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Over 700,000 people on US watch list: and once you get on, there’s no way off

RT | The names of nearly three-quarters of a million individuals have been secretly added to watch lists administered by the United States government, but federal officials are adamant about keeping information about these rosters under wraps. A report by the New York Times’ Susan Stellin published over the weekend attempted to shine much-deserved light on an otherwise largely unexposed program of federal watch lists, but details about these directories — including the names of individuals on them and what they did to get there — remain as elusive as ever.

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Civil Liberties :: 2236 Views :: 0 Comments
NSA Sent Home Talking Points for Employees to Use in Conversations with Family & Friends During Holidays

Fire Dog Lake | A sheet of talking points for employees of the National Security Agency and Central Security Services, was sent out ahead of Thanksgiving to help guide conversations with family and friends during the holiday season. Firedoglake obtained a copy of a two-page document that was sent out on November 22. It was clearly put together for rebutting statements about the NSA from news stories on documents disclosed by former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden, and it encouraged employees to “share the following points with family members and close friends.”

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Civil Liberties :: 1529 Views :: 0 Comments
Feds Say Possession of “Large Amounts” of Weapons May Indicate Terrorist Activity | A joint bulletin issued in early August by the Department of Homeland Security and FBI warns state and local law enforcement agencies to look out for people in possession of “large amounts” of weapons and ammunition, describing the discovery of “unusual amounts” of weapons as a potential indicator of criminal or terrorist activity.

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Civil Liberties :: 2615 Views :: 0 Comments
Britain wants its guns back

The Commentator | A Daily Telegraph online poll has revealed that over 80 percent of Brits would rather a repeal on the hand gun ban over various other "new law" choices Last Friday the Daily Telegraph, Britain's most widely read broadsheet newspaper, issued an online poll asking members of the public which proposal they would like to see introduced as a Private Members' Bill in the UK's Parliament. Private Members' Bills are introduced by Members of Parliament or Peers who are not government ministers.

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International :: 1657 Views :: 0 Comments
NYPD Stopped, Frisked 8.6% of City in 2011

Newser | The NYPD detained the equivalent of 8.6% of all New Yorkers as part of its controversial "stop and frisk" program in 2011, and almost all of them were minorities, according to a statistical breakdown the department released last night. All told, police stopped a record 685,724 people, and nearly 90% of them were either black or Hispanic, the New York Post reports. Only 9% were white and 4% Asian. In many places, the racial disparity was even worse. In the two precincts that saw the most stops, Brooklyn's 75th and 73rd, 97% and 98% of cases, respectively, involved blacks or Hispanics.

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Civil Liberties :: 1686 Views :: 0 Comments
Shock claim: Obama only wants military leaders who 'will fire on U.S. citizens'

Examiner | On Monday, renowned author and humanitarian Dr. Jim Garrow made a shocking claim about what we can expect to see in Obama's second term.Garrow made the following Facebook post:I have just been informed by a former senior military leader that Obama is using a new “litmus test” in determining who will stay and who must go in his military leaders. Get ready to explode folks. “The new litmus test of leadership in the military is if they will fire on US citizens or not.” Those who will not are being removed

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Civil Liberties :: 1429 Views :: 0 Comments
America’s Moral Degeneracy | On May 31, 2010, the Israeli right-wing government sent armed military troops to illegally board in international waters Gaza aid ships of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla organized by the Free Gaza Movement and the Turkish Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief. The Israelis murdered 8 Turkish citizens and one US citizen in cold blood. Many others were wounded by the forces of “the only democracy in the Middle East.”

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Social Issues :: 1282 Views :: 0 Comments
Mini Documentary Reveals Full Extent of Stellar Wind Domestic Spy Program | A new mini documentary by Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker and journalist Laura Poitras blows the lid off the US government’s secretive domestic spy program – a system currently storing all electronic communications and analyzing it in real time, building dossiers on virtually every American.

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Civil Liberties :: 1150 Views :: 0 Comments
Officials Confirm: Obama Decides Who Lives and Who Dies

Anti-War | Following in a long line of things that President Obama is supposedly fundamentally morally opposed to that he does anyways, the New York Times has a lengthy new expose on the policy of targeted assassinations, with the revelation that the president has put himself at the center of the campaign.

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Politics & Government :: 1306 Views :: 0 Comments
Drone Program Aims To 'Accelerate' Use Of Unmanned Aircraft By Police

Huffington Post | The Department of Homeland Security has launched a program to "facilitate and accelerate the adoption" of small, unmanned drones by police and other public safety agencies, an effort that an agency official admitted faces "a very big hurdle having to do with privacy." The $4 million Air-based Technologies Program, which will test and evaluate small, unmanned aircraft systems, is designed to be a "middleman" between drone manufacturers and first-responder agencies "before they jump into the pool," said John Appleby, a manager in the DHS Science and Technology Directorate's division of borders and maritime security.

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Civil Liberties, Video :: 2561 Views :: 0 Comments
NDAA Nullification Becomes Law in Virginia. Effective July 1st.

Tenth Amendment Center | Today, the Virginia legislature once again approved House Bill 1160 (HB1160), what many refer to as the NDAA Nullification Act. The support was overwhelming, again. In the House today the vote was 89-7 and the Senate concurred a few hours later, 36-1.

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Civil Liberties :: 976 Views :: 0 Comments
FBI Turns Off Thousands of GPS Devices After Supreme Court Ruling

WSJ | The Supreme Court’s recent ruling overturning the warrantless use of GPS tracking devices has caused a “sea change” inside the U.S. Justice Department, according to FBI General Counsel Andrew Weissmann. Mr. Weissmann, speaking at a University of San Francisco conference called “Big Brother in the 21st Century” on Friday, said that the court ruling prompted the FBI to turn off about 3,000 GPS tracking devices that were in use

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Civil Liberties :: 3951 Views :: 0 Comments
Ron Paul: Defense Bill Establishes Martial Law In America | Congressman condemns “bold, arrogant, dangerous” move to intern Americans without trial. Top tier presidential candidate Ron Paul has decried the ‘indefinite detention’ provision of the National Defense Authorization Act, warning that it represents an arrogant, bold and dangerous attempt to establish martial law in America.

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Civil Liberties :: 2229 Views :: 0 Comments
Bringing the ‘War on Terror’ Home

Consortium News | U.S. intelligence says the terror threat from al-Qaeda is receding, but Congress keeps on expanding the scope of this “war” so as not to look “weak on terror,” now adding new military powers that could be used against American citizens, writes ex-FBI agent Coleen Rowley. The political, military industrial, corporate class in Washington DC continues to re-make our Constitutional Republic into a powerful, unaccountable Military Empire.

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Civil Liberties :: 1844 Views :: 0 Comments
UK Police Tells Public To Report Anti-Government Beliefs As Terrorism | The London Metropolitan Police is encouraging businesses and the general public to immediately report anyone who holds anti-government political beliefs to the authorities as terrorists, calling on people to become volunteer informants as the state prepares for widespread social unrest.

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Civil Liberties :: 2084 Views :: 0 Comments
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