An internal audit at the U.S. Department of Justice has found that the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) lost track of $162 million in profits from unauthorized sting operations and misplaced 420 million cigarettes (that’s 21 million packs of smokes.) The audit finds that ATF agents, on multiple occasions, took it […]
This post originally appeared on the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s website. This summer, some of our worst fears and suspicions about the NSA have been confirmed. We now have evidence that the NSA is actively undermining the basic security of the Internet. It is collecting millions and millions of phone records of individuals not suspected of […]
With an approval rating of 43 percent, it’s no secret that many Americans have lost faith in President Barack Obama’s ability to do his job. But, a poll concerning the Presidential response—and that of Obama’s international counterparts— to the situation in Syria, reveals that Americans may be even more concerned about the President’s ability to […]
Texas attorney general Greg Abbott said he will take steps to sue the Federal government if the U.S. ratifies the United Nations arms trade treaty Secretary of State John Kerry signed this week. Abbott, echoing the concerns of conservatives throughout the Nation, contends that the U.N. treaty poses a threat to Americans’ 2nd Amendment right […]
Here is a collection of some of the stories making the Internet rounds this morning. Click the links for the full stories.
According to a recent analysis, President Barack Obama stands at the top of a short list of high-profile American politicians (and hangers-on) in having the highest percentage of nonexistent Twitter “followers.”
It looks as though Lois Lerner, the Washington, D.C.-based Internal Revenue Service official who retired this week in disgrace over the Tea Party discrimination scandal, is attempting through her lawyers to negotiate an immunity deal with the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee as it pursues its investigation into the scandal’s origins.
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ProPublica looks beyond the rhetoric of current and past Western governmental administrations to trace the genealogy of Syria’s current chem “stockpile.” You aren’t likely to be surprised at the shape of the chemical warfare family tree. by Jannis Brühl ProPublica, Sep. 25, 2013, 12:41 p.m. In the wake of a recent Russian-U.S. deal averting American […]
Three weeks ago, the conservative rural county of Siskiyou took a step toward seceding from the State of California. The Board of Supervisors for the county, which lies in extreme Northern California along the Oregon border, voted to secede, saying their residents’ interests were being stifled and even exploited in Sacramento in favor of the […]