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Eric Logan
NPR Is Laundering CIA Talking Points to Make You Scared of NSA Reporting - The Intercept - https://firstlook.org/theinte...
NPR Is Laundering CIA Talking Points to Make You Scared of NSA Reporting - The Intercept
On August 1, NPR’s Morning Edition broadcast a story by NPR national security reporter Dina Temple-Raston touting explosive claims from what she called “a tech firm based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.” That firm, Recorded Future, worked together with “a cyber expert, Mario Vuksan, the CEO of ReversingLabs,” to produce a new report that purported to vindicate the repeated accusation from U.S. officials that “revelations from former NSA contract worker Edward Snowden harmed national security and allowed terrorists to develop their own countermeasures.” - Eric Logan from Bookmarklet
NPR is much superior to CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, ABC News, CBS News, etc., but too often it disappoints. - Sean McBride
WarLord
#HRC Watching Hillary inept tone deaf campaign for President I'm upgrading my Biden bet to even money! #repeating2008 #notinagoodway
# Hillary Clinton: descriptions 1. AIPAC tool 2. blaring 3. blatting 4. bloodthirsty 5. bombastic 6. boring 7. coarse 8. corrupt 9. crude 10. dried up 11. dull 12. in questionable health 13. mediocre 14. neocon 15. not that bright 16. old 17. past her shelf life 18. sociopathic 19. stale 20. stodgy 21. tired 22. tone deaf 23. Wall Street tool 24. war harpy 25. warmonger 26. without accomplishments - Sean McBride
There were good reasons why Hillary Clinton lost the nomination in 2008 -- and there are even better reasons for her to lose the 2016 nomination. - Sean McBride
In terms of political talent, Hillary Clinton is no Bill Clinton. Bill is a .400 hitter -- Hillary a .200 hitter at best. - Sean McBride
Elizabeth Warren easily could crush Hillary Clinton in 2016 by using Barack Obama's 2008 playbook -- run to her left, especially on foreign policy. But the powers that be will do everything in their power to prevent Warren from running. They are counting on Hillary Clinton to go to war against Iran. - Sean McBride
Everything about Hillary Clinton reeks of inauthenticity. - Sean McBride
Andrew C (✔)
Article: George Will confirms Nixon's Vietnam treason | OpEdNews - http://www.opednews.com/article...
"The new release of extended versions of Nixon's papers now confirms this long-standing belief, usually dismissed as a "conspiracy theory" by Republican conservatives. Now it has been substantiated by none other than right-wing columnist George Will. Nixon's newly revealed records show for certain that in 1968, as a presidential candidate, he ordered Anna Chennault, his liaison to the South Vietnam government, to persuade them refuse a cease-fire being brokered by President Lyndon Johnson. Nixon's interference with these negotiations violated President John Adams's 1797 Logan Act, banning private citizens from intruding into official government negotiations with a foreign nation." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Geez. - Stephen Mack
Eric Logan
Obama’s $11 Billion Arms Deal With Terror-Sponsoring Nation of Qatar. - http://www.independentsentinel.com/obamas-...
Obama’s $11 Billion Arms Deal With Terror-Sponsoring Nation of Qatar.
Apaches and Javelin defense systems are heading off to Qatar as part of our wonderful relationship with the terror-sponsoring nation that also happens to share close ties with Hamas and Al Qaeda. The weapons are valued at $11 billion. - Eric Logan from Bookmarklet
Regarding the agenda of this publication: [Google; site:independentsentinel.com israel http://www.google.com/#q=site...] It has repeatedly sided with the Israeli government against the American government. - Sean McBride
rotflmao.....this is a zio and right wing propaganda site. - American
I don't know much about the site a friend posted the article pointing out the circular nature of arming Qatar who funds Hamas while we also arm and fund Israel. - Eric Logan
Steven Perez
KKK Raising Money for Police Officer Who Shot African-American Teen | Hatewatch - http://www.splcenter.org/blog...
"The one thing the racially charged and besieged city of Ferguson, Mo. does not need or want to add to the combustible mix of rubber bullets, snarling police dogs and clouds of tear gas that have filled its streets for three days is the Ku Klux Klan. But the Klan –– desperate for publicity and any opportunity to spread hate and terror –– is climbing atop the powder keg that Ferguson has become following the police killing of an unarmed college-bound black teenager last Saturday." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
"The South Carolina-based New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan says its Missouri chapter is raising money for the still unidentified white police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, 18, who was scheduled to begin college classes this week. “We are setting up a reward/fund for the police officer who shot this thug,” the Klan group said in an email. “He is a hero! We need more... more... - Steven Perez
Steven Perez
MRAP - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki...
