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February 14 2014

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Rand Paul Sues Obama Administration Over NSA Fourth Amendment Violations

eyesopenreport.com - By Eyes Open Report - Feb. 14 (News) - Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky is suing the Obama Administration over the suspicionless collection of phone metadata by the National Security Agency. Paul will join Matt Kibbe, President of FreedomWorks, and lead counsel Ken Cuccinelli in a class action suit that will challenge the constitutionality of the NSA’s collection of time, numbers, and other information on American citizens telephone calls.

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February 13 2014

08:00

The NSA's Secret Role in the U.S. Assassination Program

firstlook.org - By Jeremy Scahill, Glenn Greenwald - Feb. 13 (Investigative Report) - The National Security Agency is using complex analysis of electronic surveillance, rather than human intelligence, as the primary method to locate targets for lethal drone strikes – an unreliable tactic that results in the deaths of innocent or unidentified people.

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January 19 2014

08:00

Obama's NSA 'Reforms' Are Little More Than a PR Attempt to Mollify the Public

AlterNet - By Glenn Greenwald - Jan. 19 (News Analysis) - The crux of this tactic is that US political leaders pretend to validate and even channel public anger by acknowledging that there are "serious questions that have been raised". They vow changes to fix the system and ensure these problems never happen again. And they then set out, with their actions, to do exactly the opposite: to make the system prettier and more politically palatable with empty, cosmetic "reforms" so as to placate public anger while leaving the system fundamentally unchanged, even more immune than before to serious challenge

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January 06 2014

08:00

Lessons from 20 Years of NAFTA

Huffington Post - By Stan Sorscher - Jan. 06 (Special Report) - everyone I know wants good trade policies that raise living standards at home and abroad. The question is not trade versus protectionism. It's good trade policy versus bad trade policy. NAFTA and numerous subsequent trade deals perform very well for investors and global businesses, while leaving most workers and communities at a disadvantage. Since NAFTA, our trade deficits totaled over $8 trillion. We've lost millions of good manufacturing jobs and de-industrialized our economy.

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January 02 2014

08:00

The Snowden Obama Amnesty Double Standard

NBC News - Jan. 02 (News) - The Snowden Obama Amnesty Double Standard MSNBC Many people otherwise inclined to concur with the New York Times op-ed page and support President Barack Obama may disagree with the paper's call for leniency for Edward Snowden. “Considering the enormous value of the information he has revealed, ... The New York Times and Guardian newspapers call for clemency for Edward ... Fox News US, British Newspapers Call for Snowden Clemency Voice of America Newspapers urge Obama to treat Edward Snowden as a whistleblower CBS News New York Magazine UPI.com all 141 news ...

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January 01 2014

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Court Upholds Willy-Nilly Gadget Searches Along U.S. Border

Wired - Jan. 01 (Opinion) - Court Upholds Willy-Nilly Gadget Searches Along U.S. Border

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December 20 2013

08:00

Ratner: NSA Surveillance Program Needs to be Torn Apart from Branch to Branch

The Real News - By Michael Ratner - Dec. 20 (Opinion) - And what the judge did is he said that the Fourth Amendment, the right to be free from searches and seizures, applies to the taking of metadata on our phone calls in respect to what the NSA is doing. And he ruled, basically saying, it's likely unconstitutional and I want it stopped. He held the injunction until the court is--until the Court of Appeals gets it. But it's a huge, huge victory. It again demonstrates, of course, what the NSA is doing is crazy, what the 15 dozen or so judges on the secret court is completely, you know, outside of the Constitution. And, finally, we've got a courageous conservative district judge saying that. That's one very important ruling.

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December 19 2013

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November 13 2013

08:00

TPP Uncovered: WikiLeaks releases draft of highly-secretive multi-national trade deal

rt.com - Nov. 13 (News Report) - Details of a highly secretive, multi-national trade agreement long in works has been published by WikiLeaks, and critics say there will be major repercussions for much of the modern world if its approved in this incarnation. The anti-secrecy group published on Wednesday a 95-page excerpt taken from a recent draft of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, a NAFTA-like agreement that is expected to encompass nations representing more than 40 percent of the world’s gross domestic product when (Ed. IF) it is finally approved: the United States, Japan, Mexico, Canada, Australia, Malaysia, Chile, Singapore, Peru, Vietnam, New Zealand and Brunei.

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November 12 2013

08:00

Stop Thanking the Troops for Me: No, They Don’t Protect Our Freedoms!”

AlterNet - By Justin Doolittle - Nov. 12 (Opinion) - Not all of the “NBA Cares” promos are about serving the least fortunate members of our society, though. The league is determined to show its commitment to both ends of the spectrum of power. In one spot, NBA stars can be seen, not playing board games with children devastated by cancer, but, instead, touting the greatness and indispensability of the most powerful institution in the world, the United States military.

