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Here’s Why Indiana’s Anti-Gay Law is Different from other States’ Religious Freedom Laws

Lawyer Matt Anderson said the law opens up “the path of least resistance among its species to have a court adjudicate it in a manner that could ultimately be used to discriminate…" It “explicitly applies to disputes between private citizens,” said ThinkProgress. “This means it could be used as a cudgel by corporations to justify discrimination against individuals that might otherwise be protected.” The law already took root elsewhere; Arkansas on Tuesday passed a bill nearly identical to it.   read more

Smartphone Users Tracked by Apps an Average of every Three Minutes

The smartphone owners were sent daily messages informing them of the number of times their personal information—current location, incoming and outgoing phone calls, their contacts lists—had been shared with app companies. One message read: “Your location has been shared 5,398 times with Facebook, Groupon...and seven other apps in the last 14 days.” People were taken off guard. One person reacted: “4,182 (times) – are you kidding me? It felt like I’m being followed by my own phone. It was scary."   read more

Was Hillary Clinton, While Secretary of State, Running a Secret Spy Network?

One of the emails pointed out the deteriorating security situation right before the Benghazi consulate was stormed, citing “an extremely sensitive source” who pointed out the numerous bombings and kidnapping of aid workers and diplomats by those thought to be loyal to the late Libyan Prime Minister Muammar Gaddafi. Despite the information gathered by Clinton’s network, she said after the Benghazi attacks of September 2012 that U.S. intelligence officials had had no advance warning of the threat.   read more

Indiana Gov. Pence Signs Bill Allowing Discrimination against Gays (and also Declares an HIV Emergency)

The new law prohibits state or local governments from substantially burdening a person’s ability to exercise their religion, which opponents say is a veiled attempt to allow religious conservatives to discriminate against gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender individuals without the state intervening. “Not only is this law unnecessary, it unfortunately has already portrayed our state as intolerant, unfriendly, and backwards” Democratic state Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane said.   read more

Bush-Era Drug Enforcement Agents Held Sex Parties Funded by Colombian Drug Cartels

Colombia appears to be a popular spot for R&R among federal law enforcement agents. A Justice Dept. inspector general report has disclosed that DEA agents participated in “sex parties”—in which the prostitutes were hired by Colombian drug cartels—from 2005 to 2008. The agents were also found to have allowed Colombian police officers to watch over their weapons and property during the parties. Three of the agents were also given money, expensive gifts, and weapons from drug cartel members.   read more

Secret Trade Pact would Allow Foreign Corporations to Sue U.S. for Damaging Investment “Expectations”

Democrats in Congress have been the most vocal opponents, saying it would give foreign banks as well as pharmaceutical, tobacco and other companies the ability to undermine U.S. sovereignty. “This is really troubling,” said Sen. Charles Schumer. “It seems to indicate that savvy, deep-pocketed foreign conglomerates could challenge a broad range of laws we pass at every level of government." Most GOP lawmakers reportedly favor the agreement.   read more

Congressional Republicans Approve Huge Increase in Fund for Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan despite Pentagon Asking for Less

Pentagon officials had asked for $51 billion for the Overseas Contingency Operations. They got that, and more. Wednesday night, the Republican-controlled House passed a budget plan, authored by Rep. Tom Price, that added $45 billion to the request. Democrats, and even some Republicans, call the OCO a “slush fund” that allows the military too much freedom to spend taxpayer dollars. Democrats labeled the Republican padding of the fund an “abusive loophole.”   read more

Corporate Takeover of the First Amendment

The cornerstone of the Bill of Rights is increasingly becoming the property of corporations, says a new study. Supreme Court rulings reveal a “corporate takeover of the First Amendment," said Harvard professor John Coates IV. “Once the patron saint of protesters and the disenfranchised, the First Amendment has become the darling of economic libertarians and corporate lawyers who have recognized its power to immunize private enterprise from legal restraint,” wrote Columbia law professor Tim Wu.   read more

Crackdown on Medicare Fraud Brought back $3.3 Billion in One Year

Spearheaded by Attorney General Eric Holder and then-Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the HEAT program ramped up an 18-year effort by their two departments to battle Medicare fraud. Of the $3.3 billion recovered, $1.9 billion was funneled back into the Medicare Trust Fund, $1.2 billion went to the U.S. Treasury, and $155 million to other agencies. Whistleblowers collected $370 million of the funds for helping expose Medicare fraud.   read more

After more than 4 Years, Bureau of Land Management Finally Issues Rules to Protect Drinking Water from Fracking…but only on Public Lands

The regulations apply only on public lands and Indian reservations under the administration of the Interior Department. Fracking on private land, where about 75% of it is done, is not affected. • Drillers will be required to encase wells in cement when groundwater supplies could be affected. • Wells must undergo pressure tests to ensure they’ll stand up to fracking without blowing out. • The use of open waste pits to contain fracking fluids will be prohibited in most circumstances.   read more

