February 28, 2013

A Baby Face or A racist Face? A Man From my Grandfather’s times

Could This Be The Face of a Racist?


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An entitlement is guaranteed access to benefits based on established rights or legislation and a right is itself an entitlement associated with moral or social principles to the extent that an entitlement is made in accordance with a society’s legal framework. Typically, entitlements based on rights are founded on the concept of social equality or enfranchisement, but over the past four years Republicans gave the term entitlement a pejorative connotation referring to the notion an undeserving person believes they are owed a particular benefit without cause. Yesterday, a legal advocate for the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and the Koch brothers cemented his position as a high-ranking Republican by using entitlement in a racially depreciatory context typical of extremist conservatives and it is a sign that racial bigotry permeates the highest levels of government.
Yesterday the Supreme Court began hearing arguments for why or why not, Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA) should be upheld. Section 5 stipulates that nine states, mostly in the South, would be free to change voting procedures after first getting permission from federal officials, and it incited Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia to say that the landmark civil rights law amounted to “a perpetuation of racial entitlement.” For Scalia to claim the VRA is a perpetuation of racial entitlement, especially “perpetuation,” really means there was never a need for the Act to protect African Americans right to vote, and that they are getting an undeserved benefit. Americans at one time took pride that the right to vote extended to all citizens, including African Americans, because the right to vote is not an “entitlement” they do not deserve, but a fundamental right guaranteed by the law.
The last election revealed that in many Republican-controlled states the right to vote was being curtailed to disenfranchise African American voters using ALEC template legislation aimed at suppressing Democratic votes. The High Court’s Chief Justice, John Roberts, incredulously asked whether “the citizens in the South are more racist than citizens in the North,” and the answer is most likely yes, and it brings up an important point. The question the Court should be considering is not whether the VRA should be struck down, but should it be expanded to cover any state under Republican and ALEC’s control.
ALEC was instrumental in providing Republican-controlled states template legislation to disenfranchise disabled, low-income, elderly, people-of-color, and student voters who move frequently or do not drive by requiring all voters to show state-issued voter ID at the polls even though traditionally, counties accepted other residency proof without any significant problems. ALEC and the Koch brothers are staunch advocates of state’s rights that will allow Republicans to disqualify African American voters with impunity from the Federal authorities if the Supreme Court rules in favor of ALEC, the Kochs, and Republican attempts to rig and steal elections. Justice Scalia has close ties to the Koch brothers who are intricately connected toALEC and it is not surprising he considers it an unearned entitlement for African Americans to have the right to vote freely because they typically vote for Democrats.
Scalia considers himself a constitutional originalist who has no regard for the Constitution as a living document that must be updated according to the necessities of the time such as African Americans having the right to vote, or being protected from racial barriers to voting that were not in the original document. For a renowned constitutional scholar, Scalia should be familiar with the Ninth Amendment that says, “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people” and it addresses rights of the people that are not specifically enumerated in the Constitution, but are implied, or amended to include rights such as whether African Americans, as legal citizens of the United States, have the right to vote. Scalia’s despicable comment that the Voting Rights Act was a “perpetuation” of racial entitlement was perfectly normal in his mind; however, the idea that the Voting Rights Act granted African Americans special benefits at the polls was beyond the pale. Section 5 prohibited states from enacting laws that prevent African Americans from exercising their legal right to vote without special requirements such as ALEC’s voter ID and suppression laws being implemented in Republican-controlled states in Southern and Northern states.
Scalia’s comment was racially motivated to be sure, but he is setting the stage for casting his vote to strike down Section 5 of the VRA, and it is likely he and the corporate arm of the High Court (Scalia, Thomas, Roberts and Alito) would strike down the entire VRA to deny the right to vote to people of color to prevent Democrats from winning elections if they thought they could get away with it. Scalia and Clarence Thomas have long-standing ties to the Koch brothers, ALEC, American Enterprise Institute, and the Heritage Foundation who support state’s rights to disenfranchise Democratic voters, and will go to any lengths to guarantee Republican victories in state and federal elections. However, one never imagined Scalia would openly declare his racism and disdain for the most basic of rights in an open and free democracy, but then again it is Antonin Scalia. He has spent the past four years openly campaigning for Republican causes and it is but one reason he is the least qualified man in America to decide the constitutionality of something as basic, and important, as the right to vote. Justices are appointed to the Supreme Court to interpret the Constitution, but with Scalia it amounts to a “perpetuation of corporate entitlement” that ALEC, the Koch brothers, and Republicans will benefit from until the Supreme Court’s corporate wing dies or retires.

