Russian Supreme Court rejects lawsuit demanding Putin be removed from presidential race

The lawsuit requesting Putin be removed from the presidential race was filed in mid-February by presidential candidate, journalist and socialite Ksenia Sobchak, who is running as a candidate for the pro-business party Civil Platform. She describes herself as a “none of the above” candidate for those who wish to register their disapproval against the political situation in Russia.

In a letter to the court, Sobchak explained that Putin’s candidacy should be annulled because he has already repeatedly occupied the post, saying that he was elected president three times and also was acting president in early 2000, before he was first elected.

In addition, Sobchak accused Putin and his longtime ally, Dmitry Medvedev, of alleged “conspiracy to grab the presidential post for their group for a long period of time or indefinitely.” She was referring to the situation of 2008-2012 when Medvedev served as Russian president and Putin chaired the government. In the same letter, Sobchak said that this move was just “castling.”

Currently, the Russian Constitution allows the same person to run for the presidency for an unlimited number of terms on one condition – there can be no more than two consecutive terms. This is why Putin could not run for the presidency in 2008 after winning in 2000 and 2004. In 2012, the condition regarding consecutive terms was not applicable, so Putin ran in the election and won.

On Friday, Judge Nikolai Romanov announced the verdict rejecting Sobchak’s lawsuit. Earlier in the day, prosecutors said that the arguments listed in the lawsuit “were based on an erroneous interpretation of the law.”

Sobchak’s press secretary, Ksenia Chudinova, said in comments with RBC that their team planned to file the lawsuit again, but did not go into details.

The Russian Presidential Election is scheduled for March 18. There are currently eight candidates in the race and public opinion polls predict that Vladimir Putin will win in the first round.

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Mother sobs in court while testifying about 8-year-old daughter's rape and murder

The mother of a young girl who was abducted by a man posing as a good Samaritan in 2013 sobbed in court as she faced her daughter’s accused killer.

Rayne Perrywinkle testified in a Jacksonville courtroom on Monday about the day her daughter, 8-year-old Cherish Perrywinkle, was kidnapped from a Florida Walmart and later found brutally murdered.

Photo: Florida Department of Law Enforcement

The bereaved mother said that she was shopping at Family Dollar store with her three daughters when she noticed Donald James Smith, 61, hovering nearby.

Perrywinkle said that Smith took notice of her struggling to pay for her family’s items, and when she came outside, he offered to take her family to a nearby Walmart and pay for their purchases with a gift card, which he claimed his wife would bring to the store.

“He told me I was safe,” Perrywinkle said in court. “He looked into my face and told me I was safe.”

Perrywinkle and her children all got into Smith’s van and went to a nearby Walmart and began shopping. She says she became worried when Smith’s wife still hadn’t shown up at the store by 10 p.m. 

When Perrywinkle’s daughters began complaining of hunger, Smith told Rayne he would buy them cheeseburgers from a McDonald’s inside the Walmart. Cherish went with him to purchase the food and was never again seen alive.

Surveillance footage from the night of the incident shows Smith and Cherish briefly standing outside the McDonalds before leaving the store together and getting into Smith’s van, which then drives out of the parking lot and out of sight.

After realizing the McDonalds was actually closed, Cherish’s panicked mother borrowed a Walmart employee’s cellphone to call 911, about 20 minutes after Smith had walked off with Cherish.

“Why in the world would he take my little girl?” Perrywinkle said to the dispatcher. “I hope to God he doesn’t kill her and I hope to God he doesn’t rape her.”

The next morning, Cherish’s half-naked body was discovered under a fallen tree in a grassy marsh area several miles away from the store where she was abducted. When Smith was arrested, he was allegedly wet from the waist down.

State Attorney Melissa Nelson told the jury on Monday that Cherish had been raped, smothered and had blunt force trauma to the back of her head. 

“He gagged her, raped her, he sodomized her, then he strangled her. He gagged her with such force, her gums and nostrils bled. He strangled her with such force her eyeballs bled,” Nelson said. “Cherish did not die quickly, and she did not die easily. In fact, hers was a brutal and tortured death.”

Smith was charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping and sexual battery, but has pleaded not guilty. He may face the death penalty if convicted.

