and comes back into court claiming she was sexually assaulted by the officer. She is then arrested by the officer she said assaulted her, who first tries to make her recant her story. The judge at the hearing does nothing, and doesn’t even look up at the woman, who at one point frantically offers to say she made the incident up. Apparently, this story and others have prompted an investigation of the county family court.


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