Katie Aguilera

Senior Columnist & Researcher,

Katie Aguilera is an independent researcher, author, and activist who resides in Bend, Oregon. She studied Outdoor Recreation Leadership and spent many years working in the field of wilderness therapy and as a river guide. She writes at the blog Seeking Redress.

Nullify Tyranny from the Jury Box

Jury Nullification in Defense of Justice In 1794, US Supreme Court Justice John Jay stated in his opinion in the case Georgia v. Brailsford “…on questions of fact, it is the province of the jury, on questions of law, it is the province of the court to decide.  But it must be observed that by […]

The Obama Administration’s Deadly Playbook Released

America’s Lethal Drone Strike Policies & the Normalization of Killing with Robots On August 6, 2016, the American Civil Liberties Union, or ACLU, announced the long sought release of a redacted version of the Presidential Policy Guide, or PPG, for drone strikes outside of areas of “actual hostilities” as a result of a Freedom of […]

Confront NBC: Social Media & Government Information Operations- The Modern Day Psy-Op

Newsbud Gives NBC a Deadline of Monday, July 25, 2016, to issue a public explanation & retraction On July 15, 2016, as an attempted coup was unfolding in Turkey, a rumor began circulating that Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had fled the country and was seeking asylum in Germany.  According to various articles and news […]

How Sentence Enhancements Increase Plea Deals & Reduce Transparency in the U.S. Justice System

Most Americans today are aware of mandatory-minimum sentences in federal and state criminal sentencing guidelines and the often excessive punishments they place on offenders.  What is perhaps less well known is the existence of sentence enhancements in the US judicial system.  These are defined as “facts and circumstances that, if present in your case, allow […]

Gunmen Open Fire on Police in Dallas during Peaceful Protest over Latest Police Shootings

Just before 9 pm Central time last night in Dallas, Texas, at least two snipers began shooting at police from two “separate elevated positions” during a peaceful protest organized in response to the recent shooting deaths of Alton Sterling in Louisiana, and Philando Castille in Minnesota, by police.  Five law enforcement officers were killed and […]

National Security Letters: Protecting Against Terrorism Or Protecting a Police State?

Last month, the US senate came up two votes short of the necessary number needed to pass an amendment to a criminal justice spending bill that would have expanded the type of information that can be obtained with the use of a warrantless surveillance technique known as a national security letter.  The Federal Bureau of […]

Has a Peaceful Protest over Government Over-reach Been Corrupted by Outside Influence in Burns, Oregon?

Questions & Potentially Serious Ramifications On Saturday, January 2, 2015, a peaceful protest took place in Burns, Oregon. This protest had been planned for some time as an effort to bring attention to an ongoing legal case involving a local ranching family, the Hammonds.  Many people gathered, both from the Burns area, and from around […]