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Feb 09 15:53

Is YOUR smart TV at risk of being hacked? Consumer Reports warns MILLIONS of Samsung and Roku devices have 'easy-to-find security flaws'

Millions of popular smart TVs can be easily controlled by hackers, product review magazine Consumer Reports has found.

Unsophisticated hackers can easily access smart TVs and play graphic content, turn up the volume and change channels on them.

They can do this over the web from the comfort of their own home, which could be thousands of miles away, according to the experts.

The findings detailed which products are the most vulnerable to hacking, including devices from Samsung and TCL.

Feb 09 12:22

Trump Administration to Test Biometric Program to Scan Faces of Drivers and Passengers in Vehicles

True, Organic and Free

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection is preparing to launch a pilot program to scan the faces of drivers and passengers at Anzalduas Port near McAllen, Texas.

Feb 09 12:18

5 Cannabis Research Findings that Should’ve Been on the Front Page

Waking Times

Here are five examples of cannabis research that warrant our attention.

Feb 08 12:06

Heather Wagenhals – New Scams for a New Year

Heather Wagenhals returns… Car scams are all the rage these days. Scammers get you to wire money for a car that they’ve advertised.

Feb 07 20:32

KEY IPHONE SOURCE CODE GETS POSTED ONLINE IN 'BIGGEST LEAK IN HISTORY'

Someone just posted what experts say is the source code for a core component of the iPhone’s operating system on GitHub, which could pave the way for hackers and security researchers to find vulnerabilities in iOS and make iPhone jailbreaks easier to achieve.

Feb 07 11:44

Flu Vaccine BOMBSHELL: 630% More “Aerosolized Flu Virus Particles” Emitted by People Who Received Flu Shots… Flu Vaccines Actually SPREAD the Flu

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A bombshell new scientific study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) finds that people who receive flu shots emit 630% more flu virus particles into the air,compared to non-vaccinated individuals. In effect, this finding documents evidence that flu vaccines spread the flu, and that so-called “herd immunity” is a medical hoax because “the herd” is actually transformed into carriers and spreaders of influenza.

Feb 07 09:24

Show Me The Money! How Much Telecom Companies Donated To Your Elected Officials May Determine If You Get Small Cell Towers All Over Your Neighborhood

By B.N. Frank

The Verge published an article in December 2017 regarding net neutrality. In it included several tables and pie charts which include how much U.S. elected officials received in donations from telecom and ISP companies.

"… the industry’s attempt to gain favor with lawmakers is not partisan. Entrenched telecommunications companies liberally spread money and attention to everyone who holds office. Sometimes that influence comes in the form of lavish parties with Olympic athletes and lobbyists, but consistently it comes in the form of contributions to campaigns."

Wow. Let the good times roll!

Telecom companies seem to have no shortage of cash – or influence...

Feb 06 12:12

Split From Paypal Will Enable eBay to Begin Accepting Bitcoin, Cryptocurrencies

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Internet giant eBay made headlines this week over its decision to drop Paypal as a payment processor on its site.

Feb 06 10:21

BIG PHARMA MAKES MILLIONS SELLING DODGY ANTIBIOTICS IN INDIA FUELING SUPERBUGS

In August of 2016, doctors in Washoe County, Nevada, found that one of their patients couldn’t shake a bad bacterial infection. The infection had likely taken hold years before while the local woman was on an extended visit to India. There, she had undergone multiple hospitalizations and surgery for a leg injury and developed a bone infection. By the time she got back to Nevada, the infection had spread.

Feb 05 13:46

Dengue Vaccine Pulled After It May Be Connected To The Deaths Of 14 Children

By Aaron Kesel

The Philippines stated on Friday that the anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia may be connected to three deaths in the country, according to a government-ordered inquiry, and that the drug is not ready for mass immunization.

Sanofi the drug maker revealed in November that Dengvaxia – the world’s first dengue vaccine – might increase the risk of severe disease in people who had never been exposed to the virus. This news aroused an uproar in the Philippines, where more than 800,000 school-age children had been vaccinated with the drug in 2016 alone...

Feb 05 10:33

The £999 phone you CAN'T answer: Apple says it is looking into reports of an ongoing glitch that causes nothing to appear on an iPhone X screen when it rings

Apple says it is 'looking into' reports that some iPhone X users can't answer incoming calls.

