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  • Microsoft Is About To Start Automatically Downloading Windows 10 Onto PCs

    02/03/2016 5:19:08 AM PST · by blam · 92 replies
    BI ^ | 2-3-2016 | Max Slater-Robins
    Max Slater-RobinsJanuary 3, 2016Microsoft has made Windows 10, the newest version of the operating system, a "recommended update," meaning that it will automatically download onto PCs, according to The Verge. PCs that are are running Windows 7 or 8.1, the two versions that preceded 10, will download the newest version of the operating system automatically, unless the user opts out of the update. Microsoft announced in October last year that Windows 10 would download automatically onto PCs, and has now started the process. Anyone who has a metered internet connection, with a data limit, will have to switch off the...
  • Kuwait court sentences two to death for spying for Iran, Hezbollah

    01/12/2016 3:30:42 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 1 replies
    reuters ^ | 01/12/2016
    One of the men given the death penalty was an Iranian convicted in absentia, and the other was a Kuwaiti who was in court. Other suspects were given sentences ranging from five to 25 years, and three were found innocent. Tensions between Shi'ite-ruled Iran and Sunni-ruled Gulf countries have escalated since a diplomatic dispute between Tehran and Riyadh erupted after Riyadh's execution of a prominent Shi'ite cleric this month.
  • Oregon Protesters find HIDDEN "Goverment" Surveillance Cameras

    01/17/2016 6:38:59 PM PST · by FreeAtlanta · 142 replies
    Our government using sophisticated equipment to watch the Oregon protesters, and probably a lot of other Americans.
  • Saeb Erekat's assistant suspected of spying for Israel

    01/16/2016 3:28:13 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 16/1/16 | Ido Ben Porat
    An assistant to Saeb Erekat, a long-time senior official in the Palestinian Authority (PA), has been arrested by PA security forces on suspicion of spying on behalf of Israel. Erekat has acknowledged the facts of the case, which were published by media based in Ramallah. The suspect is accused of working for Israel for the past 20 years. He is believed to be in a Palestinian intelligence facility at present. Erekat served as the secretary-general for the PLO and headed the Palestinian negotiating team during peace talks with Israel. He often threatened Israel with ended the security agreement and worked...
  • Obama Spies on His Enemies in Congress

    01/11/2016 9:47:35 AM PST · by Stayfree · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Jeannie DeAngelis
    Now, after learning that the Executive branch of the U.S. government spied on the Legislative branch, it’s less confusing as to why the former Speaker of the House, John Boehner (R-OH), and his compadre in the Senate, Mitch McConnell (R-KY), seemed so reticent in resisting this president.
  • Ted Cruz Is Right: NSA Reform Bill Allows More Spying

    12/15/2015 9:24:55 PM PST · by Isara · 25 replies
    National Journal ^ | December 15, 2015 | Brendan Sasso
    Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz clashed over their opposing votes on a key surveillance bill during Tuesday night's GOP debate, with each senator trying to establish himself as the strongest on national security.Rubio accused Cruz of hampering intelligence agencies by supporting the USA Freedom Act, which ended the National Security Agency's vast collection of millions of U.S. phone records. That information could have been critical in investigating the shooting in San Bernardino, California, Rubio argued. "We are now at a time where we need more tools, not less tools," the Florida Republican said. "And that tool we lost, the...
  • Trump Says He Supports Reauthorizing Patriot Act, NSA Metadata Collection

    01/04/2016 10:54:20 AM PST · by TBP · 63 replies
    Truth in Media ^ | Dec 7, 2015 | Barry Donegan
    "I tend to err on the side of security," said 2016 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on the Hugh Hewitt Show. 2016 Republican presidential candidate and billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump said that he supports reauthorizing the USA PATRIOT Act and bulk cell phone metadata collection by the National Security Agency in an interview on the Hugh Hewitt Show earlier this month. In the above-embedded clip, Hewitt asks Trump, “On metadata collection, Ted Cruz is glad the NSA got out of it. Marco Rubio wants it back. What’s Donald Trump think?” “Well, I tend to err on the side...
  • Obama NSA spied on Netanyahu, GOP congressman to protect Iran nuclear deal

