Access to justice: for four billion out of the just over seven billion people on earth this is too expensive, too complicated, blocked by corruption, or simply not available. Lawyers working for the Dutch government devote themselves to the digital innovation of the legal industry. Surprisingly enough, Kenya is a trendsetter in this respect. Under the inspiring guidance of Supreme Court Judge Willy Mutunga, and with the aid of text messaging, smartphones and Twitter, a countrywide network of apps and legal volunteers is built. Injustice is combatted with cell phones instead of law degrees.
With Willy Mutunga (President of the Supreme Court), Sam Muller (Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law), Peter Ouko (prison paralegal), Kituo Cha Sheria (Huis van het Recht) and Ushahidi, the open source software collective.
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Research: William de Bruijn
Director of photography: Hans Fels, Pim Hawinkels
Sound: Ednah Bonareri, Sander den Broeder
Editor: Michiel Hazebroek
Kenya producers: Alexander Valeton, Kennedy Odhiambo
Web editor: Jasper Koning
Producer: Jeroen Beumer
Commissioning editors: Marije Meerman, Doke Romeijn
Archive: Picha Mtaani, Euronews
Thanks to: Selfmade Films, Jin Ho Verdonschot
English, French and Spanish subtitles: Ericsson.
French and Spanish subtitles are co-funded by European Union. Video Rating: / 5
AP: Justice Department seizure of phone records an unprecedented intrusion
Obama administration took records in apparent effort to track down source who disclosed alleged Yemen terrorist plot story
Ewen MacAskill in Washington – The Guardian, Tuesday 14 May 2013
The Obama administration has opened up a new front in its battle against media freedom by seizing phone records from the offices of the Associated Press news agency in what appeared to be an effort to track down the source who disclosed an alleged Yemen terrorist plot story.
The US attorney’s office for the District of Columbia confirmed on Monday that subpoenas had been issued for phone records. It said it valued press freedom but it had to balance this against the public interest.
AP revealed on Monday that the justice department, without informing the organisation in advance, had obtained two months’ worth of phone records of calls made by reporters and editors.
Lawyers for AP said the records, which the justice department appears to have obtained from the phone companies earlier this year, listed every call made by about 100 reporters from AP’s main offices in New York, Washington and Hartford, Connecticut, and from its office in the House of Representatives press gallery between April and May last year. The justice department informed AP last Friday. AP described it as a “massive and unprecedented intrusion” into newsgathering operations.
The attorney’s office refused to say why the seizure had been made but it is almost certainly in relation to an AP exclusive report on 7 May last year in which it reported the CIA had stopped a plot by an al-Qaida affiliate in Yemen to destroy a US-bound airliner.
AP at the time agreed to White House and CIA requests to hold back publication because they said an intelligence operation was still under way. After being satisfied that these concerns had been met, AP published on the Monday, ignoring a request from the Obama administration to wait until Tuesday for the official announcement.
The justice department has since launched an investigation into the leak. The phone records of five of the reporters plus an editor involved in the Yemen story were among those taken.
AP’s president and chief executive officer, Gary Pruitt, sent a letter of protest to the attorney-general, Eric Holder. “These records potentially reveal communications with confidential sources across all of the newsgathering activities undertaken by the AP during a two-month period, provide a road map to AP’s newsgathering operations, and disclose information about AP’s activities and operations that the government has no conceivable right to know,” Pruitt said.
He described it as “serious interference with AP’s constitutional rights to gather and report the news”.
The ACLU last night condemned the DOJ’s acts as “press intimidation” and said it constitutes “an unacceptable abuse of power”. The Electronic Frontier Foundation denounced it as “a terrible blow against the freedom of the press and the ability of reporters to investigate and report the news”. The New York Times’ Editorial Page Editor Andy Rosenthal called the DOJ’s actions “outrageous” while Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron said they were “shocking” and “disturbing”. Even Democratic Sen. Pat Leahy, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said: “I am very troubled by these allegations and want to hear the government’s explanation.”
Numerous media reports convincingly speculated that the DOJ’s actions arise out of a 2012 AP article that contained leaked information about CIA activity in Yemen, and the DOJ is motivated, in part, by a desire to uncover the identity of AP’s sources. That 2012 AP story revealed that the CIA was able to “thwart” a planned bombing by the al-Qaida “affiliate” in that country of a US jetliner. AP had learned of the CIA actions a week earlier but “agreed to White House and CIA requests not to publish it immediately because the sensitive intelligence operation was still under way.” AP revealed little that the US government itself was not planning to reveal and that would not have been obvious once the plot was successfully thwarted, as it explained in its story: “once those concerns were allayed, the AP decided to disclose the plot Monday despite requests from the Obama administration to wait for an official announcement Tuesday.”