According to the reports, £999 ($999) handsets with the bug begin ringing when an incoming call takes place.

However the screen does not turn on for a short period of time - sometimes longer than 10 seconds.

The problem prevents iPhone X users from selecting the Accept or Decline buttons to take or reject a call.

Feb 04 13:55

State Officials Forced To Pay Millions For Humiliating Anti-Vaccine Doctor

Seven years ago, the Maryland Board of Physicians suspended the medical license of then Dr. Mark Geier. Geier had been on mainstream medicine’s grievance list for some time due to his belief that vaccines may cause autism. Geier was officially suspended by the board due to “treating autistic children with a drug considered dangerous for young people and not known to alleviate symptoms of the disorder.” ...Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Ronald B. Rubin feels strongly that the Geiers are in the right and has ruled against the officials to a tune of 2.5 million in awarded damages. Judge Rubin justified his decision citing a severe breach in medical privacy.

Feb 04 10:19

YES, SERIOUSLY: NESTLÉ EXECUTIVE CONFIRMED TO SEAT ON MAINE BOARD OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

As if Mainers needed evidence their state government prefers corporate interests over the will of the people, Governor Paul LePage horrified residents already infuriated over the company’s Poland Spring bottling operations by nominating none other than Nestlé Natural Resource Manager Mark Dubois — deemed “Nestlé Waters’ public face in Maine” by local media — for a spot on Maine’s Environmental Protection Board, which the Republican-held legislature subsequently confirmed on January 25.

Feb 04 10:04

FOOD PACKAGING CHEMICAL BPA 'FOUND IN DIGESTIVE SYSTEM OF 86% OF TEENAGERS'

A potentially hazardous chemical used in certain plastic food packaging has been found in the digestive system of 86% of teenagers who took part in a recent study.

Feb 03 13:02

Budweiser Brewery Acquires Israeli Startup That Provides Bar Tap Data

Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s largest brewer, has acquired an Israeli startup that collects data from bar taps.

The deal to buy the startup Weissbeerger, according to a Monday article in the Israeli business publication Calcalist, is worth tens of millions of dollars. Weissbeerger, based in Tel Aviv, installs a kit into a bar’s beer tap that measures the cold one’s analytics: how much is served when, along with each brew’s quality.

The tool measures the temperature and sanitation frequency of each beer, as well as keg replacement rate. It suggests promotions for bars based on their sales data.

(*Making Budweiser American Again !)

Feb 03 07:59

PHARMA CO HAS LICENSE SUSPENDED AS VACCINE BLAMED FOR STERILIZATION OF 500,000 WOMEN & CHILDREN

A state-sponsored forced sterilization on a massive scale has allegedly taken place in Africa according to opposition leaders and the public who are railing against the government. An industrial pharmaceutical laboratory has since had its license suspended by the Kenya Accreditation Service as a result of the controversy.

Feb 02 15:10

Lawsuit Exposes Internet Giant’s Internal Culture of Intolerance

“It’s good to be periodically reminded, given how popular Dilbert is amongst us geek-folk, that the creator of Dilbert is…a paranoid sexist dickbag” (Exhibit 50)

Also: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/959535412598337536

Feb 01 11:13

Oil Resumes Climb on U.S. Gasoline Demand

Oil prices rose Thursday after an unexpected fall in U.S. gasoline stocks amid strong demand, although the country’s growing crude output helped keep a lid on the increase.

Brent crude, the global oil benchmark, rose 0.9% to $69.54 a barrel on London’s ICE Futures exchange. On the New York Mercantile Exchange, West Texas Intermediate futures were trading up 0.9% at $65.28 a barrel.

Feb 01 09:57

Thriving high school football star, 16, commits suicide after taking Tamiflu - and his family blames the medication

A 16-year-old boy has committed suicide days after being prescribed Tamiflu to treat his influenza.

Charlie Harp, a high school football player and wrestler from Franklin Township, Indiana, was thriving socially and academically when he fell ill last Thursday, his family said.

But within 24 hours of starting medication, his aunt and uncle, who were also his guardians, found him dead in the garage - and his family believe it was the drugs that drove him to suicide.

