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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Senator demands US courts recover 10 years of online public records






Senator demands US courts recover 10 years of online public records
"Restore access," lawmaker says of docs purged because of computer upgrade issue.

by David Kravets - Sep 13, 2014 6:50 pm UTC

The head of the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee is urging the federal bureaucracy to restore a decade's worth of electronic court documents that were deleted last month from online viewing because of an upgrade to a computer database known as PACER.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) said the removal of the thousands of cases from online review is essentially erasing history.

"Wholesale removal of thousands of cases from PACER, particularly from four of our federal courts of appeals, will severely limit access to information not only for legal practitioners, but also for legal scholars, historians, journalists, and private litigants for whom PACER has become the go-to source for most court filings," Leahy wrote Friday to US District Judge John D. Bates, the director of the Administrative Office of the Courts (AO).

The letter, obtained by The Washington Post, blasted the Aug. 10 decision commencing "without any warning to the public, and without prior notification or consultation with Congress." The letter said that "Given the potential impact of the AO's recent decision, I urge the AO take immediate steps to restore access to these documents."
PACER, which charges 10 cents per page, has long been criticized as a deeply dated system that already does too little and charges too much for online access to things like judicial orders and court briefs.

For pre-2010 documents in three appeals courts, you'll have to go in person.

Affected under the online purge are about a combined decade's worth of court dockets and all manner of documents at the US Courts of Appeals for the 2nd, 7th, 11th, and Federal Circuits, as well as the Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California. They were maintained on "locally developed legacy case management systems," the AO said, and aren't compatible to be culled into the new PACER system.

The deleted records are available for physical viewing at their respective courthouses in New York City, Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC.

The most heavily affected court will be the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which handles all patent appeals as well as certain other types of cases, like veterans' claims. The Federal Circuit has lost all cases filed prior to March 1, 2012

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

How US Banks And Federal Law Enforcement Worked Together Bringing Down Occupy Wall Street



This shouldn't be too surprising because the US Corporation is owned by Wall Street -AK

How US Banks And Federal Law Enforcement Worked Together Bringing Down Occupy Wall Street

Naomi Wolf, The Guardian
Jan. 1, 2013, 10:14 AM

Occupy Wall Street May Day

Lisa Du, Business Insider

It was more sophisticated than we had imagined: New documents show that the violent crackdown on Occupy last fall — so mystifying at the time — was not just coordinated at the level of the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and local police.

The crackdown, which involved, as you may recall, violent arrests, group disruption, canister missiles to the skulls of protesters, people held in handcuffs so tight they were injured, people held in bondage till they were forced to wet or soil themselves — was coordinated with the big banks themselves.

The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund, in a groundbreaking scoop that should once more shame major U.S. media outlets (why are nonprofits now some of the only entities in America left breaking major civil liberties news?), filed this request.

The document — reproduced here in an easily-searchable format — shows a terrifying network of coordinated DHS, FBI, police, regional fusion center, and private-sector activity so completely merged into one another that the monstrous whole is, in fact, one entity: In some cases, bearing a single name, the Domestic Security Alliance Council.

And it reveals this merged entity to have one centrally-planned, locally-executed mission. The documents, in short, show the cops and DHS working for and with banks to target, arrest, and politically disable peaceful American citizens.