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10:20 AM ET, June 8, 2013


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I want to respond personally to the outrageous press reports about PRISM:  —  Facebook is not and has never been part of any program to give the US or any other government direct access to our servers.  We have never received a blanket request or court order from any government agency asking …
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Tech Companies Concede to Surveillance Program  —  SAN FRANCISCO — When government officials came to Silicon Valley to demand easier ways for the world's largest Internet companies to turn over user data as part of a secret surveillance program, the companies bristled.  In the end, though, many cooperated at least a bit.
The Official Google Blog:
What the ...?  —  You may be aware of press reports alleging that Internet companies have joined a secret U.S. government program called PRISM to give the National Security Agency direct access to our servers.  As Google's CEO and Chief Legal Officer, we wanted you to have the facts.
Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
U.S. Internet spying foiled plot to attack NY subways - sources  —  (Reuters) - A secret U.S. intelligence program to collect emails that is at the heart of an uproar over government surveillance helped foil an Islamist militant plot to bomb the New York City subway system in 2009, U.S. government sources said on Friday.
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Dem.  Senator disputes Obama's claim that Congress was briefed  —  Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) on Friday disputed a claim President Obama made at a press conference only moments earlier, when the president said that every member of Congress had been briefed on the National Security Agency's (NSA) domestic phone surveillance program.
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
Public Documents Contradict Claim Email Spying Foiled Terror Plot  —  Defenders of “PRISM” say it stopped subway bombings.  But British and American court documents suggest old-fashioned police work nabbed Zazi.  —  Would-be subway bomber Najibullah Zazi.  —  Via: Marc Piscotty / Getty Images
Republican lawmakers: NSA surveillance news to us
Discussion: Twitchy and American Spectator
Obama orders US to draw up overseas target list for cyber-attacks  —  Exclusive: Top-secret directive steps up offensive cyber capabilities to ‘advance US objectives around the world’  —  • Read the secret presidential directive here  —  Barack Obama has ordered his senior national security …
Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
Government likely to open criminal probe into NSA leaks: officials  —  (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's administration is likely to open a criminal investigation into the leaking of highly classified documents that revealed the secret surveillance of Americans' telephone and email traffic, U.S. officials said on Friday.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
As summit opens, Obama presses Xi on cybersecurity issues
Discussion: Politico
Brett LoGiurato / Business Insider:
GLENN GREENWALD: The US Wants To ‘Destroy Privacy Around The World’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Atlas Shrugs
Andrew Blankstein / Los Angeles Times:
Santa Monica gunman killed father, brother, sources say  —  The two bodies found in a burning Santa Monica house - the starting point in a shooting rampage - are believe to be the brother and father of the suspected gunman, law enforcement sources told The Times.
New York Times:
Four Dead in Santa Monica Shooting
Ellen Sturtz / Washington Post:
Why I confronted the first lady  —  Ellen Sturtz is a retired public servant and an advocate for LGBT equality.  —  When Barack Obama was running for President in 2008, I thought he was serious about protecting the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community from workplace discrimination.
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Jonathan D. Salant / Bloomberg:
Manchin Seeks End to Widespread Anti-Terror Surveillance  —  President Barack Obama should end the broad surveillance of telephone calls and Internet usage, Democratic Senator Joe Manchin said today.  —  “It bothers me, and I think it bothers you and every other American,” Manchin …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Manchin urges Holder to consider resigning
Discussion: CNN
Afghanistan: three Americans and one Italian killed in separate attacks  —  Two US troops and one American civilian are shot dead while Italian soldier dies in separate bomb attack on armoured convoy  —  Three Nato soldiers and a civilian have been killed in two separate attacks in Afghanistan.
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Jihad Watch
Josh Barro / Business Insider:
Massive Government Spying Is The Result Of A Public Obsessed With Eliminating Terrorism  —  The revelations about massive National Security Agency snooping in Americans' phone records and Internet activities appear to be shocking, but they aren't.  —  The reason programs like these exist …
Justin Sink / The Hill:   President: I could become NSA target
Nelson Mandela admitted to hospital in ‘serious condition’  —  Nelson Mandela has been admitted to hospital with a lung infection.  —  The former South African president is in a “serious but stable condition”, a spokesman for the current president, Jacob Zuma, says.
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Obama: Congress can pass immigration bill by the end of summer  —  President Obama on Saturday argued that the immigration reform bill being considered in the Senate would improve the nation's immigration system.  —  Obama made the comments in his weekly presidential address.
Discussion: CNN
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Dershowitz To CNN: ‘Hearing Lot Of Lies’ From People Like Greenwald Who ‘Foment A Paranoid Streak’  —  Alan Dershowitz, professor of law at Harvard University, defended the Obama administration on Friday and excoriated those in the media who he says are disseminating a number of half-truths relating …
World News:
Turkey's prime minister invokes Allah, demands protests end immediately  —  Turkey's Prime Minister calls for an end to the deadly protests that have spread across the country in the past week but demonstrators are asking for change.'s Dara Brown reports.  —  By Humeyra Pamuk and Ayla Jean Yackley, Reuters
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Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Rowan Scarborough / Washington Times:
Military benefits for same-sex couples to begin Sept. 1
Discussion: Business Insider, Advocate and BuzzFeed
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Americans Think Officials Knew About IRS Political Targeting
Sen. John McCain / Politico:
The fishy deal on catfish
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Flatten the IRS?  —  The cartoon below brings up the question …
Jon Hilsenrath / Wall Street Journal:
Fed on Track to Ease Up on Bond Buying Later This Year
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Dana Bash / CNN:
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Discussion: Politico and Lawfare
Stephen Carter / Bloomberg:
Detroit's Van Gogh Would Be Better Off in L.A.
Discussion: Hit & Run and National Review
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Associated Press:
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David Shepardson / Reuters:
The Sixth Circuit US Court of Appeals puts the FCC's reinstatement of net neutrality rules on hold until August 5 as it considers industry legal challenges

Ashley Belanger / Ars Technica:
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