“Archiving the Rise of Big Brother and the Fall of the Republic”
Colorado Governor: Pot Market Exceeds Tax Hopes
Colorado’s total pot sales next fiscal year were estimated to be about $610 million.
U.S. Gun Production Hits New Record
More than 8.57 million guns were produced in 2012, up 31 percent from 6.54 million in 2011.
New Smartphone App Lets Strangers LISTEN to your PHONE CALLS
The NSA isn’t the only one capable of tapping phone calls anymore thanks to a new smartphone app called ‘Crowdpilot,’ which could potentially let anyone listen in on your calls without your knowledge.
Woman Thrown in Jail For Recording Traffic Stop
Just the latest example of the growing U.S. Police State…
Justice Group Warns of Obama Plan to Put Government Monitors in Newsrooms
Under proposed plan, FCC researchers would pressure the press on what to cover.
South Africa Parliament Introduces Bill To Legalize Marijuana
The Medical Innovation Bill, a bill to legalize Cannabis in South Africa for medical, economic and industrial purposes, was introduced in parliament yesterday.
EPA’s Wood-Burning Stove Ban Deals Blow to Rural Homes
New EPA restrictions would ban the production and sale of the kinds of wood-burning stoves that compose 80 percent of those currently in use in the United States.
Snowden Documents: NSA Spied on WikiLeaks Website Visitors
New Snowden leak reveals covert surveillance and pressure tactics aimed at WikiLeaks and its supporters.
Bitcoin ATMs coming to the U.S.
“Your phone is your user ID and your palm is your password.”
Brain Implant Lets One Monkey Control Another
One monkey could control the body of another monkey using thought alone by connecting the brain of the puppet-master monkey to the spine of the other through a prosthesis.
The United States of Decline
America is unraveling at an increasingly dizzying pace.
Report: Americans Completely Reliant on China for Antibiotics
“The crucial ingredients for nearly all antibiotics, steroids and many other lifesaving drugs are now made exclusively in China.”
U.S. Army Builds Fake American City to Shoot at During Training
The U.S. army has built an entire fake city including a school, a mosque and a football stadium.
Merkel, Hollande to Discuss European Communication Network Avoiding U.S.
Europeans look to devise network to avoid emails and other data passing through the United States.
Saudi Arabia to Shut Down Offending Websites
Saudi Arabia plans to shut down websites that are deemed “offensive” to Islam or that “insult community traditions.”
Feds Want to Track Your DNA Like a License Plate
The federal government doesn’t just want the ability to track down your car; it wants to be able to track down your body as well.
Second Possible Terror Attack on U.S. Power Plant Uncovered
Gunman used boat to access Tennessee nuclear facility.
OP/ED: In America the Gestapo Has Replaced The Rule Of Law
Paul Craig Roberts asks if the American people will ever wake up?
PETITION: Demand Clemency For Edward Snowden
Sign the petition to grant Snowden clemency before his amnesty in Russia expires on July 31, 2014.
Homeland Security to Activate ‘National License Plate Recognition Database’
UK version of spy system was used to target political activists.
GPS Pioneer Warns on Network’s Security
Founder of the innovative technology is warning that it is more vulnerable to sabotage or disruption than ever before.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Tells Students to Prepare for Cyber War
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has delivered a sabre-rattling speech to Iranian university students calling them to prepare for cyber war.
Ohio National Guard Trains to Fight Second-Amendment Supporters
Documents from an Ohio National Guard training drill conducted last January reveal the details of a mock disaster where Second Amendment supporters with “anti-government” opinions were portrayed as domestic terrorists.
U.S. Plummets to #46 in Global Press Freedom Rankings
The United States’ new press freedom ranking comes on the heels of a new and dangerous campaign against Glenn Greenwald and other journalists who have reported on the documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
Homeland Security Outfits Boston Public Transit System with Cameras
Sophisticated new 360-degree lenses embedded in the ceilings and walls of the buses will now capture everything.
Homeland Security to Purchase 141,000 Rounds of Sniper Ammo
‘Zombie Hunter’ bullets designed for deadly long range capability.
BBC: Why I Want a Microchip Implant
With a chip under your skin, you can do everything from unlocking doors to starting motorbikes, says Frank Swain, who has been trying to get his own implant.
Fingerprint and Eye-Scanning Drones to Make Deliveries in UAE
Amazon drones may make quick deliveries to your house in the future, but the United Arab Emirates government is looking to add similar technology to its skies much sooner — within a year.
[VIDEO] Congressman Gets Furious When The Deputy Director Of Drug Policy Can’t Give A Straight Answer
Rep. Earl Blumenauer grows frustrated with witnesses’ “inability to answer” direct questions about the real health risks of pot.
Obama Considering Drone Strike on American Citizen
This is the first test for Obama’s new policies on drones, which raised the standards required to approve the death of an American citizen with a drone strike — and without due process.
The NSA’s Secret Role in the U.S. Assassination Program
Edward Snowden and Jeremy Scahill lift the veil on one of America’s most controversial top secret operations.
Farage Blasts “Bullying Brussels”, Cheers Swiss Immigration Curbs Bill
Switzerland’s surprise decision in favor of curbing EU immigration, was greeted by UKIP’s Nigel Farage as “wonderful news for national sovereignty and freedom lovers throughout Europe.”
Americans Renouncing Citizenship Up 221%
America is a great land and lures immigrants worldwide, yet record numbers of U.S. citizens and permanent residents are giving up their citizenship or residency.
Russia Bans Bitcoin Use
“The official currency of the Russian Federation is the ruble. Introduction of other monetary units and money substitutes is prohibited.”
Israel to Exchange Bank Account Data with U.S.
The new plan will supposedly be used to clamp down on large-scale tax evasion.
EU to Force Britons to Publish Details of Wills and Property
Signs of a coming European “bail-in?”
Kentucky Police Set Up ‘Eating While Driving’ Checkpoints
Instead of searching for actual criminals, Kentucky State Police will be on the lookout for people who eat while they drive as part of Operation RAID, which will include checkpoints targeting “distracted drivers.”
NSA Targeted Gerhard Schröder’s Mobile Phone
It wasn’t only Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone that was on the NSA’s target list. New German media reports claim the US spy agency also tapped Gerhard Schröder’s phone calls in the run-up to the 2003 Iraq war.
11 Sure Signs You’ve Been Hacked
Here are 11 sure signs you’ve been hacked and what to do in the event of compromise.
Obama IRS to Share Private Financial Data With Russia’s Putin
The Obama administration is reportedly in negotiations with Moscow right now to share financial information of American citizens with the Russian government.
Spy Agency Engaged In Internet “False Flag” Attacks
A new report from NBC News – based on documents leaked by Edward Snowden – document that Britain’s GCHQ spy agency has carried out cyber false flag attacks.
No Charges Against TSA Agent After Woman Claims Sexual Assault In Pat-Down
“I don’t understand how a reasonable person would think that this behavior is acceptable.”
