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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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rtr31qsgWithin days of his acquittal, Jay Cicinelli is demanding his position as a police officer back. Him and another officer were charged with the murder of a homeless man, Kelly Thomas. Despite the video footage of Cicinelli repeatedly hitting Thomas, a jury acquitted him and his co-defendant of all charges. The video footage and pictures of Kelly taken afterwards are very graphic and hard to stomach. Kelly repeatedly apologizes and screams in pain, yelling for his father as he’s beaten. Read more…

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Police Not Guilty in Kelly Thomas Death

↳ Posted on January 14th, 2014 by Ben Spera
Via latimes.com:
Police not guilty in Kelly Thomas death; DA won't try 3rd officer
An Orange County jury Monday found two former Fullerton police officers accused of killing a schizophrenic homeless man, Kelly Thomas, not guilty. 

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This is No Trayvon Martin

↳ Posted on April 27th, 2013 by Ben Spera

tumblr_m1qbhsTwki1r299qgo1_500 Despite the media’s comparison to the Trayvon Martin shooting, the shooting of 68 year old Kenneth Chamberlain, Sr. is a puzzling story that is hard to justify. Mr. Chamberlain wasn’t a truant, troubled teen, or anything other than a well respected, upstanding American citizen. He was a U.S. Marine veteran and retired correctional officer. Most importantly, unlike the Martin fiasco, Mr. Chamberlain’s story is recorded ver batim on tape, thanks to his Life Aid medical alert system installed in his home. 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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Local Police Refuse to Participate in ‘voluntary’ Checkpoints

Posted on January 9th, 2014 by Ben Spera
Via RT International:
Local police refuse to participate in 'voluntary' traffic checkpoints
The US government’s use of traffic checkpoints to gather drunk and drugged driving information from motorists has come under fire recently, so much so that some police agencies are withdrawing their participation.
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