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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Congressman Devin Nunes calls on Gov Schwarzenegger to resign for neglect and incompetence over WATER MGMT-- Show for Saturday, April 18, 2009

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Piedad Ayala, board member on the Latino Water Coalition joins us to talk about what happened over the course of the three day march, and yesterday, the last day of the three day march for water in the Central Valley. Governor Schwarzenegger got involved, but his agenda eclipsed what the march organizers wanted now. Board members and leaders were shoved aside for the Gov to take the spotlight and undermine the march's objective for immediate relief, while calling for expensive infrastructure bond projects.

I went to a couple of local tea parties, one in Santa Cruz, and the other in Monterey on Wednesday. I know a few of the people who initiated them, organized them and promoted them. It was as organic as it gets. Real turf, and Nancy Pelosi's words, dismissing the events as astroturf, sting with cynicism and contempt.



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Botched Paramilitary Police Raids: An Epidemic of "Isolated Incidents"

"If a widespread pattern of [knock-and-announce] violations were shown . . . there would be reason for grave concern." —Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, in Hudson v. Michigan, June 15, 2006. An interactive map of botched SWAT and paramilitary police raids, released in conjunction with the Cato policy paper "Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids," by Radley Balko. What does this map mean? How to use this map View Original Map and Database

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Death of an innocent. Death or injury of a police officer. Death of a nonviolent offender.
Raid on an innocent suspect. Other examples of paramilitary police excess. Unnecessary raids on doctors and sick people.
The proliferation of SWAT teams, police militarization, and the Drug War have given rise to a dramatic increase in the number of "no-knock" or "quick-knock" raids on suspected drug offenders. Because these raids are often conducted based on tips from notoriously unreliable confidential informants, police sometimes conduct SWAT-style raids on the wrong home, or on the homes of nonviolent, misdemeanor drug users. Such highly-volatile, overly confrontational tactics are bad enough when no one is hurt -- it's difficult to imagine the terror an innocent suspect or family faces when a SWAT team mistakenly breaks down their door in the middle of the night. But even more disturbing are the number of times such "wrong door" raids unnecessarily lead to the injury or death of suspects, bystanders, and police officers. Defenders of SWAT teams and paramilitary tactics say such incidents are isolated and rare. The map above aims to refute that notion.

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