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by Paul Joseph Watson

July 15, 2014

A Yahoo! News story published yesterday equates concerns about police brutality, the militarization of law enforcement and videotaping cops with wanting to carry out violent murders of police officers.

In a piece entitled Online rants, anti-government radicals fuel fear of U.S. cop killings, Senior National Reporter for Yahoo! Jason Sickles cites the murders of Las Vegas police officers Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo last month to make the case that there is "an exploding right-wing movement" which is "creating anxiety about attacks against police." Sickles notes that cop killer Jerad Miller posted of his intention to murder law enforcement officers on a Facebook page belonging to Cop Block, an organization that encourages citizens to document examples of police brutality. The fact that the organization has over 780,000 Facebook fans, all but one of whom have never murdered a police officer, doesn't prevent Sickles from honing in on the group as being partly responsible for the deaths of Beck and Soldo.

by David Kravets

July 14, 2014

US says global reach needed to gut "fraudsters," "hackers," and "drug dealers."

Global governments, the tech sector, and scholars are closely following a legal flap in which the US Justice Department claims that Microsoft must hand over e-mail stored in Dublin, Ireland. In essence, President Barack Obama's administration claims that any company with operations in the United States must comply with valid warrants for data, even if the content is stored overseas. It's a position Microsoft and companies like Apple say is wrong, arguing that the enforcement of US law stops at the border.


July 14, 2014

The Pentagon's research lab has funded dozens of studies concerning the use of social media, the Guardian reported on Tuesday, raising further questions about what kind of data is of interest to governments around the globe.

Just days after a report published by researchers at Facebook revealed that users of the social media site had been manipulated for science, Ben Quinn and James Ball at the Guardian wrote this week that DARPA - the Pentagon-run Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency - has in one way or another funded several studies recently that set out to explore that social networking site, as well as users of Twitter, Pinterest, Kickstarter and others. The journalists' report stems from a list of publications that went live on DARPA's site late last month concerning its Social Media in Strategic Communications, or SMISC, program. "The general goal of the Social Media in Strategic Communication (SMISC) program is to develop a new science of social networks built on an emerging technology base," a statement there reads. "Through the program, DARPA seeks to develop tools to support the efforts of human operators to counter misinformation or deception campaigns with truthful information."

July 14, 2014

NSA Whistleblower William Binney has made the startling claim that the NSA is recording the audio of at least 80 percent of Americans' telephone calls.

The NSA acknowledged in 2013, after repeated and explicit denials, that it was recording telephone metadata, but it still denies it is keeping the audio of any American's phone calls. "At least 80% of fibre-optic cables globally go via the US," Binney told the London Guardian July 10. "This is no accident and allows the US to view all communication coming in. At least 80% of all audio calls, not just metadata, are recorded and stored in the US. The NSA lies about what it stores."

July 14, 2014

When the Baltimore police department reached 50,000 fans on twitter, they decided that it would be a great idea to create a video of them being "happy."

But the fact is that people fear the police and watch them commit horrid atrocities on a a daily basis. So, needless to say the BPD video wasn't too well received by the community. However, the video that was made to spoof the BPD's video was EPIC!

by Dave Hodges

July 14, 2014

President Obama announced on June 30th that he would take unilateral action to revamp American immigration policies after being told that House Republicans will not pass legislation addressing the issue this year.

Actually the President has already taken action as he has opened the floodgates at the border and America is being overrun by illegal aliens. Some of the people overrunning the country are hard-working people who will not detract from our way of life. This article is not about them. This article is about the people who are diseased and virus ridden and pose a provable health threat to the citizens of this country as evidenced by the fact that the Border Patrol has contracted scabies, drug resistant TB and bacterial pneumonia. Some of the people crossing our border are violent gangsters posing as children. And some of the people are terrorists posing as immigrants.

by Matt Agorist

July 14, 2014

David Bridson ran into a bit of bad luck last June when his car was stolen. Not only did the thieves get his car, they also made off with his laptop and iPad.

But Bridson didn't fret, after all with just a quick call, he'd have LAPD on the case. A few days later, according to his Facebook page, Bridson had a major breakthrough in the case. "Anyone near XXXX south central ave? You could pick up my stolen iPad for me," he posted on his wall. He'd been able to locate his stolen iPad using the iCloud's locator function. "I called the [police] station at 3:45," David wrote. The response: "All the auto detectives have gone home for the day. I'll give them the message and see if they want to do anything." Still having faith in the system, Bridson waited....and waited....and waited.

by Walid Shoebat

July 14, 2014

Based on a 2009 article that appeared in the Washington Post and a March 2013 report by CNN, Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) - who authored a resolution calling for the Sergeant at Arms to arrest Lois Lerner for contempt of Congress - should perhaps point to a much more significant crime in response to any concerns that Lerner could become a sympathetic figure if she were arrested. That crime involves Lerner's alleged illegal backdating of a tax exempt approval letter for an organization whose founder does business with a State Sponsor of Terrorism, business the Post says is illegal.

by Andrew Napolitano

July 13, 2014

In what appears to be one of Edward Snowden's final revelations, the former CIA and National Security Agency (NSA) agent has demonstrated conclusively that the NSA has collected and analyzed the contents of emails, text messages, and mobile and landline..

telephone calls from nine non-targeted U.S. residents for every one U.S. resident it has targeted. This puts the lie to the government's claims that it has only collected metadata-identifying markers such as phone numbers and email addresses-and not content from unsuspecting and unsuspected Americans.

by Sheldon Richman

July 13, 2014

What libertarians have to explain to the politically disengaged and uninformed

If libertarians want to change how nonlibertarians think about government, they will need to understand how nonlibertarians think about government. By "nonlibertarians," I mean the majority of people who spend little if any time pondering political theory or what Murray Rothbard called political ethics. They may focus at times on particular government programs and actions, or on proposals for new programs, but rarely about government as an institution. This is not hard to understand. We all come into a world full of national governments that present themselves as providers of a social safety net, guarantors of products and services, protectors of workers, defenders of the national borders, and dispensers of benefits to an assortment of deserving groups (farmers, exporters, too-big-to-fail banks, low-income people, and so on). This is all represented as indispensable to the general welfare.

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