NSA Defender Explains How Even Though NSA Spies On Americans, It’s OK To Say They Don’t
Orwell would be proud…
U.S. Postal Service Announces Giant Ammo Purchase
Post Office joins other federal agencies stockpiling over two billion rounds of ammo.
New App Allows Strangers to ID You Just by Looking at You
Just when you thought Google Glass couldn’t get any creepier…
New Surveillance Technology Can Track Everyone in an Area for Several Hours at a Time
As Americans have grown increasingly comfortable with traditional surveillance cameras, a new, far more powerful generation is being quietly deployed that can track every vehicle and person across an area the size of a small city, for several hours at a time.
Former Gov. Jesse Ventura Goes Off the Grid
Former wrestler and Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura says he has gone “off the grid” in Mexico to avoid drones knowing where he is.
Email: IRS, Treasury Department Secretly Drafted New Rules to Restrict Nonprofits
The Obama administration’s Treasury Department and former IRS official Lois Lerner conspired to draft new 501(c)(4) regulations to restrict the activity of conservative groups in a way that would not be disclosed publicly, according to the House Committee on Ways and Means.
NBC: All Visitors to Sochi Olympics Immediately Hacked
Richard Engel reported last night on NBC that all visitors to the Sochi Olympics are getting hacked as soon as their electronic devices connect to any Russian network:
[VIDEO] Scenes From a Militarized America: Iowa Family ‘Terrorized’
When critics (like me) warn about the dangers of police militarization, this is what we’re talking about.
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Predicts Return of World War II-Style Internment Camps
Justice Antonin Scalia predicts that the Supreme Court will eventually authorize another a wartime abuse of civil rights such as the internment camps for Japanese-Americans during World War II.
OP/ED: We Must Stand Up for Middle East’s Persecuted Christians
Christians in the West should stand up for those in the East out of regard for all they have given us over these thousands of years.
Microsoft, Facebook, Google and Yahoo Release U.S. Surveillance Requests
Tens of thousands of accounts associated with customers of Microsoft, Google, Facebook and Yahoo have their data turned over to US government authorities every six months as the result of secret court orders, the tech giants disclosed for the first time on Monday.
Judges Poised to Hand U.S. Spies the Keys to the Internet
Major court battle could determine the future of the NSA’s data collection methods.
Feds Will Require All New Vehicles to Talk to Each Other
The feds think vehicle-to-vehicle communication is a great idea and want to make sure every new car has it.
Dear America, I Saw You Naked
And yes, we were laughing. Confessions of an ex-TSA agent.
[VIDEO] Footage Released of Guardian Editors Destroying Snowden Hard Drives
The bizarre episode in the basement of the Guardian’s London HQ was the climax of Downing Street’s fraught interactions with the Guardian in the wake of Snowden’s leak – the biggest in the history of western intelligence.
New Saudi Counterterrorism Law Alarms Activists
The law states that any act that “undermines” the state or society, including calls for regime change in Saudi Arabia, can be tried as an act of terrorism.
eBay and PayPal UK Hacked by Syrian Electronic Army
Still no word on how the attack occurred…
China Playing Rough with Big Media
China has forced another foreign correspondent to leave the country, the latest in a series of expulsions that have heightened tensions between western media companies and the Communist Party.
U.S. Navy Admiral Tapped To Lead The NSA
Adm. Michael S. Rogers set to replace General Keith B. Alexander.
EU has Secret Plan for Police to ‘Remote Stop’ Cars
The European Union is secretly developing a “remote stopping” device to be fitted to all cars that would allow the police to disable vehicles at the flick of a switch from a control room.
U.S. Considers Ways to Prevent Spying on NSA Spying
The U.S. government is quietly funding research to prevent eavesdroppers from seeing whom the U.S. is spying on…
From ‘Ripples’ To ‘RonPaulCoin’; There Are Now 83 Cryptocurrencies In The World
The rise of the cashless society…
Merkel Rebukes U.S. and U.K. Over Spying
“The end result is not more security but less.”
NSA and Britain’s GCHQ Mapping “Political Alignments” of Millions of Smartphone Users Worldwide
New information made public by Edward Snowden reveals that the governments of the United States and United Kingdom are trawling data from cellphone “apps” to accumulate dossiers on the “political alignments” of millions of smartphone users worldwide.
Feds Data-Mine Hundreds of Millions of Consumer Credit Card Accounts, Mortgages
Officials at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau are conducting a massive, NSA-esque data-mining project collecting account information on an estimated 991 million American credit card accounts.
NSA Uses Angry Birds, Google Maps Apps to Spy
US and UK spy agencies target user data from smartphone apps including age, location and sexual orientation.
Snowden Says ‘Significant Threats’ to His Life
Claims U.S. government officials want to assassinate him for leaking secret documents about the NSA’s collection of telephone records and emails.
Poland to Look Into New Allegations About Secret CIA Jail
Former CIA officers claim the agency paid $15 million to Polish intelligence back in 2003 for use of the ‘black site,’ handing over the cash in two cardboard boxes.
Anti-Government Protest Leader Shot Dead in Bangkok
Growing protests in Thailand threaten to erupt into greater violence and bloodshed.
NSA Sets Up Website with Online Games for Children
Pentagon to Launch Blimps to Guard Against Cruise Missiles
Privacy advocates concerned that the blimps can be outfitted with radars and cameras capable of tracking American citizens as they go about their daily lives.
Republican Party Calls For End To NSA Domestic Phone Records Program
Alternate headline: GOP Calls for End to GOP-Inspired Program
Full Q&A Chat With Edward Snowden
Read the full transcript of Snowden’s live Q&A chat online.
Rick Perry Comes Out In Favor Of Marijuana Decriminalization
We didn’t see this one coming…
By Age 23, More than 40% of American Males have been Arrested Regardless of Race
The United States’ habit of arresting criminals has not only resulted in the world’s largest prison population, but also this: more than 40% of all men in the country are arrested by their early twenties.
U.S. Army Considers Replacing Thousands of Troops with Robots
The U.S. Army is studying whether robots could take the place of thousands of soldiers.
GALLUP: Two-Thirds Say Federal Government ‘Too Big, Powerful’
Latest Gallup poll shows 66% of Americans are “unhappy with the size and power of the federal government.”
Snowden: ‘I Acted Alone’
Former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden said he acted alone in leaking U.S. government secrets and calls rumors that he obtained “help” from Russia as utterly “absurd”
Leaked Records Reveal Offshore Holdings of China’s Elite
Close relatives of China’s top leaders have held secretive offshore companies in tax havens that helped shroud the Communist elite’s wealth, a leaked cache of documents reveals.
Expert Hacker: Healthcare.gov ‘Absolutely 100%’ Insecure
Security expert hacks Obamacare website, accessing 70,000 “secure” records in just four minutes.
Probing America: Top German Prosecutor Considers NSA Investigation
Germany and the U.S. appear to be edging closer to political confrontation.
