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Anyone against the death penalty for the terrorist in Boston, really needs to come to grips with reality and lay off the bleeding heart shit.

This guy needs to be put to death.


The media is referring to the degenerate responsible for the Boston bombings as "the suspect." Not quite accurate, is it? Where, exactly, is the suspicion? How about "scum," "delinquent," "thug," "wretch," "miscreant"... I could go on...MG

The Boston Bombing: Should Cameras Now Be Everywhere? |

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APThis frame grab from a video released by the FBI on April 18, 2013, shows Tamerlan, front, in black cap, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, in white cap, back right, walking through the crowd before the explosions at the Boston Marathon in Boston, Mass., on April 15, 2013.

After the death of Tamerlan Tsarnaev and the capture of his brother Dzhokhar, some lawmakers began calling for more public cameras of the sort that were so instrumental in their swift apprehension. Representative Peter King (R-N.Y.,) a member of the House Homeland Security and Intelligence committees, told MSNBC that video cameras in public locations are ''a great law enforcement method'' that ''keeps us ahead of the terrorists who are constantly trying to kill us.''

(MORE: Brother's Keeper: Did Older Brother Lure Bombing Suspect into Plot?)

It's a safe bet that there will be more video cameras coming to cities across the United States. London, which was shaken by a subway bombing on July 7, 2007, now has upwards of one million surveillance cameras. So this is a good time to ask if we should put some limits on the government's all-seeing eye. The answer should be yes. We should craft our laws to allow images of criminal suspects to be captured in public '' but also to make sure that the government does not unduly infringe on the privacy rights of innocent citizens.

(MORE: FBI Will Face Questions Over Past Probe of Suspects)

The first thing to understand about surveillance video in public places is that there is already a lot of it going on '' though it is impossible to know how much. Back in 2006, the New York Civil Liberties Union sent inspectors out to look for street-level surveillance cameras and found nearly 4,500 in Manhattan alone. There are, no doubt, many thousands more today in Manhattan, and countless more in cities and towns and shopping malls across the country.

In addition to these government-installed cameras, there are street-facing security cams installed by office complexes, apartment buildings, and retail stores. In the Boston Marathon investigation, law enforcement relied in large part on surveillance video from a Lord & Taylor department store that appeared to show someone dropping off a heavy bag at the bombing site. (Photos taken the old-fashioned way were also important.)

(MORE: Bloody Visions: What Would the Boston Bombings Look Like in the Google Glass Era?)

Adding to this far-reaching network of public cameras, the government is now ramping up the use of domestic drones '' pilotless aircraft equipped with powerful surveillance cameras that can photograph both public places and private property. Congress has been leading the charge, ordering the Federal Aviation Administration to open airspace that was once off-limits to drones.

(MORE: Criminals and Terrorists Can Fly Drones Too)

As video surveillance inevitably ramps up, there are several ways that law enforcement interests should be against by privacy concerns. We need to develop clearer principles about when and where surveillance cameras should be used, which are now woefully lacking. It makes sense to have cameras in places where terrorism and crime are of particular concern'-- such as in Times Square or near major bridges and tunnels. It would be more troubling to learn, however, that the government has focused cameras on the front doors of our homes just to keep track of our comings and goings.

We also need laws establishing strong ''data minimization'' requirements. When the government takes video of people in public places, the images should only be kept as long as they may reasonably be needed to investigate a crime. After a few days, if there has not been a report of a crime, they should be destroyed. The government '-- and private companies '-- should not use surveillance cameras to create massive databases of where we all have been, or searchable archives of political protesters.

(PHOTOS: Images: Joy and Relief in Boston After Bombing Suspect's Arrest)

Finally, we need to proceed with particular caution with domestic drones. If we are going to have them '--and it seems that we are '--we must establish strong standards for transparency about where they go and what they do, and we need to start developing robust privacy protections, including particular checks on their use to photograph private property.

(MORE: First Pictures of Bombing Suspects After Arrest)

When photos quickly turned up of the Boston Marathon bombers, and those images helped in tracking them down, it was hard not to cheer for the role that video technology can play in fighting terrorism and other crimes. There was good reason for cheering but now that we are done, we should begin to put in place well-considered rules that strike the right balance between law enforcement and privacy.

Adam CohenCohen, the author of Nothing to Fear, teaches at Yale Law School. The views expressed are solely his own.

Cohen is the author of Nothing to Fear: FDR's Inner Circle and the Hundred Days That Created Modern America

We need more SHARING also internationally between states

Baustin Motive

Activist Post: The Motive Behind the Boston False Flag Operation

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Dave HodgesActivist PostAny totalitarian government, such as the Obama administration, needs to control the flow of information and make certain that people are left defenseless by seizing their guns. This article is about how the Obama administration has likely used the Boston Marathon bombing as a pretext to seize control over the Internet, thus eliminating the only true form of uncensored news.

Gaining Control of Communications

The first step to subduing an enemy is to remove their command and control, and that is accomplished by eliminating communications. This is precisely what the administration is poised to do and they are moving quickly towards this end. If the government is going to move to shut down the medium of communication which is threatening to expose their criminality to the masses, namely the Internet, they need to first find a pretext.

Obama Creates An Internet Interagency Working Group

The decided move towards controlling the Internet was actually foretold earlier this year with the Obama White House announcing the creation of a new interagency working group to address what it calls a growing problem.

This new federal interagency group will be led by Quintan Wiktorowicz, who presently serves as the White House senior director for community partnerships on the national security staff. The new group will be called ''The Interagency Working Group to Counter Online Radicalization'' and will be tasked with the implementation of an Internet safety program to address online violent extremism.

Wiktorowicz recently stated:Violent extremist groups '-- like Al Qaeda and its affiliates and adherents, violent supremacist groups, and violent ''sovereign citizens'' '-- are leveraging online tools and resources to propagate messages of violence and division. These groups use the Internet to disseminate propaganda, identify and groom potential recruits, and supplement their real-world recruitment efforts. Some members and supporters of these groups visit mainstream fora to see whether individuals might be recruited or encouraged to commit acts of violence, look for opportunities to draw targets into private exchanges, and exploit popular media like music videos and online video games. Although the Internet offers countless opportunities for Americans to connect, it has also provided violent extremists with access to new audiences and instruments for radicalization.

If Wiktorowicz were referring exclusively to terrorist groups such as al Qaeda, then no red flags would be raised whatsoever concerning the new program. But he never specified nor defined terms such as ''violent supremacist groups'' or ''violent sovereign citizens.''Wiktorowicz is not referring to al Qaeda. He specifically uses the term ''violent sovereign citizens.'' The term ''sovereign citizen'' is something that I have previously warned the American public about. You would be wise to visit the following link about what constitutes a dangerous ''sovereign citizen'' according to this criminal government. The Tsarnaev brothers clearly fit this administration's definition of a sovereign citizen. And where did these two ''terrorists'' learn to become such a threat to the country. Reportedly, they learned their terrorist ways by going to the Internet.

The Bombs and the Fundamentalist Beliefs Were Allegedly Built By Using Online Sources

Government officials told Fox News that Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, and his brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, built the Boston Marathon bombs with instructions from Inspire magazine, an English-language online magazine. published by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.CNN has reported that preliminary interviews indicate the two brothers fit the classification of self-radicalized Jihadists. CNN says the pair's radicalization was completed by watching online radical material.

The pretext has been delivered and it just a matter of time until the government seizes control of the Internet.

ConclusionI do not believe in coincidences, and the Boston Marathon Bombing is no coincidence that it coincides with CISPA and the fact that Obama is looking for any excuse to take control over the Internet.

Subsequently, the government has its pretext, and soon the Internet will be tightly controlled. What effect will that have on the American people? Time will tell. However, I think it is likely that the inability to get easy news will force many people into a more active mode, and the more active a person is in the pursuit of the truth, the more awake the person will become. These could very well become the seeds which will ultimately develop into a civil war.

Dave is an award winning psychology, statistics and research professor, a college basketball coach, a mental health counselor, a political activist and writer who has published dozens of editorials and articles in several publications such as Freedoms Phoenix, News With Views and The Arizona Republic.The Common Sense Show features a wide variety of important topics that range from the loss of constitutional liberties, to the subsequent implementation of a police state under world governance, to exploring the limits of human potential. The primary purpose of The Common Sense Show is to provide Americans with the tools necessary to reclaim both our individual and national sovereignty.


Working to Counter Online Radicalization to Violence in the United States | The White House

U.S. gives big, secret push to Internet surveillance.

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Justice Department agreed to issue "2511 letters" immunizing AT&T and other companies participating in a cybersecurity program from criminal prosecution under the Wiretap Act, according to new documents obtained by the Electronic Privacy Information Center.

NSA director Keith Alexander, shown here in a file photo, who's also the commander of the U.S. Cyber Command.

(Credit: Getty Images)Senior Obama administration officials have secretly authorized the interception of communications carried on portions of networks operated by AT&T and other Internet service providers, a practice that might otherwise be illegal under federal wiretapping laws.

The secret legal authorization from the Justice Department originally applied to a cybersecurity pilot project in which the military monitored defense contractors' Internet links. Since then, however, the program has been expanded by President Obama to cover all critical infrastructure sectors including energy, healthcare, and finance starting June 12.

"The Justice Department is helping private companies evade federal wiretap laws," said Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, which obtained over 1,000 pages of internal government documents and provided them to CNET this week. "Alarm bells should be going off."

Those documents show the National Security Agency and the Defense Department were deeply involved in pressing for the secret legal authorization, with NSA director Keith Alexander participating in some of the discussions personally. Despite initial reservations, including from industry participants, Justice Department attorneys eventually signed off on the project.

The Justice Department agreed to grant legal immunity to the participating network providers in the form of what participants in the confidential discussions refer to as "2511 letters," a reference to the Wiretap Act codified at 18 USC 2511 in the federal statute books.

The Wiretap Act limits the ability of Internet providers to eavesdrop on network traffic except when monitoring is a "necessary incident" to providing the service or it takes place with a user's "lawful consent." An industry representative told CNET the 2511 letters provided legal immunity to the providers by agreeing not to prosecute for criminal violations of the Wiretap Act. It's not clear how many 2511 letters were issued by the Justice Department.

In 2011, Deputy Secretary of Defense William Lynn publicly disclosed the existence of the original project, called the DIB Cyber Pilot, which used login banners to inform network users that monitoring was taking place. In May 2012, the pilot was turned into an ongoing program -- broader but still voluntary -- by the name of Joint Cybersecurity Services Pilot, with the Department of Homeland Security becoming involved for the first time. It was renamed again to Enhanced Cybersecurity Services program in January, and is currently being expanded to all types of companies operating critical infrastructure.

The NSA and DOJ declined to comment. Homeland Security spokesman Sy Lee sent CNET a statement saying:

DHS is committed to supporting the public's privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties. Accordingly, the department has implemented strong privacy and civil rights and civil liberties standards into all its cybersecurity programs and initiatives from the outset, including the Enhanced Cybersecurity Services program. In order to protect privacy while safeguarding and securing cyberspace, DHS institutes layered privacy responsibilities throughout the department, embeds fair practice principles into cybersecurity programs and privacy compliance efforts, and fosters collaboration with cybersecurity partners.

Paul Rosenzweig, a former Homeland Security official and founder of Red Branch Consulting, compared the NSA and DOD asking the Justice Department for 2511 letters to of the CIA asking the Justice Department for the so-called torture memos a decade ago. (They were written by Justice Department official John Yoo, who reached the controversial conclusion that waterboarding was not torture.)

"If you think of it poorly, it's a CYA function," Rosenzweig says. "If you think well of it, it's an effort to secure advance authorization for an action that may not be clearly legal."

A report (PDF) published last month by the Congressional Research Service, a non-partisan arm of Congress, says the executive branch likely does not have the legal authority to authorize more widespread monitoring of communications unless Congress rewrites the law. "Such an executive action would contravene current federal laws protecting electronic communications," the report says.

President Barack Obama leaving a National Security Agency Christmas party held across the street from the White House at the Blair House last December.

(Credit: Getty Images)Because it overrides all federal and state privacy laws, including the Wiretap Act, legislation called CISPA would formally authorize the program without the government resorting to 2511 letters. In other words, if CISPA, which the U.S. House of Representatives approved last week, becomes law, any data-sharing program would be placed on a solid legal footing. AT&T, Verizon, and wireless and cable providers have all written letters endorsing CISPA.

Around the time that CIPSA was originally introduced in late 2011, NSA, DOD, and DHS officials were actively meeting with the aides on the House Intelligence committee who drafted the legislation, the internal documents show. The purpose of the meeting, one e-mail shows, was to brief committee aides on "cyber defense efforts." In addition, Ryan Gillis, a director in DHS's Office of Legislative Affairs, sent an e-mail to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairman of the Senate Intelligence committee, discussing the pilot program around the same time.

AT&T and CenturyLink are currently the only two providers that have been publicly announced as participating in the program. Other companies have signed a memorandum of agreement with DHS to join, and are currently in the process of obtaining security certification, said a government official, who declined to name those companies or be identified by name.

Approval of the 2511 letters came after concerns from within the Justice Department and from industry. An internal e-mail thread among senior Defense Department, Homeland Security, and Justice Department officials in 2011, including associate deputy attorney general James Baker, outlines some of the obstacles:

[The program] has two key barriers to a start. First, the ISPs will likely request 2511 letters, so DoJ's provision of 3 2511 letters (and the review of DIB company banners as part of that) is one time requirement. DoJ will provide a timeline for that. Second, all participating DIB companies would be required to change their banners to reference government monitoring. All have expressed serious reservations with doing so, including the three CEOs [the deputy secretary of defense] discussed this with. The companies have informally told us that changing the banners in this manner could take months.

Another e-mail message from a Justice Department attorney wondered: "Will the program cover all parts of the company network -- including say day care centers (as mentioned as a question in a [deputies committee meeting]) and what are the policy implications of this?" The deputies committee includes the deputy secretary of defense, the deputy director of national intelligence, the deputy attorney general, and the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

"These agencies are clearly seeking authority to receive a large amount of information, including personal information, from private Internet networks," says EPIC staff attorney Amie Stepanovich, who filed a lawsuit against Homeland Security in March 2012 seeking documents relating to the program under the Freedom of Information Act. "If this program was broadly deployed, it would raise serious questions about government cybersecurity practices."

In January, the Department of Homeland Security's privacy office published a privacy analysis (PDF) of the program saying that users of the networks of companies participating in the program will see "an electronic login banner [saying] information and data on the network may be monitored or disclosed to third parties, and/or that the network users' communications on the network are not private."

An internal Defense Department presentation cites as possible legal authority a classified presidential directive called NSPD 54 that President Bush signed in January 2008. Obama's own executive order, signed in February 2013, says Homeland Security must establish procedures to expand the data-sharing program "to all critical infrastructure sectors" by mid-June. Those are defined as any companies providing services that, if disrupted, would harm national economic security or "national public health or safety."