    01/03/2016 8:21:09 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 13 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/03/16 | Herman Cain
    Enemies and friends: Obama promised change. He delivered. Friends are now enemies, and enemies are now friends This is not a sexy or juicy topic for a commentary, but it is a subject an informed reader should know about. Because, you’re not going to hear about it on the nightly news. Many have pointed out, and rightly so, that it’s hardly unheard of in geopolitics for friends to spy on each other. We all know the U.S. and Israel have done this to each other for years, which is why Jonathan Pollard spent so many decades behind bars. But when...
  • House intel committee opens probe of eavesdropping on Congress

    12/30/2015 11:46:13 AM PST · by amorphous · 81 replies
    Politico ^ | 30 Dec 2015 | Nolan D. McCaskill
    A House panel on Wednesday announced it is opening an investigation into U.S. intelligence collection that may have swept up members of Congress. The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence's announcement of the probe comes after a Wall Street Journal report that the U.S. collected information on private exchanges between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and members of Congress during ongoing negotiations for nuclear deal with Iran.
  • WSJ: White House Used NSA to Spy on Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu

    12/30/2015 5:32:05 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 40 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Dec 30, 2015 | Sharona Schwartz
    WSJ: White House Used NSA to Spy on Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu, Members of Congress, American Jewish Groups Dec. 30, 2015 7:23am Sharona Schwartz Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was the target of National Security Agency eavesdropping which also netted the private conversations of members of U.S. Congress and American Jewish groups, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. The alleged spying took place despite a promise two years ago by President Barack Obama -- after it was revealed that the NSA had listened in on German Chancellor Angela Merkel's phone calls -- that the U.S. "will not monitor the communications of...
  • Report: U.S. spying on Israel swept up members of Congress

    12/29/2015 4:08:44 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 20 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/29/2015 | NOLAN D. MCCASKILL
    U.S. spying programs scooped up communications between members of Congress and Israeli leaders, giving the White House insight into Israel’s lobbying of U.S. lawmakers against the Iran nuclear deal, current and former U.S. officials told The Wall Street Journal. The article, published Tuesday afternoon, reports that the U.S. continued to spy on select leaders of allied nations despite President Barack Obama’s pledge to curb such surveillance two years ago, and that it was a top priority to maintain spying on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his government. As part of that continued surveillance, the National Security Agency also swept...
  • Senators Question IRS Spying [semi-satire]

    11/02/2015 10:00:07 AM PST · by John Semmens
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 1 Nov 2015 | John Semmens
    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and ranking member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt) sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew demanding to know why the IRS is using secret cellphone tracking systems to spy on Americans. “This warrant-less eavesdropping appears to be a blatant invasion of privacy,” Grassley complained. “It’s precisely the kind of overbearing intrusiveness that our Constitution sought to prevent.” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen admitted the spying, but justified it as “necessary. We can’t allow a claim of privacy to deter us from gathering evidence against persons harboring anti-government animus or attempting to deny us access to...
  • Spying Case Against U.S. Envoy Is Falling Apart, and Following a Pattern[Robin Raphel]

    10/11/2015 11:18:39 AM PDT · by Theoria · 16 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 10 Oct 2015 | MATT APUZZO, MARK MAZZETTI and MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT
    Last fall, federal agents raided the home and office of Robin L. Raphel in search of proof that she, a seasoned member of Americas diplomatic corps, was spying for Pakistan. But officials now say the spying investigation has all but fizzled, leaving the Justice Department to decide whether to prosecute Ms. Raphel for the far less serious charge of keeping classified information in her home. The fallout from the investigation has in the meantime seriously damaged Ms. Raphels reputation, built over decades in some of the worlds most volatile countries. If the Justice Department declines to file spying charges, as...
  • Are there Uncleared Secret Service new-hires working at White House?

