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Canadian Civil Liberties Trashed During G20 Protests?

Via DemocracyNow!, news that "Toronto police were secretly given new powers" right before the G20 meetings to arrest people simply because they refused to identify themselves while protesting and other unsettling news in what has been described as a "brutal crackdown" on protesters has civil liberties advocates mulling over their next moves:

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association says it is looking into suing the Toronto police department following mass arrests at the G20 summit last week. It is now estimated that 1,000 people, including many journalists, were arrested. On Thursday, protest rallies were held in Toronto, Montreal and Winnipeg against the brutal police crackdown.

Video Below the fold.

Israel did not get all the video...

Nor did they get all of the photos. From Phoenix Woman:

Footage The IDF Didn't Steal: The Killings on the Mavi Marmara

As many of you know, the IDF did its best to try and keep the people on the Gaza Freedom Flotillas from being able to contact the outside world during the Israeli assaults on them.  Radio frequencies were jammed during the attack and all cameras, cellphones, computers -- anything that could have been used to record and/or transmit information -- were "confiscated" (read: stolen) from the passengers and crew by the IDF.

But they didn't get it all.

Just as chief correspondent Paul McGeough and the photographer Kate Geraghty of the Sydney Morning Herald hid some photos, Iara Lee managed to get some video past the Israeli dragnet, and showed an hour's worth of it today at the United Nations.

More [HERE].

Israel had better learn that piracy at sea, just another form of terrorism and like any other crime, does not pay.

Below the fold, Amy Goodman interviews journalist Iara Lee and has a snippet of some of the exclusive video footage from the attack, footage that has been made available to the UN and those investigating this attack:

Like it is: Dr. Margaret Flowers talks with Amy Goodman after another single-payer lockout, from the WH Healthcare Summit

Amy Goodman's coverage includes talking with Trudy Lieberman of Columbia Journalism Review, who has paid careful attention to the issues. 

Lieberman closes her portion of the health care discussion segment with the topic on which President Obama chose to conclude the White House Healthcare Summit, yesterday. 

It's what I think of as the morality versus profits paradox that is concerned with the unwillingness of the world's richest nation to secure for its citizens the most basic assurances provided the constituencies of the rest of the civilized world.

Excerpted from transcript of DemocracyNow!

Trudy Lieberman: ...But I think we really still have no agreement on whether everyone in this country, every citizen, should have healthcare and the ticket to buy it. And I think the President was getting to that point at the very end, when he admitted, quite candidly, he does not know whether we can bridge the gap. And the gap that he identified was how are we going to cover the 30 million people that the government wants to cover and deal with getting everyone into a risk pool, dealing with the pre-existing conditions issue, which keeps people out of this, because in a private insurance market you really—insurance companies can’t really choose people who are sick, or they will go out of business eventually. So that is really the question that has not been resolved.

Of course, it is that paradoxical need which single-payer advocates suggest is answered with the sorts of "Medicare-For-All"-based solutions they have been striving to tell our lawmakers about.