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#opBART protest updates. Nude Spokesman; $50,000 bail; corrupt directer; New phone policy; Future protests

Published On August 26, 2011 | By Matt Gratz | Anonymous, police state, Protest, social justice, Strange

As BART officials continue to display a lack of humanity & reason, Anonymous protesters have been hard at work. Following the arrest of 35 demonstrators last Monday the global internet collective has released nude photos of BART’s spokesperson Linton Johnson.

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The photos depicting Johnson pulling down his pants, giving a full-frontal view of his genitals, are the latest move from Anonymous against BART, according to SF Weekly. They were posted on a website that is now unavailable (but Gawker has a teaser saved). The following message reportedly accompanied the photos: “If you are going to be a dick to the public, then I’m sure you don’t mind showing your dick to the public.” Full Article Here.

Anonymous hackers also released 102 personal files of BART police including their home addresses, e-mail addresses and passwords for the site. Some within the group feel this move went too far, others say they get what they deserve for taking that job.

SF Gate reports:

Hackers carried out a second cyber-attack against BART on Wednesday, breaching the website of the union that represents the agency’s rank-and-file police and releasing a roster of 102 officers and other employees along with their home addresses, e-mail addresses and passwords for the site.
The roster was published on a separate website, where the hackers wrote, “Yet another success.” Full Article Here.

In an act of revenge, the SFPD has just released the names of the 35 protesters who were removed from the streets by riot police during Monday’s demonstration against BART’s unconstitutional decision to block communication and the fact that they employ trigger happy rent-a-cops. One protester is being held on $50,000 bail.

SF Gate reports:

San Francisco police released the names Thursday of 35 people who were arrested during Monday evening’s anti-BART protests that led to the closures of two stations and clogged Market Street.
One man, 27-year-old Ryan Ragle of Oakland, was booked into County Jail on suspicion of possessing an incendiary device, a felony, and obstructing a peace officer. He pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Wednesday and is being held on $50,000 bail.
Most of the other protesters were cited and released for allegedly failing to comply with peace officers’ orders and delaying traffic. Full Article Here.

In not so shocking news, today we learned that the BART director is as corrupt as his police force. The SF Gate is reporting that the BART Director James Fang accepted $7,000 in campaign contributions this year from a contractor with business pending before the transit agency – an apparent violation of BART’s conflict of interest regulations.

Fang, who isn’t up for re-election until 2014, voted this month to give the company an engineering award worth up to $20 million.
Bay Area Rapid Transit regulations prohibit campaign contributions of more than $1,000 from contractors who have pending bids, and board members receive a weekly list of contractors subject to the limit. Kal Krishnan Consulting Services, a longtime BART general engineering contractor, was on the list in February when it gave $7,000 to Fang.
Two other BART directors each received the maximum $1,000 from the same company and an additional $1,250 from staff and relatives of the owner last year. Full Article Here.

BART officials have began coming up with a policy for when they can control the communication of their passengers. In yet another show of complete incompetence, the officials have created a policy in which they can shut off cell phone service either during a bomb threat or a terrorist attack, leaving panicking passengers no connection to the outside world in their moments of intense fear of death.

The LA Times reports:

Cellphone service in Bay Area train stations would be turned off only in drastic circumstances, such as a bomb threat or hostage situation, under a policy that transit officials began formulating Wednesday.
After an emotional three-hour hearing, members of the Bay Area Rapid Transit District Board of Directors said that before the guidelines were implemented, they would undergo rigorous vetting by the public and the American Civil Liberties Union.

“If we’re going to shut off cellphone service, ever, it needs to be under the most extraordinary circumstances … that I equate to 9/11 level, not the protests we thought were going to happen on Aug. 11,” said board member Lynette Sweet. “We can no longer sit back and say: ‘We don’t like what you have to say, and we’re going to stop you from saying it.’ ” Full Article Here.

The protesters plan to continue the weekly protests until BART officials take action. BART has not taken any steps to reform the police force or to fire the officer who shot and killed Charles Hill early last month.

Read: #opBART round three announced after 40 protesters arrested in San Francisco

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Matt Gratz founded Political Fail Blog in December of 2010. As a human rights activist, Matt has spent years in the bay area fighting for social justice in the streets. Follow PFB to keep up to date with his photos, videos & blogs! Follow me on twitter!

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