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AP CEO DENOUNCING "CHILLING EFFECT" FROM PHONE RECORDS SEIZURE; CALLS FOR SAFEGUARDS TO PROTECT A FREE PRESS

 

 

"A free and independent press is fundamental to a functioning democracy--it differentiates democracy from dictatorship; separates a free society from tyranny."-- Gary Pruitt

June 21, 2013 (Washington D.C.) – Associated Press President and CEO Gary Pruitt, in an address to the National Press Club on June 19, warned journalists that AP and other news organizations are experiencing a “chilling effect” on news gathering due to revelations that the government had covertly accessed reporters phone records and  more.

Sources, even in law enforcement, have voiced fears over talking to reporters as a result of the surveillance, Pruitt said.

Below is the full text of his speech from a press release issued by AP:

EDITORIAL: INTELLIGENCE SURVEILLANCE IS ERODING OUR PRIVACY AND LIBERTY

 

The troubling history of  our U.S. shadow factory -- and how we have lost rights in the name of security                                           

By Nadin Abbott

June 13, 2013 (San Diego) Edward Snowden shook the power elites in Washington D.C. with his revelations that the National Security Agency (NSA) is spying on Americans. He released documents such as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) order to the British newspaper, The Guardian, sending high-level U.S. government officials demanding his prosecution.

SAN DIEGO TO BE TARGET OF NATIONAL DAYS OF ACTION AGAINST DRONES APRIL 4-7

 

March 17, 2013 (San Diego)--A coalition of local and national organizations will hold four days of action in San Diego to protest the U.S. government’s use of drones, from April 4-7, 2013.  The host group, Drone Diego, has invited participants from across the nation to call attention to the threats from increasing unmanned robotic warfare by the United States.  Drone Diego will host varied events over a half-week-long series of actions.  

EL CAJON TO COVER AND SHUT OFF RED LIGHT CAMERAS; WILL REEVALUATE SAFETY IN 6 MONTHS

 

By Janis Mork

March 1, 2013 (El Cajon) – El Cajon’s Council 4-1 this week to cover and shut  off red light cameras for six months, though cameras will remain installed.  Safety data will be evaluated in six months and if accidents have not risen sharply, Council made clear its intent to permanently remove the red light cameras.

Pro Tem Mayor Bill Wells addressed issues that red light cameras have brought to El Cajon.  While some contend the surveillance devices improve safety, the results are inconclusive.  But the cameras also pose problems of “civil liberties,” Wells noted.  “I am asking us to engage in a debate to end the contract [with Redflex].”

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

February 28, 2013 (San Diego’s East County)--ECM World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflect all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:

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EAST COUNTY REGIONAL GANG TASK FORCE SEEKS PUBLIC’S ASSISTANCE TO LOCATE “RED MENACE” FUGITIVES

 

February 15, 2013 (San Diego)--The East County Regional Gang Task Force (ECRGTF) is seeking the public’s assistance to locate three fugitives who were charged with 30 other defendants on federal charges of possessing and distributing methamphetamine.

The 33 defendants were charged via federal indictments, case number 13cr0491-GPC and 13cr0492-GPC, with violating Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 846 – conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1) – possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

November1, 2012 --  (San Diego’s East County) – ECM World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflecting all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:

U.S.

  • Sandy blamed for 157 deaths (CNN)
  • Impact by state: States pick up pieces as Sandy fades (CNN)
  • Hurricane Sandy blows election off course (Reuters)
  • Obama on storm recovery: We will not quit until this is done (CNN)
  • Romney’s challenge: How to campaign after Sandy (CBS)
  • Romney ties to voting machine company that could decide the election causing concerns (Forbes)
  • Romney’s lax regulation may have fueled meningitis outbreak (Salon)
  • Did U.S. go too far in secret surveillance of citizens? Case heads to Supreme Court  (Christian Science Monitor)
  • U.S. sues Bank America for mortgage fraud (NPR)
  • Citing food safety concerns, Kroger calls it quits on sprouts (NPR)
  • Bloomberg Backs Obama, Citing Fallout From Storm

WORLD

  • Death knell for wind farms: Enough is enough, says Energy Minister in Britain (UK Telegraph)
  • In world first, biggest refugee camp gets university (Christian Science Monitor)
  • In vitro fertilization increases risk of birth defects (Jerusalem Post)
  • AP interview: Japan nuke plant water worries rise (U-T San Diego)
  • Did Israel just blow up an Iranian weapons factory in Sudan? (Christian Science Monitor)
  • Death toll tops 100 in ethnic strife in Myanmar (NPR)

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