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  • Opinion: Burr-Feinstein antiencryption bill a firing offense

    04/23/2016 11:13:34 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 17 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | April 19, 2016 | Sascha Meinrath
    The Burr-Feinstein antiencryption bill isn't just bad, it's evidence of a dangerous incompetence in congressional leadership that is undermining America’s security. In fact, the draft bill, leaked two weeks ago and now officially released, is compelling evidence that Senate leadership should strip – or at least not reappoint – Senators Burr and Feinstein of their positions on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Amongst its many provisions, the draft bill mandates that tech companies make all of our online data "intelligible" when presented with a court order. The bill defines intelligible as "decrypted, deciphered, decoded, demodulated, or deobfuscated" to "the...
  • Burr-Feinstein antiencryption bill a firing offense

    04/21/2016 10:51:30 AM PDT · by Cyberman · 14 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | 04/19/2016 | Sascha Meinrath
    Sens. Richard Burr (R) of North Carolina and Dianne Feinstein (D) of California should be stripped of their positions for introducing a bill that would endanger American digital security and privacy. The Burr-Feinstein antiencryption bill isn't just bad, it's evidence of a dangerous incompetence in congressional leadership that is undermining America’s security. In fact, the draft bill, leaked two weeks ago and now officially released, is compelling evidence that Senate leadership should strip – or at least not reappoint – Senators Burr and Feinstein of their positions on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.... To say this most recent Burr-Feinstein...
  • Security Researchers Trash Burr-Feinstein Encryption Bill As Technically Illiterate & Dangerous

    04/10/2016 1:40:25 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 7 replies
    HotHardware ^ | April 9, 2016 12:03 BST 80 | by Rob Williams
    It's no secret that law enforcement agencies and governments at large want to have access to our personal data whether we like it or not. Hot on the heels of the FBI managing to bypass security measures that should have protected the data on a terrorist's iPhone 5c, we see that the case is definitely not closed. As many had suspected, now that the floodgates are open, agencies like the FBI are not content to let this one win be the last. This week, draft legislation leaked out of the U.S. Senate that to some highlights the government's ignorance about encryption. Within...
  • CIA 'rattled' by DOJ inquiry into Russia investigation origins

    10/21/2019 9:26:05 PM PDT · by bitt · 41 replies
    washington examiner ^ | 10/21/1029 | daniel Chaitin
    The Justice Department's review of the origins of the Russia investigation created "unease" at the CIA, according to a reporter who has followed its progress. Uncertainty over what investigators are seeking and whether the inquiry has become a criminal investigation has prompted some CIA analysts who played a role in the intelligence assessment of Russia's activities during the 2016 campaign to hire lawyers. "It's really not clear where he's going with this, but a lot of people are very rattled. Those CIA analysts I mentioned had to hire their own lawyers because no one’s even sure whether this is a...
  • Tucker Carlson and Rand Paul Lambast Lindsey Graham – But What About Richard Burr?

    10/22/2019 6:38:29 AM PDT · by EyesOfTX · 21 replies
    DB Daily Update ^ | David Blackmon
    Why should the Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee get a pass? – No one is more frustrated with the empty promises of Lindsey Graham than I am. The Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, who must stand for re-election to his South Carolina Senate seat in 2020, has spent this entire year rushing before the nearest TV camera to make empty promise after empty promise about his plans to force people to testify before his committee. He’s done this so many times, he has become the Senate’s version of the boy who cried wolf. It’s to the point now...
  • GOP Congressmen Send Letter To CNN’s Jeff Zucker For Refusing To Air Trump Campaign Ads

    10/21/2019 11:22:03 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 33 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | October 21, 2019 | Henry Rodgers
    GOP Congressmen Send Letter To CNN’s Jeff Zucker For Refusing To Air Trump Campaign Ads A group of Republican congressmen sent a letter to CNN President Jeff Zucker for refusing to air President Donald Trump’s campaign ads on the network.The letter, spearheaded by South Carolina Rep. Jeff Duncan, was also signed by the following Republicans: North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows, Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert, South Carolina Rep. Ralph Norman, Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar, Texas Rep. Randy Weber, Idaho Rep. Russ Fulcher, Alabama Rep. Bradley Byrne and Florida Republican Rep. Greg Steube. They all believe CNN could be breaking the law...
  • Autopsy shows judge died of fentanyl, heroin overdose

