By Brad Friedman

A few weeks ago, our legal analyst Ernie Canning warned how the U.S. Supreme Court’s pending decision on whether or not to hear the ACLU’s challenge to the Wisconsin GOP Photo ID voting law might be the last chance before the 2016 Presidential elections to determine the Constitutionality of such laws.

On Monday, the Supreme Court decided not to grant cert in the WI challenge in the Frank v. Walker case. The decision is not a ruling on the merits of the case or the Constitutionality of the law. It simply means that, for now, there were not four votes on the Court to hear the ACLU’s challenge at this time.


Federal regulations in the Land of the Free REQUIRE banks to file ‘suspicious activity reports’ or SARs on their customers. And it’s not optional.
Banks have minimum quotas of SARs they need to fill out and submit to the federal government.
If they don’t file enough SARs, they can be fined. They can lose their banking charter. And yes, bank executives and directors can even be imprisoned for noncompliance.
This is the nature of the financial system in the Land of the Free.
And chances are, your banker has filled one out on you—they submitted 1.6 MILLION SARs in 2013 alone.
But now the Justice Department is saying that SARs aren’t enough.

The Week at WhoWhatWhy

On MondayWill a $30 Million Lawsuit Over FBI Killing of Witness Todashev Shed Light on Boston Bombing?
by Joanne Potter
Will a $30 million lawsuit being filed over the FBI killing of a Boston Bombing witness shed any more light on shooting riddled with questions, secrecy and official reversals? Joanne Potter looks at the case of Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s dead friend, Ibragim Todashev.

On TuesdayNo “Eureka” Moment in Boston Bombing Videos or Images
by Lara Turner
Grainy, dark, faded and inconclusive. That’s what most of the photographic and video evidence in the case against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev looks like. And since the defense has done little to question it, who’s going to? Lara Turner looks at the state of the prosecution’s proof.

Also on TuesdayMEDIA FAIL: Abject Ignorance About Tsarnaev’s Black Muslim Flag
by Lara Turner
Imagine if someone looked at a Christian cross on the wall, and took it to be representative of the cross-burning Ku Klux Klan? That’s the logic some reporters are applying to the black Muslim flag found on Boston Bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s wall. They’re equating the flag, a common symbol of a Muslim’s faith, to a sign of affiliation with al Qaeda.

Also on TuesdayWhy Did One Boston-Area Cop Let Tsarnaev Escape?
by Joanne Potter
At the height of the manhunt for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one police officer came within a few feet of the suspect. And let him go. Not that you’d have learned this from testimony in the courtroom. Joanne Potter looks at the escape of a most wanted man.

Also on TuesdayWhy WhoWhatWhy’s Boston Marathon Bombing Coverage Is Important
by Klaus Marre
Traditional news outlets have all but abdicated their duty to ask the hard questions. Boston Globe columnist Kevin Cullen is a case in point – he’s on a first-name basis with the police involved in Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s capture. Klaus Marre looks at what’s missing from the mainstream press at Tsarnaev’s trial.

On WednesdayOPINION: The Glaring Absence of Cameras in the Boston Bombing Trial
by Andrew Quemere
In a case that fully demonstrates the pervasiveness of surveillance cameras in America, the absence of cameras at one of the biggest trials of the year is glaring. Andrew Quemere examines how the federal courts have managed to stay happily anachronistic.

On ThursdayIn Tsarnaev Trial, Prosecutors Turn Hostile Toward Own Witness
by Joanne Potter
Prosecutors in the case against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev turned hostile toward their own witness once it became clear her findings didn’t support their allegations of murder. Joanne Potter unpacks the strange reversal.

Also on ThursdaySurveillance and Oppression We Can Believe In
by DonkeyHotey and Dan Engelke
Sometimes, pictures speak louder than words. With evidence the Obama Administration is the most tight-lipped ever, here’s a picture to complete the story. DonkeyHotey and Dan Engelke show you the score.

Also on ThursdayBoston Marathon Bombing Trial: Live Updates and Unvarnished Analysis
by The WhoWhatWhy Team
The latest from the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev from the federal courthouse in Boston.

On FridayRadioWHO Ep. 7: The Truth, the Whole Truth and Everything But the Truth
by Jeff Schechtman
Criminal trials are often anything but a search for the truth. That’s certainly the case with the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Tune in with RadioWHO host Jeff Schechtman for a conversation with WhoWhatWhy Editor-in-Chief Russ Baker and reporter James Henry for some essential context about the trial and the evidence being presented.

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Sunday Round-up

After a few weeks of feckless flaccidity, the Sunday Shows had a particularly strong day. Here are the highlights:

Meet the Press led the way with an unusually balanced pair of interviews on the aftermath of Bibi Netanyahu’s big win. Chuck Todd pressed Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer on Bibi’s Two-State flip-flop and rumors that the Ambassador is an impediment in the U.S.-Israeli relationship. He then questioned Dr. Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of Palestine to the U.N., on Hamas, the International Criminal Court and the difference between Israel’s right to exist, which the Palestinian Authority accepts, and Bibi’s new requirement that Palestinians accept it as a “Jewish State.”