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The Physics of UFOs: “If This Was A Court of Law, We Are Beyond Reasonable Doubt”



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“If this was a court of law, we are beyond reasonable doubt.” Those were the words of Luis Elizondo in a recent interview by I-Team Las Vegas and George Knapp (as seen in the picture). Last October, Elizondo ended his long career with the U.S. government, and with one of his most recent positions being the director of the Pentagon’s study of unknown aerial objects (ATTIP), he definately knows a thing or two about the subject. The program was authorized by Harry Reid, a former U.S. Senator in conjunction with Bigelow Aerospace.

Not long ago, the founder of Bigelow aerospace told the public (in a 60 minutes interview) that we are not alone, and that Earth is currently being visited by extraterrestrials. Elizondo also shared his belief that there is a lot of evidence showing that we’re “probably not alone, whatever that means.”

Elizondo is part of the To The Stars Academyheaded up by Tom Delonge, the company that the US Government is working with to disclose the existence of UFOs to the American public, as well as the exotic technologies that go with them. They are the ones the Pentagon went through to spread the release of their UFO footage.

The team also includes Jim Semivam, a former senior intelligence service member of the Central Intelligence Agency, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for intelligence Christopher Mellon, and a  recently retired Program Director for Advanced Systems at Lockheed Martin, Steve Justice.

The company’s team also has Hal Puthoff, a co-founder of the US Government’s STARGATE project, a 25 year program that investigated parapsychological phenomena.

When Elizondo made the court of law statement, he was referring to the scientific data, and more, we now have showing that something strange has been going on in our atmosphere for a very long time. He’s also gone on the record stating that,

“For the first time, we have a compelling picture that what we are seeing is explained in our current understanding of physics, advanced physics, and quantum mechanics…perhaps all these observables that we have been seeing, for example: sudden and extreme acceleration, hypersonic velocities, low observability, trans-medium travel and last but not least positive lift, or anti-gravity, is really a manifestation of a single technology.  So it’s not five exotic technologies we’re trying to figure out how it works.  It’s one and we think we know that one too.”

For more examples of what happens when a UFO is tracked on military radar, you can read this article we published about it a few years ago. It has more examples and links to declassified documents detailing interesting encounters.

“Spacetime Metric Engineering” 

An article published on the To The Stars website states as follows,

“One of the scientists that helped figure it out is physicist Dr. Hal Puthoff.  He wrote the proposal that helped Bigelow land the [DoD] contract to study UFOs and in a recent radio interview, said he commissioned 38 scientific papers during the study to explore exotic propulsion ideas, including what he called “spacetime metric engineering.”  In essence, the Gimbal and Tic-Tac craft were able to create their own spacetime bubbles.”

One of the first statements Steve Justice (mentioned above)  made using the To The Stars platform is that, when it comes to the technologies he’s been around, worked with, and seen, it would be an understatement to call them revolutionary.

He also stated, while discussing the concept for the craft that To The Stars plans to build, the following:

This is a concept for an international point-to-point transportation craft that will erase the current travel limits of distance and time. It mimics the capabilities observed in unidentified aerial phenomenon by employing a driver system that alters space-time metric. We have glimpses of how the physics of this works, but we need to harvest technologies from the Science Division to “realize” the capability.

By making this statement, he is telling the world that Unidentified Flying Objects (which are commonly tracked on military radar) utilize a device that somehow combats the problem of distance and time, making it easy for them to travel what we humans perceive as great and impossible distances in a short period of time.

“There is another way, whether it’s wormholes, or warping space, there’s got to be a way to generate energy so that you can pull it out of the vacuum, and the fact that they’re [extraterrestrials] here shows us that they found a way.” (source) – Jack Kasher, Ph.D, Professor Emeritus of Physics, University of Nebraska.

