Philip J Puza

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Conspiracy Theory Nation: Right-wingers are enabling the most insane fringe theories to thrive

With the GOP mainstreaming so many conspiracy theories, no wonder fringe ones are spreading<p>It's a sign of our times that this story isn't generating more attention than it is. Florida Atlantic University assistant professor James Tracy has been given 10 days to appeal a recommendation to fire him …

Republican senator has led the way in weakening surveillance – and though his presidential candidacy is unorthodox, it would be unwise to rule him out<p>Edward Snowden lifted the veil on America’s vast surveillance apparatus. But it was Rand Paul, the recalcitrant senator from Kentucky, who forced the …

Republicans

The end of bulk collection of phone data represents not only a loss of power for the NSA but also the death of the idea that US intelligence agencies can avoid transparency<p>It is the first serious reversal in almost four decades for the US intelligence agencies in terms of accumulation of power – …

Surveillance

Surveillance reform hits more turbulence

Some House members don’t like where the Senate is heading.<p>The Senate’s proposed changes to a popular surveillance reform bill are already running into resistance in the House.<p>The chief authors behind the USA Freedom Act—which would rein in the National Security Agency’s bulk collection program that …

These are the features of Mexico's monstrous home-made narco tanks

Narco-tanks are home-made armored vehicles, also known in Spanish as "monstruo" for their hulking size. They reached peak popularity in 2011 as the Mexican military seized a garage from the Los Zetas drug-trafficking organization that was being used to construct the vehicles. At that point, …

Hillary Clinton misrepresents family history

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> During a conversation on immigration reform, Hillary Clinton told a small audience in Norwalk, Iowa on Wednesday that "all my grandparents, you know, came over here."<p>The reality is, however, that only one of the presidential candidate's four grandparents were immigrants to the …

Afghan soldier kills American, wounds two before being shot dead

An Afghan soldier shot and killed a U.S. soldier and wounded two others Wednesday before being shot dead, the first so-called "insider attack" to target NATO troops since they ended their combat mission at the start of the year.<p>The shooting happened after Afghan provincial leaders met a U.S. …

Egypt carries out first execution of Mursi supporter | Reuters

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt executed an Islamist on Saturday for a murder committed during riots in mid-2013, the first death sentence carried out against a supporter of the banned Muslim Brotherhood under President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.<p>The interior ministry said in a statement on its Facebook page …

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Obama wants China to stop copying the NSA's surveillance plans

President Obama has criticized a Chinese plan to force US tech companies to install backdoors into their products for sale in the country. Without stopping for a moment to consider the phrase about glass houses and stones, he told <i>Reuters</i> that China would have to change its stance if it wanted to do …

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Justices seem skeptical of independent electoral map boards

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court, unwilling to limit partisan influence in redistricting in earlier cases, now seems poised to stop states that …

Senior admiral reiterates U.S. Navy commitment to F-35 warplane | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy remains committed to its plans to buy the carrier-based variant of Lockheed Martin Corp’s F-35 fighter jet and declare it ready for initial combat use by 2018, Vice Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Michelle Howard said on Tuesday.<p>Howard said there was no doubt …

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Yes, we’re stuck with Hillary: But we don’t need an Elizabeth Warren-esque savior for a battle of ideas

Republicans will have a real debate over ideas heading into 2016. Progressives won’t — unless we build a movement<p>Take a moment to ponder our major parties at the dawn of the 2016 presidential election. The GOP race is as crazy and crowded as a Black Friday at Wal-Mart, while the Democrats’ contest …