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Cop Caught on Tape Extorting Driver for Fundraiser: “Buy These Tickets or I Take Your Car”

 

 

It seems the no-pressure sales method wasn’t working.

Instead, a Philadelphia cop was caught on camera using the threat of force to insist that two guys he pulled over during a traffic stop buy tickets for a fundraiser to support the families of fallen first responders.

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Homeland Security seeking to develop massive license plate database

The US Department of Homeland Security is hoping to find a private company that is technologically capable of providing a system that will track license plates across the nation, according to a new report.

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Arizona first US state to attempt legal resistance to NSA surveillance

Arizona’s state senate panel approved a bill withdrawing state support for intelligence agencies’ collection of metadata and banning the use of warrantless data in courts. The panel becomes the first legislative body in US to try and thwart NSA spying.

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First American arrested with help from drone is sentenced

A North Dakota farmer who was the first US citizen to be arrested in a situation where law enforcement had help from a drone has also become the first to be convicted and sentenced,  thanks in part to an unmanned aerial vehicle.

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US intelligence chief: Snowden and ‘accomplices’ should return stolen info

The most powerful intelligence official in the United States told a Senate committee Wednesday that National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden is a hypocrite and that he and his supposed accomplices should return any classified documents he still has.

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Republicans vote to end NSA bulk phone metadata surveillance program

The Republican National Committee has passed a resolution pushing conservative lawmakers to put an end to the National Security Agency’s blanket surveillance of American citizens’ phone records.

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Congress members exploiting legal loophole for luxury travel on lobbyists’ dime – report

Despite a number of laws forbidding them from accepting gifts from lobbyists, congressional leaders regularly exploit legal loopholes to jet-set throughout the country on lobbyists’ expense, according to a new report.

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Bloggers, public have First Amendment protection – US court

A federal appeals court has ruled that bloggers and the general public have the same protection of the First Amendment as journalists when sued for defamation. Should the issue be of public concern, the claimant has to prove negligence to win the case.

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Appeals court upholds inmate’s right to have taxpayer-funded sex change surgery

For the first time in US history, federal judges in the US state of Massachusetts have upheld a court ruling entitling a tax-payer funded sex-change operation for a transsexual prisoner convicted of murder.

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NYC to pay $18 mil for RNC arrests in largest protest settlement in US history

New York City has agreed to pay $18 million for the arrest, detention and fingerprinting of hundreds of protesters, journalists and legal observers during the 2004 Republican National Convention, marking the largest protest settlement ever in the US.

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Key provision of net-neutrality law struck down by court

Should internet service providers be allowed to restrict access to websites and block certain content from customers depending on how much they pay to be connected? On Tuesday, a federal appeals court said yes.

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Two officers acquitted in fatal beating of homeless schizophrenic man

Two former California police officers were found not guilty Monday on charges related to the fatal beating of a schizophrenic homeless man in a case that made national headlines and infuriated protesters who accused the police of abusing their authority.

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Snowden obtained nearly 2 million classified files in NSA leak – Pentagon report

Edward Snowden downloaded 1.7 million intelligence files from US agencies, the most secrets ever to be stolen from the US government in a single instance in the nation’s history, according to lawmakers who have viewed a classified Pentagon report.

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Parking violation turns into police assault caught on video – lawsuit

A Nebraska family filed suit Monday against dozens of police officers alleging that they turned a parking violation into a rough arrest and violating the family’s constitutional rights by breaking into a nearby home and confiscating video of the incident.

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High Demand: Colorado pot shops can’t keep up with new orders

It’s only been a few days since adults in Colorado have been legally able to purchase marijuana for recreational use, but the demand at dispensaries across the state has some saying a pot shortage is all too imminent.

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Stock in marijuana companies skyrocket after Colorado sells $1 mil on first day

The long lines stretching around Colorado marijuana shops have apparently not gone unnoticed by investors, with the price of shares for cannabis-related companies skyrocketing since the drug became legal throughout the state on January 1.

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Arizona sheriff’s racial profiling policies will cost taxpayers $21 million

Arizona taxpayers are expected to pay roughly $21 million in order to implement changes stemming from a court ruling that found local law enforcement racially profiled Latino residents during traffic and immigration stops.

The money will be paid out over the next year and a half, though  the penalties won’t stop there under the ruling against Sheriff  Joe Arpaio’s office. Beginning in 2015, Maricopa County will have  to pay an additional $10 million a year in order to maintain the  changes for as long as the office is placed under the judge’s  order.

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Pentagon report predicts drone swarms, highly autonomous UAVs

The US military hopes that drones will be capable of changing their own missions, altering course without a human command, and buzzing through the skies in coordinated groups within the next 25 years, according to a new Defense Department report.

The US Department of Defense (DoD) explained its hopes for the  upcoming decades in its Unmanned Systems Integrated Roadmap,  released to the public last week. At nearly 150 pages, the report  outlines a variety of goals for air, land, and sea vehicles – yet  the unmanned aerial systems (as drones are called) are featured  prominently throughout.

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US govt appeals ruling denouncing NSA’s mass phone surveillance as unconstitutional

The US Justice Department appealed Friday a federal judge’s December ruling that advanced a legal challenge to the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of Americans’ telephone records.

The Justice Department filed the appeal with the US Circuit Court  of Appeals in Washington. US government lawyers are asking for a  dismissal of US District Judge Richard Leon’s ruling  that called the NSA’s domestic phone metadata   collection likely unconstitutional.

