EXCLUSIVE: US Chamber's Lobbyists Solicited Hackers To Sabotage Unions, Smear Chamber's Political Opponents. How the USA imposes travel bans within Europe. In an article here yesterday, we mentioned a report earlier this month by Andrej Hunko, a member of the German national legislature (”Bundestag”) , based on responses to his information access requests to the German government about its collaboration with DHS and use of PNR data.
There was more about this in DHS testimony at yesterday’s hearing in the U.S. House of Representatives. The following is an English translation of Andrej Hunko’s report, republished by permission of the author: How the US Department of Homeland Security imposes travel bans within the EU by Andrej Hunko, September 28, 2011 Naturally enough, the website of the NoPNR campaign regularly contains material about the retroactive legalisation of exchanges of passenger name record (PNR) data between EU Member States and the United States, Canada or Australia. Diebold voting machines can be hacked by remote control - 2012 Elections. It could be one of the most disturbing e-voting machine hacks to date.
Voting machines used by as many as a quarter of American voters heading to the polls in 2012 can be hacked with just $10.50 in parts and an 8th grade science education, according to computer science and security experts at the Vulnerability Assessment Team at Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois. Possible security breach: Secret Service agents had president's schedule in rooms. New details about the Secret Service personnel alleged to have brought prostitutes to their hotel rooms have emerged, including reports that two of the 11 were supervisors.
NBC's Kristen Welker reports. By Isolde Raftery, msnbc.com The Secret Service agents who brought prostitutes back to their hotel rooms in Colombia last week had copies of the president’s schedule in their rooms, which raises the issue of a potential security breach, a law enforcement official tells NBC News. Secret Service personnel were in Cartagena in advance of President Barack Obama’s arrival at the Summit of the Americas, a trade conference, over the weekend. At least 11 were placed on administrative leave and flown back to the United States on Saturday when it came to light that they had hired prostitutes. OCongress: It's a sad day in America... Afghan war whistleblower Daniel Davis: 'I had to speak out – lives are at stake' "I am – how do you say it?
– persona non grata," said Lieutenant-Colonel Daniel Davis, as he sat sipping a coffee and eating a chocolate sundae in a shopping mall, just a subway stop from the Pentagon. US secret service agents sent home from summit over claims of misconduct. Barack Obama arrives in Cartagena, Colombia, for the Summit of the Americas meeting.
Photograph: Leonardo Munoz/EPA US secret service agents sent to provide security for Barack Obama at a summit in Colombia have been relieved of their duties and sent home after allegations of personal misconduct. Shale Shocked: "Remarkable Increase" In U.S. Earthquakes "Almost Certainly Manmade" A U.S.
Geological Survey (USGS) team has found that a sharp jump in earthquakes in America's heartland appears to be linked to oil and natural gas drilling operations. As hydraulic fracturing has exploded onto the scene, it has increasingly been connected to earthquakes. L.A. Times: Earth's Top 10 Biggest Enemies in Congress. By Climate Guest Contributor on December 15, 2011 at 1:37 pm.
Dox of Rep. Charlie Dent, Sponsor of Enemy Expatriation Act. Red money, blue money: The making of the 2012 campaign. The hidden infrastructure of the 2012 campaign has already been built.
A handful of so-called Super PACs, enabled to collect unlimited donations by the continued erosion of campaign finance regulations, are expected to rival the official campaign organizations in importance this election. In many cases, these groups are acting essentially as outside arms of the campaigns. These are America’s best-funded political factions, their war chests filled by some of the richest men (and almost all are men) in the country. More than 80 percent of giving to Super PACs so far has come from just 58 donors, according to the Center for Responsive Politics analysis of the latest data, which covers the first half of 2011.
The Republican groups have raised $17.6 million and the Democratic groups $7.6 million. The exceptions are two public employee labor unions, whose massive donations match those of some of the largest moguls. Staffed by former officials from the Republican National Committee and the U.S. Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. Citizens United v.
Federal Election Commission, No. 08-205, 558 U.S. 310 (2010)[dead link], is a U.S. constitutional law case dealing with the regulation of campaign spending by organizations. The United States Supreme Court held that the First Amendment prohibited the government from restricting independent political expenditures by a nonprofit corporation. Obama Signs NDAA Bill With Signing Statement Clarifying Indefinite Detention Provisions. After a long battle over one section of the latest National Defense Authorization Act, President Obama signed the bill into law today - but with a signing statement.