Police Find Gay Mayoral Candidate’s Killer A 22 yr Old Suspect


McMillian's body was found near the Mississippi River after a search that began when his SUV crashed head-on into another vehicle. The candidate was not in the car, but the suspect was.

Authorities in Mississippi said Thursday they had charged a man with the death of Clarksdale mayoral candidate Marco McMillian, described by a national organization as one of the first viable openly gay office-seekers in the state.
The Coahoma County Sheriff's Department issued a statement saying Lawrence Reed, 22, of Shelby, Miss., was charged in the death of McMillian, 34.
The cause of death was not released, and the sheriff's office did not offer a motive.
Politics probably wasn't a factor in McMillian's death, Coahoma County Coroner Scotty Meredith said.
McMillian's body was found near the Mississippi River on Wednesday after a search that began when his SUV crashed into another vehicle early that morning. The candidate was not in the car. Reed was.
Offering condolences to McMillian's family on Twitter, the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, a national group promoting the election of gay, lesbian and transgender candidates, called him "one of the 1st viable openly #LGBT candidates in Mississippi.''
Denis Dison, spokesman for the Victory Fund, said the group had not endorsed McMillian but was aware of his candidacy. The group had no further comment and referred inquiries to McMillian's campaign.
The McMillian campaign spokesman, Jarod Keith, did not return a call seeking comment.
The Associated Press quoted Keith as saying McMillian may have been the first openly gay man to be a viable candidate for public office in Mississippi.
Reed was driving McMillian's SUV when it collided head-on with another vehicle,The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Miss., reported. Reed was reported in good condition at a Memphis hospital. The other driver was released from a local hospital.
McMillian entered the race for mayor of Clarksdale, saying he wanted to combat crime and unemployment. He was one of four Democrats running in a May 7 primary.
Clarksdale is a storied city in the poverty-stricken Delta region of the state. It is widely known as a birthplace of blues music. Robert Johnson, a blues singer and guitarist from the 1930s, is firmly rooted in musical mythology for having sold his soul to the devil for his guitar skills at "the crossroads" in the region. Clarksdale remains a magnet for blues devotees from around the world, and among the city's music venues is the famed Ground Zero club, partly owned by Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman.
A graduate of Jackson State University with a master's degree from St. Mary's University in Minnesota, McMillian ran a firm providing professional consultation to non-profit organizations.
He had been international executive director of the historically black Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, executive assistant and chief of staff to the president of Alabama A&M University, and assistant to the vice president for institutional advancement at Jackson State University, according to his bio.
McMillian lived in Memphis before returning to his hometown of Clarksdale several months ago to run for mayor. He graduated from Clarksdale High School in 1997, and his family still lives in the Delta city where he grew up.
A friend, Damon Ray, called McMillian a mentor and the kind of person who would help anybody.
"He always believed in helping," said Ray, an Indianapolis-based event planner. "He told me he wanted to do the same in Clarksdale, to help out with crime and unemployment."
Contributing: The Clarion-Ledger, the Associated Press

Gay Rights Taking Roots in Germany

 
Gay rights have quickly emerged in Germany as a campaign issue in this parliamentary election year, with ChancellorAngela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats struggling to catch up to changing attitudes among voters on issues like gay marriage and adoption.
The debate here was given new impetus by a decision earlier this month by the Federal Constitutional Court, which ruled that gays and lesbians should be allowed to adopt children already adopted by their partners. The next battle, over tax benefits for civil unions, has already 
 begun.

