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Hillary Clinton's Fifty Shades of Genetically Modified Gaza Gun Control Tea Party...

...and Immigration Discussion thread

There now, I've put as many hot topics in one OP as I could think of...
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Mon Jul 28, 2014, 01:54 PM (14 replies)

Source Leaks Secret Guidelines for US Government "Watchlist"

Also posted in the Civil Liberties group:
http://www.democraticunderground.com/1168853

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/07/23/source-leaks-secret-guidelines-us-government-watchlist

Published on Wednesday, July 23, 2014
by Common Dreams
Source Leaks Secret Guidelines for US Government "Watchlist"

Reporting by The Intercept reveals that individuals placed on government "watchlist" based on "reasonable suspicion"

by Lauren McCauley, staff writer


“A source within the intelligence community” has leaked the government’s secret guidebook to how it adds names to and manages its controversial terrorist “watchlist” and was published in full by The Intercept on Wednesday.

Reported by Jeremy Scahill and Ryan Devereaux, the 166-page document (pdf) issued by the National Counterterrorism Center—and titled “March 2013 Watchlisting Guidance”—details the most up-to-date government rules for placing individuals on their main terrorism database, as well as the no-fly list and selectee list. It was developed by representatives from the nation's top military and intelligence bodies including the Pentagon, CIA, NSA, and FBI.

According to the report, in 2013 the Obama administration “quietly approved a substantial expansion” of the watchlist system, “authorizing a secret process that requires neither ‘concrete facts’ nor ‘irrefutable evidence’ to designate an American or foreigner as a terrorist.” It was developed behind closed doors by representatives of the nation’s intelligence, military, and law-enforcement establishment, including the Pentagon, CIA, NSA, and FBI.

Scahill and Devereaux report that the guidelines permit “the elastic concept of 'reasonable suspicion' as a standard for determining whether someone is a possible threat.”


The .pdf file is available at:

https://s3.amazonaws.com/s3.documentcloud.org/documents/1227228/2013-watchlist-guidance.pdf


The Feds seem to think Orwell was writing a manual for governance. Wonder what
DU's own cult of personality will have say about this?
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Thu Jul 24, 2014, 04:38 PM (6 replies)

Source Leaks Secret Guidelines for US Government "Watchlist"

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/07/23/source-leaks-secret-guidelines-us-government-watchlist

Published on Wednesday, July 23, 2014
by Common Dreams
Source Leaks Secret Guidelines for US Government "Watchlist"

Reporting by The Intercept reveals that individuals placed on government "watchlist" based on "reasonable suspicion"

by Lauren McCauley, staff writer


“A source within the intelligence community” has leaked the government’s secret guidebook to how it adds names to and manages its controversial terrorist “watchlist” and was published in full by The Intercept on Wednesday.

Reported by Jeremy Scahill and Ryan Devereaux, the 166-page document (pdf) issued by the National Counterterrorism Center—and titled “March 2013 Watchlisting Guidance”—details the most up-to-date government rules for placing individuals on their main terrorism database, as well as the no-fly list and selectee list. It was developed by representatives from the nation's top military and intelligence bodies including the Pentagon, CIA, NSA, and FBI.

According to the report, in 2013 the Obama administration “quietly approved a substantial expansion” of the watchlist system, “authorizing a secret process that requires neither ‘concrete facts’ nor ‘irrefutable evidence’ to designate an American or foreigner as a terrorist.” It was developed behind closed doors by representatives of the nation’s intelligence, military, and law-enforcement establishment, including the Pentagon, CIA, NSA, and FBI.

Scahill and Devereaux report that the guidelines permit “the elastic concept of 'reasonable suspicion' as a standard for determining whether someone is a possible threat.”