NSA Bulk Surveillance Could Continue even if Legal Authority Expires on June 1

The provision of the USA Patriot Act (pdf) that allows the data collection, Section 215, is set to expire on June 1, and so far, lawmakers haven’t adopted legislation extending this authority. However, the Obama administration could continue the NSA program by drafting a legal memo authorizing the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) to in turn approve the bulk collection effort until Congress does act.   read more

China Leads in Heavily Polluting Coal Plants, but U.S. not far Behind

Sub-critical coal-fired power stations (SCPS) emit 75% more pollutants than more technologically advanced ultra-supercritical type plants. The United States has 75% SCPS in its coal-fired portfolio. The United States has 10 companies—the most of any nation—among the top 25 in SCPS generation.   read more

Keystone Pipeline Controversy Distracts Attention from Major Growth of other Oil Pipelines

The U.S. system of oil pipelines has grown in size by nearly 25% over the past decade. This expansion has resulted in more than 11,600 miles of pipeline being laid, much in the western half of the country. Compare that to Keystone, which would stretch only 1,179 miles. Keystone’s oil carrying capacity would be dramatically less than what’s now flowing through many states via the new pipelines. As they expand, regulators have been almost powerless to ensure that existing pipelines are safe.   read more

Obama Administration Sets Record for Denying Freedom of Information Requests

AP reported federal agencies “took longer to turn over files when it provided any, said more regularly that it couldn't find documents and refused a record number of times to turn over files quickly that might be especially newsworthy.” The administration admitted that in about 30% of the cases in which it kept information hidden, those decisions were wrong and violated the law. The number of unanswered FOIA requests grew by 55% last year, resulting in a current backlog of more than 200,000.   read more

U.S. Loses Track of $500 Million Worth of Weapons in Yemen, Including Drones, Helicopters and 1.2 Million Rounds of Ammo

Defense officials have met privately with members of Congress to inform them about the huge loss. “We have to assume it’s completely compromised and gone,” said a legislative aide. The Shiite Houthi rebels, backed by Iran, “have taken over many Yemeni military bases in the northern part of the country, including some in Sana’a that were home to U.S.-trained counter-terrorism units. Other bases have been overrun by fighters from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula,” wrote the Post.   read more

Internal Audit Criticizes CBP Field Operations for not Testing Rail Cargo from Canada and Mexico for Radiation

A radiation isotope identifier is used by U.S. Customs to determine if there are nuclear materials on trains and trucks coming into the U.S. But out of 222 rail shipments requiring such examination that went through six ports, 160 of the shipments, or 72% of the total, were not checked. Customs agents “may have failed to require examinations of rail shipments that were at a higher risk to contain...weapons of mass destruction [and] potential instruments of terrorism" from entering the U.S.   read more
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Here’s Why Indiana’s Anti-Gay Law is Different from other States’ Religious Freedom Laws

Lawyer Matt Anderson said the law opens up “the path of least resistance among its species to have a court adjudicate it in a manner that could ultimately be used to discriminate…" It “explicitly applies to disputes between private citizens,” said ThinkProgress. “This means it could be used as a cudgel by corporations to justify discrimination against individuals that might otherwise be protected.” The law already took root elsewhere; Arkansas on Tuesday passed a bill nearly identical to it.   read more

Smartphone Users Tracked by Apps an Average of every Three Minutes

The smartphone owners were sent daily messages informing them of the number of times their personal information—current location, incoming and outgoing phone calls, their contacts lists—had been shared with app companies. One message read: “Your location has been shared 5,398 times with Facebook, Groupon...and seven other apps in the last 14 days.” People were taken off guard. One person reacted: “4,182 (times) – are you kidding me? It felt like I’m being followed by my own phone. It was scary."   read more

Was Hillary Clinton, While Secretary of State, Running a Secret Spy Network?

One of the emails pointed out the deteriorating security situation right before the Benghazi consulate was stormed, citing “an extremely sensitive source” who pointed out the numerous bombings and kidnapping of aid workers and diplomats by those thought to be loyal to the late Libyan Prime Minister Muammar Gaddafi. Despite the information gathered by Clinton’s network, she said after the Benghazi attacks of September 2012 that U.S. intelligence officials had had no advance warning of the threat.   read more

Indiana Gov. Pence Signs Bill Allowing Discrimination against Gays (and also Declares an HIV Emergency)

The new law prohibits state or local governments from substantially burdening a person’s ability to exercise their religion, which opponents say is a veiled attempt to allow religious conservatives to discriminate against gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender individuals without the state intervening. “Not only is this law unnecessary, it unfortunately has already portrayed our state as intolerant, unfriendly, and backwards” Democratic state Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane said.   read more

Bush-Era Drug Enforcement Agents Held Sex Parties Funded by Colombian Drug Cartels

Colombia appears to be a popular spot for R&R among federal law enforcement agents. A Justice Dept. inspector general report has disclosed that DEA agents participated in “sex parties”—in which the prostitutes were hired by Colombian drug cartels—from 2005 to 2008. The agents were also found to have allowed Colombian police officers to watch over their weapons and property during the parties. Three of the agents were also given money, expensive gifts, and weapons from drug cartel members.   read more

Secret Trade Pact would Allow Foreign Corporations to Sue U.S. for Damaging Investment “Expectations”