“The decision to put civil unions and marriage on level footing needs a big push,” Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger told the news Web site Spiegel Online on Wednesday.
The issue is particularly contentious for Ms. Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union, which has tried to balance a conservative, traditional family-values approach favored by the party’s older voters with appealing to younger voters who support gay rights in greater numbers.
A new opinion survey found that roughly three-quarters of Germans support gay marriage, the newsweekly Stern reported Wednesday. According to the magazine, 74 percent of Germans and two-thirds of Christian Democratic voters are in favor of raising civil partnerships to the same status as traditional marriages.
“Ms. Merkel cannot ignore this,” said Gero Neugebauer, a political scientist at Berlin’s Free University. “She will have to react.”
Adding to the pressure here, last month the lower house of Parliament in France approved a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in spite of significant opposition from religious leaders. The Senate is expected to pass the legislation in early April. France and Germany, neighbors, partners and the two most influential countries in the European Union, often measure themselves against each other.
Germany recognized civil unions for gay and lesbian couples in 2001 but they still lack many of the rights and benefits of their straight counterparts.
Gay rights issues put Ms. Merkel in a particularly tight spot with her political allies. The Christian Social Union, the sister party in conservative, Catholic Bavaria, is even more reluctant to grant additional rights to gay people. The pro-business Free Democrats, a party with a historic libertarian streak, has been looking for a winning issue to reinvigorate it after a series of electoral setbacks.
Over the weekend, several leading Christian Democrats announced that they would support legislation to provide the same tax benefits to gays in civil unions as they do to heterosexual partners, an apparent shift in policy that annoyed the party’s socially conservative wing. Indeed, just last December the Christian Democrats rejected a similar proposal.
But legal experts expect the influential Constitutional Court to issue a ruling this summer that would provide those benefits. As a result of the “clear tendency in the decisions of the Federal Constitutional Court, we should move as quickly as possible to implement the necessary constitutional right of equality,” Michael Grosse-Brömer, the Christian Democrats’ parliamentary whip, told the daily Süddeutsche Zeitung last weekend.
The policy shift by the Christian Democrats was quickly criticized by opposition politicians, who accused them of pandering to voters. The news could also put Ms. Merkel in an awkward position between a socially liberal populace, which she is keen to please before elections in September, and her religious conservative Christian Democrats.
Ms. Merkel, a tactical politician who is not averse to changing her party’s stance on issues important to the public if she thinks it will win votes, has in the past embraced center-left policies on a minimum wage and on ending mandatory military conscription, and she could very well do the same with gay rights. But if she tilts too far, conservative voters could stay home in September.
“She is oriented toward maintaining her power,” Mr. Neugebauer said.

British Nurse Arrested in Connection to NYC Cannibal Cop

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 (By Mark Hughes in New York, Gordon Rayner and Hayley Dixon) 

A male nurse has been arrested on suspicion of plotting to rape, kill and eat women by detectives hunting a “mentor” to a policeman who fantasised about torturing and cannibalizing female victims.  



 Dale Bolinger, who works at a hospital in Kent, was held at his home in Canterbury together with another man after a tip-off from police in the US investigating “cannibal cop” Gilberto Valle. 
Mr Bolinger, a father-of-two whose wife is a prominent campaigner for the disabled, was questioned by police investigating Valle’s online contact with someone in Britain who claimed to have eaten two women in the past. A court in New York has been told that Valle’s British contact, who used the aliases MeatMarketMan and Moody Blues, urged him to eat his victims alive, saying: “I think of it as eating her to death.”Ficheiro:Meat on hooks in butcher shop.jpg
Moody Blues wrote: “The meat isn’t quite like pork, but very meaty…I’ve eaten a black woman and a white person.”





New York policeman Valle, 28, who met Moody Blues through an extreme sexual fetish website, said he was “dying to taste some girl meat”.

