Intel Vets Call ‘Dissent Memo’ on Syria ‘Reckless’

MEMORANDUM FOR: Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity SUBJECT: Beware Foggy Bottom Dissent Dissent and disagreement within the foreign policy and national security bureaucracy only comes to the public’s attention when there are deep and fundamental differences of opinion about the execution and objectives of a U.S. […]

Google, YouTube, Facebook, Others, Now Using Automated Blocking of ‘Extremist’ Content

The web’s biggest content providers have started using automation to remove “extremist propaganda” videos from their sites. Censoring Content YouTube (owned by Google) and Facebook are among the sites deploying systems to block or rapidly take down Islamic State videos and other similar material, sources said, though no company would confirm the action.

New Service Sends Summaries of Your Social Media to Landlords, Employers to ‘Assess’ You

Here’s a shout out to all of you who said “If I’ve got nothing to hide I’ve got nothing to fear” after the Snowden revelations. And this little gem deals only with publicly available information about you. Imagine what it’s like when it gets into the good stuff you think is private. An Orwellian startup […]

US and Russia Should Negotiate Over Nukes

In the historic port city of Yalta, located on the Crimean Peninsula, we visited the site where Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin, in February of 1945, concluded negotiations ending World War II. These leaders and their top advisors were also present at the creation of the United Nations and other instruments of international negotiation and non-military […]

Teen Sues US Over Cavity Drug Search for Which She Was Billed $575

Ashley Cervantes, a then 18-year-old American citizen, was stopped at the Mexico border and, for some unspecified reason, perhaps related to her being young and of Hispanic ethnicity, accused by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) of smuggling drugs. What Drugs? A search of her person and belongings proved fruitless, which often is a strong indicator […]

Ron Paul on Neoconned At State: ‘Diplomats’ Urge War

Recently, 51 State Department employees signed a memo urging the president to change his focus in Syria from fighting ISIS to fighting the secular Assad government. They argued that targeting Assad would weaken Assad’s enemy, ISIS. The logic is not immediately apparent. They also dismissed any danger that a US attack on Russia’s ally in […]