News for 2013-06-11

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
[field_image_caption-raw] Obama Cans Regulator Who Crossed Wall Street
The Obama Administration is quietly firing Commodity Futures Trading Commission head Gary Gensler, who ran afoul of big banks by pushing for greater government oversight.
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[field_image_caption-raw] ACLU Sues Obama Administration Over NSA 'Dragnet' Surveillance Revealed in Historic Leaks
Following this past week's groundbreaking NSA leaks , the ACLU has now filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the agency's vast phone spying practices—a move that could pose an eventual Supreme Court challenge to the NSA's now exposed "dragnet" surveillance network
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[title] Spies for Hire: The Secret World of Outsourced Intelligence
As the Justice Department prepares to file charges against Booz Allen Hamilton employee Edward Snowden for leaking classified documents about the National Security Agency, the role of private intelligence firms has entered the national spotlight. Despite being on the job as a contract worker inside...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Landslide Vote for GMO Labeling in Maine Legislature
In a landslide 141-4 vote, the Maine House of Representatives voted Tuesday to advance bill LD 718 , which would require special labeling for seeds and foods made with genetically modified (GMO) ingredients.
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[field_image_caption-raw] When Will the Other Shoe Drop? 'More To Come' in NSA Leaks
Any minute now journalist Glenn Greenwald could release the next installment of the historic NSA leaks that infamous whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg referred to as the most important in history.
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[field_image_caption-raw] UN Official Exposes "Massive Scale" Torture of Palestinians
The UN's Richard Falk demanded an international investigation into torture of Palestinians in Israeli prisons in an address to the UN Human Rights Council Monday. The Princeton professor and UN Special Rapporteur gave a chilling report on "massive scale" mistreatment of Palestinians, highlighting:
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[field_image_caption-raw] Pipeline Whistleblower Reveals Dangerous "Culture of Noncompliance"
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'It's About Time': Obama Sanctioned Ban on Plan B Lifted
In a "huge breakthrough" for women and girls across the country, the Obama administration will lift the age-restrictive ban on emergency contraception, allowing slightly-limited access to the birth control method known as the morning-after pill.
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[field_image_caption-raw] The NSA Black Hole: 5 Basic Things We Still Don’t Know About the Agency’s Snooping
Last week saw revelations that the FBI and the National Security Agency have been collecting Americans’ phone records en masse and that the agencies have access to data from nine tech companies.
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[title] The Unique Danger of Government Surveillance
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Digital Blackwater': NSA Leak Highlights Key Role of Private Contractors
Like the mercenaries for hire used by the U.S. in places like Iraq, Afghanistan, and New Orleans—contractors like Blackwater that have come under scrutiny for their extreme lack of oversight—the U.S. government has been outsourcing intelligence services to private companies who have access to the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Istanbul's Skies 'Filled with Teargas' as Thousands of Police Storm Square
Update: Reports that an "overwhelming force" of thousands of riot police mowed down an estimated 20,000 protesters who had assembled in a mass demonstration in Instanbul's Taksim Square are surfacing Tuesday evening.
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