Thousands of its low level employees have the ability to listen in on US domestic phone calls without warrants. According to Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) the NSA advised him a technician's decision to listen in (without a court order) is all that is needed.
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In recent months there have been high profile cases of student cheating. At the nation's most prestigious university, Harvard, 60 students have been suspended for cheating on a take-home final exam for a class called "Government 1310: Introduction to Congress" (maybe they were practicing for political office). They were caught when a tutor noticed identical answers on multiple exams. On average about 17 students are suspended every year for academic dishonesty, this year is exceptional.
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A local high school student was suspended for putting a police mug shot of his principal on that instagram thingy all the kids are doing these days. In the post in question he wondered if the offending picture had been taken after a DUI -- it had not. Principal Jamille Miller Brown apparently just doesn't believe in showing up in court for traffic tickets. Principal Jamille Miller Brown attempted to have the police arrest the student in question but they laughed at her so she was forced to suspend him for four days. Principal Jamille Miller Brown obviously did not learn of the Streisand Effect during her stay in jail.
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A 5-year-old boy accidentally shot his 2-year-old sister to death in rural southern Kentucky with a rifle he had received as a gift last year, authorities said.
The children's mother was home at the time of the shooting Tuesday afternoon but had stepped out to the front porch for a few minutes and "she heard the gun go off," Cumberland County Coroner Gary White said. He said the rifle was kept in a corner and the family didn't realize a bullet was left inside it.
"It's a Crickett," White said, referring to a company that specifically makes guns, clothes and books for children. "It's a little rifle for a kid. ... The little boy's used to shooting the little gun."
Isn't that cute... got it as a gift. I guess he gave his sister a nice gift too.
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So, now that a suspect is in custody and charged in the Boston Marathon Bombing, We can relax and try to figure everything out. Or not.
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Just a day after the insanity in Boston, mail addressed to Senator Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi) tested positive at least three times for the extremely lethal toxin ricin. The letter never made it to the Senator's office and was intercepted at an off site mail facility.
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Q: When is a gunman opening fire on civilians not become the focal point of a Democrat national crusade?
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"It's harder to use an assault weapon to hit something than it is a shotgun, OK?" he said, as he mimicked holding a gun with both arms. "So if you want to keep people away in an earthquake, buy some shotgun shells."
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We need to start protecting our police officers better, maybe even give them fire arms and train them so this doesn't happen again.
The gunman who shot three officers after a "violent struggle" at a New Jersey police station early Friday is dead, officials said.
The suspected shooter had been brought into Gloucester Township Police station for a domestic incident when he got into a confrontation with officers, reported NBC's Philadelphia affiliate, NBC 10.
"A violent struggle occurred while the suspect was being processed," Deputy Chief David Harkins said. The man was able to grab a gun and then opened fire.
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In the wake of the tragedy in Connecticut, New York Governor Cuomo (D-NY) has announced that he is considering demanding gun owners sell their property to the state or risk confiscation of firearms. In an interview with an Albany, NY radio station he stated I don't think legitimate sportsmen are going to say, `I need an assault weapon to go hunting... Confiscation could be an option. Mandatory sale to the state could be an option. Permitting could be an option -- keep your gun but permit it."
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The story is still developing rapidly, so just check CNN for now - no indication of motivation other than that the (now deceased) suspect some connection to the school
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Blake Page, a 4th year West Point cadet, resigned from the school 174 days before graduation. Page lays out the reasons in a Huffington Post piece:
...the tipping point of my decision to resign was the realization that countless officers here and throughout the military are guilty of blatantly violating the oaths they swore to defend the Constitution. These men and women are criminals, complicit in light of day defiance of the Uniform Code of Military Justice through unconstitutional proselytism, discrimination against the non-religious and establishing formal policies to reward, encourage and even at times require sectarian religious participation. These transgressions are nearly always committed in the name of fundamentalist evangelical Christianity. The sparse leaders who object to these egregious violations are relegated to the position of silent bystanders, because they understand all too well the potential ramifications of publically expressing their loyalty to the laws of our country.
In his resignation letter Page wrote:
Examples of these policies include mandatory prayer, the maintenance of the 3rd Regiment Shield, awarding extra passes to Plebes who take part in religious retreats and chapel choirs, as well as informal policies such as the open disrespect of non-religious new cadets and incentivizing participation in religious activities through the chain of command.
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EGG HARBOR TWP. -- An Egg Harbor Township man who previously pled guilty to sharing child pornography on the internet, has been charged with sexually assaulting a girl under the age of 13, police say.
Steven Chalakee, 25, of Egg Harbor Township was arraigned Wednesday in Egg Harbor Township Municipal Court. He faces charges of second degree sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child. The charges stem from an investigation by detectives, in which Chalakee was accused of assaulting a girl under the age of 13 over a period of time.
Chalakee is a former Egg Harbot Twp. volunteer firefighter.
Chalakee is being held in the Southern State Correctional Facility on charges unrelated to these. Bail for the most recent charges has been set at $150,000.
In 2009, after an investigation by the FBI and the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office, Chalakee was arrested and charged with sharing child pornography online. Authorities say he used an internet program to create images and videos of child pornography available to others. Chalakee pleaded guilty to those charges in 2010.
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As part of a settlement for assault by one of its police officers, UC-Davis will pay 21 students $30,000 each. In addition, the school will pay $250,000 in legal fees to the ACLU and establish new policies to deal with student demonstrations.
Lieutenant John Pike, the officer who sprayed the students, was initially suspended and has since left the department.
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Institutional protection of child molesters and child rapists is not new. Americans have seen it as a serious problem in some of America's most well-respected institutions, but no one would have expected the Boy Scouts of America to be one of them.
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