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Massive San Antonio NSA Data Center Raises Eyebrows

Even as reports break about the size and scope of the National Security Agency’s vast data storage center in Utah, new details are emerging about a second massive NSA center in San Antonio, Texas. According to the Houston Chronicle, “Satellite and aerial imagery show that massive air conditioning units and backup generators have been added to the facility, which is now ringed by barbed-wire fencing. City permits and property tax records show that the complex has been dramatically expanded.” According to sources, the plant will supposedly translate intercepted communications from the NSA; the communications are then forwarded to Maryland for processing. Jun 17, 2013 11:11 AM PT

NSA Leaker: Being Called Traitor by Cheney 'Highest Honor You Can Give an American'

On Monday, National Security Agency surveillance leaker Edward Snowden blasted former Vice President Dick Cheney while claiming that the government’s blanket surveillance has achieved little in terms of stopping terrorism. “It's important to bear in mind I'm being called a traitor by men like former Vice President Dick Cheney,” Snowden wrote. Jun 17, 2013 10:38 AM PT

Rubio Hasn't Appeared Publicly with Gang of Eight in Two Months

While Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) is leading the Republican fight for immigration reform, he is gradually pulling away from the so-called Gang of Eight, the bipartisan group behind the current draft of the immigration bill. Critics of the bill have pointed out that it is soft on border security and immediately legalizes millions of illegal aliens, including some with criminal backgrounds. Jun 17, 2013 10:33 AM PT

NSA Leaker: Feds Subverting Democracy

NSA leaker Edward Snowden blasted Congress’ willingness to sign off on massive federal surveillance of American citizens in an online interview with The Guardian (UK) on Monday. He said “there was no single moment” that made him want to leak news of the surveillance to the press. Jun 17, 2013 10:28 AM PT

NSA Leaker: I Am Not a Chinese Spy

On Monday, NSA leaker Edward Snowden told The Guardian (UK) that he was not a spy for the Chinese government. “Ask yourself: if I were a Chinese spy, why wouldn’t I have flown directly into Beijing?” Snowden wrote on The Guardian’s website. “I could now be living in a palace petting a phoenix by now.” The Chinese government has also denied that Snowden works for them, saying that such speculation is “completely groundless.” Jun 17, 2013 10:05 AM PT

Fed Chair Bernanke to Princeton Grads: Meritocracy Doesn't 'Pass Ethical Muster'

Speaking at the Princeton University graduation in June, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke spelled out his political philosophy: from each according to his luck, to each according to his need. He explained that meritocracies were inherently unfair, and that those who were the luckiest needed to give back to society to make the concept of meritocracy work ethically. Jun 16, 2013 9:50 AM PT

Cheney: Snowden a 'Traitor'

Former Vice President Dick Cheney, appearing on Fox News Sunday, said that he believed National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden was a “traitor” and perhaps a spy for the Chinese government. “I think he has committed crimes in effect by violating agreements given the position he had. He was a contractor employee, but he obviously was granted top secret clearance,” Cheney said. “I think it’s one of the worst occasions in my memory of somebody with access to classified information doing enormous damage to the national security interests of the United States.” Jun 16, 2013 9:06 AM PT

Rubio on Whether Schumer's 'Playing Him': 'I Don't Even Know What That Means'

On ABC’s This Week, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) said he didn’t understand why so many conservatives were worried he was “being played” by Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), the Democratic leader of the more liberal half of the immigration bill Gang of Eight. “I quite frankly, I don’t even know what that means,” Rubio said. Jun 16, 2013 8:59 AM PT

Schieffer: Snowden 'No Hero,' Should Turn Himself In

On CBS’ Face the Nation, host Bob Schieffer told National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden that he should turn himself in to US authorities. “I like people who are willing to stand up to the government,” Schieffer said. “As a reporter, it’s my job to do that from time to time …. The people who led the civil rights movement, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, they are true heroes. I’m not ready to put Edward Snowden in that category. For one thing, I don’t remember Martin Luther King or Rosa Parks running off and hiding in China.” Jun 16, 2013 8:36 AM PT

Man of Steel: Drudge-Like Character Breaks Story of Superman [SPOILER ALERT]

It figures that Matt Drudge would break news of Superman’s presence on Planet Earth. Man of Steel features a Drudge-style leak storyline in which Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lois Lane (Amy Adams) discovers that an alien walks among us. She tries to run the story in the pages of the Daily Planet, but her editor, Perry White, says that he won’t run it out of fear it will make the newspaper look nutty. That’s when she turns to Matt Drudge – er, Glen Woodburn, an internet maven. Jun 14, 2013 6:43 PM PT

Obama Blows with Political Winds on Syria

On Thursday, White House press secretary Jay Carney strenuously denied that American provision of arms for the Syrian rebellion had anything to do with public opinion. But polls show that the President’s “red line” on Syria – use of any sort of weapons of mass destruction – happens to coincide with the public’s red line. Jun 14, 2013 1:01 PM PT

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