Obama: Marijuana No More Dangerous Than Alcohol
But adds that smoking marijuana is “not something I encourage, and I’ve told my daughters I think it’s a bad idea, a waste of time, not very healthy.”
Banks Launder Billions in Illegal Cartel Money While Snubbing Legal Marijuana Businesses
The hypocrisy of the role that banks play in the drug trade is disgraceful.
[Infographic] The Decline of Global Internet Freedom
The next time you think about vacationing in China, Turkey, Russia, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Morocco, or Syria, plan on leaving Facebook and Twitter at home.
U.S. Supreme Court to Weigh Cell Phone Searches by Police
The U.S. Supreme Court will soon decide whether police can search an arrested criminal suspect’s cell phone without a warrant.
Man Forced by Police to Have Enemas, Colonoscopy Settles Lawsuit
Authorities in Hidalgo County, N.M., have settled a lawsuit for $1.6 million with a man who was subjected to unusual punishment after rolling through a stop sign.
Google Develops Contact Lens Glucose Monitor
Google unveiled Thursday a contact lens that monitors glucose levels in tears, a potential reprieve for millions of diabetics who have to jab their fingers to draw their own blood as many as 10 times a day.
Obama’s NSA speech: 53 Years to the Day After Ike’s Warning
President Obama picked an interesting date on which to give his speech about government surveillance powers — Friday Jan. 17 — which also marks the 53rd anniversary of President Dwight Eisenhower’s famous warning about the growing power of “the military-industrial complex.”
Google ‘Concerned’ Over Government Requests to Remove Political Content
“Judges have asked us to remove information that’s critical of them, police departments want us to take down videos or blogs that shine a light on their conduct, and local institutions like town councils don’t want people to be able to find information about their decision-making processes.”
[VIDEO] New Footage of Public Defiance Emerges… From North Korea
Sounds like there’s growing trouble in Kim Jong Un’s “paradise.”
UPDATE: NSA Can Break Into Computers Not Connected to the Internet
The U.S. National Security Agency has put software in almost 100,000 computers around the world allowing it to carry out surveillance on those devices and could provide a digital highway for cyberattacks.
Lawmakers threaten TSA with private screeners
Members of a House panel threatened Tuesday to privatize more airport screening unless the Transportation Security Administration improves its treatment of travelers.
[VIDEO] When Can Police Search Your Car?
Arm yourself with knowledge of your Constitutional rights.
BOMBSHELL REPORT: NSA Surveillance Data Has No Impact on Terrorism
“Our investigation found that bulk collection of American phone metadata has had no discernible impact on preventing acts of terrorism and only the most marginal of impacts on preventing terrorist-related activity, such as fundraising for a terrorist group.”
Cops Who Beat Homeless Man To Death Walk Free
Kelly Thomas, schizophrenic and homeless, cried for his dad and pleads for his life as he was beaten and tased to death. It was all caught on surveillance video and still his assaulters were found not guilty.
Homeland Security Enforcing REAL ID Act
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security bullies Montana over their “unsafe” drivers licenses.
Businesses Use Sensors to Track Customers, Build Shopper Profiles
Places where people didn’t think they were being watched are now repositories for collecting information.
Obama to Announce Changes to NSA Surveillance
Announcement to come in a speech before the NSA on January 17.
Obama’s Abuse of Executive Power Faces Reckoning at Supreme Court
Today, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments over whether President Obama violated the Constitution during his first term.
The Supreme Court Could Decide How You Watch TV
If the networks succeed, there could be a broad, chilling effect on what video can be recorded and uploaded to the Internet.
Turkey Clamps Down on Internet as Erdogan Tightens Grip on Power
Turkey made 1,673 requests for Google to remove material from the web in the first six months of last year alone – more than three times any other country.
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Alaska Closer to Becoming 3rd State to Legalize Recreational Marijuana
Proponent: “Replacing marijuana prohibition with a system of taxation and sensible regulation will bolster Alaska’s economy by creating jobs and generating revenue for the state.”
NSA and GCHQ Activities Appear Illegal, Says EU Parliamentary Inquiry
New EU civil liberties committee report condemns mass surveillance in the “strongest possible terms.”
High Crimes: What Happens to Colorado’s Pot Convicts?
Marijuana may be legal in Colorado in 2014, but there are still hundreds of marijuana convicts sitting in Colorado state jails.
Obama Nears Decision on NSA Reforms as Spy Leaders Meet at White House
Obama has yet to decide which NSA and FBI authorities to restrict and which to ratify, but a decision is expected to be announced before the Jan. 28 State of the Union address.
HIGH DEMAND: Colorado Pot Shops Run Out Of Weed
The first week of legal pot sales in Colorado is over, and now some Colorado pot shops are already running out of product.
Open Doors USA Unveils its 2014 World Watch List
The annual list ranks the 50 countries where persecution of Christians for religious reasons is worst.
CNN Poll: Support for Legal Marijuana Soaring
Senior citizens, Republicans, and Southerners remain the only major demographic groups who still oppose the legal use of pot.
Washington D.C. Looks to Legalize Marijuana Cultivation
The proposal would allow residents to legally grow up to six marijuana plants per household and possess and transfer up to an ounce of the drug without penalty.
Reported Christian ‘Martyr’ Deaths Double in 2013
Christianity faces restrictions and hostility in 111 countries compared to just 90 countries that limit or harass the second-largest faith, Islam.
California Legislators Introduce Bill To Banish NSA
Lawmakers seek to cut NSA’s utilities, ban research at state schools and impose sanctions on contractors.
Voluntary Government Checkpoints Spark Backlash
Outrage grows over the collection of blood and saliva samples at random checkpoints in the U.S. police state.
Gun Sales Hit New Record, Ammo Boom To Follow
“2013 was the best year for firearm sales (commercial, domestic) in history — period!”
Satanic Temple Applies To Build Statue At Oklahoma State Capitol
Similar requests for monuments have been made by a Hindu leader in Nevada, an animal rights group and the satirical Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
Sen. Rand Paul Launches Class-Action Lawsuit Against President Obama Over NSA Spying
More than 300,000 Americans have already indicated they will sign up for the suit when it is officially filed in D.C. District court. Americans can join the lawsuit here.
NSA Won’t Say Whether it Spies on Congress
It’s time to lock up the lying criminals at the NSA…
Secret Court Approves Three More Months of NSA Phone Snooping on All Americans
Under the NSA program, the agency collects the time, duration and parties involved in most calls placed within the U.S. and then stores it for at least five years.
The Congressman Who Went Off the Grid
Roscoe Bartlett spent 20 years on Capitol Hill. Now he lives in a remote cabin in the woods, prepping for doomsday.
U.S. Army Lays Plans for New ‘Nano’ Insect Drones
The U.S. Department of Defense has released its ‘roadmap’ for bringing new and ever-more-terrifying robots to the battlefield.
New York State Is Set to Loosen Marijuana Laws
New York is set to become the 21st U.S. state to allow medical marijuana use amid expanding liberalization of cannabis laws across the country.
