U.S. Justice Department To Start Collecting Data For Racial Bias Arrest Study.


 

By Jueseppi B.

 

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From Reuters & Ms. Julia Edwards:

 

U.S. Justice Department to collect, study arrest data for racial bias

 

 

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The Hunted and the Hated: An Inside Look at the NYPD‘s Stop-and-Frisk Policy

 

Published on Oct 9, 2012

A secret audio recording of a stop-and-frisk in action sheds unprecedented light on a practice that has put the city’s young people of color in the NYPD’s crosshairs. Read the full story at:http://www.thenation.com/article/1704…

 

 

 

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department on Monday said it will begin collecting data on stops, searches and arrests made in five U.S. cities to weed out possible racial biases within the criminal justice system.

Later this year, a $4.75 million federal grant will be awarded to recipients who compete for the funds to work with their local law enforcement to analyze arrest data and find ways to reduce any biases they find, particularly toward young minority men.

Black men were six times more likely, and Latino men were 2.5 times more likely, to be imprisoned than white men in 2012, according to Justice Department data.

Attorney General Eric Holder said the data collection effort is in response to President Barack Obama’s call for better relations between law enforcement and young men of color following the “not guilty” verdict in the shooting death of black Florida teen Trayvon Martin.

“Racial disparities contribute to tension in our nation generally and within communities of color specifically, and tend to breed resentment towards law enforcement that is counterproductive to the goal of reducing crime,” Holder said in a video address released Monday.

The grants for data collection align with the goals of the Obama administration’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative that supports efforts by nonprofits and businesses to address the high murder rate and low educational performance among young minority men.

(Reporting by Julia Edwards; Editing by James Dalgleish)

Thanbk you Reuters & Ms. Julia Edwards.

 

 

From Obama To Black Teens: The Racial Profiling a President & People of Color

 

 

 

Police Protocol or Racial Profiling?

 

 

 

 

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The White House Weekend™: The Weekly Address. Miriam Carey. White House Easter Egg Roll Social. America’s PrepareAthon!


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Barack Hussein Obama Week Ahead Schedule, April 7th, To 11th, 2014

 

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On Monday, the President will travel to Prince George’s County, MD to host an event on the economy. Following this event, he will meet with the Commander-in-Chief and Executive Director of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

 

On Tuesday, the President  will host an event on the economy at the White House.

 

On Wednesday, the President and the First Lady will travel to Houston, TX. The President will attend DCCC and DSCC events.  More details regarding the President and First Lady’s travel to Houston will be forthcoming.

 

On Thursday, the President and the First Lady will travel to the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library in Austin, TX.  The President will deliver remarks at a Civil Rights Summit to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act. The President and the First Lady will return to Washington, DC, in the afternoon.

 

On Friday, the President will travel to New York, NY to deliver remarks at the National Action Network’s 16th Annual Convention.

 

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Weekly Address: The President’s Budget Ensures Opportunity for All Hardworking Americans

 

 

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VIDEO MENSAJE DE LA CASA BLANCA: El Presupuesto del Presidente –Expandiendo la oportunidad para todos

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En el mensaje de esta semana, la Directora del Consejo de Política Doméstica de la Casa Blanca Cecilia Muñoz habla sobre el presupuesto del Presidente que ampliará las oportunidades para todos, incluyendo a millones de familias hispanas.

 

 

 

 

In this week’s address, the President highlighted the important differences between the budget he’s put forward — built on opportunity for all — and the budget House Republicans are advocating for, which stacks the deck against the middle class.

While the President is focused on building lasting economic security and ensuring that hardworking Americans have the opportunity to get ahead, Republicans are advancing the same old top-down approach of cutting taxes for the wealthiest Americans and slashing important investments in education, infrastructure, and research and development

 

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Weekly Wrap Up: Millions Get Covered, Team USA Visits, and More

7.1 Million Americans: Covered

 

The numbers don’t lie — the Affordable Care Act is working. By the end of open enrollment on March 31, 7.1 million Americans had signed up for coverage.

 

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The First Lady and Local Students Plant the White House Kitchen Garden

 

Spring is definitely here as the White House Kitchen Garden is growing again. First Lady Michelle Obama invited local students to join her for the sixth-annual planting of the garden earlier this week, making sure the White House will have a fresh crop of healthy fruits and vegetables in the months ahead.

