The Surveillance Engine: How the NSA Built Its Own Secret Google

The Intercept, By Ryan Gallagher, August 25

The National Security Agency is secretly providing data to nearly two dozen U.S. government agencies with a “Google-like” search engine built to share more than 850 billion records about phone calls, emails, cellphone locations, and internet chats, according to classified documents obtained by The Intercept.

The documents provide [...]

Obama Despair

It seems like so very long ago, many of us here at The Agonist gave up on Barack Obama. It was long ago – six years now – which is a long time considering the progress the United States could have made had Obama been the leader he promised to be. My disillusionment was almost [...]

US ‘set to launch air strikes’ on senior Isis terror chiefs in Syria

White House will ‘take action’ against threats as Turkey comes under pressure to halt flow of jihadists across its border

The Observer, By Toby Helm & Martin Chulov, August 23

The United States was said to be considering air strikes aimed at eliminating individual leaders of Islamic State as Turkey came under mounting pressure to [...]

Puerto Ricans flock to U.S. mainland as island’s political and economic crisis worsens

AFP, August 23

The island of Puerto Rico is depopulating, as residents stream to the US mainland fleeing the island’s economic crisis and political gridlock in search of jobs.

Since 2009, more Puerto Ricans have been living pn the American mainland than on the northeastern Caribbean US-territory, a trend that has accelerated in the years [...]

Epic Drought in West is Literally Moving Mountains

Bloomberg, By Bobby Magill, August 21

Climate Central — Climate change is driving the Greenland Ice Sheet to melt, which is contributing to sea level rise. But imagine that the same amount of water melting from Greenland each year is being lost in California and the rest of the West because of the epic drought [...]

Give Up Your Domestic Empire or Live Under It

AntiWar.com, By Dan Sanchez, August 20

In the recent film X-men: Days of Future Past, the “Sentinels” are robots programmed by non-mutant humans in the government to hunt and keep down the feared and marginalized population of “mutants.” Eventually, however, their programming undergoes major “mission creep,” and according to Wikipedia, the Sentinels, “expand their targets [...]

The simple policy that led America’s biggest drop in teen birth rates

The lessons and stories from Colorado’s surprisingly effective approach.

Washington Post, By Tina Griego, August 20

She was 15 and adrift. Her mother long dead. Her father otherwise occupied — he did not seem to notice when one of the young men who hung out in his corner market playing Street Fighter took an interest [...]

Oakland: Protesters march against police brutality Friday evening

Inside Bay Area, August 15

Oakland, CA – A group of about 200 protesters marched from downtown into West Oakland on Friday evening, denouncing police violence in the wake of the shooting of an unarmed man in the Midwest that has set off protests nationwide.

The marchers met up around 6 p.m. near Frank Ogawa [...]

U.S. firm helped the spyware industry build a potent digital weapon for sale overseas

Washington Post, By Barton Gellman, August 15

CloudShield Technologies, a California defense contractor, dispatched a senior engineer to Munich in the early fall of 2009. His instructions were unusually opaque.

As he boarded the flight, the engineer told confidants later, he knew only that he should visit a German national who awaited him with an [...]

Gov. Rick Perry of Texas Is Indicted on Charge of Abuse of Power

New York Times, By Manny Fernandez, August 15

Austin, TX – A grand jury indicted Gov. Rick Perry on two felony counts on Friday, charging that he abused his power last year when he tried to pressure the district attorney here, a Democrat, to step down by threatening to cut off state financing to her [...]

Reporters Arrested!!!

How many exclamation points should be added to the headline above? I sure hope three is enough to reflect the shock of the news that reporters from both The Huffington Post and The Washington Post were arrested last night in Ferguson, Missouri. Worse – they were just doing their job, sitting at a McDonald’s, writing [...]

The Most Wanted Man In The World

Wired, By James Bamford, August 2014

The message arrives on my “clean machine,” a MacBook Air loaded only with a sophisticated encryption package. “Change in plans,” my contact says. “Be in the lobby of the Hotel ______ by 1 pm. Bring a book and wait for ES to find you.” ES is Edward Snowden, the [...]

Protesters clash with police in Ferguson, Missouri

AP, By Jim Suhr & Jim Salterillam, August 14

Ferguson, MO — Protests in the St. Louis suburb rocked by racial unrest since a white police officer fatally shot a young, unarmed black man turned violent last night, with people lobbing Molotov cocktails and other objects at police, who responded with smoke bombs and tear [...]

Beyond Torture: The CIA’s Shameful Kidnapping of a 12-Year-Old Girl

The U.S. and U.K. collaborated to snatch Khadija al-Saadi’s family in Hong Kong and deliver them into the custody of a murderous dictator.

The Atlantic, By Conor Friedersdorf, August 7

President Obama is letting the CIA play a major part in censoring a report on brutal human-rights abuses perpetrated by CIA employees. This has [...]

US launches airstrikes against Islamic State fighters in Iraq’s Kurdistan

Pentagon says strikes on Islamic State artillery positions came after group shelled Kurdish forces near US personnel

Al Jazeera, August 8

American warplanes carried out two separate airstrikes against advancing Islamic State (IS) positions in northern Iraq after artillery fire from the group fell near U.S. personnel, the Pentagon said Friday.

In the first strike, [...]

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