Hong Kong officials have claimed their hands were tied over Edward Snowden because the U.S. government used a wrong middle name for the NSA whistleblower on extradition papers. Provisional arrest warrant documents listed his middle name as James, whereas it is Joseph. In other papers, he was just called Edward J. Snowden, Hong Kong´s Secretary of Justice Rimsky Yuen said. When Hong Kong asked the U.S. for clarification on Friday, they failed to respond in time for officials to stop Snowden´s flight to Russia on Sunday. ´Until the minute of Snowden´s departure, the U.S. government hadn´t yet replied to our
President Obama celebrated the Supreme Court’s decisions Wednesday on gay marriage, but overall it has been a rocky term before the court for his administration, winning just more than a third of the cases in which it was involved. Lawyers said the government traditionally averages about a 70 percent winning percentage before the high court. Its advantages are so great that the Justice Department’s chief Supreme Court attorney, the solicitor general, is dubbed the “10th Justice.” But during the 2012-13 term, which began in October and ended Wednesday, the court rejected
At the start of day two things of note occurred. First, the Court ruled that Zimmerman’s prior calls to police would be admissible as evidence.(Snip)the last of the State’s witnesses for the day was Rachel Jeantel, otherwise known as “Dee-Dee”, as Trayvon Martin’s “16-year-old girlfriend,” and as the last person to speak with Martin before his deadly confrontation with George Zimmerman. Although direct was straightforward with most of the witnesses, Sudyka’s credibility was effectively destroyed by West on cross, and Manaloo suffered a similar fate in cross at the hands of O’Mara.
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Guiliani lambasted President Obama’s handling of NSA leaker Edward Snowden as Russian President Vladimir Putin says he has no plans to turn him over to the U.S. despite missives from the administration. “Who would you give greater odds to catch a fugitive — a former KGB agent or a former community organizer?” Mr. Guiliani said Wednesday on “Fox and Friends. “The KGB agent is working him over. He worked him over during that conference, he really worked him over. And unfortunately, he’s our president
When he was working in the intelligence community in 2009, Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency contractor who passed top-secret documents to journalists, appears to have had nothing but disdain for those who leaked classified information, the newspapers that printed their revelations, and his current ally, the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, according to newly disclosed chat logs. Snowden, who used the online handle “TheTrueHOOHA,” was particularly upset about a January 2009 New York Times article that reported on a covert program to subvert Iran’s nuclear infrastructure, according to the logs
Wendy Davis strode onto the floor of the Texas Senate chamber on Tuesday in rouge-red running shoes, and came off it early Wednesday morning as the Democratic Party’s newest star. During 13 hours in between, the little-known legislator from Fort Worth delivered a filibuster that electrified social media and stopped passage of one of the nation’s toughest set of abortion restrictions in the waning hours of a special session. As word spread, supporters thronged the capitol’s entrances, lined the walkways encircling the rotunda and turned the Senate chamber’s gallery into a cheering section. What made the scene so riveting
Computer whiz Steve Wozniak is more than a little distressed that the technology he helped develop nearly four decades ago is being used on a massive scale to invade people’s privacy. He’s especially troubled by the secret intrusions into the private emails of American citizens by the National Security Agency—secret, that is, until the recent detailed revelations of the NSA’s Prism program of electronic surveillance by a 29-year-old NSA contractor turned fugitive named Edward Snowden. “I think he’s a hero,” said the 62-year-old Wozniak, who co-founded Apple Computer with Steve Jobs
“But history did not end in 1965.” — Chief Justice John Roberts on Tuesday Progressives resent progress when it renders anachronistic once-valid reasons for enlarging the federal government’s supervisory and coercive powers. Hence they regret Tuesday’s Supreme Court ruling that progress has rendered Section 4 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act unconstitutional. This section stipulates the formula by which nine states and some jurisdictions in others are brought under Section 5, which requires them to get federal permission — “preclearance” — for even the most minor
We prefer to think of the Supreme Court as an institution apart from politics and above its struggles. In the wake of this week’s decision gutting the heart of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, its actions must now be viewed through the prism of the conservative movement’s five-decade-long quest for power. Liberals will still win occasional and sometimes partial victories, as they did Wednesday on same-sex marriage. But on issues directly related to political and economic influence, the court’s conservative majority is operating as a political faction, determined to shape a future
Protestors in South Africa, thought to be affiliated with the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party, dumped raw sewage at the Cape Town International Airport on Tuesday. President Barack Obama is due to arrive in South Africa on Friday and will speak in Cape Town on Sunday. The protest was linked to a series of ongoing demonstration in the so-called "toilet wars" over sanitation policy in the city. It was not aimed at Obama, but took place against a backdrop of demonstrations and internal battles surrounding Obama´s visit.
What’s next for gay marriage after Windsor and Perry today? The story, both nationally and locally, requires politics to move gay marriage forward, but the Supreme Court today put a heavy weight on the scale against defenders of traditional marriage. There is a lot of political pain to come for both sides, but in the end the Court has given gays the advantage. The big winner in all of this? Jerry Brown, believe it or not. At the national level, Windsor’s striking down of the Defense of Marriage Act may seem to allow the normal political process to function.
The clandestine National Security Agency is partly responsible for the modern PC era, a newly declassified document reveals, thanks to decades of custom computers built for one thing: espionage. Declassified by the NSA on May 29 and posted online on Monday, the 344-page report “It Wasn’t All Magic: The Early Struggle to Automate Cryptanalysis, 1930s – 1960s,” details the unknown high-tech history of computers so secretive even their code names were kept confidential. Until now. It’s a never-before seen history of code-breaking, spying and its role in the birth of the computer.