MRAP - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP; /ˈɛmræp/ em-rap) vehicles are armored fighting vehicles used by various armed forces, whose designed purpose is surviving improvised explosive device (IED) attacks and ambushes. The first development in armored vehicles designed specifically to counter the land mine threat were initiated during the Rhodesian Bush War; existing technology was subsequently inherited (and matured) by the South African Defence Force after 1980." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
"The deployment of MRAP vehicles has not been without criticism. The most common are concerns about the high cost ($17.6 billion program), potential logistical difficulties due to high fuel consumption and varied designs, a greater disconnection between troops and the local population due to their massive size and menacing appearance (conflicting with current counter-insurgency (COIN)... more... - Steven Perez
"Police departments inside the U.S. are acquiring MRAP vehicle through the 1033 program, which allows the Defense Department to redistribute equipment it no longer needs to state and municipal agencies. Rather than buying a new vehicle, which would cost $535,000-$600,000 to procure, some police departments like the Ohio State University Police Department have picked up surplus MRAPs... more... - Steven Perez
"Since becoming available in the summer of 2013, 165 MRAP vehicles had been acquired by police and sheriff’s departments. The American Civil Liberties Union has concerns of "increasing militarization of the nation’s police," and that the military hardware could escalate violent situations. Many vehicles have been obtained by rural police with few officers or crime. Police have rejected... more... - Steven Perez
Sean McBride
Trita Parsi: Wondering why the excessive police violence? Here's a guess: #Ferguson police chief got training in Israel... #Gaza pic.twitter.com/RxEznr8cGP https://twitter.com/tparsi...
Scott Horton: Israel trains your cops to treat you like occupied Palestinians. You still love them. Because TV says you should. http://www.stltoday.com/news... https://twitter.com/scottho... - Sean McBride
Anonymous: If anyone missed this: #Ferguson Police Chief Tim Fitch Studied Counter-Terrorism in Israel with IDF pic.twitter.com/Oc3NBSPJbx https://twitter.com/YourAno... - Sean McBride
Steven Perez
BBC News - #BBCtrending: From Ferguson to 'Fergustan' - http://www.bbc.com/news...
BBC News - #BBCtrending: From Ferguson to 'Fergustan'
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"The shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown sparked often violent protests, looting and rioting across Ferguson, Missouri, over the past three days. Some commentators have now dubbed the suburb "Fergustan" on social media, suggesting the area now resembles a "war zone". Eyewitnesses say Mr Brown raised his arms in an attempt to surrender before he was shot by an officer, but police say there was a struggle. As local and county police have taken to the streets to contain the unrest, many have questioned whether their show of force has been too excessive." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Our local police force just purchased several military surplus vehicles ... I guess because they were cheap. But one does wonder if they arent overkill. - Shannon - GlassMistress
Cops with tanks is why non-violence is not never winning. Cops don't understand or respect non-violence. They understand guns and the application escalation of violence to subdue/win They only respect other guns se Cliven Bundy. - WarLord
What's a gun gonna do to an MRAP? They'll just run you over. - Victor Ganata
Cops don't respect guns either. If you're black or brown and armed, they won't even hesitate to pull the trigger. It's just that they're not (yet) willing to gun down white people in broad daylight. That's the real reason they didn't touch Cliven Bundy. - Victor Ganata
I attended my "police riots" in my youth This is not a flashback that I'm enjoying. But I don't see Walt Street or the cops volunteering to give back their power..... We really have no choice in the matter any more - WarLord
Well, it's going to take more than just guns. - Victor Ganata
Yes. That's why you law abiding citizens should surrender all your guns. So the government can protect you. http://therundownlive.com/us-army... - Eric Logan
Hey, go ahead and fire your guns at cops if it gives you a hard on. I'm not going to stop you. I'm just trying not to get myself killed, is all. Some people are more entitled to Second Amendment rights than others. - Victor Ganata
Only if you're not a white rancher, mooching off federal land. After all, wouldn't want to give the thugs any ideas that they have rights or anything. - Steven Perez
Let's face it. None of this would be happening if Michael Brown had actually pointed a gun at a cop (or if the Ferguson PD had planted a gun on his corpse). He'd just be written off as some criminal. And maybe that's what some people want by pushing guns on disenfranchised people so hard: an excuse for cops to gun them all down without any remorse or any worries about the bad PR. - Victor Ganata
