Tag Archives: 18 September

Intelligence Director Clapper Insists He Didn’t Lie To Congress — But ‘Misspoke’ About NSA Spying – 18 September 2014

RT logoThe United States’ top intelligence official said Thursday that he’s disappointed to continuously have his integrity disputed over an unsound remark he made before Congress more than a year ago concerning the National Security Agency’s spy tactics.

Eighteen months after he told lawmakers that the NSA does “not wittingly” collect and store data pertaining to US citizens, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said during an event Thursday morning in Washington, DC that he still takes heat for his infamous answer.

The gaffe in question occurred when Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) asked DNI Clapper during an intelligence hearing in March 2013 if American citizens are immune to surveillance programs undertaken by the NSA. Although Clapper responded “not wittingly,” classified documents leaked to the media by former contractor Edward Snowden later that year proved that Americans’ communications are indeed collected by the NSA.

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Ferguson Cop Who Shot Michael Brown Testifies Before Grand Jury – 18 September 2014

RT logoDarren Wilson, the Ferguson, Missouri police officer who gunned down unarmed teenager Michael Brown, testified Wednesday before a grand jury investigating the Aug. 9 shooting, according to a new report.

An unnamed source familiar with the investigation told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that a “cooperative” Wilson testified for four hours. No more details were offered.

A spokesperson for the prosecution would not comment on witnesses who have testified before the grand jury.

St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert P. McCulloch ordered that an audio recording of the proceedings, as well as transcripts, be made available to the public as long as there is no indictment in the case, McCulloch told the Post-Dispatch.

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Apple Reveals New Operating System It Claims Is Police-Proof – 18 September 2014

RT logoFollowing revelations that the NSA, in cooperation with various telecom companies, was spying on private communications, Apple Inc. has released new technology that it says cannot be compromised by the police.

In an effort to protect the private communications of iPhone and iPad users, Apple said on Wednesday its latest mobile operating system, the iOS8, has built-in encryption features that does not allow anybody – even police with search warrants – from accessing data stored on handheld devices.

READ MORE: Hackers used police spy tool to steal nude celebrity pictures

News of the updated features was unveiled together with a statement to customers, some of whom expressed concern after it was revealed that Apple in the past complied with legally-binding police requests to unlock customer devices.

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John Ward – Alan Henning ISIS: Condemnation By UK Muslims For ISIS…But Not For Al-Fatiha – 18 September 2014

alanalfatihaDo we discern the strong odour of hypocrisy here?

The Independent announced this morning that ‘More than 100 Muslim leaders today make an unprecedented joint appeal to the kidnappers of Alan Henning to release the aid worker unharmed or commit the “worst condemnable sin” against Islam.…the statement….pleads with those holding the British hostage to accept that he was on a mission to Syria to help innocent civilians”. Continue reading

Reading, Writing And…M16s: US Education Getting Schooled Over Militarization – 18 September 2014

RT logoAlthough many Americans are aware that their local police forces are steadily acquiring military-grade weapons from the Pentagon, news that local school districts are also the beneficiary of the firepower is eliciting an outcry from citizen groups.

Just one month after the shooting death of African-American teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer, which brought military-grade vehicles and weapons onto the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, in response to an outbreak of protests and riots, Americans are wakening to the realization that their school districts are also being militarized.

READ MORE: Mike Brown jury gets extension, charges for Ferguson officer may be delayed until January

At least 26 school districts have participated in the Pentagon’s 1033 program, which since the 1990s has provided free military surplus goods, including mine-resistant armored vehicles, grenade launchers and M16 rifles.

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Florida City Drops Pants Law After NAACP Lawsuit – 18 September 2014

RT logoA controversial ban on saggy pants in Ocala City, Florida, has been pulled up after a threatened lawsuit from the civil rights group NACCP.

The NACCP had criticized the law, which came into effect in July 2014, and said it would take action against the city for unfairly profiling African-American men, according to WKMG radio.

Shortly after the NAACP criticism about the law, Ocala’s mayor declined support for the law and urged the council to reconsider.

In a majority vote on Tuesday, September 16, Ocala City Council members repealed the law, which banned anyone on city property from wearing their pants two inches below the natural waist in a way that exposed their underwear or buttocks. Offenders were to be fined up to $500 and spend time in jail.

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John Ward – Indyref Scotland: If Only Alex Had Run On A Hygiene & Holidays Ticket, He’d Be Home & Dry By Now- 18 September 2014

2h1SNPAlways give the your customers the right change

They’re over the last hurdle and galloping for the the photo-opp finish. Although Gordon Brown didn’t fall as such (nobody called a bigot, no claims to have saved the world) it did fall to the former Helmsman to make the most predictable promise of the campaign. Continue reading

‘Tell Him To Catch A Bus’: Angry Passengers Throw Ex-Pakistani Minister Out Of Plane After 2-Hour Wait – 18 September 2014

RT logoThe ex-Pakistani interior minister was prevented from boarding a plane by furious passengers after a two-hour flight delay. The video, which has gone viral, shows how they accuse the politician of holding the plane up.

Flight PK-370 was scheduled to take off from Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport for Islamabad at 19:00 local time (14:00 GMT) on Monday.

However, about 220 passengers were kept waiting for two hours. They vented their rage at Rehman Malik, former interior minister of Pakistan and Ramesh Kumar, Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) MNA, who were late for the flight.

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Baltimore Cop Sued For Millions After Police Brutality Video Surfaces – 18 September 2014

RT logoA Baltimore Police officer is facing $5 million dollar brutality lawsuit after a video surfaced showing him repeatedly punching a man.

The video, which was released on Monday from the man’s lawyers, shows Police Officer Vincent Cosom repeatedly beating Kollin Truss, while another officer holds Truss’s arm as the blows are delivered to his head and torso. Officer Cosom punched Truss six times.

“Much like the public, I’m shocked, I’m outraged, I’m disgusted by what I saw by an employee of the Baltimore City Police Department,” Commissioner Anthony Batts said during a press conference addressing the video.

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Civil Liberties Advocates, Organizations & Whistleblowers Urge Congress To Oppose USA FREEDOM Act – 18 September 2014

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Civil liberties advocates, organizations and whistleblowers have sent a letter to Congress urging members to oppose the NSA “reform” bill known as the USA FREEDOM Act (S. 2685), recently introduced by Senator Leahy. In a letter earlier this month, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Attorney General Eric Holder endorsed the surveillance reform bill, a telling sign that it’s nothing but bad news.

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