While Tamiflu manufacturer Roche insists side effects are not fatal, this story is the latest in a slew of accounts of children hallucinating or attempting suicide after being prescribed the influenza-fighting medication.

Jan 31 09:01

The Strange World Of Vaccines, Pregnancy And Children

By Catherine J. Frompovich

Something very strange has happened since I studied health, nutrition and holistic health sciences and matriculated in prenatal and infant nutrition. Back then, pregnant mothers were advised to take no medications, not even an aspirin! All medications were to be carefully “vetted” by the female’s obstetrician-physician and were to be taken only when absolutely necessary! Vaccines were nowhere near the radar screens of prenatal or neonatal health monitoring or medical services provided. Nor did we see or hear anything about the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and its “genetic lineage” except Dr. Leo Kanner’s discovery published in 1943, first reported in the medical literature as “Kanner’s syndrome”! Where were the “genetic science and data” hiding if ASD supposedly is/was even a somewhat quasi-factual genetic proclivity?

What’s happened since and where did medicine go wrong, I have to ask?...

Jan 31 05:02

The Art Of The Deal: Iran Exports Caviar to US

Iran announced that it has exported its prized caviar to the US after receiving the necessary license from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

We have exported 10kg of natural caviar to the US last year after receiving license from the FDA in the years 2016 and 2017," Managing-Director of Agricultural Services of Specialized Holding Company Abbas Rajayee said on Wednesday.

He added that Iran intends to increase exports of the precious product to other countries.

As Iran's economy tries to rebound from years of harsh international sanctions, producers of black caviar — that salt-cured delicacy associated with the rich and famous, with a price tag to match — are also eyeing a comeback.

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Jan 29 05:53

White House planning to nationalize 5G network: Report

In a stunning – if accurate – report published Sunday night, Axios claims that White House national security officials are considering an unprecedented federal takeover of a portion of the nation’s mobile spectrum/network to protect against Chinese attacks, in what may well be a pre-emptive shot, hinting at upcoming trade wars between the two superpowers.

Jan 26 11:07

OSHA CITES KOCH FOODS IN GAINESVILLE, ALLEGES SAFETY, HEALTH VIOLATIONS

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed penalties of $208,977 for Koch Foods' poultry processing operation in Gainesville.

According to a media release from the U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA cited Koch Foods of Gainesville LLC for a repeat violation of allegedly failing to provide machine guarding, exposing employees to amputation hazards.

"Fourteen serious citations were issued for failing to provide fall protection, not identifying which employees were using hazardous energy control locks, and failing to train employees exposed to noise hazards," officials stated in the release.

The proposed penalty and citations were part of OSHA's Regional Emphasis Program for Poultry Processing Facilities.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That $200,000 fine is just a slap on the proverbial list, looking at the kinds of profits this company is making.

Estimated Revenue, Koch Brothers, 2015:
US $100 billion (2015)

IF OSHA really wanted to make a difference here, they would have on-the-ground inspectors at every plant the Koch brothers own, to prevent issues like this from happening.

However, unfortunately, that will only happen when pigs discover they are aerodynamic, and hell freezes over, and for the following reason: despite their personal loathing for then-candidate Trump, they did support him monetarily in the runup to the 2016 election:

Kochs' Ground Game in Election Will Support Trump No Matter What

Jan 26 09:57

Mastercard Pushes Biometrics, Banks Follow

Biometric authentication “will be of great benefit to everyone.”

Jan 26 08:37

Apple's iPhone battery 'slowdown' to be optional

A software update will let iPhone owners switch off the "battery saver" feature that slows down some models, Apple has confirmed.

The option to switch off the feature will appear on the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, SE, 6S, 6S Plus, 7 and 7 Plus models.

Jan 26 07:57

50 Cent forgot he had a stash of Bitcoin now worth $8m

50 Cent has discovered that he is a Bitcoin millionaire, thanks to some long-forgotten album sales.
In 2014, he released the album Animal Ambition and became the first artist to accept Bitcoin as payment.

Jan 25 16:01

David Brock's Shareblue has been banned from Reddit's Politics sub

Politics sub has banned Shareblue website due to it using obvious spam accounts

violation of media disclosure policies.

