Three hackers for UAE agree to pay fines & aid prosecutors to avoid trial

Three former U.S. intelligence operatives, who went to work as mercenary hackers for the United Arab Emirates (UAE), entered into a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) with the Department of Justice that will enable them to escape prosecution for conspiring to violate hacking laws on behalf of a foreign government known for persecuting peaceful critics. Two U.S.Continue reading “Three hackers for UAE agree to pay fines & aid prosecutors to avoid trial”

Schemer sentenced for using drones to smuggle contraband into prison

A Hudson County man –who is a former federal prison inmate in New Jersey– was sentenced today to more than three years in prison for his role in a conspiracy to use drones to smuggle contraband, including cell phones and tobacco, into the correctional facility at Fort Dix, and for possessing with intent to distributeContinue reading “Schemer sentenced for using drones to smuggle contraband into prison”

Justice Department bans chokeholds

The Department of Justice today announced written department-wide policies explicitly prohibiting the use of “chokeholds” and  “carotid restraints” unless deadly force is authorized, and limiting the circumstances in which the department’s federal law enforcement components are authorized to use unannounced entries. The announcement follows a review with the department’s law enforcement agencies led by DeputyContinue reading “Justice Department bans chokeholds”

Global warming could add 216 million climate refugees by 2050

The World Bank’s updated Groundswell report released today finds that climate change, an increasingly potent driver of migration, could force 216 million people across six world regions to move within their countries by 2050. In the most moderate impact scenario, with a low level of emissions and inclusive, sustainable development, the world would still see 44 millionContinue reading “Global warming could add 216 million climate refugees by 2050”

Long-Secret FBI Report Reveals New Connections Between 9/11 Hijackers and Saudi Religious Officials in U.S.

by Tim Golden and Sebastian Rotella | ProPublica A long-suppressed FBI report on Saudi Arabia’s connections to the 9/11 plot has revealed that Saudi religious officials stationed in the United States had more significant connections to two of the hijackers than has been previously known. The 2016 report was released late on Saturday in responseContinue reading “Long-Secret FBI Report Reveals New Connections Between 9/11 Hijackers and Saudi Religious Officials in U.S.”

Paterson man admits to gun possession

A Passaic County man with previous felony convictions today admitted illegally possessing a firearm and ammunition. Keyron Greene, 34, of Paterson, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Claire C. Cecchi to an information charging him with one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. According to U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig, documentsContinue reading “Paterson man admits to gun possession”

Union County man sentenced to 5 years in prison for child pornography

A Union County, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 60 months in prison for receipt and possession of images of child sexual abuse, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced. Jeffrey Shreve, 38, of Scotch Plains, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Brian R. Martinotti to an information charging him withContinue reading “Union County man sentenced to 5 years in prison for child pornography”

36 trans Americans killed in 2021

The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) mourns the death of Disaya Monaee Smith, a Black transgender woman from Chicago, Illinois, who died on September 6, 2021. “We mourn the loss of Disaya Monaee Smith,” said NBJC Deputy Executive Director Victoria Kirby York, who added that 2021 is on track to be the deadliest year on recordContinue reading “36 trans Americans killed in 2021”

Father kidnapped child to India

A naturalized United States citizen living in India who was arrested in England made his initial court appearance and was arraigned on Friday following his extradition to face charges that he obstructed the parental rights of his child’s mother by kidnapping the child and failing to return him to the United States when ordered toContinue reading “Father kidnapped child to India”

Taliban lets women attend universities, but journalists & protesters are beaten

Female students in Afghanistan may continue to attend universities, including at the postgraduate level, but classrooms will be segregated by sex and head coverings will be compulsory for women. Higher Education Minister Abdul Baqi Haqqani laid out the new policies at a news conference on Sunday, a day after the Taliban raised their flag overContinue reading “Taliban lets women attend universities, but journalists & protesters are beaten”

