After 9/11, the United States government preyed on the fear felt by many Americans to justify the passage of the USA Patriot Act—a law that was supposed to prevent future terrorist attacks. Now, after the Las Vegas shooting, the government has another proposed law ready to go, and just as with the Patriot Act, it also infringes on Americans’ liberties, and does very little for their security.
The USA Liberty Act is the latest trendy name for a law that would reauthorize Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which is set to expire on Dec. 31, 2017. According to the House Judiciary Committee, the act would preserve “the core purpose of Section 702: the collection of electronic communications by non-U.S. persons for use in our nation’s defense.”
However, it should be noted that while the purpose of FISA was reportedly only to allow surveillance on the communications of foreign targets who were suspected terrorists, it has been used to spy on the communications of innocent Americans—despite the practice being ruled illegal—and any reauthorization of the law will only allow the practice to continue under the guise of “preventing terrorism.”
The USA Liberty Act claims that it will “better protect Americans’ privacy” by requiring the government to have “a legitimate national security purpose” before searching an individual’s database. Then when they do have that purpose established, they will be required to “obtain a court order based on probable cause to look at the content of communications, except when lives or safety are threatened, or a previous probable cause-based court order or warrant has been granted.”
Mariel Alexandra Grimm was convicted of first degree assault of a 13 month old toddler in July 2017. The child suffered a subdural hemorrhage that the child abuse pediatrician determined was associated with a violent acceleration-deceleration event, such as would happen in a high-speed car crash or the shaking or throwing of a baby. The boy survived his injuries, but suffered severe and permanent brain damage.
I was attending my probation violation hearing at the same courthouse on the day Grimm was sentenced by Judge David Knutson. He sentenced Grimm to 90 days in jail and 15 years probation as he determined she had a clean record, cooperated with court processes and was unlikely to reoffend.
Grimm was also given 60 days of electronic home monitoring and must perform 30 days on Sentencing to Service crews and 200 hours of community work service, as well as pay a $1,000 fine and restitution. Grimm could have received a prison sentence of up to 20 years.
Minnesota daycare provider sentenced to 90 days in jail, maintains innocence
POSTED: SEP 28 2017 10:32AM CDT VIDEO POSTED: SEP 28 2017 06:36PM CDT UPDATED: SEP 29 2017 11:11AM CDT
HASTINGS, Minn. (KMSP) – Convicted of assault — a crime she says she didn’t commit – an Eagan, Minnesota daycare provider facing up to eight years in prison was given a much more lenient sentence Thursday morning. Mariel Grimm, 33, received a stayed sentence and will spend 90 days in county jail, with 15 years of probation.
Grimm has maintained her innocence. Despite her assertions, a court found her guilty of assaulting a toddler. Grimm was caring for the 13-month-old boy last September when she says he suddenly had some kind of seizure after waking up from a nap.
Continue Reading: http://www.fox9.com/news/mariel-grimm-sentencing
Now let’s look at my sentencing conditions
Case No. 19HA-CR-15-4227
State of Minnesota vs Deirdre Elise Evavold
From KD – we are still looking for activist attorney Andy Ostrowski, taken from his home by officers against his will last week
No one from any of the social media or boards we know has heard from him, however, recently an unknown woman claiming to be a relative wrote to all of us to say he is fine, this has happened before and is a private matter and not to enquire further.
Whooooa. How many times have we heard this one before. No proof of this, never heard from her before, but it seems she “suddenly” can find all the right emails.
I find her email (without any proof of her assertions) to be most alarming.
In any case, here is an exchange of emails: Please pray for Andy he is safe and will be released soon. He is an amazing, talented, kind light worker and we are all very, very concerned for him.
I am including all the emails, because they may include witnesses to a crime: false arrest and kidnapping of OA. All emails have been forwarded to the FBI.
Andy, as a long time activist may be in grave danger.
By Janet Phelan
Judicial reform activist and radio personality Andy Ostrowski has been taken into custody against his will and forced into a psychiatric evaluation. His abduction took place yesterday, September 19, at approximately 3 pm in Wilkes-Barre, PA, where Ostrowski resides.
Ostrowski was taken while on Facebook live and the incident was captured on video. The video is available here:
Probation Revocation and Its Causes: Profiles of State and Local Jurisdictions, Hennepin County, Minnesota