Jack Kenny

Sunday, 19 January 2014 00:00

Obama on the NSA: Spies 'R' Us

If he were to borrow a slogan his old rival and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton helped popularize, President Obama in his January 17 speech might have said, "It takes a village" to run a surveillance state.

Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning, the U.S. Army private whose divulgence of classified materials to WikiLeaks in 2010 resulted in his 35-year prison sentence, has been named the 2014 recipient of the Sam Adams Award for Integrity in Intelligence.



On a court that appeared evenly divided on the constitutionality of a Massachusetts law banning banning abortion protesters from entering a 35-foot buffer zone around entrances to an abortion clinic, Chief Justice John Roberts exercised his right to remain silent.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday will hear arguments for and against a Massachusetts law that forbids abortion opponents from entering a 35-foot buffer zone in front of entrances to facilities where abortions are performed.

Republican Senators John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina were among those blaming President Obama's administration for the capture by al-Qaeda-affiliated forces of territory in Iraq.

Though touted as preserving the dollar’s value and ending economic slumps, the Federal Reserve is destroying the dollar and weakening the economy, for “world order.”

An aide to Afghan President Hamid Karzai has accused the United States of trying to pressure the Kabul government into signing the Biliateral Security Agreement that would keep U.S. and other NATO forces in Afghanistan for 10 or more years beyond the deadline for withdrawal of combat units by the end of next year.

Motorists on America's highways are being randomly stopped and asked for breath, blood, and saliva samples in a $7.9 million research project of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The United States should use tactical nuclear weapons if a preemptive strike is necessary to prevent Iran from producing a nuclear weapon, U.S. Rep. Duncan D. Hunter (R-Calif.) said this week in an interview on C-Span.

U.S. Representatives Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), both members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, charged in a letter to FBI Director James Comey, Jr. that the FBI and the Justice Department are impeding the investigation into the IRS targeting conservative groups seeking tax exemption.

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