Now Disney Can Track Your Every Move with NSA-Style Wristbands
Big Brother’s got mouse ears…
More States Could Follow Colorado Lead on Marijuana
Similar efforts are underway in Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, Nevada and Oregon.
IN PICTURES: This Is What You Get When You Buy Legal Weed In Colorado
It is really easy to buy marijuana in Colorado these days, and a reddit user has detailed what a customer of recreational marijuana receives.
NSA to Build Quantum Computer to Crack Encryption
The National Security Agency is racing to build a computer that could break nearly every kind of encryption used to protect banking, medical, business and government records around the world.
NYTimes: Edward Snowden, Whistle-Blower
“When someone reveals that government officials have routinely and deliberately broken the law, that person should not face life in prison at the hands of the same government.”
Apple Denies Aiding NSA with iPhone Hack Technology
“Apple has never worked with the NSA to create a backdoor in any of our products, including iPhone. Additionally, we have been unaware of this alleged NSA program targeting our products.”
North Korea is more accessible to foreign journalists than Tibet is
Beijing’s near-total isolation of Tibet makes it extremely difficult for the outside world to see or understand what’s happening there.
Recreational Marijuana Shops Open In Colorado
Colorado projects $578.1 million a year in combined wholesale and retail marijuana sales to yield $67 million in tax revenue.
Can Robots Better Spot Terrorists at Airports?
Some countries are testing new fingerprint readers and eye scanners at airports.
How The NSA Hacks Your iPhone
They also have the ability to hack your WiFi devices from eight miles away…
High Prices for Getting High Expected as Colorado Opens Legal Pot Shops
Demand likely to outstrip supply at first as Colorado opens legal marijuana boutiques.
Inside TAO: Documents Reveal Top NSA Hacking Unit
The NSA’s TAO hacking unit is considered to be the intelligence agency’s top secret weapon and their task was always clear from the beginning — to work around the clock to find ways to hack into global communications traffic.
NSA Reportedly Intercepting Laptops Purchased Online to Install Spy Malware
The NSA’s TAO group is able to divert shipping deliveries to its own “secret workshops” in a method called interdiction, where agents load malware onto the electronics or install malicious hardware that can give U.S. intelligence agencies remote access.
Exposed: The Soviet Union spent $1 billion on mind-control program
A newly released scientific paper reveals that the Soviets engaged in “psychotronics” research which shares interesting similarities to the controversial program MKUltra in the U.S.
Websites Now Selling Credit, Debit Card Information Stolen In Target Breach
The hacked credit card numbers are being sold for as little as $39 each…
Glenn Greenwald: ‘A Lot’ More NSA Documents to Come
Greenwald: “When it’s no longer we in fear of them, but they in fear of us, that’s when these policies will change.”
U.S. Consumes Over 50 Tons of Antibiotics Per Day
Over 80% of America’s daily antibiotic consumption is used in the food supply…
China Is the Top Foreign Investor in U.S. Firms Critical to National Security
China overtook the United Kingdom last year as the country that received the most scrutiny of its US investments, according to the US government.
Court: American Student Handcuffed For Carrying Arabic Flashcards Cannot Sue The TSA
Your Fourth Amendment rights are becoming increasingly worthless in the American Police State.
Scientists Racing to Build Invisibility Devices
It’s not science fiction… Metamaterials are being developed to bend sound waves, deflect tsunamis, and create invisible armies.
Wearable Tech Is Getting a Lot More Intimate
“We are going to see more sensors everywhere. It’s only a matter of time before those migrate under our skin into our bodies.”
NYPD is Testing a High-Tech, Sensor-Filled Police Cruiser of the Future
To the untrained eye, it looks like almost any other New York Police Department cruiser combing the city’s streets—but this squad car has just as much brains as it does brawn.
WATCH: Edward Snowden’s Alternative Christmas Message
In unusual video, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden slams the government surveillance state; reminds bankrupt U.S. government that “asking is always cheaper than spying.”
Israeli Officials Demand End To US Spying, Email Tracking
But Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu downplays the threat posed by the American spy machine…
White House Tries to Prevent Judge From Ruling on Surveillance Efforts
The Obama administration moved late Friday to prevent a federal judge in California from ruling on the constitutionality of warrantless surveillance programs authorized during the Bush administration, telling a court that recent disclosures about National Security Agency spying were not enough to undermine its claim that litigating the case would jeopardize state secrets.
Feds Declassify Bush-Era Surveillance Docs
Federal intelligence officials are declassifying eight documents about the origins of controversial surveillance systems created under former President George W. Bush.
Computerizing People May Be Next Step in Tech
“Eventually you’ll have an implant, where if you think about a fact, it will just tell you the answer.”
Canada’s Anti-Prostitution Laws Struck Down By Supreme Court
Canada’s Chief Justice: ‘It is not a crime in Canada to sell sex for money.’
Federal Judge Rules Utah Polygamy Ban Unconstitutional
A federal judge in Utah has struck down a key portion of that state’s marriage law that makes polygamy illegal, raising concerns among pro-family leaders that the nation may be entering a new phase in an all-out attack on marriage.
U.S.-EU Trade Pact Accelerates Economic and Political Integration
Negotiators in Washington, D.C. are working on a trade pact this week, and it isn’t the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
Target Confirms Millions Of Customer Credit Cards Have Been Hacked Since Black Friday
As shoppers swiped or punched in their numbers on the checkout keypad, the hackers copied every single number.
Consumer Reports: Half of All Supermarket Chicken Harbors Drug-Resistant Bacteria
Learn how to protect yourself.
Republican Who Voted Against Medical Marijuana Now Investing in Pot Industry
New York State Assemblyman Steve Katz sure has had a change of heart since he was busted for possession.
Record High in U.S. Say Big Government Greatest Threat
Seventy-two percent of Americans say big government is a greater threat to the U.S. in the future than is big business or big labor.
Facebook Can See What Users Type Even If Status Is Not Posted
Facebook spokesman: “This is something we looked at to understand to what extent people self censor…”
NSA Phone Tapping May Reach U.S. Supreme Court
Thanks to a legal precedent from 1979…
Merkel Compared NSA to Stasi in Heated Encounter with Obama
German chancellor furious after revelations US intelligence agency listened in on her personal mobile phone.
India Diplomat Gets Cavity Searched in NYC
An Indian diplomat said she faced repeated “handcuffing, stripping and cavity searches” following her arrest in New York City on visa fraud charges in a case that has infuriated the government in New Delhi.
Edward Snowden offers to help Brazil over US spying in return for asylum
“If Snowden was in Brazil, it is possible that he could do more to help the world understand how the NSA and its allies are invading the privacy of people around the world, and how we can protect ourselves. He cannot do it in Russia.”
Judge: NSA Phone Program Likely Unconstitutional
U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon: “I cannot imagine a more ‘indiscriminate’ and ‘arbitrary invasion’ than this systematic and high-tech collection and retention of personal data on virtually every single citizen for purposes of querying it and analyzing it without judicial approval…”
The 6,000-Page Report on CIA Torture Has Now Been Suppressed for 1 Year
Government transparency, Obama-style…
The Rise of Google’s Military Robots
Google’s recent buy-out of robot-maker Boston Dynamics puts the search engine giant in direct business with the Pentagon.