The .pdf file is available at:

https://s3.amazonaws.com/s3.documentcloud.org/documents/1227228/2013-watchlist-guidance.pdf


The Feds seem to think Orwell was writing a manual for governance...
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Thu Jul 24, 2014, 04:31 PM (1 replies)

WaPo: Beretta to move manufacturing jobs out of Maryland, blames state gun laws

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/beretta-to-move-manufacturing-jobs-out-of-maryland-blames-gun-laws/2014/07/22/4e91665e-11eb-11e4-8936-26932bcfd6ed_story.html


Beretta to move manufacturing jobs out of Maryland, blames state gun laws


By Michael S. Rosenwald July 22

Blaming Maryland’s new gun-control laws, Beretta USA said Tuesday that it is relocating its manufacturing operations from Accokeek to Tennessee, a move that will eliminate about 160 jobs in southern Prince George’s County.

The Italian company had disclosed a $45 million plan this year to expand operations to a new factory near Nashville. But Beretta has decided to go beyond that plan because, a senior executive said, the company is “very worried about the wisdom of maintaining a firearm manufacturing factory” in Maryland.

Maryland’s new gun restrictions, pushed by Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn., bans 45 types of assault rifles and put in place tough fingerprint, photo identification and training requirements. Magazines are limited to 10 rounds.

A version of the legislation that passed the state Senate “would have prohibited Beretta ­USA from being able to manufacture, store or even import into the State products that we sell to customers throughout the United States and around the world,” the company said.


My prediction: Gun control advocates will downplay (or avoid discussing altogether)
the economic impact of this move by Beretta, while simultaneously doing nothing
about replacing the lost jobs and tax revenue.

Wonder if Marty O'Malley expects any help from that nice Mr. Bloomberg to
help with the financial impact of this. If so, he'll be sorely disappointed...
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Thu Jul 24, 2014, 02:27 AM (46 replies)

Attempt to broaden "may-issue" gets it in the slats in Massachusetts

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/07/17/state-senate-begins-debating-anti-gun-violence-bill/6VnoPwQ5iXb8LRygiqVk0J/story.html


Senators pass an altered gun bill
House provision loses to gun groups


By Joshua Miller
| Globe Staff July 17, 2014

Under pressure from gun rights groups including the National Rifle Association, state senators Thursday rejected a provision aimed at keeping rifles and shotguns out of the hands of dangerous people before approving a broad bill meant to reduce firearm violence.

The provision, which was included in the House version of the legislation that passed last week and the Senate bill that was debated Thursday, would give police chiefs discretion to deny issuing permits for shotguns and rifles to those they deem unsuitable...

...State Senator James E. Timilty, Democrat of Walpole, defended the change, which passed by a vote of 28-10.

He said he was concerned that the provision might violate the US Constitution’s Second Amendment and could have landed the antigun violence measure in court. “I think a suit would have followed,” said Timilty, Senate chairman of the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security...


Naturally enough, the usual crowd of prohibitionists have a sad, which is too bad
as the bill has a few good elements previously discussed here:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1172149134
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Sat Jul 19, 2014, 02:02 PM (4 replies)

NSA targets Linux Journal as 'extremist forum': Report

Source: ZDNet


Summary: The NSA is targeting the Linux Journal as an "extremist forum" and flagging its readers as 'extremists', according to source code leaked to German public broadcaster, ARD.

By Leon Spencer | July 4, 2014 -- 02:00 GMT (19:00 PDT)

The Linux Journal, a Linux user community website, has been flagged as an "extremist forum" by the United States' National Security Agency (NSA), while its users have been flagged as "extremists" under the agency's XKeyscore program, according to leaked source code.

The source code, which was published this week by German public broadcaster, ARD, also identified at least two German Tor Directory Authority servers — one in Berlin, the other in Nuremberg — as being under surveillance by the NSA...

...ARD said the XKeyscore rules also show that the NSA tracks all connections to a server hosting part of an anonymous email service at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the US, while also reporting details about visits to the Linux Journal — which it also calls "extremist".

Read more: http://www.zdnet.com/nsa-targets-linux-journal-as-extremist-forum-report-7000031241/



A link to the original report from ARD (in English)

http://daserste.ndr.de/panorama/aktuell/nsa230_page-1.html
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Thu Jul 3, 2014, 09:46 PM (66 replies)
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