“When will the surveillance gathering conducted by the NSA turn into persecution”? tyranny has two stages. In the first “enemies” of the state are identified. Lists are created. Second: identified groups singled out for “corrective” action usually on an incremental basis, singled out for employment discrimination, travel restrictions, residency restrictions, inevitable incarcerations and worse.
Circuit Judge Jeffrey Dana Gillen: Heather Hironimus now under court orders to sign off on her 4-year-old being circumcised. If she refuses, she will be jailed. is officially in contempt of court. The judge says because she violated a 2012 parenting plan wherein she agreed with boy’s father to have their son circumcised, later changed her mind doesn’t believe the boy should be circumcised.
The US government has no external “need to manipulate” mass media outlets such as “Time magazine, for example, because there are Agency [CIA] people at the management level.”
New York Police Department official Zachary Tumin in charge of NYPD’s social media p̶r̶e̶s̶e̶n̶c̶e̶ propaganda; tweeted that innocent people shot by cops have “gone off their meds” and are “walking into police bullets.”
are there any more of these police run “black sites” that we don’t know about? This doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence for America’s future. If they can get away with this today, what will they try tomorrow? . When someone disappears without a trace, we have to accept the possibility that it could happen to us as well.
Ronald J Brockmeyer, whose court allegedly jailed impoverished defendants unable to pay fines of a few hundred dollars, has a string of outstanding debts to the US government dating back to 2007, according to tax filings obtained by the Guardian from authorities in Missouri.
The White House is trying to get 5.56 “armor piercing” rounds classified as “cop killer” bullets. But there’s only one problem: no cop has ever been killed by the “green-tipped” AR-15 ammunition. White House spokesman Josh Earnest: 5.56/.223-caliber M855 ball ammunition must be banned because it can shoot through bullet proof vests. While true, so can just about any rifle hunting round. Are they next?
When the Fitzgeralds’ 30-year-old pony, an American Miniature Horse, wandered out of its barn February 18, he made it 150 yards to a neighbor’s yard, decided to lie down and rest for a while. Neighbor called police, a sheriff’s deputy showed up, tried to get the pony named Gir to stand up. But Gir didn’t feel like getting up. So the officer shot Gir twice, killing the family pet.
OSU: all first-year students who attend at least half-time with one on-campus course will have to be fully vaccinated. OSU says new students will be required to submit proof of vaccinations, students who don’t will have a hold placed on their account. The school says it will grant exemptions for religious and medical reasons. US government openly admits vaccines can cause polio, seizures and death in published 'Vaccine Injury Table'
“Reliable estimates of the number of justifiable homicides committed by police officers in the United States do not exist,” average of 545 people killed by local and state law enforcement officers in US uncounted in country’s crime statistics every year for almost a decade. More Likely to Be Killed By Texting While Driving, Lightning, Alcoholism, Food Poisoning, Choking On Food, Obesity, Medical Errors than by Terrorists.
County attorneys and sheriffs in Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska joined the suit against Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper to reinstitute marijuana prohibition. Filed with the U.S. District Court in Denver, the lawsuit’s primary argument is that Amendment 64, the ballot measure approved by Colorado voters in 2012 that legalized marijuana for adults 21 years of age, “is preempted by federal law.
February 2013, Department of Justice started a pilot program allowing the ATF to process property related to drug offenses through administrative forfeiture, when weapons were also being seized. By Sept. 30, 2014, the ATF had seized and processed assets with a total value in excess of $19,300,000. Formerly, if it seized something "drug-related," it had to turn it over to the DEA or a US Attorney for processing. Now, it can handle forfeitures from start-to-finish.
When it comes to government regulation of the internet, the stake dramatically escalates far beyond simply the cost of service. The essay, When Net Neutrality Becomes Programmed Censorship argues the case that inevitably the web will eventually be assimilated into a Chinese styled content restrictive enforcement system.
Matt Fairbanks, Drug Enforcement Administration agent said rabbits could get addicted to pot, lose their natural instincts and sit around getting high all the time should a bill pass that would allow medical marijuana edibles in Utah, said he saw rabbits addicted to weed at illegal grow sites.
Vice President Joe Biden: “The affirmative task we have now is to actually create a new world order,”said the world’s leaders must adopt a new understanding of security. “Collective security today must encompass not only the security of nations,”“but also mankind’s security in a global environment vulnerable to debilitating changes wrought by man’s own endeavors.
