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140 characters to the clink: Occupy Wall Street protester loses battle to block Twitter subpoena

Prosecutors don't have to get a warrant to subpoena your tweets, even if you delete them, because they're public information owned by a third party, a New York judge ruled on Monday. But the lawyer for the Occupy Wall Street protester trying to block a subpoena says the judge mixed up his metaphors in the ruling. Malcolm Harris, who's been fighting a subpoena of his Twitter account, faces as many as 15 days in jail for disorderly conduct after his arrest on the Brooklyn Bridge last November.

New Occupy Crackdown Documents Just Obtained by the PCJF

NPS Production Documents:

New Occupy Crackdown Documents Just Obtained by the PCJF 

Revelations Show Brookfield's Security National Coordination

Two days before the NYPD’s eviction of the Occupy Wall Street encampment from Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan, Brookfield Properties' security was in direct communications and sharing information with the US Park Police in Washington DC, and communicating with other cities around the country, according to newly released internal documents from the National Park Service.

Vast Mexico Bribery Case Hushed Up by Wal-Mart After Top-Level Struggle

In September 2005, a senior Wal-Mart lawyer received an alarming e-mail from a former executive at the company’s largest foreign subsidiary, Wal-Mart de Mexico. In the e-mail and follow-up conversations, the former executive described how Wal-Mart de Mexico had orchestrated a campaign of bribery to win market dominance. In its rush to build stores, he said, the company had paid bribes to obtain permits in virtually every corner of the country.


The former executive gave names, dates and bribe amounts. He knew so much, he explained, because for years he had been the lawyer in charge of obtaining construction permits for Wal-Mart de Mexico.

National Organization For Women Targets Limbaugh With 'Enough Rush' Campaign

Rush Limbaugh has a new headache on his hands: the National Organization for Women is launching another campaign to get him off the air.

The advocacy group announced its renewed efforts in an initiative called"Enough Rush" on Thursday. It is planning a protest on May 18, in addition to targeting local advertisers and radio stations.

NOW president Terry O'Neill told the Daily Caller that she expects Limbaugh to react fiercely. "He is going to be whining and calling us out about his First Amendment rights," she predicted.

NOW has been a long-time adversary of Limbaugh, who often refers to it as the NAGs (National Association of Gals). It is making the new push in the wake of the firestorm surrounding Rush Limbaugh's incendiary comments about Sandra Fluke. Limbaugh had called Fluke, a Georgetown law student, a "prostitute" and a "slut" after she testified on the need for birth control. More than one hundred advertisers and radio affiliates dropped his show as a result of his remarks.

The Koch Brothers Exposed

If the Koch brothers didn't exist, the left would have to invent them. They're the plutocrats from central casting – oil-and-gas billionaires ready to buy any congressman, fund any lie, fight any law, bust any union, despoil any landscape, or shirk any (tax) burden to push their free-market religion and pump up their profits.  

33 Corporations Which Paid No Taxes from 2008-2010 Have Ties to ALEC

In the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting—which many linked to Florida's "Kill At Will" or "Stand Your Ground" law—a number of corporations have pulled their support for the American Legislative Exchange Council, the pro-corporate, right-wing organization responsible for pushing the law in two dozen states. ALEC responded by backing off of issues such as guns and voter identification laws and refocusing its efforts on economic issues. This strategy shift may not actually be that big of a deal, though, as they heavily focused on economic issues in the past and, instead, it may help undercut opposition to ALEC as grassroots opponents have focused on the organization because of those social issues. ALEC has done the most damage in the past, however, on economic issues and the decline in opposition to the group could boost their chances at further success.

AFL-CIO Launches Executive Paywatch Site to Keep CEOs Accountable

The AFL-CIO launched a new website on Thursday tracking the excessive pay that corporate CEOs in the United States get and the negative effects the trend has on the economy and working families. CEO Pay and the 99 Percent is loaded with information, much of it presented in brilliant infographics that are optimized to be shared on social media networks. The problem, according to the website, is clear:

The ratio of CEO-to-worker pay between CEOs of the S&P 500 Index companies and U.S. workers widened to 380 times in 2011 from 343 times in 2010. Back in 1980, the average large company CEO only received 42 times the average worker's pay.

CEOs supposedly deserve all this money for increasing shareholder value. However, while the average CEO pay increased 13.9 percent at S&P 500 Index companies in 2011, the S&P 500 Index ended the year at the same level as it started.

This double-digit increase in average CEO pay for the second consecutive year shows just how disconnected the top 1 percent is from the 99 percent. In 2011, average wages increased just 2.8 percent and average worker pay totaled $34,053.

