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Undivided and eternal unhappiness

THERE was no warning before the knock came at dawn on November 4th. When Mrs Abu Rajab, a grandmother, opened the door to her house she found a crowd …

Israel

Netanyahu to expedite plans for 1,000 new settler homes | Reuters

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will expedite planning for some 1,000 settler homes in East Jerusalem, a government official said on Monday, in a bid to placate a restive coalition ally without further aggravating a dispute with Washington.<p>A woman pushes a pram as …

Comforting the NSA and Afflicting Its Dissenters

No serious defense of the surveillance state can ignores its anti-democratic abuses, its lawbreaking, and its record of punishing whistleblowers.<p>In a <i>New Republic</i> article on NSA surveillance, Yishai Schwartz defends the U.S. government against the critiques of whistleblower Edward Snowden and his …

REVIEW: Citizenfour Is This Halloween's Scariest Chiller

In December 2012, a mysterious person known only as Citizenfour contacted documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras with promises of important revelations …

Surveillance

Gotcha, Government!

A recent CBS News poll confirms what we already know. The performance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Veterans Affairs Department (VA), and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is rated as "fair/poor" by most Americans (60, 66, and 53 percent respectively). …

U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security

Hollow Justice and Courts of Order in an Age of Government-Sanctioned Tyranny

"The Constitution is not neutral. It was designed to take the government off the backs of the people." -- Justice William O. Douglas<p>With every passing day, it becomes more apparent that we live in an age of hollow justice, with government courts, largely lacking in vision and scope, rendering …

U.S. companies are cozier with the NSA than previously thought

Newly disclosed documents reveal the agency has “under cover” spies working at some corporations<p>Newly disclosed National Security Agency documents suggest a closer relationship between American companies and the spy agency than has been previously disclosed.<p>The documents, published last week by The …

Facebook to Feds: Stop Impersonating Our Users

Face­book on Fri­day scol­ded fed­er­al au­thor­it­ies for cre­at­ing a fake ac­count on the so­cial net­work to im­per­son­ate a New York wo­man for …

Privacy

Obama Nominates Vanita Gupta to be Civil Rights Chief

President Obama has tapped the deputy legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union, Vanita Gupta, to head the Department of Justice’s Civil …

NRA

Exclusive: Key NSA Official Has Another Business At Her Home

Powerful National Security Agency official registered “electronics” business at her home before her husband set up intelligence business there, BuzzFeed News finds. Her company owns a plane and a condo.<p>On a quiet street in Ellicott City, Maryland, a blue-grey two-story clapboard house, set back …

Surveillance

Make cops wear cameras: A simple way to hold the police accountable

Do it for Michael Brown and so many others. It’s time to act on this moment of consensus and enact reform<p>Under any circumstances, the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown would have been a senseless tragedy. Even if his biggest detractors were correct in their ugly perception of him, the drug-addled …

Tear-gassing cops’ new opponent: Why Gun Owners of America wants reform

Insane police response to Ferguson has opened door to action on police demilitarization — with an unusual alliance<p>Last Wednesday night may have marked a shift in U.S. policymaking attitudes. As the police in Ferguson, Missouri, just straight-up started arresting and tear-gassing and pointing their …

More Fergusons are coming: Why paramilitary hysteria is dooming America

It’s time for officials to stop feigning surprise at what’s happening in Missouri. They’ve created a total monster<p>Over the weekend, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency in Ferguson and imposed a curfew. Once again tear gas filled the night air. Now the National Guard has been …

“Is my son on trial? Or is his killer on trial?”: Trayvon Martin’s father discusses death of Michael Brown

Tracy Martin spoke out about the killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown<p>On Sunday, MSNBC's Alex Witt spoke to Tracy Martin, the father of Trayvon Martin, who was shot and killed by George Zimmerman in 2012. Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder in the summer of 2013.<p>In a heartbreaking …

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder orders federal autopsy of Michael Brown

At the request of Michael Brown’s family, a second autopsy will be performed on the teen killed by a police officer<p>FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Sunday ordered a federal medical examiner to perform another autopsy on the body of a black Missouri teenager whose fatal …

Obama Weighs In On Ferguson

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Thursday urged calm amid violence in Ferguson, Missouri, where a militarized police force has been firing rubber bullets and spraying tear gas at residents peacefully protesting the killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager shot to death Aug. 9 by a …

Seeking Qualified Candidates Who Aren't Rich or Famous

Successful applicants will have qualities that interest a national audience. Send resume, cover letter, and position desired.<p>It's understandable when the political press reports on the horserace realities of presidential contests. For example, Hillary Clinton is well-positioned, by virtue of her …

Does the President Alone Have the Power to Heal the Economy?

Two years ago, Pres­id­ent Obama de­clared to the res­id­ents of an east­ern Las Ve­gas neigh­bor­hood, “We can’t wait for an in­creas­ingly …

Joe Biden

Facebook Reverses Stance — Again — On Violent Viral Video

Sometimes figuring out the fine line between free expression and overly objectionable content is harder than you’d think.<p>Just ask Facebook, which on …