    06/10/2015 7:11:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/10/2015 | Ed Morrisey
    The Secret Service has had a bad couple of years, with prostitution scandals and security gaps that have embarrassed the agency — and in one instance, had an intruder running through the White House. As part of the effort to bolster security around the President, the agency has gone on a hiring spree, bringing in fresh talent to address some of the recent failures. The Washington Post’s Carol Leonnig, who has reported more than a few of those failures, now reports that the rush to man the posts has resulted in agents working in sensitive areas without the proper...
  • Report: Secret Service leaked information on Chaffetz

    09/30/2015 3:51:18 PM PDT · by TroutStalker · 27 replies
    Politico ^ | 09/30/15 | Lauren French
    The Secret Service leaked sensitive personal information to the press about Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz as the Utah Republican was investigating the beleaguered agency, an inspector general's report said Wednesday. The Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General issued a report on Wednesday that accused Secret Service Assistant Director Edward Lowery and other agency officials of plotting to leak information about Chaffetz, including his unsuccessful attempt to join the organization. The leaks were a highly unusual breach of decorum. Lawmakers often battle with agencies, but the fights mostly stay above board and focus on...
  • Feds Developed App That Predicts Psychological Status of Americans

    09/25/2015 6:05:36 PM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 9/25/15 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have developed a system that can predict the psychological status of users with smartphones and hope to private companies to bring the invention to the market.The technology appeared on a list of NIH inventions published in the Federal Register that are now available to be licensed by private companies. The government allows companies to license inventions resulting from federal research in order to expedite their arrival on the marketplace.The system uses smartphones to ask people how they are doing mentally during the day and based on the results can deliver an automated...
  • FBI testing 'intelligence collecting' technology at the Burning Man event in Nevada

    09/08/2015 7:29:08 AM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 38 replies
    NationalSecurity.news ^ | 09/07/2015 | Jon E. Dougherty
    (NationalSecurity.news) The FBI will send undercover agents to the annual Burning Man festival in Nevada to test new intelligence collecting technology aimed at combating terrorist activities, something the agency has admitted it has done since 2010. In response to a Freedom of Information Act request in 2012, the FBI said its Special Events Management unit has been maintaining files on attendees of the alternative lifestyle festival, who are known as burners, in an attempt to aid in the prevention of terrorist activities and intelligence collection. However, much of the FBIs 16-page response to the FOIA request is heavily redacted, the...
  • AT&T Helped U.S. Spy on Internet on a Vast Scale

    08/16/2015 2:46:05 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 5 replies
    NY Times ^ | 08/15/15 | The National Security Agencys ability to spy on vast quantities of Internet traffic passing through
    The National Security Agencys ability to spy on vast quantities of Internet traffic passing through the United States has relied on its extraordinary, decades-long partnership with a single company: the telecom giant AT&T. While it has been long known that American telecommunications companies worked closely with the spy agency, newly disclosed N.S.A. documents show that the relationship with AT&T has been considered unique and especially productive. One document described it as highly collaborative, while another lauded the companys extreme willingness to help. AT&Ts cooperation has involved a broad range of classified activities, according to the documents, which date from 2003...
  • Google's Satellites Could Soon See Your Face from Space

    08/13/2014 12:30:41 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 20 replies
    motherboard.vice.com ^ | Aug 11, 2014
    Two months ago, after much lobbying by the biggest satellite company in North America, DigitalGlobe, the US government relaxed restrictions to allow for commercially available satellite imagery up to 25 cm resolutiontwice as detailed as the previous limit of 50 cm. Now, the first commercial satellite set to capture these high-res images, DigitalGlobe's Worldview-3, will launch this Wednesday. The extra sharp images from Worldview-3 will greatly increase the maps' level of detail to the point where it can make out 10-inch objects, which means Google will soon be able to see manholes and mailboxes from its hired eyes in the...
  • CISA: the dirty deal between Google and the NSA that no one is talking about

    07/29/2015 10:43:18 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 29, 2015 | By Evan Greer and Donny Shaw
    One of the things that civil liberties activists like to lament about is that the general public seems to care more about Google and Facebook using their personal data to target advertising than the government using it to target drone strikes. The reality is that both types of abuse are dangerous, and they work hand in hand. Its hard to find a more perfect example of this collusion than in a bill thats headed for a vote soon in the U.S. Senate: the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, or CISA. CISA is an out and out surveillance bill masquerading as a...
  • Cuban Spies Jubilant with Their Fancy New Base in Washington D.C.

