Archive | May 2012

Bar bouncers requesting ID and… a Facebook profile?

Imagine this: You’re in band to get in to your admired bar. You’re chock-full by the bouncer at the aperture who asks to see your ID… and your Facebook account? In the U.K., the convenance is acceptable more common.

According to the BBC, confined in England are afraid over fines for acceptance underaged drinkers — generally as top as $8,000. For U.K. bouncers, blockage a patron’s Facebook contour is a acceptable way to edger out affected IDs. In a few abbreviate moments, the bouncer can verify a person’s name and date of birth. It’s not a backup for blockage a person’s identification, but an extra, alternative analysis step.

Congress is acting to stop administration from ambitious admission to your Facebook profile, but the legislation says annihilation about endlessly bouncers. Of course, the aegis and aloofness apropos are similar. And the adjustment of blockage a bar-goer’s cellphone is far from fool affidavit — in fact, it’s annihilation but back a chump can calmly actualize a affected Facebook profile.

Undercover video exposes pig acreage abuses

Undercover video of a Platte County, Wyoming, pig acreage shows workers blame piglets like soccer balls, accepted ailing piglets in circles by their afterwards legs, and arresting mother pigs with their fists.

The abominable images from Wyoming Premium Farms were attempt in abstruse by a artisan with a hidden camera during the ages of April for the Humane Society of the United States. The blow has led Tyson Foods to append its acquirement of sows from the ability apparent in the video, and for an analysis into declared abuses to be launched by the bounded sheriff of Platte County.

There is no chat of added companies who buy from the Wyoming acreage authoritative agnate commitments.

Parents acknowledge abstruse attempts to chargeless U.S. soldier

Frustrated by what they said are adjourned efforts to chargeless a U.S. soldier taken captive three years ago in Afghanistan, the man’s parents accept gone accessible with ahead abstruse U.S. attempts to barter him for Taliban prisoners in U.S. hands.

Bob Bergdahl and his wife, Jani Bergdahl, said in interviews that they are anxious the U.S. government hasn’t done abundant to defended the absolution of their son, 26-year-old Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

“There is a activating actuality that has to change,” Bob Bergdahl said in an account with the Idaho Mountain Express. “Everybody is balked with how boring the activity has evolved.”

Bergdahl, of Hailey, Idaho, was captured in June 2009 and is believed captivated by the Haqqani network, an anarchical accumulation affiliated with the Taliban, apparently about in Pakistan. He is the accountable of a proposed captive bandy in which the Obama administering would acquiesce the alteration of 5 Taliban prisoners continued captivated at the U.S. aggressive bastille at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The Obama administering had formed out a framework accord to forward those prisoners to Qatar, area they would be beneath some anatomy of apart abode arrest or supervision, while Bergdahl would be alternate to the U.S. military.

The proposed accord has been in limbo for months and faces austere activity in Congress if it anytime gets off the ground. The Taliban absolved abroad from talks in March, adage the U.S. had reneged on several promises. The Obama administering is aggravating several gambits to restart talks, including proposing looser agreement for the apprehension or ecology of at atomic one of the Guantanamo prisoners aloft their release, two U.S. admiral told The Associated Press.

The admiral batten on activity of anonymity because the talks are acute and elements of the U.S. assurance with the Taliban are classified.

The Associated Press has periodically appear on Bergdahl’s case aback his capture. But the account bureau had agreed aback endure year not to address on the proposed captive bandy and advancing negotiations at the appeal of the Pentagon and White House, on the area that accessible altercation would endanger Bergdahl’s life.

With accessible altercation of the accord Wednesday by Bergdahl’s parents, the AP and added account organizations appear the proposed swap.

Bob Bergdahl told the Idaho bi-weekly that swapping Taliban prisoners at Guantanamo for his son represents a “win-win” for the United States. He said in accession to his son’s safe return, the United States could advance acceptable will with the Afghan people.

The imprisonment of doubtable militants at Guantanamo is an irritant in U.S. relations with Muslim nations including Afghanistan, which has continued accepted the absolution of its citizens captivated aback anon afterwards the U.S. aggression that agitated the Taliban government in Kabul in 2001.

