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Trial and Terror: Since the 9/11 attacks, most of the 834 terrorism defendants prosecuted by the U.S. Department of Justice have been charged with material support for terrorism, criminal conspiracy, immigration violations, or making false statements — vague, nonviolent offenses that give prosecutors wide latitude for scoring quick convictions or plea bargains. 540 defendants have pleaded guilty to charges, while the courts found 182 guilty at trial. Just 2 have been acquitted and 3 have seen their charges dropped or dismissed, giving the Justice Department a near-perfect record of conviction in terrorism cases.

Today, 362 people charged with terrorism-related offenses are in custody in the United States, including 66 defendants who are awaiting trial and remain innocent until proven guilty.


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James Mayer // Op-Ed: What’s Missing from the Dakota Access Pipeline Story? – The Commentator

Op-Ed: What’s Missing from the Dakota Access Pipeline Story? – The Commentator: A Texas-based company, Energy Transfer Partners, is building the nearly 1,170-mile pipeline to carry oil from the oil fields of North Dakota to Illinois. The pipeline passes less than a mile from the Standing Rock Sioux reservation, through the Sioux’s traditional lands and, importantly, across several culturally significant burial grounds and sacred places. Dakota Access also crosses the Missouri River, the Standing Rock Sioux’s major source of fresh water, just upstream from the reservation. Energy Transfer Partners has already received a permit from the Army Corps of Engineers, yet the Standing Rock Sioux say they were not consulted during the permitting process and claim the pipeline will destroy significant cultural heritage sites. In September, a federal judge denied an injunction to stop construction until the legal issues were resolved.


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Alahednews:: Sudan Holds Communist Leader after Bread Price Demo

Alahednews:: Sudan Holds Communist Leader after Bread Price Demo: "We don't know where he is but we do know that it was NISS that took him."
Several other senior Communist Party figures, student leaders and activists have already been arrested since the bread price protests began.

The Communist Party said its members would continue to mobilize people and organize demonstrations, while the country's main opposition Umma Party has called an anti-government demonstration for later on Wednesday.

The protests erupted after the cost of a 50 kilogram sack of flour jumped from 167 Sudanese pounds to 450 [$9 to $25] as wheat supplies dwindled following the government's decision to leave grain imports to private companies.


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DC Mayor, Police Refuse to Release Financial Records of Trump Inauguration Investigation - UNICORN RIOT

DC Mayor, Police Refuse to Release Financial Records of Trump Inauguration Investigation - UNICORN RIOT: Pemberton has been the central detective on the case, by his own admission working up to 60 hours a week in a desk outside Assistant US Attorney Jennifer Kerkhoff’s office. Unicorn Riot sought the records in order to determine the amount of hours Detective Pemberton has worked on the investigation of protesters and journalists arrested on Inauguration Day. By cross-referencing the amount of hours worked with his publicly available salary information, we would have been able to produce an estimate of the cost to taxpayers of his involvement in the case.


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DC Mayor, Police Refuse to Release Financial Records of Trump Inauguration Investigation - UNICORN RIOT

DC Mayor, Police Refuse to Release Financial Records of Trump Inauguration Investigation - UNICORN RIOT: Pemberton has been the central detective on the case, by his own admission working up to 60 hours a week in a desk outside Assistant US Attorney Jennifer Kerkhoff’s office. Unicorn Riot sought the records in order to determine the amount of hours Detective Pemberton has worked on the investigation of protesters and journalists arrested on Inauguration Day. By cross-referencing the amount of hours worked with his publicly available salary information, we would have been able to produce an estimate of the cost to taxpayers of his involvement in the case.


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