Techdirt published an article on how Wikileaks has leaked a draft copy of the new Trade In Services Agreement (TISA). The draft seems like a wet dream for investment bankers and spies, and a disaster for just about everyone else.
A sample of provisions from this leaked text show that governments signing on to TISA will: be expected to lock in and extend their current levels of financial deregulation and liberalisation; lose the right to require data to be held onshore; face pressure to authorise potentially toxic insurance products; and risk a legal challenge if they adopt measures to prevent or respond to another crisis.
The crucial provision is Art X.4, which would apply a standstill to a country’s existing financial measures that are inconsistent with the rules. That means governments must bind their existing levels of liberalization for foreign direct investment on financial services, cross-border provision of financial services and transfers of personnel. The current rules will be the most restrictive of financial services that a government would be allowed to use. They would be encouraged to bind in new liberalization beyond their status quo.
In other words, if a foreign citizen in a foreign country violates US law, he needs to be punished, however, if US officials violates US law in a foreign country, everything is just fine?
Techdirt recently published an article about two customers who had been billed for several years without getting anything at all for their money. Comcast’s response? “Meh. Customer’s at fault.”
It now seems like defenders will be unable to actually see the evidence used against them, because terrism.
it seemed pretty clear that the government had withheld the evidence that was used to bring Daoud to trial in the first place (which is, as you know, not really allowed). After asking for the evidence, the district court first said no, but then ordered that some of the documents being filed actually be shared with Daoud’s attorneys (who have the necessary security clearances). The DOJ, of course, flipped out at this idea that the lawyers for someone they’re trying to lock up forever should actually be able to see the evidence used against him and how it was collected.
This resulted in an appeals court hearing, which bizarrely had to happen twice after the FBI so scared court staff that they failed to record the public portion of the oral hearings. The hearings were also odd in that, at one point, everybody but DOJ folks and the judges were kicked out of the courtroom, raising serious questions about basic due process.
Unfortunately, Judge Richard Posner’s ruling (right after coming out with his good ruling on the public domain) has found that the evidence does not need to be shared with Daoud’s lawyers. He slams the district court judge for overreacting and over-valuing the concept of the “adversarial process” in the court room. Seriously.
In Elf Man v. Lamberson (WAED 13-cv-00395) the plaintiff filed a motion to dismiss the case with prejudice. No, defendant did not settle succumbing to threats. Quite the opposite: after being presented with undeniable evidence of unethical and possibly illegal conduct by the plaintiff, the trolling house of cards started disintegrating quickly, and yesterday the plaintiff attempted to disgracefully run away like a petty thief caught with a stolen pack of cigarettes.
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Law Enforcement Agencies Continue To Obtain Military Equipment, Claiming The United States Is A ‘War Zone’
Police SWAT teams are now deployed tens of thousands of times each year, increasingly for routine jobs. Masked, heavily armed police officers in Louisiana raided a nightclub in 2006 as part of a liquor inspection. In Florida in 2010, officers in SWAT gear and with guns drawn carried out raids on barbershops that mostly led only to charges of “barbering without a license.”