The First Lady delivers remarks at the sixth-annual planting of the White House Kitchen garden, emphasizing the importance of eating fresh fruits and vegetables.

The First Lady delivers remarks at the sixth-annual planting of the White House Kitchen garden, emphasizing the importance of eating fresh fruits and vegetables.

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POTUS Rallies Wolverines Around Raising the Wage

 

The President traveled to Ann Arbor, Michigan on Wednesday to speak to a crowd filled with University of Michigan Wolverines about his March Madness bracket, a famous local deli named Zingerman’s, and, of course, the importance of raising the national minimum wage.

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Team USA Stops by the White House

 

U.S. Olympians and Paralympians who competed in Sochi earlier this year visited the White House this week, spending time touring the grounds, playing with Bo and Sunny, and hearing from the President and First Lady.

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama receive a Paralympic and Olympic flag signed by all the Olympians from Alpine Skier Jon Lujan and Ice Hockey forward Julie Chu

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama receive a Paralympic and Olympic flag signed by all the Olympians from Alpine Skier Jon Lujan and Ice Hockey forward Julie Chu

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Hop to the White House Easter Egg Roll Social

 

Are you a social butterfly? Do you have kids ages 5-13? Want to visit the White House? The 136th annual White House Easter Egg Roll is just around the corner, and you are invited.

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West Wing Week: 4/4/14 or, “The Rosies”

 

 

This week, the President wrapped up a six day trip to Europe and Saudi Arabia, spoke on the success of the first open enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act, traveled to Michigan to highlight the importance of raising the federal minimum wage, and honored both the World Series Champion Boston Red Sox, and the 2014 US Olympic and Paralympic teams. That’s March 28th to April 3rd or, “The Rosies.”

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While Marketplace Enrollment Ended, Medicaid Enrollment Continues

 

 

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has already provided coverage to millions of Americans. More than 7.1 million Americans signed up for coverage through the Marketplaces, 3 million additional young adults were covered under their parents’ insurance and millions more will have access through Medicaid. A new report shows that more people are gaining coverage through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) as a result of the health law. The analysis, produced by the Health and Human Services Department shows enrollment in Medicaid and CHIP in February was at least 3 million people higher than it was, on average, between July and September. That does not include March, which saw an enormous spike in Marketplace enrollment and traffic to HealthCare.gov.

 

While this is great progress, states where governors or legislatures refuse to implement the Medicaid expansion provisions of the law will leave 5.7 million Americans uninsured. States that have expanded Medicaid, such as Kentucky and New York, have seen particularly dramatic declines in their uninsured populations. Just take Kentucky, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal, Kentucky has seen a 40 percent drop in its rate of uninsured since October 1.

 

 

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America’s PrepareAthon!

 

 

 

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Here at the White House, we’re getting ready for the first America’s PrepareAthon!, a national day of action that will take place April 30, 2014.

 

Join us this Monday, April 7 at 1:00 p.m. ET to discuss America’s PrepareAthon!, a community-based campaign to build a more secure and resilient nation by getting people to understand what disasters could happen in their communities and to take action to increase their preparedness. Actions include signing up for mobile alerts and warnings, holding a preparedness discussion to emphasize the steps people should take to be ready should a disaster occur, and conducting a drill so people are familiar with what to do beforehand.

 

Join us for a Google+ Hangout to hear from the head of FEMA, an award-winning meteorologist, and leaders from across the nation who share a passion for getting prepared. I will moderate the live discussion.

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President Barack Obama holds the hand of Lincoln Rose Pierce Smith, the daughter of former Deputy Press Secretary Jamie Smith, in the Oval Office, April 4, 2014. Watching from the other side of the Resolute Desk are Sage and Elsa Smith. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama holds the hand of Lincoln Rose Pierce Smith, the daughter of former Deputy Press Secretary Jamie Smith, in the Oval Office, April 4, 2014. Watching from the other side of the Resolute Desk are Sage and Elsa Smith. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama gives a signing pen to Jacob Miller, brother of Gabriella Miller, after signing H.R. 2019, the "Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act", in the Oval Office, April 3, 2014. The law ends taxpayer contributions to the Presidential Election Campaign Fund and diverts the money in that fund to pay for research into pediatric cancer through the National Institutes of Health. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama gives a signing pen to Jacob Miller, brother of Gabriella Miller, after signing H.R. 2019, the “Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act”, in the Oval Office, April 3, 2014. The law ends taxpayer contributions to the Presidential Election Campaign Fund and diverts the money in that fund to pay for research into pediatric cancer through the National Institutes of Health. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Barack Obama visits with patrons during a stop for lunch at Zingerman's Delicatessen in Ann Arbor, Mich., April 2, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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U.S. President Barack Obama stands alone as he makes a statement about the shooting at Fort Hood in Texas, while in Chicago, April 2, 2014. Obama said on Wednesday he was “heartbroken” that another shooting had occurred at the Fort Hood Army base and described the situation there as fluid. At least one gunman opened fire on Wednesday, injuring an unknown number of people at the U.S. Army base in central Texas that was the scene of a shooting rampage in 2009, officials said. REUTERS/Larry Downing

