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UK detains Greenwald’s partner under Terrorism Act, confiscates electronics

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Glenn Greenwald (left) and his partner David Miranda (right) The partner of journalist Glenn Greenwald was held at Heathrow airport under the UK Terrorism Act for the maximum time allowed before pressing charges. Amnesty International dubbed the move an unwarranted revenge after Greenwald revealed NSA spy programs. David Miranda was passing through London en route from Berlin to Rio de Janeiro, where... 

White House denies DNI Clapper will head ‘independent’ NSA review group

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US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. After insisting that the government’s unprecedented capability to monitor communications must be assessed by an independent panel with regards to maintaining the trust of Americans, President Barack Obama has announced the formation of a new review group. A memo issued Monday by the White House said James Clapper, the United States director of national... 

US Politicians Given Invisible License Plates to Avoid Fines

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There are rules for the common people and rules for their “leaders,” and only in rare cases do the same rules cover both. Chris Morran at the Consumerist points out how politicians (yet again) are being allowed to ignore the same laws that affect their constituents. Colorado legislators are immune from speeding tickets and parking tickets thanks to the special plates issued to lawmakers — ones... 

Americans offer to serve Manning’s prison term for him

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Supporters of Bradley Manning are willing to put their life on the line and serve part of his potential 136-year prison sentence and are urging the military judge in charge of the case to consider this option. The online petition titled “I Will Proudly Serve Part of Bradley Manning’s Sentence,” has gathered more than 2,500 signatures out of 3000 needed to submit it to Major General... 

French court overturns ban on Monsanto corn

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One of France’s top courts has thrown out a ban on genetically modified corn, which had been in place since March 2012, leaving the door open for Monsanto’s GMO seed to be introduced into the country’s farmland. The decision by the top administrative court on Thursday argued that the moratorium on the GMO MON810 corn, one of two types of genetically altered crops approved by the European Union,... 

MP wants to outlaw Russian dash cam videos

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The trace of a flying object in the sky over Chelyabinsk / still from a dashboard camera Posting videos from a vehicle’s dashboard camera online violates the Russian constitution and should be banned, the head of the Lower House mass media committee has said. Aleksei Mitrofanov spoke at a Tuesday roundtable dedicated to protection of children from the hazards of the internet, in particular obscenities... 

NSA holds emergency hearing to fight off anti-surveillance amendment in Congress

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The National Security Agency has invited certain members of Congress to a top secret, invitation only meeting to discuss a proposed amendment that could end the NSA’s ability to conduct dragnet surveillance on millions of Americans. A letter circulated only to select lawmakers early Tuesday announced that NSA Director General Keith B. Alexander would host a question and answer session with members... 

US House urged to drop anti-NSA bill

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NSA director General Keith B. Alexander met with lawmakers on Tuesday. The Obama administration tried on Tuesday to slow Congressional lawmakers’ opposition to the National Security Agency’s spying operations in the United States. Lawmakers in the House of Representatives have proposed amendment to a military appropriations bill that would stop the financing for NSA phone data collection program... 

Miami looks to 'criminalize' homelessness

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The city of Miami has stirred controversy after a commissioner floated the idea of reneging on a landmark agreement that instructs police officers not to arrest the homeless for largely minor offenses. In 1998 Miami enacted an agreement on the heels of Pottinger v. City of Miami, which instructed law enforcement to take a soft stance on infractions such as littering, cooking a meal in public using... 

Reporters denied access to California prison hunger strikers

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A solitary confinement unit at California’s Pelican Bay State Prison California’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is denying media access to hunger strikers in its prisons, officials said. As of Sunday, about 1,000 inmates were still on a hunger strike in protest of prolonged isolation for inmates with ties to prison gangs, KPCC public radio, Pasadena, reported. Prison officials... 

LA Police Detectives Investigating Hastings Assassination Ambushed

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A new Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) signals analysis (SIGNIT) report on the Obama regimes 18 June assassination of award winning American journalist Michael Hastings states that two Los Angeles police detectives involved in the investigation were themselves targeted for death just one week later. According to this report, Russian signal analysts monitoring CIA-NSA-FBI “encrypted electronic... 

UAE jails Norwegian rape victim for 'adultery'

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Marte Deborah Dalelv, 24, jailed in Dubai for adultery after reporting to the police that she had been raped A Norwegian woman has been sentenced to 16 months in jail in Dubai for adultery after reporting her sexual assault to the police. Marte Deborah Dalelv, 24, who was convicted on Wednesday, was on a business trip to Dubai when she says the attack happened after a night out with colleagues. “I... 

FISA court renews NSA surveillance program

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The Obama administration has renewed the authority for the National Security Agency to regularly collect the phone records of millions of Americans as allowed under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The United States government has reportedly asked the FISA court every 90 days since 2006 to renew an order that compels the nation’s telecommunication providers to hand over telephony metadata... 

Obama wins back the right to indefinitely detain under NDAA

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The Obama administration has won the latest battle in their fight to indefinitely detain US citizens and foreigners suspected of being affiliated with terrorists under the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012. Congress granted the president the authority to arrest and hold individuals accused of terrorism without due process under the NDAA, but Mr. Obama said in an accompanying signing statement... 

New Zealand Labor Leader wants to ban Men from parliament

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The Labour Party is proposing a new rule that would give electorates the ability to prevent men from contesting a seat for the party. New Zealand Labor Leader David Shearer is now disapproving of his party’s idea of a “man ban”, for male contenders looking for a seat in office. Shearer commented on the ordeal today, saying that he did have “absolutely support” for the idea of more females... 
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