When Elizondo went on CNN explaining that the Pentagon’s recent video release isn’t much compared to what they’ve already seen, you can imagine they must have some very interesting footage…

“There’s so much evidence out there that even if less than 1% is true, that would be enough to collapse the current paradigm and change the whole planet.” – Dr. Steven Greer, founder of The Disclosure Project

Dr. Thoedore C. Loder, Professor of Earth Sciences at the University of New Hampshire wrote a paper reviewing  “the development of antigravity research in the US and notes how research activity seemed to disappear by the mid 1950s. It then addresses recently reported scientific findings and witness testimonies – that show us that this research and technology is alive and well and very advanced. The revelations of findings in this area will alter dramatically our 20th century view of physics and technology and must be considered in planning for both energy and transportation needs in the 21st century.”

Loder and Dr. Greer (who has also worked with Dr. Puthoff, mentioned above) were also requested by Senator Smith (R-NH and Chair of the EPW) and Mr. David Conover (Chief of Staff-EPW) to put together a paper regarding the technology, and the technological implications of UFOs.

It was titled “Outside-the-Box” Technologies, Their Critical Role Concerning Environmental Trends, and the Unnecessary Energy Crisis.”

In summary, the technologies fall into the following broad categories:

  • Quantum Vacuum/zero point field energy access systems and related advances in electromagnetic theory and applications
  • Electrogravitic and magnetogravitic energy and propulsion
  • Room temperature nuclear effects
  • Electrochemical and related advances to internal combustion systems which achieve near zero emissions and very high-efficiency

What’s also interesting to note is that the second director of Lockheed Skunk works, was quoted as saying the following,

“We now know how to travel to the stars. There is an error in the equations, and we have figured it out, and now know how to travel to the stars and it won’t take a lifetime to do it. It is time to end all the secrecy on this, as it no longer poses a national security threat, and make the technology available for use in the private sector. There are many in the intelligence community who would like to see this stay in the black and not see the light of day. We now have the technology to take ET home.”

You can read more about the Black Budget here.

According to some interesting sources, he let the cat out of the hat, stating that quantum entanglement was the missing part in the equations, and that entanglement is key to ‘long distance’ space travel.

You can read more about that and where the sources of that information comes from, here.

Remember, this has been the subject of contemplation at the highest realms of science for decades. Peter Andrew Sturrock, a British Scientist, and an Emeritus Professor of Applied Physics at Stanford UniversitY and a number of other notable scientists around the world came together during the 1990’s in order to examine the physical evidence that is commonly associated with the UFO phenomenon.

Intelligence agencies and some powerful people have been all over this topic for decades Who knows just how far we’ve come, or they, and what they intend to do with that information.

Can We Really Trust Government Disclosure? 

The government, for good reason, definitely has a bad reputation among independent thinkers. We’ve seen the infiltration of other countries based on false premises, like the war on terror. Our  governments are going after so-called terrorists in which they themselves have strong connections to. Evidence has been mounting showing how the western military alliance has infiltrated and invaded multiple countries for their own selfish purposes, as well as install their own versions of government, in secrecy. We saw this with Iraq and 9/11, as well as several other countries in the overseas. It’s usually referred to these days as false flag terrorism.

Below is a great quote from Mark Twain, I’ve used it multiple times but it really gets the point across,

“The statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting the blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.” (source)

The point is, if we’ve been deceived for so long on so many topics, why should we not assume the same for UFOs? Perhaps Tom and his team, all though well-intentioned, are being used by those higher up in the pyramid to bring forth disclosure, only to be twisted and used by the Deep State, which controls the US government, for their own selfish purposes and to impose more laws that take aware our human rights? To weaponize space? 

Who knows, I discuss that particular topic in the article linked below:

Is A False Flag Alien Invasion In The Works? Wernher Von Braun’s Colleague Seems To Think So

If we want to know who has access to the most information, we have to follow the money.

Photo take from the Thrive Movement

 

This is a deep topic that touches all aspects of human life, it’s important to exercise caution, especially when, for so long, we’ve had a small group of powerful people control all media. With recent Facebook algorithm changes, alternative media, which was gaining more popularity and viewership than CNN and other popular mainstream media networks, have been subjected to ‘Fake News’ accusations and algorithm changes.

Perhaps this is why the intelligence community, or whoever is in charge, probably picked Tom Delonge to team up with rather than Dr. Steven Greer. We don’t hear any talk of the possibility of any sort of deception from Tom, all we hear are legitimate justification for why there has been a cover up, which is why they probably prefer him.

