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Leaked ICE Guide Offers Unprecedented View of Agency’s Asset Forfeiture Tactics

October 17th, 2017

Via: The Intercept: AN INTERNAL HANDBOOK obtained by The Intercept provides a rare view into the extensive asset seizure operations of ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations, an office that trains its agents to meticulously appraise the value of property before taking it. HSI’s 71-page “Asset Forfeiture Handbook,” dated June 30, 2010, underscores the role seizures play […]

FBI Uncovered Russian Bribery Plot Before Obama Administration Approved Controversial Nuclear Deal with Moscow

October 17th, 2017

Update: Senate Judiciary Opens Probe Into Obama-Era Russian Nuclear Bribery Case — Via: The Hill: Before the Obama administration approved a controversial deal in 2010 giving Moscow control of a large swath of American uranium, the FBI had gathered substantial evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering […]

The USA Liberty Act

October 12th, 2017

A double round o’ Freedom Fries for everyone! Via: Register: The US Senate Judiciary Committee has unveiled its answer to a controversial spying program run by the NSA and used by the FBI to fish for crime leads. Unsurprisingly, the proposed legislation [PDF] reauthorizes Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) – which […]

‘Australia Presses for More Facial Recognition in Terror Fight’

October 4th, 2017

Via: New York Times: The Australian government wants to strengthen its counterterrorism efforts by making use of a fundamental part of all Australian citizens: their faces. On Thursday, at a national security meeting in Canberra, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is expected to pressure states and territories to hand over the driver’s license photos of every […]

Zucktown, USA

October 4th, 2017

Via: The Baffler: Facebook, Amazon, and Google are reviving the ill-fated “company towns” of the Gilded Age.

CIA: The Organized Crime Branch of the U.S. Government

September 27th, 2017

Via: Counterpunch: Lars Schall: 70 years ago, on September 18, 1947, the National Security Act created the Central Intelligence Agency, CIA. Douglas, you refer to the CIA as “the organized crime branch of the U.S. government.” Why so? Douglas Valentine: Everything the CIA does is illegal, which is why the government provides it with an […]

U.S. Provides Military Aid to 3/4 of World’s Dictatorships

September 27th, 2017

Via: Mint Press: Rich Whitney, an attorney and writer, sought to compare Freedom House’s rating system of political rights for 2015 to the U.S. government’s provision of military assistance – military training, military aid and weapons sales – to foreign nations that same year. Whitney’s stated goal was to determine whether the U.S. government actually […]

Japanese Banks Are Planning to Launch J-Coin, a Digital Currency Meant to Kill Off Cash

September 27th, 2017

Via: MIT Technology Review: Japan’s central bank is backing a scheme that could see the the cash-dependent country move toward a digital currency built on blockchain technology. The J Coin, as it’s to be called, is under development by a group of Japanese banks with the blessing of financial regulators. According to the Financial Times […]

BYD Predicts Ambitious China Shift to Electric Cars by 2030

September 24th, 2017

Via: Reuters: Chinese automaker BYD Co Ltd (002594.SZ) expects the country’s shift to cleaner new-energy vehicles (NEV) to be complete in just over a decade, an aggressive timeframe that would challenge traditional carmakers in the world’ top auto market. All vehicles in the country will be “electrified” by 2030, which could range from full electric […]

Trump Renews Post-9/11 State of Emergency

September 18th, 2017

Via: USA Today: President Trump has become the third president to renew a post-9/11 emergency proclamation, stretching what was supposed to be a temporary state of national emergency after the 2001 terror attacks into its 17th year. But the ongoing effects of that perpetual emergency aren’t immediately clear, because the executive branch has ignored a […]

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