He claimed to have a recipe for “haggis” using human lungs and stomach, and said feet were “a favourite” delicacy.
Valle’s British contact communicated with him throughout last summer, when they discussed the best way to kill, cook and eat a woman.
Courtroom sketch of former police officer Gilberto Valle listening as his wife Kathleen Mangan testifies on the first day of his trial (Reuters)
Moody Blues talked about flying to New York to help Valle, saying he had anaesthetic gas which could be used to render the victim unconscious and a meat cleaver, though he was worried about being caught trying to enter the US with them.
During one chat Moody Blues made reference to the Yorkshire Ripper, Peter Sutcliffe, as he offered advice on who to kidnap and how to avoid detection.
He wrote: “They won’t be expecting it if we choose different girl types. The main reason the Yorkshire Ripper got caught is he stuck to the same type. Don’t follow the same pattern. Patterns is what they look for. Anyway, girls go missing all the time.”
Mr Bolinger, 57, and an unnamed 30-year-old man were arrested last week on suspicion of conspiracy offences, grooming and possessing images of child abuse. They are currently on police bail.
Following his arrest Mr Bolinger was suspended from his nursing job by East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust.
Mr Bolinger, who photographed himself with a pet snake around his neck for his profile on the Facebook social networking site, qualified as a nurse in 1979 and is married to Rosemary Bolinger, who until last October was a trustee of the cerebral palsy charity Scope.
The couple have two children, Rick, 30, who lives near his father in Canterbury and works in performing arts, and Laura-Jane, 26, who acts as a carer for her mother.
Mrs Bolinger, 55, who separated from her husband last year, has campaigned for better access for the disabled since she was diagnosed with cerebral palsy 15 years ago, lobbying Gordon Brown when he was Prime Minister and appearing on Radio 4 and in newspapers to promote the cause.
Before the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games she and Mr Bolinger visited Weymouth, the site of the sailing events, and nearby resorts on the south coast to rate them for disability access on behalf of Scope.
Yesterday, at her home in Eastbourne, East Sussex, the former nurse said: “I don’t know anything about the arrest. We are separated. I haven’t seen him for over a year. He is my husband in law only.”
Her daughter Laura-Jane said: “I knew he had been arrested but not what for.”
Mr Bolinger answered the door at his rented end-terrace home in Canterbury but said “no thank you” and slammed the door when asked about his arrest.
A Kent Police spokesman said: "Two men aged 57 and 30 from the Canterbury area were arrested on Feb 21 for conspiracy offences,grooming and the possession of child abuse images. The two men are currently on police bail while inquiries continue. The Kent Police have been in touch with law enforcement authorities in the United States in relation to this investigation."
Valle, who discussed killing his wife and other female acquaintances, did not kidnap or injure any women, and he claims he was only fantasising on the internet and had no intention of going ahead with the things he was discussing.
He denies charges of conspiracy to kidnap and improper use of a federal database system, after he allegedly used a police computer to research potential “victims”.
He was arrested after his wife Kathleen discovered material on his computer and handed it over to the FBI last year.

Catholic Church Calls For Overthrow of Government over Sex Education

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Drago Hedl | Osijek 
It is open clash between the Croatian Catholic Church and the center-left government. The disputed issue is sex education in schools, recently introduced in the broader context of civic education and health 
The three hours of class throughout the year when students, within the general framework of health education, will learn the basics about sexuality, gender equality, and proper behavior in this regard have raised an unprecedented war between the Catholic Church and the Croatian government. The word "war" is no overstatement: Valentin Pozaić, Zagreb's deputy bishop, urged against the introduction of sex education in schools and for a new "Oluja" (Storm), alluding to the armed action conducted by Croatia in the region of Knin in August 1995.


The deputy bishop calls for a new "Oluja"



 Not to leave any doubt about the target of the "Storm", Pozaić said: "The Nazis came to power through democratic elections, then abused the legitimacy of their mandate and imposed a dictatorship, and you know how it ended. Do we still need to warn about the similarity with today's Communists in Croatia?” 

In appeals from the altars as well as public statements, the Church has fought hard the introduction of sex education in schools, allegedly a mere excuse hiding other intentions such as "indoctrination of children with the ideology of homosexuality and eroticism". Of course, what troubles the Church most is that children, in those three hours of health education, would receive knowledge that is contrary to its own teaching – that masturbation is not a sin, homosexuality is not a disease or a perversion, and contraception is the best way to avoid an unwanted pregnancy.
The Archbishop of Zagreb, Cardinal Josip Bozanić, said that the suggested model for health education is dangerous "because some parts of it destroy man". Bozanić did not explain what are the dangerous parts of sex education and how they destroy man, but reiterated that the government did not respect the democratic process and the right of parents to decide whether and how their children will study sex education in school.

The Ministry of Education resists

It was not long before the Church invited parents to boycott sex education classes. Education Minister Željko Jovanović, whose department is responsible for the introduction of sex education in schools, said students who do not attend those classes will be considered absent without leave.
The answer came quickly. "Jovanović, in the name of God, leave our children alone!" screams a little boy, complete with red and white checkered shirt, from a giant billboard on the streets of Croatia, reading "Forget health education" and a quote from the Croatian Constitution on how parents "have the right and freedom to decide on the education of children". The idea came from the “Christian, patriotic” magazine Nacija, known for publishing articles that warn about the dangers of yoga, support the excommunication of women who have had abortions, and offers its readers the confessions of people healed from homosexuality.

