Category: POLICE & REPRESSION

Whistleblower Who Challenged FBI’s Profiling And Informant Recruitment Practices Is Sentenced To Four Years In Prison

KEVIN GOSZTOLA—Albury’s defense attorneys argued Albury’s disclosures on the FBI’s “abuses” of its “enormous investigative authority” granted after the September 11 attacks did not deserve punishment. Particularly, rules governing classified information make clear that an agency is not supposed to classify information to “conceal violations of law, inefficiency, or administrative error” or to “prevent embarrassment to a person, organization, or agency.” They argued the Espionage Act was intended for spies and was never supposed to be an Official Secrets Act that could be used to punish government officials without considering their motives or the intent behind their release of classified information.

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Why Police Kill So Often

CARL FINAMORE—Disorganized rebellion becomes riot. Because oppressed communities of color are politically isolated and left to fend for themselves without support from organized labor or from the white majority, their frustration sometimes explodes into disorganized, individual acts of random violence which then makes the community even more vulnerable to police attacks.

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Tear down J. Edgar Hoover’s name

RICHARD COHEN—It just so happens that I have taken an unequivocal “it depends” stance on the removal of certain statues or the changing of names. Lee has to go because he is best known for fighting to retain slavery. Wilson was a racist, but that does not overwhelm the achievements of his presidency. As for Hoover, it’s true that he essentially created the FBI and served as director of the bureau (and its predecessor agencies) from 1924 until his death in 1972. That ain’t nothing.

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