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From The Sanders Firm: THE MIRIAM CAREY FAMILY REACTS TO THE AUTOPSY REPORT. What If Miriam Carey Had Been White?

 

Where Are Rev. Al Sharpton. Rev. Jesse Jackson. ALL The So Called Civil Rights Leaders Who Speak For US?
6 Months Ago Miriam Carey Was Executed By D.C. Capitol Hill Police AND Secret Service Officers. Miriam Was Un-Armed AND Had an 18 Month Baby In A Car-seat In The Back.

 

What If Miriam Carey Had Been White? With A Neatly Dressed Caucasian Baby In The Back Seat?

 

 

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From The Sanders Firm: THE MIRIAM CAREY FAMILY REACTS TO THE AUTOPSY REPORT. What If Miriam Carey Had Been White?

 

Six months have passed since Ms. Miriam Carey was brutally gunned down in Washington D.C. by Capitol Hill police and The Secret Service, while her 18 month old child was strapped in the backseat in a baby carrier.

 

WHY was MIRIAM CAREY Chased and EXECUTED by POLICE

 

 

 

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From The Sanders Firm: THE MIRIAM CAREY FAMILY REACTS TO THE AUTOPSY REPORT. What If Miriam Carey Had Been White?


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Six months have passed since Ms. Miriam Carey was brutally gunned down in Washington D.C. by Capitol Hill police and The Secret Service, while her 18 month old child was strapped in the backseat in a baby carrier.

 

The following is a post by The Sanders Firm:

 

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THE CAREY FAMILY REACTS TO THE AUTOPSY REPORT

 

NEW YORK, April 4, 2014 – Yesterday, after six months of “utter” silence by government officials, the Carey Family received the final Autopsy Report for their beloved Miriam Iris Carey. After a careful analysis, the report supports their original hypothesis the shooting of their beloved Miriam was “NOT JUSTIFIED.”

 

Important Facts from the Report

• Miriam was in “good health”
• Miriam was not under the influence of alcohol or other drugs
• Miriam died from multiple gunshot wounds
• Miriam was shot from the back to the front, meaning all shots entering her body were fired while her back was turned, the locations indicate she was moving away from the officers; and
• Miriam sustained one shot to the back of her head

 

“The authorities knew since October 10, 2013, despite popular misinformation, Miriam had no alcohol or other drugs in her system debunking mental illness theory and they also knew since December 5, 2013, Miriam was shot multiple times about her body including her head and back,” says Eric Sanders.

 

With these latest government revelations, the Carey Family is understandably upset.

 

Important Facts About Use of Force Federal Agencies

Metropolitan Police General Order No.: RAR 901.07 Section IV (A)(2) No member of the Metropolitan Police Department shall discharge his/her firearm under the following circumstances… “At or from a moving vehicle unless deadly force is being used against the officer or another person. For purposes of this order, a moving vehicle is not considered deadly force. Members shall, as a rule, avoid tactics that could place them in a position where is vehicle could be used against them. (CALEA 1.3.4)”

 

“It stands to reason using simple logic, if the Metropolitan Police prohibits shooting at moving vehicles, the United States Secret Service – Uniformed Division and United States Capitol Police follows the CALEA standard as well, says Sanders.

 

CALEA is the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. Members organizations includes the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP); National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE); National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA); and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF).

 

“We continue to call for the criminal prosecution of all employees involved from the United States Secret Service – Uniform Division and United States Capitol Police, for the United States Department of Justice to prosecute all employees involved for violating the civil rights of our beloved Miriam and for the immediate termination of all employees involved,” says Valarie Carey spokesperson for the Carey Family.

