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How an unfixed Net glitch could strand you offline (AP)

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AP - In 1998, a hacker told Congress that he could bring down the Internet in 30 minutes by exploiting a certain flaw that sometimes caused online outages by misdirecting data. In 2003, the Bush administration concluded that fixing this flaw was in the nation's "vital interest."...
How an unfixed Net glitch could strand you offline (AP)

Yes, We're Better Off Than 4 Years Ago [CHARTS]

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The biggest issue in this year's election is the economy. So the question both political teams keep asking Americans is, "Are you better off than you were four years ago?" Many Americans certainly aren't better off than they were four years ago, because they don't have jobs. But are average...
Yes, We're Better Off Than 4 Years Ago [CHARTS]

Court Says President Bush Violated Wiretapping Laws With Warrantless Wiretap

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In a huge ruling, a court has said that the US government violated wiretapping laws in eavesdropping on phone calls without a warrant. If you haven't been following the fight over the legality of warrantless wiretapping, this case, involving lawyers working with the Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation, is extremely important. When...
Court Says President Bush Violated Wiretapping Laws With Warrantless Wiretap

Judge Calls Out Obama Admin For Overuse Of State Secrets Privilege In No-Fly Case

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President Barack Obama appears to look at the state secrets privilege in the United States the same way past Presidents have: it's a horrific injustice all the way up to the exact moment when it becomes available to them to use. For instance, after publicly campaigning against the Bush...
Judge Calls Out Obama Admin For Overuse Of State Secrets Privilege In No-Fly Case
FISA "warrantless wiretapping" bill extended through 2017

Petraeus: Harsh interrogations ‘bit us on the backside’

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Gen. David Petraeus, the top US soldier in the Middle East, says the use of "enhanced interrogation techniques" has "bitten us on our backside" and there's no reason US forces can't adhere to Geneva Convention rules when prosecuting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.During an appearance Sunday on NBC's Meet...
Petraeus: Harsh interrogations ‘bit us on the backside’

The 2012 election and web freedom: who to vote for? | Dan Gillmor

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For civil libertarians, weighing Romney's plans against Obama's record on the open internet, it's a choice of the lesser of two evilsPresident Obama has run one of the most secretive administrations in history. His commitment to a free press and free speech in the digital age is, at best, limited....
The 2012 election and web freedom: who to vote for? | Dan Gillmor

Google In Secret Legal Battle With Feds Over Consumer Data

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In 2006 AOL, Microsoft and Yahoo all complied with Bush Administration Justice Department (DOJ) subpoenas to turn over search records — without a fight. The subpoenas were issued pursuant to the Child Online Protection Act of 1998, which the Supreme Court had previously ruled to be... Please visit Marketing Land...
Google In Secret Legal Battle With Feds Over Consumer Data

Former Governor Jesse Ventura told Fox News’ Steve Doocy and Gretchen Carlson that he believes the tea party protest are party of a conspiracy because they didn’t protest freedom that were under attack during the Bush administration [FLV video]

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Former Governor Jesse Ventura told Fox News’ Steve Doocy and Gretchen Carlson that he believes the tea party protest are party of a conspiracy because they didn’t protest freedom that were under attack during the Bush administration [FLV video]

Meanwhile, Here's The Chart That Will Get Obama Fired...

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Mitt Romney has been going on about how we should be creating 500,000 jobs a month, so earlier we published a look at the number of jobs created per month in the good old days--the Bush Adminstration. The bottom line? On average, there were 20,000 jobs per month created in...
Meanwhile, Here's The Chart That Will Get Obama Fired...

The Best Stories From The Last 7 Years On The Government's Growing Surveillance

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On Wednesday, the Guardian published documents revealing the government has been collecting months' worth of telephone "metadata" on millions of Verizon customers. The Washington Post and the Guardian followed with news that both the National Security Agency and the FBI have been pulling Americans' data from major web companies like Facebook and...
The Best Stories From The Last 7 Years On The Government's Growing Surveillance
US ordered Stuxnet cyberattack against Iran, says NYT investigation

Solyndra report: No smoking guns

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The most detailed account yet of how the solar panel startup won a $528 million government loan guarantee and then descended into bankruptcy finds no wrongdoing. But it does not address key allegations, including the White House's role. By Roger Parloff, senior editor FORTUNE -- Today Solyndra's chief restructuring officer --...
Solyndra report: No smoking guns

Obama's Google Hangout: a primer | Ruth Spencer

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Three of our reporters provide insight into how the president may (or may not) respond to questions in his second Google HangoutBarack Obama will follow up his state of the union address by participating in a Google hangout - a group video chat - on Thursday afternoon.He will take questions from...
Obama's Google Hangout: a primer | Ruth Spencer

