Source: Sputnik News
An 81-year-old Texas man filed a lawsuit claiming the local law enforcement SWAT team stormed his home, threw him to the ground and broke his hip, then left him injured and unable to call for help.
Crisp was sitting on his porch in late September when, according to the suit, the Williamson County SWAT team – which was looking for the man’s nephew – tossed a flash grenade at the octogenarian.
The force of the blast knocked Crisp to the ground. Then, Crisp told Fox Austin affiliate KTCB, officers slammed him to the floor – breaking his hip – before handcuffing him. When they determined Crisp’s nephew was not at the home, officers left the wounded man on the floor without calling paramedics.
“After they left, I tried to get up because I had to go to the bathroom,” Crisp told KTBC. “And I couldn’t go. So, I just crawled over and laid on the floor right down through here.”
When Crisp finally was discovered a day later by his sister, he was lying in his own feces, unable to move. He has since undergone two surgeries and physical therapy, and still has to walk with a cane.
On Thursday, Crisp filed a lawsuit in US District Court against Williamson County and the city of Georgetown. The suit, which says that officers also broke windows and damaged items in the home, seeks damages in excess of $1 million for Crisp’s medical care and mental anguish.
Crisp’s attorney, Broadus Spivey, accused the Georgetown Sheriff’s Office of a “conspiracy of silence.”
“Things like this don’t happen in a vacuum,” he told KTCB. “There’s nothing that we’ve been able to get that identifies the officers, that identifies the action that occurred.”
“We have our client’s information but I had to hire a private investigator just to get enough faxed to determine whether I should file a lawsuit or not,” the attorney added.
“I’m convinced that the facts are adequate to file this lawsuit and we’ll find out now that we have some way to get accurate information.”
Erica Grigg, another one of Crisp’s attorneys, called the officers’ alleged actions “shocking.”
“It blows your mind that there are still law enforcement officials behaving this way. It’s just renegade behavior,” she told the Austin American-Statesman.
Separate spokesmen for the Williamson County Sheriff’s Department and city of Georgetown declined to comment on the lawsuit.
NSA Headquarters. Photo credit: Trevor Paglen.
Source: Truth In Media
Last week, the Obama administration said that it would begin winding down the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of Americans’ private phone data if Congress were to fail to reauthorize Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act by Friday. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tried desperately to extend the expiring surveillance authority before senators left town, but was shut down by a coalition of Senate privacy advocates led by Senators Rand Paul and Ron Wyden.
Now, National Journal is reporting
that the Obama administration has begun to shut down the program. Said an administration official on Saturday, “We’ve said for the past several days that the wind-down process would need to begin yesterday if there was no legislative agreement. That process has begun.” The NSA’s bulk phone spying program had been ruled illegal
by a federal appeals court earlier this month, and its authority granted by a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court order expired on May 22.
Source: The Examiner
[At the end of this article is a WRC video proving the US is funding ISIS]
U.S. intelligence documents released to a government watchdog confirms the suspicions that the United States and some of its so-called coalition partners had actually facilitated the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) as an effective adversary against the government of the Syrian dictator President Bashar al-Assad. In addition, ISIS members were initially trained by members and contractors of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) at facilities in Jordan in 2012. The original goal was to weaken the Syrian government which had engaged in war crimes against their own people, according to a number of reports on Sunday. (more…)
Source: Filming Cops
A police chief and his supportive wife have been named in a disturbing report involving the torture and abuse of four children.
Officer Richard Burton and his Wife Cheryle were charged with 28 counts of child cruelty, and Officer Burton himself was also charged with child molestation. (more…)
Source: Beta News
Until now only when someone possessed a chemical, biological or nuclear weapon, it was considered to be a weapon of mass destruction in the eyes of the law. But we could have an interesting — and equally controversial — addition to this list soon. The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), an agency of the United States Department of Commerce that deals with issues involving national security and high technology has proposed tighter export rules for computer security tools — first brought up in the Wassenaar Arrangement (WA) at the Plenary meeting in December 2013. This proposal could potentially revise an international agreement aimed at controlling weapons technology as well as hinder the work of security researchers.
At the meeting, a group of 41 like-minded states discussed ways to bring cybersecurity tools under the umbrella of law, just as any other global arms trade. This includes guidelines on export rules for licensing technology and software as it crosses an international border. Currently, these tools are controlled based on their cryptographic functionality. While BIS is yet to clarify things, the new proposed rule could disallow encryption license exceptions. (more…)
Source: Activist Post
While the Western mainstream media and even independent gatekeepers like Noam Chomsky for years spread the lie that any suggestion that the United States and NATO were supporting ISIS was a “conspiracy theory,” recently uncovered and declassified documents from the Defense Intelligence Agency have proven the Western press and the likes of Chomsky wrong and, yet again, the so-called “conspiracy theorists” right. (more…)