Actually I think everyone is entitled to their second amendments rights until they commit a crime that strips them of their rights. The MRAP's where a little late in my estimation. Now they are being used on peaceful protesters. I am not pushing guns on anyone I am just not for giving up rights. I don't live in a hypothetical world either. - Eric Logan
That everyone has the same right to the Second Amendment is most assuredly entirely hypothetical. - Victor Ganata
Not where I live it isn't. Georgia even has an open carry law. - Eric Logan
Well, I'm sure law-abiding armed PoCs never get shot to death by cops in Georgia, then. - Victor Ganata
It's kind of hard to tell because apparently they don't really want us to know. This is all I could find they do keep very good statistics on policeman that get shot though. Police Involved Shooting Statistics: A National One-Year Summary. http://jimfishertruecrime.blogspot.com/2012... - Eric Logan
I wonder what the odds are that an armed law-abiding PoC who shoots a corrupt cop trying to arrest/kill him on trumped-up charges will be lauded as a hero and not a, you know, cop-killing murderer? - Victor Ganata
There was a cop-killing criminal, Lovell Mixon, who murdered four Oakland police officers before being shot himself. He was raping, drug-dealing, violent scum. Yet there are some locally who see him as some kind of hero. There's even a movie defending his actions. There are dozens of perspectives out there. Some are really fucked up. But people believe them. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
True, some really messed-up people get lionized, but however way you slice it, the odds that a PoC shooting at cops comes out alive—justified or not—seem fairly slim. - Victor Ganata
Steven Perez
Anonymous hacks Ferguson, Mo., police site for dispatch tapes - CNET - http://www.cnet.com/news...
"The hacking collective publishes hours of alleged police dispatch tapes on Twitter and YouTube from the day unarmed teenager Michael Brown was shot to death by police in a St. Louis suburb." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
I saw somewhere that these probably came from a public subscription service, so probably real and probably not a hack. - Andrew C (✔)
Steven Perez
Anonymous Releases Alleged Name Of Officer They Say Fatally Shot Michael Brown « CBS St. Louis - http://stlouis.cbslocal.com/2014...
Anonymous Releases Alleged Name Of Officer They Say Fatally Shot Michael Brown « CBS St. Louis
"ST. LOUIS (CBS St. Louis/AP) — Internet hacking group “Anonymous” released Thursday morning on Twitter the alleged name of the Ferguson police officer they claim fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown last weekend. The group then warned that they will first release the officer’s photo, then his address, and finally “full documents” within hours if the St. Louis County Police Department does not respond. CBS St. Louis will not identify the person named by Anonymous until it is confirmed by officials. Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson said Wednesday that they will not release the officer’s name due to threats, despite cyber-attacks on the city’s website." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Steven Perez
‘Overkill’: Images from Ferguson protest show cops treating city like a war zone - http://www.rawstory.com/rs...
‘Overkill’: Images from Ferguson protest show cops treating city like a war zone
"As demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri enter their fourth night, pictures and online posts from the scene show an escalation in response from St. Louis County police. Despite police insisting, “Your right to demonstrate is not being obstructed,” they have brought at least 70 SWAT team officers and one tank to stand opposite the protesters in the street. The Huffington Post reported that state Sen. Maria Chapelle Nadal (D), who criticized the police response in an MSNBC interview on Tuesday night, was taken into custody." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Steven Perez
Police Militarization In Ferguson - Business Insider - http://www.businessinsider.com/police-...
Police Militarization In Ferguson - Business Insider
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"In Afghanistan, we patrolled in big, armored trucks. We wore uniforms that conveyed the message, "We are a military force, and we are in control right now." Many Afghans saw us as occupiers. And now we see some of our police officers in this same way. "The militarization of law enforcement is counter-productive to domestic policing and needs to stop," tweeted Andrew Exum, a former Army infantry officer. If there's one thing I learned in Afghanistan, it's this: You can't win a person's heart and mind when you are pointing a rifle at his or her chest." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Steven Perez
Protesters and police face off in St. Louis suburb over shooting - LA Times - http://www.latimes.com/nation...