Obama said he was concerned about Beijing’s plans for a far-reaching counterterrorism law that would require technology firms to hand over encryption keys, the passcodes that help protect data, and install security “backdoors” in their systems to give Chinese authorities surveillance access. US Trade Rep Michael Froman issued a statement criticizing China for doing same thing US DOJ is arguing the US should be doing.
More than two dozen Democrats in the House and Senate and one Republican want to give U.S. attorney general power to block sale of guns and explosives to known terrorists, and anyone who is “appropriately suspected” of being a terrorist. The Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act was introduced this week by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.)
The United Nations has renewed its warnings to Uruguay and the US states of Colorado and Washington that their cannabis legalisation policies fail to comply with the international drug treaties.
Google funded research team is to compute a“Knowledge-Based Trust score” for every web page, based on Google’s own “Knowledge Vault”, an automated database that determines “facts the web unanimously agrees on, web pages that provide information that contradicts or questions Google’s own established “truth”, will be bumped down the rankings.
In 2012, Sharpstown, a community of 66,000 located just southwest of Houston, declined to renew its contract with the constable’s office, essentially dismissing its cops, hired SEAL Security Solutions, a private firm, to patrol their streets, has seen a 61% decrease is crime.
Video footage of Los Angeles police officers shooting dead a homeless black man, aka Africa, has triggered an avalanche of protest on social media. The man had allegedly been just recently released after spending 10 years in a psychiatric facility.
A police officer in South Carolina has been fired after it was found his use of his taser on an unarmed 65-year-old man bound to a wheelchair was "inappropriate."
Measure seeks “to avoid disorder, to support the legitimately constituted authority and to reject any aggression, facing it immediately and with the necessary means”. While some people supported the measure, opposition politicians, human rights activists and citizens condemned the announcement, especially through social networks.
Because he can’t get Congress to approve the things that he wants to do, Barack Obama has apparently decided to rule by decree for the rest of his time in the White House.
The Guardian published an eye-opening report about the police of Chicago. According to the newspaper, Chicago police officers, as it turns out, detain Americans at "black sites." The sites are very similar to those the CIA uses worldwide for interrogation and torture of suspected terrorists.
In a vote tomorrow, the Federal Communications Commission is expected to reclassify the Internet as a public utility under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. Despite this change in the function of the web, no Congressional debate took place, no bills were introduced and no legislation was signed. Majority of Americans unaware that this is taking place, news networks are offering scant coverage.
A new intelligence assessment, circulated by the Department of Homeland Security focuses on domestic terror threat from right-wing sovereign citizen extremists. Some federal and local law enforcement groups view the domestic terror threat from sovereign citizen groups as equal to — and in some cases greater than — the threat from foreign Islamic terror groups, such as ISIS, that garner more public attention.
In a letter to D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser, two Republican congressmen Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), chair of the appropriations subcommittee that handles D.C.’s budget, warned not to move forward with legalization in the District, claiming that to do so would be a violation of federal law.
The Guardian has reported that Chicago Police are operating a secret detention facility that mirrors the CIA’s “black sites.” From violations of due process to torture, the revelations raise serious concerns about the deteriorating state of freedom and justice in the United States.
Sarah Ericsson had 21st birthday party at boyfriend's house last weekend. Passers-by thought they said 'IS' - an abbreviation for Islamic State group The police paid a visit to her boyfriend's house in Karlskrona on Monday Couple were asked to remove them.
New York State Senator Tony Avella (D-Queens), advocate for stringent gun control has turned his sights on machetes. Avella :“The fact anyone can purchase this potentially lethal tool is just crazy.” “Switchblades and gravity knives” already banned in New York, “machetes considered the same as butcher knives” and have remained legal. Avella will introduce legislation to reverse that. If signed into law, possession of a machete could lead to years behind bars.”
Michigan ranks among the worst for civil asset forfeiture and in 2013 took one of the nation’s biggest hauls. Many of the people targeted in the raids in which their cash and property were seized were never charged with a crime.
Shoppers at the Mall of America need to be "particularly careful" after a terror group singled out the Minnesota super-mall for attacks; Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.
In the near future, authorities may have “augmented detainee restraints” that deliver electric shocks, sedatives, and paralytic drugs to detainees. Scottsdale Inventions filed a patent application for just such a device.
