Monthly Archives: January 2016

BBC host was a pedophile protected from prosecution

A culture of deference to “untouchable stars,” an “above the law” attitude among members of management and a climate of fear at the BBC allowed Jimmy Savile, the disgraced British television personality, to carry out sexual assaults on children for decades, according to a leaked draft of an inquiry published on Thursday. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/22/world/europe/inquiry-jimmy-savile-bbc.html?ref=world The 500-page […]

Terrorism Act violated journalists human rights

A UK court of appeal ruled that the detention of journalist Glenn Greenwald’s partner, David Miranda, under the Terrorism Act violated his human rights as a journalist. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jan/19/journalism-is-not-terrorism-criticism-of-the-government-is-not-violence?CMP=share_btn_link The court rebuked the government’s unprecedented and dangerous definition of “terrorism” that would have encompassed all sorts of actions regularly made by law-abiding citizens. Miranda was detained […]

Kristof: Liberals should know the facts about guns

Nicholas Kristof: For those of us who argue in favor of gun safety laws, there are a few inconvenient facts. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/17/opinion/sunday/some-inconvenient-gun-facts-for-liberals.html We liberals are sometimes glib about equating guns and danger. In fact, it’s complicated: The number of guns in America has increased by more than 50 percent since 1993, and in that same period […]

UK fails to prosecute Lord for sex abuse of 20 boys

Three chances were missed to prosecute late peer Lord Janner over sex abuse claims, an inquiry has found. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-35352809?ns_mchannel=social&ns_campaign=bbc_breaking&ns_source=twitter&ns_linkname=news_central The independent inquiry, commissioned by the director of public prosecutions, found police and prosecutors missed opportunities to charge Lord Janner in 1991, 2002 and 2007. Before he died in December, the ex-Labour MP – who then […]

Another halfwit enticed to commit terrorism the by FBI

US authorities have arrested a man described as a supporter of so-called Islamic State (IS) and accused him of planning an attack in New York State. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-35206711 Emanuel Lutchman, 25, from Rochester, is charged with plotting to kill people at a restaurant on New Year’s Eve. Mr Lutchman told an FBI informant he would use […]

Chemical company leaks giving US citizens cancer

Rob Bilott, a law partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister, received a call on his direct line from a cattle farmer. The farmer, Wilbur Tennant of Parkersburg, W.Va., said that his cows were dying left and right. He believed that the DuPont chemical company, which until recently had operated a site close by, was responsible. […]

Professor who questioned Sandy Hook narrative fired

A Florida Atlantic University professor who suggested in blog postings and radio interviews that the 2012 massacre of children at Sandy Hook Elementary and other mass shootings were a hoax designed by the Obama administration to boost support for gun control was fired Tuesday. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/07/us/florida-professor-who-cast-doubt-on-mass-shootings-is-fired.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur&_r=0 James F. Tracy, 50, a tenured associate professor of communications […]