Protesters and police face off in St. Louis suburb over shooting - LA Times
"Blacks in Ferguson are twice as likely to be stopped by police as whites, according to an annual report on racial profiling by the Missouri attorney general. Last year, 93% of arrests following car stops in Ferguson were of blacks. Ninety-two percent of searches and 80% of car stops involved blacks, the report said." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Steven Perez
Not Just Ferguson: 11 Eye-Opening Facts About America's Militarized Police Forces | Perspectives | BillMoyers.com - http://billmoyers.com/2014...
Not Just Ferguson: 11 Eye-Opening Facts About America's Militarized Police Forces | Perspectives | BillMoyers.com
"The “war on terror” has come home — and it’s wreaking havoc on innocent American lives. The culprit is the militarization of the police. The weapons that destroyed Afghanistan and Iraq have made their way to local law enforcement. While police forces across the country began a process of militarization — complete with SWAT teams and flash-bang grenades — when President Reagan intensified the “war on drugs,” the post-9/11 “war on terror” has added fuel to the fire. Through laws and regulations like a provision in defense budgets that authorizes the Pentagon to transfer surplus military gear to police forces, local law enforcement agencies are using weapons found on the battlefields of South Asia and the Middle East." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Steven Perez
War Comes Home: The Excessive Militarization of American Policing | American Civil Liberties Union - https://www.aclu.org/war-com...
War Comes Home: The Excessive Militarization of American Policing | American Civil Liberties Union
"All across the country, heavily armed SWAT teams are raiding people’s homes in the middle of the night, often just to search for drugs. It should enrage us that people have needlessly died during these raids, that pets have been shot, and that homes have been ravaged. Our neighborhoods are not warzones, and police officers should not be treating us like wartime enemies. Any yet, every year, billions of dollars’ worth of military equipment flows from the federal government to state and local police departments. Departments use these wartime weapons in everyday policing, especially to fight the wasteful and failed drug war, which has unfairly targeted people of color. As our new report makes clear, it’s time for American police to remember that they are supposed to protect and serve our communities, not wage war on the people who live in them." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
"It is widely known that policing tactics across the country often unfairly target communities of color. According to our investigation, the use of paramilitary weapons and tactics appears to be no different. These maps show the distribution of SWAT raids by racial composition of neighborhoods in two cities, but this trend is echoed nationwide. Read the complete report for more." - Steven Perez
Andrew C (✔)
"One big pet peeve is the people who inevitably respond to any report of specific state malfeasance with, "this surprises you???" Sometimes it's from those who are being apologists - spying on you is their job!!! - and sometimes it's from those who have long ago concluded that everything is inevitably horrible and that everybody else is just a naive fool who is unaware of the evil around us." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
WarLord
The limitation of riots, moral questions aside, is that they cannot win and their participants know it. Hence, rioting is not revolutionary but reactionary because it invites defeat. It involves an emotional catharsis, but it must be followed by a sense of futility. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Eric Logan
John Paulson: Goldman Scandal's Real Ringmaster? - http://realestate.aol.com/blog...
John Paulson: Goldman Scandal's Real Ringmaster?
The suit is formally against Goldman -- with its young banker Fabrice "Fabulous Fab" Tourre front and center. But it was John Paulson (pictured at left), the very smart manager and namesake of hedge fund Paulson & Co., who created the concept of the sophisticated, complex and ethically challenged "synthetic" securities that were unavailable to ordinary investors and are about to dictate historic financial reform on Wall Street and beyond. The controversial security Paulson shaped for Goldman was called the Abacus Fund, and it was a rather elegant piece of financial engineering. The Abacus Fund--famously described in an email written by Goldman's Tourre as "all these complex, highly leveraged, exotic trades"--effectively bundled up the riskiest sub-prime mortgage loans because they offered an attractively high yield to investors. Then Paulson bet that the same securities would fail--making billions of dollars at the expense of their investors and the U.S. housing market. Ironically,... more... - Eric Logan from Bookmarklet
7-22-14. John Paulson and George Soros Score Big Selling OneWest Bank For $3.4 Billion. http://www.forbes.com/sites... - Eric Logan
# John Paulson: topics 1. billionaires 2. Christopher Bollyn 3. Chuck Schumer 4. George Soros 5. Goldman Sachs 6. hedge fund billionaires 7. Israel 8. Jewish billionaires 9. Mossad - Sean McBride
Andrew C (✔)
31 In A Billion: Election Expert's Report Shatters Right-Wing Media Voter ID Myths | Blog | Media Matters for America - http://mediamatters.org/blog...
