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Thursday, October 18, 2018

How Khashoggi Murder Probe Is Unfolding

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

The government of Saudi Arabia, including King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a.k.a. MBS, continues to deny allegations by Turkish government officials in connection with the disappearance of Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi—who was last seen entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2. Turkish law enforcement officials are alleging that after Khashoggi entered the Consulate, he was tortured and murdered by members of a 15-person hit squad sent from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia—and that his body was dismembered with a bone saw after the killing.

The Saudi royal family has vehemently denied any involvement in Khashoggi’s disappearance, and President Donald Trump has taken them at their word.…

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GOP Candidate Seeks Police Leniency In DUI Bust

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

The tough-on-crime mantra has played a prominent role in Republican Party politics in recent decades, especially when communities of color are involved. But Republicans aren’t always so tough on crime when they are the ones who run into problems with the law—and when Julie McDonald, a GOP judicial candidate in Oakland County, Michigan, was recently arrested on suspicion of DUI, her request for preferential treatment was denied.

According to a police report, McDonald was pulled over by police in Royal Oak, Michigan after allegedly throwing a cigarette out of her car window and speeding.
A newly released police video shows McDonald exiting the vehicle and submitting to field sobriety tests; when a breathalyzer showed her to be over the legal limit, McDonald was handcuffed behind her back and placed under arrest.…

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With Racist Attacks On Immigrants, Trump Bolsters MS-13 Gang

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.

 

Trump’s rhetoric around MS-13 and immigration is not only racist, it makes the jobs of real law enforcement officials more difficult, according to Chuck Rosenberg, a former FBI agent and former head of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).

Trump’s whole approach to MS-13, a gang with origins in southern California that has since spread to El Salvador and Honduras, is “inflexible and clumsy, based on stereotypes rather than facts,” says Rosenberg.

Trump’s ill-informed bluster, contrary to his stated goals, is really just strengthening gangs like MS-13. Rosenberg laid out his case in USA TODAY.

The president’s focus on MS-13 is political and undermines efforts to counter it.



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