New areas of conflict

While the war on health education has not subsided at all, a new debate rages among the Croatian public. A harmless theater poster for the play "Fine mrtve djevojke" (Fine dead girls), staged at the Gavella theater in Zagreb, was withdrawn at the request of the Catholic association "vigilant".
The poster showed two statues of the Virgin Mary embracing, alluding to the lesbian theme of the play – an image that seemingly greatly annoyed the faithful. The mayor of Zagreb, Milan Bandić, ordered the withdrawal of posters and said that anyone who had "put themselves in the shoes of the faithful" would have done the same.
Croatia had looked down on the strong reactions in the Islamic world following the publication of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed in some Western countries, branding them as an expression of blind religious fanaticism. Yet, now something similar has happened in the center of Zagreb.

The warning from the Minister of Culture

Artists and intellectuals of the Croatian capital wonder if the witch hunts of the Church will now find new targets, e.g. with public burnings of books deemed unsuitable for the faithful.
Minister of Culture Andrea Zlatar Violić announced that in Croatia there is an "incomprehension of those who are different from the majority, be it for religious reasons, gender, or any other form of marginalization". Violić considers Croatia a "society with strong rigidity, which tends to push to the margins those who are different". That is why - said the Minister - posters like the one that was banned by mayor Bandić under pressure from religious groups "are very necessary to teach us to respect those who, from the point of view of the majority, are different".
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Bradley Manning Pleads Guilty } Looking at Long Jail Term


 