    07/24/2015 8:33:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 24, 2015 | Humberto Fontova
    Granted, Obama administration spokespersons and the mainstream media (but I repeat myself) describe this weeks event differently than does this column title. Something about a Cuban embassy formally opening? in Washington, D.C. ? If I read these things correctly? Nonetheless, the people actually in-the-know about these matters are cutting to the heart of the issue: All Cuban personnel now working in the [U.S] Interests Section [in Havana] work for Cuban State Security, said high-ranking Cuban intelligence defector Pedro Riera Escalante. All housing for [U.S.] officials may have microphones and other devices installed. "Virtually every member of Cuba's U.N mission is...
  • Verizon Allegedly Built A Fiber Optic Cable To Give The Feds Access To Communications

    06/11/2013 11:02:40 AM PDT · by yoe · 19 replies
    Business Insider ^ | June 10, 2012 | Michael Kelley
    For years Americans' right to privacy, as granted by the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, has come under threat as the country's surveillance systems have grown. After intelligence leaks by former National Security Agency employee Edward Snowden, however, the NSA's domestic dragnet is finally getting the attention that many people feel it deserves.
  • Did they get me?: Docs reveal long-time John Doe spying operation (WI)

    06/29/2015 9:52:20 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 18 replies
    Wisconsin Watchdog ^ | 6-29-15 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. Democrat Milwaukee County prosecutors tapped the email and text communications of conservative activists as part of a five-year probe aimed at bringing down Republican Gov. Scott Walker, affidavits reviewed by Wisconsin Watchdog reveal. One target of the spying operation told Wisconsin Watchdog the methods used to keep tabs on Wisconsin residents were like those of the National Security Agencys domestic spying program. It was actually worse because (Milwaukee County prosecutors) were taking the body of emails and looking at actual data, said the source, who asked not to be identified for fear of retribution from the prosecutors....
  • Sacre bleu! France summons US ambassador over NSA surveillance of past three presidents

    06/24/2015 9:29:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/24/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    The files of Edward Snowden continue to bring all sorts of damage to US intelligence and diplomacy. First came the documents that showed US intelligence had conducted surveillance in Germany, which led to months of strained diplomacy. Today it’s France’s turn to act shocked, shocked that its friends listen in on its sensitive communications: The French government reacted with anger on Wednesday to revelations about extensive eavesdropping by the United States government on the private conversations of senior French leaders, including three presidents and dozens of senior government figures.President François Hollande called an emergency meeting of the Defense Council...
  • Facebook's photo app will not be available in Europe

    06/20/2015 5:08:07 PM PDT · by BenLurkin
    Facebook's photo-sharing app Moments will not be made available in Europe due to concerns about its use of facial recognition, it has been revealed. The app, which allows users to share mobile-phone photos with friends without posting them publicly, was launched in the US this week. The Irish data regulator said that users must be given a choice about whether they want it, with an opt-in. There is currently no timetable for such a feature, said Facebook. Richard Allen, Facebook's head of policy in Europe said: "We don't have an opt-in mechanism so it is turned off until we develop...
  • Snowden is a Fraud

    06/15/2015 11:48:43 AM PDT · by Mozilla · 63 replies
    interpreter ^ | June 15, 2015 | John R. Schindler
    In the two years since the Edward Snowden saga went public, a handful of people who actually understand the Western signals intelligence system have tried to explain the many ways that the Snowden Operation has smeared NSA and its partners with salacious charges of criminality and abuse. Ive been one of the public faces of what may be called the Snowden Truth movement, and finally there are signs that reality may be intruding on this debate. No American ally was rocked harder by Snowdens allegations than Germany, which has endured a bout of hysteria over charges that NSA was listening...
  • Obama pushes ambitious Internet access plan

    08/13/2013 12:19:13 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Aug 13, 2013 | By Zachary A. Goldfarb
    President Obama liked the idea laid out in a memo from his staff: an ambitious plan to expand high-speed Internet access in schools that would allow students to use digital notebooks and teachers to customize lessons like never before. Better yet, the president would not need Congress to approve it. White House senior advisers have described the little-known proposal, announced earlier this summer under the name ConnectEd, as one of the biggest potential achievements of Obamas second term. Theres just one little catch the proposal costs billions of dollars, and Obama wants to pay for it by raising fees...
  • Report: China Dispatching Surveillance Vessels Off Hawaii

    06/05/2015 7:08:37 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 7 replies
    Military.com ^ | June 5 2015 | Wyatt Olson
    China has begun dispatching surveillance vessels off the coast of Hawaii in response to theNavy's monitoring activities of disputed islands in the South China Sea, according to the Taiwan newspaper Want China Times. The purported surveillance comes on the heels of raised tensions between China and the United States late last month. A Navy P-8A Poseidon surveillance plane was flying over the Spratly Islands near the Philippines and Malaysia when a Chinese radio dispatcher warned it several times to depart the airspace. China has been enlarging some of the uninhabited atolls by dredging up sand from the sea bottom, claiming...
  • Metadata Meets Its Master But Are We Less Safe As A Result?