Trans-Pacific Partnership: Bigger and More Dangerous Than ObamaCare
Like the infamous NAFTA trade agreement passed in the ’90s, the TPP would usher in another wave of outsourcing, as the remaining manufacturing and technology bases would be given incentives to move to Pacific Rim countries, resulting in millions more American job losses.
Mapping the Blind Spots: Developer Unearths Secret U.S. Military Bases
If you look closely enough on Google Maps, some places are blanked out, hidden from public view. Many of those places disguise secret or sensitive American military facilities.
Retailers Go High-Tech To Track Shoppers
A growing number of stores are using discrete and sophisticated technology — including mannequins with facial-recognition cameras hidden in their eyes — to track shopper demographics in an effort to boost sales.
Disturbing Levels of HEART DRUGS Found in U.S. Drinking Water Supplies
Traces of prescription drugs have been found in far greater quantities in U.S. drinking water supplies than previously thought, a study has claimed.
Top Secret Drone Under Development at Area 51
Neither the Air Force nor the drone’s manufacturer, Northrop Grumman, are talking publicly about the classified airplane.
How Much is Your Privacy Worth? ($350/Year, According to AT&T)
Would you pay less for Internet access if it meant being tracked more closely online and seeing advertising based on your behavior?
United Nations: Legal Marijuana in Uruguay Violates International Law
Is the corrupt UN worried that legal marijuana will eat into their international drug smuggling profits?
NY Lawmakers Roll Out Measure To Tax, Legalize Marijuana
Legalizing and taxing pot would generate $431 million in New York City alone.
Google’s Future: Microphones in the Ceiling and Microchips in Your Head
Google has already begun research which will enable it to send information and data directly to microchips implanted into its user’s brains.
Uruguay Legalizes Sale and Production of Marijuana
Uruguay has just become the first nation in the world to allow its citizens to grow, buy and smoke marijuana.
Xbox Live Among Game Services Targeted by NSA
Latest Snowden leak reveals the NSA is targeting online gaming communities as a ‘target-rich network’ where potential terrorists could ‘hide in plain sight.’
World’s Leading Authors: State Surveillance of Personal Data is Theft
“A person under surveillance is no longer free; a society under surveillance is no longer a democracy.”
EPA Says Taking Over Private Property Will Benefit the Economy
Can the EPA run your property better than you? They think so.
Chinese Scientists Upbeat on Development of Invisibility Cloak
One team has already made a cat ‘disappear’ with a device that has huge military potential.
IRS Using GOOGLE Maps to Spy on Taxpayers
In addition to using freely available aerial and street photographs to survey property, agents are also encouraged to use search engines to research background information on suspected tax cheats.
Local Cops Tap Cellphone Data
The National Security Agency isn’t the only government entity secretly collecting data from people’s cellphones. Local police are increasingly scooping it up, too.
REPORT: FBI Can Secretly Activate Individual’s Webcam
The Washington Post reports that the FBI has had the ability to secretly activate a computer’s camera “without triggering the light that lets users know it is recording” for years now.
Patriot Act author: Obama’s intel czar should be prosecuted
Rep. James Sensenbrenner Jr., the original author of the Patriot Act, says Director of National Intelligence James Clapper should be prosecuted for lying to Congress.
STANFORD: Method of Recording Brain Activity Could Lead to Mind-Reading Devices
“We’re now able to eavesdrop on the brain in real life…”
Satanists plan statue to stand alongside Ten Commandments in Oklahoma
In their zeal to tout their faith in the public square, conservatives in Oklahoma may have unwittingly opened the door to a wide range of religious groups, including Satanists who are seeking to put their own statue next to a Ten Commandments monument outside the statehouse.
EVIL: North Korea’s Prison Camps Expanding
GRAPHIC: Female detainees are reportedly being raped, forced to dig their own graves and then killed with hammer blows to their necks.
U.S. Military To Stop Reporting Guantanamo Hunger Strikes
The U.S. military says it will no longer release reports of hunger strikes staged at its notorious Guantanamo Bay prison to the public since disclosing such news is not in its interest.
2 Million Stolen Facebook, Yahoo And Google Passwords Posted Online
The most popular password that was stolen is “123456,” followed by “123456789,” “1234” and “password.”
Ron Paul: Bitcoin could ‘destroy the dollar’
“There will be alternatives to the dollar, and this might be one of them.”
Guardian: We Have Published 1% of Snowden Leak
Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger on Tuesday vigorously defended his decision to publish a series of articles based on the secret files leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, telling a parliamentary committee that the right to continue pursuing the story goes to the heart of press freedoms and democracy in Britain.
Smart GPS Watch Lets Parents Track Kids
New wearable Smart Locator and Phone for kids designed to keep parents and their young children in touch through GPS tracking.
Top W.H. Reporter: Obama Admin. ‘most hostile to the media… in U.S. history
Reporter Bob Franken: “Let’s use the ‘P’ word here: it’s propaganda. Every administration tries to manipulate the press, but this is the most hostile to the media that has been in United States history… The reason I say most hostile is because of the Justice Department moves that they’ve made against the press. Obviously, they have a contempt for the journalistic process.”
Report: Chinese Conducted Unannounced ‘Inspections’ of BLOOMBERG NEWS Bureaus
The unusual visits follow a controversy about an investigative article involving a Chinese billionaire.
Spooky Business: Corporate Espionage against Nonprofit Organizations
A stunning new report compiles extensive evidence showing how some of the world’s largest corporations have partnered with private intelligence firms and government intelligence agencies to spy on activist and nonprofit groups.
Child Taken From Mother’s Womb in ‘Forced Caesarean’ by UK Social Services
The baby girl, now 15 months old, is still in the care of social services, who are refusing to give her back to the mother, even though she claims to have made a full recovery from a mental breakdown.
Bitcoin Continues to Gain Credibility From Merchants and the Fed
Is the rise of Bitcoin a measure of the collapse of money?
Google hit with privacy complaints in 14 EU countries
Google was hit by privacy complaints in 14 E.U. countries Tuesday over its new terms of service that allow user photos and comments in advertising.
FBI Plans to Roll Out Advanced Facial Recognition Technology Across U.S in 2014
Soon, you could pay for goods simply by showing your face to a scanner
Wikipedia Founder: Edward Snowden “a Hero”
Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, has called on Barack Obama to rein in the National Security Agency as he described the whistleblower Edward Snowden as “a hero” whom history will judge “very favorably”.
Every D.C. Gun Owner To Be Fingerprinted and Photographed
The latest gun-control scheme that starts on Jan. 1 will force every legal firearm owner in the nation’s capital to go in person to police headquarters to renew their registration certificates.
NSA infected 50,000 computer networks with malicious software
Latest Snowden leak reveals that NSA infected more than 50,000 computer networks worldwide with malicious software designed to steal sensitive information.