Bush compares al Qaeda terrorists to the pro-Trump mob at the U.S. Capitol

On the 20th anniversary of the al Qaeda terrorist attacks, former President George W. Bush on Saturday compared incident to the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, when a pro-Trump mob unsuccessfully attempted to stage a violent coup d’état. Bush’s speech came eight months after violent insurrectionists breached the US Capitol in an attemptContinue reading “Bush compares al Qaeda terrorists to the pro-Trump mob at the U.S. Capitol”

New Jersey man shot in Delaware

Delaware State Police say a Penns Grove, New Jersey man was critically wounded after being shot several times when a late-night fight occurred in a large outdoor crowd. Troopers say the fight occurred early Saturday at an intersection with U.S. Highway 13 near New Castle. The 25-year-old shooting victim, who wasn’t immediately identified by troopers,Continue reading “New Jersey man shot in Delaware”

NJ courts expect avalanche of evictions

Chief Justice Stuart Rabner and Administrative Director of the Courts Judge Glenn Grant have warned lawmakers that the end of state and federal moratoriums could result in an avalanche of new landlord-tenant eviction cases – nearly 200,000 – that could easily overwhelm the courts. The state eviction moratorium that has been in place since MarchContinue reading “NJ courts expect avalanche of evictions”

Dying nuclear industry seeks dump

As America’s nuclear industry dies, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is handing the largest environmental cleanup in American history to two small companies with shadowy finances + no experience. In a rare bipartisan move, Texas lawmakers voted to prohibit the storage of high-level radioactive waste in an almost unanimous vote.  The Texas Senate approved HouseContinue reading “Dying nuclear industry seeks dump”

EPA identifies large pollution sources

In a victory for clean water, EPA announced that it will update water pollution control standards for the slaughterhouse industry following a December 2019 lawsuit from community and conservation organizations. “To protect drinking water supplies, recreational waters, and aquatic ecosystems, it is essential that we utilize the latest scientific and technological breakthroughs in wastewater treatment,”Continue reading “EPA identifies large pollution sources”

Unvaccinated TikTok star urged people to get a COVID vaccine before she died

An unvaccinated woman who was hospitalized with COVID-19 went viral on TikTok when she pleaded with other people to get a COVID vaccine. Megan Alexandra Blankenbiller, 31, died a little more than a week after her August 15 post. “I don’t have a lot of energy for talking, so I want to try to makeContinue reading “Unvaccinated TikTok star urged people to get a COVID vaccine before she died”

Greed makes Malinowski a vulnerable target for Democrats clinging to power

Democratic Rep. Tom Malinowski, who has sought to present himself as a champion for transparency, made about 90 stock transactions worth between $671,000 and $2.67 million in 2020, but a Business Insider expose revealed that in violation of federal law he failed to disclose those trades. The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT) inContinue reading “Greed makes Malinowski a vulnerable target for Democrats clinging to power”

Biden requires Covid-19 vaccinations

President Joe Biden announced sweeping new federal vaccine requirements affecting as many as 100 million Americans in an all-out effort to increase COVID-19 vaccinations and curb the surging delta variant. Speaking at the White House, Biden sharply criticized the roughly 80 million Americans who are not yet vaccinated, despite months of availability and incentives. “We’veContinue reading “Biden requires Covid-19 vaccinations”

Biden administration suing Texas over unconstitutional abortion restrictions

The Department of Justice has sued the state of Texas over a new law that bans abortions after about six weeks, before most people realize they are pregnant, all but halting the procedure in the country’s second-largest state. The lawsuit says the state enacted the law “in open defiance of the Constitution.” The Justice DepartmentContinue reading “Biden administration suing Texas over unconstitutional abortion restrictions”

Environmental group suing polluter for lying

Earth Island Institute filed a lawsuit against BlueTriton Brands, formerly Nestlé Waters North America, for false and deceptive marketing. BlueTriton is a multinational beverage corporation headquartered in the United States that represents itself as a sustainable and environmentally friendly company despite its significant and ongoing contributions to plastic pollution and its depletion of natural water resources. TheContinue reading “Environmental group suing polluter for lying”