Tensions flared after masked protesters started throwing stones at police officers. Security forces used water cannons to disperse the crowds. A policeman was wounded and taken to a local hospital. At least 25 protesters were arrested – including one for carrying a weapon and another for throwing a projectile.
Convicted of extortion and illegal gambling, Savannah's former police chief Willie Lovett will continue to collect a pension worth nearly $130,000 a year while he serves 7 ½ years in federal prison. City Attorney Brooks Stillwell: state law that forces convicted public employees to surrender a chunk of their pensions can't be applied to the ex-chief.
Security experts have rightly insisted all along, requiring companies to keep a repository of keys to unlock those backdoors makes the key repository itself a prime target for the most sophisticated attackers—like NSA and GCHQ.
Researchers at Stanford University and Israel’s defense research group Rafael have created a technique they call PowerSpy, which they say can gather information about an Android phone’s geolocation merely by tracking its power use over time.
Furious campaign groups across the UK have rejected the government’s proposed ‘pay to protest’ measures, warning they will not hire private companies to facilitate anti-government rallies. Metropolitan Police said campaign groups organizing demonstrations will now have to pay for related traffic management, including road closures, stewards and barriers.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police has labelled the "anti-petroleum" movement as a growing and violent threat to Canada's security, raising fears among environmentalists they face increased surveillance, and possibly worse, under government's new terrorism legislation, identifies "activity that undermines the security of Canada" as anything that interferes with the economic or financial stability of Canada or the country's critical infrastructure.
Italian security officials said they will deploy 5,000 soldiers in Rome and other sensitive sites and potential targets around the country after IS declared it will invade Italy’s capital city and take the Vatican.
Who opposes a free and open Internet? Answer: government. Who do activists beg to protect Internet freedom? Government. Trusting the government to run the Internet is like trusting the NSA to never spy on Americans. If the FCC’s plan to regulate the Internet is so wonderful, why can’t the American people read it before it goes into effect?
1.Companies Supplying food for prisons 2. Telecommunications: person accepting prisoners call pays up to $1.13 per minute 3. Healthcare Companies: prison healthcare, 4. Telemarketing: prisoners working call centers 5. Clothing: Victoria’s Secret hired inmates to sew lingerie. 6. Technology Sector: cheap labor 7. Bail Industry: 8. Food Processing and Packaging: 9. Agriculture: source of farm labor.
Commissioners approved paying $65,000 Tuesday to a man who sued the city last year after being arrested while trying to buy a slice of pizza at a beach restaurant. Lyle Gluck sued Officer John Hospodavis in federal court, saying the police officer had no reason to think Gluck "had committed, was committing, or was about to commit any criminal offense."
Bellefontaine, Missouri police officer says he was ordered to issue a certain number of traffic tickets and even make a certain number of traffic arrests, or be fired, mandate was actually put in writing, officers had to issue at least 50 traffic tickets, parking violations each month.
NSA figured out how to hide spying, sabotage software in hard drives, found personal computers in 30 countries infected with spying programs. Most infections in Iran, Russia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, Mali, Syria, Yemen, Increased year Obama elected, run on computers even when not connected to Internet, launches every time a computer is turned on.
The NSA has figured out “how to hide spying software deep within hard drives made by Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba and other top manufacturers,” reports Joe Menn at Reuters, which gives the agency “the means to eavesdrop on the majority of the world's computers.”
Congressman Dana Rohrabacher blasted San Francisco’s local U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag Sunday, saying she was “breaking the law” in her attempts to seize major Bay Area dispensaries Harborside Health Center and Berkeley Patients Group.
Bill amends the Ukrainian criminal code to make “public denial or justification of the Russian military aggression against Ukraine in 2014-2015” a felony. The ‘crime’ would carry a penalty ranging from a heavy fine and up to a five-year jail term
Executive Orders signed by President Obama, if successful, would make M855 .223 rounds illegal and classified as “armor-piercing.”
By 2016, there will likely be a 6-foot tall police robot patrolling the streets and handing out parking tickets. The Telebot, developed by Florida International University’s Discovery Lab, has been field-tested and is undergoing final tune up.
Some schools are getting tougher on e-cigarettes, even punishing possession of the devices more harshly than regular cigarettes, schools have folded e-cigarettes into their anti-tobacco policies, which typically punish students with detention, a letter home and sometimes a tobacco education class.