Jan 25 11:06

Oklahoma’s Exemplary AMI Smart Meters Removal and Consumer Protection Bill: A Model For Other States To Follow

By Catherine J. Frompovich

You know it just had to happen! Some scientifically-hip legislator in one of the 50 United States finally decided to introduce a bill to protect his constituents’ Constitutional rights guaranteed by both state and federal Constitutions, plus delineated the factual, independent—not consensus—science that radiofrequencies (RFs) from AMI Smart Meters damage health and “The OCC [Oklahoma Corporation Commission] is to understand by this legislation that they work for the consumers and citizens of the State of Oklahoma and not the utility”! ...

Jan 24 15:43

A Tale Of Two Cities: How Smart Robots And AI Will Transform America

Automation is already reshaping cities, just as the manufacturing collapse hollowed out America's heartland. This is a tale of two cities, comparing the Rust Belt to Las Vegas, the city that is expected to be hit the hardest by job displacement due to robotics, artificial intelligence, 3D printing and other technologies in this fourth industrial revolution. AJ+'s documentary series on automation explores how advancements in artificial intelligence, robotics, machine learning and automated vehicles will affect jobs, cities and inequality. From trucking to radiology, new technology is already changing white collar and blue collar occupations, reshaping cities and concentrating wealth in the hands of the few. Robots are taking over the world as companies like Tesla, Amazon, Uber and Google are using robots to automate.

Jan 24 12:26

THE TRUTH ABOUT WHERE YOUR FOOD COMES FROM

Ironically, it’s been easier to get information about the dangers of nuclear waste that it’s been to penetrate the “iron curtain” of America’s food industry. Know the truth about what you’re eating and where your food comes from.

Jan 23 19:09

29 MEEELLION iPhone Xs flogged... only to be end-of-life'd by summer?

Apple globally shipped 29 million units of the eye-wateringly expensive iPhone X in the two months after it was launched in late 2017, falling short of consensus estimates from analysts.

Sales of the $999 handset – priced at £999 in Britain – were expected to reach 30 million, said Ben Stanton, analyst at Canalys, which collated the number of Xs that found a home during thre period.

"It was initially thought the pre-orders would exceed supply for Q4, so the only limiting factor would be Apple's production process. This [largely] proved not to be the case," he told The Register.

Jan 22 09:40

THANKS TO "CONSENT" BURIED DEEP IN SALES AGREEMENTS, CAR MANUFACTURERS ARE TRACKING TENS OF MILLIONS OF US CARS

Millions of new cars sold in the US and Europe are "connected," having some mechanism for exchanging data with their manufacturers after the cars are sold; these cars stream or batch-upload location data and other telemetry to their manufacturers, who argue that they are allowed to do virtually anything they want with this data, thanks to the "explicit consent" of the car owners -- who signed a lengthy contract at purchase time that contained a vague and misleading clause deep in its fine-print.

Car manufacturers are mostly warehousing this data (leaving it vulnerable to leaks and breaches, search-warrants, government hacking and unethical employee snooping), and can't articulate why they're saving it or how they use it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Given the way new cars can gather and transmit data to who knows where, I think that Mike and I, in our pilgrimage to find a newer car than our 18 year old Crudmobile, will be looking at a classic from the 50s, and adopt a Cuban mechanic!!

Jan 22 08:24

Will Apple cancel the iPhone X this summer? Disappointing sales caused by a 'lack of interesting innovations' will end production of the £999 handset, leak claims

The latest Apple leak has revealed the firm could cancel the iPhone X.

In a new report, an analyst says the new model's disappointing sales could lead to the phone being cancelled - with production stopping as soon as this summer.

This could be the first time Apple has cancelled a phone model since the iPhone 5C in 2014.

Jan 20 08:20

How Much Do You Know?

If you do not understand Bitcoin and Blockhain and their difference, then this is for you.

Jan 20 07:15

L’Oreal’s Muslim Model: ‘Sinister’ Israel ‘Are Child Murderers’, ‘Defeat Awaits’ Them

(*I Know What I'm Getting My Valentine Now ! thankYou^ ! )

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L’Oréal Paris UK’s new hijab-wearing Muslim model has made numerous anti-Israel posts on Twitter, calling the nation “sinister,” “child murderers,” and claiming “defeat” awaits them.

