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Oversight, Say Critics - Aug. 27th, 2014

A number of Congressional proposals would change how the FISA
court judges are selected.
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Snowden Says NSA Spied on Human Rights Groups - Apr.
8, 2014

Edward Snowden informed the Council of Europe that the NSA has kept a watch
on those who work for human rights groups - an action normally condemned by
U.S. officials.
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Guantánamo Judge Suspended Hearings After FBI
Spying Claims - Apr. 16th, 2014

It appears the FBI attempted to get a classification specialist on a defendant's
legal team to become an informant.
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Classified Nuclear Weapon Documents Missing, Says
Study - Apr. 23rd, 2014

And 'sites did not always ensure that parts that did not conform to specifications
were actually fit for use in a nuclear weapon,' declared the report.
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U.S. No Longer A Democracy, Say Scholars - Apr. 29th, 2014

Both Democrats and Republicans tend to make the whims of the wealthy the law
of the land, point out researchers.
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American Class Structure Fundamental To US Policy,
Says Researcher - May 6th, 2014

The rich have so much influence in politics because 'wealthy people are the
ones in office themselves,' states a Duke University professor.
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Pentagon Not Sure How It Spends Your Money, Says
Expert - May 13th, 2014

The U.S. Defense Department can’t account for how it spends your tax dollars,
according to federal testimony released today.
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Rein In NSA, Cisco’s CEO Tells Obama - May 19th, 2014

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Cisco Systems has had enough of the
NSA’s blatant spying activities, according to a recent letter sent to Obama.
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FBI Data Exchange Contains About 200 Million Records -
May 28th, 2014

It's not immediately clear how the massive growth and increasing reach of the
FBI data system has effected the right to privacy in America.
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U.S. Ports Vulnerable To Cyber-Security Risks, Says
Report  - June 7th, 2014

U.S. ports - which handle over $1.3 trillion in cargo every year - remain open to
dangerous and disruptive cyber-security attacks, states a federal study.
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Charlotte Misused Political Convention Grants, Reveals
Study - June 12th, 2014

A recent federal investigation found that over $132,000 of U.S. taxpayer funds
were misused by Charlotte, NC as it ramped up its security during the 2012
DNC.
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New York Settles With Occupy Wall Street Protesters -
June 23rd, 2014

New York officials apparently decided it was better to compensate the
Occupiers than to test the legality of police actions in a federal court.
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Foreign Hackers Successfully Target U.S. Gov’t
Networks - July 2nd, 2014

U.S. officials have learned that foreign Internet hackers are using well-known
social network sites to successfully target government networks.
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Presidential Records Law Uncertain On Emails, Videos -
July 9th, 2014

The chief law on White House records may not properly ensure the
maintenance of electronic media, a federal study has declared.
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Climate Change Puts U.S. At Great Risk, Admits Fed
Study - July 22nd, 2014

'The federal government is not well positioned to address the fiscal exposure
presented by climate change,' admitted a 2013 U.S. study.
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Wastewater From Oil Extraction ‘Triggers U.S. Quake
Surge’ - July 29th, 2014

Twenty percent of the earthquakes in the central U.S. may be attributed to just
four wells holding wastewater from fuel extraction, says a top research journal.
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Feds Say Medical Personnel May Act As Spies On US
Persons - Aug. 8th, 2014

'Emergency Medical Treatment Presents [an] Opportunity for Discovery of
Violent Extremist Activities,' states a document prepared for 'first responders.'
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Senate Demands Studies On ‘All NSA Bulk Collection
Activities’ - Aug. 20th, 2014

The National Security Agency (NSA) must prepare unclassified studies on 'all
NSA bulk collection activities,' states a leading Senate panel.
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