Uprising’s guest expert Robert Jensen, an author and professor of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, analyzes today’s news headlines:
A white police officer in Milwaukee will not be charged in the fatal shooting death of an unarmed black man, in what has become a familiar script in police relations across the nation. Officer Christopher Manney shot 31-year old Dontre Hamilton in April. Hamilton suffered from mental illness, including schizophrenia. Milwaukee County DA John Chisholm said on Monday that Manney acted in self-defense. Meanwhile, giving in to police pressure in the wake of the shooting deaths of two NYPD officers this weekend, New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio has called for a break in anti-police brutality protests until after the funerals of the two officers. DeBlasio met with the families of the slain officers, and said, “It’s so hard to make sense of it – how one deeply troubled, violent individual could do this to these good families.” Activists have fired back, saying they will not pause in their protests.
Click here for The Christian Science Monitor article, White cop in Milwaukee fired after killing black man.
Click here for the Associated Press article, Battered NY mayor calls for temporary protest halt.
North Korea’s tiny internet system has apparently been restored after a 10-hour shutdown. The system was targeted by a denial-of-service attack, clearly suggesting a malicious external hack. Internet service in North Korea is extremely limited with just over 1000 web addresses, accessible only to the country’s elite. Taking the system down would require little effort. The outage comes in the middle of an on-going battle between the US and North Korea over the hacking of Sony Entertainment studios and its new film, The Interview. The Daily Beast, speculating that the US government might have possibly been behind knocking North Korea’s internet offline, said, “Any retaliation by the U.S. government for the Sony hack would be significantly constrained by some very tricky and nuanced aspects of international law…Hacking the computers of an American company and stealing and erasing confidential information likely doesn’t rise to the level of an “armed attack” against the United States.”
Click here for The Guardian article, North Korea internet service resumes after shutdown.
Click here for The Daily Beast article, Cyberwar on North Korea Could Be Illegal.
And finally, a retired Naval officer has taken it upon himself to sue the producers of Citizenfour, the acclaimed documentary by Laura Poitras, which is based on the historic encounter between journalists and NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. Claiming to represent the American public, Horace Edwards’ lawsuit accuses Poitras and others from “profiteering” off of the “theft and misuse” of the NSA’s blueprints for spying on the American public. The suit was filed in a federal court in Kansas, and also describes those involved as people, “pretending to be journalists and whistleblowers but in effect are evading the law and betraying their country.”
Click here for The Guardian article, Citizenfour producers sued ‘on behalf of American public’ for aiding Snowden.