SPLASH! Recap of January 17, 2017

News Making A Splash Today Will Have Ripple Effects Tomorrow

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Noor Salam, Wife of Orlando Shooter Omar Mateen, Arrested

NBC – The wife of Orlando nightclub gunman Omar Mateen was arrested by the FBI on Monday in connection with the mass shooting and charged with obstruction and giving support to a terrorist organization, officials said.

Noor Salman was taken into custody in California, where her family lives, but the case is filed in Florida, where her husband massacred 49 people at the Pulse nightclub in June, swearing allegiance to ISIS.

Her attorney said she had no advance knowledge of what her husband was planning and should not have been charged.

Obama Commutes Bulk of Chelsea Manning’s Sentence

New York Times – President Obama on Tuesday commuted all but four months of the remaining prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the Army intelligence analyst convicted of a 2010 leak that revealed American military and diplomatic activities across the world, disrupted Mr. Obama’s administration and brought global prominence to WikiLeaks, the recipient of those disclosures.

The decision by Mr. Obama rescued Ms. Manning, who twice tried to kill herself last year, from an uncertain future as a transgender woman incarcerated at the men’s military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. She has been jailed for nearly seven years, and her 35-year sentence was by far the longest punishment ever imposed in the United States for a leak conviction.

Nigerian Fighter Jet Misfires, Kills More Than 100 Civilians

Sahara Reporters – During an operation aimed at clearing the area of Boko Haram insurgents, a Nigerian Air Force fighter jet mistakenly bombed a refugee camp in Borno State on Tuesday, killing no fewer than 100 civilians.

The Associated Press (AP) reports that a Borno State official confirmed that over 100 refugees and humanitarian aid workers were killed. According to an International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) worker, 20 ICRC aid workers died.

Members of Medicines Sans Frontiers/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) were also killed, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). An MSF official disclosed to AP that 50 of its workers died while at least 120 were wounded.

Why Are DC Police Keeping Body Cams Off During Inauguration and Women’s March?

ACLU – A lot of social media activity has come to our attention questioning why the DC police have been instructed NOT to turn their body cameras on during the president’s inauguration and the following day’s “Million Women March.” Many people seem puzzled by this.

“ACLU Demands That Body Cams Are Turned Off During Inauguration While They Intend To Record Police” proclaims the headline of one widely circulated post, on a site called “Law Officer” (and seemingly based upon this local story by the NBC DC affiliate).

It’s not an ACLU “demand,” it’s actually DC law. True, the ACLU of DC supported and encouraged adoption of that law, but the wider District of Columbia community as represented by its city council agreed with us.

Trial Opens For Man Accused of Shooting Jamar Clark Protestors

Star Tribune – The trial opened after nearly a week of jury selection that heavily focused on racial views. What began as 40 potential jurors was whittled down to 14 Tuesday afternoon, consisting of 11 men and three women, two of them alternates. At least nine of the men are white, and there are no blacks on the panel. Minneapolis NAACP President Jason Sole called the makeup an example of a larger problem.

We’re consistently seeing blacks being excluded from any decision-making in the court system,” he said. “Our voice being excluded from the courtroom is very telling.”

Written by Pamela Getz

Writer and Activist. Follow Pamela on Twitter @goddesspamela.

Pamela Getz is Editor of International Affairs for Progressive Army and a member of its Editorial Board.

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