Those could be very broad categories, says Rosenzweig, author of a new book called "Cyber War," which discusses the legality of more widespread monitoring of Internet communications.

"I think there's a great deal of discretion," Rosenzweig says. "I could make a case for the criticality of several meat packing plants in Kansas. The disruption of the meat rendering facilities in Kansas would be very disruptive to the meat-eating habits of Americans."

Are Warrantless Searches The New Normal?

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Bloomberg Says Interpretation of Constitution Will 'Have to Change' After Boston Bombing | Politicker

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In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Monday the country's interpretation of the Constitution will ''have to change'' to allow for greater security to stave off future attacks.

''The people who are worried about privacy have a legitimate worry,'' Mr. Bloomberg said during a press conference in Midtown. ''But we live in a complex word where you're going to have to have a level of security greater than you did back in the olden days, if you will. And our laws and our interpretation of the Constitution, I think, have to change.''

Mr. Bloomberg, who has come under fire for the N.Y.P.D.'s monitoring of Muslim communities and other aggressive tactics, said the rest of the country needs to learn from the attacks.

''Look, we live in a very dangerous world. We know there are people who want to take away our freedoms. New Yorkers probably know that as much if not more than anybody else after the terrible tragedy of 9/11,'' he said.

''We have to understand that in the world going forward, we're going to have more cameras and that kind of stuff. That's good in some sense, but it's different from what we are used to,'' he said.

The mayor pointed to the gun debate and noted the courts have allowed for increasingly stringent regulations in response to ever-more powerful weapons.

''Clearly the Supreme Court has recognized that you have to have different interpretations of the Second Amendment and what it applies to and reasonable gun laws '... Here we're going to to have to live with reasonable levels of security,'' he said, pointing to the use of magnetometers to catch weapons in city schools.

''It really says something bad about us that we have to do it. But our obligation first and foremost is to keep our kids safe in the schools; first and foremost, to keep you safe if you go to a sporting event; first and foremost is to keep you safe if you walk down the streets or go into our parks,'' he said. ''We cannot let the terrorists put us in a situation where we can't do those things. And the ways to do that is to provide what we think is an appropriate level of protection.''

Still, Mr. Bloomberg argued the attacks shouldn't be used as an excuse to persecute certain religions or groups.

''What we cant do is let the protection get in the way of us enjoying our freedoms,'' he said. ''You still want to let people practice their religion, no matter what that religion is. And I think one of the great dangers here is going and categorizing anybody from one religion as a terrorist. That's not true '... That would let the terrorists win. That's what they want us to do.''

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Mom says it was a Hoax!

WMD definition

Though I'd save you the trouble... Here is what a WMD is according to 18 USC 2332a

(2) the term “weapon of mass destruction” means—

(A) any destructive device as defined in section 921 of this title;

(B) any

weapon that is designed or intended to cause death or serious bodily

injury through the release, dissemination, or impact of toxic or

poisonous chemicals, or their precursors;

(C) any weapon involving a biological agent, toxin, or vector (as those terms are defined in section 178 of this title); or

(D) any weapon that is designed to release radiation or radioactivity at a level dangerous to human life; and

and S921 is

(4) The term “destructive device” means—

(A) any explosive, incendiary, or poison gas—

(i) bomb,

(ii) grenade,

(iii) rocket having a propellant charge of more than four ounces,

(iv) missile having an explosive or incendiary charge of more than one-quarter ounce,

(v) mine, or

(vi) device similar to any of the devices described in the preceding clauses;

(B) any

type of weapon (other than a shotgun or a shotgun shell which the

Attorney General finds is generally recognized as particularly suitable

for sporting purposes) by whatever name known which will, or which may

be readily converted to, expel a projectile by the action of an

explosive or other propellant, and which has any barrel with a bore of

more than one-half inch in diameter; and

(C) any

combination of parts either designed or intended for use in converting

any device into any destructive device described in subparagraph (A) or

(B) and from which a destructive device may be readily assembled.

So basically any cylinder containing more than 1/4oz of blackpowder is now a WMD. Stay away from fireworks kids!

Bush and Cheney were right... there WERE WMDs in Iraq!


AP Report: Tamerlan Tsarnaev Influenced Heavily By Mysterious Radical Islamic Convert Known As ''Misha'''...Update: Took Interest In Conspiracy Website ''Infowars''

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Who taught him that Joooos control the world, and the InfoWars-approved 9/11 conspiracy theory.

WASHINGTON (AP) '-- In the years before the Boston Marathon bombings, Tamerlan Tsarnaev fell under the influence of a new friend, a Muslim convert who steered the religiously apathetic young man toward a strict strain of Islam, family members said.

Under the tutelage of a friend known to the Tsarnaev family only as Misha, Tamerlan gave up boxing and stopped studying music, his family said. He began opposing the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He turned to websites and literature claiming that the CIA was behind the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and Jews controlled the world.

''Somehow, he just took his brain,'' said Tamerlan's uncle, Ruslan Tsarni, who recalled conversations with Tamerlan's worried father about Misha's influence. Efforts over several days by The Associated Press to identify and interview Misha have been unsuccessful.

Tamerlan's relationship with Misha could be a clue in understanding the motives behind his religious transformation and, ultimately, the attack itself. Two U.S. officials say he had no tie to terrorist groups.

Throughout his religious makeover, Tamerlan maintained a strong influence over his siblings, including Dzhokhar, who investigators say carried out the deadly attack by his older brother's side, killing three and injuring 264 people.

Keep reading'...

Update: Big shocker.

Via Mediaite:

Investigators are beginning to uncover the many influences that led the Tsarnaev brothers to commit their deadly spree last week which included bombing the Boston Marathon and shooting a police officer. Deep within anAssociated Press story on the many influences that moved the elder and more ideological brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, to commit last week's atrocities was this choice detail: ''Tamerlan took an interest in Infowars, a conspiracy theory website.''

On Tuesday, reports indicated that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was moved by the performances of the radical anti-American Al Qaeda propagandist Anwar al-Awlaki.

Al-Awlaki reportedly also influenced Maj. Nidal Hasan who, in 2009, attacked his fellow servicemen and women at Ft. Hood, killing 13 and wounding over 30.

Tarnaev's YouTube page indicated that he had an interest in Islamic apocalypse prophecy and had subscribed to the YouTube channel of a British youth who assassinated UK MP Steven Timms in 2010 in retaliation for his support of the Iraq War.

AP reports that Tamerlan Tsarnaev also possessed a copy of ''The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion,'' an anti-Semitic book which purports to detail a Jewish conspiracy to dominate the globe.

But AP also reports that the conspiracy theory website controlled by radio host Alex Jones, Infowars, was also of interest to Tsarnaev.

On Tuesday, Infowars ran a story claiming that Tsarnaev's indoctrination into radical Islamic jihadist theory is a myth designed to ''reinvigorate'' the war on terror. The post chides the media for their credulous repeating of the story and claims this fabrication is a design intended to further the United States' ''global war against Islam.''

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Scary Biden! Dow drops after hacked AP tweet; Blame Biden?

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Zing! As Twitchy reported, the Associated Press' Twitter account was hacked, and it sent out a tweet claiming explosions at the White House. The Dow immediately plummeted, then rallied.

Wait why would the stock market crash due to that AP tweet?'--Conrad Kaczmarek (@ConradKazNBA) April 23, 2013

Asked, and answered. Other Twitter users think they know why:

DOW plunges after fake AP White House bombing tweet. Apparently the only thing worse for this economy is President Biden. #tcot#tiot'--Jeffrey Gregg (@IconJBG) April 23, 2013

Double zing!

@ConradKazNBA because even the joke of Joe Biden becoming President hurts the economy.'--Cody Williams (@TheSizzle20) April 23, 2013

For a moment, the Dow Jones freaked today thinking Joe Biden might be president. #AP#hacked'--Susan A (@fetasue) April 23, 2013

On the other hand, perhaps the algos were reacting to the blood-curdling horror of the phrase, "President Joe Biden." $ES_F'--Ellis Wyatt (@EllisWyatt1) April 23, 2013

Not sure if the fake AP tweet crashed the Dow-Jones because of a terrorism scare, or because of fear of a potential President Joe Biden'...'--Zach (@ZachSerrano) April 23, 2013

''@nytimes: An erroneous tweet from @AP, which was hacked, caused the Dow to drop more than 150 points'' US loves Biden'--Ken Harlan (@krharlan14) April 23, 2013

Scariest thing about @AP fake tweet today? Thinking Joe Biden might actually be president for a terrifying few moments. #whitehouse#bogus'--Chris Varricchione (@chrisverks) April 23, 2013

@jimiuorio relief rally that Joe Biden won't become president as soon as they feared.'--Aileen Markowsky (@AileenMarkowsky) April 23, 2013

Heh. Never change, Twitter.

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Email re coincidence

Looking good! Mine are coming along too. I'm glad that they

survived the trip and are doing well. Hopfully they've got what it takes

to survive the winter there too. If they do, and you want more, just

find a place in the ground to plant them and they'll spread like crazy.


listened to Thursday (505) and most of Sunday's (506) show and wanted

to point something out. You brought up the connection of that ricin

letter and Breaking Bad (which is the first thing I thought of when i

heard about the letter) but didn't make the connection 100% in my

opinion. The day that news headlines announced the letter is the same

day that the creators of Breaking Bad announced when the final episodes

would begin to air. The show's been on break and no one knew when it

would be back on for the series finale. The day that Breaking

Bad decided to announce the premier of their final 8 episodes was

4.17.13, same day as the letter found it's way into the news.


show has been awesome. I listened to Real Time's analysis of the Boston

crap and it was such trash in comparison to what you and John put out.

Keep up the great work!


Breaking bad final season


Science ADHD Birth defects

In talking to my mother the other day, she related to me what my 16 year

old niece is learning in public high school.

My niece said "We're learning about birth defects in science."

My mother asked "You mean like thalidomide and such?"

My niece had never heard of that in her science class which was learning

about birth defects (Duh!), so my mother explained. Then my niece went

on to describe what she is learning in public high school SCIENCE class:

"_we're learning how ADHD is a birth defect, and how to get disability

benefits because of it._"

Yes, science class for high school, involves programming the kids that

ADHD is a birth defect and how they can get government disability

benefits because of it.

I was shocked. The programming begins early. And this coming from a well

rated high school in one of the nicer areas of Washington State.


(The shill's better half)

AIDS 'Patient Zero' was a publicity strategy, scholar writes -

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The 1987 New York Post headline - THE MAN WHO GAVE US AIDS - was arguably one of the most influential of all time.

"Patient Zero" - a promiscuous gay Canadian flight attendant - had spread AIDS from coast to coast. The story sparked sensational media coverage, drove a book onto the best-seller lists, pushed the "gay disease" onto mainstream America's radar screen, and helped jump-start an activist movement, all of which eventually focused more money and scientific brainpower on an epidemic that had already killed tens of thousands.

It was also wrong - intentionally creating a scapegoat to publicize And the Band Played On, Randy Shilts' authoritative chronicle of the early years of AIDS. The book mentioned the case on just a dozen or so of its 630 pages.

"We lowered ourselves to yellow journalism. My publicist told me, 'Sex, death, glamour, and, best of all, he is a foreigner, that would be the icing on the cake,' " Michael Denneny, Shilts' editor, said in an interview. "That was the only way we could get them to pay attention."

How the first serious examination of AIDS policy had to be sold as sordid tabloid fare is described in a new book by Philadelphia University historian Phil Tiemeyer, Plane Queer: Labor, Sexuality, and AIDS in the History of Male Flight Attendants.

When he recently asked students about the media deception, "three-quarters of the class were a bit repulsed," Tiemeyer said. But they don't remember a time when AIDS meant certain death, he said, and preventing it was not a priority for the news media, the Reagan administration, or most of the public.

The 1970s and early 1980s - after New York's Stonewall riots and before AIDS - were the heyday of gay male sexual liberation, with dance bars and steam baths overflowing as meeting places and hundreds of sexual partners a year not that unusual. A new disease surfaced in 1981, but its mode of transmission was then a mystery.

"People were dropping dead left and right of the most horrible, opportunistic infections, no one knew what was happening, and everyone knew that if this was sexually transmitted," they'd be dead, said Denneny, Shilts' editor.

Patient Zero was an actual early case. He just wasn't the first case. And in the book, Denneny said, he "was representing all the people who refused to stop having unprotected sex even after they became ill."

Shilts describes the astonishment of scientists, who were trying to learn how the infection was spread, upon hearing again and again from patients that dying men in different cities had had sex with a gorgeous young flight attendant.

Shilts discusses the 1984 study that demonstrated sexual transmission by diagramming links among cases labeled by location, such as LA9 and NY4. Eight are directly connected to a patient labeled simply 0 - the Patient Zero who, according to a study author, originated as a letter O (for "Out of California") in an earlier study of men around Los Angeles.

And Shilts relays the attitude of that patient - calling him "the Quebecois version of Typhoid Mary" - as he continues to have sex with men in different cities, in chilling scenes like this:

"Back in the bathhouse, when the moaning stopped, the young man rolled over on his back for a cigarette. Gatan Dugas reached up for the lights, turning up the rheostat slowly so his partner's eyes would have time to adjust. He then made a point of eyeing the purple lesions on his chest. 'Gay cancer,' he said, almost as if he were talking to himself. 'Maybe you'll get it, too.' "

Shilts, a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle who died of AIDS in 1994, never actually wrote that Dugas brought the disease to the United States, saying it was "a question of debate." And he resisted using that salacious angle to promote his weighty history, his editor said.

"Randy hated the idea. It took me almost a week to argue him into it," Denneny tells Tiemeyer in the new book.

But there was "terrific animus in the media about covering AIDS at all," Denneny said. The New York Times, Newsweek, and other publications "all told us they were not going to review a book that was an indictment of the Reagan administration and the medical establishment."

So St. Martin's Press produced new publicity materials focusing on the hot flight attendant and fed them to the New York Post. The tabloid's Oct. 6, 1987, headline sparked a media frenzy. Shilts appeared on 60 Minutes. The Times reviewed the book on a weekday and again on Sunday; it was a best seller the following week.

"And then we put Randy on a huge publicity tour, and he spent time switching the attention to the Reagan administration," Denneny said.

Still, the focus on a promiscuous homosexual who knowingly infected others infuriated many in the gay community. They feared - rightly - that they would be blamed for spreading the disease even as they sought to rein in the laissez-faire sexual culture.

Kenneth Mayer, an AIDS doctor and public policy expert now at Harvard University, was at a conference in New York when the Post hit newsstands.

"I remember thinking, this is really unfortunate," he said of the single-villain approach. "It is much more complicated. It is much more about people's willingness to talk to people they have sex with and to change their own sexual practices."

But if that was the only way to get the book to a mass audience, he said, "I guess in the long run they did a service to increase the conversation."

David R. Fair feels the same way. He had just been named head of Philadelphia's new AIDS office and was trying to get the city to take the crisis seriously. "The first thing I did was buy 40 copies of the book and give it to the mayor and department heads," said Fair, now a consultant to nonprofit organizations.

