MAYPORT NAVAL STATION, Fla. (AP) — A submarine sailor has pleaded guilty to illegally videotaping female officers in the vessel’s shower area, and has been sentenced to 10 months in a Navy brig.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Ryan Secrest pleaded guilty Monday to charges that he made the video and lied to investigators. He also received a bad conduct discharge and a reduction in rank.
Secrest is among seven sailors charged in a case that has disrupted the Navy’s integration of women into its submarine force. The women in the videos were among the first to serve on subs.
Military prosecutors say Secrest in 2014 used the camera on his cellphone to take a video of the officers.
Secrest is the sixth sailor tried in the case, and the fifth to be found guilty.
CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court has sentenced three people involved in a racy music video to one year in prison with labor for “inciting debauchery.”
The music video, titled “Hands Off,” contains scantily-clad dancing and shaking but no nudity. Reda al-Fouly, the woman dancing in the low-budget video, was arrested last month along with the clip’s cameraman after it went viral on social media.
Wael el-Sekedi, the third person sentenced in the case, is believed to have fled the country after some social media users called the video scandalous, according to the prosecutor.
The three were sentenced on Sunday.
The original clip on YouTube has been viewed nearly 1.9 million times.
NEW YORK (AP) — Two Muslim filmmakers have filed a lawsuit against the operator of New York subways claiming the agency rejected their advertisements under a rule that prohibits disputed political views. They argue the ads have nothing to do with politics and should not be banned.
In a lawsuit filed Thursday in Manhattan federal court, the filmmakers, Negin Farsad and Dean Obeidallah, claim the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is violating their First Amendment right to free speech.
The two created the advertisements to help promote their 2013 film, “The Muslims Are Coming.” They say the overall message of both the ads and the film is “that American Muslims are ordinary people.”
Farsad and Obeidallah said they paid the MTA nearly $15,000 to run the ads, which they were told would be put up in 140 subway stations in April. When the ads didn’t go up on the scheduled date, they called the MTA but didn’t hear back for several days — until they were told the ads would violate a policy that went into effect in the interim, which bans ads that are “political in nature.”
Glenn Katon, their attorney with the civil rights group Muslim Advocates, said the two “had a constitutional right to post the ads under the old policy.” He claims the MTA “reneged on the deal” and now wants a federal judge to order the agency to put up the advertisements. The two are not challenging the MTA’s ability to enact policies, but instead are arguing that their advertisements are not political and do not violate the policy.
MTA spokesman Adam Lisberg said the agency had not yet been served with the lawsuit but that it was pleased that a judge upheld its new policy last week. In a recent court filing, the MTA’s director of real estate said he had determined the ads violated the policy because they “prominently or predominantly advocate or express a political message.”
The ads include, among others, the phrases: “The Ugly Truth About Muslims: Muslims have great frittata recipes” and “Muslims! They invented coffee, the toothbrush and algebra … Oh wait, sorry about the algebra. That’s a year of class you’ll never get back.”
“It’s comedic,” Obeidallah said of the MTA’s determination. “What’s political about saying ‘Muslims like frittatas’ or have great frittata recipes?”
MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Mexican pet store has been temporarily closed and two employees are under investigation by prosecutors after a video surfaced of them slapping Chihuahua dogs repeatedly to “welcome” them to the store.
The Maskota pet store chain said Wednesday that it had identified the two employees from the video and filed criminal complaints against them. It said their behavior violated the chain’s commitment to animal welfare.
In the video, the two take turns holding up Chihuahuas by the scruffs of their necks and repeatedly slapping, shaking and kneeing them.
The prosecutor’s office in the north-central state of Hidalgo said it is investigating the incident as a property damage complaint.
It is unclear if Hidalgo has animal protection laws that might carry more serious penalties.
NEW YORK (AP) — Verizon is launching a mobile video service this summer that would show sports, concerts and other types of content.
The country’s largest wireless provider teased a few details of its upcoming offerings Tuesday while announcing it had completed its $4.4 billion purchase of AOL Inc. The deal is designed to help Verizon Communications Inc. expand in mobile video and advertising as more hours are spent watching video, reading and shopping on phones and tablets.
Viewers have increasing options for online video services, including Dish’s Sling TV and HBO Now.
Verizon’s mobile video service will work on competitors’ networks as well as on Wi-Fi and will include ad-supported data, says Verizon executive vice president Marni Walden. That could mean an advertiser pays for some of the data required by the video service.
BEIRUT (AP) — A Lebanese minister vowed Sunday to bring to justice guards seen in online video clips beating Islamists detained in a notorious prison where imprisoned militants were once suspected of directing terror attacks.
Interior Minister Nouhad Mashnouk told journalists that two guards whose faces are seen in the clips have been arrested and referred to military prosecutors.
“I condemn these violations and will not cease to pursue the case for one second,” he said.
The clips show a room full of detainees stripped down to their underwear. In one clip, a guard beats a detainee on his back with what looks like a green hose. He yells “keep quiet” at the screaming detainee.
Another clip shows a second guard taunting and insulting a bearded detainee while hitting him. The detainee begs for mercy and later a voice, presumably of another guard, is heard ordering the inmate to kiss the man beating him. He is kicked in the face when he attempts it.
The detainees shown, held in the Roumieh prison on the outskirts of Beirut, were handcuffed behind their back while squatting on a flooded floor.
Mashnouk blamed past governments for the poor conditions at the prison, though he said: “I am responsible for the human rights of all prisoners, regardless of their (ideological) persuasion.”
“I have inherited that prison, these conditions and those prisoners,” he said.
Mashnouk in January ordered the clearing of Roumieh’s Block B after years of warnings that the overcrowded section served as a meeting point for militants to plot attacks and strengthen their networks. Prisoners in that block were known to call into Lebanese television talk shows using smuggled mobile phones.
Mashnouk said at the time that “a big part” of twin suicide bombings in the northern city of Tripoli in January was directed from Block B. The bombing, which targeted a district predominantly inhabited by followers of the Shiite Alawite sect, was claimed by al-Qaida’s branch in Syria, the Nusra Front. Mashnouk, however, blamed the attack on the extremist Islamic State group.