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by Phil Fairbanks, The Buffalo News   Armed with a videotape and a strongly worded court decision, anti-war protester Nate Buckley thought he had a good case against the NFTA. A federal judge disagreed and dismissed Buckley's civil lawsuit claiming he was falsely arrested and assaulted during a 2011 anti-war protest outside one of M&T Bank’s downtown offices. Buckley plans to appeal. In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Michael A. Telesca said there was probable cause to arrest Buckley that day and claimed there was no evidence of excessive force by Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority police officers. The officers, according to Telesca,...

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by Greg Bennick, 10/29/2016, http://wordsasweapons.com/interview-with-leslie-james-pickering/ Since the time he served as spokesperson for the Earth Liberation Front Press Office between the late 90’s to the early 2000’s Leslie James Pickering has been continually active as an advocate for the earth and the autonomy of its creatures. He has recently been under government surveillance along with his family and business, being branded as a domestic terrorist threat by the FBI.  Here, in his own words, he describes his ideas, the background of his case, and discusses his upcoming speaking tour on which he will explore the nature of the claims against him and the implications they have for...

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The District Sentinel, September 27, 2016, by Sam Sacks Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) sent a letter to the US Postmaster General on Wednesday requesting information about a domestic surveillance operation that logs information about letters in transit. The spy program, known as “mail covers,” allows postal workers to record the metadata on a letter–including “to” and “from” addresses–without a warrant, and turn the information over to state and federal agencies. A recent investigation by a Portland, Ore. news outlet, KGW, discovered that the government had submitted nearly 90,000 requests over the last decade to the US Postal Service to collect...

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Watch online at: http://www.nwcn.com/news/investigations/kgw-investigates-secretive-mail-surveillance-program-targets-thousands-of-oregonians/318923186

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The Buffalo News, August 29, 2016 Two activists from the turbulent 1960s will speak at 7 p.m. on Sept. 11 in Burning Books, 420 Connecticut St. Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, Chicago educators who were leaders in Students for a Democratic Society and the Weather Underground, will speak about the current political times and the need for social change at the bookstore, which seats less than 100 people. The talk is free, with donations accepted. Also, Daniel McGowan, a former jailed Earth Liberation Front leader portrayed in the Oscar-nominated film “If A Tree Falls,” will speak at 7 p.m. Sept....

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