A chief U.S. aggressive official said the Pentagon believes Bergdahl to be alive, in almost acceptable bloom and in bondage about forth the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. The official batten on activity of anonymity because efforts to chargeless Bergdahl abide sensitive.

A chief Obama administering official, aswell speaking on activity of anonymity because of apropos for Bergdahl’s safety, told reporters that the case has been a affair at anniversary of several absolute affairs that U.S. admiral accept captivated with the Taliban. Absolute contact, already anathema for the United States, began in abstruse endure year in hopes that the approach could acceleration beyond accord talks with the Afghan government of President Hamid Karzai and ultimately end the continued Taliban insurgency.

The official said the U.S. hopes to animate the Bergdahl accord with the Taliban.

Bob Bergdahl said he and his wife are acquisitive for a peaceful resolution, finer one that doesn’t put added American soldiers in danger.

“We don’t wish to see Americans killed,” he told the Idaho paper.

Even so, he said the time for a change in activity has come, and that he hopes renewed accessible absorption to their son’s plight would advice defended his release.

“I’m blame it hard,” Bob Bergdahl said.

The Bergdahls did not acknowledge to a appeal for animadversion from the AP.

Marine Col. David Lapan, agent for Gen. Martin Dempsey, administrator of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters that the aggressive has a “collaborative” accord with Bergdahl’s family, which is accustomed anniversary updates from Washington. He said the ancestors is not brash on whether to altercate the case with the account media.

“Our bulletin to them is: We are alive harder to access Sgt. Bergdahl’s release, to accompany him aback into U.S. hands,” Lapan said.

Asked about the family’s complaint that the U.S. government has not done enough, Lapan said: “It’s altogether barefaced that parents whose son has been kept in bondage for several years now are frustrated. We absolutely accept that. That’s why we do aggregate affair we can to try to accumulate them updated, to the admeasurement we can.”

He added: “If they are affronted and/or frustrated, that is absolutely understandable. I would say that our leaders are balked as well.”

Bowe Bergdahl abolished June 30, 2009, while deployed with his U.S. Army unit. He’s spent three birthdays in captivity.

To accost abutment for added action, Bob Bergdahl affairs to allege at an anniversary affirmation to admit prisoners of war over Memorial Day weekend in Washington. The event, organized by the nonprofit POW abutment accumulation Rolling Thunder, about attracts added than 100,000 motorcyclists to the nation’s capital.

“With all that’s traveling on, we absolutely charge a adept aisle to get this resolved,” Bob Bergdahl said.

Canadian on afterlife row in US seeks clemency

The ancestors of a Canadian on afterlife row in the United States tearfully pleaded with the Montana Acquittal Lath on Wednesday to accord him clemency, adage he has afflicted and deserves to live. Equally affecting ancestors of two Blackfeet cousins dead by Ronald A. Smith argued the “scum of the earth” bent should be put to death.

The case pits Blackfeet affiliated associates from both abandon of the bound who ambition the afterlife book upheld adjoin a Canadian government that is allurement Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, who ultimately makes the decision, to additional Smith’s life.

Smith, of Red Deer, Alberta, is believed to be one of alone two Canadians on afterlife row in the country.

He is allurement lath associates to acclaim that Schweitzer drive his afterlife book to activity in bastille afterwards the achievability of parole. Smith’s attorneys say the lath should attending above the alarming 1982 killings of Harvey Mad Man, 23, and Thomas Running Rabbit, 20, and accede that Smith is now a altered person.

Prosecutors and victims adverse that the aboriginal book has stood through several appeals for acceptable reason: Smith orchestrated a advised bifold annihilation during an all-embracing abomination bacchanalia that continued to California.

Board administrator Michael McKee said the accommodation will articulation on whether the lath associates achieve that Smith’s rehabilitation and anguish is genuine.

Relatives of the victims said the killings accept always aching their family, and the case continues to could cause all-overs as it drags on. Running Rabbit’s son, built-in just months afore the killing, said he was apparent a cairn if he was old abundant to ask who his dad was.

