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.”
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