Posts Tagged ‘Police

Goliath survives David’s attacks

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In 1999 an unprecedented lawsuit was brought against Chevron in US federal court. Nigerian plaintiffs brought charges of human rights violations that included claims of torture and summary execution by Nigerian military and police acting at the behest of Chevron who aided the killers. On December first, Chevron was cleared of all charges by the federal jury.  According to the plaintiffs, an appeal will be made.

For valuable information on the events leading to the suit, please listen to the radio documentary included in this post, produced by Amy Goodman and Jeremy Scahill in 1998 and engineered by Dredd Scott Keys.

Also available is a transcript of the documentary.

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Written by Aaron Nee

December 3, 2008 at 6:13 pm

On the Front Lines of Dissent

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The footage bellow was made available by I-Witness Video. The video was recorded outside the final presidential debate, where Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) conducted a pre-announced peaceful protest. In the clip bellow, former Army Reserve Sergeant Nick Morgan can be seen getting knocked to the ground and trampled under the horse of a mounted police officer.  According to the report at I-Witness Video, there was “a delay in which Nassau County police refused to take Morgan to the hospital, he was finally taken to Nassau County Medical Center, handcuffed to a gurney, given Motrin and a prescription for antibiotics, and sent on to jail.”

Written by Aaron Nee

November 2, 2008 at 12:50 am

Freedom Squelch

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There have recently been some noteworthy reports of police in the U.S. infringing upon the rights of dissidents and reporters.  One such report comes from a blogger at Znet.  The post draws attention to preemptive arrests of protest leaders in an apparent effort to thwart protesters exercising their right to voice dissent.

Democracy Now reports the arrest of a camera operator who had been recording a peaceful protest.  The journalist was violently assaulted by the officer and his camera confiscated.

Democracy Now is not only reporting the unwarrented arrests of journalists, but was directly involved when producers of the news program were arrested as well as journalist Amy Goodman.  An interview with Goodman can be found at NPR’s On the Media.  This is not Amy Goodman’s first time to experience abuse as a journalist.  In 1991 she and journalist Allan Narin were documenting a peaceful protest in East Timor when the Indonesian military opened fire on the protesters slaughtering close to 300 Timorese and beating Goodman and Narin.

Written by Aaron Nee

October 30, 2008 at 1:51 am