“At a adolescent age I accomplished what affectionate of humans are in this world, what affectionate of hatreds and abuse we accept to accord with,” said Thomas William Running Rabbit IV. “How does a adolescent accord with that?”

An aunt, Camille Wells, said Smith is an “animal” who “does not deserve to breathe the aforementioned air.”

Smith was bedevilled just seven months afterwards he marched the two adolescent men into the dupe just off U.S. 2 abreast Marias Pass and attempt them both in the arch with a .22-caliber burglarize in an alcohol- and drug-fueled episode.

Smith was 24 and said at the time he basic to apperceive what it was like to kill. On Wednesday, he said he fabricated that account alone to force the afterlife book he was requesting at that time out of depression.

Smith spurned a appeal accord that would accept absolved his life. His co-defendant has aback been paroled and is active in Canada, while Smith resides in the maximum-security allocation of the Montana Accompaniment Prison, area he gets one hour alfresco his corpuscle anniversary day.

Smith angry to a dozen or so ancestors of his victims and apologized.

“I ambition in some way I could yield it back. I can’t. All I can do is go advanced with my activity and be a bigger person,” Smith said. “I am just horrendously sorry. All I can do is apologize. I am not allurement for forgiveness. I am not allurement for understanding.”

He said he understands the admiration of the victims’ ancestors to see him executed.

“They accept every appropriate to feel that way, and I don’t accusation them in the least,” he said.

Advocates and ancestors associates portrayed Smith as a anxious man who provides a bare faculty of calm at the prison, and one who charcoal actual affianced with belletrist and buzz calls to his sister, daughter, grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

His sister, Rita Duncan, asked the acquittal lath to let him reside out his canicule in prison, area he has accomplished himself and accurate to be a accessible inmate.

“If this was your son, your brother, your father, your grandfather, your uncle, who was in this predicament, wouldn’t you ambition adroitness and benevolence apparent to him if he has done aggregate in his ability to change and become the man he is today?” Duncan said.

Prosecutors argued Smith’s abomination was premeditated, pointing out he sawed off the burglarize in Canada and sneaked it beyond the bound with the declared absorbed to use it in a crime.

Afterward, Smith was abstaining abundant to drive out of the state, endlessly to put baseborn authorization plates on the car taken from the victims afore annexation a accessibility abundance in California with the aforementioned rifle.

Prosecutors aswell argued Smith was the agitator in the crimes, and acclaimed he baffled a Montana bastille bouncer in a acknowledged escape anon afore his trial.

“Today he could be alleged an all-embracing terrorist. He acclimated the weapon to annihilate two Americans beneath than 24 hours afterwards illegally entering the country,” above Flathead County Advocate Tom Esh said.

Smith’s appeal comes just a anniversary afterwards the lath bound and actively alone a acquittal appeal from addition high-profile inmate, Don Nichols. The crumbling “mountain man” is confined an 85-year book for abducting a world-class amateur in the 1980s with the absorbed of authoritative her his son’s wife.

A Smith adherent argued the lath beatific a able bulletin in the Nichols case that inmates who appearance no anguish with their behavior do not deserve leniency. Helena advocate Ron Waterman said the lath should admission charity to Smith for the aforementioned acumen — to appearance added inmates that acceptable behavior matters.

“When you do, and if you do, you will forward a bulletin to those confined that their conduct can advance their bearings — that acceptable conduct can advance to acceptable results,” said Waterman, who is aswell a advance advocate in a abstracted case arduous the state’s baleful bang protocol.

Schweitzer has told the victims’ families that he will anticipate of them and their admiration to see the afterlife amends agitated out, in authoritative any decision. He aswell has said he does not yield agilely any accommodation to assassinate a man.

Smith was continued anticipation to be the alone Canadian adverse beheading in the U.S., but a hotlink to Canada afresh emerged in addition case.

Court annal appearance Robert Bolden, on afterlife row for killing a coffer aegis bouncer in Missouri, has Canadian citizenship, the Canadian Press reported. Bolden was built-in to a Canadian woman in Newfoundland and confused to the U.S. if he was young.

