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ATF tries to block Fast and Furious whistle-blower from publishing book

The ATF agent who blew the whistle on Operation Fast and Furious has been denied permission to write a book on the botched anti-gun trafficking sting "because it would have a negative impact on morale," according to the very agency responsible for the scandal.<p>After first trying to stop the …

Assange's Emerging Politics: Rand Paul And Libertarian Wing of GOP Represent 'Only Hope'

The strong turn of Julian Assange and Wikileaks toward partisan electoral politics continued this weekend, as Assange told an online audience that he’s “a big admirer of Ron Paul and Rand Paul for their very principled positions in the U.S. Congress on a number of issues” and insisted that the …

Lindsey Graham: American-Born Al-Qaida Spokesman Should Be Killed ‘Without Hesitation’

Adam Gadahn has the rare bio­graphy of be­ing both an U.S.-born Amer­ic­an cit­izen and a spokes­man for al-Qaida. Re­cently he pos­ted a 39-minute …

Terrorism

CIA Admits Role in Iran Coup

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Nearly 1,500 South African police exposed as convicted criminals

Officials admit total includes hundreds of senior officers who have committed murder, rape and theft<p>Some of South Africa's most high-ranking police officers have been exposed as murderers, rapists and thieves but none have yet been fired, officials have admitted.<p>Opposition MPs said the revelation …

Google: don't expect privacy when sending to Gmail

Critics call revelation 'a stunning admission' as Google makes claim in court filing in attempt to head off class action lawsuit<p>People sending email to any of Google's 425 million Gmail users have no "reasonable expectation" that their communications are confidential, the internet giant has said in …

Test-Tube Meat Coming Soon to a Supermarket Near You

The burger was seasoned with salt and fried in a sizzling pan, yet it originated not from a hearty cow on a farm but from a petri dish in a lab by a scientist.<p>Science fiction? Think again. Cultured beef, made in a controlled setting using the cells of bovine, was doused with fresh support this week …

Critics question IRS initiative targeting small businesses

Small business owners across the country are receiving letters from the IRS questioning if they are reporting all of their cash income, in a new push by the agency some are saying could unnecessarily create fear in the small business community.<p>The Wall Street Journal reports the initiative is an …

White House insists James Clapper will not lead NSA surveillance review

Officials stress director of national intelligence will have limited role after Obama seemed to imply Clapper would head panel<p>The White House has moved to dampen controversy over the role of the director of national intelligence James Clapper in a panel reviewing NSA surveillance, insisting that he …

CIA admits it has drone documents, but refuses to publish them

The US Central Intelligence Agency has finally come forward and admitted it does have documents about US drone strikes, but says it can't share them with the public because doing so would pose a massive security risk to the country. As the CIA stated in a document filed in federal district court in …

U.S. filmmaker repeatedly detained at border

Laura Poitras makes award-winning controversial films, and is targeted by the U.S. government as a result<p>One of the more extreme government abuses of the post-9/11 era targets U.S. citizens re-entering their own country, and it has received far too little attention. With no oversight or legal …

Obama meets with tech execs on surveillance, privacy

WASHINGTON — President Obama hosted top executives from Apple, AT&T, Google and other tech and civil liberties groups at the White House on Thursday to discuss government surveillance, a White House official confirmed.<p>The meeting, which was first reported by Politico, was not on the president's …

Randall Stephenson

NSA loophole allows warrantless search for US citizens' emails and phone calls

Exclusive: Spy agency has secret backdoor permission to search databases for individual Americans' communications<p>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, …

IRS Targets Thousands Of Small Businesses For Extra Scrutiny

Is the best defense a good offense? Maybe, and the IRS is still under scrutiny for targeting. See Hate The IRS? You’ll Love These Laws. The tax agency is doing some targeting of its own, fingering at least 20,000 small businesses. And that number will grow.<p>The scrutiny on this group and in this way …

London Will Not Use Its Recycle Bins to Spy on You After All

IRS agents were told to hide cooperation with DEA intelligence gathering

Yesterday, the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) was thrust into the spotlight when Reuters published a story about its practice of recreating the investigative trail to conceal leads it receives from the NSA. Now we’re learning that the practice isn’t limited to the DEA; Reuters reports that …

Government Shutdown? Odds Are Uncomfortably High

It's going to be another ugly fall in Washington.<p>The federal government runs out of money on Oct. 1, unless spending authority is granted to agencies for the new fiscal year. If Congress can't pass its spending bills by then, most of the government will shut down.<p>It's no empty threat. Many who …

Russia ‘Disappointed’ With Canceled Talks

James Clapper: Obama stands by intelligence chief as criticism mounts

Admission that James Clapper gave 'least untruthful answer' on domestic surveillance could become a problem for the president<p>As the Obama administration insists that Congress was fully informed about the National Security Agency's widespread surveillance on Americans' phone records, its …

Surveillance

XKeyscore: NSA tool collects 'nearly everything a user does on the internet'

• XKeyscore gives 'widest-reaching' collection of online data • NSA analysts require no prior authorization for searches • Sweeps up emails, social media activity and browsing history • NSA's XKeyscore program – read one of the presentations<p>A top secret National Security Agency program allows …