"It's really hard to remember how little attention was being paid to AIDS outside New York and San Francisco," he said. "The book is what led to the creation of a national AIDS activism movement."

Tiemeyer had not planned to write a new book about Patient Zero. Indeed, that story takes up just two chapters (but is, ironically, his publicity pitch). A historian of gay and lesbian communities, he had decided to dig into the impact of gay male flight attendants.

In this seemingly narrow demographic, Tiemeyer finds notable achievements in equal rights, from the first workplace health benefits for domestic partners, in 2001, to a 1984 legal decision forcing an airline to reinstate a flight attendant with AIDS, which he argues was a key step in the run-up to the 1990 Americans With Disabilities Act.

For a time, Gatan Dugas was the best-known flight attendant in the world.

"On the one hand, the minute that Randy released this story about Patient Zero, people knew it wasn't true," Tiemeyer said. "On the other hand, the fear was so intense," and so-called "family issues" had become so divisive, that "they wanted a scapegoat, they wanted to believe that this thing that was out of control was caused by gay male sexual excess," he said, "that there was someone who was to blame."

Bill Darrow, a coauthor of the original studies that cited Patient Zero as a link to show sexual transmission, is among Shilts' biggest supporters, and he has few qualms about the selling of And the Band Played On. Darrow, now a professor at Florida International University, teaches a course called Ethical Issues in Public Health.

"Most public health people think that the ends justify the means," he said. He recalled the fights for money and recognition of growing danger during the Reagan administration.

"We had to wait almost five years for anybody to pay attention to this terrible problem. By then it was too late," Darrow said. If they had done so earlier, "we could have saved an awful lot of lives."

Contact Don Sapatkin at 215-854-2617 or


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Havana, Cuba Vacations: $1999 -- Cuba 5-Night Escorted Trip w/Meals & Air, $760 Off | Travelzoo

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Immerse yourself in Cuba's history, culture, music and cuisine with this $1999-per-person trip that includes nonstop air from Miami to Havana and a visitor's visa.

The ban on travel to Cuba was eased for U.S. citizens in the past two years, alllowing a small number of companies to hold "people-to-people licenses" to legally bring travelers from the States; this is what allowed Beyonc(C) and Jay-Z to visit Cuba this month.

This five-night package fosters interaction with Cuban residents through daily cultural and educational events. Overall, travel to Cuba costs more than trips to other Caribbean destinations, but this package is at least $760 per person less than similar Cuba offers from other government-approved U.S. companies.

The following is included:

One-night hotel stay in Miami before departure for CubaNonstop roundtrip airfare on a U.S. government-licensed charter serviceU.S. Treasury Department license and letter of authorizationCuba entrance visaFour nights at the historic and well-reviewed Hotel Nacional de Cuba in HavanaA Friendly Planet Travel escort and a "people-to-people" guideAll transportation within Cuba11 meals: four breakfasts, four lunches and three dinnersAll taxes and entrance feesA full-time schedule of activitiesHighlights include a stop at Ernest Hemingway's mansion; a visit with artists in a Afro-Cuban neighborhood; a trip to an elementary school to learn about the Cuban educational system; a performance from a vocal group and ballet school students including discussions on music and dance opportunities in Cuba; a meeting with experts on U.S.-Cuban relations; and a visit to a medical clinic in the rural Las Terrazas farming area.

Depart on Sept. 6 or 10 for the $1999 price. For $2099 per person, leave on Sept. 24; or Oct. 4, 8, 15, 25. Other dates -- July 2; or Aug. 2, 16, 27 -- cost $2299 per person.

G.W. Bush wants brother Jeb to run for president

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WASHINGTON (AP) '-- Former President George W. Bush says he has advice for his brother and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush '-- "Run."

For president, that is.

In an interview aired Wednesday with ABC News, the former president says his brother would be, in his words, a "marvelous candidate."

Whether Jeb Bush ultimately does run, his brother added, is a "very personal decision."

Bush and his wife, Laura, granted ABC the interview ahead of Thursday's opening of the George W. Bush Presidential Center at Southern Methodist University.

Of a possible contest between his brother and Hillary Rodham Clinton, both of whom are likely attendees at Thursday's center dedication ceremony, Bush joked that the mere idea would "be a fantastic photo here."

He added: "It would certainly eclipse the museum and the center."

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General, Wife Die in Private Plane Crash

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WASHINGTON -- Maj. Gen. Joseph D. Brown IV and his wife, Sue S. Brown, were killed April 19, when the Cessna 210 he was piloting crashed in Williamsburg, Va. General Brown has been the commandant of The Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy in Washington D.C. since October 2010.

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of Joe Brown and his wife, Sue. Our thoughts and prayers are with their family, friends, and the members of the National Defense University as they come to terms with the tragedy. Joe and Sue dedicated their lives in service to our nation and their loss will be felt across our Air Force and joint team." - Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen Mark A. Welsh III

Brown has served in the Air Force since 1980. During his 33 years of service, Brown flew more than 4,300 hours in B-1 and B-2 aircraft and commanded a bombardment squadron at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, and both a group and wing at Ellsworth AFB, S.D. Before his assignment to the National Defense University, Brown was the deputy director for nuclear operations with the U.S. Strategic Command at Offutt AFB, Neb.

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Economists Say Parallel Currencies in Euro Zone Would Fail - SPIEGEL ONLINE

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Bernd Lucke, the spokesman of the newly established Alternative for Germany party, is no ordinary economics professor. Giving the most complicated answers to the most straightforward questions is normally one of the trademarks of his profession. But the Hamburg economist takes precisely the opposite approach. He has a simple solution for even the trickiest problem of the day.

Lucke and his flock of supporters believe that the euro crisis can be solved if the Southern European countries leave the monetary union -- not with a big bang, but slowly and quietly. The professor wants to see these countries ejected from the monetary union in a civilized way, so that their withdrawal occurs as gently and harmoniously as a person's withdrawal from a school glee club.

And what is Lucke's miracle cure for a crash without side effects? He proposes that the Southern European countries introduce parallel currencies -- that is, bring back the drachma, the peseta, the escudo and the lira alongside the euro. The countries' national central banks would then tie these currencies to the euro at fixed rates. The professor essentially wants to combine the best of both worlds, allowing Greece, Spain, Portugal and Italy to remain connected to the euro zone and yet receive their own currencies. This would allow them to devalue their currencies and still have a calculable form of payment at their disposal. At the same time, argues Lucke, this will reduce the cost of their goods in world markets without assets losing their value overnight.

It is a patent remedy with which the professor and party spokesman wants to avoid the horror scenario that most economists associate with a sudden breakup of the euro zone: bank failures, financial collapses and mass layoffs. In other words, a financial and economic crisis that many believe could easily surpass the catastrophic consequences of the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy. But if parallel currencies are introduced, Lucke suggests, the risks could be reduced. Withdrawal from the euro would take place "in an orderly and certainly cautious manner," and could possibly be reversed after a few years through a complete return to the monetary union.The plan that Lucke advocates is certainly appealing, but it has one drawback: It doesn't work. "A parallel currency is the worst conceivable way to solve the euro crisis," says Peter Bofinger, a member of the German Council of Economic Experts, which advises the government. And Clemens Fuest, head of the Center for European Economic Research (ZEW), sees "considerable disadvantages" in the concept.

You Can't Be 'Half-Pregnant'

To begin with, Lucke's plan is extremely confusing. To ensure that both currencies can coexist in an orderly way, the plan calls for using euros only for cash payments. Half of all bank transfers, however, would be conducted in the new currency. This means that a Greek tradesman charging '‚¬100 ($131) for his services would be paid '‚¬50 and 50 drachmas in the future. All domestic credit agreements would also be split between the parallel currencies in the future. Only the existing bank balances of citizens would likely be exempt from the conversion, and all trans-border lending relationships would continue to be settled in euros.

At the same time, the central banks would have to commit themselves to gradually devalue the new drachmas, escudos, pesetas and lira against the euro. This would make the goods produced by the crisis-ridden countries cheaper and therefore more marketable in global markets. Lucke hopes that this would lead to rising export sales and a new economic boom.

This may be his intention, but it won't happen. "Lucke acts as you can be half-pregnant," says Bofinger.

The citizens of Southern Europe know all too well that a gradual devaluation is far from enough to make their domestic economies competitive again. The true value of the drachma or the escudo is many times lower than that of the euro. Thus what would happen is what always happens when two currencies with different stable values are circulating in an economy: The people will try to exchange their domestic currency into hard euros as quickly as possible, or they will simply move their savings abroad. Instead of stimulating the economy, the new currency regime could very well trigger a boom in the shadow economy.

As a result, the opposite of what Lucke and his fellow euro critics want to achieve would occur. Instead of more certainty, the supposed miracle cure would only create new uncertainty. People would have to maintain two accounts, and no one could predict the value of his money tomorrow. The consequences would be fatal.

The main reason money has succeeded as a form of payment is that it makes the buying and selling of goods and services calculable. But if half of every tradesman's invoice had to be paid in a soft currency in the future, this benefit would quickly be lost. "A monetary system that no one understands is doomed to failure," says ZEW President Fuest. "When two currencies compete in a country, the weaker one is always left with nothing."

50-50 in Theory Only

This is also borne out by historical experiences. Parallel currencies have indeed become established in many countries in the past. The deutsche mark was a common currency in the Balkans in the 1990s, and the US dollar is popular in several Latin American countries today. El Salvador even declared the greenback as its official currency in 2001.

Whether it was dollars or deutsche marks, the strong currency has always prevailed over its weak counterpart. Citizens in the Balkans and Latin America were merely following an economic rule: Stable currencies are preferred for saving, while weak ones are spent as quickly as possible -- or simply exchanged.

It shouldn't be assumed that the Greeks, Italians, Spaniards and Portuguese will be pleased when their old, inflation-addicted currencies return, especially as the drachma and other national currencies have a psychological disadvantage: They are immediately stigmatized as poverty currencies. Part of the purpose of Lucke's proposal is to reduce labor costs in Southern Europe. If implemented, it would mean that someone in Greece who had been paid '‚¬2,000 a month in the past would have to make do with '‚¬1,000 and 1,000 drachmas in the future -- along with accepting the devaluation of the drachma.

But this also exacerbates social imbalances. Those who manage to move their euro assets abroad in time are spared the supposedly soft currency devaluation. But those who receive half of their income in drachmas are made to be fools. This could only be prevented with strict capital controls, which could hardly be permanently enforced in the European Union.

And even if all citizens behaved in practice the way Lucke assumes they will, Southern Europe's banks would be threatened with substantial write-offs, perhaps even bankruptcy. Because their customers' account balances, as well as their liabilities to foreign customers, would still be denominated in euros, while half of their domestic receivables would consist of a shrinking currency, banks would quickly see large holes developing in their balance sheets. Hard euros would be on one side, while half of the other side could consist of soft drachmas or escudos. Even the soundest lenders would soon find themselves overwhelmed by this accounting principle.

States Wind Up with Bigger Debts

Southern European governments would also be hard-hit. Whereas the treasuries in Athens, Rome, Madrid and Lisbon have high euro debts abroad, half of their future tax revenues would consist of drachmas or escudos, which would gradually lose value. Companies that have borrowed money from foreign lenders, like Deutsche Bank or Commerzbank, would face the same problems.

The predictable failure of banks, companies and governments in Southern Europe would affect the financial industry worldwide, but especially in Germany. German lenders' claims against borrowers on the Iberian Peninsula, in Italy and in Greece amount to more than '‚¬200 billion. A considerable share of that money would likely be lost.

In the end, this shows that the consequences of Lucke's parallel currency concept are comparable to those of a country's withdrawal from the monetary union, both for the countries themselves and the other members of the euro zone. Only with a great deal of luck could these consequences be at least somewhat softened.

Even Lucke probably senses that his proposal doesn't really solve the current problems. When it comes to the side effects of his recipe, he issues a typical caveat: "It goes without saying," he writes, "that the transition to a second national currency entails a number of technical problems."

Shooting threat at 4chan leads to arrest, closure of over 20 Dutch schools | The Verge

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Authorities have quickly made an arrest after an anonymous threat posted to 4chan this weekend warned of an imminent school shooting. "Tomorrow, I will shoot my Dutch teacher, and as many students as I can," read the message '-- posted days after a terrorist attack rattled the US. Even more troubling, an attached photo seemingly shows off the gun and ammunition meant to be used in the mass show of violence. The post even goes so far as to reveal a target. "It's a school in a Dutch city called Leiden." That specificity led local authorities to keep thousands of students home Monday, according to Agence France-Presse. The individual behind the 4chan message said he would be carrying a note explaining his actions, and said a friend would publish the letter if authorities opted not to share it publicly.

Thankfully despite the perpetrator's insistence that the "police is not gonna find me before tomorrow," it didn't take long for authorities to make their first arrest '-- a former pupil reportedly expelled in 2011 over bad behavior. Sadly, previous threats posted to the popular website have turned out to be more than words. Earlier this month, minutes before opening fire in a crowded Virginia mall, a gunman outlined his plans on 4chan.

Politie jaagt op 'lone wolf' - NOS Nieuws

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Dutch Court Hears Appeal by SNS Investors Who Lost Everything - Bloomberg

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A Dutch court began considering a legal appeal by investors in SNS Reaal NV (SR), the country's fourth- largest bank, after the government nationalized it and then refused to pay them compensation.

''The minister is sorry for the losses,'' Richard de Haan, a lawyer at Allen & Overy LLP in Amsterdam representing Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem, told the Enterprise Chamber of the Amsterdam Court of Appeal today in sessions due to last two days. ''However, these losses were not the consequence of the expropriation.''

Dijsselbloem set compensation for SNS Reaal's bond and shareholders at zero after the February takeover, saying taxpayers will be required to pay 3.7 billion euros ($4.8 billion) in capital injections and write-offs and 6.1 billion euros in loans and guarantees to help rescue the bank. Losses on real estate had brought it to the brink of collapse.

Dutch law says the Netherlands must compensate investors, though it can take into account the company's future prospects had SNS not been nationalized. Dijsselbloem said last month that investors wouldn't get a cent from the government because there wouldn't have been any capital left for them had the firm been liquidated.

SNS would have debt of 6.6 billion euros compared with 2.1 billion euros in assets had it been liquidated rather than nationalized, leaving it with a 4.5 billion-euro shortfall to pay creditors, government lawyers said. At least 565 million euros in state aid that SNS received in 2008 would also need to be deducted before repaying investors, they said.

The court hasn't provided a date for a ruling in the case.

Dijsselbloem, sworn in on Nov. 5, became the first finance minister in the Netherlands to use powers granted under legislation introduced last year allowing the central bank to transfer assets and liabilities to a troubled bank. He may expropriate assets in case of a grave and immediate threat to the stability of the financial system, according to the law.

Expropriation of the assets of SNS Reaal's creditors has reduced rescue costs for the Netherlands by about 1 billion euros, the government has said.

