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Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide
Post & Courier [Charleston, SC], by Frank Wooton

Original Article

Posted By:Attercliffe, 9/2/2013 6:39:44 PM

Hacked off at the South Carolina Department of Revenue? You should be. The DOR’s stunning incompetence allowed our financial records--and Social Security numbers--to be stolen in the murky cyber realm last year. Creeped out by the National Security Agency? You should be. The NSA’s “counter-terror” pretense grabs huge volumes of personal email and phone records. What’s worse? [Snip] Sanford cited the House’s narrow 217-205 margin rejecting a defense-appropriations amendment from Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., to scrap funding for the NSA program that collects Americans’ phone

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At the end of the article Wooton reminds us there´s something scarier ahead--the IRS.

      


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Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide
Post & Courier [Charleston, SC], by Frank Wooton    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 9/2/2013 6:39:44 PM     Post Reply
Hacked off at the South Carolina Department of Revenue? You should be. The DOR’s stunning incompetence allowed our financial records--and Social Security numbers--to be stolen in the murky cyber realm last year. Creeped out by the National Security Agency? You should be. The NSA’s “counter-terror” pretense grabs huge volumes of personal email and phone records. What’s worse? [Snip] Sanford cited the House’s narrow 217-205 margin rejecting a defense-appropriations amendment from Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., to scrap funding for the NSA program that collects Americans’ phone

   

 

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John Kerry says there is ´irrefutable
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Daily Mail [UK], by Ryan Gorman    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 9/2/2013 1:56:49 PM     Post Reply
US Secretary of State John Kerry is concerned about the threat posed by global warming. Speaking Monday via satellite to climate experts gathered for this week’s Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) in the Marshall Islands, US Secretary of State John Kerry asserted that climate change needs to be taken more seriously and that action can be taken to stem the tide of consequence. The Marshall Islands, at no more than three feet above sea level, are especially at risk of rising seas, one of the many effects of global warming.‘The science is clear. It is irrefutable and it is alarming,’ Mr

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Mideast press uneasy after
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Newspapers across the Middle East are busy discussing prospects for Western military intervention in Syria after US President Barack Obama decided to delay possible action until a vote in Congress. While there is sense that a strike against President Assad´s forces remains on the cards, some pan-Arab commentators criticize President Obama for what they see as a lack of resolve in tackling the Syria crisis. In Syria itself, a government daily says his announcement on Saturday signalled the start of a US "retreat", while an Iranian newspaper writes of a failure to build international consensus for a military campaign against President Assad´s



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