News for 2014-07-09

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
[title] Israeli Press Continues to Coordinate with Military
Middle East Correspondents Yousef al-Helou and Lia Tarachansky discuss the ongoing Israeli military operation against Gaza, now dubbed "Operation Protective Edge.
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NSA Targeting: 'Nobody Is Safe When One Group Is Singled Out'
Rights organizations responded harshly to reports that the National Security Agency and FBI covertly monitored the emails of prominent Muslim-Americans using secretive procedures intended to target terrorists and foreign spies. While the revelations, reported by Glenn Greenwald and Murtaza Hussain...
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Senator Al Franken: Net Neutrality 'Is the First Amendment Issue of Our Time'
Senator Al Franken has reiterated his call for an open Internet, saying on Tuesday that net neutrality "is the First Amendment issue of our time." The Minnesota Democrat made the statement at a panel discussion entitled Innovation, Creativity and the Future of the Internet: Why Real Net Neutrality...
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In Wake of Hobby Lobby, LGBT Community Braces for 'Pandora's Box' of Discrimination
Human rights groups and the LGBT community are bracing for the precedent set by the U.S. Supreme Court's June 30 Hobby Lobby ruling , which declared that religiously affiliated companies are exempt from laws that run counter to their beliefs. Citing the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby decision, on Tuesday...
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Dept. of Justice: Corporations Are People... Gitmo Prisoners Are Not
Lawyers for the Obama administration declared in a court document filed Tuesday that people detained by the U.S. at the Guantánamo Bay prison are not "persons" protected by the U.S. Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). The argument came in response to a lawsuit filed on behalf of two men held...
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ExposeFacts New Billboards in DC Encourage Whistleblowers to Come Forward
Daniel Ellsberg introduces ExposeFacts.org - Whistleblowers welcome. from ExposeFacts on Vimeo .
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Files on UK Involvement in CIA Rendition Program "Accidentally Destroyed"
The UK Foreign Office (FCO) on Wednesday claimed that documents on the government's involvement in CIA renditions were "destroyed accidentally," the Guardian reports . Several key documents detailing the UK government's role in the controversial program of rendition — which involves sending terror...
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Obama Administration Endorses Israel's Assault on Gaza
The White House on Tuesday announced its backing of Israel's escalating air strikes on Gaza amid reports of a rising Palestinian death toll that now includes the killing of more than a dozen children. Speaking at a daily briefing, White House spokesperson Josh Earnest declared , "No country can...
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Afghan Civilians Facing 'Disturbing Upward Spiral' of Violence
Violence soared in Afghanistan during the first six months of 2014, according to a report released amidst brewing political crisis and rising insurgency. Between January 1 and June 30, 2014, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan documented 1,564 civilian deaths and 3,289 injured civilians,...
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[title] Julian Assange on Aiding Snowden, Tiff w/ The Intercept and Whether He’ll Ever Leave Embassy Refuge
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German Papers Report Second Possible US Spy
A second German man is now being investigated as a potential U.S. informant, German paper Süddeutsche Zeitung reported on Wednesday. According to the report, officials from Germany's Federal Criminal Police Agency (BKA) and the public prosecutor's office have searched the Berlin-area "residential...
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Former NSA Chief Will Work for Wall Street-backed 'Cyber War Council'
Wall Street's largest trade group is proposing a government-industry coalition 'cyber war council'––and they've already snagged former NSA chief Keith Alexander to 'facilitate' that effort, according to a report in Bloomberg . After Alexander's services were retained by the Securities Industry and...
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Pentagon Looked at Activists to Study Social Media 'Influencing'
Reporting by the Guardian newspaper reveals the U.S. military has been spearheading and funding research which examines the use of social media services, like Twitter and Facebook, with a specific eye towards how such tools are used by political activists and how such networks might be "manipulated...
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Israel's 'Brutal Attack' on Gaza Kills At Least 8 Children
At least eight children are among those who have been killed in the Gaza Strip over the last twenty-four hours, according to various reports, as the Israeli military continued to bombard the Palestinian enclave using naval ships, fighter jets, and aerial drones. According to a report from the...
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The Silent Power of Nonviolent Boycotts and Blockades
CAPE TOWN - Peruse a few reports on global military expenditure and you will not be able to shake the image of the planet as one massive army camp, patrolled by heavily weaponised guards in a plethora of uniforms. Last year, the world spent about 1.76 trillion dollars on military activity according...
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NSA 'Bombshell': Agency Spied on Prominent American Citizens
According to new reporting published by The Intercept at midnight on Tuesday, the National Security Agency has used its massive surveillance apparatus to directly target and spy on American citizens who have absolutely no ties to criminal or terrorist activities. “I’m outraged as an American...
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