The legality of the DOJ’s actions is impossible to assess because it is not even known what legal authority it claims nor the legal process it invoked to obtain these records. Particularly in the post-9/11 era, the DOJ’s power to obtain phone records is, as I’ve detailed many times, dangerously broad.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/may/14/justice-department-ap-phone-records-whistleblowers Video Rating: / 5
“Champions of Change” who dedicate their lives to using the law to close the justice gap in America participate in a panel discussion with Attorney General Eric Holder and DOJ Senior Counselor for Access to Justice Mark Childress. October 13, 2011. Video Rating: / 5
Eric Andrew Posner (born December 5, 1965) is Kirkland and Ellis Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. An editor of The Journal of Legal Studies, he has also published numerous articles and books on issues in international law. He is well known as the co-author of Terror in the Balance and The Executive Unbound.
He is the son of the federal appellate judge Richard Posner.
Posner attended Yale University (B.A., M.A. in philosophy, summa cum laude) and received his law degree from Harvard Law School (J.D., magna cum laude) in 1991. He clerked for Judge Stephen F. Williams of the D.C. Circuit.
A professor at the University of Chicago Law School, Posner is an editor of The Journal of Legal Studies. He has published numerous articles on subjects including international law, cost-benefit analysis, and constitutional law.
He has taught courses in international law, foreign relations law, and game theory and the law. His current research focuses on international law, foreign relations law, and international tribunals.
He has written about the trial of the deposed Iraqi president Saddam Hussein.
In June 2013 Posner and Jameel Jaffer, fellow at the Open Society Foundations, participated in the New York Times’s Room for Debate series. Posner responded to concerns about expanded National Security Agency programs that vacuum information about the private lives of American citizens. Since c. 2005 the N.S.A. has served major telecommunications companies with metadata[notes 1] For example Verizon Business Network Services, one of America’s largest telecoms providers, was required to provide “records of millions of US customers” to the NSA.[notes 2] He claimed that Americans obtain the services they want by disclosing private information to strangers such as “the market services of doctors, insurance companies, Internet service providers, employers, therapists and the rest, or the nonmarket services of the government like welfare and security.” He argued that, since 2001 there has not been an incident in which the United States government used information “obtained for security purposes with “war-on-terror-related surveillance” technologies to “target a political opponent, dissenter or critic.”
Economic Foundations of International Law (Harvard 2013) (with Alan Sykes) ISBN 0674066995
Contract Law and Theory (Aspen 2011) ISBN 1-4548-1071-8
The Executive Unbound: After the Madisonian Republic (Oxford University Press 2011) ISBN 0-19-976533-2,
Climate Change Justice (Princeton University Press, 2010) (with David Weisbach) ISBN 0-691-13775-7
Law and Happiness (University of Chicago Press, 2010) ISBN 0-226-67600-5
Perils of Global Legalism (University of Chicago Press, 2009) ISBN 0-226-67574-2
Terror in the Balance: Security, Liberty, and the Courts (Oxford University Press, 2007) (with Adrian Vermeule). ISBN 0-19-531025-X
The Limits of International Law (Oxford University Press, 2005) (with Jack Goldsmith). ISBN 0-19-516839-9
Law and Social Norms (Harvard University Press, 2000). ISBN 0-674-00814-6
“Is the International Court of Justice Biased?,” J. Legal Stud. (forthcoming) (with Miguel de Figueiredo).
“An Economic Analysis of State and Individual Responsibility Under International Law”, Amer. L. & Econ. Rev. (forthcoming; with Alan Sykes)
“International Law: A Welfarist Approach”, 73 U. Chi. L. Rev. 487 (2006)
“International Law and the Rise of China”, 7 Chi. J. Int’l L. 1 (2006; with John Yoo)
“International Law and the Disaggregated State”, 32 Fla. St. U. L. Rev. 797 (2005)
“Terrorism and the Laws of War”, 5 Chi. J. Int’l L. 423 (2005)
“Optimal War and Jus ad Bellum”, 93 Georgetown L.J. 993 (2005) (with Alan Sykes)
“Judicial Independence in International Tribunals”, 93 Calif. L. Rev. 1 (2005; with John Yoo)
“Transnational Legal Process and the Supreme Court’s 2003–2004 Term: Some Skeptical Observations”, 12 Tulsa Journal of Comparative and International Law 23 (2004)
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“Do States Have a Moral Obligation to Comply with International Law?”, 55 Stan. L. Rev. 1901 (2003)
“Moral and Legal Rhetoric in International Relations: A Rational Choice Perspective”, 31 J. Legal Stud. S115 (2002; with Jack Goldsmith)
“Understanding the Resemblance Between Modern and Traditional Customary International Law”, 40 Va. J. Int’l Law 639 (2000; with Jack L. Goldsmith)
“A Threat That Belongs Behind Bars,” The New York Times, June 25, 2006
“Apply the Golden Rule to al Qaeda?”, The Wall Street Journal, July 15, 2006, p. A9
HSBC bank has told three Muslim organisations that they are to have their accounts closed. One of the organisations believes its stance on Gaza may have triggered the move. Another, the Finsbury Park Mosque in North London, says that the move is “islamophobic”. HSBC has not given any specific reason for its actions but says that the organisations fall “outside their risk appetite”. The BBCs’ Dominic Laurie reports.
