Report: All But Four Of The High-Profile Domestic Terrorism Plots In The Last Decade Were Crafted From The Ground Up By The FBI

TechDirt, By Tim Cushing, July 23

Human Rights Watch has just published a report containing the facts needed to back up everyone’s suspicions that the FBI counterterrorism efforts are almost solely composed of breaking up “plots” of its own design. And the bigger and more high-profile the “bust” was, the better the chance that FBI [...]

UN human rights chief: Israel may be committing war crimes in Gaza

Despite Israeli lobbying, Palestinians have managed to call for a vote on Wednesday on severe condemnation of IDF operation in Gaza.

Ha’aretz, By Barak Ravid, July 23

The UN human rights chief said Wednesday during an emergency meeting that Israel may be committing war crimes in Gaza.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [...]

Court Strikes Down Federal Obamacare Subsidies

NBC, By Maggie Fox, July 22

In a potentially lethal blow to Obamacare, a federal appeals court has ruled that the federal government may not subsidize health insurance plans bought by people in states that decided not to set up their own marketplaces under Obamacare.

The law clearly says that states are to set up [...]

Nigerian Boko Haram Attack Forces 15,000 Villagers to Flee Homes

Bloomberg, By Michael Olukayode, July 21

More than 15,000 people have fled their homes in northeastern Nigeria since an attack last week by suspected Islamist militants that left at least 21 people dead, said an emergency official.

Residents are fleeing from Damboa and areas surrounding the town in fear for their lives, spokesman for the [...]

Gaza crisis: 13 Israeli soldiers, scores of Gazans killed

BBC, July 20

Israel and Gaza have both suffered their bloodiest day since the beginning of the current offensive.

Israel says that 13 of its soldiers died since Saturday night, the biggest one-day loss for its army in years.

At least 87 Gazans were reported killed on Sunday – 60 of them in the district [...]

CA Halts Injection of Fracking Waste, Warning it May Be Contaminating Aquifers

ProPublica, By Abrahm Lustgarten, July 18

California officials have ordered an emergency shut-down of 11 oil and gas waste injection sites and a review more than 100 others in the state’s drought-wracked Central Valley out of fear that companies may have been pumping fracking fluids and other toxic waste into drinking water aquifers there.

The [...]

Stephen Cohen: Downed Malaysian Plane Raises Risk of War Between Russia and the West

Democracy Now, July 18

A Malaysia Airlines flight carrying 298 people has exploded and crashed in eastern Ukraine, killing everyone on board. U.S. and Ukrainian officials say the Boeing 777 was shot down by a Russian-made surface-to-air missile, but it is unclear who fired the missile. The plane was traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur [...]

Feds approve oil exploration off US Eastern Coast

Associated Press, By Jason Dearen, July 19

St. Augustine Beach, FL – The Obama administration has sided with energy developers over environmentalists, approving the use of underwater blasts of sound to pinpoint oil and gas deposits in federal Atlantic Ocean waters.

The regulatory decision is the first real step toward what could be an economic [...]

Wasting Water in California Will Now Cost You $500

Vice.com, By Kayla Ruble, July 16

California, where a sizable percentage of the food Americans eat is grown, is in the middle of a historic three-year drought. And yesterday, the state issued its first mandatory water restrictions just in time for the height of the state’s wildfire season and hot-weather energy demands.

The State Water [...]

FCC Web woes extend net neutrality deadline

Politico, By Brooks Boliek & Katy Bachman, July 15

The Federal Communications Commission could have used an Internet “fast lane” on Tuesday as a flood of net neutrality comments caused its website to sputter and forced the agency to extend its deadline for accepting public input on its controversial plan.

FCC officials hope the additional [...]

Israel makes first ground incursion in Gaza

Al Arabiya, July 13

Israeli navy commandos launched a ground operation overnight in the north of the Gaza Strip, the first since the offensive against Hamas began, Israeli public radio said early Sunday.

The brief incursion targeted a rocket launcher site, it said in statements quoted by Agence France-Presse.

The armed branch of Hamas confirmed [...]

US warns of ‘widespread conflict’ in Libya

State Department calls for draft of new constitution to take place unhindered amid increasing volatility.

Al Jazeera, July 13

The United States has warned that the conflict in Libya could become “widespread,” urging that a new parliament be quickly seated after contested elections.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki also called for work on drafting Libya’s [...]

Utah to appeal same-sex marriage ruling to US supreme court

The Guardian, By Jessica Glenza, July 9

New York – A definitive ruling on the constitutionality of gay marriage in the United States could come within a year, after the state of Utah decided to petition the supreme court over a lower court ruling that permitted same-sex marriage in the state.

The attorney general of [...]

White House: racial slurs in NSA intelligence material ‘unacceptable’

FBI and NSA to review policy after leaked documents suggest training materials referred to targets using offensive language.

The Guardian, By Spencer Ackerman, July 9

The White House has instructed US security agencies to review their training and policy materials for racial or religious bias after documents leaked by Edward Snowden showed training material for [...]

Senate committee passes CISA cybersecurity bill that could broaden NSA powers

RT, July 8

New cybersecurity legislation cleared the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday during a closed session. Critics fear it may broaden the NSA’s already formidable access to Americans’ data.

Written by Senate Intelligence Chair Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), CISA – or Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act – is widely seen as [...]