It seems the government does not want to be made out to be ‘the bad guy,’ and want people to know that they were justified in concealing information. Perhaps that is true in some cases, but it can’t be true for most of them. There is no doubt in my mind that the topic of UFOs is being used here, perhaps I’m wrong, who knows where this is going to go, but we’re definitely living in exciting times.

One thing is for certain, whoever has been holding the secrecy on this subject, is and has been just as curious as the human populace is now beginning to be. The only real way the human experience can evolve and move forward is with total transparency. We are more than what we’ve been made to believe, and our capability and potential for good, as one human race, is far beyond anything we can imagine.


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German Court Rules Facebook Use of Personal Data Illegal






German Court Rules Facebook Use of Personal Data Illegal


February 12th, 2018

Via: Reuters:

A German consumer rights group said on Monday that a court had found Facebook’s use of personal data to be illegal because the U.S. social media platform did not adequately secure the informed consent of its users.

The verdict, from a Berlin regional court, comes as Big Tech faces increasing scrutiny in Germany over its handling of sensitive personal data that enables it to micro-target online advertising.















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Court Orders Release of Body Cams in Vegas Shooting While Ignoring Casino Surveillance Footage

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Las Vegas – More than four months after the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history, a judge has ruled that police must release 911 calls, the remaining Body Cam footage from their officers and other records within the next 30 days. But the repeated requests for the release of the Mandalay Bay Hotel’s surveillance footage seem to have been ignored once again.

Nevada state court Judge Richard Scotti ruled that the records must be released to the media outlets that have been requesting them—with the first requests coming in hours after the Oct. 1 shooting—but that the department is allowed to redact the names, social security numbers and “portions of videos in which people could be easily recognized.”

“If the government contended that the requested records were confidential or otherwise protected from disclosure, then the government had a duty to redact confidential information and produce the non-confidential portions of the records,” Scotti said.

The judge also argued that the practice of “wholesale withholding of documents” while claiming that they are all confidential, “suggests to this court that records have not been sufficiently scrutinized.”

While it is likely that additional body camera footage from the officers on the scene and initial reports from witnesses who called 911 will give meaningful insight into the mass shooting, Judge Scotti is leaving out one of the most crucial pieces of evidence—the surveillance footage from Mandalay Bay.

As one of the most popular casinos in Las Vegas, there is no doubt that Mandalay Bay is armed with a number of surveillance cameras that would have captured suspect Stephen Paddock entering the hotel in the days before the shooting, with enough luggage to conceal dozens of guns, more than 1,500 rounds of ammunition and other supplies.

In the days after the shooting, former chief executive of Wynn Resorts, Steve Wynn, suggested that Paddock may have escaped public attention by taking the service elevator, a perk typically given to “high rollers.” While that may explain why he did not raise any red flags when he initially arrived at the hotel, that does not explain why hotel staff members visited Paddock’s room at least 10 times in the days leading up to the shooting and noticed nothing out of the ordinary.

The surveillance footage from the front lobby may show what looked to be an average man checking into a hotel, but the surveillance footage from the 32nd floor is one of the most crucial aspects of the story.

While there have been a number of significant changes in the timeline of the massacre, one of the most glaring changes revolved around the account of Mandalay Bay Hotel security guard Jesus Campos, who was reportedly injured by Paddock. Campos went from being just another causality in the shooting to Paddock’s first victim, who was shot only once in the leg, despite the fact that the shooter reportedly fired 200 rounds down the hallway in his direction.

Attorney Craig Eiland, who is representing a number of the victims, revealed in November that not only did police officers respond to Campos after he was shot, they were right outside of Paddock’s door before he began shooting out of his hotel room window.

“As of yesterday it was that two—we knew about Campos—but there were two other police officers from MGM that were on the floor prior to the shooting,” Eiland said.

While the pending release of 911 records and body camera footage from the night of the shooting is a decent start, the release of Mandalay Bay’s surveillance footage—especially from the 32nd floor in the hours surrounding the shooting—has the ability to reveal significant facts that could finally give answers to the many families who are mourning the loss of their loved ones who died in the massacre.

