Raw Story, By Travis Gettys, November 25
An apparent threat made against President Barack Obama’s life posted on Facebook has caught the attention of the Secret Service.
Agents declined to comment on the post, which has been removed but was preserved in screen captures by Social News Daily, made Tuesday by Everest Wilhelmen, leader of [...]
Washington Times, By Dave Boyer, November 1
President Obama issued an executive order Friday directing a government-wide effort to boost preparation in states and local communities for the impact of global warming.
The action orders federal agencies to work with states to build “resilience” against major storms and other weather extremes. For example, the president’s [...]
IPS, By Ramy Srour, October 17
On Tuesday, the largest deregulation in the history of U.S. arms exports took place as part of the Barack Obama administration’s export reform initiative.
But a day after the new reforms came into effect, former government officials and critics from the human rights community are warning of the serious [...]
Alexander, who was rocked by Edward Snowden’s revelations, has formalized plans to leave by next March or April, officials say.
Reuters, October 16
The director of the National Security Agency and his deputy are expected to depart in the coming months, US officials said on Wednesday, in a development that could give President Obama a [...]
Los Angeles Times, By Brian Bennett, September 26
Washington – Operating with almost no public notice, the FBI has spent more than $3 million to operate a fleet of small drone aircraft in domestic investigations, according to a report released Thursday by a federal watchdog agency.
The unmanned surveillance planes have helped FBI agents storm [...]
The siege at a shopping mall in Kenya is entering its third day today. While the government has responded forcefully, the attackers – presumed to be terrorists from a subsidiary of Al Qaeda, and who’d have thought even terrorism would be corporatized? – have dug in pretty deeply:
NAIROBI — Loud explosions and sporadic bursts [...]
ProPublica, September 5
The National Security Agency is winning its long-running secret war on encryption, using supercomputers, technical trickery, court orders and behind-the-scenes persuasion to undermine the major tools protecting the privacy of everyday communications in the Internet age, according to newly disclosed documents.
The agency has circumvented or cracked much of the encryption, [...]
Washington Post, By Barton Gellman and Greg Miller, August 29
U.S. spy agencies have built an intelligence-gathering colossus since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, but remain unable to provide critical information to the president on a range of national security threats, according to the government’s top-secret budget.
The $52.6 billion “black budget” for fiscal [...]
CBS News, August 28
New York – The New York Police Department has secretly labeled entire mosques as terrorism organizations, a designation that allows police to use informants to record sermons and spy on imams, often without specific evidence of criminal wrongdoing.
Designating an entire mosque as a terrorism enterprise means that anyone who attends [...]
Climate Progress, By Jessica Goad, August 21
Today the Obama administration’s Bureau of Land Management will hold the first of two major coal lease sales over the next month from public lands in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin. Combined, they will allow the extraction of almost 316 million tons of taxpayer-owned coal that, when burned, will [...]
Huffington Post, By Radley Balko, August 15
A small organic farm in Arlington, Texas, was the target of a massive police action last week that included aerial surveillance, a SWAT raid and a 10-hour search.
Members of the local police raiding party had a search warrant for marijuana plants, which they failed to find at [...]
The Guardian Exclusive: Spy agency has secret backdoor permission to search databases for individual Americans’ communications
The National Security Agency has a secret backdoor into its vast databases under a legal authority enabling it to search for US citizens’ email and phone calls without a warrant, according to a top-secret document passed to the Guardian [...]
Reuters, By John Shiffman & Kristina Cooke, August 5
Washington – A secretive U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration unit is funneling information from intelligence intercepts, wiretaps, informants and a massive database of telephone records to authorities across the nation to help them launch criminal investigations of Americans.
Although these cases rarely involve national security issues, documents [...]
President Barack Obama is so busy being a crybaby by proxy that he’s missing some excellent political opportunities. Let me qualify that by making one thing perfectly clear. Obama’s utter neglect of the true numbers of unemployed; his failure to prosecute Wall Street crooks; his disappearing act on climate change; and, the war crimes against [...]
A controversial proposal to restrict how the National Security Agency collects telephone records failed to advance by a narrow margin Wednesday, a victory for the Obama administration, which has spent weeks defending the program since media leaks sparked international outrage about the agency’s reach.
Lawmakers voted 217 to 205 to defeat the proposal by an [...]