Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Common Dreams:
"On the five-year anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan, the U.S. has failed to learn from that accident and put in place the necessary prevention and evacuation guidelines, nuclear experts warn.

'Not only is there no Plan B for what to do if and when a Fukushima-style disaster happens in the U.S., there is no Plan A to prevent one either,' said Cindy Folkers, radiation and health specialist at the anti-nuke advocacy organization Beyond Nuclear. Public health is woefully under-protected, she added.

In the U.S., there are 30 GE boiling water reactors 'identical in design to those at Fukushima' still in operation, the group said, noting that the GE model is the kind most vulnerable to risk. The reactors are known as Mark I and Mark II. Despite the risk, industry lobbyists have blockaded efforts by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to require installation of radiation filters that would improve public safety in the case of a power plant disaster." 

-->The NYT has always had a soft spot for nuclear energy and the very powerful business interests that have profited from unsafe power plants. The newspaper didn't carry this story of a catastrophe waiting to happen on the Hudson River.


"In a television interview, former CIA Director James Woolsey has said that Apple is 'generally in the right' in its arguments against being compelled to weaken security on the iPhone, as demanded by a magistrate judge and the FBI. While saying that he has 'a great deal of admiration' for the agency, Woolsey acknowledged Apple's contention - which the FBI and Attorney General Loretta Lynch have variously claimed - that the request amounts to forcing Apple to build a 'back door' into its products.

Asked about the case on CNBC's Squawk Box program, Woolsey said that he has looked into the case 'with care,' and felt personally that the FBI was attempting to force Apple to 'restructure' its operating system to weaken the security of it, and that - whether intentional or not - the government was in fact asking Apple to hack into its own operating system, which would invariably lead to smartphone security among all makes and models being compromised for any and all types of investigations, even speculative ones."

-->The NYT didn't print this story. Isn't it news when a former CIA director worries about government intrusion on privacy, and the resultant security risks faced by consumers and businesses? 


Common Dreams:
"A striking new analysis published this weekend found that federal prosecutors failed to pursue civil rights complaints against police officers a full 96 percent of the time.

The investigation, conducted by Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reporters Brian Bowling and Andrew Conte, examined 3 million federal records regarding criminal complaints against law enforcement from 1995 through 2015. The findings come against a backdrop of increased attention on police misconduct, including evidence of racial discrimination, unlawful shootings, surveillance, imprisonment, and torture. ...
Craig Futterman, a law professor who founded the Civil Rights and Police Accountability Project at the University of Chicago, told the Tribune that 'the failure to aggressively bring those cases has allowed too many abusive officers to believe that they can operate without fear of punishment.' "

-->One would think that a national study on the failure of federal prosecutors to pursue civil rights abuses by police officers would make it into The NYT. But the police violence directed at the Occupy encampments was never covered either. All the news that fits the establishment.

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