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Snowden Leaves The Transit Area; Rand Stands Down In Tiff With Christie; Computer Guys Heckle NSA Head; Eminent Domain To Bail Out Mortgages?!; Cruz Wants A High-Contrast GOP – Thursday Morning News Roundup 8-1-2013

Here is a collection of some of the stories making the Internet rounds this morning. Click the links for the full stories.

The NSA Will Know You Read This

The NSA Will Know You Read This

On Wednesday, The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald released more information provided by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden in June about the agency’s ability to spy on electronic communications. The latest installment revealed an NSA project called XKeyscore that, with a few keystrokes, can give a data analyst access to nearly everything a user does on the Internet.

Police Don’t Need A Warrant To Find Out Where You — And Your Cellphone — Go

Police Don’t Need A Warrant To Find Out Where You — And Your Cellphone — Go

A Federal appeals court in Texas has ruled that law enforcement can obtain from cellphone service providers the geolocation data that pinpoints the physical movements of individual users over time without first obtaining a search warrant. The ruling drew immediate condemnation from privacy groups.

Mishandling The Immigration Reform Debate: A Roundup

Mishandling The Immigration Reform Debate: A Roundup

House Speaker John Boehner is poised to stall deliberation on immigration reform until after the August recess — mainly in an attempt to avoid angry constituent confrontations while on break. The tactical delay also keeps House GOP leaders from taking a stand, which effectively gives their Democratic adversaries no GOP policies to criticize.

Manning Shafted By CFAA; Newspaper Slams Obama Ahead Of Visit; Limbaugh Criticizes RINOs; Detroit Cops Almost Shot Trying To Scare Public; Cops Investigate Cows Mutilated By… Aliens— Personal Liberty Digest ™ P.M. Edition 7-31-2013

Brush up on the day’s headlines with Personal Liberty’s P.M. Edition news links.

Aliens? Cops Don’t Know – Cows Carry Secret To The Grave

Authorities aren’t ruling out aliens in the mutilation of several cows in the rural Missouri countryside. The attacks, which have killed cows – all female – dating back to late 2011, all bear the same forensic markers: their reproductive organs are removed; their tongues cut out; their ears severed. It wasn’t until the third and […]

Detroit Police Pretending To Be Robbers, For Experiment, Nearly Shot By Undercover FBI

Add this to the list of reasons Detroit is in shambles. On June 6, Fox 2 News reported that an FBI agent almost shot a Detroit cop at a gas station while filling up. The situation occurred after officers decided it would be a good idea to simulate a purse snatching and invite a TV […]

Bradley Manning Faced Harsher Prosecution Merely Because His Leaks Involved a Computer

This post, written by surveillance, free speech, and government transparency expert Trevor Timm, was originally published on July 31, 2013 by the Electronic Frontier Foundation. We wrote yesterday about the dangerous “hacker madness” strategy used by the prosecution in the Bradley Manning trial, a tried-and-true tactic that attempts to scare judges into sustaining convictions based […]

Chattonooga Newspaper Editorial Snatches The Welcome Mat Out From Under Obama Jobs Visit

“Take your jobs plan and shove it, Mr. President: Your policies have harmed Chattanooga enough.” That was the headline that ran above a scathing editorial in Tuesday’s Chattanooga Times Free Press greeting President Barack Obama, who arrived hours later to deliver his “grand bargain” jobs proposal that would offer tax cuts to corporations and shell […]

McCain’s Border ‘Compromise’; Univision Sweeps Nielsens; DHS Loses A Million Immigrants; Declassified NSA Docs; China’s ‘People’s War’ – Wednesday Morning News Roundup 7-31-2013

Here is a collection of some of the stories making the Internet rounds this morning. Click the links for the full stories.

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