Muzzling the Freedom of Information Act
The federal government is making it increasingly difficult, and prohibitively expensive, for journalists to get files that agencies want to keep secret, despite President Obama’s pledge of transparency.
SPOILS OF WAR: Local Police Getting Leftover Iraq Trucks
Coming soon to your local sheriff: 18-ton, armor-protected military fighting vehicles with gun turrets and bulletproof glass that were once the U.S. answer to roadside bombs during the Iraq war.
State confirms health website security breach
Social Security numbers compromised…
Washington Times sues Homeland Security over seizure of reporter’s notes
The Washington Times and one of its former journalists on Thursday sued the Department of Homeland Security, accusing federal agents of illegally seizing the newspaper’s reporting materials during the execution of a search warrant in an unrelated case.
NSA BLOWBACK: Indonesia Halts Military Cooperation over Australian Spying
Indonesia has suspended military and intelligence cooperation with Australia in an escalating diplomatic row sparked by reports that Australia spied on President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
German politicians to get encrypted phones to ward off NSA spying
“Our conversations and communication structure have to be safer.”
Blogger “Mish” is Fined 8,000 Euros by France for Freedom of Speech
Incredibly, Mish was fined 8,000 euros for quoting a French blogger’s analysis of Societe Generale’s leverage ratio.
Rand Paul: We Want Our Freedoms Back
“If not resistance, shouldn’t there at least be outrage?”
Inside America’s Plan to Kill Online Privacy Rights Everywhere
The United States and its key intelligence allies are quietly working behind the scenes to kneecap a mounting movement in the United Nations to promote a universal human right to online privacy.
US and UK struck secret deal to allow NSA to ‘unmask’ Britons’ personal data
The phone, internet and email records of UK citizens not suspected of any wrongdoing have been analysed and stored by America’s National Security Agency under a secret deal that was approved by British intelligence officials, according to documents from the whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Department of Defense Conducting Military Training Exercises Over Phoenix
Many people report seeing lots of helicopters flying around over central Phoenix and surrounding areas.
Stores Now Use Your Phone’s Wi-Fi Signal To Track You As You Shop
Nordstrom, Family Dollar and Home Depot have admitted to using the controversial technology that’s raising concerns among privacy experts.
NSA Monitored 33 Million Phone Calls in Norway
Top Regulator: If true, this “would be a crime under Norwegian law.”
North Texas Drivers Stopped at Roadblock Asked for Saliva, Blood
The request was part of a “government research study” aimed at determining the number of drunken or drug-impaired drivers.
Former heads of state call on EU to set up state surveillance of ‘intolerant’ citizens
“There is no need to be tolerant to the intolerant.”
Feds May Require New Cars to Broadcast Location, Direction and Speed
Here’s the latest move by the Feds to gather more of your personal data to sell to the highest corporate bidder.
TSA Rolls Out ‘Detention Pods’ at Airport Terminal Exits
The prison inmate feel of the devices compliments numerous other TSA policies which critics have charged serve little other purpose than making travelers feel like they are under constant suspicion.
Parents outraged over palm scanning devices in school lunchrooms
Puyallup School District says by the end of the year, every lunchroom will have palm scanning devices that will allow students to pay for their lunch with a wave of a hand.
North Korea Executes Citizens for Having Bibles, Watching TV
“The corpses were so riddled by machine-gun fire that they were hard to identify afterwards…”
Australia’s spy agencies targeted Indonesian president’s mobile phone
Secret documents revealed by Edward Snowden show Australia tried to monitor the mobile calls of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and his wife
Bloomberg News Kills Story Critical Of China, Fires Reporter Who Reveals This Fact
“He said, ‘If we run the story, we’ll be kicked out of China.'”
Creepy Google Glass pics without anyone knowing? Yes, you can
The inventor of the Google Glass Sunshade says his motivation was to make it easier to see the Glass graphics when in sunshine. Coincidentally, it also covers up the light that tells others the glasses are in use.
CIA Collects Global Data on Transfers of Money
The Central Intelligence Agency is secretly collecting bulk records of international money transfers handled by companies like Western Union — including transactions into and out of the United States — under the same law that the National Security Agency uses for its huge database of Americans’ phone records, according to current and former government officials.
FBI: Cyber-attacks surpassing terrorism as major domestic threat
“There are no safe neighborhoods. All of us are neighbors [online].”
Number of U.S. expatriations reaches record high In 2013
“The reality is that the U.S. tax system gives dual citizens a good reason to walk away from their U.S. citizenship or permanent-resident status.”
Americans’ personal data shared with CIA, IRS
“This is increasingly happening – data is being collected by the federal government for one use and then being entirely repurposed for other uses and shared…”
Court: Homeland Security must disclose ‘Internet Kill Switch’
The United States District Court for the District of Columbia rejected the agency’s arguments that its protocols surrounding an Internet kill switch were exempt from public disclosure and ordered the agency to release the records in 30 days.
Cisco’s disastrous quarter shows how NSA spying could freeze US companies out of a trillion-dollar opportunity
Cisco has seen a huge drop-off in demand for its hardware in emerging markets, which the company blames on fears about the NSA using American hardware to spy on the rest of the world.
Author Of The PATRIOT Act Goes To EU Parliament To Admit Congress Failed, And The NSA Is Out Of Control
Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner told the EU parliamentarians that “Congress knew the country needed new tools and broader authorities to combat those who meant to harm us, but we never intended to allow the National Security Agency to peer indiscriminately into the lives of innocent people all over the world.”
CHINA, RUSSIA, CUBA WIN UN RIGHTS COUNCIL SEATS
Human Rights Watch noted that five of the new council members — China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam and Algeria — have refused to let U.N. investigators visit to check alleged abuses.
Wikileaks Exposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership
WikiLeaks has exposed details of secret trade negotiations that could leave Australians paying more for drugs and medicines, movies, computer games and software, and be placed under surveillance as part of a US-led crackdown on internet piracy.
Less Than 20% Of Americans Believe That There’s Adequate Oversight Of The NSA
Americans agree: The NSA should tell the truth and not trample all over the Constitution.
New Colorado? Rural voters approve secession idea
There’s a a growing frustration in Colorado’s conservative prairie towns…
Intelligence agency seeks facial recognition upgrade
Coupled with the rapidly increasing number of surveillance cameras around the country, facial recognition software “represents a quantum leap in the amount of surveillance taking place in public places.”
Oil Espionage: How the NSA and GCHQ Spied on OPEC
America’s NSA and Britain’s GCHQ are both spying on the OPEC oil cartel, documents from whistleblower Edward Snowden reveal.
POLICE STATE, USA: Nation Has More People In Jail Than High School Teachers And Engineers
America has become a gigantic gulag over the past few decades and most of its citizens don’t know, or just don’t care.