Democrats in Congress have been the most vocal opponents, saying it would give foreign banks as well as pharmaceutical, tobacco and other companies the ability to undermine U.S. sovereignty. “This is really troubling,” said Sen. Charles Schumer. “It seems to indicate that savvy, deep-pocketed foreign conglomerates could challenge a broad range of laws we pass at every level of government." Most GOP lawmakers reportedly favor the agreement.   read more

Congressional Republicans Approve Huge Increase in Fund for Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan despite Pentagon Asking for Less

Pentagon officials had asked for $51 billion for the Overseas Contingency Operations. They got that, and more. Wednesday night, the Republican-controlled House passed a budget plan, authored by Rep. Tom Price, that added $45 billion to the request. Democrats, and even some Republicans, call the OCO a “slush fund” that allows the military too much freedom to spend taxpayer dollars. Democrats labeled the Republican padding of the fund an “abusive loophole.”   read more

Corporate Takeover of the First Amendment

The cornerstone of the Bill of Rights is increasingly becoming the property of corporations, says a new study. Supreme Court rulings reveal a “corporate takeover of the First Amendment," said Harvard professor John Coates IV. “Once the patron saint of protesters and the disenfranchised, the First Amendment has become the darling of economic libertarians and corporate lawyers who have recognized its power to immunize private enterprise from legal restraint,” wrote Columbia law professor Tim Wu.   read more

Crackdown on Medicare Fraud Brought back $3.3 Billion in One Year

Spearheaded by Attorney General Eric Holder and then-Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the HEAT program ramped up an 18-year effort by their two departments to battle Medicare fraud. Of the $3.3 billion recovered, $1.9 billion was funneled back into the Medicare Trust Fund, $1.2 billion went to the U.S. Treasury, and $155 million to other agencies. Whistleblowers collected $370 million of the funds for helping expose Medicare fraud.   read more

After more than 4 Years, Bureau of Land Management Finally Issues Rules to Protect Drinking Water from Fracking…but only on Public Lands

The regulations apply only on public lands and Indian reservations under the administration of the Interior Department. Fracking on private land, where about 75% of it is done, is not affected. • Drillers will be required to encase wells in cement when groundwater supplies could be affected. • Wells must undergo pressure tests to ensure they’ll stand up to fracking without blowing out. • The use of open waste pits to contain fracking fluids will be prohibited in most circumstances.   read more

NSA Bulk Surveillance Could Continue even if Legal Authority Expires on June 1

The provision of the USA Patriot Act (pdf) that allows the data collection, Section 215, is set to expire on June 1, and so far, lawmakers haven’t adopted legislation extending this authority. However, the Obama administration could continue the NSA program by drafting a legal memo authorizing the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) to in turn approve the bulk collection effort until Congress does act.   read more

China Leads in Heavily Polluting Coal Plants, but U.S. not far Behind

Sub-critical coal-fired power stations (SCPS) emit 75% more pollutants than more technologically advanced ultra-supercritical type plants. The United States has 75% SCPS in its coal-fired portfolio. The United States has 10 companies—the most of any nation—among the top 25 in SCPS generation.   read more

Keystone Pipeline Controversy Distracts Attention from Major Growth of other Oil Pipelines

The U.S. system of oil pipelines has grown in size by nearly 25% over the past decade. This expansion has resulted in more than 11,600 miles of pipeline being laid, much in the western half of the country. Compare that to Keystone, which would stretch only 1,179 miles. Keystone’s oil carrying capacity would be dramatically less than what’s now flowing through many states via the new pipelines. As they expand, regulators have been almost powerless to ensure that existing pipelines are safe.   read more

Obama Administration Sets Record for Denying Freedom of Information Requests

AP reported federal agencies “took longer to turn over files when it provided any, said more regularly that it couldn't find documents and refused a record number of times to turn over files quickly that might be especially newsworthy.” The administration admitted that in about 30% of the cases in which it kept information hidden, those decisions were wrong and violated the law. The number of unanswered FOIA requests grew by 55% last year, resulting in a current backlog of more than 200,000.   read more

U.S. Loses Track of $500 Million Worth of Weapons in Yemen, Including Drones, Helicopters and 1.2 Million Rounds of Ammo

Defense officials have met privately with members of Congress to inform them about the huge loss. “We have to assume it’s completely compromised and gone,” said a legislative aide. The Shiite Houthi rebels, backed by Iran, “have taken over many Yemeni military bases in the northern part of the country, including some in Sana’a that were home to U.S.-trained counter-terrorism units. Other bases have been overrun by fighters from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula,” wrote the Post.   read more

Internal Audit Criticizes CBP Field Operations for not Testing Rail Cargo from Canada and Mexico for Radiation

A radiation isotope identifier is used by U.S. Customs to determine if there are nuclear materials on trains and trucks coming into the U.S. But out of 222 rail shipments requiring such examination that went through six ports, 160 of the shipments, or 72% of the total, were not checked. Customs agents “may have failed to require examinations of rail shipments that were at a higher risk to contain...weapons of mass destruction [and] potential instruments of terrorism" from entering the U.S.   read more
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