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Senate votes to ban waterboarding and other forms of torture

Senate votes to ban waterboarding and other forms of torture

The US Senate has voted to outlaw many forms of torture, including waterboarding, “rectal feeding,” mock executions, hooding prisoners, and sexual humiliation in any sector of the US government. By a vote of 78 to 21, the Senate agreed on an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that limits the US government to […]

‘No big deal’: Senior Iranian commander says Tehran ready for war with US

‘No big deal’: Senior Iranian commander says Tehran ready for war with US

He sent a message to the Iranian negotiators, asking that they “never allow the other side to impose its will, exercise force, humiliate or threaten you.” Kerry is not alone in appearing to keep the threat of force alive. Last month Republican Senator Tom Cotton (Arkansas) claimed that it would take Washington just several days […]

Obama administration ‘blocking’ information from the press – AP

Obama administration ‘blocking’ information from the press – AP

Uncovering information that should be available to the public has become increasingly difficult under the presidency of Barack Obama, an Associated Press bureau chief says. In some cases, it surpasses the secrecy of the George W. Bush administration. The White House’s penchant for secrecy does not just apply to the federal government, according to AP’s […]

Rabbi, cop, nurse among 70 arrested in child porn bust

Rabbi, cop, nurse among 70 arrested in child porn bust

New York City Police and federal authorities have arrested at least 70 people in what’s being billed as one of the largest online child pornography busts ever. According to the Associated Press, among those arrested are a rabbi, a Boy Scout leader, a little league baseball coach, a nurse, and a police officer, with most […]

No indication legal marijuana raises crime rate – study

No indication legal marijuana raises crime rate – study

Enemies of marijuana use have warned that legalizing the drug for recreational use would incite a crime epidemic, turning users into drug addicts and morphing dispensaries into malevolent drug dens. A new report, though, seems to debunk that rhetoric. Medical cannabis was first legalized in 1996, other west coast states in 1998, and since then […]

Medical marijuana workers start unionizing with government help

Medical marijuana workers start unionizing with government help

Marijuana may still be illegal at the federal level, but the US labor board believes pot workers still have the same rights as any other American employee. According to the Huffington Post, attempts to unionize by medical marijuana workers in Maine have attracted what some may think to be an unlikely government ally: the National […]

America’s first recreational pot licenses issued in Colorado

America’s first recreational pot licenses issued in Colorado

Colorado made history on Monday, becoming the first state in the US to issue hundreds of licenses for recreational marijuana businesses. Colorado’s Marijuana Enforcement Division approved 348 licenses: 136 to pot shops, 31 to marijuana-infused products companies, 178 to growing facilities, and three to marijuana-testing laboratories. All businesses had to apply by the end of […]

NSA considers amnesty for Snowden if he stops leaks

NSA considers amnesty for Snowden if he stops leaks

Senior National Security Agency officials in the United States say they’ve considered making a deal with former contractor Edward Snowden that would give amnesty to the leaker charged with espionage if he stops disclosing secret documents. Both the director of the NSA and the government official in charge of the agency’s Snowden task force tell […]

US intelligence warning allies about sensitive Snowden leaks yet to be published – report

US intelligence warning allies about sensitive Snowden leaks yet to be published – report

American officials have begun advising US allies that the ongoing National Security Agency disclosures made possible by whistleblower Edward Snowden include files detailing cooperation between their international intelligence services. US officials told The Washington Post that Snowden leaked documents indicating massive intelligence gathering efforts against sometimes hostile countries, including China, Russia and Iran. Those files […]

Game changer: Swiss banks ditch secrecy

Game changer: Swiss banks ditch secrecy

Switzerland, the world’s largest offshore wealth center, worth an estimated $2.2 trillion in assets, has signed an agreement to share financial information with nearly 60 other countries, which could completely change the country’s financial landscape. The country has made a giant leap towards banking transparency after it signed a convention with the Organization for Economic […]

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