Wine on the beach. #selfie
A web of deception has finally been untangled: the Justice Department got the US supreme court to dismiss a case that could have curtailed the NSA’s dragnet. Why?
If you blinked this week, you might have missed the news: two Senators accused the…
"the supreme court ruled, 5-4, that the case should be dismissed because the plaintiffs didn’t have "standing" – in other words, that the ACLU couldn’t prove with near-certainty that their clients, which included journalists and human rights advocates, were targets of surveillance, so they couldn’t challenge the law. As the New York Times noted this week, the court relied on two claims by the Justice Department to support their ruling: 1) that the NSA would only get the content of Americans’ communications without a warrant when they are targeting a foreigner abroad for surveillance, and 2) that the Justice Department would notify criminal defendants who have been spied on under the Fisa Amendments Act, so there exists some way to challenge the law in court. It turns out that neither of those statements were true – but it took Snowden’s historic whistleblowing to prove it."
A Sudanese court has sentenced a Christian woman to death for renouncing Islam, her lawyer said Thursday.
Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, 27, was convicted by a Khartoum court this week of apostasy, or the renunciation of faith.
Martyrdom didn’t die with Rome.
College graduates with student loans often dig themselves deeper into debt.
Those under 40 years old have almost twice the overall debt load of those who graduated without student debt, according to a Pew Research Center report iss…
Further evidence that student loans are killing us?
Only 54 percent of people polled globally are aware of the Holocaust — and an alarming 32 percent of them believe the mass genocide of Jews was a myth or has been greatly exaggerated, a sweeping new survey has found.
Some 30,000 people are sheltering at the UN compound in Bentiu
The BBC’s Alastair Leithead travels to South Sudan’s oil hub of Bentiu to investigate reports of rape and murder in one of the worst-affected areas of the nation’s brutal conflict.
By Lee Ferran @leeferran, go.com
The U.S. government “kill[s] people based on metadata,” but it doesn’t do that with the trove of information collected on American communications, according to former head of the National Security Agency Gen. Michael…