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PBC News & Comment: Do Something, Congress; But Don’t Expand the Police State!

Unfocused demands for action after mass shootings could lead to bad laws expanding the police state without improving safety….
–Trevor Aaronson at The Intercept makes the case that we already have enough laws and unrestrained law enforcement authorities
–Daryl Johnson, who was purged from Homeland Security by Obama administration for his report on the rise of white supremacist violence, says his critics have blood on their hands
–FBI has been monitoring activists opposed to LNG terminal in Coos Bay, OR
–Monsanto has its own “fusion center” to monitor and undercut critics of Roundup, from author Carey Gillam to singer Neil Young
–investigation widens into CPB database of journalists and advocates crossing the border
–when Max Blumenthal and crew returned from interviewing President Maduro in Caracas, Sergio Torrez was detained, grilled, and told “you have no rights”
–in new interview, activist, human rights lawyer and author Dan Kovalik talks about his new book, The Plot to Overthrow Venezuela
–Puerto Rico Supreme Court bars Pierluisi from governor’s office, Wanda Vasquez is sworn in
–India’s Prime Minister Modi offers rationales for unilateral change to Kashmir status, as clampdown continues and Pakistan threatens war
–US envoy Khalilzad claims progress in talks with Taliban
–new UN study shows world food supply is shrinking due to climate change
–major ICE sweep in Mississippi targets 680 undocumented workers; no word of employers being arrested
–in strange move, Twitter suspends account of top GOP leader–McConnell, not Trump
–journalist John Pilger visited Julian Assange, and tweets grim report
–Jeffrey Epstein’s sugar daddy, Les Wexner, says Epstein stole “vast sums’
–you choose Hatriot of the Day: Kris Kobach of Kansas (KKK), now running for US Senate, or the Montana man who pummeled teen who wouldn’t remove his hat during national anthem