Source Article from http://thefreethoughtproject.com/judge-orders-release-body-cam-footage-vegas-shooting/

Court battles of Gas Chamber doubter Faurisson not over

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Disturbing Precedent: Mother Sterilized As Court Hands Down Order Recommending It

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At the request of an Oklahoma court, a mother of seven has been sterilized as part of a judge’s order, setting a damning precedent in the process.

Summer Thyme Creel, 34, had the procedure in November after the judge wrote he could consider it at her sentencing if she chose to do so.

Although the procedure was “voluntary,” the court order to do so crosses some ominous barriers. In spite of the fact that it is described as “voluntary,” it stretches the definition of that term by putting Creel in the position of bartering her fertility for leniency in her sentencing.

Last year, this practice gained national attention when it was applied to prisoners. In exchange for undergoing a sterilization procedure, prisoners were given shorter sentences. However, as the ACLU pointed out at the time, this program is deceptive and even unconstitutional.

“Offering a so-called ‘choice’ between jail time and coerced contraception or sterilization is unconstitutional,” Tennessee ACLU head Hedy Weinberg wrote in a statement. “Such a choice violates the fundamental constitutional right to reproductive autonomy and bodily integrity by interfering with the intimate decision of whether and when to have a child, imposing an intrusive medical procedure on individuals who are not in a position to reject it.”

Now, it appears, that the program has evolved from the prison and moved into the court.

Quite frankly, Creel is no model citizen. She is a repeat check forger and her addiction to methamphetamine is so severe that she admitted to using the drug while pregnant. However, bringing in the issue of sterilization as a factor in Creel’s sentencing crosses a major line and is reminiscent of America’s dark history.

Eugenics, the ‘science’ of attempting to improve a human population by controlled breeding to increase the occurrence of desirable heritable characteristics, is a dark stain on humanity’s past.

While most people associate it with Adolf Hitler and his movement to create a supreme race in Nazi Germany, the fact is that eugenics sciences began in the 1860s. By Hitler’s time, it was a consensus among many that the human population could be improved through selective breeding and the horrific treatment of people deemed ‘inferior’ by science.

Eugenics laws in the early twentieth century resulted in the forced sterilization of over 64,000 people in the United States. At first, sterilization efforts focused on those with disabilities but later grew to include people whose only “crime” was poverty. These sterilization programs even found legal support in the great Supreme Court (Buck v. Bell 1927).

According to Edwin Black’s historical account of the Eugenics movement, California’s program was so robust that the Nazi’s turned to California for advice in perfecting their own efforts. Hitler proudly admitted to following the laws of several American states that allowed for the prevention of reproduction of the “unfit.”

The precedent being set in Oklahoma with Creel’s case is so damning that even the prosecutor is urging the judge to not consider her sterilization as a factor at sentencing.

“Creel not only has a fundamental constitutional right to procreate … but she admits that she had an interest in an elective sterilization procedure even before the court’s order of June 16,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica Perry told the judge in a sentencing memo, according to New OK.

“Furthermore, Creel’s decision to have (or not have) additional children is sufficiently removed from the type of criminal activity involved in this case that such a factor is irrelevant to determining a sentence,” the prosecutor wrote.

But the judge, apparently ignorant of the history of such practices, disagrees.

“By virtue of a series of relationships with various sires over approximately the last 14 years, Ms. Creel has given birth to seven children out of wedlock,” the judge wrote in the June order.

In the court order, the judge clearly laid out his request, noting that at her sentencing she “may, if (and only if) she chooses to do so, present medical evidence to the court establishing that she has been rendered incapable of procreation.”

As was stated above, the fact that it is voluntary—but conditional to her sentencing—is where the line is crossed. Americans should be wary of where this path leads and this practice should be stopped immediately.

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Re: Court petition seeks to compel Israel army to investigate deaths of Palestinian civilians

The Israeli High Court of Justice is to consider a petition filed by human rights NGO Yesh Din, which argues that the Israeli military’s approach to investigating the deaths of Palestinian civilians is severely flawed.

The impetus for the legal challenge is the killing of Samah ‘Abd Al-Muamen ‘Abdallah, an 18-year-old Palestinian killed by an Israeli soldier as she sat in the backseat of a car in November 2015.