Amena Khan https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/1445194579/_DSC0608_-_Copy_400x40... entered the spotlight this week after being featured in a L’Oréal hair product advertisement while wearing a hair-covering hijab.

Jan 19 09:44

Massive flu outbreak? Here’s the real story the media won’t touch. The lies, the hoax, the scandal. Jan15

Why is this year’s vaccine ineffective? Because it’s made using chicken eggs, and researchers have discovered that the flu virus—which is placed in the vaccine—mutates in chicken eggs.

Therefore, by the time a person takes the flu shot, he’s not being protected against this year’s seasonal flu virus. He’s being protected against a mutated virus that isn’t causing the flu this year.

This is the conventional explanation. If you think it’s the whole story, I have condos for sale on the moon.

You see, vaccines have been made using chicken eggs—not just this year—but for the past 70 years.

Oops.

Jan 17 05:52

HOW YOUR CAR IS SPYING ON YOU: EXPERTS REVEAL HOW AUTOMAKERS CAN TRACK EVERYTHING FROM YOUR WEIGHT TO THE FOOD YOU EAT USING IN-BUILT SENSORS

Experts have revealed the myriad ways that your car can spy on your personal habits. Automakers track your vehicle’s location, how fast you drive, what entertainment you listen to, through internet-connected systems in modern cars. Newer cars can even record a driver’s eye movements, the weight of people in the front seats, the weather on your street, and where you prefer to eat.

Jan 16 14:35

Look for the UL Label(Underwriters Lab) Before Purchasing Space Heaters This Winter

The other reason which can be a real possibility is that these space heaters might have failed and caused an electrical fire. This is why you should check to see if the space heater has the UL label on the box.

Jan 16 13:23

Tillerson Breaks With White House, Rejects Freeze Of Military Exercises Near North Korea

In a direct reversal with the recently disclosed official White House policy, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the U.S. rejects a 'freeze for freeze' approach that would pause joint U.S./South Korean military drills in exchange for a pause to North Korea's nuclear program.

Speaking in Vancouver at a meeting with foreign ministers, Tillerson said that "we reject a 'freeze for freeze' approach, in which legitimate defensive military exercises are placed on the same level as the DPRK’s unlawful actions. The pressure campaign will continue until North Korea takes decisive steps to de-nuclearize."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am having a Jean-Luc Picard "double face palm", at warp speed, upon reading this.

Is it pathologically impossible for these to gentlemen to at least appear to be on the same page, regarding US foreign policy, for at least a millisecond?!?

This stuff is crazy-making; and I would like to believe that there is some kind of a strategy here, but for the life of me, I cannot see it!!

Jan 15 09:48

The most reliable cars in the US: The 15 cars Americans keep the longest before trading in for a new one

These are the top 15 cars that American drivers tend to keep the longest before trading in for a new one.

Toyota models dominated the list taking out the top five spots, according to the new study by iSeeCars.com.

Fourteen of the top cars predicted to last more than 15 years are Japanese models, with the exception of German Volkswagen.

Jan 13 18:18

Artificial sweeteners associated with a higher risk of stroke and dementia

In a 2014 study published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, researchers declared aspartame a carcinogen, and advised a re-evaluation of the current position of international regulatory agencies regarding the chemical. They also found that it impaired memory and increased oxidative stress in the brain. Aspartame side effects can include headaches, mood disorders, dizziness and even episodes of mania.

Jan 13 09:23

Food fraud - IT’S ON THE RISE

The “food” industry is bigger than the oil business.

And it’s very poorly regulated.

The result: What’s on the label is very often what you’re not getting.

Jan 12 07:00

WATCH: Baltimore Hospital Staff Dump Patient at Bus Stop in Hospital Gown

On Tuesday night, Imamu Baraka was heading home when he saw a woman wearing nothing but a hospital gown and socks being dropped off by hospital staff at a nearby bus stop.

Shocked, Baraka began filming the scene unfolding outside the University of Maryland Medical Center — Midtown Campus. The temperature that night was a frigid 37 degrees Fahrenheit.

