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DHS to compile database of journalists, bloggers

The Department of Homeland Security wants to track the comings and goings of journalists, bloggers and other “media influencers” through a database. https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/homeland-security-to-compile-database-of-journalists-and-media-influencers/ The DHS’s “Media Monitoring” plan, which was first reported by FedBizOpps.gov, would give the contracting company “24/7 access to a password protected, media influencer database, including journalists, editors, correspondents, social media influencers, bloggers […]

US imprisons citizen who investigated ISIS

US Citizen vs. ISIS: An Online Sleuth Lands in Jail. Toby Lopez was a supremely ordinary guy. He sold Toyotas and lived with his mother in a tidy rancher here with a cherry tree out front.   http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/24/us/an-amateur-vs-isis-a-car-salesman-investigates-and-ends-up-in-prison.html?_r=0 After a high school friend was killed in Afghanistan, Mr. Lopez heard on CNN that the Islamic State […]

Homeland Security issues paid leave to rebuke workers

A year after auditors documented tens of thousands of federal workers on paid leave for at least a month and longer stretches that exceed a year, close to 100 Department of Homeland Security employees still are being paid not to work for more than a year. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/federal-eye/wp/2015/10/22/at-homeland-security-almost-100-employees-paid-to-stay-home-for-more-than-a-year/ The large number persists even after the Obama […]

Giant drones win FAA approval to spray poison

A drone large enough to carry tanks of pesticides has won rare approval from federal authorities to spray crops in the United States, officials said Tuesday. http://bigstory.ap.org/article/a7314ebbacd1441785c9b22c9be4d1ac/us-gives-farmers-approval-spray-crops-drones The drone, called the RMAX, is a remotely piloted helicopter that weighs 207 pounds (94 kilograms), said Steve Markofski, a spokesman for Yamaha Corp. U.S.A., which developed the […]

Snowden files: CIA spying on phones for decade

CIA researchers have worked for nearly a decade to break the security protecting Apple (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) phones and tablets, investigative news site The Intercept reported on Tuesday, citing documents obtained from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/03/10/us-apple-cybersecurity-idUSKBN0M610V20150310?utm_source=twitter The report cites top-secret U.S. documents that suggest U.S. government researchers had created a version […]

Axe attack in NYC was committed by an islamic jihadist

Police in New York say an axe attack on two officers was a terrorist act carried out by a radicalised Muslim convert.  http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-29753347 Zale Thompson, 32, was shot dead after wounding the two officers, one critically, in Queens on Thursday. Commissioner William Bratton said Thompson was not on any watch lists but had browsed al-Qaeda […]

US tests orbiting space drone

An unmanned US plane on a top-secret, two-year mission to space has returned to Earth and landed in California. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-29669205 The aircraft, resembling a miniature space shuttle and known as the Orbital Test Vehicle or X-37B, spent 674 days in orbit around the planet. It was the unmanned plane’s third space flight, but its mission […]