IRS Still Targeting Tea Party; Obama’s Pal ‘Cooperating’ In Kickback Probe; President Heartbreaker; NSA Machines To Replace Leaky People; Another Secure Email Service Caves To Fed Pressure — TGIF Friday Morning News Roundup 8-9-2013

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

  • In a remarkable admission that is likely to rock the Internal Revenue Service again, testimony released Thursday by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp reveals that an agent involved in reviewing tax exempt applications from conservative groups told a committee investigator that the agency is still targeting Tea Party groups, three months after the IRS scandal erupted. Source: Washington Examiner…

 

  • Dr. Eric Whitaker, a close friend of President Barack Obama, acknowledged that he is cooperating with Federal authorities working on a $433,000 kickback scheme at the State public health agency he once led, but he said he was not involved in the alleged crimes. Source: Chicago Tribune…

 

  • Sinking ship, drowning rats: Actor Matt Damon told Black Entertainment Television (BET) that Obama “has some explaining to do” in the wake of a scandal-plagued start to his second term. When asked his current opinion of the President, Damon chuckled and said, “He broke up with me.” Tears, bitter tears. Source: Breitbart…

 

  • National Security Agency (NSA) Director Gen. Keith Alexander defended the controversial programs disclosed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and said Thursday that his agency was taking steps to prevent future leaks by working to reducing the number of system administrators — the same position Snowden held — by 90 percent. Source: FOX News…

 

  • Silent Circle, an email provider that guarantees end-to-end secure email, has announced that it’s going the same way as fellow secure provider Lavabit and shuttering over concerns of external pressures. The owner shut down the service on Thursday, offering only a cryptic message as an explanation. Lavabit, defunct after refusing to bend to strong government demands for intelligence, was the preferred email service provider of NSA whistle-blower Snowden, Source: GIZMODO…

 

 

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