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Brennan hearing exposes ‘trust
deficit’ between Hill, CIA

Politico, by Juana Summers

Original Article

Posted By:earlybird, 2/7/2013 6:42:25 PM

Thursday’s Senate hearing to confirm President Barack Obama´s choice to lead the CIA bared some of the deepest wounds of the more than decadelong war on terrorism and illustrated — at times dramatically — how keenly America continues to feel them. John Brennan faced rigorous questioning from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle over the most contentious issues in American national security,(Snip)Lawmakers also pounced on the role Brennan may have played in the release of secrets to the press, the “trust deficit” between the CIA and Congress, and the cloak of secrecy the Obama administration and its predecessor

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Objectivity, 2/7/2013 11:28:16 PM     (No. 9164833)

In sly language....deflection into ´culture´ of CIA started under GWBush. I got it WaPo you propagandists.



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Former Turkish army head jailed
for life over conspiracy
Reuters, by Ayla Jean Yackley    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 8/5/2013 9:10:25 AM     Post Reply
A Turkish court on Monday sentenced a former military commander to life in prison and dozens of others including opposition members of parliament to long terms for plotting against the government, in a case that has exposed deep divisions in the country. Retired military chief of staff General Ilker Basbug was sentenced to life for his role in the "Ergenekon" conspiracy to overthrow the government of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan. Announcing verdicts on the nearly 300 defendants in the case, the judges also sentenced three serving parliamentarians from the opposition Republican People´s Party (CHP)

It´s Always Selma Again
Wall Street Journal, by James Taranto    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 8/1/2013 4:36:44 PM     Post Reply
Florida is the New Selma, and not for the first time. On a visit to Tallahassee Tuesday, Jesse Jackson "used the phrase ´Selma of our time´--a reference to civil rights marches in Alabama that helped prompt change in the 1960s," the Miami Herald reports. By way of explanation, the paper quotes an earlier, ungrammatical comment the septuagenarian would-be provocateur made last month on CNN, where he "talked about an economic boycott to ´isolate Florida as a kind of apartheid state given this whole stand your ground laws.´ "

XKeyscore: NSA tool
collects ´nearly everything
a user does on the internet´
Guardian [UK], by Glenn Greenwald    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 7/31/2013 11:24:54 AM     Post Reply
A top secret National Security Agency program allows analysts to search with no prior authorization through vast databases containing emails, online chats and the browsing histories of millions of individuals, according to documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden. The NSA boasts in training materials that the program, called XKeyscore, is its "widest-reaching" system for developing intelligence from the internet. (Snip)The files shed light on one of Snowden´s most controversial statements, made in his first video interview published by the Guardian on June 10.

Dream Defenders continue
protest, FDLE disputes lack of food
Tallahassee Democrat [FL], by Jordan Culver    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 7/28/2013 11:00:06 PM     Post Reply
Dream Defenders Executive Director Philip Agnew has said he knew the group would have to “get comfortable with being uncomfortable” during its now-13-day sit in at the Capitol. The college activists reached a new level of “uncomfortable” over the weekend – the group said Capitol police stopped food from coming into the building, leaving a group of about 50 protesters with little more than snack items and a few cups of water. Reports from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement indicate that´s not accurate.(Snip)phone calls to FDLE in support of the protest shut down the center’s ability

Former DOJ official: Civil rights
unit sent to mediate anti-Zimmerman
protests has history of advocacy
Daily Caller, by Patrick Howley    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 7/23/2013 7:43:15 PM     Post Reply
The Department of Justice civil rights unit sent to Sanford, Florida in 2012 to mediate the anti-George Zimmerman protests has a history of putting racial advocacy ahead of its mandated duties, according to a former head of the unit. “At CRS headquarters, we (meaning I) regularly had to warn or take corrective action against career employees for acting as advocates instead of mediators,” Ondray Harris, the former director of the DOJ’s Community Relations Service (CRS), told The Daily Caller. CRS was the unit deployed to Sanford in 2012 to oversee anti-Zimmerman protests.

   

 

  


 
Egypt´s ousted President
Morsi ´abducted by army´
BBC News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 7/22/2013 11:56:01 PM     Post Reply
The family of the ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has accused the army of abducting him. His daughter Shaimaa told a news conference in Cairo that the family was taking legal measures against the army. Mr Morsi has been held at an undisclosed location without charge since he was removed from power on 3 July. (Snip)One of Mr Morsi´s sons, Osama, said: "What is going on is a violation of human rights and a scandal in every sense of the word."

