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Tuesday
Apr252017

NSA Blimp Spied in the United States

To residents of Maryland, catching an occasional glimpse of a huge white blimp floating in the sky is not unusual. For more than a decade, the military has used the state as a proving ground for new airships destined for Afghanistan or Iraq. But less known is that the test flights have sometimes served a more secretive purpose involving National Security Agency surveillance.

Back in 2004, a division of the NSA called the National Tactical Integration Office fitted a 62-foot diameter airship called the Hover Hammer with an eavesdropping device, according to a classified document published Monday by The Intercept. The agency launched the three-engine airship at an airfield near Solomons Island, Maryland. And from there, the blimp was able to vacuum up “international shipping data emanating from the Long Island, New York area,” the document says.

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Tuesday
Apr252017

Hearing Set for Class Action Lawsuit Against DNC

After deliberating since October 2016, a federal court in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has recently issued an order for appearance to the lawyers representing the DNC and former DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the plaintiffs representing Bernie Sanders supporters, Jared Beck and Elizabeth Lee Beck.

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Tuesday
Apr252017

Trump's About-Face on WikiLeaks Sums Up Why He's So Untrustworthy

Donald Trump no longer loves WikiLeaks. In fact, the president so expressively does not love the organization that he endorsed the idea of arresting founder Julian Assange on Friday. Which is weird because Trump literally announced, “I love WikiLeaks” at a rally in October. Trump now swears the world misunderstood him.

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Tuesday
Apr252017

Japan Made Secret Deals With the NSA That Expanded Global Surveillance

IT began as routinely as any other passenger flight. At gate 15 of New York City’s JFK Airport, more than 200 men, women, and children stood in line as they waited to board a Boeing 747. They were on their way to Seoul, South Korea’s capital city. But none would ever make it to their destination. About 14 hours after its departure, the plane was cruising at around 35,000 feet not far from the north of Japan when it was shot out of the sky.

The downing of Korean Airlines Flight 007 occurred on September 1, 1983, in what was one of the Cold War’s most shocking incidents. The plane had veered off course and for a short time entered Soviet airspace. At Dolinsk-Sokol military base, Soviet commanders dispatched two fighter jets and issued an order to “destroy the intruder.”

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Tuesday
Apr252017

New York Times continues to flunk geography on Illegal Israeli-built wall

The New York Times responded swiftly to pressure last week from Israel and its supporters.

When the paper published an opinion piece about the new hunger strike by Palestinian prisoners, “a rash of readers” objected, according to Liz Spayd, its public editor – who insulted with her word choice even as she backed their case.

The readers were angered, she suggested, by a “distorted characterization” of Marwan Barghouti, the article’s author.

When the piece was originally published online a week ago Sunday, Barghouti was described at the end as a “Palestinian leader and parliamentarian.” After complaints, an editor’s note was appended the following day, stating that Barghouti had been convicted in an Israeli court on “five counts of murder and membership of a terrorist organization.”

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Tuesday
Apr252017

The NYPD is Running Stings Against Immigrant-Owned Shops, Then Pushing For Warrantless Searches

PROPUBLICA

An undercover NYPD officer entered the spotless Super Laundromat & Dry Cleaners in Inwood, a largely Dominican neighborhood at the northernmost tip of Manhattan. He made his rounds through the store, hawking what he said were stolen gadgets — an iPhone, iPad Mini and iPad.

One man took the bait, agreeing to shell out $200 for all three. He was arrested during the May 2013 sting, and the trouble seemed to end there.

But seven months later — the week before Christmas — cops arrived at the laundromat again. This time, they slapped a neon sticker on the front door declaring in block letters: “RESTRAINING ORDER.”

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Tuesday
Apr252017

US Sanctions Aim to 'Substitute or Cancel' Idlib Investigation

The government of the United States is trying to distract the international community from the necessity of thorough investigation of an alleged chemical attack in the Syrian province of Idlib by sanctioning the Syrian scientists, according to Konstantin Kosachev, the chair of the Russian upper house of parliament Foreign Affairs Committee.

On Monday, the US Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned 271 employees of Syria's Scientific Studies and Research Center, which is suspected by the US authorities of being responsible for producing chemical weapons.

On April 4, the reported chemical weapons incident in Syria’s Idlib province claimed the lives of some 80 people and inflicted harm on an additional 200 civilians.

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Sunday
Apr232017

Pizzagate Pedogate Dutch Whistleblower 

In this time of sudden disclosures and unexpected blatant truths, where ‘news’ is barely distinguishable from ‘fake news’, it takes the utmost courage for an ‘insider’ to come out with the truth based on real facts.

Ronald Bernard, one of the founders of ‘B of Joy’, is one of these courageous people who dared to tell his story in front of (DVM-TV), De Vrije Media’s camera.

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Sunday
Apr232017

Grab Your Pitchforks, America, Your 401(K) May Need Defending from Congress

Those with 401(k) plans should take up the proverbial pitchforks if Congress takes aim at their tax benefits, Wall Street Journal columnist Jason Zweig writes.

Congress is already considering reducing the benefits of contributing to a 401(k) and similar retirement plans.

In the next round of tax reform, “it’s not really a question of whether retirement plans will get a haircut, but of how much,” says Bradford Campbell, a partner in law firm Drinker Biddle & Reath, and assistant Secretary of Labor under Pres. George W. Bush.

Congress could look to treat 401(k) contributions like Roth IRA contributions, removing the tax deferral. Doing that would generate some $1.5 trillion over the next decade, making such a move difficult for Congress to resist.

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Sunday
Apr232017

Raising Highway Speeding Tickets to 175% of Your Weekly Income 

Armstrong Economics

A word to the wise. Any American traveling to Europe, you are better off hiring a limo driver or call Uber than drive yourself. In Europe, they have speed cameras everywhere. If you are 1 KM over the speed limit in Switzerland, the camera goes off and you have a fine. It’s not like America where even on an interstate highway with a 65 mph limit, traffic typically moves at 80 mph and police will start to look at you over 80. Local municipalities are different. Some of them are so broke they make up stuff.

In Europe, they fine you using cameras, which are also illegal in the USA. You have a right to confrontation and a camera cannot testify against you in court. Those state who adopted the red light cameras used them for revenue, but you would not get any points on your license because they too were unconstitutional.

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