 

Valarie Carey, who is representing the interests of the Carey Family, filed a wrongful death claim on January 30, 2014, against the United States of America, the United States Secret Service – Uniformed Division and the United States Capitol Police seeking$75 million dollars on behalf of The Estate of Miriam Iris Carey, Mother Idella Carey and minor child EF to compensate them for their great loss of a daughter, mother, friend and confidant.

 

“While the criminal probe is pending, the United States Congress using its legislative powers must investigate Miriam’s death. Miriam’s death is symbolic of the growing problem of police using excessive force against the citizenry throughout our nation. With respect to Miriam’s death, it is in the public’s interest to ensure our government acted responsibly not only from a criminal or a civil perspective but from an internal agency perspective. It is also in the public’s interest avoid a similar tragedy in the future,” says Sanders.

 

 

About The Sanders Firm, P.C.

The Sanders Firm, P.C. offers those in the New York City area legal services related and connected to civil rightscivil service rightscriminal law and discrimination. We firmly believe in everyone’s individual rights that are described and guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States of America. We understand that our freedoms and liberties are sacrosanct and that they have been won in many and various hard-fought battles. We are committed in every way to protecting your civil rights.

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The sisters of Miriam Carey say, “It just doesn’t seem real!”

 

Miriam Carey was shot to death on October 4th, 2013 after first trying to ram her car through a White House barricade then leading Capitol police through a high-speed chase. It ended near the Capitol in a hail of bullets.

 

 

Carey’s sisters spoke with reporters in Brooklyn, New York Friday night after returning from Washington following the grim task of identifying their loved one’s body. They said they were “still very confused as to why Miriam is not alive.”

 

They told reporters gathered in front of their Bedford Stuyvesant home the the shooting of their unarmed sister by Capitol police was “unjustified.”

 

The sisters also spoke about being gravely concerned that Carey’s infant daughter was in the back seat during the entire incident. Police say Carey’s daughter was not seriously harmed and was placed in protective custody. Her whereabouts right now, are unknown to the family.

 

Amy Carey-Jones said that she believed her sister was struggling with postpartum depression, but could not explain the depths of her mental condition that could have lead to that fatal confrontation.

 

Federal investigators in Washington told reporters Friday that Miriam Carey had been under the delusion that President Obama was communicating with her and had her home city of Stamford, CT under “lock down.”  But back in Brooklyn Friday night, Carey-Jones said, “We don’t know why Miriam ended up going to DC, we don’t know if her depression contributed to her taking that ride.”

 

As far as the family could determine, Carey has no political agenda that might have prompted the incident.

 

Earlier Friday evening during an interview on CNN, Carey–Jones said, “There wasn’t a pattern [of mental instability]. It was something that occurred suddenly. She seemed overwhelmed. There was a lot of stress.” She challenged earlier reports that her sister showed outward signs of  severe mental stress early on.  “There were not moments of her walking around with delusions. That was not what was going on.”

 

She insisted that her sister was making progress with the help of counseling and medications. ”My sister was experiencing postpartum depression with psychosis, that was her diagnosis. She once had experienced a momentary break down that needed emergency care but got help and dealt with that.  She had challenges as a new parent but we always spoke closely with her as parents and was dealt with it as a family.”

 

In that interview, Carey-Jones said her sister recently told her that her doctors said she did not need medications anymore and, “They tapered her off the medications and she felt fine.”

 

The sisters would not say what medications Miriam Carey was prescribed. The Careys described their sister as a “vibrant” woman who had everything to live for, especially the love she showed toward her infant daughter. They said their sister, a professional dental hygienist, loved her work and wanted to teach, “To further give back to the field,” Carey-Jones said.

 

The family is questioning whether the only way to end the chase was by shooting their unarmed sister to death. One of the sisters, Valarie Carey, is a former New York City police officer. The family said they will conduct their own investigation.

 

“My sister just totally didn’t deserve this,” said Valarie Carey, “There are going to be a lot of different stories being told by people that claim they may know her. They don’t. She was a law-abiding citizen.”

 

In Brooklyn Friday night, Carey-Jones  told reporters, “We believe that law enforcement could have handled things differently.” She went on to  say, “Unfortunately, if someone does have a crisis, a moment of instability, how do people put in place to protect, how do they help you, how can they contain the situation and and give you the help that you deserve?”

