Antonio Angelini accused Sgt. Jason Pipkin of violating his constitutional rights in retaliation for criticizing the police department in newspaper letters to the editor, according to the suit filed in U.S. District Court in Madison.
“Unfortunately, when the police fail to police themselves, they end up in federal court,” Angelini’s attorney Frank Doherty said.
On March 6, 2010, Pipkin did a “walk-through” of Angelini’s business, Angelini’s Pizzeria and Ristorante, and demanded to inspect his liquor license, according to the suit.
Angelini was later arrested but no charges were filed.
As the case was settled, it appears the cop will face no repercussions for his alleged harassment.
Revisiting the caring nature of Individualism
posted 03/04/2012, 10:01 PM (J.G. Vibes) [Category: Commentary] Is there any valid reason or excuse to violate the rights of a nonviolent person? That is the primary question that separates the two political philosophies of collectivism and individualism. I’m sure that this was not a question that was raised in your college political science class, but nonetheless this is the fundamental question that determines whether a society is collectivist or individualist. While it may be true that there is a lot of grey area because these terms are defined so many... (more)
Canadian Senate Passes Harsh Crime Bill
posted 03/04/2012, 10:00 PM (StoptheDrugWar.org) [Category: Tyranny/Police State] The Canadian Senate Thursday night gave its approval to a government package of crime measures that include a number of harsh provisions, including mandatory minimum prison sentences for growing as few as six marijuana plants. The bill, C-10, the Safe Streets and Communities Act, now heads back to the House of Commons for final approval.
Anonymous, Decentralized and Uncensored File-Sharing is Booming
posted 03/04/2012, 9:59 PM (TorrentFreak) [Category: Science/Technology]
The file-sharing landscape is slowly adjusting in response to the continued push for more anti-piracy tools, the final Pirate Bay verdict, and the raids and arrests in the Megaupload case. Faced with uncertainty and drastic changes at file-sharing sites, many users are searching for secure, private and uncensored file-sharing clients. Despite the image its name suggests, RetroShare is one such future-proof client.
The avalanche of negative file-sharing news over the past weeks ha... (more)
Cops Ticket Woman For Resting Injured Leg On Seat In Deserted Subway Train
posted 03/04/2012, 9:57 PM (Gothamist) [Category: Tyranny/Police State] Brooklyn resident Kate Wilson was riding the D train home to Sunset Park around 1 a.m. one morning in February when several police officers entered her subway car at 36th street. The subway car was mostly empty, with plenty of empty seats, and Wilson was resting her right leg—which she had injured in a race that day—on a corner of one seat. What followed was an absurd yet all too familiar encounter with overzealous, quota-filling transit cops.
Illinois judge rules state eavesdropping law unconstitutional
posted 03/04/2012, 9:57 PM (The Raw Story) [Category: Resistance] The Occupiers who are planning to descend on Chicago in May to protest the G8 and NATO meetings can breathe a sign of relief today. The Illinois law which made it a felony to make audio recordings of police officers without their permission has been found unconstitutional by a state judge, who ruled that it could have the effect of criminalizing “wholly innocent conduct.”
Rawesome Foods' James Stewart arrested in $1 million warrant
posted 03/04/2012, 9:56 PM (NaturalNews) [Category: Tyranny/Police State] Rawesome Foods defendants James Steward and Sharon Palmer were ambushed in California court yesterday when they appeared for a preliminary hearing about the multiple felony charges that have been ludicrously placed against them for engaging in farm-fresh food production and distribution. In court, they were ambushed with a $1 million arrest warrant (James) and a $2 million arrest warrant (Sharon), then handcuffed and marched away by agents of the corrupt state.
[...] Bloggers and other online authors would also be captured by a regime applying to any news site that gets more than 15,000 hits a year, a benchmark labelled "seriously dopey" by one site operator.
Full Transcript: http://bit.ly/vZpryj Campbell Live has spoken exclusively with Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom in his first TV interview since being arrested.
Dotcom faces a barrage of FBI charges relating to the operation of his file sharing company Megaupload.
John Campbell spoke with the internet millionaire about the charges -- which in... (more)
DMCA: Horrors of a Broad and Automated Censorship Tool
posted 03/04/2012, 9:55 PM (TorrentFreak) [Category: Big Brother/Orwellian] The DMCA was once drafted to protect the interests of copyright holders, allowing them to take infringing content offline. Today, however, the system is systematically abused by rightsholders as an overbroad censorship tool. One third of the notices sent to Google are false, companies like Microsoft censor perfectly legal sites, and others use the DMCA to get back at competitors.
American 'illegals' in Mexico
posted 03/04/2012, 9:54 PM (BBC) [Category: Geopolitics] The issue of undocumented Mexican migrants in America is widely reported. But what about the thousands of Americans living illegally south of the border? Mexico Direct looks at why they come, and why Mexicans aren't yet making an issue about it.