IRS Commissioner Apologizes For Seizing Small Business Bank Accounts
In the South Carolina prison system, accessing Facebook is an offense on par with murder, rape, rioting, escape and hostage-taking.
FBI denies any epidemic of racism among American law enforcement, but admits to cynicism and unconscious bias by the nation’s cops. FBI Director James Comey made the remarks Thursday at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, at a discussion about “the relationship between law enforcement and the diverse communities we serve.”
Alabama policeman has been charged with assault after a man recently arrived from India said he was left partially paralyzed when an officer threw him to the ground during a morning walk, alleging race factored into his treatment. FBI investigating. Police officials in Madison, Alabama, apologized to Patel and his family. One of the officers involved arrested on an assault charge,officials recommended he be fired.
University of Michigan launched $16,000 campaign, warning students not to use “unacceptable words” that might be “offensive” and not “inclusive,” include “crazy,” “insane,” “retarded,” “gay,” “tranny,” “gypped,” “illegal alien,” “fag,” “ghetto” and “raghead. Not far of a leap to warnings not to deviate from “allowed” political opinions.
More than a dozen small towns reap more from traffic-court fees and fines than from sales or property taxes, each with large black populations. In Ferguson, population 21,000, such revenue was the second-largest source of income, $2.6 million of $20 million collected. Overall, city issued three arrest warrants per household, traffic-fine revenue increasing 44 percent since 2011.
Lawmaker in Oklahoma has introduced a bill to officially give most lawmakers, judges, appointees and holders of high office immunity from prosecution. The bill proposes to strip away the ability of a local level prosecutor, such as a district attorney, from being able to bring charges against anyone holding a government position.
Americans bought SBB, largest cable television network in Serbia, exercise control over “Prva TV”, founded CNN outlet “TV N1″, bought shares of internet portal Serbian daily “Blic”, bought one Belgrade daily. Control flow of information in Serbia, in a position to create public opinion in Serbia.
Net neutrality activists bodyslammed, dragged from Republican FCC commissioner Ajit Pai’s press conference for holding up this banner: “85% of Republican Voters Support Net Neutrality”
To keep them alive young minority males should not be allowed to possess firearms; former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, maintained that 95 percent of murders in the US involved a minority male aged between 15 and 25.
Deep Face ability to read features in a variety of lighting conditions and angles the way human eyes are able to, uses an algorithmic technique called “Deep Learning”. By drawing on constants from an existing image data, program is able to learn to recognize pixel patterns in new faces and become more accurate in identifying people’s faces, able to analyze faces as eyes, mouths, and ears instead of pixels.
Are you, your family or your community at risk of turning to violent extremism? That’s the premise behind a rating system devised by the National Counterterrorism Center, according to a document marked For Official Use Only and obtained by The Intercept. The document–and the rating system–is part of a strategy for Countering Violent Extremism, calls for local community and religious leaders to work together with law enforcement, other government agencies. The White House has made this approach a centerpiece of its response to terrorist attacks around the world.
Samsung New “SmartTV” collects users’ speech as part of its voice command interface, may pass it on to third parties, even if it’s “personal” or “sensitive.” Policy informs users the company will “collect, use, share, and store information” gathered by the device, Samsung warns customers to watch what they say around the TV. “Please be aware if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among data captured and transmitted to a third party through Voice Recognition.
themselves to expired foodstuffs discarded by a supermarket guilty of theft. The convicts claim to be 'freegans' trying to live outside of a consumerist society.
Brandon Duncan, who raps as Tiny Doo, spent eight months in jail on "gang conspiracy" charges from several shootings in San Diego . Prosecutors admit he wasn't at the scene of the crimes,they have no evidence linking him to the shootings , has no criminal record, says he had no knowledge of the crimes. But the district attorney charged him because he raps about shootings.
Norwegian lawmakers are working on a bill to introduce a national ban on begging in the streets and even want to extend it by proposing jail for helping the homeless with money, food or shelter.
Jonathan Hardin, 31, Louisville police officer, suspended without pay following his arrest on charges of first- and fourth-degree assault, official misconduct, wanton endangerment and false swearing, accused of pushing and striking a boy across the fac at middle school cafeteria "without justification," The officer charged the juvenile with menacing and resisting arrest, despite having no probable cause, believed the child to have cut the lunch line.