"While evidence of widespread voter fraud has yet to surface, right-wing media figures have nevertheless insisted that "there are plenty of instances" of voter fraud and that there is "concrete evidence ... of massive voter fraud." But according to a new study by Loyola University law professor Justin Levitt, the in-person voter fraud that strict voter ID prevents is still nearly non-existent. Levitt's study, which "track[ed] any specific, credible allegation that someone may have pretended to be someone else at the polls, in any way that an ID law could fix" found just 31 instances of this potential voter fraud between 2000 and 2014. According to Levitt, "more than 1 billion ballots were cast in that period."" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"Election fraud happens. But ID laws are not aimed at the fraud you'll actually hear about. Most current ID laws (Wisconsin is a rare exception) aren't designed to stop fraud with absentee ballots [...] Instead, requirements to show ID at the polls are designed for pretty much one thing: people showing up at the polls pretending to be somebody else in order to each cast one incremental fake ballot. This is a slow, clunky way to steal an election. Which is why it rarely happens." - Andrew C (✔)
Steven Perez
Rick Perry Says Children Of Gaza Are Legitimate Targets - http://www.addictinginfo.org/2014...
Rick Perry Says Children Of Gaza Are Legitimate Targets
"This continued line that Hamas is using civilians as “human shields” has no basis in fact.  The BBC’s veteran reporter Jeremy Bowen writes: “I saw no evidence during my week in Gaza of Israel’s accusation that Hamas uses Palestinians as human shields.” The Guardian: “In the past week, the Guardian has seen large numbers of people fleeing different neighborhoods.. and no evidence that Hamas had compelled them to stay.” The Independent: “Some Gazans have admitted that they were afraid of criticizing Hamas, but none have said they had been forced by the organisation to stay in places of danger and become unwilling human-shields.” Reuters, 2013: “A United Nations human rights body accused Israeli forces on Thursday of mistreating Palestinian children, including by torturing those in custody and using others as human shields.” So, if there is no evidence to support the claim – why is it being made? And why is it so ubiquitous among pro-Israel commentators?" - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
"This answer is pulled directly from “The Israel project’s 2009 Global Language Dictionary” - a study prepared by Republican pollster and political strategist Dr Frank Luntz. This project studied the language that pro-Israel spokespeople, and lawmakers needed to use and avoid, in order to evoke the sympathy of a US audience. It sounds as Orwellian as it is. This policy of being the... more... - Steven Perez
"Jewish Voice For Peace has cataloged some of the specific acts of violence meted out to civilians during this process, which Palestinians refer to as ‘The Nakba”: In April, 1948, the same month as the infamous massacre at Deir Yassin, Plan Dalet was put into operation. It authorized the destruction of Palestinian villages and the expulsion of the indigenous population outside the... more... - Steven Perez
Andrew C (✔)
Banks Cash In on Inversion Deals Intended to Elude Taxes - NYTimes.com - http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2014...
"On a conference call with reporters, Mr. Dimon of JPMorgan Chase was asked about inversion deals. His reply? “You want the choice to be able to go to Walmart to get the lowest prices,” Mr. Dimon said. “Companies should be able to make that choice as well.”" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
IMO, when you go to Wal-Mart for the lowest prices, you knowingly make tradeoffs. Companies executing inversions want it both ways: they want to do business in the US and be headquartered here but not pay for it. - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
Governor Christie Embraces Theft | The National Memo - http://www.nationalmemo.com/governo...
