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Narcotics task force member who gunned down unarmed pastor unqualifed to carry a weapon

Reason | Another senseless drug war death
The Jonathan Ayers story was already outrageous enough. Last September, Ayers, a 28-year-old Baptist pastor from Lavonia, Georgia, was gunned down by a North Georgia narcotics task force in the parking lot of a gas station. Ayers had not been a suspect in any drug investigation. And even today, police acknowledge he was not using or trafficking in illicit drugs. Instead, Ayers had either been ministering to or having an affair with (depending on whom you believe) Johanna Kayla Jones Barrett, the actual target of the investigation. Ayers is yet more collateral damage in the boundlessly tragic and wasteful drug war, as are his widowed wife Abigail and the child she was carrying at the time of his death. But that's really only the beginning of this mess. In a lawsuit filed last week, Abigail Ayers makes some astonishing new allegations about the competence of the police officers who killed her husband, the supervisors who hired them, and the law enforcement agencies and the grand jury that investigated Ayers' death. Most damning: The police officer who killed Ayers wasn't even authorized to be carrying a gun or a badge.

March 28, 2010

Members of Christian Sect Arrested by FBI in Adrian, MI

Seven arrested in FBI raids linked to Christian militia group...

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March 26, 2010

Pope accused of ignoring pleas to stop priest who molested 200 deaf boys

Pope accused of ignoring pleas to stop priest who molested 200 deaf boys (includes video)
The Roman Catholic Church’s account of Pope Benedict XVI’s handing of a serial paedophile was called into question today when new documents emerged suggesting that his office was kept informed of the offender’s rapid return to working with children. Contrary to statements released by the Church in Germany, a memorandum uncovered by The New York Times suggests that Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was told that a priest had gone back to pastoral duties in Munich a few days after he started psychiatric treatment. The priest went on to commit further offences.

March 24, 2010

Rahm fires DoJ counsel for suggesting review of political prosecutions of southern democratic politicians

Via John Wellington Ennis. tl;dr: Karl Rove allegedly had federal bribery prosecutions brought against southern democratic political figures. Paul Minor is spending 10 years in a prision camp for being a trail lawyer and contributing the most money to Democrats in Mississippi. It took Bush's Department of Justice two tries to convict him; the second time, the judge gave improper instructions. Obama's DoJ wanted to have these cases reviewed. Guess who said no and fired the counsel who suggested it? Our pal Rahm, late of Chicago. WTF? HuffPo | Brendan DeMelle | Revealed: Rahm Emanuel Nixed DOJ Review of Political Prosecutions of Don Siegelman and Paul Minor
... This may be the most important case of the 21st century. If the [Supreme Court] decides against Paul Minor, then every U.S. citizen - even corporations, despite the inherent fallacy of corporate personhood - could be convicted for bribery and thrown in jail simply for donating to a political campaign. the Wayne Madsen Report revealed today that:
"it was White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel who made the decision to nix any White House backing for new trials for the southern Democratic officials involved -- former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman, former Georgia state Senate leader Charles Walker, and Mississippi attorney Paul Minor."
Assuming the Wayne Madsen Report is accurate, we now know that Rahm Emanuel is a willing accomplice in that distortion of justice, turning a blind eye to the shameless political prosecutions waged by the Bush administration. Why? ... Paul Minor was sentenced to 11 years in federal prison camp in Pensacola, Florida. What heinous crime did Paul Minor commit that warranted this severe prison sentence? He gave campaign contributions to Democratic candidates running for state judgeships in his home state of Mississippi.... ... in his second trial, the partisan U.S. attorneys succeeded in getting the Reagan-appointed judge to incorrectly instruct the jury that it was not required to find proof of a quid pro quo agreement to convict Minor and the judges.

March 20, 2010

Fake "Demorcratic" memo was a Republican dirty trick.

Because the only way Republicans ever win is to cheat and lie. And of course, a fish rots from the head down. GOP accused of circulating ‘hoax’ health care memo | Raw Story
A source forwards an email sent at 12:58 PM by Boehner spokesman Michael Steel to The Daily Caller’s Jon Ward and other reporters, with the original memo attached. “Folks — Please read the attached draft memo addressed to `Democratic Health and Communications Staff,’ Steel wrote. ...The GOP leadership did circulate a hard copy of the memo to reporters before its authenticity had been confirmed or disproven.

American hero Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) tears into dunderhead Scott Garrett (R-N.J.) for reading a fake anti-HCR memo on the House floor

More lies. YouTube - ANTHONY WEINER - Rips Garrett apart for Pushing Fake Document