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Project Censored #3: ICREACH: The NSA’s Secret Search Engine

Project Censored #3: ICREACH: The NSA’s Secret Search Engine

Based on documents leaked by Edward Snowden, Ryan Gallagher reported for the Intercept that the National Security Agency (NSA) has developed a “Google-like” search engine called ICREACH, which has the capacity to gather personal information. This search engine can access over 850 million personal records, including private e-mails, chats, and some phone locations.

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Recreational Pot Will Soon Be Legal Just About Everywhere

Posted by on December 1, 2015 in Government, Policies with 118 Comments
Recreational Pot Will Soon Be Legal Just About Everywhere

In this video, Reason senior editor Jacob Sullum says the laws that criminalize marijuana are arbitrary and that recreational pot will soon be made legal just about everywhere.

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Activists Counter Unjust Detention at Guantanamo With ‘Powerful Act of Compassion’

Posted by on November 27, 2015 in Government, Policies with 0 Comments
Activists Counter Unjust Detention at Guantanamo With ‘Powerful Act of Compassion’

As an act of empathy, activists protest the unwarranted and horrific treatment of detainees at Guantanamo.

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Training Exercises at Same Time as Mass Shootings? Coincidence?

Posted by on November 24, 2015 in Corruption, Government, Military, Policies, Politics with 13 Comments
Training Exercises at Same Time as Mass Shootings? Coincidence?

There is a common thread that occurs with many of the mass shootings: official training exercises held just prior to, or at the same time as, the shootings.

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FBI Seeks Backdoors in New Technology (Project Censored #20)

FBI Seeks Backdoors in New Technology (Project Censored #20)

Responding to announcements by Apple and Google that they would make customers’ smartphone and computer data more secure, in October 2014 the FBI’s director James Comey announced the Bureau was seeking to enlarge its data collection capabilities to include direct access to cell phones, tablets, and computers through an expansion of the 1994 Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) in the interest of “public safety”

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Congress Introduces Legislation to Ensure Corporate Criminals Remain Above the Law

Posted by on November 20, 2015 in Government, Policies with 10 Comments
Congress Introduces Legislation to Ensure Corporate Criminals Remain Above the Law

New legislation from congress serves to make white-collar crimes above the law, Michael Krieger explains.

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Predictable and Deplorable: Over Half of US Governors Vow to Slam Door on Refugees

Posted by on November 18, 2015 in Government, Policies, Politics with 227 Comments
Predictable and Deplorable: Over Half of US Governors Vow to Slam Door on Refugees

In what appears to be a textbook case of xenophobia in the wake of a tragedy, more than a dozen U.S. governors have declared their states off-limits to Syrian refugees in the days following Friday’s terror attacks in Paris.

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Unprocessed Rape Kits Lower Rape Prosecutions (Project Censored #23)

Posted by on November 16, 2015 in Agencies & Systems, Censorship, Government, Policies with 3 Comments
Unprocessed Rape Kits Lower Rape Prosecutions (Project Censored #23)

A report that got little mainstream media attention indicates that although the testing of rape kits—forensic exams that collect evidence of rape or sexual assault, including the perpetrator’s DNA—can be “vital for the prosecution of cases,” a backlog of untested rape kits may factor into low rape prosecution rates.

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Why Are the Chicago Police Ignoring Arrestee’s Rights in Homan Square?

Posted by on October 21, 2015 in Agencies & Systems, Government, Policies with 10 Comments
Why Are the Chicago Police Ignoring Arrestee’s Rights in Homan Square?

Police “disappeared” more than 7,000 people at an off-the-books interrogation warehouse in Chicago, nearly twice as many detentions as previously disclosed. From August 2004 to June 2015, nearly 6,000 of those held at the facility were black, which represents more than twice the proportion of the city’s population. But only 68 of those held were allowed access to attorneys or a public notice of their whereabouts, internal police records show.

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How One Man Is Redefining ‘Responsible’ Gun Ownership

Posted by on October 11, 2015 in Government, Policies with 11 Comments
How One Man Is Redefining ‘Responsible’ Gun Ownership

Though he has never used his weapon to hurt himself or others, Elliott wrote that his life has been scarred by gun violence.

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Native American Tribe is Opening the Nation’s First “Marijuana Resort”

Posted by on October 10, 2015 in Government, Policies with 33 Comments
Native American Tribe is Opening the Nation’s First “Marijuana Resort”

The tribe is facing considerable risks with this venture, considering that other tribes with similar plans were recently raided. What are your thoughts on this?

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New Leak of Final TPP Text Confirms Attack on Freedom of Expression and Public Health

Posted by on October 10, 2015 in Government, Policies with 8 Comments
New Leak of Final TPP Text Confirms Attack on Freedom of Expression and Public Health

WikiLeaks on Friday published the final negotiated text for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)’s Intellectual Property Rights chapter, confirming that the pro-corporate pact would harm freedom of expression by bolstering monopolies while and injure public health by blocking patient access to lifesaving medicines.

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Legal Pot Industry Springs to Life But Can It Be Sustainable?

Posted by on October 4, 2015 in Government, Policies with 1 Comment
Legal Pot Industry Springs to Life But Can It Be Sustainable?

Oregon was the first state to decriminalize small amounts of cannabis (in 1973), and amongst the first to authorize medical marijuana growing and use (1998)

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Brazil’s Top Court Bans Corporate Money in Election Campaigns

Brazil’s Top Court Bans Corporate Money in Election Campaigns

Brazil’s Supreme Court decided on Thursday to ban corporate donations to election campaign financing in a move to clean up Brazilian politics caught in a massive kickback scandal.

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More Corporate Power Grabs: Make Your Voice Heard on TTIP & CETA

More Corporate Power Grabs: Make Your Voice Heard on TTIP & CETA

Europe and North America are currently negotiating two trade deals that could turn out to be the biggest corporate power grabs in history — TTIP and CETA. The treaties read like a corporate wish-list: secret courts that can sue our governments, the removal of environmental and health regulation and the degradation of working standards.

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