A ruthless gunman who shot a young man has appeared in a video rapping from behind bars. Tyann McCooty was also shown smiling and flexing his muscles in pictures taken in prison and posted on an Instagram account under the name LikkleDanger. The criminal, currently serving a 12-year sentence, raps: “Don’t think of that guy coming to test me, I’ll be getting bags like Tetley, sitting in my Burberry with my neck peas [expensive jewellery].” McCooty, 21, says he will be “touching road” soon and fires off mock gunshots with his hands, as fellow inmates nod along to the music and laugh. In one of the shots he displays his bare arms and designer-style watch, with the caption: “Christmas Day On The Wing Feeling Merry Fresh Home Ina Bout Twenty.” The picture was posted online on December 25, 2016, before he was jailed for the shooting in the Jewellery Quarter area of Birmingham. He is understood to be serving his latest sentence at HMP … [Read more...] about Ruthless thug who shot young man filmed rapping and firing off ‘finger guns’ from behind bars
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HIS performance at Soccer Aid last summer won him Man Of The Match as he played with a host of celebs and football stars – and sparked talk of a trial with Manchester United.And now I can reveal MARK WRIGHT is set to get his big break in football, even if it’s a world away from Wembley glory.The former Only Way Is Essex hunk is in advanced talks to take a 20 per cent stake in his local club Billericay Town FC alongside his millionaire pal Glenn Tamplin, who owns and manages the non-league hopefuls.Last week Mark headed to their ground, where he was pictured checking out the facilities at their 3,500-capacity stadium, and he is finalising details of his involvement.Mark is already having an effect — his appearance gained the club their biggest attendance of the year.A source said: “Mark has always loved football and is known for being a talented player, but obviously he never quite made it to the big time. He sees this as a great way to get involved with … [Read more...] about TOWIE star Mark Wright in talks to launch football career with 20 per cent stake in local club Billericay Town FC
Drake, an NSA executive turned whistleblower, said the US National Security Agency (NSA) wanted to punish Germany to a "certain extent" for failing to notice that an al Qaeda terrorist cell had planned the attack series from Hamburg. The cell led by Mohammed Atta and recruited by the late al Qaeda head Osama bin Laden from Afghanistan rammed airliners into New York's twin towers and the Pentagon near Washington on September 11, 2001, killing nearly 3,000 people. Drake, who is to testify next Thursday to the German parliament's NSA inquiry committee, said the NSA decided it could "no longer" trust Germany because the cell had "lived, trained and communicated" unnoticed by the German intelligence authorities. Ironically, afterwards, the NSA intensified its liaison with Germany's BND foreign intelligence service "because the NSA wanted to have more control over what your boys are doing here," Drake told Spiegel. Ties 'unusually close' Those NSA-BND ties became "unusually close," … [Read more...] about Germany NSA’s main target, claims ex-staffer
"Stop mass surveillance! Stop the NSA! Keep the government in check and release the whistleblowers!" Armed with a sea of signs, flags and banners, hundreds of Americans marched on Capitol Hill in Washington on Saturday (26.10.2013) to express their anger with the National Security Agency (NSA) and the recent revelations concerning its secret surveillance methods. Taking up the challenge of numerous civil rights groups that want to prevent the US from becoming a surveillance state, about 800 protesters took part in the massive Stop Watching Us rally on the 12th anniversary of the signing of the Patriot Act. Among them were whistleblower Attorney Jesselyn Radack, civil rights activist Naomi Wolf and Republican congressman Justin Amash. They were out demonstrating to put a stop to the NSA's snooping, explained one young woman. "I do feel I am being spied on in some way. You know, whether it's today or tomorrow, giving the government authority to do this is never good," she said. "Thank … [Read more...] about Protest in Washington against NSA surveillance
The White House remains silent, while the National Security Agency denies German media claims that its chief, Keith Alexander, informed President Barack Obama in 2010 that it was bugging German Chancellor Angela Merkel's phone. Alexander neither spoke with Obama about the secret operation, "nor has he ever discussed alleged operations involving Chancellor Merkel," a statement from NSA spokeswoman Vanee Vines said. According to the New York Times, the eavesdropping began 10 years ago, around the time of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, while Merkel was still in opposition as chairwoman of her party, the Christian Democratic Union. "What is coming to light now is no surprise to me," said Thomas Drake, an NSA operative for 18 years before becoming a whistleblower. From 'Trailblazer' to persona non grata In 2010, Drake and others publicized information on a spy program called "Trailblazer," making himself a public enemy along the way. "After knowing what I did about the … [Read more...] about NSA’s ‘Stasi methods’ – what did Obama know?
Julian Assange is rather pale. He hasn't seen sunlight in over four and a half years. The founder of whistleblowing platform WikiLeaks has been living in 25 square meters in exile in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. Theater director Angela Richter met him there for a lengthy interview. Assange's story formed the basis of a new German play, "Supernerds. Ein Überwachungsabend" (Supernerds. An evening of surveillance), which is showing this week at the Kölner Schauspielhaus in Cologne. The crossmedial work integrates television, stage and a second-screen website to tell not only Assange's story, but also that of nine other whistleblowers, and to examine the impact 9/11 had on surveillance practices. Actors on stage slip into the roles of Julian Assange, Edward Snowden, Daniel Ellsberg and Jeremy Hammond. Like a ghost, the real Assange appears on a screen in the theater and gives an interview conducted by journalist Bettina Böttinger, who is simultaneously hosting a … [Read more...] about Theater audience subject to ‘surveillance’ in experimental play