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on June 21, 2013 in World News

The Man who helped create the NSA spying program

William Binney is a former highly placed intelligence official turned whistleblower with the United States National Security Agency (NSA),[1] resigning on October 31, 2001 after over 30 years with the agency. In September 2002, he, along with J. Kirke Wiebe and Edward Loomis, asked the U.S. Defense Department to investigate the NSA for allegedly wasting “millions and millions of dollars” on Trailblazer, a system intended to analyze data carried on communications networks such as the Internet. Binney had been one of the inventors of an alternative system, ThinThread, which was shelved when Trailblazer was chosen instead. Binney has also been… View Article

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on June 21, 2013 in World News

Senators introduce bill to block US arming Syria militants

Four bipartisan US senators have introduced a bill aimed at prohibiting the administration of President Barack Obama from providing military assistance to militants in Syria. The legislation was introduced on June 20 by Democrats Tom Udall and Chris Murphy and Republicans Mike Lee and Rand Paul in an effort to bar the US Department of Defense and spy agencies from feeding anti-Syria Takfiri militants. On June 14, Obama ordered his administration to provide the militants with weapons, which include assault rifles, shoulder-fired rocket-propelled grenades and anti-tank missiles. Rand Paul said in a statement that the “president’s unilateral decision to arm… View Article

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on June 21, 2013 in World News

Whistleblower says NSA spying on Politicians and Judges

                  Russ Tice, a former intelligence analyst and Bush-era NSA whistleblower, claimed Wednesday that the intelligence community has ordered surveillance on a wide range of groups and individuals, including high-ranking military officials, lawmakers and diplomats. He also made another stunning allegation. He says the NSA had ordered wiretaps on phones connected to then-Senate candidate Barack Obama back in 2004. “They went after–and I know this because I had my hands literally on the paperwork for these sort of things–they went after high-ranking military officers; they went after members of Congress, both Senate… View Article

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on June 21, 2013 in World News

Putin claims proof Syrian rebels used chemical weapons

WASHINGTON – Debate whether the Syrian government or the Syrian opposition  used chemical weapons on civilians has been dealt a twist with a  little-publicized revelation by Russian President Vladimir Putin his country has  evidence chemical laboratories in Iraq produced weapons for the Sunni  rebels. Putin’s revelation came at the end of last week’s G8 Summit of industrialized  nations and aligns with an earlier report out of the Middle East that former  Baath regime officials of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, who are Sunnis, are  involved in the production and procurement of such weapons for those fighting  the government of President Bashar… View Article

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on June 21, 2013 in World News

Supreme Court’s authority faces stunning challenge

A coalition of Christian organizations is warning that the U.S. Supreme Court  does not have the power to redefine the institution of marriage, which predates  government, churches and even religion. The  statement comes just as the court is expected to release its ruling on the  Proposition 8 case in California and the federal Defense of Marriage Act. In the Proposition 8 case, a homosexual judge in California ruled that the  state’s voters did not have the right to limit marriage to one man and one  woman. Voters approved an amendment in 2008 defining marriage only months after  the state Supreme… View Article

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on June 21, 2013 in World News

FBI ‘justified’ in every shooting since 1993 – report

It’s standard operating procedure for the FBI to conduct an internal investigation when an agent shoots a suspect. Questions are being raised, though, after a report found that every single intentional shooting in the past 20 years was deemed ‘justified.’ Between 1993 and early 2011 FBI agents fatally shot 70 people and  wounded approximately 80 others. In no incident, including one  that led to a $1.3 million payout for a victim wrongfully  identified as a bank robber, was an agent wrong to fire their  weapon. The records were obtained by The New York Times through a  Freedom of Information Act… View Article

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on June 21, 2013 in World News

Gun Manufacturer Moving To SC Due To Conn. Gun Control Laws

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — Less than a week after Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed gun restrictions into law in April, gun manufacturer PTR Industries said it intended to leave the state to avoid the damage it expected to be inflicted on its business. On Wednesday, the rifle manufacturer kept its promise, announcing it will move to Aynor, S.C. “One hundred percent of our product line is now illegal in Connecticut due to that law,” said John McNamara, the company’s vice president for sales. He offered few details of the relocation, saying that a formal announcement and ribbon-cutting are scheduled… View Article

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on June 21, 2013 in World News

Revealed: the top secret rules that allow NSA to use US data without a warrant

Top secret documents submitted to the court that oversees surveillance by US intelligence agencies show the judges have signed off on broad orders which allow the NSA to make use of information “inadvertently” collected from domestic US communications without a warrant. The Guardian is publishing in full two documents submitted to the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (known as the Fisa court), signed by Attorney General Eric Holder and stamped 29 July 2009. They detail the procedures the NSA is required to follow to target “non-US persons” under its foreign intelligence powers and what the agency does to minimize data… View Article

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on June 21, 2013 in World News

Sen. Mike Lee: ‘Banana Republic Quality’ to Harry Reid Rushing Immigration Bill

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) said on the Senate floor Thursday evening that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s tactics rushing through the “Gang of Eight” immigration bill are like those that would be used by a third-world dictator. Lee’s fiery comments came during a colloquy with Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) in which the two were fighting against Reid’s rush to pass the immigration bill. “I find it repugnant to the system of government under which we are supposed to be operating,” Lee said of Reid allegedly pushing the bill to a vote in less than a week. “I find it even… View Article

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on June 20, 2013 in World News

NSA Boss Asks Congress For Blanket Immunity For Companies That Help NSA Spy On Everyone

This will come as no surprise to anyone, but NSA boss General Keith Alexander is pestering Congress for a new law which would provide blanket immunity for companies helping the NSA collect data on everyone. Gen. Keith Alexander has petitioned Capitol Hill for months to give Internet service providers and other firms new cover from lawsuits when they rely on government data to thwart emerging cyberthreats. Basically, he’s arguing that if the NSA orders companies to do something illegal, the companies shouldn’t be liable for that.  There’s some logic behind that, because when you get an order from the government,… View Article

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