Killed By Police has logged at least 91 people killed by police in the month of January alone. At least 1,106 killed in 2014. FBI collects their statistics only from reports voluntarily given to them by law enforcement agencies. 750 agencies, or 4 percent, out of 17,000 law enforcement entities across the United States offered this data to the FBI.
Commissioner Bill Bratton: The SRG (Strategic Response Group) will be tasked with handling certain situations, designed for dealing with events like protests, or incidents like Mumbai or Paris,” responding to protests and terrorist attacks require "overlapping skills." “They’ll be equipped with all the extra heavy protective gear, long rifles and machine guns.
Police in Groveland, Florida responding to a burglary alarm that was accidentally tripped upon Jean Guirand’s return home with his family, entered the house without announcing themselves, and upon seeing the 11-year-old held her down at gun point, pressed their knees down onto her back and yelled at her threateningly, as though she could somehow be a burglar.
Teachers once graded students [only] on traditional math or English skills, they now judge attributes such as grit, gratitude or being sensitive to others. Districts are changing their report cards to reflect the new Common Core State Standards.”
San Francisco deputy public defender Jami Tillotson was arrested on Tuesday outside a courtroom in the city’s Hall of Justice after officers say she resisted arrest and interfered with a police investigation. Tillotson says she was just doing her job and advising her client of his right not to be questioned without an attorney present.
A New York cop was caught on camera drawing his gun at a group of teenagers playing in the snow and holding them on their knees, after responding to calls of disturbance. Police deny that the officer acted inappropriately. While admitting that "the video looks terrible," New Rochelle Police Department claims it's taken "out of context."
Law is a weapon in the hands of the government for use against the American people. The Barrett Brown case proves that despite all facts, the government can convict whomever it wants of whatever it wants. This power is now being used to shut down independent journalism. Those who “have nothing to hide” have much to fear.
Towels, robes, and bed sheets, are now being tracked by a number of hotels with a small embeddable R.F.I.D. microchip thereby identifying when any inventory ends up missing.
Surveillance footage from Vanguard Middle School in Baltimore shows a school police officer beating a 13-year-old girl with a baton during a scuffle involving two other students in October. All three girls were hospitalized with injuries they sustained from the officer,
Sheriff Ric Bradshaw Palm Beach County: If you see protesters, and you can’t back up, stopping will make you an easy target for violence. If you are driving it is up to them to move, so sit as low as possible in your car and accelerate forward. If you run over protesters, your safety comes first, they shouldn’t have been there in the first place, important not to stop. If they are injured, they brought it on themselves.”
Beginning in 2016, passengers attempting to pass through a federal TSA checkpoint will be subject to requirements of the REAL ID Act. TSA will put higher scrutiny on travelers’ identities, and will only accept a federal passport or a “REAL-ID” card, which is issued by the states to meet federal requirements. Passengers will not be allowed to fly through an American airport without submitting to the advanced federal specifications.
French government producing a poster that is supposed to help identify potential jihadists , one suggestion that giving up baguettes is a telltale sign, claim that someone is being radicalised by Islamist fanatics include alarm bells such as losing interest in sports, rejecting members of their family and changing eating habits.
Provisions of the legislation would expand Canadian Security Intelligence Servicepowers to "disrupt terrorism offenses and terrorist activity;" make it easier for law enforcement agencies to carry out preventive detentions, allow them for longer time, make it easier to federal agencies to share information, give law enforcement agencies power "to disrupt terrorism offenses and terrorist activity.
Spain's Council of Ministers has developed a new strategic plan to combat radicalization, extremism and the spread of jihadism, a statement from the country's Internal Ministry said Friday. will target three areas Spain, outside of Spain, as well as internet. The plan would have three points of action before, during and after the process of radicalization,
Police Commissioner Bratton: new 350 cop unit, Strategic Response Group, dedicated to "disorder control and counterterrorism protection capabilities" against attacks like hostage situation in Sydney, NYPD's Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence John Miller said was an inevitability in NYC. dealing with events like recent protests, equipped with extra heavy protective gear, long rifles and machine guns, sometimes necessary in these instances."