The highest administrative court ruled on Feb. 25 that Dijsselbloem was entitled to intervene, making the nationalization irrevocable.

To contact the reporter on this story: Maud van Gaal in Amsterdam at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Frank Connelly at

Dutch: Now the EU wants to "regulate" gardens too... deadline: May 6th

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De EU is hard bezig om de markt voor zaad (van planten en groenten, smeerkezen) ontzettend fascistisch corporatistisch te maken. Er ligt regelgeving op de plank, op basis van een uitspraak van het Europese Hof uit 2012, om zaden centraal te gaan registreren. Gebruikers van zaden (inclusief de moestuinier en hobbyboer) mogen in de toekomst alleen nog via het centrale orgaan goedgekeurde zaden gebruiken, op straffe van hoge boetes. Voorheen waren kleine boeren en hobbyisten uitgezonderd, maar dat moet gaan veranderen. Och jee u verwacht het niet dat de lobby aangevoerd wordt door de grote boze multinationals (Monsanto etc.) die wel baat hebben bij een zo uniform mogelijke 'markt'. In de economieboeken van de brugklas heet een dergelijke marktsituatie een oligopolie. Doe daar een laagje centrale-bureaucratie bij en u komt al snel uit bij corporatisme. Zo'n beetje het tegenovergestelde van een vrije markt. Weet u wie er ook -godwin hier-. Werk aan de winkel, GroenLinks en onze overige allerbeste vrienden, anders wordt dit net zo'n echec als de CO2-'handel'. Zet al jullie zetels in, red onze moestuinen en hobbykassen! Milieu-organisaties zijn allang begonnen met het sturen van open brieven en nu beginnen de Duitsers ook pissig te worden, toch het moment waarop Nederland ook even op moet gaan letten.

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Zwitserland weert Nederlanders

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24/04/13, 18:43 '' bron: ANP

(C) anp. Zwitserland.

Zwitserland weert de toestroom van immigranten uit Nederland en 16 andere 'oude' EU-landen. De regering in Bern besloot woensdag tot het gebruik van de zogeheten 'ventielclausule'. Het aantal nieuwe langdurige verblijfsvergunningen voor mensen uit de oude EU-landen wordt beperkt tot maximaal 53.700 per jaar. Het aantal migranten uit nieuwe EU-landen in Oost-Europa was eerder al beperkt tot 2180 per jaar.

De regering wil haar immigratiebeleid op een ,,economisch en maatschappelijk goed verteerbare'' manier vormgeven. Menig Zwitser klaagt over de vele Duitsers in het land. Die maken goede kansen op de arbeidsmarkt, omdat zij meestal beter Hoogduits spreken dan de Zwitsers.

De EU reageerde woensdag teleurgesteld op het besluit van de Zwitsers. 'De EU kent een grote betekenis toe aan het vrije verkeer van personen in de totale context van de betrekkingen met Zwitserland', aldus buitenlandco¶rdinator Catherine Ashton.

Italianen en Duitsers vormen de grootste groepen buitenlanders in Zwitserland. Italianen maken zich niet geliefd door voor hetzelfde werk minder geld te vragen dan Zwitsers. Duitsers worden in Zwitserland vaak arrogant gevonden, omdat zij wat directer praten dan de eedgenoten. Ook lachen Duitsers Zwitsers uit voor hun rare taalgebruik, als zij bijvoorbeeld Traktandenliste zeggen in plaats van Tagesordnung (agenda).


CRASH 2: Why awful is the new normal

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Next time somebody tries to give you a bullish view, accept the fact that it's really bullsh*t.

Chinese manufacturing slowed in April, exacerbating concerns over the strength of the world's second biggest economy.

Eurozone deficits are falling, but only because its economy has slumped. Thus if you used to trade badly but now there's no trade at all,your deficits will fall. Also, you will starve.

Interest rates are low because Sovereigns would quickly go bust if they were raised' great is their debt.

Unemployment has stopped rising in northern Europe, but this disguises the fact that hours worked are falling. In the UK, only 1 in 4 of the economically active now has a full-time job.

Four bouts of QE from Ben Bernanke have had a steadily reducing effect. None of them has restarted the US economy. 7.6 million Americans would like to work on a more fulltime basis.

The US housing market went into reverse during March. No American recovery in history has ever occurred without a growing housing sector.

Gold prices were forced downwards through manipulation last week, in order to dissuade physical gold holders from starting a run on the metal. Gold coins and bullion continue to be heavily demanded, while huge FOREX warehouse withdrawals were noted at the end of March. Both strongly suggest low trust and confidence in the econo-financial system.

No banks anywhere in the Western world are now doing the job they're supposed to: viz, lend money to growing small businesses and underwrite new technological growth sectors. The chicken and egg thing is simple here: they lost all their money, cut small business off without a penny, then used all our spending money to avoid insolvency. The result is no expansion and no demand.

In Asia, it looks like Chinese banks have been overlending to local authorities, who now can't pay them back. So a China slowing because of reduced Western demand is now also likely to be starved of investment monies too.

There isn't going to be any good news '' and things are not going to get better '' until the following actions are taken:

Global debt relief, forgiveness, and in some cases write-off.A massively reduced role in the world economy for bourses and investment banking.The near-abolition of government bureaucracy in favour of mutualised services'...and a much bigger use of mutual company models in the private sector.The complete deregulation of Western political structures in order to re-establish democratically relevant Establishments.The abandonment for good of Socialist and Friedmanite models in favour of more flexible and less ideologically constipated economic ideas.The abandonment of globalist mercantilism in favour self-sufficiency judiciously mixed with trade in surpluses.A lot of ugly frogs will ask us to kiss them before we find the sort of people who will change the rules in this manner. Get over it: stop looking for easy ways out and pretending everything is normal.

A good start to all of this would be a return to equality before the law

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This is deeply disturbing and could cause a run on gold out of banks. If you have gold, you are a cautious person and you are not going to want your gold somewhere where you can't get it during an emergency.King World News reports:

Today legendary trader Jim Sinclair stunned King World News when he revealed that a dear friend of his who is very affluent just had a Swiss bank refuse to return his large hoard of gold when he asked for it out of an allocated account. Below is what Sinclair, who was once called on by former Fed Chairman Paul Volcker to assist during a Wall Street crisis, had to say in this remarkable and candid interview.

Eric King: ''Maguire spoke on KWN yesterday about the fact that one of his clients went to the LBMA to get the metal from them and could not get it. They told him he would be cash settled. This is what you have been talking about is the failure of the physical markets.''

Sinclair: ''A person that I know with significant deposits in one of the primary Swiss banks, in allocated gold, wanted to take out his gold and was just refused on the basis of directives from the central bank....

''They told him the amount was in excess of 200,000 Swiss francs and the central bank had instructed them not to do it because it has to do with anti-terrorism and anti-money laundering precautions.

I really wonder whether those are precautions or whether the gold simply isn't there. Now you tell me that a London delivery has basically failed. It has to raise our suspicions that the lack of physical gold behind the paper gold is literally so severe that we are coming to understand that it is in fact not there.

The gold that people think is stored is not stored, and the inventory of the warehouses for exchanges may not be holding deliverable gold. There has always been speculation about whether or not the physical gold the US claims to store is in fact in those vaults.

The greatest train robbery in history might be all of the gold, and it would only be something like we have described above that would happen right before gold makes historic highs.

There simply is no gold behind the paper. One example is AMRO, a second is your example with Maguire, and a third is my dear friend who was refused his gold on the basis that its value was too high. Remember this friend of mine had his gold in an allocated account in storage at a major Swiss bank. I repeat, there is no gold.''

Given what just occurred in Cyprus and now this report, it should be clear that money, including gold, must be kept outside the system. The government money grab is on. Bitcoins are not safe. The government will eventually close down the bitcoin exchanges. At this point, money that it isn't buried in your backyard is vulnerable to the government grab .(ht Gary North)

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Federal Register | HIPAA Privacy Rule and the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS)

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On January 16, 2013, President Barack Obama announced a series of Executive Actions to reduce gun violence in the United States, including efforts to improve the Federal government's background check system for the sale or transfer of firearms by licensed dealers, called the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Among those persons disqualified from possessing or receiving firearms under Federal law are individuals who have been involuntarily committed to a mental institution; found incompetent to stand trial or not guilty by reason of insanity; or otherwise have been determined, through a formal adjudication process, to have a severe mental condition that results in the individuals presenting a danger to themselves or others or being incapable of managing their own affairs (referred to below as the ''mental health prohibitor''). Concerns have been raised that, in certain states, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule may be a barrier to States' reporting the identities of individuals subject to the mental health prohibitor to the NICS. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS or ''the Department''), which administers the HIPAA regulations, is issuing this Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) to solicit public comments on such barriers to reporting and ways in which these barriers can be addressed. In particular, we are considering creating an express permission in the HIPAA rules for reporting the relevant information to the NICS by those HIPAA covered entities responsible for involuntary commitments or the formal adjudications that would subject individuals to the mental health prohibitor, or that are otherwise designated by the States to report to the NICS. In addition, we are soliciting comments on the best methods to disseminate information on relevant HIPAA policies to State level entities that originate or maintain information that may be reported to NICS. Finally, we are soliciting public input on whether there are ways to mitigate any unintended adverse consequences for individuals seeking needed mental health services that may be caused by creating express regulatory permission to report relevant information to NICS. The Department will use the information it receives to determine how best to address these issues.

Submit comments on or before June 7, 2013.

Written comments may be submitted through any of the methods specified below. Please do not submit duplicate comments.

Federal eRulemaking Portal: You may submit electronic comments at Follow the instructions for submitting electronic comments. Attachments should be in Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, or Excel; however, we prefer Microsoft Word.Regular, Express, or Overnight Mail: You may mail written comments (one original and two copies) to the following address only: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights, Attention: HIPAA Privacy Rule and NICS, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, Room 509F, 200 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20201.Hand Delivery or Courier: If you prefer, you may deliver (by hand or courier) your written comments (one original and two copies) to the following address only: Office for Civil Rights, Attention: HIPAA Privacy Rule and NICS, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, Room 509F, 200 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20201. (Because access to the interior of the Hubert H. Humphrey Building is not readily available to persons without federal government identification, commenters are encouraged to leave their comments in the mail drop slots located in the main lobby of the building.)Inspection of Public Comments: All comments received before the close of the comment period will be available for public inspection, including any personally identifiable or confidential business information that is included in a comment. We will post all comments received before the close of the comment period at Because comments will be made public, they should not include any sensitive personal information, such as a person's social security number; date of birth; driver's license number, state identification number or foreign country equivalent; passport number; financial account number; or credit or debit card number. Comments also should not include any sensitive health information, such as medical records or other individually identifiable health information, or any non-public corporate or trade association information, such as trade secrets or other proprietary information.

Andra Wicks, 202-205-2292.

On January 16, 2013, President Barack Obama announced 23 Executive Actions aimed at curbing gun violence across the nation. Those actions include efforts by the Federal government to improve the national background check system for the sale or transfer of firearms by licensed dealers, and a specific commitment to ''[a]ddress unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system.'' To better understand the scope of any problems HIPAA may pose to reporting the identities of persons who are subject to the mental health prohibitor to the NICS, where a HIPAA covered entity may hold the records of the involuntary commitments or mental health adjudications, the Department developed this ANPRM to solicit input from States, other stakeholders, and the public on these issues. The public comments will inform the Department's efforts to address concerns related to HIPAA in a manner that is consistent with our approach to balancing important public safety goals and individuals' privacy interests.

The NICSThe Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993, 103, and its implementing regulations, are designed to prevent the transfer of firearms by licensed dealers to individuals who are not allowed to possess them as a result of restrictions contained in the Gun Control Act of 1968, as amended (Title 18, United States Code, Chapter 44), and those deemed otherwise unfit to possess or receive firearms. The Gun Control Act identifies several categories (known as ''prohibitors'') of individuals [1] who are prohibited from engaging in the shipment, transport, receipt, or possession of firearms, including convicted felons and fugitives. Most relevant for the purposes of this ANPRM is the ''mental health prohibitor,'' which applies to individuals who have been involuntarily committed to a mental institution, [2] found incompetent to stand trial or not guilty by reason of insanity, or otherwise adjudicated as having a serious mental condition that results in the individuals presenting a danger to themselves or others or being unable to manage their own affairs. [3] The Brady Act established the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) to help enforce these prohibitions. [4] The NICS Index, a database administered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), collects and maintains certain identifying information about individuals who are subject to one or more of the Federal prohibitors and thus, are ineligible to purchase firearms. [5] The information maintained by the NICS typically is limited to the names of ineligible individuals and certain other identifying information, such as their dates of birth, as well as codes for the submitting entity and the prohibited category that applies to the individual. Other than demographic information about the individual, only the fact that the individual is subject to the mental health prohibitor is submitted to the NICS; underlying diagnoses, treatment records, and other identifiable health information is not provided to or maintained by the NICS. A NICS background check queries the NICS Index and certain other national databases [6] to determine whether a prospective buyer's identifying information matches any prohibiting records contained in the databases.

The potential transfer of a firearm from a Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) to a prospective buyer proceeds as follows: First, the prospective buyer is required to provide personal information on a Firearms Transaction Record (ATF Form 4473). Unless the prospective buyer has documentation that he or she qualifies for an exception to the NICS background check requirement under 18 U.S.C. 922(t)(3), [7] the FFL contacts the NICS'--electronically, by telephone, or through a State level point of contact'--and provides certain identifying information about the prospective buyer from ATF Form 4473. [8] Within about 30 seconds, the FFL receives a response that the firearm transfer may proceed or is delayed. The transfer is delayed if the prospective buyer's information matches a record contained in one of the databases reviewed. If there is a match, a NICS examiner reviews the records to determine whether it is in fact prohibiting, and then either: (1) If the record does not contain prohibiting information, advises the FFL to proceed with the transaction; (2) if the record does contain prohibiting information, denies the transaction (due to ineligibility); or (3) if it is unclear based solely on the existing information in the record whether it is prohibiting, delays the transaction pending further research. [9] The NICS examiner does not disclose the reason for the determination to the FFL (e.g., the FFL would not learn that the individual was ineligible due to the mental health prohibitor). In case of a delay, if the NICS examiner does not provide a final instruction to the FFL within three business days of the initial background check request, the FFL may, but is not required to, proceed with the transaction. [10]

Although FFLs are required in most cases to request a background check through the NICS before transferring a firearm to a prospective buyer, [11] Federal law does not require State agencies to report to the NICS the identities of individuals who are prohibited by Federal law from purchasing firearms, and not all states report complete information to the NICS. Therefore, the NICS Index does not include information about all individuals who are subject to one or more of the prohibited categories. [12]

Following the events at Virginia Tech University in 2007, and other tragedies involving the illegal use of firearms, Congress enacted the NICS Improvement Amendments Act (NIAA) of 2008, Public Law 110-180. Among other provisions, the NIAA requires Federal agencies to report to the NICS the identities of individuals known by the agencies to be subject to one or more prohibitors, and it authorizes incentives for States to provide such information when it is in their possession. In addition, some States enacted legislation requiring State agencies to report the identities of ineligible individuals to the NICS or to a State level repository responsible for submitting information to the NICS.