 

The family’s position is the fatal shooting of Miriam Carey was “not justified.”

 

 

U.S. Capitol On Lockdown After Reports Of Gun Shots

 

At least a dozen gunshots were fired when she tried to flee cops, who  had trapped her two blocks from the Capitol. She was believed to have been hit several times. Does it really take a dozen gunshots at an un-armed Black woman with a child in the backseat, to stop her car?

 

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There was no weapon in the woman’s car and she carried no ID. ALL This for one un-armed Black mother with her child in the backseat.

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Miriam Carey’s Sisters Speak Out And Say “She Wasn’t Crazy Or Stalking Obama”

 

Miriam Carey’s sisters, Amy Carey Jones and Valarie Carey, tell TODAY’s Matt Lauer that their sister was not delusional and never talked critically about President Obama. They believe Miriam was frightened after being surrounded by police near the White House last week and that her speeding off was a way to flee the confusion.

 

WHY was MIRIAM CAREY Chased and EXECUTED by POLICE

 

 

 

 

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On October 3, 2013 Miriam Carey was murdered by police officers and Secret Service in Washington, DC. While being accused of “ramming” a White House gate, the 2010 black Infiniti car Miriam Carey drove did NOT have front end damage nor did the airbags deploy. The most she may have been guilty of was a traffic infraction which is NOT justification for killing her.

 

Miriam Carey was UNARMED with her 13 month baby in the backseat of her car at the time of the shooting AND KILLING. Miriam was not only a productive law abiding citizen, she was a mother, a daughter, a sister, and a friend. A 34 year old mother with great potential and full of life whom her daughter Erica will never get to know personally. There was also another person that is now missing from the scene which we have every reason to believe has been kidnapped and possibly held hostage by U S government forces or even murdered. It was originally reported she was taken into custody.

 

Why this entire incident has happened remains a mystery. Some have suggested that Miriam was trying to contact President Obama to tell him her child was his, and Obama had told her to come to the white house to meet him there. At the time of the incident there was a police drill or exercise going on and many police were present. Possibly a set up to execute Miriam and silence her. It has been reported that the Sisters and family of Miriam are asking for a DNA test to be done to find out the identity of the Father. It is reported that the child was swooped away and is being raised by unknown persons while the Miriam sisters and family are not being offered custody or explanations.

 

Innocent Americans MUST NOT be gunned down by police because they commit a traffic violation or because they are afraid to stop their car while being fired upon by police. Miriam was first fired upon BEFORE ANY CAR CHASE OCCURRED. The actual murder took place after they shot at her for driving 100 feet when asked to stop, no high speed chase had ensued at all. They simply fired at her. If someone was firing weapons at you, would you stop and exist into the gun fire? Would a sane person probably keep driving? It is noted that she drove TOWARD the safety of more police not away! Stand up America. It is Time to Speak up for our rights!

 

 

Police State Conditioning: Miriam Carey DC Unarmed Driver Executed

 

Published on Oct 5, 2013

According to authorities, On Thursday, October 3, 2013, Miriam Carey “rammed” a couple of checkpoints near the White House entrance. She then sped away and was chased by police officers who then shot her dead while her 18 month old daughter was in the vehicle. She was unarmed, yet the Congress and the mainstream media have praised the “heroic” action by police in their killing this erratically-driving mother. This is the definition of police state. Everyone living in so much manufactured fear that they will praise the killing of any “terrorist” that steps out of line in any form or fashion.

 

 

 

I am not a conspiracy theorist by any stretch of any imagination. I am a man who believes in facts & truth. The truth is once the child was removed from the Black Lexus, there was no reason to continue shooting at this vehicle. If a trained law enforcement professional is shooting at a target and NO RETURN FIRE is coming from said target….there IS NO REASON TO CONTINUE FIRING.

 

The facts is There was no weapon in the woman’s car, therefore she could not have returned fire or fired first at Washington D.C. law enforcement.

 

That FACT makes the Death Of Miriam Carey, an EXECUTION.

 

But Ms. Miriam Carey is just another Black human life taken, so what does it really matter. Right.

 

 

What If Miriam Carey Had Been White?

 

I know how Miriam Carey wound up dead. But, would she be dead if she was in a White female body with a neatly dressed White child in the backseat?

 

There is no around-the-clock news coverage of Miriam Carey. Imagine if it was a woman with White skin. We all would become semi-professionals in diagnosing postpartum. But, that’s not happening. The media is treating this story the same way they treat all single Black mother—with steadfast disregard.