Obama Adminstration Withholds FoIA Requests More Often Than Bush's

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bonch writes "Agencies under the Obama administration cite security provisions to withhold information more often than they did under the Bush administration. For example, the 'deliberative process' exemption of the Freedom of Information Act was used 70,779 times in 2009, up from the 47,395 of 2008. Amusingly, the Associated Press...
Obama Adminstration Withholds FoIA Requests More Often Than Bush's

Apple Pumping More Money Into Lobbying

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Apple has never had much of a profile inside the Beltway. It shuttered its big government affairs office in Washington, D.C., in the late ’90s and since that time hasn’t had much of a presence in the nation’s capital. But now, as it finds itself under increasing scrutiny for...
Apple Pumping More Money Into Lobbying

Quick! Guess The Average Number Of Jobs Created Per Month During The Bush Years...

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Paul Krugman observes that Mitt Romney has been blasting Barack Obama for not creating more jobs. Specifically, Romney suggests that we should be creating 500,000 jobs a month--a job creation rate that, as Krugman observes, is rare to say the least. Meanwhile, Romney waxes nostalgically about the dream-like economy during...
Quick! Guess The Average Number Of Jobs Created Per Month During The Bush Years...
Warrantless wiretapping bill heads to full vote in Congress despite opposition

Steve Jobs did serve in the first Bush Administration

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Yesterday we brought you the FBI’s file on Steve Jobs, which, among other things, revealed Jobs was possibly considered for a “sensitive position” in the Bush I White House in 1991. However many seem to have missed the fact that Jobs actually did take a position. A recent report from...
Steve Jobs did serve in the first Bush Administration

Civil liberties: American freedom on the line

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The fact that police have the right to monitor the communications of all its citizens - in secret - is a classic hallmark of a state that fears freedomA few months before he was first elected president in 2008, Barack Obama made a calculation that dismayed many of his ardent...
Civil liberties: American freedom on the line

Obama Administration Has Declared War On Whistleblowers, Describes Leaks As 'Aiding The Enemy'

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In 2008, now President Obama ran with the following as a key plank in his campaign: Protect Whistleblowers: Often the best source of information about waste, fraud, and abuse in government is an existing government employee committed to public integrity and willing to speak out. Such acts of courage and...
Obama Administration Has Declared War On Whistleblowers, Describes Leaks As 'Aiding The Enemy'

WikiLeaks hires noted Spanish judge to defend Julian Assange

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WikiLeaks and Julian Assange have selected Spanish judge and lawyer, Baltasar Garzón to head their new legal team. In June 2012, Assange lost his appeal in the United Kingdom to avoid being extradited to Sweden. There, he will likely face charges of sexual misconduct (an accusation that he has staunchly denied). The...
WikiLeaks hires noted Spanish judge to defend Julian Assange

And Here Are The Charts That Will Get Obama Reelected...

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Last week, we printed the chart that will get Obama fired. That chart shows the unemployment rate projected by the incoming Obama administration as compared to the actual unemployment rate over the past four years--which has been far higher than even the nightmare-scenario projection. The Republicans will no doubt use...
And Here Are The Charts That Will Get Obama Reelected...
Obama's new Department of Defense: fewer troops, more drones

Appeals court dismisses warrantless wiretapping suit

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On Tuesday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in San Francisco, tossed one of the few remaining lawsuits fighting the Bush Administration's warrantless wiretapping program. The court unanimously ruled (PDF) in Al Haramain Islamic Foundation v. Obama that the (now-defunct) Muslim charity could not bring a lawsuit against the government itself,...
Appeals court dismisses warrantless wiretapping suit
States and industry get a legal smackdown on climate

WTF the Bush administration experimented on CIA detainees so they could work out how to legally torture. This has to be a definitive violation of the Nuremberg Code!

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WTF the Bush administration experimented on CIA detainees so they could work out how to legally torture. This has to be a definitive violation of the Nuremberg Code!

Is the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act the 'worst law in technology'? | Dan Gillmor

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It is bad - enabling federal prosecutors' harassment of Aaron Swartz. But America's copyright regime is an even greater threatIs the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act the "worst law in technology", as Columbia Law School's Tim Wu calls the statute? I think there are worse laws for the technology industry...
Is the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act the 'worst law in technology'? | Dan Gillmor

Are We Better Off Than 4 Years Ago? Let's Go To The Charts!....

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The biggest issue in this year's election is the economy. So the question members of both political teams keep asking Americans is, "Are you better off than you were four years ago?" Many Americans certainly aren't better off than they were four years ago, because they don't have jobs. But...
Are We Better Off Than 4 Years Ago? Let's Go To The Charts!....

FBI reveals 1991 probe of Steve Jobs

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The FBI today made public a background probe of Steve Jobs conducted in 1991, when he was being considered by the George H. W. Bush administration for a spot on the President's Export Council....
FBI reveals 1991 probe of Steve Jobs
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