The HIPAA Privacy Rule and NICS ReportingThe Privacy Rule, promulgated under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), Title II, Subtitle F'--Administrative Simplification, Public Law 104-191, establishes federal protections to ensure the privacy and security of protected health information (PHI) and establishes an array of individual rights with respect to one's own health information. HIPAA applies to covered entities, which include health plans, health care clearinghouses, and health care providers that conduct certain standard transactions (such as billing insurance) electronically. HIPAA covered entities may only use and disclose protected health information with the individual's written authorization, or as otherwise expressly permitted or required by the HIPAA Privacy Rule. The Privacy Rule seeks to balance individuals' privacy interests with important public policy goals including public health and safety. In doing so, the Privacy Rule allows, subject to certain conditions and limitations, disclosures of protected health information without individuals' authorization for certain law enforcement purposes, to avert a serious threat to health or safety, and where required by State or other law, among other purposes.

As stated above, individuals who are subject to the mental health prohibitor are ineligible to purchase a firearm because they have been involuntarily committed to a mental institution, have been found incompetent to stand trial or not guilty by reason of insanity, or otherwise have been determined through an adjudication process to have a severe mental condition resulting in the individuals presenting a danger to themselves or others or being unable to manage their own affairs. Records of individuals adjudicated as incompetent to stand trial, or not guilty by reason of insanity, originate with entities in the criminal justice system, and these entities are not HIPAA covered entities. Likewise, involuntary civil commitments are usually made by court order, and thus, records of such orders originate with entities in the justice system. In addition, many adjudications determining that individuals pose a danger to themselves or others, or are incapable of managing their own affairs, occur through legal process in the court system.

However, because of the variety of State laws, there may be State agencies, boards, commissions, or other lawful authorities outside the court system that are involved in some involuntary commitments or mental health adjudications. At this time, we have insufficient data regarding to what extent these State agencies, boards, commissions, or other lawful authorities that order involuntary commitments or conduct mental health adjudications are also HIPAA covered entities. Moreover, we understand that some States have designated repositories to collect and report to the NICS the identities of individuals subject to the mental health prohibitor. We also do not have data to determine to what extent any of these repositories is also a HIPAA covered entity (e.g., a State health agency).

Where the record of an involuntary commitment or mental health adjudication originated with a HIPAA covered entity, or the HIPAA covered entity is the State repository for such records, the records are subject to HIPAA, but there are ways in which the Privacy Rule permits the reporting to the NICS. In particular, the Privacy Rule permits the agency to disclose the information to the NICS to the extent the State has enacted a law requiring such reporting. [13] Alternatively, where there is no State law requiring reporting, the Privacy Rule permits a State agency that is a HIPAA covered entity that performs both health care and non-health care functions (e.g., NICS reporting) to become a hybrid entity and thus, have the HIPAA Privacy Rule apply only to its health care functions. The State agency achieves hybrid entity status by designating its health care components as separate from other components and documenting that designation. Thus, a State agency that has designated itself a hybrid entity, in accordance with the Privacy Rule, [14] can report prohibitor information through its non-HIPAA covered NICS reporting unit without restriction under the Privacy Rule.

However, many States still are not reporting essential mental health prohibitor information to the NICS. Some States may face practical difficulties in passing a State law requiring NICS disclosures, and there may be administrative or other challenges to the creation of a hybrid entity. Thus, concerns have been raised that the HIPAA Privacy Rule's restrictions on covered entities' disclosures of protected health information may prevent certain States from reporting to the NICS the identities of individuals who are subject to the mental health prohibitor. Further, in July 2012, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported to Congress on the results of a survey of six states that it had conducted as part of a performance audit of the progress made by DOJ and the States in implementing the NIAA. [15] In the report, the GAO wrote that, ''* * * officials from 3 of the 6 states we reviewed said that the absence of explicit state-level statutory authority to share mental health records was an impediment to making such records available to NICS.'' [16] The report also stated that, although the number of records provided by the States to the NICS had increased by 800 percent between 2004 and 2011, this increase was largely due to efforts by only 12 states. The report raised the possibility that States that do not report to the NICS the identities of individuals who are subject to the mental health prohibitor may experience challenges to reporting related to the HIPAA Privacy Rule.

To address these concerns, the Department is considering whether to amend the Privacy Rule to expressly permit covered entities holding information about the identities of individuals who are subject to the mental health prohibitor to disclose limited mental health prohibitor information to the NICS. Such an amendment might produce clarity regarding the Privacy Rule and help make it as simple as possible for States to report the identities of such individuals to the NICS.

In crafting the elements of an express permission, we would consider limiting the information to be disclosed to the minimum data necessary for NICS purposes, such as the names of the individuals who are subject to the mental health prohibitor, demographic information such as dates of birth, and codes identifying the reporting entity and the relevant prohibitor. We would not consider permitting the disclosure of an individual's treatment record or any other clinical or diagnostic information for this purpose. In addition, we would consider permitting disclosures for NICS purposes only by those covered entities that order involuntary commitments, perform relevant mental health adjudications, or are otherwise designated as State repositories for NICS reporting purposes.

To inform our efforts to address any issues in this area, we request comments specifically on the questions below, which will help us identify the nature and scope of the problem of underreporting, determine whether our assumptions about where data are maintained are correct, determine to what extent the existing permissible disclosures are insufficient, and explore additional methods of disseminating information about whether the HIPAA Privacy Rule affects entities' ability to report to the NICS. The Department welcomes comments from all stakeholders on these issues, including HIPAA covered entities; agencies of State, territorial, and tribal governments; law enforcement officials; individuals; and consumer advocates and groups. We are particularly interested in specific examples of situations in which reporting to the NICS is hindered by HIPAA requirements, or where there may be uncertainty about how HIPAA applies to such reporting, and any other concerns about the disclosure of information for these purposes by health care entities that both perform the adjudications or involuntary commitments and provide the mental health treatment to the individuals. We ask that commenters indicate throughout their submitted comments which question(s) they are responding to.

In a 2012 report on implementation of the NIAA, the GAO wrote that States had increased reporting to the NICS of the identities of individuals who are prohibited from purchasing firearms because they have been involuntarily committed to a mental institution, found incompetent to stand trial or not guilty by reason of insanity, or otherwise adjudicated as having a serious mental condition that results in the individuals posing a danger to themselves or others or being unable to manage their own affairs. [17] Specifically, reporting of this information grew from 126,000 records in October 2004, to approximately 1.2 million in October 2011. The GAO also indicated that just 12 states were responsible for the majority of this increase, having reported the identities of at least 10,000 individuals who are subject to the mental health prohibitor by 2011. [18] As of February 2013, the number of records was over 2.7 million. [19] Despite improvements in reporting, only a small proportion of the records of individuals who are subject to the mental health prohibitor have been reported to the NICS. We invite comment on the following questions relating to States' participation in NICS reporting and other related issues.

1. Does your State routinely report the identities of individuals who are subject to the Federal mental health prohibitor to the NICS?

2. If your State does not routinely report the identities of such individuals to the NICS, what are the primary reasons for not doing so?

a. To what extent, if any, is the HIPAA Privacy Rule perceived as a barrier to your participation? If HIPAA is seen as a barrier, please specify in what way(s) HIPAA may prevent NICS reporting or make reporting difficult. (For example, does HIPAA pose a barrier with respect to only certain types of adjudications?)

b. Are there other legal barriers (e.g., State law)?

3. If your State does routinely report the identities of such individuals to the NICS, did you have to overcome any obstacles to your reporting? How did your State overcome those obstacles?

a. If the HIPAA Privacy Rule was perceived as a barrier to your participation, what did you do to meet HIPAA requirements?

b. If State privacy laws were perceived as a barrier to your participation, what did you do to meet State requirements?

c. Please describe any statutory or regulatory changes adopted by your State. To what extent do any changes in State law address the requirements of Federal and/or State privacy laws?

We understand that some States may have designated a particular State agency or other entity to collect and maintain NICS information and report to the NICS on a regular basis. We request comments on the following related questions.

4. Has your State designated one or more agencies as State repositories for information about the identities of individuals who are subject to the mental health prohibitor? If so, please identify the agencies and specify, for each such agency, whether it is a HIPAA covered entity.

5. If HIPAA applies to the repository, how has your State addressed HIPAA requirements while fulfilling its NICS reporting function (e.g., do you have a State law that requires reporting, or has your State created a hybrid entity to isolate the reporting function from the health care component of the repository agency)?

6. If the HIPAA Privacy Rule were to be amended to expressly permit disclosures of the identities of individuals covered by the mental health prohibitor to the NICS Index, would you still face any barriers to reporting? If so, what are they?

As discussed above, in many cases, information on the identities of persons who are subject to the mental health prohibitor originates with entities outside the health care sector that are not subject to HIPAA. Still, we recognize that authority to make these determinations is a matter of State law and, therefore, the process may vary from State to State. Thus, there may be instances in which these types of adjudications are made by State agencies or private parties within the health care system. We request comments on the following matters.

7. Are there situations in your State in which a HIPAA covered entity (e.g., a physician, a hospital, or another entity in the health care system), or a component of a larger organization that is a covered entity (e.g., a State health department), has legal authority to involuntarily commit a person to a mental institution'--without review or a final action being made by a court? If so, what types of involuntary commitments can be ordered by these authorities?

8. Are there situations in your State in which a HIPAA covered entity (e.g., a physician, a hospital, or another entity in the health care system), or a component of a larger organization that is a covered entity (e.g., a State health department), has legal authority to make a formal adjudication that an individual has a serious mental condition that results in a finding of danger to self or others or an inability to manage affairs'--without review or a final action being made by a court? If so, what types of adjudications can be made by these authorities?

9. If HIPAA applies to the entity conducting the relevant mental health adjudications, how has your State addressed HIPAA requirements while fulfilling its NICS reporting function (e.g., do you have a State law that requires reporting, or has your State created a hybrid entity to isolate the reporting function from the health care component of the repository agency)?

10. If the HIPAA Privacy Rule were to be amended to expressly permit disclosures of the identities of individuals covered by the mental health prohibitor to the NICS, would you still face any barriers to reporting? If so, what are they?

As the Federal government works to improve reporting to the NICS to ensure comprehensive background checks for firearms purchases, HHS also must continue to fulfill its mandate to protect individuals' health information privacy rights. Therefore, we request public input on the following issues and any other relevant considerations.

11. Are there privacy protections in place, under State law or otherwise, for data collected by State entities for reporting to the NICS? Would any State public records laws apply to make this data publicly available, or prohibit the reporting to the NICS?

12. We recognize a heightened need for confidentiality because of the sensitivity of, and the stigma attached to, mental health conditions. Are there implications for the mental health community, or for the treatment/care of consumers of mental health services, in having the identities of individuals who are subject to the mental health prohibitor reported for NICS purposes by health care entities that perform both adjudication and treatment functions? If so, what are those implications?

13. Are there ways that HHS may address or mitigate any unintended adverse consequences, for individuals seeking needed mental health services, that may be caused by creating express regulatory permission to report relevant information to the NICS?

14. How can HHS better disseminate information to States on HIPAA Privacy Rule policies as they relate to NICS reporting? Are there central points of contact at the State level that are able to receive and share this information with entities that serve in an adjudicatory or repository capacity?

15. Are there any additional guidance materials and/or training from HHS on particular aspects of the Privacy Rule that would be helpful to address any confusion regarding HIPAA requirements and help improve NICS reporting?

Dated: April 16, 2013.

Leon Rodriguez,

Director, Office for Civil Rights.

[FR Doc. 2013-09602 Filed 4-19-13; 4:15 pm]


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TSA Delays Plans To Allow Knives On Planes : The Two-Way : NPR

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A TSA illustration of knives that will be allowed on planes.

TSAA TSA illustration of knives that will be allowed on planes.

TSAThe Transportation Security Administration said today that it was delaying implementation of a plan that would allow air travelers to carry small knives, golf clubs, hockey sticks and other sporting equipment onboard aircraft.

The AP reports:

John Pistole, head of the Transportation Security Administration, proposed the policy change last month, saying it would free up the agency to concentrate on protecting against greater threats. TSA screeners confiscate about 2,000 small folding knives from passengers every day.

The policy was to go into effect Thursday. The TSA's statement said the delay was temporary, but no new date for implementation was provided.

Since the plan was announced it has been vigorously opposed by flight attendants' unions.

USA Today reports the TSA said delaying the implementation would allow time "to incorporate the feedback about the changes to the Prohibited Items List and continue workforce training."

NYPD: Pedestrian Killed Himself by Running Into Stopped Police Cruiser | Streetsblog New York City

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NYPD has reportedly changed its story about what happened to Tamon Robinson, the man who suffered fatal injuries when he was chased by officers in a police cruiser through a housing complex in Brooklyn. Whereas witnesses said police ran Robinson over, NYPD now claims the victim killed himself by running into the police cruiser, which wasn't moving.

Witnesses say cops ran over Tamon Robinson, then dragged him, unconscious, from beneath the cruiser.

Meanwhile, the Daily News reports that, a year after the crash, District Attorney Charles Hynes has yet to decide whether to bring the case to a grand jury.

Tamon Robinson, 27, was loading paving stones into an SUV at Bayview Houses in Canarsie on April 12, 2012, when according to press accounts he was chased by officers who believed he was stealing the bricks. From a Times story published a week later, after Robinson had died: ''Mr. Robinson ran toward his building, but a police car hit him before he reached it, according to a police report about the events.''

The Times said the Internal Affairs Bureau was investigating Robinson's death.

Contrary to the initial NYPD account, on Saturday the Daily News reported that the official NYPD report claims ''the police car was stopped on a footpath outside the Bayview Houses last April when Robinson 'did run into' the vehicle, causing him to fall backward and strike his head.''

This story would strain credulity even without conflicting reports from people who saw the crash. DNAinfo reported that, according to witnesses, ''police at the scene pulled Robinson from under the car, yelling 'Wake up! Wake up!' before bouncing him off the hood of the car.''

The Daily News says an independent expert has been hired by Hynes's office to reconstruct the crash. ''We can't make a decision until we have the final report,'' said a Hynes spokesperson.

NYPD sent Robinson's family a bill for damage to the cruiser, but rescinded it after the media picked up the story.

In another instance of NYPD using a police car as a deadly weapon, last August officers rammed a dirt bike in the Bronx, killing the bike's operator and injuring a passenger. The Daily News notes that the NYPD Patrol Guide ''prohibits 'ramming' in an attempt to stop a vehicle.''

Terror Inc

Federal Register | In the Matter of the Review of the Designation of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) (and Other Aliases) as a Foreign Terrorist Organization Pursuant to Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, as Amended

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Based upon a review of the Administrative Record assembled pursuant to Section 219(a)(4)(C) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, as amended (8 U.S.C. 1189(a)(4)(C)) (''INA''), and in consultation with the Attorney General and the Secretary of the Treasury, I conclude that the circumstances that were the basis for the 2008 designation of the aforementioned organization as a Foreign Terrorist Organization have not changed in such a manner as to warrant revocation of the designation and that the national security of the United States does not warrant a revocation of the designation.

