CIA: ‘Havana Syndrome’ is not foreign power project

Havana Syndrome
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CIA: ‘Havana Syndrome’ is not foreign power project, WASHINGTON: The CIA has concluded that US diplomats suffering strange headaches and queasiness in what has actually been dubbed “Havana Syndrome” were not targeted in a worldwide project by a foreign power, reports stated Wednesday.

CIA: ‘Havana Syndrome’ is not foreign power project

NBC News, The New York City Times and Politico mentioned several authorities briefed on a CIA intelligence assessment on the occurrences that initially surfaced among diplomats in 2016 in the Cuban capital, in which US and Canadian authorities experienced severe headaches, queasiness and possible mental retardation after hearing high-pitched noises.

CIA: ‘Havana Syndrome’ is not foreign power project

Ever since, diplomatic and intelligence authorities have actually reported similar experiences in countries consisting of Australia, Austria, China, Colombia, Germany and Russia.

The reports said the CIA did not eliminate foreign participation in about 2 dozen cases that stay unexplained, which continue to be investigated.

“In numerous other cases of possible symptoms, the company has found possible, alternate descriptions,” the NBC sources informed the network.

CIA: ‘Havana Syndrome’ is not foreign power project

Some United States officials formerly alleged the cases might have been brought on by Russian microwave attacks, but researchers revealed doubts about the theory and stated there was not one condition or cause of the reported cases.
The reports said the CIA document reported interim findings.

“The interim report was not a final conclusion of the wider Biden administration or the full intelligence neighborhood,” NBC reported, mentioning United States officials.

CIA: ‘Havana Syndrome’ is not foreign power project

The findings generated aggravation from some of those who fell ill, with a group of individuals stating the CIA assessment “can not and must not be the last word on the matter,” according to a declaration pointed out by the Times.

“While we have actually reached some considerable interim findings, we are not done,” William J. Burns, the director of the CIA, stated in a statement priced estimate by the Times.

“We will continue the mission to investigate these occurrences and provide access to first-rate care for those who need it.”

Released at Thu, 20 Jan 2022 06:50:40 -0500

Explainer: The federal charges against 3 cops in George Floyd death

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MINNEAPOLIS: Three former officers who were with Derek Chauvin throughout the arrest that caused George Floyd’s death face federal trial this week on charges they violated the Black male’s civil liberties. Jury choice starts Thursday in the federal case against J. Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao.

WHAT HAPPENED?Floyd, 46, passed away on Might 20, 2020, after Chauvin positioned his knee on Floyd’s neck and pinned him to the street for 9 1/2 minutes as he was facedown and gasping for air. Kueng knelt on Floyd’s back and Lane held down Floyd’s legs. Thao kept bystanders from intervening.


THE FEDERAL CHARGES
Kueng, Lane and Thao are broadly implicated of willfully depriving Floyd of his humans rights while acting under “color of law,”or government authority. Chauvin pleaded guilty to one count of violating Floyd’s civil liberties and will not be on trial with his previous associates.


Thao and Kueng are charged with willfully breaching Floyd’s right to be complimentary from unreasonable seizure by not intervening to stop Chauvin.

The indictment says they understood what Chauvin was doing which Floyd was handcuffed, unresisting and eventually unresponsive. It’s unclear why Lane, who held Floyd’s legs, is not mentioned because count, but proof shows he asked twice whether Floyd needs to be rolled on his side.


Kueng, Lane and Thao are all charged with willfully denying Floyd of his liberty without due procedure, specifically depriving him of the right to be totally free from an officer’s intentional indifference to his medical requirements. The indictment states the three men saw Floyd needed treatment and willfully stopped working to assist him.


Both counts declare the officers’ actions resulted in Floyd’s death.
HOW IS IT VARIOUS FROM THE STATE CASE?

The 3 officers are likewise charged in state court with assisting and abetting both murder and murder.
State prosecutors should show the officers assisted Chauvin commit murder or manslaughter, while federal district attorneys must show they breached Floyd’s rights, basically by stopping working to step in or provide medical aid.


Mark Osler, a former federal district attorney and now a teacher at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, drew this distinction: The state case is about what the officers did, and the federal case has to do with what they didn’t do.
The state trial is arranged to start June 13.


RARE PROSECUTIONS


To bring federal charges in deaths including police, prosecutors need to believe that an officer acted under the “color of law,”or federal government authority, and willfully deprived someone of their civil liberties, consisting of the right to be devoid of unreasonable seizures or making use of unreasonable force.

That’s a high legal standard; a mishap, bad judgment or basic neglect on the officer’s part isn’t adequate to support federal charges.


Essentially, district attorneys should show that the officers knew what they were doing was incorrect however did it anyway.


Historically, federal charges have been brought after a state case was not successful, Phil Turner, another previous federal prosecutor, said. He pointed to the 1991 police whipping of Rodney King as an example.

After the Los Angeles officers were acquitted in state court, federal charges were brought “due to the fact that the state system stopped working and it was obvious to everyone that it was a miscarriage of justice,”Turner said. 2 of the four officers were eventually convicted in federal court.


Most of the high-profile fatal shootings by cops in the last few years have not led to federal charges, though activists have actually required them. An exception holds true of Michael Slager, a white South Carolina authorities officer who fatally shot Walter Scott in the back as the unarmed, 50-year-old Black male ran from a 2015 traffic stop.


Slager’s state murder case ended with a hung jury and mistrial in 2016. A year later on, he pleaded guilty in federal court to breaching Scott’s civil liberties; prosecutors dropped state murder charges. Slager was sentenced to twenty years in jail.


Over the last twenty years, numerous corrections officers have been founded guilty of breaking the civil liberties of inmates who have passed away after they were denied treatment – often after an attack. The claims involving deprivation of healthcare resembles the count all 3 former Minneapolis officers deal with in Floyd’s death.


WHAT SENTENCE COULD THEY FACE?

Federal civil rights violations that result in death are punishable by up to life in jail or even death, however those sentences are extremely rare. Federal sentencing standards count on complex solutions that indicate the officers would get much less if convicted.

Released at Thu, 20 Jan 2022 05:21:54 -0500

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