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March 30, 2014
13:22 // 4 months ago
March 27, 2014
A United Nations panel finds the United States has fallen short of meeting its obligations under an international civil rights treaty
The United Nations raps United States civil rights over drone usage, secret programs and surveillance. source
13:03 // 4 months ago
February 24, 2014
And maybe the worst part for Clapper is, he still doesn’t get why Snowden did it. Clapper sees himself as the man who’s opened up the intelligence community to public scrutiny, who keeps the Constitution on his wall, and who’s endured the endless congressional grillings—all while keeping Americans safe. How could Snowden, a fellow intelligence analyst and contractor, not see that? ‘Maybe if I had I’d understand him better because I have trouble understanding what he did or what he’d do,’ the director said. ‘From my standpoint, the damage he’s done. I could almost accept it or understand it if this were simply about his concerns about so-called domestic surveillance programs. But what he did, what he took, what he has exposed, goes way, way, way beyond the so-called domestic surveillance programs.’
James Clapper, the U.S. Director of National Intelligence who “wakes up and prepares for the worst job in Washington,” explains to The Daily Beast’s Eli Lake why they can’t stop another Snowden. 
10:20 // 5 months ago
December 15, 2013
Hidden away in offices of various government departments, intelligence agencies, police forces and armed forces are dozens and dozens of people who are very much upset by what our societies are turning into: at the very least, turnkey tyrannies. One of them is you.
Former whistleblowers Peter Kofod, Thomas Drake, Daniel Ellsberg, Katharine Gun, Jesselyn Radack, Ray McGovern, Coleen Rowley write in an open letter to intelligence employees after Snowden’s revelations. 
13:30 // 8 months ago
April 4, 2013

Majority supports legalizing weed for first time in four decades

52% support marijuana legalization in a new Pew poll, compared with 45% who don’t. It’s the first national poll ever to show majority support for legalization.

18:18 // 1 year ago
March 7, 2013
I’d like to break Strom’s record, but I have discovered there are limits to filibustering, and I have to go take care of one of those

Senator Rand Paul who officially yielded the floor at 12:39 AM est (via antigovernmentextremist)

Rand Paul filibustered for 12 hours and 52 minutes. During a snowstorm in D.C. With President Obama’s usage of drones as the main topic, and the nomination of would-be CIA head John Brennan hanging in the balance. It was the first “real” filibuster—dude-talking-for-hours-style—since Bernie Sanders did it in 2010. More details here.

(via antigovernmentextremist)

0:54 // 1 year ago
September 20, 2012
nbcnews:

Chick-fil-A says it will stop funding anti-gay groups
(Photo: Cody Duty / AP)
Chick-fil-A has agreed to stop funding groups with anti-same-sex marriage stances, according to a statement released Wednesday by LGBT advocacy group The Civil Rights Agenda. 
Chicago Alderman Joe Moreno, who had blocked the fast-food chain from opening stores in Chicago because of its anti-gay views, likewise announced he would now let Chick-fil-A open up new outlets after he received a letter this morning from the company stating that they would cease donating to the groups.  
Read the complete story.

Yet to be seen: Will this actually end the boycott? Or will pro-LGBT chicken fans continue to deny the chain their business?

nbcnews:

Chick-fil-A says it will stop funding anti-gay groups

(Photo: Cody Duty / AP)

Chick-fil-A has agreed to stop funding groups with anti-same-sex marriage stances, according to a statement released Wednesday by LGBT advocacy group The Civil Rights Agenda. 

Chicago Alderman Joe Moreno, who had blocked the fast-food chain from opening stores in Chicago because of its anti-gay views, likewise announced he would now let Chick-fil-A open up new outlets after he received a letter this morning from the company stating that they would cease donating to the groups.  

Read the complete story.

Yet to be seen: Will this actually end the boycott? Or will pro-LGBT chicken fans continue to deny the chain their business?

(via nbcnews)

0:10 // 1 year ago
March 22, 2012
11:32 // 2 years ago
February 28, 2012

President Obama exempts US citizens from indefinite detainment

  • then On the last day of 2011, President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act which, amongst other things, allowed for the indefinite detention of US citizens suspected of terrorism.
  • now Obama signed a policy directive today that exempts US citizens from that provision in the bill (Section 1022, if you’re keeping track). Here’s the fact sheet released by the White House. source

» Some nuance: Although the language in the bill as signed did permit for US citizens to be indefinitely detained, it did not mandate this. Obama actually said at the time that he wouldn’t implement the law such that US citizens would face this possibility, so his signing today of this directive is in line with what he’d pledged. Our take: While this development will surely please Obama’s base, we’re scratching our heads as to why the White House announced it on the day of what’s become the most important primary in the Republican nominating contest so far (Michigan). It’ll likely get completely lost in the news cycle amidst all the primary coverage, which would seem to blunt its political utility. Color us baffled.

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21:59 // 2 years ago
December 27, 2011
23:13 // 2 years ago