Following the controversial selection of an all-female jury, opening statements begin Monday in the high-profile murder trial of former neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who fatally shot Trayvon Martin in what he contends was self-defense. National media have been following the case closely, but major controversies surrounding the entire prosecution have largely taken a back seat in press coverage to manufactured hysteria over gun laws and race — then-17-year-old Martin was black and Zimmerman is Hispanic.

A group representing New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns campaign named alleged Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev as a victim of gun violence.

 

Former Vice President Dick Cheney said on Fox News Sunday this week that if the National Security Agency's controversial program PRISM — a daily collection of private telephone records and Internet messages — had been in place before the 9/11 attacks in 2001, the terrorists' plot might have been foiled.

 

 

 

 

Three other NSA whistleblowers were asked on Friday what they thought about Edward Snowden's revelations about the surveillance state in the United States and each was relieved that someone had finally been able to break through and reveal the truth.

Natural or man-made disasters bring out looters as well as Good Samaritans, but business- and homeowners' armed self-defense can stop them in their tracks.

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