Archive | June 8, 2013

U.S. Government: Reports About PRISM Contain “Numerous Inaccuracies”

via Tech Crunch8-cell

After the flurry of reports about the NSA’s alleged PRISM surveillance program earlier today, the U.S.’s Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper just released an official statement. According to Clapper, “The Guardian and The Washington Post articles refer tocollection of communications pursuant to Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. They contain numerous inaccuracies.”

Clapper argues that Section 702 is meant to ” facilitate the acquisition of foreign intelligence information concerning non-U.S. persons located outside the United States.” It is not meant to be used to “intentionally” target any U.S. citizens (though the statement leaves a door open for an admittance of “unintentional” spying).

Given the outright denials of all the tech firms accused of participating in this program, including Google, Facebook and Apple, it remains unclear if the accusation that these companies knew about the program is one of the “inaccuracies.”

Here is the full statement from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence:

DNI Statement on Activities Authorized Under Section 702 of FISA

The Guardian and The Washington Post articles refer to collection of communications pursuant to Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

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New York State May Make It A Felony To “Annoy” A Police Officer

annoy a police officerPhysical contact with intent to annoy a cop would be a serious felony – get ready for the law that could be used against countless protesters. Via the Huffington Post:

The New York State Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would make it a felony to annoy a police officer. The bill would make aggravated harassment of a police officer a crime punishable by up to four years in prison, and so far, the effort has won praise from law enforcement officials.

“Professionally, I am grateful to see this bill pass through the Senate,” Utica Police Department Chief Mark Williams said in a statement. “Our police officers have a very dangerous job and need the support of our government leaders to help make them safe.”

However, the proposed law isn’t as bad as it sounds: Its language specifies that a person has to make “physical contact” with an officer in order for the action to be a crime.

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Florida Sheriff Arrested After Defending Second Amendment

Sheriff Nicholas Finch said he “believed in Second Amendment rights” after releasing a man arrested on a gun charge.

Via Infowars:

A Florida sheriff who believes in the Second Amendment was charged Tuesday for removing the arrest file of a suspect held on an unconstitutional gun charge but later released.

Liberty County Sheriff Nicholas Finch, 50, was booked in his own jail Tuesday with one count of official misconduct by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. The FDLE accuses Finch of covering up the arrest of Floyd Eugene Parrish after releasing him from the Liberty County Jail. Parrish had been arrested for carrying a concealed firearm without a license, a third-degree felony in Florida.

On March 8, Sgt. James Joseph Hoagland of the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office arrested Parrish during a traffic stop after finding a .25 automatic pistol in Parrish’s pocket and a holstered revolver in the front seat, according to court records.

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Severed Whole Human Leg Washes Ashore On Chicago Beach

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What was it running from? The Chicago Sun-Times reports:

A human leg was found on a Kenwood neighborhood beach Wednesday afternoon on the South Side, Chicago Police said. Police were notified at 2:42 p.m. about a human leg on the beach in the 4700 block of South Lake Shore Drive.

Authorities said a person walking along Lake Michigan found the leg on the rocks near the lake. The leg was severed from the hip down.

An autopsy was scheduled for Thursday, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. Area Central detectives were conducting a death investigation.

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