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Apple execs deny company helps NSA monitor iPhone users

Apple executives have denied granting the US National Security Agency a so-called “backdoor” that allowed the intelligence monolith to surveil the company’s popular mobile devices.The denial was prompted by a report this week in the German  newspaper Der Spiegel which revealed that the NSA uses software  known as DROPOUT JEEP to monitor an iPhone user’s files, text  messages, contact lists, and location data. The technology was  also capable of using the iPhone’s camera and even its  microphone.

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America’s first recreational pot licenses issued in Colorado

Colorado made history on Monday, becoming the first state in the US to issue hundreds of licenses for recreational marijuana businesses.

Colorado’s Marijuana Enforcement Division approved 348 licenses:  136 to pot shops, 31 to marijuana-infused products companies, 178  to growing facilities, and three to marijuana-testing  laboratories.

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‘I already won’: Snowden is helping the NSA though it brands him a traitor

Edward Snowden has said he feels satisfied and a winner despite the espionage charges confronting him. Denying claims he is a traitor, Snowden said he is working to improve the NSA, something that US spy chiefs do not realize.

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Clapper reveals Bush-era docs showing NSA spying dragnet started 2001

Obama’s Director for National Intelligence, James Clapper, has declassified new documents that reveal how the NSA was first given the green light to start collecting bulk communication data in the hunt for Al-Qaeda terrorists after 9/11.

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NSA confidence shaken since Snowden leaks began – report

Morale at the US National Security Agency has plummeted since the Edward Snowden leak made international headlines and inspired an ongoing wave of criticism against the intelligence agency – news that coincides with the publication of more NSA documents.

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Senate deal could lead to Guantanamo Bay closure

Two congressional committees have agreed to make it easier for the Pentagon to transfer Guantanamo Bay prisoners to their home countries, surpassing a major hurdle in the Obama administration’s ability to close the facility.

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Obama admin hits all-time high on prosecutions for nonviolent immigration offenses

Prosecutions for nonviolent immigration offenses have hit an all-time high in fiscal year 2013, up 22.6 percent over five years, with offenses often involving illegal reentry. Meanwhile, critics of such prosecutions say the system is harming families.

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Suspicious of NSA spying, Microsoft moves to encrypt Internet traffic – report

Microsoft is moving to encrypt its Internet traffic based on assumptions the National Security Agency has broken into its internal global communications systems as it did with Google and Yahoo, according to sources familiar with the plans.

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CIA monitors Americans’ financial activities

The Central Intelligence Agency is collecting bulk records of international money transfers, including the financial and personal data of millions of Americans.

Citing “officials familiar with the programs,” the Wall Street  Journal reported that the CIA and FBI collect financial  information when international transactions are filed through  numerous money-transfer companies, including MoneyGram and  Western Union.

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Despite repeated warnings, US ‘subsidizing’ Afghan companies with ties to terrorism

warnings-us-subsidizing-afghan-terrorism_siAmerican taxpayers have unwittingly paid more than $150 million to companies throughout the Middle East that are known to have helped finance terrorist attacks on US soldiers stationed in Afghanistan, according to a new internal US government report.

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GCHQ spoofed LinkedIn site to target global mobile traffic exchange and OPEC – report

gchq-spying-linkedin-belgium_siThe UK’s electronic spying agency has been using a spoof version of LinkedIn professional social network’s website to target global roaming data exchange companies as well as senior management in the OPEC oil cartel, according to a Der Spiegel report.

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US Navy admirals under investigation in widening bribery scandal

navy-admirals-investigation-widening-bribery.siTwo Navy admirals have been placed on temporary leave after their access to classified materials was suspended. This comes as part of a growing investigation into allegations that Naval officers illegally accepted bribes from a military contractor.

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Death row inmates now executed with drug cocktail used to euthanize animals

death-row-inmates-drug-cocktail_siFacing a shortage of supplies for lethal injections, US law enforcement officials have begun executing prisoners with an animal anesthetic that has not been approved at the federal level, with the first such execution coming this week.

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Obama blasted for cracking down on free press

cpj-report-on-obama_siA letter to the White House, a laundry list of recommendations for the president and a 29-page report about the administration’s assault on free press are all compiled in the latest offering from the Center to Protect Journalists.

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Ohio man remains legally dead despite his recent court plea

judge_siConsider northwest Ohio man Donald Eugene Miller Jr. the walking dead – as he has been since 1994.

Miller was ruled legally dead by a court in 1994, eight years  after he disappeared from his home in Arcadia. His appeal Monday  in Hancock County Probate Court to rescind his “death”   didn’t earn a change of status in the view of the law.  

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Epic fail: just 1 percent of Obamacare requests successfully processed

obamacare_siMillions of Americans visited newly launched websites last week to learn more about the benefits offered through the president’s health insurance mandate, but Obamacare is apparently not ready for everyone.

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Death row inmates sue Texas for sourcing execution drug from compounding pharmacy

7_siDeath row inmates are suing the state of Texas for obtaining a killing drug from a compounding pharmacy after its previous supply of pentobarbital expired last month. The lawsuit says the drug carries “a high risk of excruciating pain.”

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Snowden’s email service Lavabit consistently denied US govt access despite intimidation

2013-10-03_04_40_08_siThe Federal Bureau of Investigation secretly obtained a court order compelling Lavabit, the email service used by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, to hand over its private SSL key, thereby allowing the FBI to monitor Lavabit’s users.

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