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Today's Featured Story: Obama Apologizes To Japan For
Spying On Top Officials - Aug. 29th, 2015

On Wednesday, Obama telephoned Japan’s prime minister to apologize
after it was revealed that a US agency has been spying on top Japanese
officials for years.
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Mass Surveillance Threatens Democracy, Says
European Study - Feb. 26th, 2015

'Mass surveillance is considered a threat to civil liberties such as the right to
freedom of opinion and expression,' said a study released in December.
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Will Top Democratic Senator Soon Face Corruption
Charges? - Mar. 13th, 2015

Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) isn’t the only congressional Democrat to
receive generous donations from the Melgen family.
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Are Reddit Comments, Phone Use Serving As Basis
For Surveillance Of Protesters? - Mar. 29th, 2015

The threshold for “precipitating violent or malicious activity” appears to be
rather low for our self-proclaimed ‘protectors’.
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Congress Plans Changes To Freedom Of Information
Act - Mar. 31st, 2015

Both the Senate and the House of Representatives are planning a number of
changes to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA).
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Not Even Pentagon Can Control Cost Of U.S. War
Machine - Apr. 10th, 2015

It seems that even the Pentagon now has trouble reigning in the growing cost
of America’s military-industrial complex.
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Congress Fails To Reign In Unconstitutional Spying
Activity - Apr. 23rd, 2015

Congress has failed to curb federal use of National Security Letters (NSLs) -
documents which in essence are administrative subpoenas created without
judicial approval.
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Will ‘Cyber-Security’ Become The Next Threat To
Privacy? - Apr. 30th, 2015

'Concerns may arise with regard to how the government collects and
maintains privately held cyber-intelligence,' a federal study has said.
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NSA Bulk Data Collection Declared ‘Illegal’ By US
Appeals Court - May 12th, 2015

Last week, a U.S. appeals court ruled that the National Security Agency's
massive collection of telephone records is illegal.
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Senate Fails To Pass NSA Phone Spying Extension - May
28th, 2015

Last weekend, the Senate defeated every legislative attempt to extend a
controversial section of the so-called ‘Patriot Act’.
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Digital Anonymity Essential For Freedom Of
Expression, Says UN - May 31st, 2015

'Encryption and anonymity enable individuals to exercise their rights to
freedom of opinion and expression in the digital age,' says the UN.
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US Officials Knew Torture Techniques Probably Illegal,
Ineffective - June 15th, 2015

People being tortured 'will say whatever they think their torturers want them
to say if they believe it will stop their suffering,’ said Sen. John McCain.
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Human Activity Creating Sixth Mass Extinction, Say
Scientists - June 25th, 2015

Human activity has initiated 'a mass extinction episode unparalleled for 65
million years,” according to an eye-opening scientific study.
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Supreme Court’s Landmark Decision On Gay Marriage,
Plainly Explained - June 30th, 2015

'The Fourteenth Amendment requires a State to license a marriage between
two people of the same sex,' clearly states a Supreme Court syllabus.
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Explanation of Supreme Court’s Decision On Gay
Marriage, Pt. 2 - July 2nd, 2015

'Four principles and traditions demonstrate that' there is an 'abiding
connection between marriage and liberty', according to a Supreme Court
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Chiquita Must Release Documents Revealing Terrorist
Payoffs, Says Court - July 17th, 2015

The 'public will get a look at what might be the most important document
collection ever assembled on corporate ties to terrorism,' says a top analyst.
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New Mexico Dispatcher Resigns After Hanging Up On
911 Caller - July 30th, 2015

The dispatcher told a panicked caller who was attempting to save a shooting
victim to 'deal with it yourself.'
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This Just In: Minimum Wage Actually Helps The Poor -
Aug. 15th, 2015

A legally-mandated minimum wage 'is a useful instrument of policy that has
low social costs and clear benefits', declares a major economic analysis.
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