Governor Christie Embraces Theft | The National Memo
"Embattled New Jersey governor Chris Christie has come out foursquare for wage theft. As reported Sunday by Karen Tumulty of The Washington Post, Christie met with 200 citizens at the Jersey shore last week and, regarding state worker retirement benefits, declared: “Promises were made that can’t be kept… Welcome to the real world, folks.”" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"Tumulty and other first-rate political reporters are covering Christie’s not-fully-specified plans to cut post-retirement health care benefits and/or pensions as a political story: Reformist GOP governor championing taxpayer interests takes on greedy, Democratic-allied public worker unions. Nothing better illustrates why policy reporters, not politics reporters, should be covering... more... - Andrew C (✔)
"And to be clear, it’s not the taxpayers’ money, but the workers’. The state gets their labor as compensation for the work they do. No moral principle supports paying workers less than was agreed. Christie is winning plaudits from many people who fail to grasp the principle that all compensation is earned and failing to pay in full is theft. These plaudits would be far less likely if he ran a company instead of a government." - Andrew C (✔)
"Pensions are not gifts. Pensions are earned. Ditto post-retirement health care benefits that new hires were told they would earn. Declaring that any compensation that was earned will not be paid is to engage in deliberate and calculated theft." - Andrew C (✔)
WarLord
The right’s anti-healthcare jubilee! Why they can’t quit the Obamacare obsession http://www.salon.com/2014... via @Salon
"...The unseemly side to all this celebrating is the fact that these conservatives are, in effect, throwing a party over a judicial ruling that would strip millions of people of their health coverage. “The next time Republicans are wondering why so many people think their party is cruel and uncaring and will gladly crush the lives of ordinary people if it means gaining some momentary partisan advantage, they might think back to this case,” wrote Paul Waldman in the American Prospect. ..." - WarLord
Andrew C (✔)
[Chuck Schumer:] "Polarization and partisanship are a plague on American politics. Political scientists have found that the two parties have each grown more ideologically homogeneous since the 1970s." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"Um, good? What a horrible thing it is for members of a political party to roughly unite around a shared policy agenda and provide a reasonably good signal to voters about what they're actually voting for! People should just be randomly assigned into parties, maybe with a sorting hat! " - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
"My takeaway is that Cuomo's corruption investigations were just another form of corruption, something done with the intention of hanging it over the heads of other politicians. Find out where the bodies are buried, and make sure everybody knows you know." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
Blacklisted: The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist - The Intercept - https://firstlook.org/theinte...
"After stressing that hunches are not reasonable suspicion and that “there must be an objective factual basis” for labeling someone a terrorist, it goes on to state that no actual facts are required:" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"While the guidelines nominally prohibit nominations based on unreliable information, they explicitly regard “uncorroborated” Facebook or Twitter posts as sufficient grounds for putting an individual on one of the watchlists. “Single source information,” the guidelines state, “including but not limited to ‘walk-in,’ ‘write-in,’ or postings on social media sites, however, should not... more... - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
Hullabaloo: "Minority Report" for dummies - http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014...
[https://firstlook.org/theinte... - Scahill:] "“Instead of a watchlist limited to actual, known terrorists, the government has built a vast system based on the unproven and flawed premise that it can predict if a person will commit a terrorist act in the future,” says Hina Shamsi, the head of the ACLU’s National Security Project. “On that dangerous theory, the government is secretly blacklisting people as suspected terrorists and giving them the impossible task of proving themselves innocent of a threat they haven’t carried out.” Shamsi, who reviewed the document, added, “These criteria should never have been kept secret.”" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
[Scahill, cont:] "The document’s definition of “terrorist” activity includes actions that fall far short of bombing or hijacking. In addition to expected crimes, such as assassination or hostage-taking, the guidelines also define destruction of government property and damaging computers used by financial institutions as activities meriting placement on a list. They also define as terrorism any act that is “dangerous” to property and intended to influence government policy through intimidation." - Andrew C (✔)
WarLord
#SCOTUS #ObamaCare Last time around Roberts ripped away Medicaid to cripple the law he found constitutional, this time around with "subsidy" lawsuit he gets another bite at the law he hated to approve. What devils bargain will Robert's demand to keep the subsidy in place so people can keep their insurance?
Eric Logan
Brits Investigate Assassination of the Spy Who Warned Us About Putin - The Daily Beast - http://www.thedailybeast.com/article...
Brits Investigate Assassination of the Spy Who Warned Us About Putin - The Daily Beast
The British government admitted for the first time earlier this year that the murder investigation had been curbed for political reasons. “It is true that international relations have been a factor in the Government’s decision-making,” - Eric Logan from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
Halbig v. Burwell Ruling: Anti-Obamacare Lawsuit Could Backfire on GOP | New Republic - http://www.newrepublic.com/article...
"Conservatives would like to believe that they could just leave something as deeply rooted as Obamacare permanently hobbled, or that they could use the ensuing chaos as leverage, to force Democrats to reopen the books, and perhaps gut the law in other ways. I think they're miscalculating. Just as government shutdowns and debt default threats don't create leverage because the public doesn't support inviting chaos in pursuit of unrelated goals, I don't think an adverse ruling in Halbig will create leverage for the GOP." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"But it would needlessly create significant hardship for millions of people. If Congress didn't act, and red-state governors threw their middle- and low-income constituents under the bus, they'd saddle the country with a two-tiered health care system, in which residents of blue states have functioning insurance markets and near-universal coverage, and residents of red states are... more... - Andrew C (✔)
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