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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Newt Gingrich | Gary Johnson | GOP Debates | The Daily Caller

Speaking of media, why is Gary Johnson not invited to speak at the Presidential Debate tonight, and why is Wash Post/Bloomberg so blatantly biased? Wish Wall St Protesters would protest Wash Post/Bloomberg!

Pull Quotes: The “elite media” shouldn’t decide the next GOP nominee, Gingrich says. “Fairness requires Gov. Johnson to be included in tomorrow’s debate,” Gingrich wrote on Twitter Monday. “I encourage Wash Post/Bloomberg to invite him.”

In an email to The Daily Caller, Gingrich spokesman R.C. Hammond said, “When it comes to picking the leader of the free world, we are better off trusting the judgment of the American people, not the whims of the elite media.”

Columnist Fred Barnes on Sunday wrote in the Wall Street Journal about the importance of primary debates to candidates like Johnson — and how devastating it is for them not to be included.

“The biggest beneficiaries of increased viewership are the also-rans,” Barnes wrote. “The debates keep them in the race. At no cost, they get the attention of millions more voters than they ever could on their own.”

Johnson’s campaign has been pushing for inclusion, calling debate qualifications arbitrary.

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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


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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