March 4, 2017

NSA reportedly not responding to requests from Congress to release number of Americans “accidentally” subjected to data collection. “…a number of Congressmen made it plain that the NSA had failed to provide an estimate for the number of American citizens it has data on – despite the committee asking for it 11 months ago in a formal letter.”

Uber allegedly fed suspected hostile law enforcement officials a fake version of their app. “Greyballed users would see a fake version of the app with animated cars that did not correspond to the real locations of drivers, and rides requested by those users were usually cancelled.”

Man who posted on Facebook about his traffic ticket being dismissed in court was reportedly tracked down by law enforcement, leading to the current “sex offender social media ban” case before the Supreme Court. “When the police discovered the offending Facebook post they tracked down the man who posted it (Packingham had used a pseudonym), applied for a warrant, and searched Packingham’s home.”

Maryland bill would blacklist Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) activists. “The current bill in Maryland would achieve its ends by prohibiting the state from contracting with, or its pension fund from investing in, “persons” that boycott Israel or “Israeli-controlled territory.” To accomplish this the  Board of Trustees for the State Retirement and Pension System would be tasked with assembling a blacklist that would be based on publicly available information and would be published online.”

ICE officers reportedly arrested illegal immigrant as he was dropping his daughter off at school. “The 48-year-old man has reportedly been in the U.S. more than 25 years, and works at a restaurant.”

Man charged with 8 bomb threats against Jewish groups was allegedly trying to smear his ex-girlfriend. “…federal authorities said he was attempting to harass and ruin the reputation of his ex-girlfriend by mentioning her name in the threats.”   Is anyone that stupid? I’m skeptical.

Democratic Senator who tweeted, “I’ve been on the Armed Services Com for 10 years. No call or meeting w/Russian ambassador. Ever.” had also allegedly tweeted previously, “Off to meeting w/Russian Ambassador. Upset about the arbitrary/cruel decision to end all US adoptions, even those in process.”  and “Today calls with British, Russian, and German Ambassadors re: Iran deal. #doingmyhomework.”

Mexican congressman posts photo of himself on border wall. “Look, in these 8 meters, more or less 8, 10 meters, how simple it is to climb.”

Most terrorist attacks committed by native born U.S. citizens, of those committed by foreign-born suspects more than 50% had lived in the U.S. for 10 years or longer before becoming radicalized to the point of planning or committing acts of violence. “We assess that most foreign-born, U.S-based violent extremists (are) likely radicalized several years after their entry to the United States, limiting the ability of screening and vetting officials to prevent their entry…”

Intelligence watchdog close to death. “(The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board) is supposed to have five members…. But with just one part-time board member left, after another member’s term ended last week, the agency has very few formal powers to police the so-called “deep state” until President Trump nominates a new board.”

Massachusetts already working on the problem of “zombie” self-driving cars. “The proposal is meant to curtail the rise of “zombie cars,” or driverless vehicles that drive in circles waiting for a customer instead of parking…”

Trump apparently plans to keep America safe by spending billions more on weapons systems that will allow us to interject ourselves into the civil wars of foreign countries, while cutting $1.3 billion from the Coast Guard’s budget. “It guards the entire American coastline with a total force of 56,000 — just over the size of the New York City police force.”

Wildlife activists opposing massive Yellowstone bison cull. “In December, federal, state and tribal agencies responsible for managing the herd said they would cull between 900 and 1,300 bison, one of the largest amounts in the history of the park.”

Carl Bernstein: “There’s a cover-up going on…. People are trying to keep us and investigators from knowing what all of these goings-on are about, people around Donald Trump and Russians…”

Some rural hospitals reportedly turning away women in labor. “Some ERs not only denied treatment to women in labor, they also would not help them transfer elsewhere, records show.”

Trump’s fake populism worse than the Deep State says former congressional staffer. “Donald Trump will not dismantle the extra-constitutional power structures that have grown more influential in the last decades of near-perpetual war, increasingly intrusive surveillance, financial deregulation and widening inequality. He will further entrench them.”

Louisville police officer apparently shoots unarmed suspect by accident. “Stumler yelled, “Show your hands,” and raised her gun from her side. Almost immediately, she fired once, then said, “Shit.””   And then they handcuffed him!

TSA announces “more rigorous” pat-downs at airports. “…the new pat-down method “may involve an officer making more intimate contact than before”.”

Birthday party attendees were terrorized with a shotgun, not Confederate flags, points out media watchdog. “Members of the group pulled out a shotgun and pointed it at the victims. They used racial slurs and threatened to kill some of the party goers. They even threatened to kill children at the party…. All of the charges were based on threats to kill others and the pointing of the shotgun.”

Secretary of State Tillerson reportedly did not respond to request for meeting from top U.N. climate change official. “Patricia Espinosa, head of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, is touring the U.S. and said Thursday her requests for a meeting with Tillerson went unanswered.”

March 4, 2017

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