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NSA Spying on Members of Congress Too

On Friday January 3, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) sent a letter to the National Security Agency asking if "the agency has monitored the phone calls, emails and Internet traffic of members of Congress and other elected officials."  The agency responded on Saturday with a statement essentially admitting that they do.  Jan 5, 2014 4:26 AM PT

NSA to Build Quantum Computer to Crack Encryption

Documents leaked by Edward Snowden reveal a $79.7M government program titled "Penetrating Hard Targets" designed to build a "a cryptologically useful quantum computer" to crack encrypted data.  A quantum computer is exponentially faster for cracking the codes used to protected data from interception. Jan 3, 2014 4:04 AM PT

NYT to Obama: Stop Vilification of Edward Snowden

The New York Times has published a opinion piece, arguing that Edward Snowden should be recognized as a whistle-blower and asking President Obama "to begin finding a way to end Mr. Snowden’s vilification and give him an incentive to return home." Jan 2, 2014 2:50 AM PT

Pot Tourism Expected to 'Light up' in Colorado

As of January 1, 2014 the sale of marijuana is legal in the state of Colorado and some entrepreneurs are looking forward to the marijuana tourism expected to arise as a consequence. Already "cannabis friendly" tours are available in the state.   Jan 1, 2014 5:34 AM PT

ACLU Sues for Disclosure of Surveillance Executive Order

The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit against the US Government yesterday to force disclosure of the executive order dealing with electronic surveillance.  The suit relates to executive order 12333 that governs surveillance of foreign entities.  Dec 31, 2013 6:09 AM PT

NSA Hijacks Computer Shipments, Installs Spyware in 'Secret Workshops'

Yesterday, Spiegel Online revealed details about an elite hacking unit at the National Security Agency called  Tailored Access Operations (TAO).  The Agency not only uses fancy high-tech tricks to get informations from it's targets on the digital front, it also uses more traditional spying methods.  "If a target person, agency or company orders a new computer or related accessories, for example, TAO can divert the shipping delivery to its own secret workshops." Dec 30, 2013 4:11 AM PT

Less than 13K Sign Up for Nevada Health Exchange

As of the Monday December 23 deadline, fewer than 13,000 Nevadans had signed up for their state-run health insurance exchange. Half of those people signed-up, have yet to pay.  Dec 29, 2013 8:12 AM PT

Judge Upholds NSA Phone Snooping Program

Today, a judge ruled that the NSA surveillance program that collects millions of American's phone calls is "lawful." The case was brought by the ACLU: American Civil Liberties Union et al v. Clapper et al, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No. 13-03994 Dec 27, 2013 10:12 AM PT

Hallmark Channel Christmas B-Movies a Big Hit

Viewers aren't just opting for traditional television fare this Christmas, the Hallmark Channel is having a "banner ratings season" with it's marathon of Christmas movies.  The movies are formulaic with starring actors people often ask "What ever happened to...?" Dec 25, 2013 5:57 AM PT


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