Secret clique in L.A. County sheriff's gang unit probed

Los Angeles County sheriff's detectives have launched a probe into what appears to be a secret deputy clique within the department's elite gang unit, an investigation triggered by the discovery of a document suggesting the group embraces shootings as a badge of honor.

Sheriff Joe’s world crumbles

With fresh calls for Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio to face a federal criminal trial, many are predicting the end of his controversial career. What few people realize outside metropolitan Phoenix is how much Arpaio’s world has already fallen apart around him.

One-by-one, Arpaio’s closest allies have been forced from power or severed support, leaving the combative 79-year-old sheriff seeking his sixth term increasingly isolated and vulnerable as emboldened foes sharpen their attacks.

The latest Arpaio political supporter to fall is former Maricopa County attorney Andrew Thomas, who was disbarred April 10 for engaging in unethical conduct to intimidate and smear his and Arpaio’s political adversaries.

A stinging 247-page opinion written by a three-member Arizona state Supreme Court disciplinary panel supporting the disbarment ruling also concluded there was “beyond reasonable doubt” that Thomas had violated federal civil rights laws.

DOJ Investigation Found FBI Lab Produced Unreliable Evidence - But Only Informed Prosecutors of Results

Will Eric Holder hold these people accountable? Because at the very least, none of the people who took part in this coverup should still have jobs. Maybe they're infected with the same disease I've seen in cops through the years: "Hey, if this guy didn't do this particular crime, this is payback for all the times we didn't catch him."

To think that a man died to protect their reputation. Just unthinkable:

Justice Department officials have known for years that flawed forensic work might have led to the convictions of potentially innocent people, but prosecutors failed to notify defendants or their attorneys even in many cases they knew were troubled.

Officials started reviewing the cases in the 1990s after reports that sloppy work by examiners at the FBI lab was producing unreliable forensic evidence in court trials. Instead of releasing those findings, they made them available only to the prosecutors in the affected cases, according to documents and interviews with dozens of officials.

Higher Education's Role in Occupy and Related Social Justice Movements

Last month, I attended an event at my alma mater in Vermont which was billed as "Occupy Goddard." Hosted by the college's president, Barbara Vacarr, who wrote an op-ed in December titled, "The Occupy Movement Is Right," it was the first academic conference devoted to the peaceful populist resistance to oppression and economic inequities that is sweeping the nation (and beyond).

The conference brought together local activists with others from Boston, New York and beyond for a day of panels and participation, culminating in the first statewide Vermont General Assembly.

It was a fine first step. Higher education ought to be playing a central part in the Occupy movement, but except for a few activist campuses, it has been relatively invisible. That is not acceptable.

Six People You Need to Start a Revolution

Successful change movements run on diversity. Here are the essential skill sets no revolution can win without.

With the 99% Spring up and rolling and set to bring 100,000 new activists to the party this weekend, there's some increased friction between various progressive groups who are working to expand the movement this year.

It's a good time to remember that mass movements are — by design and necessity — big and diverse, encompassing lots of different kinds of people who bring all kinds of skills, resources, interests and priorities to the table. As progressives, we've always believed that that diversity is our most important strength.

Occupy Wall Street's Occupation of Wall Street Facing Eviction Despite Legal Protections

When Occupy Wall Street protesters decided to take up sleeping on the sidewalks of Wall Street, they did so with the protection--they thought--of the law. Specifically, a 2000 court decision, Metropolitan Council Inc. v. City of New York, that ruled that sleeping on City sidewalks was a Constitutionally-protected form of protest. 

But it appears that the NYPD has had enough of the Constitution--and so once again, Occupiers face eviction. According to an email sent earlier today, the police woke the sleeping Occupiers at 6am and told them they were no longer welcome. The protesters took refuge on the steps of Federal Hall, but that closes at 5 and so they found themselves facing off with the police. 

Nick Pinto of the Village Voice tweeted: 

Bill Ayers on the Coming Revolution

I'd interviewed Bill Ayers many times over several years, mostly about public education policy and school and classroom reform. As the Arab Spring uprisings were gaining momentum, I was drawn - with millions everywhere - to focus on the revolution in the East, and I began to wonder about the hope or possibility of revolution here, revolution in the West.

When Bill came to Madison in early fall 2011, Occupy was just beginning, and the seizure of the Wisconsin Capitol still lay ahead. We met in the album archive room of WORT Community Radio, and I asked Bill to reflect a bit about "revolution."