USDA plans to green-light poultry raised and slaughtered in China
“China has been a massive source of food poisoning here in America for years…”
Antisemitism on the rise, says European survey
A poll of 6,000 Jewish people in eight EU member states finds three-quarters say problem has escalated over last five years.
Central Bank of Nigeria teams up with Dermalog for biometric POS, ATMs
The Central Bank of Nigeria has contracted Dermalog Identification Systems to deploy a biometric technology throughout the country’s banking system.
U.S. Senator Calls for GPS Devices For Autistic Children
“Voluntary tracking devices will help our teachers and parents in the event that the child runs away and, God forbid, goes missing.”
Inventor of world wide web criticises NSA over privacy breaches
The inventor of the world wide web has criticised America’s National Security Agency and its British counterpart GCHQ for weakening online security by breaking the encryptions that guard data privacy for millions of computer users around the world. (No, it’s not Al Gore.)
More NSA Leakers Followed Snowden’s Footsteps, Whistleblower Lawyer Says
“Courage is contagious…”
REPORT: C.I.A. Is Said to Pay AT&T for Call Data
The C.I.A. is paying AT&T more than $10 million a year to assist with overseas counterterrorism investigations by exploiting the company’s vast database of phone records, which includes Americans’ international calls, according to government officials.
CIA Made Doctors Torture Suspected Terrorists After 9/11, Taskforce Finds
Doctors were asked to torture detainees for intelligence gathering, and unethical practices continue, review concludes.
How malls plan to keep shoppers safe this holiday
Big brother will be on full alert this Christmas season…
CLAIM: Scientists now able to alter human DNA
A breakthrough in genetics – described as “jaw-dropping” by one Nobel scientist – has created intense excitement among DNA experts around the world who believe the discovery will transform their ability to edit the genomes of all living organisms, including humans.
CHART: These 10 Mega-Corporations Control Almost Everything You Buy
This mindblowing chart shows how just ten corporations control the output of almost everything you buy; from household products to pet food to jeans.
Microsoft Warns: Google Reads ALL Emails
Microsoft has declared war on Google in a series of high profile criticisms about the way the firm scans the contents of every email its users send to target ads at them.
British Supermarket Monster, Tesco, Scanning Shopper Faces for Advertisers
“People would never accept the police keeping a real-time log of which shops we go in, but this technology can do just that. It is a surveillance state by the shop door.
51st State? Colorado Counties to Decide on Secession
Residents of 11 Colorado counties will vote Tuesday on whether to secede and form the nation’s 51st state.
NSA chief likely to lose cyber war powers
Senior military officials are leaning toward removing the National Security Agency director’s authority over U.S. Cyber Command, according to a former high-ranking administration official familiar with internal discussions.
Face-Scanning Screens That Can Determine Your Age and Gender Are Coming to a Gas Station Near You
Next time you absent-mindedly watch the ads as you’re waiting to pay for a tank of gas, they might be watching you back.
TSA union calls for armed guards at every checkpoint
The union representing airport screeners for the Transportation Security Administration says Friday’s fatal shooting of an agent at Los Angeles International Airport highlights the need for armed security officers at every airport checkpoint.
Chinese Newspaper: “America the Eavesdropper”
The spying saga of the U.S. has laid bare the country’s other addiction besides borrowing — bugging.
Today, America’s Foodstamp Program Gets A 6% Haircut
Today, America’s food stamp program is due for a substantial haircut. So what happens next?
Chinese nuclear submarines capable of widespread attack on U.S.
Chinese state-run media revealed for the first time this week that Beijing’s nuclear submarines can attack American cities as a means to counterbalance U.S. nuclear deterrence in the Pacific.
NSA infiltrates links to Yahoo, Google data centers worldwide
Latest report claims that the National Security Agency has secretly broken into the main communications links that connect Yahoo and Google data centers around the world.
JUDGE THREATENS HOMESCHOOLING PARENTS
The parents of four homeschooled children forcibly removed from their home by police armed with a battering ram have now been threatened by a judge with criminal sanctions if they move forward on a plan to move out of Germany.
Doomsday vault: Inside the ice cave full of seeds for the Earth’s rebirth after Armageddon
RARE images have given a glimpse inside the “Doomsday” vault which holds seeds for all the agriculture the world needs in case of a catastrophic disaster.
Riot Control: DHS Spends $500,000 on Fully Automatic Pepper Spray Launchers
Homeland Security to purchase “riot expansion kits” & 240,000 pepper spray projectiles as agency prepares for domestic unrest
Is China is spying on you through your kettle?
Russian investigators claim to have found household appliances imported from China which contain hidden microchips that pump spam data and malware into wi-fi networks and “that send some data to a foreign server.’
Canadians Seek Dick Cheney’s Arrest For War Crimes During Upcoming Visit
“Waterboarding is a war crime, unwarranted surveillance… all of which are crimes. I don’t care whether the president authorized him to do it or not, they are crimes.”
Embattled NSA chief Keith Alexander rejects calls to limit agency’s power
Alexander goes before House committee and claims reports of NSA collecting millions of phone calls were ‘absolutely false’
REPORT: NSA May Have Spied On The Vatican During The Papal Conclave
There are also suspicions that Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who would later be chosen as Pope Francis, was under surveillance for a number of years.
NSA: White House OK’d Spying on Allies
NSA and other U.S. intelligence agency staff members are said to be angry at President Obama for denying knowledge of the spying.
GREENWALD: NSA Spying Has Little “To Do With Terrorism”
“Is Angela Merkel a terrorist? Are sixty or seventy million Spanish or French citizens terrorists? Are there terrorists at Petrobras? This is clearly about political power and economic espionage, and the claim that this is all about terrorism is seen around the world as what it is, which is pure deceit.”
NSA affair could block EU-US free trade talks
But many in Europe say that “business is business” and that the NSA scandal has little impact on them.
Latest NSA leak reveals Spain intercepted 60 million calls of Spanish citizens in one month
The White House and NSA are coming under intense pressure to reveal the extent to which Obama and senior administration officials knew about U.S. surveillance operations targeting the leaders of allied countries.
GOP lawmaker: Europe should be grateful for US spying on them
As Europe expresses outrage over numerous privacy violations by the U.S., Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) says that Europe should be “grateful” that America is wiretapping their phones and sifting through their emails.
Feds confiscate investigative reporter’s confidential files during raid
Former Washington Times reporter reveals pre-dawn raid of her personal residence by the Department of Homeland Security and Maryland State Police to confiscate
REPORT: NSA WEBSITE DOWN IN HACK ATTACK
The blowback is already beginning… (This is what to expect when you mess with people’s basic rights to freedom…)
Victory for tech giants on EU data laws
Google, Facebook and other US tech giants have won an important victory against EU efforts to restrict the sharing of customer data after UK Prime Minister David Cameron persuaded the bloc to postpone the introduction of tougher privacy rules by at least a year.
Activists to rally against government spying
On October 26th, the 12th anniversary of the signing of the USA Patriot Act, protesters will gather in Washington D.C. for the largest rally yet against NSA surveillance.
