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Jane is the founder of firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC. Subscribe in a reader

Parallel Construction: Unconstitutional NSA Searches Deny Due Process

By: Wednesday July 23, 2014 2:18 pm

The NSA sits at the nexus of violations of both the Fourth and Fifth Amendments with a legal dodge called Parallel Construction.

Parallel Construction is a technique used by law enforcement to hide the fact that evidence in a criminal case originated with the NSA. In its simplest form, the NSA collects information showing say a Mr. Anderson committed a crime. This happens most commonly in drug cases.

Comcast ‘Call From Hell’ Was Standard Procedure According To Leaked Company Memo

By: Wednesday July 23, 2014 1:13 pm

As Comcast continues its plan to merge with Time Warner Cable and create a massive telcom empire it has also been forced to deal with a viral recording of a Comcast customer service representative refusing to allow a customer to leave the service. Nicknamed the “call from hell”, the recording spoke to an experience many Comcast customers seem to have shared regarding the bullying and inappropriate behavior they receive from the firm.

17 Percent Now Oppose Obamacare for Not Being Liberal Enough

By: Wednesday July 23, 2014 12:09 pm

With over half a year since the exchanges opened the American people have gotten plenty of time to judge the new health care law based on real world experiences and they continue to dislike it.

Israeli Reservists Refusing To Fight In Operation Protective Edge Start Petition Drive

By: Wednesday July 23, 2014 11:04 am

Not every Israeli is on board with participating in the carnage in Gaza or the supporting operations necessary for it to continue. Some Israel Reservists are refusing to join in the bloodshed and have launched a petition. The concerns of the group include discrimination in the IDF against Jewish ethnic groups such as the Mizrachi as well as women not being treated equally. But the central focus is opposing the IDF’s all encompassing role in Israeli society and the current attacks against the people of Gaza.

Pro-Israel Real Estate Broker, Who Sells Condos in Trump Tower, Arrested at Chicago Rally for Carrying Gun

By: Wednesday July 23, 2014 10:01 am

The Chicago chapter of the pro-Israel group, StandWithUs, organized a rally on July 22 to show support for the country’s military assault on Gaza. During the rally, a man was arrested by Chicago police for carrying a gun at the demonstration.

Up until now, the man has been identified in the local press. His name is Andrew Glatz. He is 37-years-old and lives in Lincolnwood, IL. However, it has not been reported that he was with the people who were rallying for Israel.

Justice Department Investigation Uncovers Routine Conduct Which Suggests Police are Racists and Thieves

By: Wednesday July 23, 2014 8:56 am

The results of a Justice Department (DOJ) investigation into the Newark Police Department show the police force engages in a routine pattern of unconstitutional policing. Police illegally stop thousands of pedestrians without articulating any “reasonable suspicion” for stopping them. They unconstitutionally arrest people, and the department’s lawless policing disproportionately affects black residents.

Gazans Explain What They Want From Any Ceasefire

By: Wednesday July 23, 2014 7:52 am

The news today is full of talk about John Kerry going to Cairo and insisting on a ceasefire in the war on Gaza. Obama’s UN Ambassador, Samantha Power, who normally is a warrior for R2P made the same argument at the United Nations, also calling for a ceasefire – though mostly from the Gazans since she began by stressing Israel’s right to self-defense. Of course, no one mentions the Palestinians right to same.

Researcher Discovers Intentional Security Back Door For Apple iPhones And iPads

By: Wednesday July 23, 2014 6:45 am

Apple has been under increasing scrutiny regarding its civil liberties record after security researcher Jacob Applebaum showed evidence gathered from an NSA whistleblower that a program called DROPOUT JEEP existed to gain access to a user’s iPhone. Applebaum postulated that developing this system would have been nearly impossible without Apple’s involvement. For its part, Apple denied it was involved.

The Undying Filibuster Myth

By: Tuesday July 22, 2014 2:19 pm

I thought when Senate Democrats so easily eliminated the filibuster for executive appointees that was going to be the final nail in the coffin of the filibuster myth, but I was mistaken. The myth that the filibuster is some insurmountable hurdle, instead of something which can easily be dealt with, lives on in Kevin Drum’s defense of President Obama’s first year.

UK Watchdog Warns Country’s Terrorism Laws Could Be Used to Criminalize Newspapers as Terrorists

By: Tuesday July 22, 2014 1:13 pm

The official in the United Kingdom, who is tasked with reviewing terrorism legislation, has released a report warning about the breadth of terrorism laws and how they could be used to criminalize journalism.

Citing the case of David Miranda, journalist Glenn Greenwald’s husband who was detained at Heathrow Airport under the UK’s Terrorism Act of 2000 last year, David Anderson QC recommended changing the definition of terrorism in the law.

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