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November 04 2013

08:00

Inside the "Electronic Omnivore"

Democracy Now - By Amy Goodman, Scott Shane - Nov. 04 (News Report) - As Edward Snowden seeks clemency from the United States, The New York Times has revealed new details about how the National Security Agency is spying on targets ranging from the United Nations to foreign governments to global text messages.

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October 28 2013

07:00

Goodbye Free Press? As Europe Erupts Over US Spying, NSA Chief Says Government Must Stop the Media

The Guardian - By Glenn Greenwald - Oct. 28 (News Analysis) - The most under-discussed aspect of the NSA story has long been its international scope. That all changed this week as both Germany and France exploded with anger over new revelations about pervasive NSA surveillance on their population and democratically elected leaders.

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October 23 2013

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If Only the Tea Party Crowd Knew Where Their Ideas Came from

AlterNet - By Ira Chernu - Oct. 23 (News Analysis) - the Jeffersonians and Hamiltonians divided over basically the same issue that plagues us now: How much of a role should government play in people's lives? (Though the clash back then was so fierce, and split American society so sharply, that it makes today's politics look rather mild by comparison.) But Wood takes us deeper into the substance of the issue. Jeffersonians were willing to limit government only because they assumed that there was "a principle of benevolence ... a moral instinct, a sense of sympathy, in each human being."

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September 12 2013

07:00

Snowden Documents Reveal NSA Gave Israeli Spies Raw Emails, Texts, Calls of Innocent Americans

Democracy Now - By Amy Goodman, Juan Gonzalez - Sep. 12 (News Report) - Despite assurances from President Obama, the scandal around the National Security Agency continues to grow. The Guardian reports the NSA has routinely passed raw intelligence to Israel about U.S. citizens. “The NSA was sharing what they call raw signals intelligence, which includes things like: who you are calling and when you are calling; the content of your phone call; the text of your emails; your text messages; your chat messages,” says Alex Abdo of the American Civil Liberties Union. “It sounds like all of that was handed over.” Abdo also discusses the ACLU’s successful fight to force the government to declassify documents that show the NSA wrongly put 16,000 American phone numbers on an "alert list."

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August 27 2013

07:00

Spying Scandal Engulfs Other US Agencies

nationofchange.org - By Matthew Charles Cardinale - Aug. 27 (News Analysis) - Earlier this month, Reuters revealed that a special division within the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has been using intelligence intercepts, wiretaps, informants and a mass database of telephone records to secretly identify targets for drug enforcement actions. In the wake of these revelations, a former prosecutor tells IPS he believes he and his colleagues may have been unwitting pawns in the federal government’s effort to deceive defendants and the court system, thereby violating citizens’ constitutional rights.

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August 22 2013

07:00

13 Things the Government Is Trying to Hide from You

AlterNet - By Bill Quigley - Aug. 22 (News Report) - most Americans would be stunned to learn the details of how these secret court opinions have interpreted…the Patriot Act. As we see it, there is now a significant gap between what most Americans think the law allows and what the government secretly claims the law allows. This is a problem, because it is impossible to have an informed public debate about what the law should say when the public doesn’t know what its government thinks the law says.” —U.S. senators Ron Wyden and Mark Udall

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August 13 2013

07:00

Snowden reveals reason he’s shunned major publications

Huffington Post - By Jack Mirkinson - Aug. 13 (Opinion) - After 9/11, many of the most important news outlets in America abdicated their role as a check to power -- the journalistic responsibility to challenge the excesses of government -- for fear of being seen as unpatriotic and punished in the market during a period of heightened nationalism. From a business perspective, this was the obvious strategy, but what benefited the institutions ended up costing the public dearly. The major outlets are still only beginning to recover from this cold period.

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07:00

Judge Rules NYPD "Stop and Frisk" Unconstitutional, Cites "Indirect Racial Profiling"

Democracy Now - By Amy Goodman - Aug. 13 (News Report) - n a historic ruling, a federal court has ruled the controversial "stop-and-frisk" tactics used by New York City Police officers are unconstitutional. In a harshly critical decision, U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin said police had relied on what she called a "policy of indirect racial profiling" that led officers to routinely stop "blacks and Hispanics who would not have been stopped if they were white."

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August 02 2013

07:00

Senators Trying To 'Narrow' Definition Of Journalist In Media Shield Law

Huffington Post - By Jack Mirkinson - Aug. 02 (News Report) - The issue of who falls into the camp--and is thus deserving of the "journalist" label and any increased rights that come with it--surfaced recently when the Justice Department issued new guidelines for the surveillance of the press. Critics of the revised rules argued that they were heavily skewed towards "legacy" media outlets, leaving independent, freelance journalists and bloggers out in the cold.

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