The statement, which can be read in full here , clarifies why Obama signed the bill and how the controversial provisions on indefinite detention will be treated. Although Obama says in the statement that he does not agree with the entire bill, passing it is necessary to maintain the operation of our military. He also added that the indefinite detention provision (section 1021) just codifies how our military currently operates rather than changing anything, and that "my Administration will not authorize the indefinite military detention without trial of American citizens.
" The signing statement and its assurance that the Obama Administration will not apply section 1021 to U.S. BREAKING: Obama Signs Defense Authorization Bill. Statement by the President on H.R. 1540: Today I have signed into law H.R. 1540, the “National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012.”
I have signed the Act chiefly because it authorizes funding for the defense of the United States and its interests abroad, crucial services for service members and their families, and vital national security programs that must be renewed. In hundreds of separate sections totaling over 500 pages, the Act also contains critical Administration initiatives to control the spiraling health care costs of the Department of Defense (DoD), to develop counterterrorism initiatives abroad, to build the security capacity of key partners, to modernize the force, and to boost the efficiency and effectiveness of military operations worldwide.The fact that I support this bill as a whole does not mean I agree with everything in it. Peter Schiff Was Right 2006 - 2007 (2nd Edition)
Department of Homeland Security Using Fake Facebook and Twitter Accounts to Monitor Posts. AlterPolitics - Progressive Blog For Politics, World Issues, Arts & Entertainment. While Drafting SOPA, the U.S. House Harbors BitTorrent Pirates. The New Breed of Hero by John Brennan. By John Brennan Recently by John Brennan: Obama’s Latest Speech. Some Occupy L.A. protesters may get a lesson in free speech - latimes.com. Many Occupy L.A. protesters arrested during demonstrations in recent months are being offered a unique chance to avoid court trials: pay $355 to a private company for a lesson in free speech. Los Angeles Chief Deputy City Atty. William Carter said the city won't press charges against protesters who complete the educational program offered by American Justice Associates. The National Defense Authorization Act Explained.
Passed by the House and Senate last week, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) now awaits the president’s signature. M.guardian.co.uk. Barack Obama has abandoned a commitment to veto a new security law that allows the military to indefinitely detain without trial American terrorism suspects arrested on US soil who could then be shipped to Guantánamo Bay. Dem Think-tank on NDAA: Obama Says He Won't Detain Citizens, and That's Good Enough for Us! Do We Really Have To Prepare For The Fourth Box?
As I watch the legislative abominations named SOPA, PIPA, and NDAA follow the lead of the DMCA and the Patriot Act in the United States, I realize that the worst possible scenario for civil liberties appears to actually be materializing. NDAA's CIA, military targeted killings of innocent Americans - National Human Rights. NDAA: Death of America, Targeted killings of innocent Americans. Three myths about the detention bill. Condemnation of President Obama is intense, and growing, as a result of his announced intent to sign into law the indefinite detention bill embedded in the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
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Iraq Body Count. 10 Signs You Might Be a Slave. Activist Post. Wikileaks - Eurasia Review. US Insider Trading Laws - Insider Trading by Congress - ProCon.org. Bradley Manning supporters march on news of pre-trial hearing in SF. San Francisco | Anti-War On November 21st, the US Army scheduled an Article 32 pretrial hearing for PFC Bradley Manning, the Army intelligence specialist accused of releasing classified material to WikiLeaks. Tear Gas Reference - Medics. Irritants - CS, CN, CNC, CA, CR, CNB, PS Medication. Why do Police Officers Use Pepper Spray? Reporting From Outside Party Lines. FBI Sanctioned for Lying About Existence of Surveillance Records.
Hacker Says Texas Town Used Three Character Password To Secure Internet Facing SCADA System. Police Leak Police Brutality Police Leaks, Lieutenant Brian Connolly "The Swinger" Davey D's Photo. Daily News cheers Occupy Wall Street raid, until Daily News reporter is arrested. Occupy Santa Cruz - Bank of America refusing to close account. CNN's New Star Is a Little Too Sympathetic to Wall Street - Business. Law Firm of Wohl & Fruchter LLP Announces Investigation Against Imperial Holdings, Inc. Commentary: Yemen's field of scarecrows. Another guilty plea in state corruption investigation.