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Why Are Police Collecting Bloød and Saliva From Americans All Over the Country? | breakingbrown.com

According to the St. Louis Dispatch, local law enforcement officials there are questioning the legality of “federal roadside impaired driving checkpoints at which motorists were asked to voluntarily submit blood and saliva samples in exchange for cash.” In St. Louis, local officers say they were tricked into participating in a federal drunk driving study, according […]

The man who said Dr. Martin Luther King would have Supported the Iraq/Afghan Wars confirmed as homeland security chief

The Senate approved Johnson on a vote of 78-16 as part of a raft of confirmations pushed forward after a recent rule change stripped Republicans of their power to block nominees with a procedural roadblock known as a filibuster.Obama said in a statement he was pleased that Johnson was confirmed with broad bipartisan support.\”Jeh will […]

NSA considers amnesty for Snowden if he stops leaks — RT USA

Snowden, who is reportedly now working in Russia after being granted temporary asylum there in August, might be able to return to the US and avoid prosecution if the American government agrees to an amnesty deal that would likely put an embargo on the stolen cache of files.Asked by CBS News’ John Miller on Thursday, […]

How NSA Mass Surveillance is Hurting the US Economy | Electronic Frontier Foundation

In September, analysts at Cisco Systems reported that the fallout “reached another level,” when the National Institute of Standards and Technology NIST told companies not to use cryptographic standards that may have been undermined by the NSA’s BULLRUN program. The C isco analysts said that if cryptography was compromised “it would be a critical blow […]

How the FBI Conspired to Destroy the Black Panther Party – In These Times

    The first evidence to support Rush’s allegation surfaced in March 1971, when a group of anonymous activists who called themselves the “Citizens’ Commission to Investigate the FBI” broke into a small FBI office in Media, Pa. to expropriate more than 1,000 documents. In doing so, the Commission exposed the FBI’s “COINTELPRO” program, a […]

Everyone Is a Criminal: On the Over-policing of America | The Nation

It will surprise no one that Americans are not all treated equally by the police. Law enforcement picks on kids more than adults, the queer more than straight, Muslims more than Methodists — Muslims a lot more than Methodists—antiwar activists more than the apolitical. Above all, our punitive state targets the poor more than the […]

C.I.A. TIE REPORTED IN MANDELA ARREST – New York Times

  Reports that American intelligence tipped off the South African officials who arrested Mr. Mandela have circulated for years. Newsweek reported in February that the agency was believed to have been involved.Mr. Mandela is scheduled to visit the United States beginning June 20 for a five-city tour that will include talks with President Bush and […]

Mandela, the man once branded a ‘terrorist’ by the U.S. – Al Arabiya News

  By then the anti-apartheid icon had long left behind the jail cells where he was incarcerated for 27 years, and was already enjoying retirement and his status as one of the most revered statesmen of the 20th century after becoming South Africa’s first black president.In past years, U.S. officials have beaten a path to […]

Lawmakers sought ban on signature drone strikes – POLITICO.com

\”I just think it is time for us to consider this kind of perpetual war and also take into account: whats the blowback? Whats the negative consequences?\” Schakowsky said. \”Its a cost-benefit analysis as well, not just a moral question.\”Schakowskys amendment, which failed, 3-17, was discussed in general terms in a House report made public […]

Busting Eight Common Excuses for NSA Mass Surveillance | Electronic Frontier Foundation

  Even the NSA cannot point to a single terrorist attack they’ve stopped using the Patriot Act phone surveillance program that sweeps up virtually every phone record in the United States. They’ve thrown out many numbers claiming that the information was helpful in some capacity, including repeatedly claiming that it thwarted some 54 attacks, but […]

How Many Unnamed Officials Does It Take to Deny Civilian Deaths?

Of course, theres a chance these sources are telling the truth, and that its Afghan President Hamid Karzai whos making false claims. But the reliance on so many officials who have very specific criticisms of the Afghan story, but who cant stand behind them with their own names, is curious.Rodland reports that Karzais spokesperson Aimal Faizi […]

Textbooks Reassess Kennedy, Putting Camelot Under Siege – NYTimes.com

In general, the picture has evolved from a charismatic young president who inspired youths around the world to a deeply flawed one whose oratory outstripped his accomplishments. Averting war in the Cuban missile crisis got less attention and respect. Legislative setbacks and a deepening commitment in Vietnam got more. The Kennedy-era glamour seemed more image […]

School’s New Spy System Places Children Under Complete Surveillance

One such detector recorded a street argument in New Bedford, Mass. which was later connected to a criminal trial and the local district attorney, Sam Sutter, thought the warrantless recording would be admissible in court.“In my view legally,” Sutter said to the New York Times, “what is said and picked up by the ShotSpotter recording […]

Kerry believes Oswald acted with others in killing JFK | JPost | Israel News

WASHINGTON – US Secretary of State John Kerry believes Lee Harvey Oswald did not act alone when he shot and killed president John F. Kennedy in Dallas 50 years ago.Speaking to NBC’s Tom Brokaw, Kerry said he had “serious doubts” the Warren Commission, tasked with investigating the assassination of America’s 35th president, was adequate.“I certainly […]

Facial recognition, once a battlefield tool, lands in San Diego County | The Center for Investigative Reporting

Halverson fiddled with the tablet with his index finger a few times, and – without needing to ask the woman’s name or check her identification – her mug shot from a previous arrest, address, criminal history and other personal information appeared on the screen.Halverson had run the womans photograph through the Tactical Identification System, a […]

‘Isolation Booths’ in US Schools is as Shamefully Orwellian as One could get

State laws in Oregon and Washington allow schools to use “seclusion” or “isolation” rooms under specific circumstances, and only when every other way of dealing with a child who is a danger to himself or others has failed.Bate said her 10-year-old son, who is a “general student” at the school, was distraught after he witnessed […]

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