Federal, state and local governments can take your belongings, whether or not you have done anything wrong. Attorney General Eric Holder announced earlier this month that he was “suspending” federal government participation in certain forms of asset forfeiture, did nothing to address state forfeiture laws, which account for greatest amount of forfeiture activity.
Dr. Udo Ulfkotte, editor of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, one of Germany’s largest newspapers: he accepted news stories written and given to him by the CIA and published them under his own name. Much the deception was to drive nations toward war. Corruption of journalists and major news outlets by the CIA is routine, accepted, widespread in media, journalists who do not comply cannot get jobs at any news organization, their careers cut short.
The Drug Enforcement Administration abandoned an internal proposal to use surveillance cameras for photographing vehicle license plates near gun shows in the United States to investigate gun-trafficking, the agency's chief said Wednesday.
Billionaire Bill Gates called for “a kind of global government” this week, arguing that the creation of such a system “badly needed” in order to combat an array of issues ailing the planet major issues such as “climate change.”
Mississippi the poorest state in the union. Over 24% of its population lives in poverty. The state refused to accept free federal money that would expand its Medicaid program under Obamacare. Mississippi now wants to prevent a doctor from offering his services to the poor, free of charge, take his license away.
State and local law enforcement officialsencouraged to submit face prints, fingerprints, retina scans, photos of tattoos and scars, and DNA collected from people arrested nationwide to FBI’s central database. Those state and local officials can also search against the FBI’s biometrics store, if they want to identify someone.
proposal by the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to include screening of passengers' social media accounts in security control procedures at airports will severely infringe freedom of speech; Joe McNamee, Executive Director of European Digital Rights.
Representative Mike Honda (D-CA) has introduced a bill for consideration of the new Congress which would prohibit the ownership of certain types of body armor for civilians. H.R. 378 would make it a crime to own Type III body armor which would be punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
The Drug Enforcement Administration has been collecting information about millions of people in the US with a semi-secret networks of automated license plate-readers. Its main purpose is for enabling law enforcement to take people's money without charging them of any crime.
Internal Revenue Service is considered to be a Bureau of the Department of the Treasury; like the Federal Reserve, it is not part of the Federal Government (Diversified Metal Products v. IRS l. CV-93-405E-EJE U.S.D.C.D.I.; Public Law 94-564; Senate Report 94-1148, pg. 5967; Reorganization Plan No. 26; Public Law 102-391), was incorporated in Delaware in 1933, are in fact a collection agency for the Federal Reserve, because they do not collect any taxes for the U.S. Treasury. All funds collected are turned over to the Federal Reserve. IRS, the Fed, the IMF, the UN are criminal private corporations that are responsible for destroying economy of USA and many other countries.
US military looks to enable drones to hunt in ‘coordinated packs’ with minimal human supervision. The Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) will host a number of meetings in March to discuss how aircraft could work together to find, identify and engage targets with fewer humans controlling them.
San Francisco police say they are now investigating a cell phone video that has surfaced, showing a SF Police officer shoving a paralyzed man and attempting to tip him out of his wheelchair. Fortunately, the man seen in the wheelchair, Bo Frierson was wearing his seatbelt or he would have been thrown to the concrete without the ability to brace for the fall. -
The legislation covers offences such as demonstrating outside parliament buildings or strategic installations after parliament approved Public Security Law last month. The bill is heavily criticised by opposition parties and human rights groups as an attempt by the government to muzzle protests over its handling of Spain’s financial crisis.
America is now a closed-mind country. Minds are closed by ideological agendas, by narrow private interests, and by the view that only conspiracy kooks dissent from official explanations. Dissent and protest are gradually being criminalized. The government does not succeed all at once, but gradually step by step. Before too long we will have to believe the most fantastic stories or be arrested. That is the path that government and ideologues have us on.
Edward Snowden, former contractor for the National Security Agency who leaked thousands of pages of previously classified NSA intelligence documents: Apple's iPhone has "special software" that authorities can activate remotely to be able to gather information about the user. Apple said the company has never been involved with the NSA in the creation of backdoor software for any of the company's products.
A TSA agent convicted of stealing more than $800,000 worth of goods from travelers said this type of theft is “commonplace” among airport security. Almost 400 TSA officers have been fired for stealing from passengers since 2003, used X-ray scanners to locate the most valuable items to snatch. “I could tell whether it was cameras or laptops or portable cameras or whatever kind of electronic was in the bag.”
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