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Under the National Operations Center (NOC)’s Media Monitoring Initiative that emerged from the Department of Homeland Security in November, Washington has written permission to collect and retain personal information from journalists, news anchors, reporters or anyone who uses “traditional and/or social media in real time to keep their audience situational aware and informed.”
According to DHS, the definition of personal identifiable information can consist of any intellect “that permits the identity of an individual to be directly or indirectly inferred, including any information which is linked or linkable to that individual.”
Previously established guidelines within the administration say that data could only be collected under authorization set forth by written code, but the new provisions in the NOC’s write-up means that any reporter, whether someone along the lines of Walter Cronkite or a budding blogger, can be victimized by the agency.
Also included in the roster of those subjected to the spying are government officials, domestic or not, who make public statements, private sector employees that do the same and “persons known to have been involved in major crimes of Homeland Security interest,” which to itself opens up the possibilities even wider.
The department says that they will only scour publically-made info available while retaining data, but it doesn’t help but raise suspicion as to why the government is going out of their way to spend time, money and resources on watching over those that helped bring news to the masses.
According to RT, the website “Fast Company” reports that the NOC Monitoring Initiative has been in play since at least early-2010 and that the data is being shared with both private sector businesses and international third parties.
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Magnetic bomb kills nuclear scientist in Iran; Israel accused MSNBC
‘Western powers and their allies appear to be relying on covert war tactics to try to delay and degrade Iran’s nuclear advancement,’ security expert says
TEHRAN, Iran — Two assailants on a motorcycle attached a magnetic bomb to the car of an Iranian university professor working at a key nuclear facility, killing him and wounding two people on Wednesday, a semiofficial news agency reported.
The attack in Tehran bore a strong resemblance to earlier killings of scientists working on the Iranian nuclear program. It is certain to reinforce authorities’ claims of widening clandestine operations by Western powers and allies to try to cripple nuclear advancements.
The bomb killed Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, a chemistry expert and a director of the Natanz uranium enrichment facility in central Iran, the semiofficial Fars news agency reported. Natanz is Iran’s main enrichment site, but officials claimed earlier this week that they are expanding some operations to an underground site south of Tehran with more advanced equipment.
‘Our path is irreversible’ Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization said the country’s nuclear path would not change despite the killing, which it branded a “heinous act”.
“Our path is irreversible,” Arabic language al-Alam TV quoted an agency statement as saying.
Reza Azlan must be in mourning.
By Alex Pappas
MANCHESTER, N.H. — Video footage provided exclusively to The Daily Caller shows election workers in New Hampshire giving out ballots in the names of dead voters at multiple voting precincts during the state’s primary election on Tuesday.
The bombshell video is the work of conservative filmmaker James O’Keefe and his organization, Project Veritas.
Voters in the Granite State are not required to present identification to vote. O’Keefe’s investigators were able to obtain ballots under the names of dead voters at polling locations Tuesday by simply asking for them, he said.
“Live free or die,” an election worker told one of the investigators in the video. “This is New Hampshire. No ID needed.”
In an interview with The DC on Wednesday, O’Keefe said the exposé shows how voter fraud can be easier to perpetrate when identification isn’t required.
“There is fraud going on and our goal is to visualize it for people,” he said. (RELATED: Complete election coverage on The Daily Caller)
O’Keefe said he eventually plans to post full, unedited videos of the encounters. “It shows the integrity of the elections process is severely comprised,” the filmmaker said.
He said no laws were broken during the investigation and that his team members never claimed to be the dead people whose ballots they were trying to obtain. Instead, they carefully worded the way they asked for ballots, phrasing it like: “Do you have Earnest Chavanelle?” and “Do you have Paul Soucy?”
“We decided to go in there without using any false pretenses,” he said. “There’s no misrepresentation in these videos if you watch them — we didn’t lie about who we were.”
The investigators never actually voted when they were given ballots. Sting artists who received ballots would leave the voting precincts after saying they left their identification in the car.
“We were very careful about that,” he said.
The investigation worked this way: O’Keefe and his team obtained names of recently deceased New Hampshirites through published obituaries, and used publicly available voter roll information to find dead people still on the voting rolls.
With that information, O’Keefe’s investigators went to the polls on Tuesday and requested ballots in the names of the deceased.
“Some of them died a few months ago, some of them died a few weeks ago,” he said.
In many cases, ballots were handed over by the poll workers without any skepticism. In only one case did a poll worker realize that the investigator wasn’t the person the ballot was meant for — because the woman giving out the ballots knew the dead person in question.
That incident made it into the Boston Herald.
In one instance, the sting artist told a poll worker that he voluntarily wants to show his ID. But the female poll worker responds that “the state says we’re not allowed to ask for identification.”
O’Keefe said the investigation stemmed from discovering that “there are people who have voted who are dead.”
“We found many, many people who are both dead and registered to vote. … How is it that dead people are voting? Someone’s committing fraud.”
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If WE DO NOT STOP THE WAHHABI and Salafi influence which is funding our universities in North America as well as the Islamic religious schools, you can expect to see the spread of this barbaric side of Islam in AMERICA. This practice by Muslim men of throwing acid in the faces of Muslim women is becoming more widespread. The reasons these women were punished: because they dared to reject someone in marriage or because they wanted a divorce. The “jilted” suitors (or husbands) took their revenge in this fashion. If he can’t have her, no man will; I will make sure that no man will ever want her.” One young girl was gang-raped after which her rapists threw acid on her face. Another committed the “crime” of disappointing her father by being born female, not male. Many were disfigured as a result of a “family dispute. The story of each of these women is posted under her picture.
