Monthly Archives: March 2015

The corporate takeover of the First Amendment

A provocative new study says, there has been a “corporate takeover of the First Amendment.” The assertion is backed by data, and it comes from an unlikely source: John C. Coates IV, who teaches business law at Harvard and used to be a partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, the prominent corporate law firm. […]

“Training Day” FBI agent given leadership award

An FBI agent used heroin from his own drug investigations and adulterated dozens of cases involving suspected drug traffickers in multiple states, according to details that emerged Friday. http://bigstory.ap.org/article/db73c7e3e2794daaada875360f966432/ex-fbi-agent-charged-64-counts-drug-tampering-case Matthew Lowry, formerly a special agent with the agency’s Washington field office, tampered with hundreds of grams of heroin seized during drug investigations in 2013 and […]

UN willfully stalled response to Ebola epidemic

By early June of last year, the Ebola epidemic in West Africa was the deadliest ever recorded. Senior staffers in Africa at the World Health Organization raised the prospect of declaring an international emergency. The answer from WHO’s Geneva headquarters: Wait. http://bigstory.ap.org/article/ea7199795faa48989449131404b7043e/emails-un-health-agency-resisted-declaring-ebola-emergency According to internal emails and documents obtained by The Associated Press, the U.N. health […]

DHS eyeing “domestic terrorists” at airports

A felon and former member of a domestic terrorist organization passed through an expedited security line designed for passengers who are not considered a threat, the Homeland Security Department’s internal watchdog said Thursday night. http://bigstory.ap.org/article/2e15a7bc330048a1a58305809daae7ee/watchdog-says-felon-used-expedited-airport-security-lan The DHS Inspector General’s Office said in a statement that the passenger had not registered for the Transportation Security Administration’s […]

US greenlights corporate drone use

Federal regulators have given Amazon a green light to begin testing drones, but it will most likely take years before the online retailer can start delivering packages from the air to peoples’ homes. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/20/technology/amazon-wins-approval-to-test-delivery-drones-outdoors.html?smid=tw-nytimes&_r=1 The Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday gave Amazon permission to conduct test flights of its drones outdoors, as long as the […]

CIA claims funding of Al Qaeda is inadvertent

In the spring of 2010, Afghan officials struck a deal to free an Afghan diplomat held hostage by Al Qaeda. But the price was steep — $5 million — and senior security officials were scrambling to come up with the money. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/15/world/asia/cia-funds-found-their-way-into-al-qaeda-coffers.html?&hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0 They first turned to a secret fund that the Central Intelligence Agency bankrolled […]

UN fails to stop death toll and proxy war in Syria

The United Nations as a whole has been unable to offer a path out of the Syrian war that has dragged on for four years which left an estimated 220,000 dead and spread havoc across the region. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/13/world/middleeast/aid-agencies-fault-un-security-council-on-syria-conflict.html?ref=world Criticism of the Security Council piled on this week as its members Russia and the United States […]