    10/17/2019 10:28:18 PM PDT · by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget · 23 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 17, 2019 | Associated Press
    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — An autopsy report shows a North Carolina judge died of a fentanyl and heroin overdose. The News & Record of Greensboro reports District Court Judge Tom Jarrell was found unresponsive on the bedroom floor of his home in High Point on Aug. 3. The report from the N.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner also says the 56-year-old Jarrell had alcohol in his system. According to the report, Jarrell had a medical history with an irregular heartbeat, but police found a plastic bag with a powdered substance in his pocket. The autopsy found that there was...
  • San Francisco Expands Travel Ban to Pro-Life States

    10/17/2019 6:55:36 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 43 replies
    freebeacon ^ | OCTOBER 16, 2019 | Graham Piro
    San Francisco expanded its city-funded travel and contracting bans to 22 states with pro-life laws. The 22 states include Texas, Massachusetts, and Florida. The move marks the expansion of an ordinance enacted in August that prohibited city-funded travel "to states that have enacted laws that prohibit abortion prior to the viability of the fetus" and contracting with companies headquartered in those states. The ban initially covered eight states, according to Courthouse News, but that list has now expanded to cover nearly half the country. City supervisor Vallie Brown denounced pro-life reforms, such as late term abortion limits, as "an assault...
  • Senate Intel chair: Whistleblower hasn't agreed to testify before panel

    10/16/2019 10:55:37 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 33 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/16/19 | Jordain Carney
    Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) on Wednesday told reporters that a whistleblower at the center of the House impeachment inquiry hasn't yet agreed to meet with his Senate panel. Asked if his panel would look into the content of the whistleblower's complaint — which is focused on President Trump's attempts to get the Ukraine government to investigate the Bidens — Burr said he first had to "go through the process of the whistleblower complaint." "I don't know," he added, asked how long that would take. "Tell me when I'm going to get access to a whistleblower who has...
  • North Carolina assisted living facility workers accused of running dementia resident fight club

    10/15/2019 4:53:59 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 33 replies
    Three employees at a North Carolina assisted living facility were arrested after police said they ran a fight club with elderly residents with dementia battling it out against each other. The women were accused in court documents of watching, filming and even encouraging a fight between a 70-year-old woman and a 73-year-old woman at the Danby House assisted living and memory-care facility in Winston-Salem, Fox 8 High Point and other local media reported.
  • Stolen excavator joyride along I-5 in Redding ends in damage to gas station, arrest

    10/10/2019 7:51:26 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | October 2, 2019 | Michael McGough
    Police arrested a man last week after he allegedly drove a stolen construction excavator into a light pole and caused extensive damage while driving through two gas stations just off Interstate 5 in Redding. Remore Allen Smith, 37, of North Carolina faces charges of vehicle theft, resisting arrest and hit-and-run after authorities say he stole the heavy machinery from an I-5 on-ramp at about 3:15 a.m. Friday. Smith allegedly drove the excavator several hundred feet on Churn Creek Road, striking a light pole and traveling through a Chevron gas station and then an Arco AM/PM station, the Redding Police Department...
  • 'Ceasefire Week' aims to curb gun violence in Durham

    10/09/2019 3:46:25 AM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies
    WRAL ^ | 10/06/19 | Mikaya Thurmond
    DURHAM, N.C. — Several shootings have occurred in Durham in the last few weeks, including one Sunday morning. Police said a man was shot on West Main Street and drove himself to a nearby hospital for treatment. Investigators questioned two men, but no charges had been filed as of Sunday evening. The shooting came at the start of Bull City Ceasefire Week, which organizers hope will usher in at least a few days of peace in Durham. **SNIP** Other events scheduled for the week include the following: Information about obtaining a GED or attending community college from 10 a.m. to...
  • Aerospace parts supplier to expand Butner plant, create scores of jobs (126 jobs in N Carolina)

    10/06/2019 3:10:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    WRAL-TV ^ | October 5, 2019
    Butner, N.C. — A company that makes parts for civilian and military aerospace firms plans to expand its Granville County plant, creating 126 jobs, officials said Friday. Ontic Engineering and Manufacturing Inc. will invest $2.7 million in the Butner facility, officials said. "We continue to be impressed with abilities and performance of our team here in Butner and look forward to aggressively growing our business here with additional investments in people, factory infrastructure and intellectual property," Gareth Hall, president and managing director of Ontic, said in a statement. Ontic has plants in the U.S., Europe and Asia to produce a...
  • North Carolina Energy Company Finds Solar Power Actually Increases Pollution

