Monday, August 19, 2013

South Carolina man kills bystander and claims “Stand Your Ground”


A South Carolina man, Shannon Scott, is claiming he should get immunity from prosecution for killing an innocent bystander, Darrell Niles, a 17-year-old student of Keenan High School. According to The State, “Richland County courtroom this week, Scott and his attorney, Todd Rutherford, said Scott fired his weapon from his front yard to protect his daughter, who was being chased by people trying to hurt her.” Darrell Niles was not part of that group and was standing across the street when struck in the head by a bullet fired by Shannon Scott.

Investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald’s partner, David Miranda was detained by U.K authorities at an airport as he was traveling from Germany back to his home country of Brazil. Greenwald is the reporter who has been working with his source Edward Snowden to publish articles revealing the NSA’s massive spying program. Many see the detainment of David Miranda as state sponsored harassment and further evidence of the abuse of human rights in the so-called global war on terror.

Reports indicate that Egypt’s former President Hosni Mubarak to be freed from jail on the orders of Egyptian judicial officials. Mubarak was removed from power after a popular uprising and he was jailed to face charges the killings of hundreds of protesters during the 2011 uprising. Analyst suspect his release will further inflame the current violence that is a result the removal of democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood after protests. A new Egyptian constitution is in the process of being drafted and it may ban all religious based political parties.

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