    06/02/2015 2:37:31 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 5 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | June 2, 2015 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Since the NSA stopped collecting metadata about telephone calls on Sunday, May 31, 2015 (or was ordered to stop, anyway with this government, you never really know), many have declared that we are a less safe nation today. And this is true; we ARE a less safe nation today. But as usual, both the answer and the foundation for it are largely misunderstood, in a nation in which a biased press refuses to tell the whole story, and a disinterested public refuses to study the issues until the third presidential debate rolls around every four years. To answer the question...
  • FBI behind mysterious surveillance aircraft over US cities

    06/02/2015 7:24:58 AM PDT · by VerySadAmerican · 30 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 6/2/2015 | JACK GILLUM, EILEEN SULLIVAN and ERIC TUCKER
    WASHINGTON (AP) The FBI is operating a small air force with scores of low-flying planes across the country carrying video and, at times, cellphone surveillance technology all hidden behind fictitious companies that are fronts for the government, The Associated Press has learned.
  • The FBI is operating a small air force to spy on Americans

    06/02/2015 6:05:32 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 55 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Jun. 2, 2015 | Jack Gillum, Eileen Sullivan and Eric Tucker
    The FBI is operating a small air force to spy on Americans Associated Press Jack Gillum, Eileen Sullivan and Eric Tucker, Associated Press Jun. 2, 2015, WASHINGTON (AP) The FBI is operating a small air force with scores of low-flying planes across the country carrying video and, at times, cellphone surveillance technology all hidden behind fictitious companies that are fronts for the government, The Associated Press has learned. The planes' surveillance equipment is generally used without a judge's approval, and the FBI said the flights are used for specific, ongoing investigations. In a recent 30-day period, the agency...
  • States are fighting back against too much surveillance

    05/31/2015 7:50:25 AM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 2 replies
    Absolute Rights ^ | May 31, 2015 | Jon E Dougherty
    Americans have watched for years as Washington has steadily drained the states and the people of their autonomy, but the NSA surveillance scandal, such as it is, has proven to be one power grab too many for some. As such, according to Watchdog.org, some state governments are implementing an example that Congress can (and should) follow with regards to limiting electronic surveillance.
  • Mysterious low-flying plane over Twin Cities raises questions of surveillance

    05/29/2015 9:07:10 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 33 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 5-29-15 | Matt McKinney and John Reinan
    Aviation buff John Zimmerman was at a weekly gathering of neighbors Friday night when he noticed something peculiar: a small plane circling a route overhead that didn’t make sense to him. It was dark, so a sightseeing flight didn’t make sense, and when Zimmerman pulled up more information on an aviation phone app he routinely checks, he had immediate concerns. The plane’s flight path, recorded by the website flightradar24.com, would eventually show that it circled downtown Minneapolis, the Mall of America and Southdale Center at low altitude for hours starting at 10:30 p.m., slipping off radar just after 3 a.m....
  • Children Will Be Required to Turn in Their Parents

    05/26/2015 8:31:40 PM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 22 replies
    Sacra Pizza Man blog ^ | 5/26/2015 | Sacra Pizza Man
      Ten pages of Google search returns for “children turned in their parents” show no historical awareness today of the phenomenon, common in the Nazi and Communist eras.  Yet history as prophecy gives a complete picture of what will happen, when a radical ideology takes complete control of education, away from the parents, their first teachers in the family.  Time to start exercising self-censorship, so your young people don’t end up orphans under the state control of "the new family".
  • Rand Paul holding up surveillance bill, Senate Republicans divided

    05/22/2015 9:01:28 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 12 replies
    Politico ^ | May 22, 2015 | Seung Min Kim and Burgess Everett
    Rand is still standing. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), the libertarian firebrand and GOP presidential hopeful, isnt showing any sign hell relent and allow speedier votes in the Senate on controversial government surveillance programs, as weary and recess-hungry senators trudged through a rare Friday session with a packed to-do list. Paul said Friday that he hasnt yet agreed to accelerate procedural votes currently set for Saturday on dueling proposals to renew expiring provisions in the PATRIOT Act. He had signaled that he might relent if he secured votes on privacy amendments, but shortly before 10 p.m. he said...
  • Who Killed Michael Hastings?