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“Astonishing” two in three British Muslims would NOT give police terror tip-offs (express, Apr 11, 2016)
UK Equalities Chief Who Popularised The Term ‘Islamophobia’ Admits: ‘I Thought Muslims Would Blend into Britain… I Should Have Known Better’ (breitbart Apr 10, 2016)
Ex-jihadi says clerics are brainwashing young Muslims to build an Islamic state in BRITAIN (express, Apr 9, 2016)
HSBC snaps ties with Islamic Relief over ‘terror’ fears (ibtimes, Jan 4, 2016)
Why did HSBC shut down bank accounts? (BBC, July 28, 2015)
HSBC closes some Muslim groups’ accounts (BBC, July 30, 2014)
Anger as Islamic charity with Bradford base has its bank account shut down (thetelegraphandargus, July 28, 2014)
Money launderers from Kingsbury and Stanmore convicted of conspiracy linked by police to funding of terrorism (getwestlondon, July 3, 2014)
Britain to issue first Islamic bonds by Western sovereign (al-arabiya, June 13, 2014)
‘Anti-Semitic’ charity under investigation (telegraph, May 24, 2014)
David Cameron orders review of Muslim Brotherhood (BBC, Apr 1, 2014)
Sharia law in UK: calls for Parliamentary inquiry (telegraph, March 23, 2014)
Islamic law is adopted by British legal chiefs (telegraph, March 22, 2014)
Tony Blair’s religious charity’s ‘links to extremism’: Advisers claimed to be tied to the Muslim Brotherhood which is being investigated by British spies (dailymail, Apr 13, 2014)
Charity that Cameron called ‘front’ for Islamic extremists gets £70,000 a year in state funding (dailymail, March 19, 2014)
Foreign aid to Somalia ‘helps Al Qaeda’: Pressure grows to divert cash back to the UK (dailymail, Feb 24, 2014)
Are Syria charities a front for Jihadists? Fears convoys in the country are being used to help militants after thousands in cash is seized (dailymail, Feb 14, 2014)
Islamic Bank to Open at Oxford (abna, Feb 9, 2014)
British student Nawal Msaad charged with aiding Syrian terrorists ‘was caught smuggling €20,000 in her knickers’ (independent, Jan 24, 2014)
Gang who laundered more than £20m using ancient Islamic system jailed (liverpoolecho, Jan 17, 2014)
London aims to ‘stand alongside Dubai’ as Islamic finance hub (al-arabiya, Oct 29, 2013)
Islamic charity loses status over alleged terrorism links (canoe, Sept 21, 2013)
‘Havoc’ as HSBC prepares to close diplomatic accounts (BBC, Aug 4, 2013)
Paulette Brown, President, American Bar Association; Partner/co-chair, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Locke Lord LLP
James Taylor, Ph.D., Director of African American Studies and Professor of Political Science, University of San Francisco; Lecturer, African American and African Diaspora Studies Department, University of California Berkeley—Moderator
Paulette Brown is the first woman of color to become president of the ABA and has been recognized by the National Law Journal as one of the “50 most influential minority lawyers in America.” She has been a municipal court judge, in addition to focusing on all facets of labor and employment litigation. Brown has devoted her presidency to “rebuilding the nation’s confidence in our justice system” by “working to eliminate bias and enhance diversity and inclusion” and offer “tangible, sustainable solutions that will have a positive impact on the perception of our justice system.”
Join an important discussion of what’s being done to ensure that the legal system can better represent the under-represented across the United States. Video Rating: / 5
(Visit: http://www.uctv.tv/) Legendary civil rights advocate Morris Dees addresses how our commitment to justice for all will determine our nation’s success in the next century as America becomes more diverse and economic disparity widens. Drawing upon past and current cases, he also examines the issue of hate crimes and the need to teach tolerance, love and respect for one another. Dees co-founded the Southern Poverty Law Center in 1971 to handle lawsuits involving civil rights violations, domestic terrorism, and hate-motivated crimes. Since then the Center has successfully battled and dismantled a series of hate groups, including the Aryan Nation, Ku Klux Klan, and has secured huge criminal, civil, and financial judgments against them. Recorded on 10/21/2015. Series: “Walter H. Capps Center Series” [2/2016] [Public Affairs] [Show ID: 30272]