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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 […]

Amtrak Passenger Claims DEA Agent Straight Up Stole $60 From His Wallet

Much of the criticism of civil forfeiture has been focused on instances of law enforcement officers taking cash — and often fairly small sums of cash — they suspect is tied to criminal activity. The process doesn’t require law enforcement to have any proof of a connection to a crime, and allows them to file […]

County sheriff has used stingray over 300 times with no warrant | Ars Technica

Stingrays, or cell-site simulators, can be used to determine location by spoofing a cell tower, but they can also be used to intercept calls and text messages. Once deployed, the devices intercept data from a target phone as well as information from other phones within the vicinity. For years, federal and local law enforcement have […]

Una muestra de arte recrea la celda diminuta donde el fallecido Herman Wallace pasó 42 años aislado | Democracy Now!

Hablamos con la artista Jackie Sumell de Nueva Orleans sobre su colaboración con el ex preso y miembro de la agrupación Panteras Negras, Herman Wallace. Como Democracy Now! informó en octubre de 2013, Wallace murió días después de ser liberado de casi 42 años en aislamiento, tras la anulación de su condena. Era uno de […]

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