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Obama war chiefs widen drone kill box

Washington Times | The Pentagon has loosened its guidelines on avoiding civilian casualties during drone strikes, modifying instructions from requiring military personnel to “ensure” civilians are not targeted to encouraging service members to “avoid targeting” civilians. In addition, instructions now tell commanders that collateral damage “must not be excessive” in relation to mission goals, according to Public Intelligence, a nonprofit research group that analyzed the military’s directives on drone strikes.

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War & The Military, Video :: 793 Views :: 0 Comments
Rand Paul: Americans Trading Liberty for False Security

Breitbart.com | Montag knew this. Montag’s father and his grandfather had been firemen. It had been his duty for many years to start fires. He knew it was his duty to burn books, but this day would be different. Montag arrived on the scene to do his job but found a woman who wouldn’t leave. He complained that she had all of her books but still wouldn’t leave. Undeterred, Montag proceeds with the other firemen to douse her books—and her—with kerosene. The woman shouts out and goads them. She is indignant that they would touch her books at all, and she still wouldn’t leave. She says to them: “Play the man, Master Ridley; today we will light such a candle, by God’s grace, in England, that it won’t be forgotten.

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Civil Liberties :: 429 Views :: 0 Comments
Expert Testifies to Congress that Obama’s ‘Ignoring Laws’ Could Lead to Overthrow of Government

Mediaite.com | During a congressional committee hearing about the constitutional limits imposed on the presidency and the implications of President Barack Obama’s disregard for implementing the Affordable Care Act as written, one expert testified that the consequences of the president’s behavior were potentially grave. He said that the precedent set by Obama could eventually lead to an armed revolt against the federal government.

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Politics & Government :: 688 Views :: 0 Comments
Some NSA Opponents Want to 'Nullify' Surveillance With State Law

USNews | The National Security Agency has an Achilles heel, according to some anti-surveillance activists. The key vulnerability, according to members of the OffNow coalition of advocacy groups: The electronic spy agency's reliance on local utilities.

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Civil Liberties :: 550 Views :: 0 Comments
Why Are So Many Wealthy People Building Futuristic High Tech Security Bunkers?

EndOfTheAmericanDream.com | The wealthy are spending more to protect themselves from all the rest of us than ever before.  So why are they so concerned about the future?  Do they know something that the rest of us don’t?  Or do they just have the money to buy the type of security that the rest of us would if we could?  Over the past few years, wealthy people all over America have been equipping their homes with futuristic high tech security systems that go far beyond the kinds of things portrayed in recent Hollywood films such as “The Purge“.

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Social Issues :: 556 Views :: 0 Comments
An Overwhelming Amount of Americans Want Congress to Be Drug Tested

InTheCapital | It's a little frightening to me just how common drug testing is in America. From applying to a new job to simply trying out for a high school football team could require you to take the time to pee into a cup and prove to the federal government that you aren't involved in recreational drug use. This prevalence of drug testing makes it seem only fair that members of Congress would have to go through the same process, just so we can be sure they aren't just high the next time they try to repeal Obamacare.

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Politics & Government :: 744 Views :: 0 Comments
Airlines sound alarm on possible security fee hike

FOX KDVR | Congress isn’t expected to raise taxes as part of any 2014 budget deal, but it might hike some “user fees” the federal government charges businesses and individuals. A likely possibility: An increase in a passenger security fee that industry lobbyists warn could add to the price of plane tickets.

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Civil Liberties :: 493 Views :: 0 Comments
Childhood friend of Barack Obama comes forward with damaging information

Examiner | A woman who claims to be a former childhood friend of President Barack Obama has spoken out about the president's past in an exclusive interview. Mia Marie Pope spoke by telephone with Dr. James Manning on Nov. 4, and her story should be heard by everyone. Pope gave alarming details about President Obama's life and personality while he was attending high school in Hawaii.

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Politics & Government :: 1218 Views :: 0 Comments
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 :: 692 Views :: 0 Comments
‘Genderqueer’ rising: Colleges welcome kids who identify as neither male nor female

AP |  The weekly meetings of Mouthing Off!, a group for students at Mills College in Oakland, Calif., who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, always start the same way. Members take turns going around the room saying their names and the personal pronouns they want others to use when referring to them — she, he or something else.

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Social Issues :: 844 Views :: 0 Comments
After 12 Yrs of U.S. Occupation, Afghanistan Sets Record for Growing Opium

CNS News | After 12 years of occupation by U.S. military forces, Afghanistan set a record for growing opium poppies in 2013, according to newly released data from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. “Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan reached a sobering record high in 2013,” said the UNODC. “According to the 2013 Afghanistan Opium Survey, cultivation amounted to some 209,000 hectares, outstripping the earlier record in 2007 of 193,000 hectares, and representing a 36 per cent increase over 2012.”

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War & The Military :: 851 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 :: 603 Views :: 0 Comments
Tally of U.S. Banks Sinks to Record Low

WSJ | The number of banking institutions in the U.S. has dwindled to its lowest level since at least the Great Depression, as a sluggish economy, stubbornly low interest rates and heightened regulation take their toll on the sector. The number of federally insured institutions nationwide shrank to 6,891 in the third quarter after this summer falling below 7,000 for the first time since federal regulators began keeping track in 1934, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

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Economics :: 695 Views :: 0 Comments
How the US gave guns to Mexican cartels

New York Post | In September 2009, John Dodson, an agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, was assigned to the ATF’s Phoenix office. What he found there shocked him. The bureau was encouraging gun dealers to sell weapons in bulk to known straw buyers, who would funnel those guns to Mexican drug cartels. Known as Operation Fast and Furious, it ended with the death of at least one American law enforcement officer. Dodson became a congressional whistleblower, and the investigation into the operation is ongoing. In this exclusive excerpt from his new book, “The Unarmed Truth,” Dodson explains how tragically inept Fast and Furious was.

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Immigration & Borders :: 927 Views :: 0 Comments
The Money Changers Serenade: A New Plot Hatches

PaulCraigRoberts.org | Former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, a protege of Treasury Secretaries Rubin and Summers, has received his reward for continuing the Rubin-Summers-Paulson policy of supporting the “banks too big to fail” at the expense of the economy and American people. For his service to the handful of gigantic banks, whose existence attests to the fact that the Anti-Trust Act is a dead-letter law, Geithner has been appointed president and managing director of the private equity firm, Warburg Pincus and is on his way to his fortune.

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Economics :: 938 Views :: 0 Comments
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