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by Paul Jacob

May 12, 2013

You don't need an explanation. These aren't the partisan political abuses you're looking for. Move along.

It was all a big mistake. An unfortunate, accidental error. And "what difference does it make?" anyway, since according to the New York Times headline, the "I.R.S. Apologizes to Tea Party Groups Over Audits of Applications for Tax Exemption." Yes, indeed, the IRS says it is sorry. But not actually to the Tea Party and Patriot organizations, whose equal rights under the law the agency so flagrantly violated. Instead, last week, Lois Lerner, the Director of Exempt Organizations for the Internal Revenue Service, admitted before an audience of lawyers at a conference in Washington, D.C. - after years of official agency denials - that the IRS had indeed singled out "names like Tea Party or Patriots" and subjected those groups' applications for non-profit status to extra scrutiny.

CNS News

by Susan Jones

June 28, 2012

"From now til Election Day the GOP should simply run clips of Obama insisting this wasn't a tax," Bozell said.

"The incredible irony here is that in upholding Obamacare, Roberts et. al. have formally also declared Obama to be a monumental liar," said L. Brent Bozell III, president of the conservative Media Research Center, the parent organization of "And in the most bizarre twist of them all, they upheld the lie by declaring this to be a tax."


September 29, 2013

The difference between privacy and anonymity, Internet freedom and NSA surveillance, and the future of the web - at RT's Google Hangout, Rick Falkvinge answers the most pressing questions that concern all Internet users in their everyday lives.

When you’re using mail use PGP or GPG, that does not protect the wiretapping who you’re communicating with, so it does not protect you at the source of the press but it does protect the content. It is essentially an envelope. When you’re talking on the phone, it is easy to determine today if your phone has been wiretapped. Did you make a phone call? If the answer is yes then your phone was wiretapped. It is easy to determine if you’re being tracked on the streets in the same way. If you’re carrying this device [smartphone] than you’re being tracked. But there are some ways we can mitigate this. If you’re running Android, than I would suggest moving to text secure, which is an encrypted SMS solution for all your text messaging and red phone which is end to end encrypted phone calls, when you’re making a phone call that needs to be secret. Red phone has end to end encryption, meaning that the phone is encrypted and another phone is decrypted in your phone, so no one can listen in even if they wiretap it midway, they will only see an encrypted conversation. This is in contrast with GSM crypto where it is encrypted to the cell phone tower but then it moves in clear text on telecom wires, so anybody in the telecom network can wiretap your phone call.

PJ Media

by Janine Turner

May 2, 2012

And the case hasn't even made it to trial yet.

The assaults on a pair of Virginian-Pilot reporters in Norfolk, VA, two weeks ago at the hands of 30 black youths, reported for the first time Tuesday, are the latest in a series of attacks driven by a warped sense of racial vigilantism hiding behind calls of "Justice for Trayvon." At least 15 mostly isolated whites have been beaten not just with fists, but with potentially deadly weapons including hammers and lengths of chain. Many of the victims have been hospitalized, some may never fully recover, and one lingers on the verge of death.

Big Journalism

by Joel B. Pollak

November 23, 2011

After last night's Republican debate over national security and foreign policy, CNN called upon Tom Foreman to check some of the facts asserted by the candidates, in a segment entitled "Keeping Them Honest."

It soon became clear that Foreman and CNN were not interested in checking the candidates' facts-which were correct in each case-but in checking their opinions, while misleading viewers about the candidates' honesty.

CNS News

by Michael Rubinkam

July 11, 2012

A fiscal and political crisis in the nearly-broke northeastern Pennsylvania city of Scranton deepened Tuesday as public employee unions sought to have the mayor held in contempt of court after he defied a judge and slashed workers' pay to minimum wage.

Unions representing firefighters, police and public-works employees also filed a pair of federal lawsuits against Mayor Chris Doherty and the city that alleged violations of labor law and due-process rights. Doherty last week ignored a court order and cut the pay of about 400 city workers to the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. The Democratic mayor said it was all the cash-strapped city of more than 76,000 could afford, promising to restore full pay once finances are stabilized.

June 8, 2013

President Barack Obama ordered national security leaders to compile a list of potential overseas "adversaries" for US cyber-attacks which could be targeted with "little or no warning", a top secret document reveals.

The 18-page, classified document, entitled Presidential Policy Directive 20, outlines plans for Offensive Cyber Effects Operations (OCEO), cyber-attacks which would target US adversaries around the world. "OCEO can offer unique and unconventional capabilities to advance US national objectives around the world with little or no warning to the adversary or target and with potential effects ranging from subtle to severely damaging," the Washington Post cites the document as saying. "The United States government shall identify potential targets of national importance where OCEO can offer favorable balance of effectiveness and risk as compared with other instruments of national power," it continues. The directive also mulls the potential use of cyber actions within the US, though any such operations must be conducted with prior authorization of the White House, unless "it qualifies as an Emergency Cyber Action."

by Rep. Pete Olson

June 29, 2014

What's also troubling is the lack of outrage from the media on behalf of the Americans who were bullied by the IRS.

The First Amendment to the Constitution, in the Bill of Rights, "prohibits the making of any law... abridging the freedom of speech." Every American is protected by this inalienable right that ensures that the government cannot attack its citizens for their beliefs. Yet, one of the most powerful federal agencies, the Internal Revenue Service, did exactly that when they targeted conservative non-profit organizations seeking tax-exempt status. Officials at the IRS have admitted to these actions and Congress has been investigating. Yet, the IRS has refused to provide critical information about the extent of the targeting and who was involved. After promising for a year to deliver emails related to how certain conservative groups were targeted and who was involved in the decision making process, the IRS informed Congress last Friday that they cannot locate many of the emails in question prior to 2011 as the result of a computer crash during that year. Lois Lerner, former head of the IRS division that processes applications to determine tax-exempt status, is currently under investigation by three congressional committees, the Justice Department and the IRS inspector general. Her emails are the ones the IRS claims have both been erased and the data is unrecoverable due to the hard drive in question being recycled.

by Jeffrey Meyer

July 29, 2014

A common theme among liberal journalists is to blame a "do-nothing Congress" when liberal policies fail to become law.

Such was the case during a panel discussion on Sunday's Meet the Press when moderator David Gregory and his entire panel lamented the lack of legislative action on Capitol Hill, mainly in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. Gregory summed up the panel's sentiment when he bemoaned how "until the incentives are changed, a desire for some compromise or even meeting challenges that Americans want dealt with, will not get done. Because nobody will give the other side even a small win in this climate."

Courthouse News Service

by Jack Bouboushian

January 10, 2014

Anyone arrested in a Chicago suburb must pay a $30 booking fee, regardless of whether they are later found guilty or not, the 7th Circuit ruled.

The village of Woodridge, a wealthy and predominantly white Chicago suburb of 33,000, charges all arrested suspects a $30 booking fee, whether or not they were arrested with probable cause. Even if that person is later released or found not guilty, there is no way to seek a refund of the money. Jerry Markadonatos filed a class action against the village, claiming that the $30 booking fee violates arrestees' due process rights.

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