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Gay CIA Contractor Claims Dangerous Harassment in War Zone | abc13.com

“The reason I’m making this is, in the event that something happens to me, there’s evidence I’m in Afghanistan working as a contractor for the CIA,” he says quietly in the shaky video, stealing glances around him. “I don’t feel it’s very safe for me to be here. I don’t feel like I can work […]

The Digital Firehose: Terrorism isn’t just for Muslims, but that doesn’t fit the mainstream narrative

The Digital Firehose: Terrorism isn’t just for Muslims, but that doesn’t fit the mainstream narrative – I suspect there is a very interesting reason why this news trend doesn’t fit the narrative. If Muslims had been found to be burning black churches you can bet that would be news. Then whoever claimed responsibility would be […]

Petition Update · Sandra Bland Activists Interview Waller County Sheriff. Get Arrested. Twitter Springs Into Action! · Change.org

Well not only did they manage to talk to actual current inmates, former inmates…obtain the actual plastic trash bags used within the jail (to see if an adult human being could reasonably ‘hang’ him or herself with the type of bags used in the facility as the county is claiming Ms. Bland allegedly did)…they scored […]

Obama administration spied on German media, government – CNNPolitics.com

On Thursday, the German government’s intelligence coordinator, Günter Heiss, testified before a parliamentary investigative committee of the German parliament, the Bundestag, focused on the activities of the U.S. National Security Agency’s spying on Germany and the knowledge and/or role of German intelligence, the Bundesnachrichtendienst or BND.That the NSA was spying in German officials is not […]

Police Officer Shooting At Dog Hits Nearby Toddler, Leaves ‘Without Offering Help’

Ava Ellis was hit accidentally on the afternoon of June 19 when an officer fired at a charging dog at a home in Whitehall, in central Ohio, according to Columbus police. The department said another relative had flagged down the officer for help after the girl’s mother cut herself on glass.Ava’s parents, Andrea and Brad […]

Fine Gael stance on Neutrality ‘bizarre’ – Lynn Boylan MEP | Sinn Féin

“The report recommends possible mobilisation of European naval and airspace assets to the Black Sea and calls on NATO to continue to develop its cyber and missile defence capabilities. It also urges the Commission to support the Member states to increase their defence budget to 2%. “Fine Gael abstained from voting on many amendments concerning […]

▶ WikiLeaks Leaks Controversial Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Documents – YouTube

“The WikiLeaks release of the text comes ahead of the decisive TPP Chief Negotiators summit in Salt Lake City, Utah, on 19-24 November 2013. The chapter published by WikiLeaks is perhaps the most controversial chapter of the TPP due to its wide-ranging effects on medicines, publishers, internet services, civil liberties and biological patents.” Remember NATFTA? […]

Excellent Article from – Firedoglake

Another plaintiff, Jameel Algibhah, stated, “They have done a lot of damage to me and to my life. They messed up my life. I haven’t seen my family in a long time. My youngest daughter doesn’t even know me. I want to continue this lawsuit.”Algibhah declined a “request from FBI agents to attend certain mosques, […]

NSA Running a Massive IDS on the Internet Backbone – Schneier on Security

The effort is the latest known expansion of the N.S.A.’s warrantless surveillance program, which allows the government to intercept Americans’ cross-border communications if the target is a foreigner abroad. While the N.S.A. has long searched for specific email addresses and phone numbers of foreign intelligence targets, the Obama administration three years ago started allowing the […]

Media Lessons from Snowden Reporting: LA Times Editors Advocate Prosecution of Sources – The Intercept

But we realized from the start that the debate provoked by these disclosures would be at least as much about journalism as privacy or state secrecy. And that was a debate we not only anticipated but actively sought, one that would examine the role journalism ought to play in a democracy and the proper relationship […]

Israel bombs Gaza; Amnesty accuses Hamas | World War 4 Report

An Amnesty International report released May 26 charges that Hamas committed war crimes against Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip during last year’s Operation Protective Edge. “Hamas forces carried out a brutal campaign of abductions, torture and unlawful killings against Palestinians accused of ‘collaborating’ with Israel and others during Israel’s military offensive against Gaza,” the […]

If you’re a CIA employee it’s ok to torture people, but talk to a reporter? Go to jail. – Boing Boing

The Sterling case – – especially in light of Obama’s complicity in the cover-up of torture during the Bush administration – sends a clear message to people in government service: You won’t get in trouble as long as you do what you’re told (even torture people). But if you talk to a reporter and tell […]

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