Meet the Press also had the interview of the day—with California Governor Jerry Brown. The topic was climate change, California’s drought and the coming presidential campaign announcement by dyed-in-the-wool climate denier Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). Gov. Brown said Cruz’s claim that the science is not clear on climate change makes him “absolutely unfit to be running for office.” It was the most entertaining and candidpolitical interview of the month.

On This Week with George StephanopoulosMartha Raddatz hosted a fascinating debate between two women trying to reform Islam. Former Muslim Ayaan Hirsi Ali, an author and harsh critic of Islam, faced off against Manal Omar, a Muslim women’s advocate working for the United States Institute of Peace.

FOX News Sunday’s Chris Wallace grilled CIA Director John Brennan on location at the CIA’s “private museum.” Brennan responded to a host of issues including Putin, the Iran negotiations, the CIA “overhaul” and the controversy over the administration’s unwillingness to refer to ISIS as “Islamic extremists.”

On Face the Nationformer NFL Star Chris Borland talked to Bob Schieffer about his decision to retire due to fear of concussions and chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

Finally, Mickey Kaus went on CNN’s Reliable Sources to talk about leaving the Daily Caller after Tucker Carlson refused to run a column critical of FOX News because it broke a “no trashing Fox” rule.

Oh yeah, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) went on CNN’s State of the Union … but no one really cares anymore.

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The New York Times went into damage control mode yesterday after Nick Bilton, a tech columnist and a rising star at the newspaper, suggested that precaution is the best approach to the use of cell phones and wearable electronics.

No sooner had Bilton’s column hit print than Margaret Sullivan, the Times’ Public Editor,chastised Bilton for his naive analysis. (It was posted on the Web a day earlier.) Sullivan targeted the lack of “sophisticated evaluation of serious research.” His biggest blunder, according to many readers, was quoting Dr. Joe Mercola, an Internet health entrepreneur. It’s worth mentioning that Mercola is no technophobe. He talked to Bilton on a cell phone using a Bluetooth headset.


By Robert Parry

Neoconservative pundit Robert Kagan and his wife, Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, run a remarkable family business: she has sparked a hot war in Ukraine and helped launch Cold War II with Russia – and he steps in to demand that Congress jack up military spending so America can meet these new security threats.

This extraordinary husband-and-wife duo makes quite a one-two punch for the Military-Industrial Complex, an inside-outside team that creates the need for more military spending, applies political pressure to ensure higher appropriations, and watches as thankful weapons manufacturers lavish grants on like-minded hawkish Washington think tanks.


By Mike Whitney

The United States does not want a war with Russia, it simply feels that it has no choice. If the State Department hadn’t initiated a coup in Ukraine to topple the elected president, Viktor Yanukovych, then the US could not have inserted itself between Russia and the EU, thus, disrupting vital trade routes which were strengthening nations on both continents. The economic integration of Asia and Europe–including plans for high-speed rail from China (“The New Silk Road”) to the EU–poses a clear and present danger for the US whose share of global GDP continues to shrink and whose significance in the world economy continues to decline. For the United States to ignore this new rival (EU-Russia) would be the equivalent of throwing in the towel and accepting a future in which the US would face a gradual but persistent erosion of its power and influence in world affairs. No one in Washington is prepared to let that happen, which is why the US launched its proxy-war in Ukraine.


By James Robert Deal J.D.

Anti-vaxxers oppose all vaccines. Pro-vaxxers favor all vaccines. No, it is not that simple. Pro-vaxxers admit that certain groups should not receive certain vaccines and that vaccine injury does happen, although it is “rare”.

Most so-called anti-vaxxers actually favor some vaccines but oppose others. Most oppose giving many vaccines all at one time. Most say they are only asking for safer vaccines.


By Ben Mathis-Lilley

An American mechanic was jailed in the United Arab Emirates after criticizing his UAE employer on Facebook, while an outspoken New York University professor attempting to visit his own university’s Abu Dhabi campus says he has been banned from the UAE.

The mechanic, 30-year-old Ryan Pate of Florida, wrote a Facebook post while in the United States about his dispute with Global Aerospace Logistics over sick leave. When he returned to the UAE, he was arrested on defamation charges and spent what he says was about 10 days in jail. Pate’s employer has asked authorities to drop the charges; Florida Rep. David Jolly and American UAE Ambassador Barbara Leaf have been involved in his case.


By Jeff Schweers

Ten days have passed since University of Florida engineering professor John K. Schueller was arrested in Abu Dhabi — where he remains, unable to leave the United Arab Emirates as he awaits his day in court.

“I have legal representation and things are moving forward,” Schueller said via email Thursday. He declined to discuss the particulars of the case until the matter is resolved.

Schueller said he was in the UAE’s capital of Abu Dhabi on UF-approved business travel to attend a conference on world hunger, “The Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture.”


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