 
FORT MEADE, Md. — Wearing his Army dress uniform, a composed, intense and articulate Pfc. Bradley Manning took “full responsibility” Thursday for providing the anti-secrecy organization WikiLeaks with a trove of classified and sensitive military, diplomatic and intelligence cables, videos and documents.
In the lengthiest statement to a military tribunal Manning has provided since his nearly three-year long ordeal began, Manning, 25, said WikiLeaks did not encourage him to provide the organization with any information. But he also sketched out his emotionally fraught online interactions with his WikiLeaks handler, a man he knew as “Ox” or “Nathaniel” over Internet Relay Chat and Jabber, and whom the government maintains was Julian Assange.
Manning’s motivations in leaking, he said, was to “spark a domestic debate of the role of the military and foreign policy in general,” he said, and “cause society to reevaluate the need and even desire to engage in counterterrorism and counterinsurgency operations that ignore their effect on people who live in that environment every day.” Manning said he was in sound mind when he leaked, and so deliberately, regardless of the legal circumstances.
Remarkably, Manning said he first tried to take his information to the Washington Post, the New York Times and Politico, before contacting WikiLeaks.
The statement came as Manning pleaded guilty on Thursday to ten of 22 charges the Army has levied against him. Manning admitted to improperly storing classified information; having unauthorized possession of such information; willfully communicating it to an unauthorized person; and other “lesser-included” offenses. Each of the ten offenses to which Manning pleaded guilty carries a sentence of up to two years’ imprisonment, for a total of 20 years in prison.
But Manning pleaded not-guilty to 12 more charges, including the most serious: aiding the enemy, which carries a sentence of life imprisonment. He also denied disseminating any information that he believed could harm U.S. national security, a key aspect of prosecution’s espionage case.
That means the guilty pleas will not necessarily end Manning’s legal woes. The government has the option of pressing forward with the remaining charges, as well as to contest aspects of the lesser charges Manning pleaded guilty to committing. If they proceed, Manning’s trial is expected to formally start here in June.
Manning spoke for over an hour as he read from a 35-page document detailing and explaining his actions that drove him to disclose what he said he “believed, and still believe… are some of the most significant documents of our time.” He rarely grew emotional, with the exception of describing his alienation from his fellow soldiers in Iraq and his relationship with Julian Assange.
Manning described accessing, investigating and ultimately spiriting away and leaking military and diplomatic documents as consistent with his training as an intelligence analyst, attempting to put together a factual picture of complex events. He came to view much of what the Army told him — and the public — to be false, such as the suggestion the military had destroyed a graphic video of an aerial assault in Iraq that killed civilians, or that WikiLeaks was a nefarious entity.
The leaking came gradually, Manning explained — providing a window into the military’s poor data hygiene. While serving at Forward Operating Base Hammer in Iraq in 2009, Manning accessed, compressed and copied databases containing voluminous accounts of military activities in Iraq and Afghanistan, known as CIDNE-I and CIDNE-A.
“I never hid the fact that I downloaded copies of CIDNE-I and CIDNE-A” and burned them onto CDs, Manning said, even labeling and storing them “in the open” in his unit’s tactical operations center. Nor did he hide that he also downloaded compression software to facilitate the transfer, Manning said.
That practice apparently made it less conspicuous for Manning to take the burned discs into his military housing, insert them into his personal laptop and send them securely to WikiLeaks’ password-protected online dropbox, often using Tor and other anonymity protocols to mask his identity. Manning stated that he used the same process to spirit away information on detainees at Guantanamo Bay; unspecified documents from an “intelligence agency”; and the State Department’s “Net-Centric Diplomacy” database of diplomatic cables to which the military had access.
Often, Manning would download classified or sensitive information while he simultaneously compiled his intelligence analyses for his unit.
In each of these cases, Manning denied that he was compromising national security. The military activities in Iraq and Afghanistan were often “historic,” with its intelligence value perishable after “48 to 72 hours.” The Guantanamo Bay documents had “no useful intelligence” and did not disclose any results of detainee interrogations. The State Department cables were available to “thousands” of people throughout the government. A Washington Post reporter, David Finkel, had already written about a deadly Apache helicopter attack in 2007, in which civilians were killed, that Manning viewed on video.
Manning said he often found himself frustrated by attempts to get his chain of command to investigate apparent abuses detailed in the documents Manning accessed. “As an analyst, I always want to figure out the truth,” he said. He considered the military unresponsive to the helicopter attack video and other “war porn.” At Guantanamo, while Manning said he had sympathy for the government’s interest in detaining terrorists, “we found ourselves holding an increasing number of individuals indefinitely.”
But Manning conceded that he did not “even look at the proper channels” on how the military chain of command could release the sensitive information.
While in Iraq, Manning — alienated from his fellow soldiers – began visiting WikiLeaks IRC channels and conversing about topics ranging from Linux to gay rights. The chats “allowed me to feel connected to others, even when I was alone,” soothing the emotional stresses of deployment.
But when Manning took a brief mid-tour leave from Iraq in January 2010, he was grappling with disclosing his information trove — but not necessarily to WikiLeaks. While staying with his aunt in Potomac, Md., Manning said he tried to talk to an unnamed Washington Post reporter to interest her in the Iraq and Afghanistan documents, but “I did not believe she took me seriously.” He left voicemails with the public editor and the news-tips lines for the New York Times and heard nothing. A blizzard, he said, kept him from driving to Politico’s office to discuss the documents. According to Manning’s account, only after his attempts to give the documents to mainstream media organizations fail did he consider giving them to WikiLeaks.
  The leaking began in February 2010, shortly before Manning returned to Iraq. Via Tor at his aunt’s house, he uploaded to WikiLeaks a document he composed for the Post about events in Iraq he said he hoped would lift “the fog of war.” Although WikiLeaks didn’t immediately publish it, Manning said he felt “a sense of accomplishment” by the time he went back to Iraq.
Only after Manning gave WikiLeaks the video of the Apache assault in Baghdad shortly thereafter did he start to hear back from someone in the IRC using the handle “Ox.” He believed that Ox was “likely Julian Assange” or Assange’s then-second-in-command, “Daniel Schmitt” — the German activist Daniel Domscheit-Berg. Shortly thereafter, Manning encouraged Ox to use a different handle to contact him, “Nathaniel,” after the author Nathaniel Frank.
Manning said his ensuing discussions with “Nathaniel,” often about the classified material, became friendly, enjoyable and long. “I could just be myself, free of any concerns about social labeling in real life,” Manning said, his voice catching at times.
“In retrospect, I realize these dynamics were artificial,” Manning continued. “They were valued more to me than Nathaniel.”
The online interactions seemed to make Manning’s relationship with WikiLeaks at once intimate, and remote. For all his long discussions with “Nathaniel,” Manning on Thursday mispronounced Julian Assange’s name as As-SAN-gee.
But Manning said that no one at WikiLeaks ever encouraged him to leak — which may be significant, if the U.S. government is, as rumored, considering charging Assange in connection to the leaks.
“No one associated with the WLO [WikiLeaks Organization] pressured me to give them more information,” Manning said. “The decision to give documents to WikiLeaks [was] mine alone.”
He said he took “full responsibility” for a decision that will likely land him in prison for the next 20 years — and possibly the rest of his life.