Jan 12 06:55

Shocking video shows hospital security guards wheeling a disoriented patient out onto the street in just her gown and dumping her alone at a bus stop in the freezing cold

A Baltimore hospital has launched an investigating after shocking video emerged showing staff abandoning a woman outside in the freezing cold, wearing just her gown.

The clip shows four security guards, one rolling a wheel chair, walking away from the alleged patient near a medical facility located near Mount Vernon, The Baltimore Sun reported.

Jan 12 06:03

MONSANTO TRYING TO HIDE GMO FOODS UNDER THE TERM “BIOFORTIFIED”

Do genetically engineered crops and their pesticides make you think of the term “biofortified”? Chances are, the term biofortified makes you think of vitamins in kids’ cereals. Mega corporations are no strangers to propaganda and public relations. Did you know that much of our non-organic crops are grown with human sewage sludge? No? That’s because the practice is called “biosolids” to keep you in the dark. You are probably aware of the sneaky disguises that sweeteners like aspartame and high fructose corn syrup were attempted to be concealed in. (“Corn sugar,” anyone?)

Jan 11 22:31

Nevada Bundy Prosecution Collapses: The Federal Government Spent a Quarter-Billion Dollars but Couldn’t Convict the Bundys of a Single Crime

In 2013 the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) obtained federal court orders authorizing the agency to “seize and remove to impound” hundreds of Cliven Bundy’s cattle on the public ranges around Bunkerville, Nevada. The agency interpreted these court orders broadly, and descended on the area in April 2014 with some 200 body-armor-wearing agents, semiautomatic weapons, sniper teams, undercover informants, and surveillance cameras aimed at the Bundy residence.

Jan 11 19:31

Fighting Fake News: Back Door Trick to Enact Censorship?

Fighting fake news is the new pretext given by the ruling cabal in many nations to enact censorship via the back door. Amid the rallying cries of “We must fight fake news!” both France (under would-be dictator Macron) and now Brazil are attempting to pass legislation to ban political content on the web that the government deems to be fake news. There is a theme to this, as it follows on from many acts of censorship in 2016 and 2017. Whether it’s Twitter shadowbanning, Facebook rolling our fake news checkers or deleting entire accounts, YouTube embarking upon soft censorship through forced sign-ins or hard censorship by deleting entire channels, Google’s search engine hiding websites (by de-ranking them) or – worst of all – Google demonetizing content and sites not to its liking, censorship is clearly getting worse and threatening to overtake a free and open internet.

Jan 11 18:07

‘Smart underwear’ is here, and it’s ridiculous

Now your skivvies have a higher IQ than you do.

Skiin’s “smart underwear” is taking the wearables game to a whole new region, Mashable reports. The high-tech underthings, unveiled at this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show, have six sensors woven into the bras and undies that can track heart rate, temperature, pressure, motion, body fat and hydration levels.

Sure, $349 for eight pairs of thongs (available for preorder here) might sound like a bit of a splurge, but what’s more important than your health?

Plus, you’ll never go commando again.

Jan 11 14:30

Jack in the Box CEO: Swapping cashiers for robots 'makes sense' due to minimum wage increase

The CEO of fast-food restaurant Jack in the Box said “it just makes sense” to replace cashiers with robots due to the minimum wage increase in California. "As we see the rising costs of labor, it just makes sense" to swap cashiers with kiosks where customers can order their food themselves, CEO Leonard Comma said Tuesday at the ICR Conference in Orlando, Fla., Business Insider reported.

Jan 10 05:12

NSA SURVEILLANCE BILL WOULD LEGALIZE LOOPHOLE THAT LETS FBI SPY ON AMERICANS WITHOUT A WARRANT

With major NSA surveillance authorities set to expire later this month, House Republicans are rushing to pass a bill that would not only reauthorize existing powers, but also codify into law some practices that critics have called unconstitutional.

The bill takes aim at reforming how federal law enforcement can use data collected by the National Security Agency, putting a modest constraint on when the FBI can conduct so-called backdoor searches of Americans’ communications. But because such searches make use of a legal loophole, critics say the current bill may do more harm than good by explicitly writing the practice into law.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That Congress should actually be thinking in such a direction is absolute proof positive that this government is frightened to death of its own people.

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