The Canadian government, which does not accept in basic punishment, initially banned to abutment Smith, adage he had been bedevilled in a autonomous country. It now formally supports charity for Smith, in accordance with a abiding action of gluttonous charity for Canadians bedevilled to afterlife in adopted lands.

Smith’s abutment included a letter apprehend into the almanac from the Canadian government acknowledging clemency.

The lath said it expects to affair its allegation in three weeks, although there is no time absolute for a final accommodation from Schweitzer, who leaves appointment at year’s end.

Hunting Warlords: The Fight for Justice

After a six year acknowledged battle, above Liberian admiral Charles Taylor became the aboriginal arch of accompaniment to be bedevilled of war crimes adjoin altruism at the International Bent Cloister at the Hague in the Netherlands.

Those who lived beneath his rule- adversity through acts of annihilation and slavery- acclaimed the verdict. But critics of the ICC accept that the Taylor balloon took too continued and the arrangement stands gridlocked.

To altercate the International Bent Court, Christiane Amanpour sat down with the Director of Human Rights Watch International Amends Program, Richard Dicker.

Mr. Dicker agrees that the cloister moves too boring but he believes that “accountability through bent trials, even 10-15 years afterwards the crimes occurred, is capital in creating the altitude for a abiding peace.”

To Mr. Dicker, the success of the ICC needs to be apparent on assorted levels. The advance that’s been fabricated to authority active of accompaniment answerable for war crimes would accept been abysmal even 20 years ago, but that advance has created an apprehension of amends that hadn’t existed before.

“When I see demonstrators in Syria cutting signs that apprehend ‘Assad to the Hague,’ to me that is affidavit of the way expectations for justice, even if its supply avalanche short, that apprehension has avant-garde in a way that we would accept never been able to brainstorm but 20 years ago.”

13 answerable in hazing afterlife of Fla. bandage member

Thirteen humans were answerable Wednesday in one of the better academy hazing cases anytime prosecuted in the U.S., accused in the afterlife of a Florida A&M University boom above who authorities say was atrociously pummeled by adolescent associates of the boot band.

The accuse came added than 5 months afterwards Robert Champion, 26, died aboard a accountant bus anchored alfresco an Orlando auberge afterward a achievement adjoin a battling school.

While the a lot of amazing hazing cases accept about complex fraternities, sororities or able-bodied teams, the FAMU tragedy in November apparent a barbarous attitude a part of boot bands at some colleges about the U.S.

“The afterlife … is annihilation abbreviate of an American tragedy,” said Accompaniment Advocate Lawson Lamar. “No one should accept accepted that his academy acquaintance would cover getting pummeled to death.”

Eleven defendants were answerable with hazing consistent in death, a felony, and abomination offenses that all calm could accompany about six years in prison. Two others face abomination charges.

It was not anon bright whether those answerable were all acceptance or whether they included adroitness associates or others complex in the alley trip.

By Wednesday afternoon, two acceptance were in aegis at the Leon Canton bastille in Tallahassee: Rikki Wills, 24, and Caleb Jackson, 23. Both are answerable with abomination hazing consistent in death.

Wills, who was aswell boom major, beneath animadversion if accomplished by phone. No alive buzz amount was accessible for Jackson. The names of the 11 others accept not been released.

Jackson was confined acquittal for a abomination array charge, according to accompaniment and bounded records. He was arrested in 2009 by Tallahassee Community Academy badge for array and afraid after abandon and arrested afresh by Tallahassee badge a year later, according to canton bastille records.

Champion had bruises on his chest, arms, accept and aback and died of centralized bleeding, Lamar said. Assemblage told emergency dispatchers that the boom above was airsickness afore he was begin above aboard the bus.

The prosecutor gave no motive for the beating. But assemblage said Champion ability accept been targeted because he against the accepted hazing that went on in the boot bandage or because he was gay, according his family’s attorney.

Legal experts had predicted added austere charges, such as assassination or second-degree murder.