The Israeli army admitted that she was shot by mistake, claiming that occupation forces were responding to an attempted stabbing close by.

As Yesh Din explains, official Israeli army policy “requires an investigation of every incident resulting in the death of a Palestinian civilian, with the exception of incidents that are ‘clearly part of a combat situation’” – and it was on these grounds that the military refused to investigate Samah’s death.

According to the court petition, the definition, however, of a “combat situation”, “does not comply with international law”, and as such, “renders the Attorney General’s commitment to the High Court to investigate the deaths of Palestinian civilians effectively meaningless”.

Read: Palestinian teen killed in Israeli West Bank raid

The petition emphasises “the distinction made in international law between clear-cut combat situations and civilian incidents, such as disturbances of the peace or individual acts of violence, to which the appropriate response is enforcement through policing.”

The petition argues that “when a lone perpetrator attempts to stab or run over civilians, such as in the incident that lead to Samah’s death, the attack does not belong in the category of a combat situation but rather of sporadic violence, disturbances of the peace and riots, to which the forces respond with policing rather than combat activity.”

Yesh Din cites figures provided by fellow rights group B’Tselem, which says that while 69 Palestinians were shot and killed by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank in 2015, only 21 investigations were opened. In 2016, 56 Palestinians were shot and killed by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank, yet only ten investigations were immediately launched.

Abd Al-Muamen Abdallah, Samah’s father, said:

Israeli soldiers murdered my daughter in cold blood. At first they claimed she’d been holding a knife, then they said she was shot by mistake. I lost my eldest daughter right next to me, and her blood spattered over her siblings. If she was Israeli, they would have opened an investigation. But in my case, no one took any notice.

The Israeli army, meanwhile, felt no need to justify the lack of investigations into fatal shootings, saying that “most of those killed were terrorists trying to kill civilians and soldiers”.



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U.S. Federal Court Strikes Down Hate Law That Attempts To Punish Americans Who Boycott Corporate Israel: Texas Governor Greg Abbot Was Overturned

A FEDERAL JUDGE on Tuesday ruled that a Kansas law designed to punish people who boycott Israel is an unconstitutional denial of free speech. The ruling is a significant victory for free speech rights because the global campaign to criminalize, or otherwise legally outlaw, the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement has been spreading rapidly in numerous political and academic centers in the U.S. This judicial decision definitively declares those efforts — when they manifest in the U.S. — to be a direct infringement of basic First Amendment rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.

The enjoined law, enacted last year by the Kansas legislature, requires all state contractors — as a prerequisite to receiving any paid work from the state — “to certify that they are not engaged in a boycott of Israel.” The month before the law was implemented, Esther Koontz, a Mennonite who works as a curriculum teacher for the Kansas public school system, decided that she would boycott goods made in Israel, motivated in part by a film she had seen detailing the abuse of Palestinians by the occupying Israeli government, and in part by a resolution enacted by the national Mennonite Church.

The resolution acknowledged “the cry for justice of Palestinians, especially those living under oppressive military occupation for fifty years”; vowed to “oppose military occupation and seek a just peace in Israel and Palestine”; and urged “individuals and congregations to avoid the purchase of products associated with acts of violence or policies of military occupation, including items produced in [Israeli] settlements.”

A month after this law became effective, Koontz, having just completed a training program to teach new courses, was offered a position at a new Kansas school. But, as the court recounts, “the program director asked Ms. Koontz to sign a certification confirming that she was not participating in a boycott of Israel, as the Kansas Law requires.” Koontz ultimately replied that she was unable and unwilling to sign such an oath because she is, in fact, participating in a boycott of Israel. As a result, she was told that no contract could be signed with her.

In response to being denied this job due to her political views, Koontz retained the American Civil Liberties Union, which sued the commissioner of education, asking a federal court to enjoin enforcement of the law on the grounds that denying Koontz a job due to her boycotting of Israel violates her First Amendment rights. The court on Tuesday agreed and preliminarily enjoined enforcement of the law.

