The New York Times is reporting that the CIA took what Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) called “unprecedented action” against the Senate Intelligence Committee in response to an investigation of the spy agency’s actions following the 9/11 attacks.
The [Senate Intelligence] committee has spent several years working on a voluminous report about the detention and interrogation program, and according to one official interviewed in recent days, C.I.A. officers went as far as gaining access to computer networks used by the committee to carry out its investigation….
The community of Cheyenne, Wyoming and its surrounding area in Laramie County are witnessing the biggest public battle against Agenda 21 that we have seen to date.
Publicly elected Laramie County Commissioner M. Lee Hasenauer organized an emergency Town Hall Meeting on February 8th, where Stacy Lynne spoke about PlanCheyenne. The presentation focused on the harmful impacts that the plan will have on the people, if the Plan is adopted, by the Cheyenne City Council, on March 10th and Laramie Board of County Commissioners, on March 11th.
Final Update: There were 398 arrests today at the anti-KXL rally. Bill McKibben notes that the number is, coincidentally, the “exact current concentration of CO2 in the air.” This won’t be covered much in the corporate parasite media, but it was a huge and momentous event in the long history of activism. Youth almost always drives social change, and this was an entirely youth organized event. I know that the people zip tied to the fence today got very, very cold once the rain began. It is late evening and they are still being processed at the police station. It will be interesting to see how the media handles the whole protest.
Update: The arrests of the people ziptied to the fence proceed slowly. The live-streams are now down. The police were very methodical and non-dramatic in general. This is one of the largest number of students arrested in any direct action in ages. The weather is worsening, a cold rain is falling, snow to begin soon.
Months after their conduct was discovered, two police officers were disciplined for making a game of stealing signs from homeless people in Midland, Texas — and many believe the cops’ punishment was not harsh enough to fit the offense.
In the town with an estimated 300 homeless people, investigators reported 8 signs in Officer Derek Hester’s patrol vehicle, and Officer Daniel Zoelzer was discovered to have trashed an additional 10. Both officers claimed that they took the signs after issuing trespass warnings, but no such warnings were recorded in 2013. Text messages between the two show the officers expressing concerns about being found out, although one of the men’s texts read, “Oh I don’t care lol I’m not worried.” After an internal investigation, which was not originally publicized, Hester and Zoelzer were suspended for three unpaid days.
Britain’s surveillance agency GCHQ, with aid from the US National Security Agency, intercepted and stored the webcam images of millions of internet users not suspected of wrongdoing, secret documents reveal.
GCHQ files dating between 2008 and 2010 explicitly state that a surveillance program codenamed Optic Nerve collected still images of Yahoo webcam chats in bulk and saved them to agency databases, regardless of whether individual users were an intelligence target or not.
In another devastating blow to freedom, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that police don’t need a warrant to search your property. As long as two occupants disagree about allowing officers to enter, and the resident who refuses access is then arrested, police may enter the residence.
“Instead of adhering to the warrant requirement,” Ginsburg wrote, “today’s decision tells the police they may dodge it, nevermind ample time to secure the approval of a neutral magistrate.” Tuesday’s ruling, she added, “shrinks to petite size our holding in Georgia v. Randolph.”