Champion’s mother, Pam, said she was animated accuse were brought but aghast they weren’t added severe. “I anticipation it should forward a harsher message,” she said.

Lamar said prosecutors didn’t accept the affirmation to accompany added austere charges.

“The affidavit acquired to date does not abutment a allegation of murder, in that it does not accommodate the elements of murder,” he said. “We can prove accord in hazing and a death. We do not accept a draft or a attempt or a knife advance that dead Mr. Champion. It is an accession of things which absolutely fit the Florida statute as accounting by the Legislature.”

Hazing in Florida was upgraded to a abomination in 2005 afterward the afterlife of a University of Miami apprentice four years earlier. Chad Meredith was bashed and died aggravating to bathe beyond a basin at the bidding of his fraternity brothers. No accuse were filed, but a civilian lath ordered the fraternity to pay Meredith’s parents $12 million.

Champion’s afterlife has jeopardized the approaching of FAMU’s allegorical boot band, which has performed at the Grammys, presidential inaugurations and Super Bowls and represented the U.S. in Paris at the 200th ceremony of the French Revolution. FAMU, based in Tallahassee, has abeyant the bandage and set up a assignment force on abbreviating hazing.

Hazing has continued been accomplished in boot bands, decidedly at historically atramentous colleges like FAMU in the South, area the bandage is generally as admired as the football aggregation and associates are campus celebrities.

Much of the hazing appear at FAMU has complex acceptance aggravating to get into assertive cliques aural the band, and it has about included punching, slapping and paddling.

Solomon Badger, administrator of the FAMU lath of trustees, said the academy is accomplishing aggregate it can to eradicate hazing. He said of the charges: “I achievement this wraps its arm about aggregate we accept been bedeviled with the endure six months.”

Richard Sigal, a retired folklore assistant at the Canton Academy of Morris in Randolph, N.J., who holds anti-hazing workshops at schools, said he could not anamnesis addition hazing case with so abounding defendants. A lot of cases don’t aftereffect in bent charges, and those that do about end in appeal bargains with little or no bastille time, Sigal said.

Champion’s parents accept sued the bus aggregation owner, claiming the disciplinarian stood bouncer alfresco while the hazing took place. The aggregation said the disciplinarian was allowance bandage associates with their equipment.

The accusation declared two types of hazing that took abode on the bus.

In one ritual, acceptance ran from the foreground of the bus to the aback while added bandage associates slapped, kicked and hit them. A apprentice who fell was stomped and abject to the foreground to run again.

In a ritual accepted as “the hot seat,” a bedding was placed over the student’s adenoids and aperture and he or she was affected to acknowledgment questions. If the apprentice gave the actual answer, the bedding was removed briefly; a apprentice who supplied a amiss acknowledgment was accustomed addition catechism after a adventitious to yield a breath, the accusation said.

In a abstracted adventure at FAMU, three humans were answerable with acutely assault a woman’s legs with their fists and a metal adjudicator endure abatement to admit her into a bunch of bandage associates from Georgia. The woman suffered a torn thigh.

Also, four bandage associates were arrested beforehand this year and answerable with hazing for allegedly punching, slapping and canoeing 5 acceptance from the clarinet section.

On Tuesday, a advocate for two FAMU music advisers who allegedly were present during a hazing of bandage associates in 2010 said they accept been affected out.

Former boom above Timothy Barber said the accuse could advice stop hazing at FAMU. “It affectionate of strikes a akin of abhorrence in people, that this hasn’t chock-full and it’s not traveling to be tolerated,” he said.

In some added above hazing cases about the country, four above acceptance at California Polytechnic Accompaniment University pleaded no challenge and were bedevilled to about a ages in bastille in 2010 in the bubbler afterlife of a fraternity pledge.

In 2005, four fraternity associates at California Accompaniment University pleaded accusable in the afterlife of a apprentice who was affected to alcohol ample amounts of baptize during an initiation. The a lot of austere allegation was automatic manslaughter, consistent in a one-year book for one member. Two others pleaded accusable to accent to assassination and got six months.