Obama signs NDAA 2014, indefinite detention remains

On Thursday President Obama signed into law the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a sweeping defense policy bill, which includes some improvements in terms of civil liberties and human rights on its previous two iterations. However, a number of provisions — as in the 2012 and 2013 NDAAs — should keep civil libertarians concerned.

Obama signs NDAA 2014, indefinite detention remains

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Father of slain Tsarnaev associate pens letter to Obama, alleges FBI deliberately killed son

Father of slain Tsarnaev associate pens letter to Obama, alleges FBI deliberately killed son​The father of Ibragim Todashev, former friend of alleged Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, has released an open letter to President Barack Obama calling for justice after his son’s murder. Todashev was killed by FBI agents in May. Abdulbaki Todashev’s letter includes photos of his son’s bullet-ridden body and his bloodstained Orlando, Florida apartment.

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State Dept whistleblower’s emails hacked, deleted

State Dept whistleblower’s emails hacked, deletedA US State Department whistleblower whose personal email files contained allegations of abuse and wrongdoing has had his account hacked. Four years of potential evidence has been deleted, his lawyer announced. A computer attack of unknown origin appears to have targeted Richard Higbie, a criminal investigator with the Diplomatic Security Service who earlier this year accused the State Department of blocking his career advancement.

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‘Scary’ NSA will spy on you – every which way they can

the NSA gets to do something like intercepting 7 billion people all day long with no problems, and the rest of us are not even allowed to experiment for improving the security of own our lives without being put in prison or under threat of serious indictment.  This is what [Thomas] Jefferson talked about when he talked about tyranny”

— Jacob Appelbaum

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100 Years Later, The Federal Reserve Has Failed At Everything It’s Tried

100 Years Later, The Federal Reserve Has Failed At Everything It’s TriedOn Dec. 23, 1913, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Owen Glass Act, creating the Federal Reserve. As we note its centennial, what has the Fed accomplished during the last 100 years? The stated original purposes were to protect the soundness of the dollar and banks and also to lessen the jarring ups and downs of the business cycle.

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BofA’s legal costs mount in Countrywide mortgage fiasco

BofA’s legal costs mount in Countrywide mortgage fiascoFederal prosecutors want BofA to pay $864 million after the bank’s stinging defeat in a major civil fraud trial in October. A jury found BofA liable in a case centered on a Countrywide program called “The Hustle,” which churned out risky home loans before selling them to mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

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US govt’s wanton approval of harmful pesticides fueling ‘bee holocaust’ – lawsuit

​US govt’s wanton approval of harmful pesticides fueling ‘bee holocaust’ – lawsuitAFP Photo / Dieter Nagl In response to rapidly dwindling global honey bee populations – vital in pollinating a third of the world’s crops – environmental and food safety groups have sued the EPA for approving bee-ravaging pesticides despite damning evidence of their effects.

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Top 25 Censored Stories from 2012-2013

Top 25 Censored Stories from 2012-2013The presentation of this year’s Top 25 stories extends the tradition originated by Professor Carl Jensen and his Sonoma State students in 1976, while reflecting how the expansion of the Project to include affiliate faculty and students from campuses across the country and around the world-initiated several years ago as outgoing director Peter Phillips passed the reins to current director Mickey Huff-has made the Project even more diverse and robust.

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Trans Pacific Partnership Is “Corporatist Power Grab”, “As Democratic And Transparent As A One-Party State,” Shrouded In “Big Brother-Like Secrecy”

Bloomberg: Trans Pacific Partnership Is “Corporatist Power Grab”, “As Democratic And Transparent As A One-Party State,” Shrouded In “Big Brother-Like Secrecy”Stop the Anti-American Power Grab The U.S. Trade Representative – the federal agency responsible for negotiating trade treaties – has said that the details of the Trans Pacific Partnership are classified due to “national security”. A Congressman who has seen the text of the treaty says: There is no national security purpose in keeping this text secret …

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US Empire successful in stopping the betterment of the world’s people

US Empire successful in stopping the betterment of the world’s people – Dr. Michael ParentiIn destroying country after country, the US Empire is doing well. One devastated country after the other has made it clear that any country which pursues independent sovereign policies and attempts to better its own position and the state of its people becomes a target for the US Empire.

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Californians outraged after police acquire military armored vehicle to patrol city

Californians outraged after police acquire military armored vehicle to patrol cityKevork Djansezian / Getty Images / AFP Police in Salinas, California are under fire after the department acquired a heavily armored military vehicle for SWAT team operations. The $650,000 vehicle was gifted to the Salinas Police Department from the government through the 1033 program, which redistributes used equipment to other agencies.

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Fracking opponents in Pennsylvania dealt rare victory by state court

​Fracking opponents in Pennsylvania dealt rare victory by state courtThe Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a 2012 fracking law allowing gas companies to drill anywhere in the state without regard to local zoning laws is unconstitutional. The court’s decision called the state’s Marcellus Shale drilling law, Act 13, unconstitutional given restrictions it placed on municipalities’ rights.

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