 

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The President Makes Changes To Telephone Data-Mining…As Promised.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Statement by the President on the Section 215 Bulk Metadata Program

 

Earlier this year in a speech at the Department of Justice, I announced a transition that would end the Section 215 bulk telephony metadata program as it previously existed and that we would establish a mechanism to preserve the capabilities we need without the government holding this bulk metadata.  I did so to give the public greater confidence that their privacy is appropriately protected, while maintaining the tools our intelligence and law enforcement agencies need to keep us safe.

In that January 17 speech, I ordered that a transition away from the prior program would proceed in two steps.  In addition to directing immediate changes to the program, I also directed the Intelligence Community and the Attorney General to use this transition period to develop options for a new approach to match the capabilities and fill gaps that the Section 215 program was designed to address without the government holding this metadata.  I instructed them to report back to me with options for alternative approaches before the program comes up for reauthorization on March 28th.  As part of this process, we consulted with the Congress, the private sector, and privacy and civil liberties groups, and developed a number of alternative approaches.

Having carefully considered the available options, I have decided that the best path forward is that the government should not collect or hold this data in bulk.  Instead, the data should remain at the telephone companies for the length of time it currently does today.  The government would obtain the data pursuant to individual orders from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) approving the use of specific numbers for such queries, if a judge agrees based on national security concerns.  Legislation will be needed to permit the government to obtain this information with the speed and in the manner that will be required to make this approach workable.

I believe this approach will best ensure that we have the information we need to meet our intelligence needs while enhancing public confidence in the manner in which the information is collected and held.  My team has been in touch with key Congressional leadership — including from the Judiciary and Intelligence Committees — and we are committed to working with them to see legislation passed as soon as possible. Given that this legislation will not be in place by March 28 and given the importance of maintaining this capability, I have directed the Department of Justice to seek a 90-day reauthorization of the existing program including the modifications I directed in January.  I am confident that this approach can provide our intelligence and law enforcement professionals the information they need to keep us safe while addressing the legitimate privacy concerns that have been raised.

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FACT SHEET: The Administration’s Proposal for Ending the Section 215 Bulk Telephony Metadata Program

 

On January 17, 2014, President Obama gave a speech at the Department of Justice on his Administration’s review of certain intelligence activities.  During this speech, he ordered a transition that would end the Section 215 bulk telephony metadata program as it previously existed and establish a new mechanism to preserve the capabilities we need without the government holding this bulk metadata.  The President made clear that he was ordering this transition to give the public greater confidence that their privacy is appropriately protected, while maintaining the tools our intelligence and law enforcement agencies need to keep us safe. This fact sheet describes the steps the Administration has taken to implement this transition, details the President’s proposal for a new program to replace the Section 215 program, and outlines the steps the Administration will be taking in the near future to realize the President’s vision.

Ending the Section 215 Bulk Telephony Metadata Program as it Existed

On January 17, 2014, the President directed the first step in the transition of the Section 215 program; that the Department of Justice (DOJ) to seek to modify the program to ensure that:

  • Absent an emergency situation, the government can query the telephony metadata collected pursuant to the program only after a judge approves the use of specific numbers for such queries based on national security concerns; and
  • The results of any query are limited to metadata within two hops of the selection term being used, instead of three.

On February 5, 2014, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) approved the government’s request to modify the program.

The President’s Proposal to Replace the Section 215 Program

For the second step in the transition, the President instructed the Attorney General and the Intelligence Community (IC) to develop options for a new program that could match the capabilities and fill the gaps that the Section 215 metadata program was designed to address without the government holding the bulk telephony metadata records.  The President further instructed the Attorney General and the IC to report back to him with options for alternative approaches before the program comes up for reauthorization by the FISC on March 28th.

Consistent with this directive, DOJ and the IC developed options designed to meet the criteria the President laid out in his speech — to preserve the capabilities we need without the government holding this metadata. The Administration has also consulted with Congress, the private sector, privacy and civil liberties groups, and other interested groups.