Anger Growing Among Allies on U.S. Spying
The damage to core American relationships continues to mount.
Secret memos reveal explicit nature of U.S., Pakistan agreement on drones
Despite repeatedly denouncing the CIA’s drone campaign, top officials in Pakistan’s government have for years secretly endorsed the program and routinely received classified briefings on strikes and casualty counts.
US spying row to dominate EU summit
“We now need big European rules to counter big fears of surveillance.”
Report: NSA Spied on 124 Billion Phone Calls in One Month
Much of the information recorded by the NSA appears to have originated in the greater Middle East.
REPORT: U.S. Spied On Merkel’s Mobile Phone
German Chancellor Angela Merkel phoned United States President Barack Obama on Wednesday to discuss suspicions that she may have been targeted by US intelligence agencies for years.
TSA screening begins long before you arrive at the airport
The Transportation Security Administration is now using a wide variety of government and private databases to screen passengers before they even arrive at the airport.
Accidentally Revealed Document Shows TSA Doesn’t Think Terrorists Are Plotting To Attack Airplanes
“Explosive internal TSA documents prove that airport body scanners and pat downs are “not” designed to stop terrorists and admit that “there have been no attempted domestic hijackings of any kind in the 12 years since 9/11.”
Supreme Court Sides With Feds On Marijuana Prohibition
“The highest court says there’s not enough evidence to warrant taking a second look at marijuana’s Schedule I status.”
VIDEO: Americans Sign Petition to Support “Nazi-Style Orwellian Police State”
“Fake petition to “Support an Orwellian Police State in America” get lots of support by California citizens.”
France, Mexico Demand Answers After ‘Shocking’ U.S. Spy Claims
“Latest leaked documents reveal the NSA secretly monitored tens of millions of phone calls in France and hacked into former Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s email account.”
Amnesty International: Saudi Rights Record Getting Worse
“New report by global human rights watchdog reveals “arbitrary arrests and detention, unfair trials, torture and other ill-treatment” over the past four years.”
Mexico Bans GMO Corn
“Depending on how the litigation plays out, and whether it becomes a trade issue, this latest development may actually increase U.S. corn exports to Mexico.”
Former Pentagon Official to Be Chosen as Homeland Security Chief
“During his tenure at the Defense Department, Mr. Johnson shaped the Obama administration’s policies on the detention of terrorism suspects and on targeted drone strikes in Yemen and Somalia.”
TSA Air Marshal Arrested for Taking Cellphone Pictures up Womens’ Skirts
“TSA agent is arrested and accused of taking cellphone photographs underneath women’s skirts as they boarded a plane at Nashville International Airport.”
UN: U.S. has killed far more civilians with drones than it admits
“UN official says that the U.S. has created “an almost insurmountable obstacle to transparency.”
Documents reveal NSA’s extensive involvement in targeted killing program
“The NSA is much more involved in America’s drone attacks than originally thought….”
The 30 Million Modern-Day Slaves In One Harrowing Map
“A new Global Slavery Index has estimated that 30 million people worldwide are living in modern-day slavery.”
Federal Reserve Sued for Firing Examiner Trying to Expose Goldman Sachs
“They wanted me to falsify my findings and when I wouldn’t, they fired me.”
Amid Government Shutdown, White House Pushes Forward with secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership
“Ongoing secret negotiations regulate food, medicine, financial markers, Internet freedom…”
Glenn Greenwald Will Leave Guardian To Create New News Organization
“The decision to leave was not an easy one, but I was presented with a once-in-a-career dream journalistic opportunity that no journalist could possibly decline.”
NSA Surveillance Hasn’t Foiled a Single Plot
“No, NSA surveillance wouldn’t have prevented 9/11 and it hasn’t foiled a single terror plot to date.”
NSA steals hundreds of millions of personal email contact lists
“Rather than targeting individual users, the NSA is gathering contact lists in large numbers that amount to a sizable fraction of the world’s e-mail and instant messaging accounts.”
Grocery store shelves to be equipped with cameras to gather shopper information
“Corporations want “to build a database of basic information about grocery store customers like age and sex,” to better market their products.”
Antigua starts program to sell citizenship
“A foreigner can qualify for Antiguan citizenship with a $250,000 donation or with a real estate investment of $400,000.”
Patriot Act Architect Plans Bill to Deconstruct NSA
“The NSA has gone far beyond the intent of the Patriot Act,” says Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner”
Brazil announces secure email to counter US spyingBrazil announces secure email to counter US spying
“Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff announced Sunday that her government was creating a secure email system to try and shield official communications from spying by the United States and other countries.”
RON PAUL: New Fed Boss Same as the Old Boss
“Janet Yellen, like Bernanke, Summers, and everyone else within the Fed’s orbit, believes in Keynesian economics.”
NSA Spy Center Melting Down, Burning Up Taxpayer Money
“The NSA is basically using so much power in its spying efforts that it is poetically killing its data centers.”
Pentagon begins review of Guantanamo detainees held without charge
“The U.S. government should ensure that each detainee is either given a fair trial in federal court, or released to a country that will respect his human rights.”
Pat Buchanan: Is Red State America Seceding?
“Those who love where they live but not those who rule them are seeking to secede.”
Warning: Enrolling in Obamacare allows government to link your IP address with your name, social security number, bank accounts and web surfing habits
“The government has all but openly declared war on the People and is actively using tricks like Healthcare.gov to coerce people into incriminating themselves.”
Report: Feds Order National Guard to Close I-495 to Derail Trucker Protest
“Closing down a major highway surrounding the nation’s capital seems a step too far, even for the Obama administration.”
Ohio Hospital Can Force Chemo on Amish Girl, Court Says
Parents: “Our belief is the natural stuff will do just as much as that stuff if it’s God’s will.”
BOMBSHELL: White House, IRS Exchanged Confidential Taxpayer Info
New revelations surface regarding the “IRS-Gate” scandal that show the Obama administration is using tactics employed by third-world dictatorships.
Congressional Perks Deemed Essential During Government Shutdown While Public Sacrifices
It’s time to ask: Who are the real “welfare queens” in America? Perhaps they all work in Washington.
Yes, the Feds Can Take Your Deposits
Can the federal government confiscate all the deposits in an American citizen’s FDIC-insured bank account? The answer is “Yes.”
America’s police are looking more and more like the military
A little-known Pentagon program has been quietly militarizing American police forces for years.
Ecuador president compares U.S. to Nazi Germany
“One day this unjust world will have to change…”
U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Public Prayer, Abortion, ‘Obamacare’ Cases as New Term Begins
Get ready for the contentious court hearings and decisions to hit headlines in the coming months…
9% Have Considered Quitting Their U.S. Citizenship
But 49% admit Founding Fathers would see U.S. today as a failure…
Feds Try To Close the Ocean Because of Shutdown
Does the hubris of Washington know no bounds?
New law to permit Turkish police to detain ‘possible’ protesters
Insane new law allows Turkish police to detain citizens for up to 24 hours without a lawyer without probable cause.[/private]