Even though his actions didn’t harm or kill any people, Jeffrey Sterling, former CIA case officer, faces a maximum sentence of 100 years in prison and a fine of up to $2.25 million. His sentencing is scheduled for April 24.
By Andrew Emett
Nation of Change
A former CIA case officer has been convicted for telling a New York Times reporter details concerning a reckless CIA operation that potentially sped up Iran’s nuclear advancement. Although the case against the CIA whistleblower was largely circumstantial and lacking evidence, former case officer Jeffrey Sterling faces a maximum sentence of 100 years in prison for speaking to New York Times reporter James Risen. Under threat of arrest, Risen tenaciously refused to reveal his sources to the government.
After joining the CIA on May 14, 1993, Sterling eventually rose to the rank of case officer and began working with the agency’s Iran Task Force. Between November 1998 and May 2000, Sterling had been assigned to a mission conspiring to deliver flawed nuclear blueprints to the Iranian government codenamed Operation Merlin. Unaware of the design flaws, the Iranian government would waste years devising a nuclear weapon that could not detonate. (more…)
Microsoft founder Bill Gates is the richest man in the world – and has a unique understanding of how global issues such as poverty, climate change or famines must be fought in the future.
In an interview with the “Süddeutsche Zeitung” Gates criticized that especially with regard to climate change, “a kind of global government” lacks. In other words, Gates wants a world government. (more…)
By John W. Whitehead
“In many parts of the country, teachers are viewed as beyond reproach, much like doctors, police officers, or clergy … and, therefore, are rarely challenged about their classroom conduct. In some cases, this means that actions that would be considered criminal if committed by a parent remain unchallenged by law enforcement if they occur in a school setting.”—Senator Tom Harkin, “Dangerous Use of Seclusion and Restraints in Schools Remains Widespread and Difficult to Remedy: A Review of Ten Cases”
Roughly 1500 kids are tied up or locked down every day by school officials in the United States. (more…)
By John Vibes
The Free Thought Project
According to multiple recent media reports, Eau Claire County police officers were sent out onto the street to select people at random and forcibly take them in for jury duty.
Ironically, after these people were threatened and had their day wasted, the judge in the case decided that the jury was unfit and dismissed all of them! (more…)
By Nafeez Ahmed
In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris, western governments are moving fast to legitimize expanded powers of mass surveillance and controls on the internet, all in the name of fighting terrorism.
US and European politicians have called to protect NSA-style snooping, and to advance the capacity to intrude on internet privacy by outlawing encryption. One idea is to establish a telecoms partnership that would unilaterally delete content deemed to “fuel hatred and violence” in situations considered “appropriate.” Heated discussions are going on at government and parliamentary level to explore cracking down on lawyer-client confidentiality. (more…)
A Texas lawmaker has introduced a bill that does away with the need for Texans to have licenses to carry guns.
Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford, said he thinks his bill, which can be read here, has a good chance of passing. (more…)