FaceBook Buys Ad Firm from Microsoft


The Facebook logo is pictured in the Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

SAN FRANCISCO  
 Facebook Inc said on Thursday it had agreed to buy advertising technology from Microsoft Corp that measures the effectiveness of ads on its website, which should help in its fight with Google Inc for online advertising revenue.
Under the long-rumored transaction, Facebook will purchase the Atlas Advertiser Suite, an ad management and measurement platform that Microsoft took on with its $6.3 billion acquisition of digital ad agency aQuantive in 2007. Facebook did not say how much it paid for the technology.
Unable to make it work for its own purposes, Microsoft wrote off $6.2 billion of the aQuantive deal's value last year.
Facebook has long been dogged by doubts about the effectiveness of its ads and was embarrassed just days before its initial public offering in May when General Motors Co declared it was pulling the plug on all paid advertising on Facebook's network.
Since then, Facebook has introduced a number of tools and partnerships to prove to marketers that advertising on its social network delivers enough bang for the buck.
Brian Boland, Facebook's director of monetization product marketing, said the purchase of Atlas was not a step toward creating a much wider ad network beyond the Facebook site, but analysts believe that is Facebook's ultimate goal.
"Although the statement announcing the deal focused on Atlas' measurement tools rather than its ad targeting technology, we expect that Atlas will soon be using Facebook's data to target sponsorships, in-stream ads, and other rich ad formats across the entire web, and that's big news," said Forrester analyst Nate Elliott.
"The question now is how quickly and successfully Facebook can integrate its data with Atlas' tools, and whether they can avoid a privacy backlash as they do so. History suggests they'll struggle on both counts," he said.
Google leads the $15 billion U.S. market for online display ads with 15.4 percent share, according to researcher eMarketer, followed by Facebook with 14.4 percent.
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(Reporting By Alexei Oreskovic and Bill Rigby; Editing by Leslie Gevirtz and Tim Dobbyn
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Video Shows Police in S.A. Dragging Man to His Death


The incident was captured on mobile phone - courtesy South Africa Daily Sun 
South Africa's police watchdog is investigating the death of a Mozambican taxi driver who was allegedly handcuffed to the back of a police van and dragged through the streets.
Video footage taken by a bystander of the incident, near Johannesburg, has been shown in the local media.
A spokesman for the Police Investigative Directorate said he was "shocked" by the footage.
Rights groups often accuse South African police of brutality.
Local media reported that police initially assaulted the 27-year-old Mozambican, a taxi driver, accusing him of parking his vehicle incorrectly in Daveyton, east of Johannesburg.
The video shows a large crowd gathering, as uniformed policemen tie him to a van, dragging him as they drive away.
'Police vigilantes'
He was later taken into custody, where he died, local media report. 
"We are investigating an incident involving the death of a man, allegedly at the hands of the police. We are shocked by the footage which has been released," Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) spokesman Moses Dlamini was quoted by AFP news agency as saying.
"The circumstances surrounding his death are still allegations... Let's find out what really happened."
The opposition Democratic Alliance party (DA) called for the officers involved to be suspended and for a thorough investigation to be carried out.
"The fact that it was police who were the vigilantes in this case shows that we cannot trust the [South African Police Service] to uphold the law," said provincial parliamentarian Kate Lorimer, AFP reports.
"The fact that the crowd watched and did nothing to help, some even cheering, is a sad indictment of the state of our society."
Rights group Amnesty International said there was an "increasingly disturbing pattern" of police brutality in South Africa.
The IPID had received 720 cases for investigation, including suspicious deaths in police custody, from April 2011 to March 2012, said Amnesty's southern Africa director Noel Kututwa, AFP reports.
South Africa's police commissioner Riah Phiyega condemned the incident.
"The matter is viewed by the National Commissioner in a very serious light and it is strongly condemned," she said in a statement.
The police department did not confirm if the officers involved in the incident had been suspended, AFP reports. Mr Dlamini said the IPID did not have the power to suspend the officers.
"We can only investigate and recommend suspension, we have no power to say that they should be removed from their jobs," he was quoted as saying.
There was outrage last August when police shot dead 34 striking miners at the Marikana platinum mine in South Africa's North West province.
A judge-led inquiry appointed by President Jacob Zuma is investigating the shooting.

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Why Men Like Trump and Putin Feel They Have to Oppress LGBT

Masha Gessen explains why Trump, Putin target LGBT people The Russian-American journalist and author draw parallels b...