The ruling is significant for two independent reasons. The first is the definitive and emphatic nature of the ruling. The court dispensed with an oft-repeated but mythical belief about free speech rights: namely, that they only bar the government from imprisoning or otherwise actively punishing someone for their views, but do not bar them from withholding optional benefits (such as an employment contract) as retaliation for those views.

Very little effort is required to see why such a proposition is wrong:

Just imagine a law which provided that only people who believe in liberalism (or conservatism) will be eligible for unemployment benefits or college loans. Few would have trouble understanding the direct assault on free speech guarantees posed by such a law; the same is true of a law that denies any other benefits (including employment contracts) based on the state’s disapproval of one’s political views, as the court explained in its ruling (emphasis added):

Even more important is the court’s categorical decree that participating in boycotts is absolutely protected by the First Amendment’s guarantee of free speech and petition rights. Citing the 1982 U.S. Supreme Court case that invoked free speech rights to protect members of the NAACP from punishment by the state of Mississippi for boycotting white-owned stores, the court in the Kansas case pointedly ruled that “the First Amendment protects the right to participate in a boycott.” In doing so, it explained that the core purpose of the Kansas law is to punish those who are critical of Israeli occupation and are working to end it:

“The Kansas Law’s legislative history reveals that its goal is to undermine the message of those participating in a boycott of Israel. This is either viewpoint discrimination against the opinion that Israel mistreats Palestinians or subject matter discrimination on the topic of Israel.”

Indeed, it’s hard to imagine a law that more directly violates the First Amendment’s guarantee of free speech than one that seeks to deny people benefits for which everyone else is eligible due solely to the state’s disapproval of their political views and activism. Since that’s exactly what this Kansas law did, the court concluded that it was unconstitutional.

BEYOND THE COURT’S emphatic rationale, the decision is significant because repressive measures like this have spread, and continue to spread, far beyond Kansas. Indeed, as we have repeatedly reported and documented, the single greatest threat to free speech in the West — and in the U.S. — is the coordinated, growing campaign to outlaw and punish those who advocate for or participate in activism to end the Israeli occupation.

Zionist Governor Greg Abbot Signs Blackmail Bill Prohibiting State Contracts and Investments with Companies that Boycott Terrorist State Of Israel Signed May 2nd. 2017. ~ 5 days later on May 7th. he signs a fraud bill which attempts to divert attention from His Sanctuary Texas Border Corruption to Sanctuary City By Attacking The Constitutionality Of The U.S. County Sheriffs.

Numerous other U.S. states have implemented similar measures as the one in Kansas — including New York, where, as we previously reported, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order directing all agencies “to terminate any and all business with companies or organizations that support a boycott of Israel” and “requiring that one of his commissioners compile ‘a list of institutions and companies’ that — ‘either directly or through a parent or subsidiary’ — support a boycott.” As the New York Civil Liberties Union told The Intercept at the time about Cuomo’s order: “Whenever the government creates a blacklist based on political views it raises serious First Amendment concerns and this is no exception.”

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Last year, a measure sponsored by Benjamin Cardin, a Democratic senator from Maryland and an AIPAC loyalist, joined by 43 other senators, went even further, purporting to impose prison sentences and large fines for anyone working with international organizations to boycott Israel. Only after the ACLU vehemently denounced the bill as a grave First Amendment attack that “would punish individuals for no reason other than their political beliefs” did several senators say they were re-considering their support.

Indeed, it’s hard to overstate how pervasive and mainstream these attempts to legally [though Unconstitutionally] suppress criticisms of Israel have become, including in the U.S. As the legal advocacy organization Palestine Legal told The Intercept yesterday,

“Since 2014, over 100 anti-boycott measures (similar to the one blocked in Kansas) have been introduced in the U.S., at least 24 of them enacted. Palestine Legal responded to 308 suppression incidents in 2017 and nearly 1,000 in the last four years.”

The report issued by the group this week details just some of those efforts:

  • Hurricane Harvey victims were required to pledge not to boycott Israel to receive relief aid;
  • An NYC bookstore hid a children’s book about Palestine after calls for censorship;
  • A Palestinian American professor at San Francisco State was sued for researching and teaching about Palestine;
  • A Black student leader at the University of Wisconsin was condemned for speaking out against the connections between white supremacy and Zionism by Trump’s nominee to head the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.
  • Hungary Joins Russia In Campaign Against Soros: Israel Calls It An Anti Semitic Campaign

So widespread are attempts to punish and repress speech and activism aimed at ending the Israeli occupation that the Center for Constitutional Rights has dubbed this movement “the Palestine Exception” to free speech rights in the U.S.