Therefore, I hereby determine that the designation of the aforementioned organization as a Foreign Terrorist Organization, pursuant to Section 219 of the INA (8 U.S.C. 1189), shall be maintained.

This determination shall be published in the Federal Register.

Dated: April 17, 2013.

John F. Kerry,

Secretary of State, U.S. Department of State.

[FR Doc. 2013-09842 Filed 4-24-13; 8:45 am]


Cyber War$

Google Joins PayPal-Backed Effort to Kill the Password

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The search giant has signed up to a consortium that wants hardware to have a role in authenticating people.

Google has joined a consortium of tech companies including PayPal and Lenovo attempting to stop passwords being the sole protector of personal accounts.

The group, the FIDO Alliance, is working on technology that would give the device a person was using a role in authenticating them so that a password alone is not enough to unlock an account (see ''PayPal, Lenovo Launch New Campaign to Kill the Password''). That approach can make it impossible to compromise accounts just by stealing passwords, as hackers did in order to break into Twitter this year and LinkedIn last year.

Logging into an account using the FIDO approach might involve the security chip in your PC or phone being checked, or a person being prompted to say a short phrase so the sound of their voice can be matched with a voiceprint on file.

Google joining the group is a major boost for the FIDO approach, which needs support from major technology companies to succeed. Google is already known to be interested in demoting the importance of passwords to security. As well as offering two factor security, where a person must provide a one time code sent to their phone along with their password, the company is also testing the idea of replacing passwords with personal USB keys, or even rings with contactless NFC technology (see ''Google Wants to Replace All Your Passwords with a Ring'').

The FIDO Alliance isn't going to back any one replacement for passwords, but is working on technical standards that make it easy to support all kinds of replacements. That's an important role if the ideas Google has about our password-free future are to take hold. Remembering many passwords is a challenge, but having a different USB or piece of jewellery for each online account would be worse.

FIDO Alliance


EU eases Syria oil sanctions to assist rebels '-- RT News

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EU governments have agreed to ease sanctions on Syria, allowing European importers to buy oil from the Syrian opposition. The move is aimed at EU countries providing a financial lifeline to rebels fighting Syrian government forces.

The European Union foreign ministers decided to ease the 2011 imposed sanctions on Syrian oil import during the Monday meeting in Luxembourg.

From now on, the European countries are allowed to buy oil from Syria, but only if authorized by the Syrian National Coalition, an opposition umbrella group.

"Anything that can help more resources to be available to people affected by the crisis of course is welcome," EU commissioner for humanitarian aid, Kristalina Georgieva, told Reuters.

Before the Monday meeting, the British Foreign Secretary William Hague said the decision will ''send a signal that we are open to helping in other ways, in all the ways possible, including ways adding to the finances [of the opposition].''

The move is also an attempt to bolster the SNC's credibility among Syrians opposing the country's President Bashar Assad.

Easing sanctions is said to be aimed at giving the opposition a way to raise money for infrastructure repairs and creating local governance '' as well as for purchasing arms.

But questions were raised whether the Monday decision would actually result in substantial economic gains for the Syrian opposition. Critics cited security concerns and battered infrastructure, preventing the European companies from taking any part in oil imports. The Syrian government is also expected to stand in the way of such attempts.

''[The removal of oil sanctions] is a largely illusory measure for the moment ,'' Julien Barnes-Dacey of the European Council on Foreign Relations has said. ''

The regime will do what it can, including using air power, to ensure they aren't able to channel oil out of the country .''

Monday's move comes in the footsteps of a failed campaign to ease the Syrian arms embargo, which was led by Britain and France. Several EU countries such as Germany, Austria and Sweden have voiced their opposition to such a concession, fearing it would lead to weapons falling into the hands of the region's Islamist militants.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday reminded that selling weapons to rebels would violate international law, even if the embargo on weapons supplies to Syria is ever lifted.

''The public lifting of this embargo, if it comes to this (and I say if, because there are more than few reasonable nations within the EU who have voiced their serious concern about such step) will still leave us with the international obligations of the EU nations banning the supplies of weapons and ammunition to non-state subjects,'' Lavrov told media in Moscow.

Meanwhile, the Syrian opposition is to obtain some more palpable support from the US, following the Secretary of State John Kerry's Saturday announcement of a boost in financial aid and ''non-offensive military supplies'' to the rebels. The US has officially been ignoring the requests to provide weapons and has refused to comment on reports of the CIA supplying arms to the militant groups in Syria through Turkish territory.

Lavrov and Kerry will discuss the EU decision on easing sanctions on Syria during their Tuesday meeting, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

The Syrian war, which started as an uprising and has turned into a military stalemate for the country, has been going on for two years, and has claimed the lives of some 70,000 people.

The Syrian government refers to the opposition fighters as 'terrorists', while many Western countries consider them freedom fighters and question the legitimacy of President Assad's regime.

The US has been a particularly staunch supporter of Assad's overthrow, although it lists some of the Syrian rebel fighters groups as terrorist.

Russia has repeatedly urged for the violence in Syria to stop, stressing that a dialogue between the conflict's sides must be established without precondition.

'No government '' no oil'The Syrian opposition won't be able to profit from the captured oil reserves, unless it comes up with an interim government, Osama Al-Qadi, general director of the Syrian economic task force under the umbrella of the opposition's coalition, told Reuters following the EU decision.

''Without an interim government, nothing can be done now,'' Al-Qadi, himself an SNC prime minister candidate, admitted, adding that the proposal of such government will be submitted for the coalition's approval by the end of the month.

A provisional government would enable the opposition to oversee possible sales and sign contracts with countries like Turkey.

As a matter of fact, Turkey is the only country which could make it possible for the Syrian opposition to sell oil.

''There is no physical way to export oil from Syria except on trucks via Turkey '' and that's if they manage to produce it,'' one industry source said as quoted by Reuters.

So far, the opposition has not managed to set up control over the crude oil, and some of it is being smuggled from northeastern Syria.

'European Union waving the flag of Al Qaeda'Investigative journalist, Willy Van Damme the EU is contradicting itself by helping the rebels.''It is a blatant lie to say, look we are afraid of Al Nusra, we are afraid of Al Qaeda but in reality one sees them arming and financing and supporting Al Qaeda in Syria,'' Van Damme told RT.

Yet, the journalist argues that the EU still continues to recognize Assad's government because their label for the opposition as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people ''is meaningless in diplomatic and in law'' terms.

''So what they are doing is legalizing theft by an armed gang. The European Union is waving the flag of Al Qaeda,'' Van Damme concludes.

Jordan 'opens airspace for Israeli drones'

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Jordan has opened its airspace to Israeli drones en route to monitor the situation in Syria, French newspaper Le Figaro has claimed in a report based on an interview with a Western military source in the Middle East.

Jordan has opened two corridors of its air space to allow unmanned Israeli drones through to monitor the situation in Syria, the French newspaper Le Figaro reported on Sunday.

The report is based on an interview with a Western military source based in the Middle East. There has been no official confirmation from any other source.


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Bezineoorlog dreigt uit te breken

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24/04/13, 13:41 '' bron: ANP

(C) anp.

Onder de de pomphouders in Nederland dreigt een benzineoorlog uit te breken, veroorzaakt door de crisis. Dat zegt Paul van Selms van consumentencollectief UnitedConsumers woensdag.

'De concurrentie is maximaal door een dalende vraag, het groeiende aantal bemande en onbemande prijsvechters en omdat er simpelweg te veel pomphouders zijn. Steeds meer tankstations geven kortingen, waardoor ze uiteindelijk niet zullen overleven', stelt de marktdeskundige.

De adviesprijs voor een liter Euro95 daalde woensdag licht tot 1,786 euro, bijna 10 cent minder dan 2 maanden geleden. Diesel werd in die periode eveneens bijna 10 cent goedkoper en kost nu 1,448 euro. In oktober vorig jaar bereikte de benzineprijs nog een record van 1,890 euro. Dat werd veroorzaakt door de verhoging van de btw van 19 naar 21 procent.

De brandstofprijzen dalen volgens Van Selms nu ook doordat de olieprijs onder 'de magische grens' van 100 dollar is gezakt. De reden is dat de wereldwijde vraag is afgenomen.

In Nederland werd er vorig jaar 3,6 procent minder liters diesel verkocht. De verkoop van benzine zakte met 3,4 procent. Dat komt volgens Van Selms niet alleen door de belabberde economie. 'Ik durf te stellen dat auto's die steeds zuiniger worden er harder inhakken dan de crisis. Als je nu een auto koopt is hij 2 keer zo zuinig vergeleken met 10 jaar geleden', vertelt de analist.

Drone Nation

Israel Planning for Drone-only Air Force

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TEL AVIV, Israel - Israel's air force is on track to developing drones that within four to five decades would carry out nearly every battlefield operation executed today by piloted aircraft, a high-ranking Israeli officer told The Associated Press Sunday.

The officer, who works in the field of unmanned aerial vehicle intelligence, said Israel is speeding up research and development of such unmanned technologies for air, ground and naval forces.

"There is a process happening now of transferring tasks from manned to unmanned vehicles," the officer said, speaking anonymously because of the classified nature of his work. "This trend will continue to become stronger."

Isaac Ben-Israel, a former Israeli air force general, said however there was no way drones could entirely overtake manned airplanes. He said there are just some things drones can't do, like carry heavy payloads needed for major assaults on targets like underground bunkers.

"The direction is drones playing a bigger and bigger role in the air force," he said. "In a decade or two they should be able to carry out a third or half of all missions. But there are still certain things you cannot do without a piloted plane."

Israel is a pioneer in drone technology. Its military was the first to make widespread use of drones in its 1982 invasion of Lebanon and Israeli companies are considered world leaders and export unmanned aircraft to a number of armies, including U.S.-led forces that have used them in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The unmanned aircraft have been a major part of Israel's arsenal in battling Gaza rocket launchers over the years. Drones were seen as crucial by giving soldiers eyes in the air, keeping watch over rooftops and alleyways in congested urban areas and notifying troops of threats or obstacles in their path. Israel insists its drones only perform surveillance missions but Palestinian witnesses have long claimed that Israeli drones fire missiles in Gaza.

The officer claimed Israel is second only to the United States in the range of unmanned aerial systems its produces. He said he was "aware" that American drones are capable of firing missiles, but refused to say whether Israeli drones could do the same.

The officer cited one technology recently unveiled: the unmanned Hermes 900 aircraft, developed by the Israeli military manufacturer Elbit Systems Ltd. and recently rolled out for Israeli military use.

It features double the performance capabilities of the previous generation of the same unmanned aircraft, the Hermes 450. It can carry up to 350 kilograms, features advanced systems of surveillance and reconnaissance and offers support to forces on the ground and at sea, according to a description of the technology on Elbit's website.

Israel is also looking to develop small tactical satellites that warplanes could launch into the earth's orbit, the officer said.

Unlike satellites in permanent orbit which are more easily monitored by other leading armies in the world, the tactical satellites Israel hopes to develop would be cheaper to build and less susceptible to interception because they would be launched during wartime and there would be less time for foreign armies to track their orbit, Israeli military officials said.

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Democrats, Republicans Press Obama on Drone Use

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WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats and Republicans on Tuesday challenged the Obama administration to spell out its justification for using drones for targeted killings amid growing concerns about unchecked powers of the presidency and Americans' civil liberties.

Lawmakers had hoped to question a member of the administration about the secret program in the war on terror and the underlying policy, but the administration declined to send a witness to the Judiciary subcommittee hearing. Instead, retired military officials, academics and other experts answered questions that underscored the congressional unease over the use of drones overseas.

The administration has argued that the president's authority stems from his constitutional power to protect the United States from imminent attack. The administration also has cited the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force, which says the commander in chief has the authority for strikes against al-Qaida and its affiliates.

Obama has used the law's authority to target terrorists with fatal drone strikes, including Americans overseas.

The president has promised to explain his policy, but members of Congress argue that he has been less than forthcoming about the secret program. Durbin listed six questions, such as the constitutional justification for targeted killing, what are the due process protections for U.S. citizens overseas who are targeted and the legal limits on the battlefield in the fight with al-Qaida.

"In my view, more transparency is needed to maintain the support of the American people and the international community," he said.

In a dramatic moment, Farea al-Muslimi testified that he was from Wessab, a remote village in Yemen, and six days ago a drone struck his village, terrifying thousands of poor farmers.

"The drone strike and its impact tore my heart, much as the tragic bombings in Boston last week tour your hearts and also mine," he said, adding later that drone strikes "are the face of America for many Yemens."

Retired Marine Corps Gen. James Cartwright told the panel he was "worried that we've lost the moral high ground" on the handling of the issue.

The administration has never publicly described the effectiveness of the drone program. However, independent groups, relying on news reports and other information, have compiled estimates on the attacks. The New America Foundation, a Washington-based think tank, estimates the U.S. has launched 420 strikes in Pakistan and Yemen -- the two countries where the strikes are believed to occur most frequently -- since 2004. Between 2,424 and 3,967 people are believed to have been killed by U.S. drones, the majority in Pakistan.

The drone issue has created unique alliances on Capitol Hill with liberals joining forces with libertarian-leaning Republicans.

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz told the Senate hearing that drones are technology, but the "real scope of this hearing and of the concern is on the scope of federal power."

Democratic Sen. Al Franken acknowledged the odd political bedfellows on the issue, telling the witnesses and a crowded hearing room, "You know you're in strange territory when Sen. Cruz and I have the same questions."

The hearing with retired military officers and outside experts comes a month after Republican Sen. Rand Paul held floor for nearly 13 hours to delay CIA Director John Brennan's nomination over whether the president has the authority to use a drone to kill a U.S. citizen on American soil if the citizen is not engaged in combat. Attorney General Eric Holder has said the president does not have that authority.

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White House Refuses To Send Representative To Senate's FIRST Ever Hearing On Targeted Assassination

Adam Reads his Email



Have concluded that Ms. Giffords was shot though her brain. As reported.

That Judge John Roll was shot and is dead, and was buried by his loved ones.


Pay close attention to the Boston stuff. I am sorry that your AGENDA is to

doubt every thing, and thereby, to milk idiots for the last of their $$.

I hope you will, nevertheless, eventually, find that your life is

worthwhile, all things considered.



Mark R. Emmett

Newsletter items

Bird Flue is a topic of discussion

(again). Here is a good piece entitled Bird Flu, What We Know and

Don’t Know

In a Guardian Article there is some

revelation regarding the weird blogging going on at Forbes where each

blogger is paid based on page views and advertisers on those pages.

The result? Big money for the guy who writes about soccer. While

Forbes looks as if it is pioneering here, it’s actually being done

all over the place with mixed success. A trend to watch.

And finally, here is douchebag Andy

Carven apologizing for everyone in an article entitled Can Social

Media Help Us Create A More Informed Public?

