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CIA ‘Torture Psychologists’ Avoid Trial with Secret Settlement

August 18th, 2017

Via: AFP: Two psychologists who helped design the CIA’s post-9/11 interrogation program settled a lawsuit Thursday by detainees alleging they were illegally tortured. The secret settlement in the suit, brought on behalf of two living ex-detainees and one who died of hypothermia after brutal questioning in US custody, avoided what would have been the first […]

Trump Threatens Venezuela with Unspecified ‘Military Option’

August 11th, 2017

Via: Reuters: U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday threatened military intervention in Venezuela, a surprise escalation in Washington’s response to Venezuela’s political crisis. Venezuela has appeared to slide toward a more volatile stage of unrest in recent days, with anti-government forces looting weapons from a military base after a new legislative body usurped the authority […]

‘You Will Get Chipped – Eventually’

August 9th, 2017

Mmm hmm. Via: USA Today: You will get chipped. It’s just a matter of time. … “It will happen to everybody,” says Noelle Chesley, 49, associate professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. “But not this year, and not in 2018. Maybe not my generation, but certainly that of my kids.” Related: Cyborgs at […]

Putin Bans VPNs to Stop Russians Accessing Prohibited Websites

August 1st, 2017

Via: BBC: Vladimir Putin has banned virtual private networks (VPNs) and Tor in a crackdown on apps that allow access to websites prohibited in Russia. The law, signed by President Putin, was passed by Russia’s parliament last week and will come into force on 1 November. A second law to ban anonymous use of online […]

‘Apple’s Silence in China Sets a Dangerous Precedent’

July 31st, 2017

Dangerous precedent? I think it’s more of a dangerous precedent du jour. Apple blocks apps for the Chinese regime. Yes, that’s bad. But Cisco built China’s god damned Great Firewall in the first place! In mentioning Apple’s, “Dangerous Precedent,” this New York Times article doesn’t mention Cisco at all. I’m definitely not defending Apple—their manufacturing […]

How Governments, Food Companies, Big Pharma, Media and Healthcare Operators Keep Us Fat and Sick

July 27th, 2017

If you thought the Military Industrial Complex was something… Via: The Drs. Wolfson: These numbers clearly reveal a U.S. economy totally dependent on the healthcare system. Were the need for healthcare to cease, or be reduced dramatically, the U.S. economy would be in crisis of unprecedented proportions. So, what has the government been doing to […]

Homeland Security Says Americans Who Don’t Want Faces Scanned on International Flights “Shouldn’t Travel”

July 15th, 2017

Via: ZDnet: Homeland Security’s advice for the millions of Americans traveling overseas who don’t want to end up in its facial biometric database is simply not to travel. That’s according to the agency’s own assessment document published earlier this year of a new so-called traveler verification project to “capture facial images of travelers” leaving the […]

Australian PM Calls for End-to-End Encryption Ban, Says the Laws of Mathematics Don’t Apply Down Under

July 15th, 2017

#comedygold Via: EFF: “The laws of mathematics are very commendable but the only law that applies in Australia is the law of Australia”, said Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull today. He has been rightly mocked for this nonsense claim, that foreshadows moves to require online messaging providers to provide law enforcement with back door access […]

Concentration Camps Reveal the Nature of the Modern State

July 14th, 2017

Via: Aeon: In the history of concentration camps, there is one thing that everyone knows: they were invented by the British. The idea of isolating unwanted population groups in purpose-built camps was implemented in South Africa in the context of the Anglo-Boer War, with horrific consequences for the Boer population. Although it would be left […]

House Democrats Want to Know Why a Major Russian Money-Laundering Case Was Abruptly Settled

July 12th, 2017

Related: Why Did Loretta Lynch Grant Trump Jr’s Russian Lawyer A Special Visa To Enter America? — Via: Business Insider: Democratic members of the House Judiciary Committee sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday asking why the Department of Justice settled a major money-laundering case involving a real-estate company owned by the […]

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