McClatchy, By Nancy A. Youssef, November 21
Washington — A House Intelligence Committee investigation of the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on U.S. outposts in Benghazi concludes that while the Central intelligence Agency had properly secured its compound in the Libyan city, the State Department knew its security precautions were inadequate at the U.S. Special Mission […]
The Michigan Citizen, November 13
Detroit, MI — In a blow to schoolchildren statewide, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled on Nov. 7 the State of Michigan has no legal obligation to provide a quality public education to students in the struggling Highland Park School District.
A 2-1 decision reversed an earlier circuit court ruling […]
Value Walk, By Mark Melin, November 21
After press reports reveal more than a cozy relationship, but sharing of confidential documents, investigation called for on eve of Senate testimony on the issue
After a withering expose in The New York Times that showed bank regulators at the New York Federal Reserve sharing confidential information with […]
IDG News Service, By Grant Gross, November 18
The U.S. Senate has voted against a bill that would rein in the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of telephone records within the country, possibly killing any NSA reforms until next year.
Supporters of the USA Freedom Act, in a Senate vote late Tuesday, failed to get […]
I should know.
Politico Magazine, By Frank Serpico, October 23
In the opening scene of the 1973 movie “Serpico,” I am shot in the face—or to be more accurate, the character of Frank Serpico, played by Al Pacino, is shot in the face. Even today it’s very difficult for me to watch those scenes, which […]
Associated Press, By Philip Marcelo, November 15
Boston – From Boston to Los Angeles, police departments are bracing for large demonstrations when a grand jury decides whether to indict a white police officer who killed an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri.
The St. Louis County grand jury, which has been meeting since Aug. 20, […]
US Marshals Service reportedly fitting aircraft with ‘dirtboxes’ that interrogate phones on ground for identity and location
The Guardian, By Spencer Ackerman, Dominic Rushe & Paul Lewis, November 13
New York – The US justice department is reportedly using electronic equipment on aircraft to simulate cellphone towers so it can collect phone location and identifying […]
President wants bans on blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization.
Ars Technica, By Jon Brodkin, November 10
President Obama today urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reclassify broadband service as a utility and to impose rules that prevent Internet service providers from blocking and throttling traffic or prioritizing Web services in exchange for payment. Obama […]
Rolling Stone!, By Matt Taibbi!, November 6
She tried to stay quiet, she really did. But after eight years of keeping a heavy secret, the day came when Alayne Fleischmann couldn’t take it anymore.
“It was like watching an old lady get mugged on the street,” she says. “I thought, ‘I can’t sit by […]
USA Today, By Richard Wolf, November 6
The same-sex marriage movement lost its first major case in a federal appeals court Thursday after a lengthy string of victories, creating a split among the nation’s circuit courts that virtually guarantees Supreme Court review.
The 2-1 ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit […]
RT, October 31
Evidence that the FBI hacked a teenage suspect’s computer by sending spyware disguised as a link to a news report has prompted a prominent politician and the Associated Press to both ask the attorney general for an explanation.
Documents unearthed this week revealed that the FBI compromised the computer of a 15-year-old […]
New York Times, By Edward Wyatt, October 31
Washington — The chairman and staff of the Federal Communications Commission are moving toward a proposal that for the first time would give the agency regulatory authority over how Internet traffic flows between content providers and the companies that provide Internet service to consumers, according to people […]
Agency requests rule change but civil liberties groups say ‘extremely invasive’ technique amounts to unconstitutional power grab.
The Guardian, By Ed Pilkington, October 29
New York – The FBI is attempting to persuade an obscure regulatory body in Washington to change its rules of engagement in order to seize significant new powers to hack into […]
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Los Angeles Times, By Julie Westfall & James Queally, October 17
Same-sex couples in Arizona, Wyoming and Alaska will all be free to obtain marriage licenses by next week after federal judges struck down bans in two of those states Friday and the U.S. Supreme Court denied a request for a further stay in Alaska.