Saira Liaqat, 26, poses for the camera as she holds a portrait of herself before being burnt, at her home in Lahore, Pakistan, Wednesday, July 9, 2008. When she was fifteen, Saira was married to a relative who would later attack her with acid after insistently demanding her to live with him, although the families had agreed she wouldn’t join him until she finished school. Saira has undergone plastic surgery 9 times to try to recover from her scars. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) AP2008
Najaf Sultana, 16, poses for a photograph at her home in Lahore, Pakistan Wednesday, July 9, 2008. At the age of five Najaf was burnt by her father while she was sleeping, apparently because he didn’t want to have another girl in the family. As a result of the burning Najaf became blind and after being abandoned by both her parents she now lives with relatives. She has undergone plastic surgery around 15 times to try to recover from her scars. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) AP2008
Naila Farhat, 19, poses for a photograph in Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2008. Naila was burnt on her face with acid thrown by a boy whom she rejected for marriage five years ago. She has undergone plastic surgery several times to try to recover from her scars. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) AP2008
Kanwal Kayum, 26, adjusts her veil as she poses for a photograph in Lahore, Pakistan, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2008. Kanwal was burnt with acid one year ago by a boy whom she rejected for marriage. She has never undergone plastic surgery. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) AP2008
Irum Saeed, 30, poses for a photograph at her office at the Urdu University of Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, July 24, 2008. Irum was burnt on her face, back and shoulders twelve years ago when a boy whom she rejected for marriage threw acid on her in the middle of the street. She has undergone plastic surgery 25 times to try to recover from her scars. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) AP2008
Munira Asef, 23, poses for a photograph in Lahore, Pakistan, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2008. Munira was burnt with acid five years ago by a boy whom she rejected for marriage. She has undergone plastic surgery 7 times to try to recover from her scars. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) AP2008
Shahnaz Bibi, 35, poses for a photograph in Lahore, Pakistan, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2008. Ten years ago Shahnaz was burnt with acid by a relative due to a familiar dispute. She has never undergone plastic surgery. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) AP2008
Shameem Akhter, 18, poses for a photograph at her home in Jhang, Pakistan, Wednesday, July 10, 2008. Shameem was raped by three boys who then threw acid on her three years ago. Shameem has undergone plastic surgery 10 times to try to recover from her scars. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) AP2008
Memuna Khan, 21, poses for a photograph in Karachi, Pakistan, Friday, Dec. 19, 2008. Menuna was burnt by a group of boys who threw acid on her to settle a dispute between their family and Menuna’s. She has undergone plastic surgery 21 times to try to recover from her scars. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) AP2008
Shehnaz Usman, 36, poses for a photograph in Lahore, Pakistan, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2008. Shehnaz was burnt with acid by a relative due to a familiar dispute five years ago. Shehnaz has undergone plastic surgery 10 times to try to recover from her scars (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) AP2008
Bushra Shari, 39, adjusts her veil as she poses for a photograph in Lahore, Pakistan, Friday, July. 11, 2008. Bushra was burnt with acid thrown by her husband as she was trying to get divorced from him five years ago. She has undergone plastic surgery 25 times to try to recover from her scars. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) AP2008
Zainab Bibi, 17, adjusts her veil as she poses for a photograph in Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2008. Zainab was burnt on her face with acid thrown by a boy whom she rejected for marriage five years ago. She has undergone plastic surgery several times to try to recover from her scars. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) AP2008
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By Kim Paris
Do you realize that with FB’s anti-privacy “improvements,” any page that you Like (even to just keep an eye on things) when you mention them you automatically show up on their public wall? Take our friends at Dept. of Homeland Security here – I see several of my friends from our little cyber politics world. And having just figured this out, some are freaking out! Look at their posts. As for me, I’m probably setting off alarms by spreading this to all my groups. Looks like many of us may find ourselves in detention at Gitmo. Hope they at least offer us an unsustainable bar tab.
And be careful who or what you Like!
On December 14, 2010, Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) agent Brian Terry was tragically shot to death in a firefight near the Arizona-Mexico border. In an investigation that followed Terry’s death, two guns recovered at the scene were linked to an ATF “gunrunning” program known as “Fast and Furious”. It appears that this program consisted of U.S. government agents intentionally allowing thousands of firearms to be delivered into the hands of drug cartels and criminal rings.
Since early 2011, when the Terry shooting and the Fast and Furious program first became public, both the ATF and the Department of Justice (DOJ) have come under increasing scrutiny for their roles in this controversial program. More than 1,400 firearms which were sold as part of the Fast and Furious operation are still missing. Kenneth Melson, former Acting ATF Director, has been reassigned to another department within DOJ.
Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa issued a joint report on Operation Fast and Furious in June 2011. Additionally, many other ATF and DOJ officials have been called before Congress, including Attorney General Eric Holder. He has testified that he knew very little of the program until earlier this year. In October 2011, the Senate unanimously agreed to an amendment to the Commerce, Justice, Science appropriations bill, introduced by Senator John Cornyn of Texas, which would prevent taxpayer dollars from funding gunrunning programs like Operation Fast and Furious.
I appreciate you taking the time to let me know where you stand. You can be sure that my colleagues and I will be watching as details of this program and the continuing investigation unfold.