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6:45 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 …
Discussion: TechCrunch and The Next Web
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.
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.
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  —  Several Republican lawmakers said they had not been briefed on the Obama administration's classified programs to monitor cellphone and Internet traffic.  —  That's in direct contradiction to President Barack Obama's assertion.
Discussion: American Spectator and Twitchy
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 …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
At summit, 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
Justin Sink / The Hill:   President: I could become NSA target
Obama speech-less  —  (CNN) - President Barack Obama got off …
Discussion: The Hill and Politico
Dana Bash / CNN:
Udall: ‘I did everything’ to alert public to gov't snooping
Discussion: Lawfare
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:
Five Dead in Santa Monica Shooting
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
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Obama wants to have immigration reform 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 …
U.S. News:
Texas woman arrested in ricin letters to Obama, Bloomberg: Officials  —  A Texas woman has been arrested in connection with the mailing of three letters containing a form of the poison ricin to President Obama, New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg and the director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, federal authorities said.
IRS Workers Say Supervisors Directed Targeting  —  WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Two Internal Revenue Service agents working in the agency's Cincinnati office say higher-ups in Washington directed the targeting of conservative political groups when they applied for tax-exempt status …
Toddstarnes / Fox News:
Soldier Told Not to Read Levin, Limbaugh or Hannity in Uniform  —  A veteran member of the U.S. Army Band said he is facing retribution and punishment from the military for having anti-Obama bumper stickers on his car, reading books written by conservative authors like Mark Levin and David Limbaugh …
AVoiceforMen / Blog Talk Radio:
Domestic Violence Revelations with Erin Pizzey 3  —  Join us Saturday, 8 May 2013 at 4:00pm London time, 11am Eastern US time, for the next episode of Domestic Violence Revelations with Erin Pizzey.  Episode 3 we will feature readings by American Phetote Mshairi, English legend ManWomanMyth …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
David Simon:
We are shocked, shocked...  Is it just me or does the entire news media — as well as all the agitators and self-righteous bloviators on both sides of the aisle — not understand even the rudiments of electronic intercepts and the manner in which law enforcement actually uses such intercepts?
Discussion: The Lede and Firedoglake
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