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Alan Dershowitz takes on anti-NSA narrative

Posted by  ▪  June 7, 2013

Alan Dershowitz takes on anti-NSA narrative

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6/7/2013 at 5:55pm
Not someone you would expect to accuse others of crying wolf on privacy. Via Noah Rothman at Mediaite: Alan Dershowitz, professor of law at Harvard University, defended the Obama administration on Friday and excoriated those in the media who he says are disseminating a number of half-truths relating to the news that the…
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46 Years Ago Today – Western Wall liberated from illegal Jordanian occupation

Posted by  ▪  June 7, 2013

46 Years Ago Today – Western Wall liberated from illegal Jordanian occupation

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6/7/2013 at 5:00pm
46 years ago today using the Christian calendar. We celebrated the event on May 8 using the Hebrew calendar,  46 Hebrew calendar years ago Jerusalem was reunited: The abuse of Jewish historical and religious sites ended: “It felt like Messiah had come,” says Avigail Shlesinger, 81, of the day Jerusalem was liberated from the…
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From Warren Christopher to John Kerry — Slow learners about weak horses in the Middle East

Posted by  ▪  June 7, 2013

From Warren Christopher to John Kerry — Slow learners about weak horses in the Middle East

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6/7/2013 at 4:00pm
Seventeen years ago, Charles Lane wrote A Man of Good Intentions about then Secretary of State Warren Christopher being kept waiting by Hafez al-Assad, father of the current Syrian President: And Assad went out of his way to humiliate Christopher, the American messenger of land-for-peace, when he flew to the region to broker…
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Banned in uniform — “Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America”

Posted by  ▪  June 7, 2013

“Christians have been the ones who’ve had to go underground and in the closet”

Banned in uniform — “Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America”

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6/7/2013 at 2:26pm
Todd Starnes from Fox News reports, Soldier Told Not to Read Levin, Limbaugh or Hannity in Uniform: A veteran member of the U.S. Army Band said he is facing retribution and punishment from the military for having anti-Obama bumper stickers on his car, reading books written by conservative authors like Mark Levin…
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Zimmerman Case: Dr. Hirotaka Nakasone, FBI, and the low-quality 3-second audio file

Posted by  ▪  June 7, 2013

Zimmerman Case: Dr. Hirotaka Nakasone, FBI, and the low-quality 3-second audio file

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6/7/2013 at 1:00pm
Yesterday marked the start of the Zimmerman case Frye hearing.  The purpose of this hearing is to determine whether expert testimony will be allowed at trial on the identity of the person screaming in the background of the Witness #11 911 call. The relevant portion of that 911 call can be heard…
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Anonymous Leaks Not So Secret NSA Documents

Posted by  ▪  June 7, 2013

Anonymous Leaks Not So Secret NSA Documents

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6/7/2013 at 12:07pm
In the wake of the recent realization that the National Security Agency is creeping on all of us, Anonymous is now touting a trove of documents that the hacker collective says is proof that the NSA is spying on citizens of over 35 different countries.  And it says “they” (presumably the…
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How the IRS scandal may damage PRISM and other anti-terror data mining

Posted by  ▪  June 7, 2013

How the IRS scandal may damage PRISM and other anti-terror data mining

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6/7/2013 at 9:24am
That the government data mines isn’t news. That the government has the ability to use secret judicial processes to obtain emails and phone records isn’t news. The controversy over the latest revelations is a controversy about things which have been known — at least in part — for years and in some instances for…
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Do lesser

Posted by  ▪  June 7, 2013

Do lesser

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6/7/2013 at 7:00am
I don’t get the mentality of this bumper sticker, spotted in Rhode Island. I never measured success by how much work I could avoid doing.
 

Zimmerman case: Out of the Frye-ing pan, into the spectagraph

Posted by  ▪  June 6, 2013

Zimmerman case: Out of the Frye-ing pan, into the spectagraph

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6/6/2013 at 10:40pm
The Zimmerman court is engaged in a pretrial Frye hearing that will decide, in part, whether the prosecution’s expert witnesses can testify about their analysis of an audio recording of the 911 call made by Witness #11, which ended up accidentally capturing the last moments of the Martin/Zimmerman confrontation.  The dominant…
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Did PRISM watch me create this blog post?

