June 20, 2017

Mexico allegedly using anti-crime hacking software to monitor political activists. “The targets include lawyers looking into the mass disappearance of 43 students, a highly respected academic who helped write anti-corruption legislation, two of Mexico’s most influential journalists and an American representing victims of sexual abuse by the police.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/19/world/americas/mexico-spyware-anticrime.html

Obama administration accused of requesting authorization to use Section 702 surveillance to target U.S. citizens. “So in 2010, the government asked to use 702 to spy on Americans, Bates called them on it, and they backed down. Sort of. On May 2, the government confessed for the first time that it had been collecting US person data all along.”   https://www.emptywheel.net/2017/06/19/in-2010-the-government-tried-to-use-section-702-against-us-persons/

Chicago mom spent 14 months in jail because she couldn’t raise bail. “Just a few days of pretrial detention often severely alter people’s lives. These few days can mean the difference between working or being fired, paying rent or being evicted.”   http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/40971-i-spent-14-months-in-jail-because-i-couldn-t-pay-my-way-out

Interview with Unicorn Riot journalist who covered Standing Rock protests. “The local media was just going to the press conferences and listening. And we were just living in the camp and watching what was happening….”   http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19345:Independent-Media-Was-Crucial-for-Calling-Attention-to-Actions-at-Standing-Rock

Fairfax, Virginia police claim man who allegedly attacked group of Muslim teens in traditional attire with his vehicle and baseball bat, killing one, was motivated by road rage, not Islamaphobia. “We are NOT investigating this murder as a hate crime.”   http://www.cbsnews.com/news/cops-road-rage-is-apparent-motive-in-killing-of-teen-leaving-mosque/   That was quick!

Record temperatures hit Arizona. “Phoenix posted a high of 118 degrees on Monday, tying the record for the date set last year.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/the-latest-phoenix-and-tucson-tie-heat-records-for-the-date/2017/06/19/54512ffe-5552-11e7-840b-512026319da7_story.html

Phoenix flights canceled due to extreme heat. “According to a statement from American Airlines, the American Eagle regional flights use the Bombardier CRJ aircraft, which has a maximum operating temperature of 118 degrees. Tuesday’s forecast for Phoenix included a high of 120 degrees…”   https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/nation-now/2017/06/19/its-so-hot-phoenix-they-cant-fly-planes/410766001/

Former House Oversight Committee chair says Trump administration withholding information from Congress. “The reality is, sadly, I don’t see much difference between the Trump administration and the Obama administration.”   http://thehill.com/homenews/house/338408-chaffetz-trump-administration-almost-worse-than-obamas

Dismissed Trump National Security Advisor Michael Flynn reportedly represented Israeli spyware company whose products were used for surveillance of political activists. “Hiring Flynn would provide NSO Group with a well-connected figure in Washington, to help get its foot in the door of the notoriously insular world of secret intelligence budgeting.”   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/michael-flynn-nso-group-spyware_us_59468386e4b06bb7d273c398

Lockheed Martin reportedly promises to move F-16 production from Fort Worth to India if it gets government contract. “… Lockheed’s agreement to move F-16 production to India could increase its odds of winning that deal.”   http://www.investors.com/news/lockheed-moves-f-16-production-line-from-texas-to-india/

Number of millionaires in China has reportedly increased 9 fold in ten years. “Chinese with at least 10 million yuan (1.2 million pounds) of investable assets hit 1.6 million in 2016, up from 180,000 in 2006, according to the 2017 China Private Wealth Report by Bain Consulting and China Merchants Bank.”   https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2017/06/19/business/19reuters-china-economy-wealthy.html   The magic of “free trade” agreements with higher wage countries!

White House press secretary holds news conference, allegedly bans video or audio recording. “I don’t know what world we’re living in right now.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/06/19/i-dont-know-why-everybody-going-along-white-house-stonewalls-press

Supreme Court rules that Bush administration officials cannot be held liable for post 9/11 roundups. “”This decision regrettably provides constitutional immunity for some of the most high-level officials responsible for gross abuses in the aftermath of September 11,” stated Hina Shamsi, director of the ACLU’s National Security Project.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/06/19/supreme-court-delivers-dangerous-message-immunity-former-bush-officials-over-911

Senate’s Trumpcare proposal asks for even deeper cuts to Medicaid program. “…Senate Republicans are reportedly considering even deeper cuts to Medicaid than those proposed by the House version of Trumpcare, which amounted to around $800 billion over ten years.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/06/19/report-gop-senate-plan-would-gouge-poor-people-even-deeper-medicaid-cuts

Miami police ticket Uber driver for not speaking English. “The English fluency fine was issued as part of a May 2016 Miami-Dade County memorandum rule that requires transportation network drivers be “able to communicate in the English language”.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/miami-police-give-uber-driver-250-ticket-not-speaking-proper-english-2554474

Voter data left unprotected on cloud with internet link by Republican consulting firms. “…unsecured databases containing the sensitive personal details of over 198 million American voters (were) left exposed…”   https://theintercept.com/2017/06/19/republican-data-mining-firm-exposed-personal-information-for-virtually-every-american-voter/

Nuclear weapons protesters arrested at U.N. “More than a dozen activists were arrested for disorderly conduct after they blocked the entrances to the United States mission to the United Nations on Monday to protest Washington’s decision to boycott negotiations on a nuclear weapons ban treaty.”   http://www.reuters.com/article/us-nuclear-un-usa-idUSKBN19A2KB


June 20, 2017

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