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Appeals Court Allows Wikimedia Challenge to NSA Internet Surveillance to Go Forward | American Civil Liberties Union
A federal appeals court today unanimously reversed a part of a lower court’s dismissal of a lawsuit challenging the National Security Agency’s mass interception and searching of Americans’ international internet communications.

The case was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union in 2015 on behalf of a broad group of organizations. The plaintiffs are the Wikimedia Foundation, The Nation Magazine, Amnesty International USA, PEN America, Human Rights Watch, the Rutherford Institute, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Global Fund for Women, and the Washington Office on Latin America. They are represented by the ACLU and the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University.
2017-05 
6 weeks ago by Weaverbird
Judge Orders Government to Provide Evidence About Internet Surveillance | Electronic Frontier Foundation
We're finally going to get some honesty on how the NSA spies on innocent Americans' communications.

A federal judge late last week in Jewel v. NSA, EFF’s landmark case against mass surveillance, ordered [PDF] the government to provide to it all relevant evidence necessary to prove or deny that plaintiffs were subject to NSA surveillance via tapping into the Internet backbone.   This includes surveillance done pursuant to section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act since 2008, which is up for renewal this year. It also includes surveillance between 2001-8 conducted pursuant to the Presidents Surveillance Program.
2017-05 
6 weeks ago by Weaverbird
Inside Hillary Clinton’s Surreal Post-Election Life
The surreal post-election life of the woman who would have been president.
2017-05 
6 weeks ago by Weaverbird
Snubs and slights are part of the job in Trump’s White House - The Washington Post
In Trump’s White House, aides serve a president who demands absolute loyalty — but who doesn’t always offer it in return. Trump prefers a management style in which even compliments can come laced with a bite, and where enduring snubs and belittling jokes, even in public, is part of the job.

Allies say the president’s quips are simply good-natured teasing, part of an inclusive strategy meant to make even mid-level staff members feel like family. But others consider Trump’s comments pointed reminders to those who work for him that he is in charge — barbs from the boss that keep aides on guard and off kilter, and can corrode staff morale.
2017-05 
6 weeks ago by Weaverbird
Trump administration plans to minimize civil rights efforts in agencies - The Washington Post
The Trump administration is planning to disband the Labor Department division that has policed discrimination among federal contractors for four decades, according to the White House’s newly proposed budget, part of wider efforts to rein in government programs that promote civil rights.

As outlined in Labor’s fiscal 2018 plan, the move would fold the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, now home to 600 employees, into another government agency in the name of cost-cutting.

The proposal to dismantle the compliance office comes at a time when the Trump administration is reducing the role of the federal government in fighting discrimination and protecting minorities by cutting budgets, dissolving programs and appointing officials unsympathetic to previous practices.
2017-05 
6 weeks ago by Weaverbird
Sources: Russians discussed 'derogatory' information about Trump and associates during campaign - CNNPolitics.com
Russian government officials discussed having potentially "derogatory" information about then-presidential candidate Donald Trump and some of his top aides in conversations intercepted by US intelligence during the 2016 election, according to two former intelligence officials and a congressional source.

One source described the information as financial in nature and said the discussion centered on whether the Russians had leverage over Trump's inner circle. The source said the intercepted communications suggested to US intelligence that Russians believed "they had the ability to influence the administration through the derogatory information."
2017-05 
6 weeks ago by Weaverbird
Portland MAX hero's last words: 'Tell everyone on this train I love them'
But Macy said it was Best, Namkai-Meche and Fletcher who she called "angels walking among us'' because they took a risk and stood up to defend others against Christian's racist rants.
2017-05 
6 weeks ago by Weaverbird
How Stephen Miller Rode White Rage from Duke’s Campus to Trump’s West Wing | Vanity Fair
Does Silverman have any advice for people who are just learning about Stephen Miller for the first time? “Take him seriously and know that he is a dangerous person,” he says. “He has a dangerous mind and a dangerous way of thinking. He wants to shift what America is about . . . . You’ve got to stay vigilant. He’s not taking days off. If there’s one thing Miller is, and he’s a lot of things, he’s absolutely motivated. This is his entire life. This is everything for him. He’s not going to rest. He won’t rest. He won’t stop . . . . He’s not a Trump shill. He was this way before Trump, before Bannon. He was radicalized way before that.”
2017-05 
6 weeks ago by Weaverbird
How President Trump consumes — or does not consume — top-secret intelligence - The Washington Post
President Trump consumes classified intelligence like he does most everything else in life: ravenously and impatiently, eager to ingest glinting nuggets but often indifferent to subtleties.
2017-05 
6 weeks ago by Weaverbird
Rebecca Solnit: The Loneliness of Donald Trump | Literary Hub
Once upon a time, a child was born into wealth and wanted for nothing, but he was possessed by bottomless, endless, grating, grasping wanting, and wanted more, and got it, and more after that, and always more. He was a pair of ragged orange claws upon the ocean floor, forever scuttling, pinching, reaching for more, a carrion crab, a lobster and a boiling lobster pot in one, a termite, a tyrant over his own little empires. He got a boost at the beginning from the wealth handed him and then moved among grifters and mobsters who cut him slack as long as he was useful, or maybe there’s slack in arenas where people live by personal loyalty until they betray, and not by rules, and certainly not by the law or the book. So for seven decades, he fed his appetites and exercised his license to lie, cheat, steal, and stiff working people of their wages, made messes, left them behind, grabbed more baubles, and left them in ruin.

He was supposed to be a great maker of things, but he was mostly a breaker. He acquired buildings and women and enterprises and treated them all alike, promoting and deserting them, running into bankruptcies and divorces, treading on lawsuits the way a lumberjack of old walked across the logs floating on their way to the mill, but as long as he moved in his underworld of dealmakers the rules were wobbly and the enforcement was wobblier and he could stay afloat. But his appetite was endless, and he wanted more, and he gambled to become the most powerful man in the world, and won, careless of what he wished for.
2017-05 
6 weeks ago by Weaverbird
Top 20 Percent Of Americans 'Hoard The American Dream' : NPR
There's a hidden force shaping our politics, says author Richard Reeves, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and it's hidden in plain sight.

In his forthcoming book, Dream Hoarders, Reeves argues that the top 20 percent of Americans — those with six-figure incomes and above — dominate the best schools, live in the best-located homes and pass on the best futures to their kids.

"They are members of the American upper-middle class, who, through various ways of rigging the market ... are essentially hoarding the American dream," he tells NPR's Steve Inskeep.
2017-05  society  inequality 
6 weeks ago by Weaverbird
What Donald Trump Needs to Know About Bob Mueller and Jim Comey - POLITICO Magazine
The two men who could bring down the president have been preparing their entire lives for this moment.
fbi  politics  on:politico.com  politico  2017-05 
7 weeks ago by xr
Swipe Right by miasmatik [Archive of Our Own]
Will is a narcoleptic vampire who gets mistaken for a dead body. Hannibal is the serial killing coroner who runs the local morgue.
a.miasmatik  au  *  2017-05  hannibal  hannibal/will  1k+ 
7 weeks ago by pastself
Swipe Right (Again) by miasmatik [Archive of Our Own]
Hannibal embarks on a journey to find Will's Tinder profile. It's more difficult than he realizes.

Direct sequel to "Swipe Right", which is my most kudosed fic atm, so this is my follow-up present to all you crack-loving Hannigram readers out there <3
2k+  2017-05  hannibal  hannibal/will  *  a.miasmatik  supernatural!Will  au 
7 weeks ago by pastself

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