It’s always good to see what he’s up to since he seems to be a

conduit for various “official messages.” You haven’t heard much

from Andy lately, but that may change.

Trains Good, Planes Bad

VIDEO-Conservative anti-terror bill and arrests match up beautifully, don't they: Mallick | Toronto Star

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How odd. The week after the Boston bombings, the Conservative government had MPs suddenly debating an anti-terror bill that had long been hanging around with its hands in its pockets. The very same day, conveniently, the RCMP arrested two alleged terrorists.

They had a tip from an imam, the cops said. They got it a year ago.

Call me cynical. I'm not, I am hopeful credulity itself, but the anti-terror bill is shameful and the arrests dubious. The police press conference consisted of a dozen white male cops '-- and a token female '-- in a variety of uniforms congratulating each other and offering next to no information.

''Let's get the details in English and in French, it's how they roll,'' said a Fox News guy named Shep. ''God love Canada, but they're not great at the television.'' God love Fox, but they're not great at the journalism.

The attack was not imminent, the RCMP said, but was allegedly ''Al Qaeda-sponsored'' and had ties to Iran. It was aimed at a Via train route between Toronto and New York.

This seems strange. One could hardly choose a more unobtrusive target than Via trains which spend much time maddeningly stationary anyway. A lawyer for one of the arrested men noted in court the odd coincidence of timing Tuesday, as did NDP defence critic Jack Harris in the House on Monday. What fearful symmetry.

And why would Al Qaeda, Sunni by nature, work with Iran, a Shiite nation? But perhaps that's just how Iran rolls.

The anti-terror bill, known as the Combating (sic)Terrorism Act is being rushed through its third reading. It is a horrifying bill, just as it was when it passed in 2001, when it was not renewed in 2007 thanks to the Liberal opposition, and when it finally reached the Senate last year.

But now the Conservatives have a majority and this is what they want. As Leslie MacKinnon of CBC News reported, ''preventative detention'' would mean that any Canadian could be arrested and held for three days on suspicion of terrorist involvement with no charge being laid.

''An investigative hearing'' means that someone suspected of knowing about a terrorist plot could be imprisoned for up to a year if they refused to answer questions.

The bill would also make it illegal to leave Canada if you intend to commit an act of terrorism. This is presumably aimed at people going to training camps or meetings. But what it means is that Canadian police may well take the word of foreign governments making wild claims about any Canadian travelling overseas.

Imagine you or me, on vacation, being arrested on those grounds. The question is: Do you trust Stephen Harper and the Conservative government and the RCMP to do the ethical, informed, reasonable thing in your case? Or do you expect them to follow a hard-right ideology, to overreact as the Americans do?

The RCMP is a disgraced police force. Cute as it is when American journalists joke about arrests by scarlet-suited men on horseback, the most recent memory I have of the RCMP is watching them terrify, hood and tape down a young girl on an airplane.

She was the late Ashley Smith. The Smith videos are films of torture by committee, and the torture is being applied by Mounties and guards.

I do not trust them, just as I no longer trust Toronto police after the G20 debacle and do not trust a Harper majority government. Its calling card is to warn us non-stop of ''Muslim terrorists,'' which might not offend were this government neutral on religion.

It is not. Radio Canada reports that Ottawa has just given $20 million of infrastructure spending to 13 Christian universities, seminaries and colleges, from Evangelical to Baptist to Mennonite. These schools are taking our tax dollars even though they illegally prohibit gay relationships.

It isn't a government's role to build up one religion against another. It would be uncivilized. Equally, the terror bill is too draconian for Canada. It is more suited to a panicked U.S., but yes, it will pass because the Conservatives have a majority.

It will be a shameful day.

Ministry of Truth

Reuters editor fired for conspiring with hacker group Anonymous

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The deputy social media editor for Reuters has been indicted by the US Justice Department for allegedly conspiring with members of the hacktivist movement Anonymous.

According to a Justice Department statement released on Thursday, 26-year-old Matthew Keys of Secaucus, New Jersey was charged in the Eastern District of California with a number of counts involving his alleged cooperation with the international hacking group while employed as the web producer of Sacramento-based television station KTXL FOX 40.

Keys, confirms the DoJ, has been charged ''with one count each of conspiracy to transmit information to damage a protected computer, transmitting information to damage a protected computer and attempted transmission of information to damage a protected computer.''

The Justice Department believes that Keys assisted members of Anonymous with hacking into the Los Angeles Times website by providing them with log-in credentials for a computer server belonging to KTXL's corporate parents, the Tribune Company, after he was terminated from his role at the television station in October 2010. Two months later, claims the indictment, Keys helped members of Anonymous gain access to the master network.

In January 2012, Keys was hired by Reuters as deputy social media editor. In an article announcing the appointment last year, Reuters contributor Anthony DeRosa wrote that Keys will ''play a key role in helping to train Reuters journalists on best practices in social media.'' ''According to the indictment, Keys identified himself on an Internet chat forum as a former Tribune Company employee and provided members of Anonymous with a login and password to the Tribune Company server,'' the Justice Department claims in an official statement issued Thursday. ''After providing log-in credentials, Keys allegedly encouraged the Anonymous members to disrupt the website.

According to the indictment, at least one of the computer hackers used the credentials provided by Keys to log into the Tribune Company server, and ultimately that hacker made changes to the web version of a Los Angeles Times news feature.''

On March 22, 2011, Anonymous ''ringleader'' Sabu tweeted that Keys gave full control of the Times' website to hackers. Sabu was arrested by the FBI in May and has been cooperating as a federal informant ever since.


Africa: Is Africa About to Lose the Right to Her Seed?

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Seed and the control of seed lies at the heart of agriculture.

In Africa around 80% of seed comes from local and community saved seed resources. This seed is adapted to local conditions. It forms an integral part of community food security and agricultural integrity. This entire traditional system is now under threat.

A broad front of commercial interests, aided and abetted by the World Bank, the American Seed Association and government agencies, along with front groups, academics and so-called philanthropists, are endeavouring to alienate this crucial resource.

The international seed industry, owned by massive multinational pesticide companies involved in promoting hybrid and genetically modified (GM) seed, is both a primary beneficiary and protagonist of this thrust. While the motivation is ostensibly to assist the development of African agriculture, the impacts will be widespread and dire.

Simply put, the proposal is to create a harmonised system of control around the presently fragmented African seed trade regime and create a system based on what is projected as modern best practice.

This includes uniform adherence to the strict 1991 Act of the International Union for the Protection of Plant Varieties (UPOV), across the board, for Africa. Because of the stringency of UPOV, the real impact of this will be the loss of control of the seed supply by indigenous small farmers. The consequences for food production and social cohesion across the continent will be dire.

Once locally adapted seed varieties are lost, dependence on outside seed suppliers will rapidly become unaffordable. The implications will reverberate far beyond food production.

Indebted farmers are at direct risk of losing land tenure. On the one hand this causes accelerating urbanisation and social dislocation. On the other, good agricultural land is appropriated by large conglomerates. There is already a massive thrust by nations and corporations to gain land tenure in fertile tropical African agricultural zones.

The impetus behind this change in the seed regime has been building for some time. Consolidation within the powerful South African seed industry - the biggest in Africa - was recently finalised.

The South African competition appeal court permitted the sale of the last remaining large South African seed company, Pannar, to the US multinational Pioneer, a subsidiary of DuPont. Pannar has well established African networks.

This merger firmly shifts control of South Africa's extremely valuable seed industry into the hands of the world's two largest, US owned seed companies, now ideally placed to use South Africa as a bridgehead into Africa.

More ominously, it effectively removes the ready possibility of further evolution of competition in the industry. This has serious implications for indigenous seed trading and seed saving networks.

The rationale of the seed industry is apparently simple: if there is not a sufficiently robust mechanism to protect their intellectual property, their primary income stream is at risk.

On the other hand development organisations like the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) swear that new seed being developed for Africa will be freely shared for the benefit of smallholder farmers. There is clearly a serious disjuncture between what is said and what is happening.

These massive seed corporations bring the lessons learned in South America to Africa. There, the growth of the soya industry, initially in Argentina and more recently in Brazil, occurred with no attempt to control the spread of GM seed by the owners of the intellectual property.

In South America this was herbicide-resistant GM soya, patented by Monsanto. In fact its spread was covertly encouraged. This non-hybrid seed was therefore saved, re-used and traded amongst growers in the region, first in Argentina, later into Brazil and Paraguay - so called 'Maradonna' seed.

Yet once the soy industry became established, Monsanto reacted aggressively and claimed royalties on all the soy grown throughout the region, claiming right to its patented intellectual property.

It used various means, such as appropriating percentage of sales on delivery or demanding that overseas purchasers pay a direct royalty, even though its patents were not recognised in Argentina.

Similar attempts in Brazil were overturned in the courts with Monsanto instructed to return billions of dollars to farmers. It is presently attempting to circumvent the ruling by entering individual agreements with farmers. Yet the South American standoff between powerful farmers unions and the seed giants continues.

The seed industry does not wish a similar situation to develop in Africa. Hence the insistence that African seed laws are upgraded to the most restrictive, first world legislation, supported by the World Bank, World Trade Organisation and the International Intellectual Property Office, WIPO. What is occurring is a de facto case of neo-liberal enclosure of the foundation of agricultural productivity in Africa.

African farmers have long recognised this threat. Back in 1997 the Organisation of African Unity initiated a proposal to develop a "Model Legislation on the Protection of the Rights of Local Communities, Farmers and Breeders and for the Regulation of Access to Biological Resources," known as the African model law. This was endorsed by the African Union in 2000.

While the African model law recognises plant breeders' rights, these rights are limited and patents on seeds, such as are allowed on GM seeds under UPOV and WIPO regimes, are excluded. This approach is recognised and permitted under WTO exceptions under the sui generis rule. This principle has been adopted into Indian seed laws, where similar concerns exist.

A substantial number of broad indigenous farmers networks throughout Africa have condemned the draft protocol to accept the ratification of UPOV. Most SADC nations have already agreed in principle to accept the provisions of International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources on Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA), which enables far more flexibility and participation in seed transactions than the restrictive proposals of UPOV, yet this agreement too is threatened.

This matter appears to be coming to a head. Several quasi-'indigenous' seed organisations such as the African Seed Trade Association (AFSTA) and Commodity Trade in Eastern and Southern Africa (ACTESA), funded by USAID, have, without due consultation with representative farmers groups in these areas, pushed for the ratification of UPOV 1991. On the other hand properly mandated farmers' networks demand that national consultations be held to discuss and analyse these proposals.

What is at play here is a direct conflict between peasant farmers networks and the neo-colonial attempt to subvert African agriculture by restrictive, first world regulation. The Southern African model is being repeated in East and West Africa, through similar comprador networks.

What will happen should UPOV be broadly adopted? As soon as indigenous seed becomes contaminated by patent protected seed varieties, all rights to share and trade that seed will be lost, forever.

The irony of this is profound, as the very germplasm, which Monsanto and Pioneer rely on is the result of thousands of years of peasant breeding that remains categorically unrecognised. What is good for the goose is clearly not good for the gander. The end result will only see one winner, which will certainly not be indigenous African farmers.

If there was ever a time for the vocal proponents for African unity and values to step forward, it is now. Should they fail, African leadership will be harshly judged for enabling the next phase of neo-colonialism to unfold unopposed.

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ALL Charges Dropped On Elvis Impersonator Accused Of Sending Ricin Poison Letter To Obama

ABC Doubles Down on 'Airplane Apocalypse'; Connects Weather Delays to Sequester

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ABC won't let reality get in the way of good hype. Good Morning America on Tuesday doubled down on the "Airline apocalypse" allegedly caused by sequester. Reporter Matt Guttman actually lumped in weather delays with a shortage of Federal Aviation Association (FAA) air traffic controllers. On Monday, George Stephanopoulos warned of an "airport armageddon." The next day, Gutman seemed to contradict this, admitting, "[We] didn't really find an airline apocalypse." However, using a slight of hand, he quickly moved on: "But all those little delays, either caused by a shortage of FAA controllers or by the weather, started to snowball into delays of four and five hours." Using hyperbole almost identical to Stephanopoulos, Gutman hyperventilated, "But Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood warns ABC News, we might see an airplane apocalypse."

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VIDEO-With security eyes focused on airlines, terrorists look to rail, experts say - Open Channel

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An Amtrak police officer watches as passengers prepare to board a train at New York's Penn Station on April 19.

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WASHINGTON - An alleged al Qaeda-backed plot to derail a U.S. passenger train in Canada sought to exploit the vulnerabilities of railroads that have not gotten much attention from the American public.

While the United States has sharply tightened security around airlines since the September 11, 2001, attacks, trains are far harder to police, with masses of passengers getting on and off and stops at many stations on a single line. Thousands of miles of track, bridges and tunnels present a major challenge to monitor.

Even though the United States has largely been immune from attacks, extremists around the world have frequently exploited rail transport's vulnerability, said Brian Michael Jenkins, a security expert with the Mineta Transportation Institute at California's San Jose State University.

"Surface transportation really has become the terrorists' killing fields," he said.

Two suspects were arrested in Canada on Monday charged with conspiring to blow up a trestle on the Canadian side of the border as the Maple Leaf, the daily Amtrak connection between Toronto and New York, passed over it. Amtrak is the U.S. passenger rail service.

The two men charged in the plot made their first court appearances on Tuesday. A lawyer for one said his client would fight the charges vigorously.

Jenkins and Steve Kulm, an Amtrak spokesman, said trains presented a unique security challenge, different from airports with their screening process for passengers.

Trains originating in the U.S. were among the possible targets, NBC News has learned. Authorities say there was never any imminent danger to the public. NBC's Stephanie Gosk reports.

Amtrak coordinates security with local law enforcement, does counterterrorism exercises and patrols its tracks and stations, Kulm said. It also is reconfiguring stations to make them safer from potential attack.

"It's no surprise and no secret that overseas terrorists have targeted rail transportation, and so we have, as I say, many seen and unseen measures that we have put in place and continue to improve upon," Kulm said.

More fatalities in surface attacksAlthough popular attention has tended to focus on airliner attacks, far more people have died worldwide from surface transport assaults, Jenkins said.

Since the Sept. 11, 2001, militant attacks on the United States, there have been 75 assaults on airliners, with 157 fatalities, he said.

During the same period, there were 1,800 attacks on surface transport, with nearly 4,000 people killed. Among them were attacks on Madrid in 2004 and on Mumbai in 2006 that each killed about 200 people, and a 2005 London bombing that claimed 52 lives.

In the United States, only one person has died from an extremist rail attack in recent decades, when Amtrak's Sunset Limited was derailed in Arizona in 1995. Responsibility was claimed by a group calling itself Sons of the Gestapo and the saboteurs have not been found.

The United States has more than 200,000 miles of railroad, with about 21,000 miles used by Amtrak. Amtrak carried 31.2 million passengers in the last fiscal year, its ninth record year in the last 10, Kulm said. As a comparison, about 642 million passengers were carried within the U.S. by airlines in 2012, according to the Department of Transportation.

