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The End of American Lynching questions how we think about the dynamics of lynching, what lynchings mean to the society in which they occur, how lynching is defined, and the circumstances that lead to lynching. Ashraf H. A. Rushdy looks at three lynchings over the course of the twentieth centuryone in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, in 1911, one in Marion, Indiana, in 1930, and one in Jasper, Texas, in 1998to see how Americans developed two distinct ways of thinking and talking about this act before and after the 1930s.one way takes seriously the legal and moral concept of complicity as a way to understand the dynamics of a lynching; this way of thinking can give us new perceptions into the meaning of mobs and the lynching photographs in which we find them. Another way, which developed in the 1940s and continues to influence us today, uses a strategy of denial to claim that lynchings have ended. Rushdy examines how the denial of lynching emerged and developed, providing insight into how and why we talk about lynching the way we do at the dawn of the twenty-first century. In doing so, he forces us to confront our responsibilities as American citizens and as human beings. 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
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PRICHARD, Ala. (WPMI) Despite the approval of Mobile County voters in June, the Mobile Area Water and Sewer System will not take over the Prichard Water Board, the county-wide agency announced Tuesday.
“It is with much regret we announce today that the Mobile Area Water and Sewer System cannot take over the Prichard Water Works due to a number of issues beyond MAWSS’ control,” a news release from MAWSS said, “This decision was reached after an intense assessment of the system’s current contractual obligations, financial stability and its capital needs.”
MAWSS said it decided against takeover because of a deal the Prichard Water Board signed with its supplier, Severn Trent, 11 days before the June election on the referendum.
“That’s what you call a poison-pill,” MAWSS Director Charles Hyland, Jr. said, “That’s the straw that breaks the camel’s back, they knew that and it’s just unbelievable.”
MAWSS Board Chair Maynard Odom said that contract, along with “numerous new contracts with an engineering firm, lobbyists, a public relations firm and a consultant” were also reasons MAWSS will not take over. Odom said paying for those services and other financial obligations left the Prichard Water Board with “severe cash flow problems.”
According to records provided to Local 15 News by MAWSS, the Prichard Water Board was already two months behind in its payments to Severn Trent when it voted to extend the contract with the supplier.
As of Tuesday, Prichard Water is three months behind tallying a debt of more than .2 million.
Prichard Water Board’s own financial records, also made public by MAWSS, show the board has a 74% operational cost when it should be at 115%.
Despite that debt, MAWSS said the Prichard Water Board still entered into a new contract with lobbyists and consultants to fight against the referendum.
“They’re very greedy, they’re corrupt, and they just need to be stopped,” State Representative Napoleon Bracy said Tuesday. Bracy had been a vocal critic of the Prichard Water Board. “I think they had very ill intentions from the very beginning, that’s why they did it.”
Prichard Water Board Chair Russel Heidelburge did not return calls seeking comment on the MAWSS announcement or accusations from Bracy.
“The financial stability of this organization is not there and the rate-payers are going to suffer,” Bracey added.
Prichard Mayor Troy Ephriam, who had been a supporter of the Water Board’s efforts to fight the takeover was pleased with MAWSS decision not to move forward with the takeover.
“The Mayor and City Council of Prichard have stood together in opposition of the MAWSS takeover of Prichard Water,” Ephriam said in a news release late Tuesday night, “Now that MAWSS has cast the final vote in this election, the City is prepared to work directly with Prichard Water to effect the change our citizens sought in June.”
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In this fourth segment of our Boundaries in Psychotherapy Series, Dr. Zur outlines issues relating to bartering in therapy. Some clients are too poor to afford monetary payment, and a bartering arrangement may work very well for them. On the other end of the spectrum, a very rich client may give no value to money – so perhaps their contributing community service as payment for therapy is more appropriate. Bartering comes with its own set of interesting issues, and Dr. Zur delves into them here.
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