How TV news failed Trayvon
Martin, George Zimmerman,
and American people
Christian Science Monitor, by Doug Spero    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 7/22/2013 1:58:28 PM     Post Reply
In the charade that became the trial of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin, and in the continuing aftermath of the verdict, there was one thing the American people didn’t get from much of the national broadcast media: fairness. In the hours of continuous coverage that I monitored and recorded, I couldn’t believe the lack of balance in coverage.(Snip)Some news organizations seemed to resist the temptation of balanced reporting from the onset. What happened to investigating stories thoroughly? What happened to balancing a report with all points of view? And what happened to keeping agendas and

George Zimmerman rescued man from
truck crash last week, police say
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 7/22/2013 1:43:52 PM     Post Reply
George Zimmerman, who has not been seen publicly since being acquitted in the murder of Trayvon Martin earlier this month, surfaced last week to rescue an unidentified driver trapped in an overturned truck in Florida, police said Monday. Sanford Police Department Capt. Jim McAuliffe told Fox News that Zimmerman, 29, was identified by a crash victim as the man who pulled him from the mangled vehicle last week. “George Zimmerman pulled me out,” firefighters were told by the unidentified driver, according to McAuliffe.

IRS scandal creeps closer to White House
Dallas Morning News, by Mike Hashimoto    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 7/21/2013 10:36:44 AM     Post Reply
I have to admit, I’m stumped. Either something fairly important happened yesterday in Washington, or as readers of The Dallas Morning News might say, “I have no idea what you mean.” News reports, mostly from the right-of-center media, would indicate a 50-year IRS employee, recently retired as a tax specialist, testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Carter Hull, we’re told, said the inappropriate screening of tea party-related applications reached at least the office of the IRS chief counsel, one of two political appointees in the building. You remember the IRS scandal, right?

Trayvon Martin´s brother interning
in office of Florida congresswoman
NBC News, by Frank Thorp & Matthew DeLuca    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 7/20/2013 11:30:45 AM     Post Reply
The brother of Trayvon Martin, whose shooting death by George Zimmerman gained international attention over the past year, is currently serving as an intern for Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., her office confirmed to NBC News. A Florida jury found Zimmerman not guilty of of 2nd degree murder and manslaughter on July 13. Zimmerman says he shot the teen in self defense. Martin’s brother Jahvaris Fulton attends Florida International University in Miami, Fla., (Snip) According to Wilson´s office, Fulton is also part of the 5000 Roll Models of Excellence Project.

   

 

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Florida’s Self-Defense Immunity
Law: How it really works
Legal Insurrection, by Andrew Branca    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 7/19/2013 11:35:00 AM     Post Reply
In 2005 the Florida legislator enacted statute 776.032. “Immunity from criminal prosecution and civil action for justifiable use of force.” This immunity statute is often erroneously referred to as Florida’s Stand-Your-Ground (SYG) law, even by lawyers, judges, and law professors who ought to know better.(Snip)In fact, SYG is a different statute entirely, 776.013(3). Although many states have adopted some form of self-defense immunity law, Florida’s is remarkably broad in many respects. It provides not only immunity from both civil liability and criminal prosecution, but even from arrest in instances that lack probable cause

Black America´s Real
Problem Isn´t White Racism
Creators.com, by Pat Buchanan    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 7/19/2013 10:41:07 AM     Post Reply
In the aftermath of the acquittal of George Zimmerman, Eric Holder, Al Sharpton and Ben Jealous of the NAACP are calling on the black community to rise up in national protest. Yet they know — and Barack Obama, whose silence speaks volumes, knows — nothing is going to happen. "Stand-Your-Ground" laws in Florida and other states are not going to be repealed. George Zimmerman is not going to be prosecuted for a federal "hate crime" in the death of Trayvon Martin. The result of all this ginned-up rage that has produced vandalism and violence



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Capitol Hill Blue, (Floyd, VA), by John Weston    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 8/4/2013 7:58:15 AM     Post Reply
White House insiders say President Barack Obama is in “a funk” about what he sees as increasing stagnation and failures surrounding his second term and some worry that the President is becoming more distant and distracted. “He’s not the same Obama that came to the Oval Office after the 2008 elections,” a senior White House aided confided to friends in an email recently. “I’m worried.” Chicago Mayor and former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel tells friends that the Presidency has changed his longtime friend Obama and many of those changes are “not good.”

