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Boko Haram Denies Truce, Vows to Continue Killing

After the Nigerian government announced the militant Islamist group Boko Haram agreed to a cease-fire, the leader of the group Abubaker Shekau denied the agreement and vowed to continue killing. Jul 14, 2013 10:32 AM PT

Union Pres Admits SCOTUS Will Not 'Permit' Obama's NLRB Appointments

The Supreme Court will take up the issue of the NRLB appointments in the fall, but even the Union recognizes there is "no hope" for the Court to rule in favor of Obama's unconstutitional appointments and transitively any actions the Board has taken with those appointments. "The Supreme Court won't take that up until the fall and answer it until next year. There is no reason to believe — with this court — that recess appointments will be permitted," [Communications Workers of America President Larry] Cohensaid in a conference call. Jul 11, 2013 11:54 AM PT

House GOP Seeks to Slash IRS Budget

House Republicans plan to cut the Internal Revenue Service budget after the agency targeted conservative groups in a clear abuse of authority.  "The House Appropriations Committee released a measure on Tuesday that would roll back the IRS budget by $3 billion — a cut of roughly a quarter — in direct response to the agency’s targeting of tax-exempt groups." Jul 10, 2013 4:04 AM PT

Privacy Group Asks SCOTUS to Stop NSA Phone Surveillance

EPIC (Electronic Privacy Information Center) filed an emegency petition yesterday with the Supreme Court to stop the National Security Agency from collecting phone records from American citizens.  The petition asks the court to vacate the Foreign Intelligence Surveillane Court (FISC) ruling that "ordered Verizon to disclose records to the National Security Agency for all telephone communications 'wholly within the United States, including local telephone calls.' " Jul 9, 2013 6:42 AM PT

New Interview of Snowden Released

The Guardian has released new footage from a June 6, 2013 interview with Edward Snowden. Snowden slams the NSA, the US government and expects he will be demonized by the US government.  Jul 8, 2013 10:28 AM PT

NSA Backlash Leads to Legislation on the Hill

Recent revelations about the scope of the government's domestic surveillance programs are fueling new privacy legislation by Congress. "The revelations offer an opening for updates to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, which would require law enforcement to get a warrant before searching personal emails." Jul 8, 2013 6:04 AM PT

'Relevant' Standard Allows Massive Domestic Surveillance by NSA

Secret court rulings have allowed the NSA to gather phone data on millions of Americans, all hinging on the definition of the word "relevant."  This change in the law came from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, a secret body of judges who evaluate government sureveillance in the name of national security.  Jul 8, 2013 4:04 AM PT

Sources: Secret Court Expands NSA Surveillance Powers

Officials say that more than a dozen classified rulings have created a secret body of law that gives the NSA the power to gather massive information collections on Americans.  The data collection is not just restricted to terrorism suspects but "people possibly involved in nuclear proliferation, espionage and cyberattacks." Jul 7, 2013 5:45 AM PT

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