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PBC News & Comment: DEA Exposed, Sued for 20-year Dragnet of Phone Records

DEA’s War on Some Drugs first to use “warrantless” dragnet collection of millions of phone call records, started 1992….

–for more than 20 years, DEA used bulk collection of Americans’ international phone calls

–despite new law blocking federal prosecution of medical marijuana outlets that are legal under state law, “Justice” Dept. continues pursuit of jail time for Charles Lynch

–amateur video exposes cops who killed unarmed black man in South Carolina for lying, manipulating evidence

–in Arizona, Governor vetoes bill that would hide identity of a cop who uses deadly force

–Ferguson elects 2 blacks to city council, Chicago gives Rahm Emmanuel second term as mayor amid election fraud reports

–Boston jury convicts Tsarnaev on all counts, same jury will decide on death penalty

–Israel jails Palestinian leader without charge or trial who has been involved in joining international court

–in Lebanon, tribunal investigating assassination of Hariri charges a journalist for coverage of the investigation

–in Pakistan, judge charges former top lawyer at CIA and former station chief over drone strike in 2009

–Gitmo prisoner released by Bush in 2006 is arrested in Uganda, suspected of killing prosecutor

–Obama leaves today for Jamaica and Panama, expected to announce Cuba’s removal from terrorism list

–Islamic State releases 216 Yazidis held since last summer