On the basis of these consultations, and after having carefully considered the available options, the President has decided on a proposal that will, with the passage of appropriate legislation, allow the government to end bulk collection of telephony metadata records under Section 215, while ensuring that the government has access to the information it needs to meet its national security requirements.  Under the President’s proposal, a new program would be created with the following key attributes:

  • the government will not collect these telephone records in bulk; rather, the records would remain at the telephone companies for the length of time they currently do today;
  • absent an emergency situation, the government would obtain the records only pursuant to individual orders from the FISC approving the use of specific numbers for such queries, if a judge agrees based on national security concerns;
  • the records provided to the government in response to queries would only be within two hops of the selection term being used, and the government’s handling of any records it acquires will be governed by minimization procedures approved by the FISC;
  • the court-approved numbers could be used to query the data over a limited period of time without returning to the FISC for approval, and the production of records would be ongoing and prospective; and
  • the companies would be compelled by court order to provide technical assistance to ensure that the records can be queried and that results are transmitted to the government in a usable format and in a timely manner.

The President believes that this approach will best ensure that we have the information we need to meet our intelligence requirements while enhancing public confidence in the manner in which this information is collected and held.

The Path Forward

Legislation will be needed to implement the President’s proposal.  The Administration has been in consultation with congressional leadership and members of the Intelligence and Judiciary Committees on this important issue throughout the last year, and we look forward to continuing to work with Congress to pass a bill that achieves the goals the President has put forward.  Given that this legislation will not be in place by March 28 and given the importance of maintaining the capabilities in question, the President has directed DOJ to seek from the FISC a 90-day reauthorization of the existing program, which includes the substantial modifications in effect since February.

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Barack After Dark™: The President’s Review Of Big Data And Privacy. The West Wing Week.


 

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Tell Us What You Think About Big Data and Privacy

 

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In January, President Obama spoke about changes in the technology we use for national security purposes, and what they mean for our privacy broadly.

 

He launched a 90-day review of big data and privacy: how they affect the way we live, and the way we work — and how data is being used by universities, the private sector, and the government.

 

As part of that review, we’ve already heard from leading privacy advocates and industry leaders, among others.

 

But this is a conversation that affects all Americans, and we want to make sure you have a chance to be a part of it. We want your input.

 

Take a moment to tell us what you think about big data, privacy, and what it means to you.

 

The American people are interacting with technology more than ever — when using a cell phone, shopping online, visiting a doctor who uses electronic records, and in countless other everyday acts. These applications of technology and data are enhancing our lives in countless ways — helping us share experiences with distant loved ones, providing us with information at the click of a button, or aiding a job search.

 

As these technologies become more sophisticated, the ways that we think about and protect individual privacy also evolve.

 

Watch a message from John Podesta, Counselor to the President:

 

A special message from Counselor John Podesta

 

The American people are interacting with technology more than ever — when using a cell phone, shopping online, visiting a doctor who uses electronic records, and in countless other routine acts. As the technologies that enhance our daily lives become more sophisticated, the ways that we think about and protect individual privacy also evolve. Watch a special message from John Podesta, Counselor to the President, about the administration’s review of big data and privacy — and how you can weigh in.

 

 

 

We want to hear your opinion.

 

On January 17, President Obama spoke at the Justice Department about changes in the technology that we use for national security purposes, and what these technologies mean for our privacy broadly. He called on the administration to conduct a 90-day review of big data and privacy: how these areas affect the way we live, and the way we work — and how data is being used by universities, the private sector, and the government.

 

This is a complicated issue that affects every American — and we want to hear your feedback.Learn more about this review, and if you like, share your thoughts.

 

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy already released a formal Request for Information seeking comments from the public. But we want to make it even easier for you to participate in this important process.

 

Go to WhiteHouse.gov/Big-Data to share your views on big data and privacy. Who do you trust with your data? What data-collection technologies give you pause? How are data and new technologies transforming your day-to-day life?

 

Your responses will inform our final report, which we will deliver to the President next month.

 

Tell Us What You Think About Big Data and Privacy

 

 

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West Wing Week 03/21/14 or, “24 Soldiers”

 

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Published on Mar 21, 2014

This week, the President celebrated St. Patrick’s day alongside the Prime Minister of Ireland, continued to work toward a diplomatic resolution to the conflict in Ukraine, hosted Palestinian President Abbas, awarded 24 Medals of Honor, and traveled to Florida to speak on the importance of supporting working families.

 

 

 

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3/21/14: White House Press Briefing

 

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Published on Mar 21, 2014

White House Press Briefings are conducted most weekdays from the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room in the West Wing.

 

 

 

Things to do in your 20′s… Get Covered!