Posted by  ▪  June 6, 2013

Did PRISM watch me create this blog post?

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6/6/2013 at 8:00pm
The latest revelation about how deeply the government can watch every one of us.  Allegedly.  Executives of companies involved say they know nothing about the program. But if they did know, could they tell? Or would they be under some sort of gag order similar to the Verizon metadata mining program? NSA taps…
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Two countries, two droughts, two outcomes — how Israel wins

Posted by  ▪  June 6, 2013

Conquering Mother Nature, not each other.

Two countries, two droughts, two outcomes — how Israel wins

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6/6/2013 at 6:50pm
A study in contrasts. A parched Syria turned to war, scholar says, and Egypt may be next In 2007, after years of population growth and institutional economic stagnation, several dry years descended on Syria. Farmers began to leave their villages and head toward the capital. From 2007-2008, Sofer said, over 160 villages in…
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More evidence #StopRush has failed

Posted by  ▪  June 6, 2013

More evidence #StopRush has failed

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6/6/2013 at 4:22pm
I have covered the #StopRush and various affiliated boycott campaigns against Rush Limbaugh organized and run by Media Matters as extensively as anyone: Media Matters astroturfed the Limbaugh secondary boycott Independent Rush boycott group coordinated with Media Matters Evidence of Media Matters coordination disappears from “independent” anti-Rush group website #StopRush turns on itself, devolves into name calling, accusations While…
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Chris Christie Senate Announcement Live (Update – NJ Atty Gen Jeff Chiesa, will not run in election)

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Chris Christie Senate Announcement Live (Update – NJ Atty Gen Jeff Chiesa, will not run in election)

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6/6/2013 at 1:34pm
Chris Christie just announced that the NJ State Attorney General Jeff Chiesa will be appointed to the Senate pending the Special Election in October. Chiesa will not run in the primary or general election. Chiesa said in response to a question on immigration that need to secure borders, but otherwise “these issues are…
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“Truth comes out a little at a time”

Posted by  ▪  June 6, 2013

“Truth comes out a little at a time”

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6/6/2013 at 1:13pm
From The Wall Street Journal, IRS Staff Cite Washington Link: Two Internal Revenue Service employees in the agency’s Cincinnati office told congressional investigators that IRS officials in Washington helped direct the probe of tea-party groups that began in 2010. Transcripts of the interviews, viewed Wednesday by The Wall Street Journal, appear to contradict…
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Protests Continue in Turkey as Dozens Arrested Over Social Media Postings

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Protests Continue in Turkey as Dozens Arrested Over Social Media Postings

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6/6/2013 at 11:00am
As Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan returns to his country from a visit to north Africa, protesters will continue to demand his apology for the police crackdown that has responded to the week’s raging protests. A police officer died Thursday after falling into an underpass while trying to break up a…
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WaPo reduced to asking readers to hit the Tip Jar

Posted by  ▪  June 6, 2013

WaPo reduced to asking readers to hit the Tip Jar

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6/6/2013 at 9:25am
I haven’t read The Times of London since it erected its massive paywall. The Gannett local papers, such as the Ithaca Journal, allow a certain number of visits, but the pop-up warnings pretty much have me not visiting. I rarely visit The Providence Journal since it’s paywall went up, except to visit occasionally…
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GOP outrage over IRS targeting of Tea Party — genuine or kabuki theater?

Posted by  ▪  June 6, 2013

GOP outrage over IRS targeting of Tea Party — genuine or kabuki theater?

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6/6/2013 at 8:25am
Following the unfolding scandal of the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of the Tea Party, I keep the following thought in mind: Neither party in Congress can be relied upon to satisfactorily resolve this issue.  They created the IRS, fund the IRS, and oversee the IRS.  All of this abuse happened on their…
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