China´s top state newspaper has praised the fugitive US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden for "tearing off Washington´s sanctimonious mask" and rejected accusations Beijing had facilitated his departure from Hong Kong. (Snip) "In a sense, the United States has gone from a ´model of human rights´ to ´an eavesdropper on personal privacy´, the ´manipulator´ of the centralised power over the international internet, and the mad ´invader´ of other countries´ networks," the People´s Daily said.
WASHINGTON— The National Cathedral is pealing its church bells, along with some other Washington churches, to celebrate the Supreme Court’s decisions on gay marriage. Cathedral spokesman Richard Weinberg said the bells rang at noon Wednesday for 45 minutes to an hour. Bells also rang at other Episcopal, Methodist, Presbyterian, Unitarian and other Christian churches. The cathedral scheduled a prayer service for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender families Wednesday at 7 p.m. to celebrate the ruling. In a statement, the cathedral’s dean, the Rev. Gary Hall, says the church is ringing its bells “to celebrate the extension of federal marriage equality
Have questions about student loans? Maybe you should text the president. Liberal youth nonprofit dosomething.org and the White House are sponsoring an event this week where teens and 20-somethings are encouraged to send their questions about student debt to President Barak Obama via text message. Questions are submitted by texting "PREZ" to 38383. Dosomething.org then selects one question for Obama to answer. His answer is posted on dosomething.org/president/ the following day and sent to everyone who texted a question. "We just want to amplify the youth voice,"
Bankrolled by the oil and gas wealth of Qatar, now hiring 800 staff members and opening 12 news bureaus across the United States, Al Jazeera will soon be coming to a television near you. From its Doha headquarters, the media empire of Qatar’s royal family is launching a new channel dubbed Al Jazeera America, devoted to in-depth coverage of the United States. When it goes live later this year, its flagship primetime show, America Tonight, will be broadcast from a studio in Washington’s Newseum—a high-tech museum of news and journalism with the self-described mission of “educating the public about
I want to second what Jonathan has written about the Supreme Court’s two decisions related to same-sex marriage. The worst possible outcome was that the high court would, in an exercise of raw judicial power, invent a constitutional right to gay marriage, forcing all 50 states to abide by it. We averted that outcome, which would have split the nation in a manner similar to what Roe v. Wade has done for two generations. It is in the nature of conservatism to be grateful when things that can go wrong don’t go wrong; and in this instance
The Gang of Eight's so-called "immigration overhaul" is pretty much dead on arrival in the House, but that isn't stopping Senators Marco Rubio and Kelly Ayotte from voting for it. But apparently, the House not taking up the bill isn't all these two, and maybe other Republicans, have to worry about. Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is calling for both to be primaried. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who has the most influence among conservative voters in Republican primaries, told Breitbart News on Tuesday that Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) should be primaried
Texas Governor Rick Perry has called another special session of the state legislature, according to a press release from the governor’s office: I am calling the Legislature back into session because too much important work remains undone for the people of Texas. Through their duly elected representatives, the citizens of our state have made crystal clear their priorities for our great state. Texans value life and want to protect women and the unborn. Texans want a transportation system that keeps them moving. Texans want a court system that is fair and just. We will not allow
On Monday, GOP political commentator Karl Rove sharply criticized a recent Breitbart News article on new language in the Senate amnesty bill. Appearing on FoxNews to defend the bill´s security provisions, Rove singled out a Breitbart story which appeared Friday as "simply not true." Rove´s criticism, however, was factually incorrect. The article Rove attacked, detailed a new provision in the then-Corker-Hoeven amendment which would allow immigrants on work visas who overstayed their visas to still apply for a green card. In other words, breaking immigration law in the future would not prevent
News reports that California´s Prop 8 has been struck down as unconstitutional are completely false. Proposition 8 is the amendment to the California Constitution that defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman. A federal trial judge--Vaughn Walker--held that Prop 8 violates the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court held that only the losing defendants in that case--the governor and attorney general of California--had standing to appeal that decision. When they refused to do so, Prop 8´s official sponsors filed the appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals
It´s now official. America is the France of the 21st century. France was a big power in the 18th and 19th Centuries. The French were pretty much in a constant state of war what with everything from the Seven Years´ War, to the French and Indian Wars, to the American Revolution, to the Napoleonic Wars.Then came the 20th Century when World War I was mostly fought on French soil leading to their preemptive surrender in World War II. Since then the French still pretend to be a full-fledged member of the Planetary Cool Kids Table,
After running for re-election vowing to make jobs and economic growth his top priority, President Obama has focused on everything but since winning. His misplaced priorities are costing plenty. In the first half of 2013, Obama made dozens of speeches on gun control, immigration and global warming, with the latter culminating in Tuesday´s declaration about how imperative it is to act now to combat climate change. But aside from a little "jobs tour" and one big speech back in February, Obama has been virtually silent on the economy. Yet in poll after poll, the public has made clear that it
Despite his evident reluctance to take America into the Syrian civil war, President Obama appears to be traveling down that road step-by-step. It may be pure coincidence, but the president acted only after being criticized by Bill Clinton. The former president warned that the current occupant of the Oval Office could end up looking like a "total wuss" and being "lame" if Obama did not intervene in the Syrian killfest. Clinton also said that the president risks looking like "a total fool" if the latter acts cautiously in response to opinion polls. Of course, former President Clinton always has had a