Elliot G. Sander, a former chief executive of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority of New York, which runs two of the biggest U.S. commuter railroads, said public awareness was critical to countering potential attacks.

"One cannot understate the importance of the participation of the public, in terms of eyes and ears," he said.

Far fewer security personnelThe Department of Homeland Security spent $136 million in the 2013 fiscal year on surface transportation security, with 775 personnel. Aviation security received $5.3 billion and has 53,000 personnel.

Special Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response teams carry out random baggage and security checks at train, subway and bus stations as well as at truck weighing stations.

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An Amtrak police officer and a sniffer dog patrol at Union Station in Washington on May 6, 2011, five days after Osama bin Laden was killed in Pakistan. Intelligence seized from his compound showed al Qaeda pondered strikes on U.S. trains on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, U.S. officials said.

Created after the Madrid railway bombing, the VIPR teams carried out more than 9,300 operations in fiscal 2011, according to the Department of Homeland Security's 2013 budget request.

The Transportation Security Administration was criticized last year by the Government Accountability Office, an investigative arm of Congress, for failing to carry out analysis of railroad security information.

The GAO also criticized the TSA for inconsistent reporting requirements from rail agencies and failure to inspect a rail service the GAO did not name. The TSA concurred with the GAO's recommendations for improvement.

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Plainme 04/24/2013 06:52 PM ReportMr. Mudd is forthright and intense, while also seemingly able to tolerate a great deal of philosophical and empirical ambiguity. There are no easy questions or answers in his previous profession. All of the subject matter is difficult; none the less, Mr. Mudd answered the the questions with both detail and nuance.

His answer to the question about the effectiveness of torture under the previous administration was opaque, yet interesting. He focused on interrogation in general, and how it is part of the many pieces of a mosaic (his words) that it takes to pain-stakingly gather precious information.

He explained, very well, the differences in highly ideologically driven Islamist terrorists, versus those driven to commit horric crimes with much less understanding of that particular ideology. It's almost done under the guise of those beliefs.

War is a tragedy. It's impossible to comment further, without feeling conflicted and hypocritical.

Though Mr. Mudd is right about drones being another type of weapon, I think there should be rules, and I do think, IMHO, that they create even more negative reactions to the USA.

It was interesting that he decided to relinquish the opportunity of the job in homeland security because of the Senate confirmation hearings. It seems that politics would most likely obscure reality, instead of revealing it. Maybe he'll be back to public service in the future.

Max83 04/24/2013 05:00 PM ReportWow, what a great analysis! Great guest, he is super knowledgeable. He is the real deal. He is intense :-)

I was in London in 2005, and left the city luckily 8 hours before the attacks. The days before the attacks I took buses and the Underground very frequently so I could have been a potential victim of the attacks. When I was in London I could feel the tense energy in the city, but I did not know what it was about, but after I heard what happened it made sense.

The same happened to me back in in January 2001 in New York City. I went to visit the World Trade Center buildings, but I got a very bad feeling when I stood by The Sphere fountain and I got a vision that a bomb would explode in that location and bring the towers crashing down. I felt very strongly that I should not stay in that area because it was dangerous, so I left very quickly. This was 9 months before 9/11/2001. I think intuitive and sensitive people can pick up on potential future scenarios, good and bad, especially when they are being planned a long time in advance and with a high emotional charge by the planners. I think at the time in NYC I psychically picked up that something would happen to the World Trade Center towers because the planning was already in full swing and I was able to tune into the thoughts of the planners.

But just because psychcis can see the future does not mean the vision has to play out like it is being seen. The future is not written in stone. Actually the true power of psychics is not in seeing and predicting the future, but seeing future potentials and then taking actions and steps to increase the chances of a positive future outcomes. We are the creators of our own reality. We can be pro-active instead of reactionary. This is what true psychic mastery is about. You become the creator of your own reality. We can achieve this not only on an individual basis but also on a societal basis if enough people become aware of this dynamic and reality and take responsibility for their actions and for the future.

This might sound a bit far out there and a little sci-fi, but I feel that the CIA and the FBI would benefit very greatly from working on occasion with authentic psychics, intuitives and empaths to prevent terror plots and the like. Also it would be good if more agents and analysts would engage in meditation practices to increase their work efficiency and perceptive abilities.

cosmic_utensil 04/24/2013 01:25 PM ReportIt seems like Mr. Mudd (whose honesty is very respectable) is guilty of his own over-simplification by describing the public's concern of drones with a basis of sci-fi wonder.

A main problem with the drone program is that large populations of peaceful people must live under them. They cause a terror of not knowing if they may be close to a strike site at any given time, but also rampant paranoia among the insurgent groups, where they kill innocent people they suspect of giving information to the US to facilitate drone strikes. Drones bring on a level of Orwellian paranoia among civilians & insurgents that turns them against the U.S.

I personally support the drone program, although I think targeted killings (as opposed to nonlethal info-gathering or troop support) should be extremely limited and only carried out in remote areas. Even the much more invasive JSOC night raids don't stoke the level of anger that drone strikes do.

There is no doubt a rule-based system of drone management will be in place... probably around December 2016

mutex 04/24/2013 01:01 PM ReportMr. Mudd implies that he believes every person has a soul but appears unconcerned about the final disposition of his own. He speaks of bin Laden and Zawahiri as intelligent men sitting around a campfire convincing themselves that their cause is just when, with a little introspection, he might see that this is just what he and his cohorts in this ridiculous 'war on terror' have done. He asks supposedly rhetorical questions regarding the effects of torture, drones and US foreign policy on the creation of so-called terrorists and is apparently unaware that it is simply groupthink that keeps him from seeing the relationship. In the early days of the Iraq invasion someone released an NIE report in which they concluded that "the transformation of an individual to a terrorist is triggered by oppression, suffering, revenge, or desperation". I wonder if Mr. Mudd has ever considered what is causing this oppression and suffering and how US foreign policy contributes to it. Finally Mr. Mudd falls back on that timeworn clich(C)...he was just executing the orders of the Congress, the President and the Justice Department. I'm sorry but calling it your job don't make it right, boss.

REMant 04/24/2013 11:57 AM ReportI agree we're seeing the democratization of "terror," but on the other hand, we also seem to be seeing a similar democratization of popular response to terror. In other words this whole thing wears the aspect of our culture wars in general. You can call them, as the uncle did, and Mr Mudd repeated, losers, but that's just as much sour grapes. I mean, here he is saying, on the one hand, we don't make terrorists by our policies, and, on the other, they are envious and potentially everywhere. It can't be both.

This episode points equally to our growing propensity to call anyone we find "hateful," terrorists, and in my humble opinion that's far more terrifying than a few bombs or shot-up schools. All the politically incorrect are terrorists now. And this points up the reason why the president was Johnny on the spot in Boston and Newtown, as much as why his predecessor was ready to put Saddam in the frame.

We are, unfortunately, at least since the invention of movable type, living in an age of demagogues as much as democracy, the work of Bernays' and Goebbels', where propagandists and provocateurs aim to terrify the public with claims of "weapons of mass destruction" just as the Israelis, British and French, discovering another propitious moment to exploit, did with respect to Syria yesterday in the face of clear evidence those they ostensibly support are no more friendly than those now blowing up embassies in Libya, or that anyone but they are using chemicals. And the reintroduction in the House Friday of the restrictive so-called "Combating Terrorism Act." Or, similarly, gun control advocates like New Yorker editor Remnick, here Monday. Never let a crisis go to waste, the mayor of one of America's most crime-ridden cities once admonished. As far as the Internet goes, I suppose it would be better for them to preside over an Orwellian state.

Such officials say those who object to them are lacking in trust, but what can be said of those who fail to trust the citizens of, by and for whom govt is supposed to exist?

But locking everything down is a concession of defeat no less than the propaganda itself, and, bombs and a paucity of tradecraft notwithstanding (for certainly democracy showed no mercy towards innocent civilians in WWII), these two kids looked a lot more like patriots than the citizens of Boston.

In the spy world, too, there's no right or wrong, just those on one side or another, or frequently both, tho I agree with Mr Mudd about intelligence generally, and Mr Rose may want to view The Bletchley Circle to get a better idea of how they really work (if, I'm afraid, little else, for it's feminist propaganda).

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>>let me ask you some particulars about the surviving suspect, dzhokhar tsarnaev, who is now in the hospital. appare apparently he has a wound to the throat. did he try to commit suicide?

>>i don't know the answer to that.

>>do you know when doctors are saying he might actually be able to communicate? is there a real question about whether he'll be able to speak?

>>i don't know those answers, david. i do know that he is in serious condition, but he's stable. and there are investigators prepared to interview him when he's able to be interviewed.

>>the question about him coming onto the radar of the fbi two years ago, he was interviewed, he was tracked at the request of the russians, according to federal officials. that's questions now, for you and authorities in massachusetts, have to raise some concerns whether something was missed here.

>>well, sure. there's a whole process here, and i think it was his brother, by the way, who was questioned by the fbi --

>>yes, forgive me, correct.

>>a whole host of questions, david, that you have, that i have, more to the point that the fbi the a it tf and other law enforcement agencies will pursue. it's important for us to give them the space to do this meth methodically because, frankly, it's been that approach, giving them that space so that they can build the case from facts up rather than start from broad theories and try to fill in the blanks that has gotten us as far as we've come as quickly as we've come. so i want to continue to respect that approach.

>>i want to ask you one thing about how this developed as, in this case, dzhokhar, the younger brother , the surviving suspect, emerged as a real suspect. some of his reactions to the bombing you have indicated kind of cryptically was revealing to you. can you elaborate on that?

>>well, right after the monday event, he was back on the campus of the university of massachusetts in dartmouth down in the south coast region. there is evidence of some, frankly, normal student behavior in those ensuing days which, when you consider the enormity of what he was responsible for, certain certainly, you know, raises a lot of questions in my mind and, as i say, more 30 the point of law in the minds of law enforcement as well. those are the kinds of leads that still have to be pursued and run to ground.

>>is there anything on the videotape that maybe the public hasn't seen about his reaction that was particularly telling that moved the investigation along?

>>well, the videotape is not something i've seen. it's been described to me in my briefing, but it does seem to be pretty clear that this suspect took the backpack off, put it down, did not react when the first explosion went off, and then moved away from the backpack in time for the second explosion. so pretty clear about his involvement and pretty chilling, frankly, as it was described to me.

>>governor, as a former constituent department official, do you have a view of whether he should be part of the criminal justice system , as someone who is tried in court, or should he be treated as a terrorist, as an enemy combatant? that debate is only beginning now here in washington.

>>well, that's the attorney general's call, and i have to respect it. he is an american citizen . he is responsible for a crime here in america. i trust the attorney general to make that call, to make it wisely. i will say that from my experience in the constituent department nearly 20 years ago now, one of of the things that was most striking and most gratifying about the experience these last few days is how well coordinated the law enforcement agencies were. the leadership of the fbi and the atf through the joint terrorism task force , the collaboration of the state police , the transit police at the state level, and boston pd and other local law enforcement was really seamless, and that collaboration and cooperation, i think, had a lot to do with how effective this investigation has been

VIDEO-Now Rand Paul Thinks It's OK To Kill U.S. Citizens With Drones On American Soil? | Mediaite

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Remember when Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) stood up on the Senate floor for nearly 13 hours in an ideological protest of the Obama administration's hypothetical authority to use drone technology to kill U.S. citizens on American soil? Well, now he's saying killing a certain U.S. citizen on some specific American soil in Watertown, Massachusetts last Friday may not have been the worst thing in the world.

During an interview with Neil Cavuto on Fox Business Network Monday night, Paul attempted to make a distinction between the American ''sitting in a caf(C)'' example he has often cited and the ''imminent threat'' faced by Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Friday night. ''I've never argued against any technology being used when you have an imminent threat, an active crime going on,'' Paul said. Though his next example offered up a disturbingly low bar for the predator drone option. ''If someone comes out of a liquor store with a weapon and fifty dollars in cash,'' he said, ''I don't care if a drone kills him or a policeman kills him.''

''It's different,'' Paul continued, ''if they want to come fly over your hot tub or your yardjust because they want to do surveillance on everyone and watch your activities.'' But again, he added, ''if there's killer on the loose in a neighborhood, I'm not against drones being used.''

Paul's comments in light of the Boston suspect's arrest are a far cry from his staunchly anti-drone stance just last month. At the very beginning of his filibuster, Paul delivered the words below, which appear to directly contradict his statements from last night.

''I will speak as long as it takes, until the alarm is sounded from coast to coast that our Constitution is important, that your rights to trial by jury are precious, that no American should be killed by a drone on American soil without first being charged with a crime, without first being found to be guilty by a court.''

The purpose of the filibuster was to put pressure on Attorney General Eric Holder and the CIA's John Brennan to renounce the idea of using drones to kill American citizens. During the Boston investigation last week, the Obama administration along with the FBI made a very deliberate choice to capture the younger suspect alive. Not only because that is the lawful thing to do with a suspect who, however dangerous, is not resisting arrest, but also because preserving the ability to question him will give the country to best chance at finding answers as to why he and his brother committed the attack.

Up until the interview last night, Paul had been remarkably silent about the Tsarnaev case, making no attempts to stand up for the rights of this American citizen, no matter how heinous his crimes were. The only public move he did make was to petition Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to delay the immigration debate until after the Boston hearings. ''The facts emerging in the Boston Marathon bombing have exposed a weakness in our current system,'' Paul wrote. ''If we don't use this debate as an opportunity to fix flaws in our current system, flaws made even more evident last week, then we will not be doing our jobs.''

In the same interview with Cavuto last night, Paul did stand against his frequent Senate opposition, Republican Senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain to say he agreed with the administration's decision not to try Tsarnaev as an enemy combatant. But by indicating he would have made the call to kill the suspect with drone if he'd had the chance, Paul seems to have betrayed the principles of his filibuster.

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The New Yorker's David Remnick Exploits Boston Bombing to Push for Gun Control

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On the April 22, 2013 Charlie Rose show David Remnick exploited the Boston Marathon bombing to push for more gun control as he told the PBS host: "We see yet another act which might have been a Hell of a lot more difficult to pull off with effective gun control." In a discussion about the Tsarnaevs terrorist plot the editor of The New Yorker pondered where they got their "pistols from?" and claimed that while he didn't "want to politicize" the tragedy went on to do just that as he complained: "Within a week's time a very, very, very weak gun control bill gets defeated."

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At the top of Monday's NBC Nightly News, anchor Brian Williams eagerly parroted Obama administration talking points when it came to blaming the sequester for sporadic flight delays: "The traffic jam starting to build up at our airports. Flight delays just beginning to emerge today as those budget cuts in Washington begin to hit home."

Later on the broadcast, Williams again declared the delays to be a sign of "the impact of Washington all across this country" and predicted: "Now the American people as a whole just might take further notice because now the sequester is responsible for delaying airline flights across this country."

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