    11/11/2013 6:40:27 AM PST · by Hotlanta Mike · 87 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | Nov 10, 2013 | Benjamin Wallace
    Reflexively distrustful, eager to make powerful enemies, the young journalist whose Mercedes exploded in Los Angeles one night couldnt possibly have died accidentally, could he? A t the end of his life, Michael Hastings, like many of the progressive journalists he counted among his friends, felt besieged by an overreaching government. Hastings was living in Los Angeles, and at a Beverly Hills theater in April, he took part in a panel discussion about the documentary War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State. Interviewed in May on The Young Turks, a talk show on Current TV, Hastings railed...
  • Rand Paul: I Call For The President to Obey the Law, End NSAs Unlawful Spying on Americans

    05/18/2015 5:47:57 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 18, 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    Here in front of Independence Hall, I call for the president to obey the law, Paul said when he took the microphone, as hundreds of his supporters shouted President Paul! President Paul! President Paul! outside Independence Hall after a separate event inside the Constitution Center across the street. The crowd went wild. The court said last week that it is illegal to collect all of your phone records all of the time without a warrant with your name on it, Paul said. I call on the president today to immediately end the bulk collection of our phone records.
  • Dont expect NSA surveillance to end anytime soon

    05/09/2015 8:53:45 AM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 12 replies
    Absolute Rights ^ | May 8, 2015 | Jon E. Dougherty
    On Thursday a federal appeals court ruled that the NSAs wholesale collection of Americans phone and Internet communications actually is not authorized by the controversial USA Patriot Act, as current and prior administrations have argued. As reported by The Wall Street Journal: The ruling greatly increases the pressure on Congress to make significant changesor end outrightthe surveillance program. The judges not only ruled against the phone program, but sharply criticized many of the legal theories upon which the U.S. government has built out its surveillance capabilities since the 2001 terror attacks.The Obama and Bush White Houses have used the Patriot...
  • Jeb Bush Praises Obamas Expansion of NSA Surveillance

    04/21/2015 6:18:09 PM PDT · by markomalley · 70 replies
    The Intercept ^ | 4/21/15 | Glenn Greenwald
    One of the most glaring myths propagated by Washington especially the two parties media loyalists is that bipartisanship is basically impossible, that the two parties agree on so little, that they are constantly at each others throats over everything. As is so often the case for Washington partisan propaganda, the reality is exactly the opposite: from trade deals to Wall Street bailouts to a massive National Security and Penal State, the two parties are in full agreement on the bulk of the most significant D.C. policies (which is why the leading candidates of the two parties (from Americas...
  • Amendment by Consent

    03/26/2015 9:05:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 26, 2015 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    Here is a short pop quiz. When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed Congress earlier this month about the parameters of the secret negotiations between the United States and Iran over nuclear weapons and economic sanctions, how did he know what the negotiators were considering? Israel is not a party to those negotiations, yet the prime minister presented them in detail. When Hillary Clinton learned that a committee of the U.S. House of Representatives had subpoenaed her emails as secretary of state and she promptly destroyed half of them -- about 33,000 -- how did she know she could get...
  • Israel spied on US nuke talks with Iran and then used inside info to lobby US Congress

    03/24/2015 9:30:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/24/2015 | Bryan Logan
    In a revelation that is bound to further erode an already tense relationship between the US and Israel, Israel has reportedly been spying on nuclear talks with Iran and then using the inside info to lobby members of Congress to kill the deal. Officials told The Wall Street Journal that the spying began last year after the US and other interested parties entered negotiations on slowing down Iran's nuclear program. This news comes after a tumultuous few weeks following Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to a joint session of Congress. In that address on March 3, Netanyahu passionately...
  • Report: Israel spied on US nuclear talks with Iran

