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Mission Creep: When Everything Is Terrorism
Posted: Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Mission Creep: When Everything Is Terrorism
NSA apologists say spying is only used for menaces like "weapons of mass destruction" and "terror." But those terms have been radically redefined.

Journalism On Trial as Bradley Manning Case Nears Moment of Truth
Many of the trial's crucial issues won't be hashed out until the sentence phase—and the press and public may be shut out, reports Alexa O'Brien.

NSA warned to rein in surveillance as agency reveals even greater scope
NSA officials testify to angry House panel that agency can perform 'three-hop queries' through Americans' data and records

Email exchange between Edward Snowden and former GOP Senator Gordon Humphrey
'I believe you have done the right thing in exposing what I regard as massive violation of the United States constitution'

U.S. to Russia: Turn over Snowden or risk 'long-term problems'

Russia to Rise Above Squabbling Over Snowden, Putin Says
President Vladimir Putin told reporters Wednesday morning that Russia will stick to its independent foreign policy when assessing the temporary asylum request made by former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden.

Second Prism program emerges as Friedrich faces committee

Tech firms, civil liberties groups to demand more sunlight on NSA surveillance data

Microsoft hits out at NSA reports and Obama Justice department
Software giant Microsoft says NSA leak reports have overstated the level of access given to the US government of customers' data, but also complains the Justice Department is acting contrary to the First Amendment.

Driving somewhere? There's a gov't record of that

Millions of US license plates tracked and stored, new ACLU report finds
Alarming number of databases across US are storing details of Americans' locations – not just government agencies

European anger over U.S. spying turns inward
Revelations about U.S. surveillance around the world shocked many Europeans when details were leaked by Edward Snowden, a former contractor with the National Security Agency. Now critics are questioning their own leaders about whether they were complicit in monitoring a wide swath of Internet and phone traffic, and nowhere has the anger been fiercer than in Germany, where citizens guard their personal information far more jealously than do their American peers.

Scapegoat Snowden: Outrage Over US Surveillance Predates Recent Leaks

A Rough Guide to Life in the United States of Zimmermanm, the US of Z

Trayvon Martin - Stand Your Ground
It is not the law that is wrong; the problem is ignorance and racism in how the law is interpreted.

B37's fellow jurors in Trayvon Martin trial bash her for leading country to believe spoke for them
Four jurors in Trayvon Martin trial have issued a statement Tuesday night bashing B37 for going on TV and leading the country to believe she spoke for all of them.

Zimmerman juror who sparked outrage with book deal and said Trayvon Martin 'played a huge role in his own death' now says she's 'praying for his parents' and there's NO book

Sharpton organizing "Justice for Trayvon" rallies

The Whole System Failed Trayvon Martin
In a way, the not-guilty verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman for his killing of Trayvon Martin was more powerful than a guilty verdict could ever have been. It was the perfect wrenching coda to a story that illustrates just how utterly and completely our system of justice — both moral and legal — failed Martin and his family.

Bay Area musician attacked after dedicating song to Trayvon Martin
Blues, rock, and soul musician Lester Chambers was attacked during a performance in Hayward over the weekend after he dedicated a song to slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. A woman has been arrested in the attack, CBS San Francisco reports.

Study Finds Blacks Blocked From Southern Juries
In North Carolina, at least 26 current death row defendants were sentenced by all-white juries. In South Carolina, a prosecutor said he struck a black potential juror because he "shucked and jived" when he walked.

Morsi supporters protest over absence of Islamists in new cabinet
Thousands march past ministries after cabinet includes three Coptic Christians and three women but no Islamists

U.S. Appeals Court Affirms NDAA Indefinite Detentions
Throws Out Previous Court's Ban on Enforcement

Momentum Shifts in Syria, Bolstering Assad's Position

Down's syndrome cells 'fixed' in first step towards chromosome therapy
Researchers shut down the extra chromosome responsible for Down's syndrome, paving the way for future treatments

Cuba says its 'obsolete' weapons aboard North Korean ship
PANAMA CITY: Cuba has said that weapons found on a North Korean ship close to the Panama Canal are outdated Soviet-era arms, which the communist island had sent to Pyongyang for repair.

S. Korea wants to delay military deal with U.S., news report says

The War on Terror is a War on Freedom
In the aftermath of 9/11, President George W. Bush guided the Patriot Act through Congress, unilaterally expanded surveillance of Americans, amplified executive detention authority and took other dramatic measures that shifted the balance between liberty and government power significantly, in the name of national security.

NATO airstrike leave 15 Taliban dead in Logar province

U.S. government appeals genital search ban of Guantanamo prisoners
The Obama administration is appealing a federal judge's order banning genital searches of Guantanamo Bay detainees who want to meet with their lawyers.

US to resume Guantanamo genital searches
Court overturns full body inspections ban and gives government time to appeal against original ruling.

How to Lose Friends, Citizens and Influence
The U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act seeks to co-opt foreign banks as long-arm enforcement agencies of the IRS.

Hungry Canadian aboriginal children were used in government experiments during 1940s, researcher says
New historical research says hungry aboriginal children and adults were once used as unwitting subjects in nutritional experiments by the Canadian government.

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