 

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Published on Mar 21, 2014

The deadline to enroll at healthcare.gov is March 31st, or you will have to wat until 2015 to #GetCovered!
Don’t miss out, visit HealthCare.Gov today.

 

 

 

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First Lady Michelle LaVaughn Obama in Beijing, China.

 

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The Latest Updates And Actions From The White House Concerning Ukraine.

 

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Barack Visits Valencia College: Improving Economic Opportunity For Women And Working Families.

 

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Remarks by First Lady Michelle Obama and Madame Peng Before Tour of Beijing Normal School

 

Remarks by the First Lady Michelle Obama and President Xi Jinping of China

 

First Lady Michelle Obama, her mother Marian Robinson, her daughters Sasha and Malia walk arrive at Beijing Capital International Airport, March 20

First Lady Michelle Obama, her mother Marian Robinson, her daughters Sasha and Malia walk arrive at Beijing Capital International Airport, March 20

First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters Malia and Sasha are greeted by Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan at the Diaoyutai State guest house in Beijing, China

First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters Malia and Sasha are greeted by Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan at the Diaoyutai State guest house in Beijing, China

First Lady Michelle Obama and her mother Marian Robinson share a light moment with Chinese President Xi Jinping, and his wife Peng Liyuan after a photograph session at the Diaoyutai State guest house in Beijing March 21, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama and her mother Marian Robinson share a light moment with Chinese President Xi Jinping, and his wife Peng Liyuan after a photograph session at the Diaoyutai State guest house in Beijing March 21, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama daughters  her mother Marian Robinson with Chinese President Xi Jinping, and his wife Peng Liyuan after a photograph session at the Diaoyutai State guest house in Beijing March 21, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama daughters her mother Marian Robinson with Chinese President Xi Jinping, and his wife Peng Liyuan after a photograph session at the Diaoyutai State guest house in Beijing March 21, 2014

Students demonstrating remote control mechanical robots at the Beijing Normal School, a school that prepares students to attend universities abroad

Students demonstrating remote control mechanical robots at the Beijing Normal School, a school that prepares students to attend universities abroad

Peng Liyuan shows First Lady Michelle Obama how to hold a writing brush as they visit a Chinese traditional calligraphy class at the Beijing Normal School

Peng Liyuan shows First Lady Michelle Obama how to hold a writing brush as they visit a Chinese traditional calligraphy class at the Beijing Normal School

First Lady Michelle Obama, her daughters from left Sasha, Malia, Michelle Obama’s mother Marian Robinson, right, and Peng Liyuan, wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping pose for photograph as they visit to Forbidden City

First Lady Michelle Obama, her daughters from left Sasha, Malia, Michelle Obama’s mother Marian Robinson, right, and Peng Liyuan, wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping pose for photograph as they visit to Forbidden City

First Lady Michelle Obama and Peng Liyuan, wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping pose for photograph as they visit to Forbidden City

First Lady Michelle Obama and Peng Liyuan, wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping pose for photograph as they visit to Forbidden City

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First Lady Michelle Obama and U.S. Ambassador to China Max Baucus meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping, second from right, and his wife Peng Liyuan during a meeting at the Diaoyutai state guesthouse in Beijing

First Lady Michelle Obama and U.S. Ambassador to China Max Baucus meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping, second from right, and his wife Peng Liyuan during a meeting at the Diaoyutai state guesthouse in Beijing

The First Lady & Madam Peng stop by a robotics class at a high school in Beijing.

The First Lady & Madam Peng stop by a robotics class at a high school in Beijing.

Touring the Forbidden City

Touring the Forbidden City

The First Lady's Travel Journal: Touring The Forbidden City

The First Lady’s Travel Journal: Touring The Forbidden City

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On Board: Travels with the First Lady in China, Day One. Hear from the First Lady Michelle Obama as she recaps day one of her trip to China and previews her upcoming address on study abroad and connecting students across continents.

On Board: Travels with the First Lady in China, Day One. Hear from the First Lady Michelle Obama as she recaps day one of
her trip to China and previews her upcoming address on study abroad and connecting students across continents.

First Lady Michelle Obama plays ping pong with students while touring the Beijing Normal School in Beijing, China, March 21, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

First Lady Michelle Obama plays ping pong with students while touring the Beijing Normal School in Beijing, China, March 21, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

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