    10/05/2019 7:44:01 AM PDT · by libstripper · 18 replies
    The Federalist ^ | Oct. 4, 2019 | Donald van der Vaart
    If we expect to create a prosperous future fueled by low-cost, clean energy, it’s time to recalibrate the way we think about renewables. That requires us to move beyond the once cutting-edge view that solar power is a key ingredient in lowering greenhouse gas emissions. Ironically, a frequent target of environmentalists, Duke Energy, is showing us that’s not the case. In fact, Duke documents show the negative impact of deploying solar power on the electric grid.
  • Strange lights off the Outer Banks spark UFO debate: Was it aliens or the military?

    10/04/2019 7:43:52 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 33 replies
    MSN ^ | 10/04/2019 | Mark Price
    Commenters on YouTube are divided as to whether the lights are UFOs or just flares used by the military. The latter is plausible, given the proximity of the Outer Banks to multiple military facilities, including Camp Lejeune and Fort Bragg in Eastern North Carolina. “I know what those lights are,” posted Derrick Chennault on YouTube. “As a former Marine based at the 2nd Marine Air Wing in Cherry Point, N.C. ... we used to regularly drop flares out of the back of our plane in the evenings for military exercises... Glad to see the Marines are still spooking people.” Guy...
  • Leading federal meteorologist drowns in rough N. Carolina surf forecasters had warned about

    10/03/2019 10:50:35 AM PDT · by TomServo · 17 replies
    NBC ^ | 10/3/2019 | Elisha Fieldstadt
    The director of a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration division for predicting weather died Monday in North Carolina while swimming in dangerous conditions that federal forecasters had warned about.
  • Ex-leader of North Carolina GOP admits to lying to FBI in corruption case

    10/02/2019 4:20:22 PM PDT · by Coronal · 17 replies
    The Charlotte Observer ^ | October 2, 2019 | Jim Morrill
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The former head of North Carolina’s Republican Party formally pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday for his role in one of the state’s biggest political corruption cases. Former GOP Chairman Robin Hayes agreed to plead guilty to lying to federal investigators. He faces up to six months in prison, though prosecutors are likely to ask for less time. No sentencing date has been set. Hayes, 74, is a Concord native who served in Congress for a decade. The former lawmaker also once ran for governor. He was one of four men indicted in March on multiple charges...
  • Cooper rolls out climate plan; protesters call it 'sham'

    09/28/2019 7:08:21 AM PDT · by Freedom'sWorthIt · 12 replies
    WRALTV ^ | 9/27/2019 | Laura Leslie
    RALEIGH, N.C. — As students marched in locales around the world Friday to demand action to fight climate change, protesters disrupted a meeting in Raleigh to update state plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2025. Gov. Roy Cooper set the ambitious goal a year ago and created a state Climate Change Interagency Council to help meet it. "This is an imperative for this administration," he said Friday. While the Southern Environmental Law Center, the League of Conservation Voters and other environmental advocates praised the plan, some protesters called it a "greenwash" that doesn't go far enough.
  • North Carolina: Licensing Raised In Red Light Camera Debate

    09/28/2019 8:27:52 AM PDT · by cutty · 8 replies
    The Newspaper ^ | 9/27/2019
    Wilmington, North Carolina renews deal with red light camera contractor that violated state engineering laws. The Wilmington, North Carolina City Council last week signed a red light camera contract renewal despite protests that the state had found the for-profit camera contractor in direct violation of the law. American Traffic Solutions (ATS, now known as Verra Mobility) was found to be practicing engineering without a license by the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors last year. The company has yet to remedy the violation, according to the city traffic engineer. Todd Platzer, a local resident, raised the issue...
  • North Carolina: Muslim used ice cream truck to lure, sexually assault boys

    11/05/2017 6:24:41 PM PST · by Rusty0604 · 29 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 11/05/2017 | Robert Spencer
    In Afghanistan and elsewhere in the Islamic world, this kind of behavior is broadly tolerated. Women are so devalued, men look to other men and boys for sexual pleasure. Also, the Qur’an promises not just virgins to the blessed, but boys like “scattered pearls”: Man used ice cream truck to lure, sexually assault children in North Carolina, police say,” Fox News, November 4, 2017 (thanks to David): A North Carolina man is accused of using an ice cream truck in October to lure and sexually assault at least two young boys, according to police. Isam Fathee Mohamed Rahmah, 51, of...