News for 2014-06-04

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Keystone XL is an Easy Terror Target Says Retired Navy SEAL Chief
Hedge fund billionaire and staunch opponent of Keystone XL Tom Steyer has hired a retired Navy SEAL chief to conduct a "threat assessment" of the proposed northern leg of TransCanada's tar sands pipeline. Released Wednesday, the report was conducted by Dave Cooper, a former Booz Allen Hamilton...
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[title] Is Bowe Bergdahl a Deserter? If Freed POW Left Post, He Joins Ranks of Soldiers Moved by Conscience
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Hundreds of Ukrainians Killed as Obama Pledges Even More Support for Military
Hundreds of Ukrainians have been killed this week since government troops launched their "anti-terrorist operation" on the rebel strongholds in the east. As the fighting continued to rage in the cities of Luhansk and Slaviansk, U.S. President Barack Obama met with Ukrainian President-elect Petro...
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US Welcomes Coup Leader As Egypt's New President
The Obama administration said Wednesday that it "looks forward to working with" Egypt's new president, Abdelfattah Al Sisi—the country's former army chief who oversaw a military coup and fierce crackdown on dissent that has left thousands dead. A statement issued by the White House expresses...
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Class Action Lawsuit Hovers Over 'Draconian Nature' of Solitary Confinement
A federal judge on Monday gave class action status to lawsuit brought forth by men at a notorious California prison who are challenging their prolonged solitary confinement. The inmates, who have spent over a decade in Pelican Bay State Prison's Security Housing Unit (SHU), charge that the...
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Families of Drone Victims: No Hope for Justice in US Courts
The surviving family members of three American citizens killed in U.S. drone strikes in Yemen decided this week to discontinue an effort to hold top military and CIA officials accountable in U.S. courts for targeted executions without trial, saying their faith that they can achieve justice has been...
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US Marshals Seize Copies of Local Cell Phone Tracking Records Requested by ACLU
US marshals in Florida seized copies of local cell phone tracking records from the Sarasota Police Department, which the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) chapter in the state had requested. The extraordinarily brazen act was a clear violation of public records law. And the ACLU quickly pushed...
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Greenpeace Erects Fracking Site at Prime Minister's Estate
As British Prime Minister David Cameron prepared for the announcement of a controversial new fracking law in the UK, Greenpeace activists gave the leader a taste of his own policy early Wednesday when they set up a mock fracking operation at his country estate. "David Cameron wants to rob people of...
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[title] John Oliver Fans Crash FCC Website
[After the Sunday airing of the weekly HBO show Last Week Tonight , during which comedian John Oliver slammed the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)'s new rules which would effectively gut net neutrality protections, the FCC confirmed that their site had crashed.
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New Organization Hangs Sign: 'Whistleblowers Welcome'
A new organization called ExposeFacts —backed by well-known source of The Pentagon Papers Daniel Ellsberg—is debuting itself in Washington, DC on Wednesday as a new place where government and corporate employees aware of wrongdoing can more safely and securely report their concerns. In the post-...
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Arab Publics Prefer Light US Footprint, Even in Syria
WASHINGTON - In contrast to some of their leaders, people across the Arab world prefer President Barack Obama’s efforts to reduce Washington’s military footprint in the Middle East to the approach favoured by neo-conservatives and other U.S. hawks, according to the latest in a series of surveys of...
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