Posted on 2010 December 15 by BBVM
Credit card companies that prevented card-holders from donating money to the secrets outlet WikiLeaks could have their operating licenses taken away in Iceland, according to members of the Icelandic Parliamentary General Committee.
Representatives from Mastercard and Visa were called before the committee Sunday to discuss their refusal to process donations to the website, reports Reykjavik Grapevine.
“People wanted to know on what legal grounds the ban was taken, but no one could answer it,” Robert Marshall, the chairman of the committee, said. “They said this decision was taken by foreign sources.”
The committee is seeking additional information from the credit card companies for proof that there was legal grounds for blocking the donations.
Marshall said the committee would seriously review the operating licenses of Visa and Mastercard in Iceland.
WikiLeaks’s payment processor, the Icelandic company DataCell ehf, said it would take immediate legal action against the companies to make donations possible again.
“DataCell who facilitates those payments towards Wikileaks has decided to take up immediate legal actions to make donations possible again,” DataCell CEO Andreas Fink said last week. “We can not believe WikiLeaks would even create scratch at the brand name of Visa.”
“It will probably hurt their brand much much more to block payments towards WikiLeaks than to have them occur,” Fink added.
Filed under: Censorship, Civil Liberties, Communications, Free Speech, Information, Media, Military Industrial Complex, Privacy | Tagged: Andreas Fink, DataCell ehf, fascism, First Amendment, freedom, Iceland, Icelandic Parliamentary General Committee, Jeff Javis, Julian Assange, MasterCard, New York Times, Operation Payback, Paypal, Postfinance, Reykjavik Grapevine, Robert Marshall, secrecy, The Guardian, Visa, Wikileaks | Leave a comment »
Posted on 2010 December 15 by BBVM
Legalization ‘looking inevitable,’ spokesman says
If there’s one group of people who get their way in Washington, it’s lobbyists.
Now, advocates of marijuana legalization may have a reason to cheer that political reality: They’re getting their own marijuana lobby group.
And just Big Pharma and Big Oil lobby for greater leeway for their businesses, so too will Big Marijuana push for their industry to be given the freedom to succeed.
Aaron Smith, executive director of the newly formed National Cannabis Industry Association, says that marijuana legalization is “looking inevitable.”
Smith told McClatchy news service: “It’s pretty clear that the medical marijuana industry is becoming recognized more and more by the mainstream as a fully legitimate part of the economy.”
Legalization “didn’t happen in 2010, but it’s likely to happen in 2012,” he added. “It’s going to be relatively soon we’re going to see states move from medical marijuana into broader legal markets. And the federal government needs to catch up. Frequently the American people are ahead of the Congress.”
Filed under: Censorship, Civil Liberties, DEA, Drugs, Information, Military Industrial Complex, Prison Industrial Complex, Religion Industrial Complex | Tagged: Aaron Smith, Civil Liberties, civil rights, fascism, human rights, marijuana, medical marijuana, National Cannabis Industry Association, Prohibition | 1 Comment »
Posted on 2010 December 11 by BBVM
Republicans passed over Rep. Jerry Lewis in favor of a veteran Kentucky lawmaker Wednesday to chair the powerful House Appropriations Committee.
The party’s steering committee rejected Lewis’s request to waive term limits that bar him from reclaiming the post he held when Republicans last held the majority.
The decision deprives Lewis of a position that would have given him control over the federal government’s purse strings and a heightened ability to direct millions of dollars to his home district, which includes some of the Pass area.
See also: CREW’s Most Corrupt: Rep. Jerry Lewis
Filed under: ATF, Censorship, Civil Liberties, DEA, DHS, Drugs, FBI, Free Speech, Guns, Immigration, Information, Media, Military Industrial Complex, Prison Industrial Complex, Privacy, Religion Industrial Complex, San Bernardino County, SB DA, SB Judges, SB Military, SB Sheriff, SB Supervisors | Tagged: Army, California, Central Intelligence Agency, Charles Jeremy Lewis, Corruption, democrat, Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration, earmark, fascism, Fort Irwin, Fort Irwin Military Reservation, Fred Upton, Hal Rogers, Jerry Lewis, Joe Barton, Kentucky, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Michigan, National Security Agency, Navy, Republican, San Bernardino County, Tea Party Movement, Texas, Twentynine Palms, United States House Committee on Appropriations, United States House Committee on Energy and Commerce, USAF, USCG, USMC | Leave a comment »
Posted on 2010 December 11 by BBVM
Continental Airlines has been found guilty and “criminally responsible” by a French court for the Concorde crash that occurred 10 years ago.
The airline, now United Continental Holdings, was fined EUR 202,000 (USD 268,400). The ruling also stipulated that that Continental should pay 70 percent of any compensation claims to the families of the victims.
Aerospace group EADS (European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company N.V.) — the owner of the French factories which partly built the Concorde airliners — was ordered to pay the remaining 30 percent, according to state-funded BBC.
It has also been ordered to pay EUR 1 million to the jet’s operator Air France.
John Taylor, a Continental mechanic, received a fine of EUR 2,000 (USD 2,656) and a 15-month suspended prison sentenced over the crash.
In July 2000, the Concorde caught fire shortly after take-off from Paris, killing 113 people on board.
Filed under: Censorship, Information | Tagged: Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde, Air France, Concorde, Continental Airlines, European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company N.V., John Taylor, MS Deutschland, Peter Deilmann Cruises, United Continental Holdings | Leave a comment »
Posted on 2010 November 30 by BBVM
San Bernardino County executives have come down hard on one of their own employees who also operates a local political blog.
A blog popular with readers, but not county leaders.
Sharon Gilbert, an almost thirty-year county employee, has taken on county government with great success through her website www.iePolitics.com. A widely-read blog in Southern California’s Inland Empire, which consists primarily of San Bernardino County and Riverside County.
Ms. Gilbert has a network of sources that aid her in routing out issues with local governments and exposing problems. A resource that has contributed to the blogs success.
However, Gilbert has paid a steep price for her crusading.
More than a year ago, at the direction of ousted county administrative officer Mark Uffer, county human resources officers overrode a physicians off-work order and pulled the plug on Gilbert’s disability benefits coverage.
An off-work order, which had the concurrence of a county-approved physician.
Filed under: Censorship, Civil Liberties, Communications, Free Speech, Information, Media, Military Industrial Complex, Prison Industrial Complex, San Bernardino County, SB DA, SB Judges, SB Military, SB Sheriff, SB Supervisors | Tagged: Brad Mitzelfelt, Civil Liberties, civil rights, Corruption, David Zook, Edward Lee Faunce, Greg Devereaux, haron Gilbert, human rights, iePolitics.com, Inland Empire, Mark Uffer, Meyers Nave Riback Silver & Wilson, Riverside County, San Bernardino County, San Diego County | 1 Comment »