RT from a Guardian article: “The UK’s Ministry of Defence is channeling millions into funding postgraduate studies, such as ‘digital insurgency’, mapping hacker groups such as Anonymous, social networking, online influences on behavior, and tracking crowds by phone. PhD papers, sponsored by the MoD’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DTSL), encompass the developing role of cyberspace as it reaches through the culture of hackers and looks into behavior in crowd situations, such as at music festivals and football matches, according to the Guardian …” (Link below)
Linked is a NY Times story about a group of anti-Vietnam War activists’ 1971 break-in into a Pennsylvania FBI office, and break-in they got away with. The documents they seized exposed FBI illegal surveillance under the reign of J. Edgar Hoover — some have now revealed their identities and say they share a kinship with Edward Snowden’s whistleblowing about NSA surveillance.
From Political Blind Spot: “The real ‘Lone Ranger,’ it turns out, was an African American man named Bass Reeves, who the legend was based upon. Perhaps not surprisingly, many aspects of his life were written out of the story, including his ethnicity. The basics remained the same: a lawman hunting bad guys, accompanied by a Native American, riding on a white horse, and with a silver trademark….” (Link below) …
From the Center for Investigative Reporting: …”San Francisco’s former United Methodist Bishop Melvin Talbert gave a sermon at the denomination’s global conference last year, urging pastors to defy church law by performing same-sex wedding ceremonies. On Saturday, Talbert answered that call himself, performing a ceremony for parishioners Bobby Prince and Joe Openshawnear Birmingham, Ala. Church leaders predict that Talbert’s action will aggravate a conflict between conservative and liberal factions of the United Methodist Church – one of the last mainline Protestant denominations that bans same-sex marriage…” (Link below)
From Glenn Greenwald: ” [Is] there any doubt at all that the US government repeatedly tried to mislead the world when insisting that this system of suspicionless surveillance was motivated by an attempt to protect Americans from The Terrorists™? Our reporting has revealed spying on conferences designed to negotiate economic agreements, the Organization of American States, oil companies, ministries that oversee mines and energy resources, the democratically elected leaders of allied states, and entire populations in those states….” (Link to story below)
From the Washington Post — ”The notifications come as the Obama administration is scrambling to placate allies after allegations that the NSA has spied on foreign leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The reports have forced the administration to play down operations targeting friends while also attempting to preserve other programs that depend on provisional partners. In either case, trust in the United States may be compromised….” (Link to story below)
Walk Free Foundation report: “The countries with the highest prevalence of modern slavery were Mauritania, Haiti, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Moldova, Benin, Ivory Coast, Gambia and Gabon. Moldova — once part of the Soviet Union — was the only European nation in the top 10 …” (link to AFP story below)