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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 […]

Sham cancer charities bilked donors for $187 mil, spent money on luxury

Sham cancer charities bilked donors for $187 mil, spent money on luxury

Government regulators have cracked down on four cancer charities, accusing the Cancer Fund of America, Cancer Support Services, the Children’s Cancer Fund of America, and the Breast Cancer Society of cheating donors out of $187 million. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), all 50 states, and the District of Columbia claim that the four foundations fraudulently […]

‘Hostile to privacy’: Snowden urges internet users to get rid of Dropbox

‘Hostile to privacy’: Snowden urges internet users to get rid of Dropbox

Edward Snowden has hit out at Dropbox and other services he says are “hostile to privacy,” urging web users to abandon unencrypted communication and adjust privacy settings to prevent governments from spying on them in increasingly intrusive ways. “We are no longer citizens, we no longer have leaders. We’re subjects, and we have rulers,” Snowden […]

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 […]

AT&T gets paid millions by the CIA to give up user data

AT&T gets paid millions by the CIA to give up user data

The second-largest telecom company in the United States has been on the Central Intelligence Agency’s payroll to the tune of $10 million a year in exchange for voluntarily handing over troves of phone logs, the New York Times reported Thursday. Citing federal officials with knowledge of the program, The Times’ Charlie Savage wrote that telecommunication giant AT&T […]

Top spying fallout: EU summit promises NSA thunder, data-protection storm

Top spying fallout: EU summit promises NSA thunder, data-protection storm

Ahead of the EU summit in Brussels, Germany’s Angel Merkel and France’s Francois Hollande have discussed wiretapping of their communications by America’s NSA. The scandal could push a frustrated EU to change data privacy rules. The EU summit starting Thursday is expected to be hijacked by recent revelations provided by the former NSA contractor Edward […]

‘No Monsanto!’: World marches against GMO food

‘No Monsanto!’: World marches against GMO food

Thousands took to streets across the world’s cities on Saturday to protest the use of GMO products, with Giant Monsanto being the main target. Over 50 countries have been taking part in the march for world food day, and across 47 different US states. Berlin, Strasbourg, Chicago, London, Sydney and Mumbai are just a few […]

Israel has 80 nukes, can about triple inventory – report

Israel has 80 nukes, can about triple inventory – report

Israel has never confirmed or denied possession of nuclear weapons, but according to new report by US experts it has at least 80 operative warheads and has enough material to produce up to 190 more. In a report published in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, nuclear weapon proliferation experts Robert S. Norris and Hans […]

Government plans to euthanize hundreds of threatened desert tortoises it was supposed to protect

Government plans to euthanize hundreds of threatened desert tortoises it was supposed to protect

Federal funds for a Nevada-based desert tortoise conservation center are running dry and wildlife officials plan to close the facility and euthanize hundreds of tortoises that were once classified as “endangered” and are currently considered “threatened.” The desert tortoise can be found in the southwestern United States, but its population has been dwindling. In some […]

NSA’s XKeyscore gives one-click real-time access to almost any internet activity in the world

NSA’s XKeyscore gives one-click real-time access to almost any internet activity in the world

New revelations about NSA surveillance systems show that it was enough to fill in a short ‘justification’ form before gaining access to any of billions of emails, online chats, or site visit histories through a vast aggregation program called XKeyscore. The structure of XKeyscore, leaked by the UK’s Guardiannewspaper, is sourced from a classified internal presentation from […]

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