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Suspects in an Fbi Fraud Sting Are Led out of Fbi Headquarters to a Waiting Bus to Take Them to Their Arraignment.Of the four men the FBI helped frame, two of them died in prison, the other two spent over 30 years in prison before being exonerated. All four were convicted exclusively on the testimony of Joseph “The Animal” Barboza, a Boston mobster and hit man, who was working with the FBI. Barboza was later relocated to California where he committed several more murders under the FBI’s protection before being killed by the mob himself. Read more…

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25710McMinn County, Tennessee had a serious problem with political corruption and fraud for quite some time. While a good portion of the county’s men were overseas fighting in World War II, the county elected a new Sheriff, Paul Cantrell, and he recruited a small army of loyal deputies. The Sheriff’s bulletproof system came to an end with the surrender of the Axis, as 3,000 veterans (about 10% of the county’s population) returned to their home in McMinn County and soon formed the GI Non-Partisan League. Read more…

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La Sheriff: Dept Indictments a ‘sad Day’

↳ Posted on December 18th, 2013 by Ben Spera
Via latimes.com:
L.A. Sheriff's Department indictments: 'Sad day,' Baca says
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca said the charges against 18 current and former sworn officers on allegations of jail misconduct mark a "sad day" for the department, but he denied suggestions that it represents a larger, institutional problem.

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la_losangeles_county_sheriff-thumb-640xauto-4244Los Angeles law enforcement has a very well known reputation, a reputation that is known across the world. It’s known for being very corrupt and very violent. Nothing proved this more than the televised manhunt for former LAPD Officer Christopher Dorner. A ‘rogue’ officer, who’s main grievance was of department corruption, had all law enforcement for miles turn the greater Los Angeles area into a chaotic, lawless war zone. Officers repeatedly misidentified and shot innocent civilians with no repercussions or any sign of remorse. A recent report by the Los Angeles Times gives a very credible explanation as to why this is such a routine occurrence. Read more…

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A Libertarian Case for Net Neutrality

Posted on January 25th, 2014 by Ben Spera

14137_large_net_neutralityAs a libertarian you may be uneasy with the concept of net neutrality. Like me, you feel inexplicably drawn to this neutrality but feel guilty for it. You think to yourself, “I’m a free-market libertarian, by God! Regulation is wrong! Why is my instinct betraying me?” It’s because we don’t live in perfect world. We live in an economy that is far from free and is infested with government regulations and corporate manipulation. The internet service industry is a picturesque example of this.
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Veterans’ Courts Specialize in Treatment for Combat Veterans

Posted on April 18th, 2011 by Ben Spera

When veterans steps into a combat zone such as Iraq or Afghanistan they are stepping into uncharted territory. Upon returning from combat many times they find they are different. Often it is difficult to understand how they are different, but they know that they have changed. These lasting effects many times lead to self medication with alcohol and drugs, as well as violent outbursts and flashbacks which land the veteran in hot water with authorities. There are many judges and lawmakers, themselves veterans, who have seen this problem and are initiating a new program which institutes a separate court system for these cases. Recognizing that these brave men and women should not be lumped in with the rest of our country’s criminals, they have developed what they call Veterans Court. These courts give a presumption of leniency to these veterans in an effort to get them the help they need and return them to the productive, proud members of society they once were. These courts aim to prevent the alienation and out casting of combat veterans the United States saw during and after the Vietnam war, resulting in staggering amounts of veteran homelessness and suicide, forming of outlaw motorcycle gangs and illicit drug use. Read more…

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