News for 2013-08-01

Thursday, August 1, 2013
[field_image_caption-raw] NSA Paying UK Spy Agency to Surveil Americans
The United States government is paying the UK government's spy agency, the Government Communications Headquarters (or GCHQ), to do much of their clandestine "dirty work," a new Guardian report revealed Thursday.
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[title] How to End A Dirty War: Rick Rowley on Truth-Telling
Secret wars breed deadly blow-back. It’s a truth as old as covert operations themselves but one that both Democratic and Republican administrations ignore, leading to a vicious cycle of spending on killing that soaks up billions of public dollars.
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[field_image_caption-raw] US Government Really Wants Twitter Users' Data
Twitter released its latest transparency report on Wednesday showing a rise in government requests for users' data. The social media site received 1,157 requests from governments for user data between January 1 and June 30, marking a 36%-increase since the same period last year.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Online Search for Pressure Cooker Sparks Police Visit
UPDATE (8/2): (h/t The Guardian) Police in Suffolk County, NY, released the following statement on Thursday evening:
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[field_image_caption-raw] Classified: Senators Hide Their Votes on Arming Syrian Fighters from Public
After the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence last week passed the Obama administration's controversial plan to funnel arms to Syrian rebels fighting the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, the vote and debate remain hidden from the public under the label of "classified" information.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Bureau Investigation Finds Fresh Evidence of CIA Drone Strikes on Rescuers
A field investigation by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism in Pakistan’s tribal areas appears to confirm that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) last year briefly revived the controversial tactic of deliberately targeting rescuers at the scene of a previous drone strike.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Military Garage Sale Transforms Small Town to SWAT
What becomes of the troves of supplies, armored trucks, firearms and other artifacts of war when the US military either winds down one of its ongoing occupations or purchases new equipment from one of the many military-industrial contractors?
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[field_image_caption-raw] US Welcomes Yemen's President With Drone Strike on Yemen
The U.S. has ushered in the hours ahead of a meeting between President Obama and Yemen's President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi with a drone attack on the poverty-stricken Arab state, marking the third such strike in five days.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Deadliest Month in 5 Years: Bloodshed Soars in War-Ravaged Iraq
More than 1,000 Iraqis—most of them civilians—were killed by political and sectarian violence in Iraq during July, marking the deadliest month in this country since 2008, the U.N. Assistance Mission in Iraq announced on Thursday.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Obama Defends Larry Summers Against Attacks by "Liberal Media"
When the Obama administration recently floated the idea of Larry Summers being President Obama's nomination for Fed Chairman, a chorus of progressive critics rose up to decry Summers as among the worse of possible choices and lambasted the White House for even considering someone so closely
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[field_image_caption-raw] NSA Chief: Agency Stands for 'Freedom,' Hecklers Call Bullshit
National Security Agency director General Keith Alexander was heckled by an audience of cybersecurity specialists and computer hackers on Wednesday at this year's Black Hat conference in Las Vegas while he attempt
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[title] Michael Ratner: Bradley Manning's Conviction Demonstrates Obama Administration's 'War on Whistleblowers' in Full Effect
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[field_image_caption-raw] Granted Temporary Asylum, Snowden Has Left Moscow Airport
According to various news outlets, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has left the Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow after being given the proper documents by the Russian government.
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[field_image_caption-raw] To Combat Failed "War on Drugs," Uruguay Takes Latin American Lead on Pot Legalization
Citing the complete failure of the so-called "war on drugs" that has sought to criminalize the growing, selling, possession and consumption of marijuana across both North and South America, the government of Uruguay is now poised to fully legalize the pot industry within its own borders.
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