The Dependably Unfaithful Colin Powell
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American Thinker, by Jeannie DeAngelis    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 8/5/2013 6:42:46 AM     Post Reply
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The Front Man
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National Review Online, by Kevin D. Williamson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/5/2013 5:33:42 AM     Post Reply
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Intel community worried Obama administration
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Washington Times, by LISA RUTH    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 8/4/2013 7:08:12 AM     Post Reply
In warning about possible al Qaeda attacks against Americans overseas, U.S. officials may have provided too much detail about intercepted chatter and the source of the information, and that may make it more difficult to get such tips next time, former and current intelligence officials say.On Friday, the U.S. State Department issued a worldwide travel alert for Americans, citing an unspecified al Qaeda threat. The bulletin said that the highest threat levels are the Middle East and North Africa, “and possibly occurring in or emanating from the Arab Peninsula.”

White House holds high-level
meeting over security threat

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Reuters, by Jeff Mason    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/4/2013 5:29:08 AM     Post Reply
Washington - President Barack Obama´s top national security advisers met at the White House on Saturday to discuss the potential threat of terrorist attacks that caused Washington and its allies to issue travel warnings and close embassies throughout the Middle East. The United States issued a worldwide travel alert on Friday (Snip) Obama is spending the weekend at the Camp David presidential retreat after playing golf earlier on Saturday. His birthday is Sunday. The White House said Obama had received regular briefings about the potential threat and U.S. preparedness measures all week.

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Posted By: StormCnter- 8/5/2013 4:55:13 AM     Post Reply
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National Review Online, by Mark Steyn    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/4/2013 9:50:53 PM     Post Reply
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Professor says kids no longer
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Daily Caller (Washington DC), by Eric Owens    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/4/2013 10:55:19 AM     Post Reply
Several skills that every kid once learned in school are going the way of the dodo in a hurry. Diagramming sentences is practically an extinct art, for example. Cursive handwriting and memorized multiplication tables look to be swiftly headed that way. Apparently, the next thing that kids will no longer need to learn is spelling and grammar. Sugata Mitra, a professor of educational technology at Newcastle University in northeast England, announced that traditional language rules are out of fashion, reports the Daily Mail. Kids don’t need to waste time on those things, see. State-of-the-art computers and mobile phones can make

   

 



 
Kass: Was police killing of
95-year-old necessary?

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Chicago Tribune, by John Kass    Original Article
Posted By: US Veteran- 8/4/2013 1:51:20 PM     Post Reply
Common sense tells me that cops don´t need a Taser or a shotgun to subdue a 95-year-old man. When John Wrana was a young man, fit and strong and fighting in World War II with the U.S. Army Air Corps, did he ever think he´d end this way? Just a few weeks shy of his 96th birthday, in need of a walker to move about, cops coming through the door of his retirement home with a Taser and a shotgun.

Schumer: Move G-20 summit to
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CBS News, by Lindsey Boerma    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/4/2013 3:49:27 PM     Post Reply
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What should be next to
Trayvon Martin´s hoodie
in the Smithsonian?

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American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 8/4/2013 11:54:06 AM     Post Reply
I have a suggestion. How about an exhibit on Tawana Brawley? If the purpose of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian is to remember racial controversies, as the proposed Trayvon exhibit seems to confirm, then how about an honest look at the phenomenon of hate crime hoaxes? Particular attention should be paid to the role of the media in both the Trayvon and Tawana materials. Unquestionably, the media stirred up racial animus, and these incidents both contributed to raising racial tensions.

Rookie cops shoot 14-year-
old dead after teen opened
fire in South Bronx

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New York Post, by Kirstan Conley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/4/2013 1:05:29 PM     Post Reply
Police shot and killed an armed teen in the South Bronx early today after the suspect opened fire and refused to drop his gun, police said. Two rookie cops heard shots fired near East 151st Street and Courtlandt Avenue around 3 a.m. and ran in the direction of fire, police said. The uniformed officers saw Shaaliver Douse, 14, of the South Bronx, chasing another person through the streets, according to cops. Douse, who was arrested in May on attempted murder charges for shooting a 15-year-old, fired at the man running on East 151st Street this morning, police said.

   

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