Top Ten Countries That Boycott Rothschild’s State Of Israel

The federal court ruling from yesterday is a ringing endorsement of the vital constitutional principle that people cannot be punished by the U.S. government or state governments due to disapproval of their political activism and viewpoints — even if the goal is to protect the Israeli government and its decadeslong illegal occupation from criticism and activism.

The direct result of this ruling is that the Kansas state government is barred from continuing to force teachers and other state residents to take an oath to refrain from boycotting Israel upon pain of being denied contracts, but the broader and more enduring effect may be to emphasize just how authoritarian, repressive, and contrary to core civil liberties the global attempt to abuse the power of law to criminalize or suppress this free expression in the name of protecting Israeli occupation is.

The Intercept

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Source Article from https://politicalvelcraft.org/2018/02/04/u-s-federal-court-strikes-down-hate-law-that-attempts-to-punish-americans-who-boycott-corporate-israel-texas-governor-greg-abbot-was-overturned/

What Are They Hiding? Clark County Disobeys Court Order to Release Paddock’s Autopsy

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Las Vegas, NV — (ZH) After months of radio silence, new information released earlier this week surrounding the investigation into Las Vegas Shooter Stephen Paddock’s motive appears to have revived suspicions that another person was involved in the shooting.

The newly unsealed documents – which were unsealed by court order after journalists at the Las Vegas Review-Journal and other media sued – revealed that the FBI is seeking a “person of interest” named Douglas Haig. Haig’s name had not previously been connected to the shooting. What’s more, according to what’s been widely cited as his LinkedIn page, Haig had “DOD Top Secret clearance” and worked for top weapons manufacturers and specialized in Military Ammunition, as we pointed out.

Haig’s connection to Paddock and the shooting is unclear, but in another confusing development, Clark County Nevada Coroner John Fudenberg is defying a court order to release the full autopsy report for Paddock – even though Paddock’s body was cremated in December.

According to the Daily Caller, District Court Judge Timothy Williams ordered the coroner Tuesday to immediately release the autopsy. Fudenberg is conferring with others in his office, and no date had been given for his compliance with the judge’s order, the corner’s office told The Daily Caller.

The office also told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the report wouldn’t be released until it was “finalized.”

“The coroner’s office has fought to keep autopsy reports confidential,” according to the the Review-Journal.

It’s difficult to imagine what component of the autopsy could, at this point, be left unfinished; after all, Paddock’s body was destroyed weeks ago. And yet, the coroner has chosen to pay $32,000 in legal costs instead of turning over the final report.

“The shooter’s body was cremated Dec. 21. How can the autopsy report not be ‘finalized’ when the body was cremated more than five weeks ago?” Review-Journal Editor-in-Chief Keith Moyer publicly stated. “The law is squarely on the side of the public’s right to open government.”

An interim report released Jan. 8 gave only scant information about the autopsy and did not release either the autopsy or a toxicology report on Paddock.

“Preliminarily, the injuries noted were on the posterior of both calves and a gunshot wound to the upper palette inside the decedent’s mouth with obvious damage to the upper teeth,” the department stated.

“The cause of Paddock’s death was an internal gunshot wound and the manner of death was ruled a suicide,” the report concluded.

While the details so far largely comport with the early press reports, some say the initial report was suspiciously lacking in detail.

“What’s glaring are the missing details on the autopsy,” said Wayne Black, a 40-year veteran law enforcement and private security expert, in an interview with TheDCNF.

“This is probably one of the most significant medical examiner’s investigations of the year,” he said.

It’s been four months since the shooting, and still much remains vague or unknown. Paddock’s motives remain a mystery. Unanswered questions remain about the official timeline of events. Photos published online in the immediate aftermath of the shooting purported to show a second shooter closer to ground level, but they were largely dismissed by law enforcement and the media.

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