    03/23/2015 8:58:53 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 43 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Tuesday, Tuesday, March 24, 2015 | Staff
    Not only did Israel spy on the P5+1 nuclear negotiations with Iran, but it angered Obama administration officials by using the information gleaned from its espionage efforts to drum up opposition to a nuclear deal among US lawmakers, The Wall Street Journal is reporting on Tuesday. The administration's discussions with Iran appear to be nearing an agreement, with Israeli officials resigned to the fact that the sides are about to strike what they call "a bad deal." According to the Journal, Israel spied on the talks as part of the Netanyahu administration's campaign to publicly build a case against the...
  • Superintendent Confirms Common Cores Pearson Spying on Kids Social Media Accounts

    03/15/2015 9:45:09 PM PDT · by null and void · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 15 Mar 2015 | Dr. Susan Berry
    The superintendent of the Watchung Hills Regional High School District in New Jersey has confirmed that she sent an email to fellow superintendents Tuesday about her concern that education publishing giant Pearson is monitoring childrens social media accounts for possible leaks about the Common Core-aligned PARCC tests.
  • Pearson, NJ, spying on social media of students taking PARCC tests

    03/13/2015 3:20:31 PM PDT · by OL Hickory · 7 replies
    Bob Braun's Ledger ^ | march 13th 2015 | Bob braun
    Pearson, the multinational testing and publishing company, is spying on the social media posts of studentsincluding those from New Jerseywhile the children are taking their PARCC, statewide tests, this site has learned exclusively.
  • Minnesota Legislators Hope to Update Constitution for Digital Data Privacy

    02/26/2015 5:39:57 AM PST · by TurboZamboni
    Pioneer Press ^ | 2-20-15 | David Montgomery
    (TNS) -- Pick another issue -- maybe any other issue -- and they'd be at each other's throats. But on Monday, the Minnesota Tea Party Alliance shared a stage with Occupy Minnesota, with the American Civil Liberties Union and an anti-Affordable Care Act advocacy group, with liberal DFLers and conservative Republicans. These unnatural allies agreed on one thing: limiting the ability of government to access electronic data. "There won't be many opportunities for you to see a group this ideologically diverse and bipartisan," said state Sen. Branden Petersen, R-Andover. Petersen, a Republican with libertarian leanings, wants to amend Minnesota's constitution...
  • What a shock: Pollard imprisonment based on lies

    02/24/2015 2:50:53 PM PST · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 2/24/15 | Carl in Jerusalem
    I really feel like slamming some of the chickens**t American Jews who regularly comment - both on this blog and on Twitter and Facebook - that Jonathan Pollard should rot in jail because what he did was so terrible they're afraid of being accused of having 'dual loyalties' if they actually question Pollard's life sentence. Much of the infamous Cap Weinberger memo (that Pollard's lawyers were never allowed to see) has been declassified, and it shows that much of the US government argument for keeping Pollard imprisoned is based on lies and mischaracterizes what Weinberger (an anti-Semite in his...
  • UN claim: ISIS selling, crucifying, burying children alive in Iraq

    02/04/2015 12:53:56 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 33 replies
    news24.com ^ | Feb. 4 2015 | Reuters
    Geneva - Islamic State militants are selling abducted Iraqi children at markets as sex slaves, and killing other youth, including by crucifixion or burying them alive, a United Nations watchdog said on Wednesday. Iraqi boys aged under 18 are increasingly being used by the militant group as suicide bombers, bomb makers, informants or human shields to protect facilities against US-led air strikes, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child said. "We are really deeply concerned at torture and murder of those children, especially those belonging to minorities, but not only from minorities," committee expert Renate Winter told a...
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    05/15/2013 6:11:52 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 234 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 15, 2013 | Duane Patterson
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    02/03/2014 9:46:02 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 1 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3 Feb 2014, 6:48 AM PDT | Dr. Susan Berry
    At a conference of the Annual Strategic Data Project (SDP) last year, Common Core "architect" and current president of the non-profit College Board, David Coleman,praised the collection of student data via the Common Core State Standards initiative. Furthermore, he welcomed to that effort members of Barack Obamas re-election campaign who, Coleman said, would be reaching out, as they did for the campaign, to the low-hanging fruit, or low-income and Latino students.In the video below, recorded last May by the Harvard Center for Education Policy Research CEPR, Coleman gave his audience several important pieces of information. First, Coleman admitted, as former...
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    01/26/2015 6:14:35 AM PST · by Opinionatedtoday · 5 replies
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