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Today Reuters published an article titled “Exclusive: U.S. tells agents to cover up use of wiretap program.”
The article’s author John Shiffman writes:
A secretive U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration unit is funneling information from intelligence intercepts, wiretaps, informants and a massive database of telephone records to authorities across the nation to help them launch criminal investigations of Americans.
Although these cases rarely involve national security issues, documents reviewed by Reuters show that law enforcement agents have been directed to conceal how such investigations truly begin – not only from defense lawyers but also sometimes from prosecutors and judges.
Today Think Progress published an article titled “Federal Law Still Allows Many Domestic Abusers To Obtain Guns, Two Senators Want To Fix That.”
The article’s author Ian Millhiser writes:
A loophole in federal law permits domestic abusers to purchase a firearm even after they are subject to a temporary restraining order due to their abuse. Next month, however, Sens. Dick Blumenthal (D-CT) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) plan to introduce legislation to close this loophole and ensure that abusers cannot obtain firearms during the especially volatile period immediately after their victim seeks legal action.
According to the New Haven Independent, under current law abusers subject to permanent restraining orders are not permitted to buy firearms, but in most states abusers subject to temporary orders are still able to buy guns. Moreover, in many jurisdictions temporary restraining orders are issued shortly after a woman applies for a permanent order, while the permanent order itself may not issue until a hearing occurs a week or two later. Thus, under current law, a many victims face a week or longer where their abuser will both be enraged that their victim took legal action against them and fully capable of purchasing a deadly weapon.
Yesterday The Raw Story published a Reuters article titled “Police arrest more than 200 protesters for trespassing at Chevron plant.”
The article reads:
Police arrested more than 200 demonstrators for trespassing at Chevron Corp in the California city of Richmond on Saturday to mark the one-year anniversary of a massive refinery fire and to protest a proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.
The arrests came as a throng of sunflower-carrying picketers chanted, “Hey hey, ho ho, fossil fuels have got to go,” as people of all ages walked onto Chevron’s property to draw attention to a growing movement against fossil fuel.
Today The Associated Press published an article titled “Punks break Myanmar’s silence on religious attacks.”
The article’s author Robin McDowell writes:
Punk rockers draw double-takes as they dart through traffic, but it’s not just the pink hair, leather jackets or skull tattoos that make these 20-somethings rebels: It’s their willingness to speak out against Buddhist monks instigating violence against Muslims while others in Myanmar are silent.
“If they were real monks, I’d be quiet, but they aren’t,” says Kyaw Kyaw, lead singer of Rebel Riot, as his drummer knocks out the beat for a new song slamming religious hypocrisy and an anti-Muslim movement known as “969.” ”They are nationalists, fascists. No one wants to hear it, but it’s true.”
Radical monks are at the forefront of a bloody campaign against Muslims, and few in this predominantly Buddhist nation of 60 million people are willing to speak against them. For many, being Buddhist is an important part of being Burmese, and monks, the most venerable members of society, are beyond reproach. Others are simply in denial, or buy into claims the Muslim “outsiders” pose a threat to their culture and traditions.
Today The Associated Press also published an article titled “At least 6 die in bomb blast in south Philippines.”
The article reads:
A powerful bomb apparently rigged to a vehicle exploded Monday during rush hour along a main road in a volatile southern Philippine city, killing at least six people and wounding more than 30 others, officials said.
Troops and police closed off the area along Sinsuat Avenue in Cotabato city as firefighters and ambulances arrived at the chaotic scene, where witnesses saw at least four people bloodied on the pavement as cars and buildings burned after the explosion.
Today The Associated Press published an article by Barbara Surk titled “Syrian rebels take villages in regime’s heartland.”
The article reads:
Syrian rebels captured four Alawite villages on the country’s mountainous Mediterranean coast on Monday as they battled government troops in one of President Bashar Assad’s strongholds for the second straight day, activists said.
Alawites, an offshoot of Shiite Islam, dominate Assad’s regime. The capture of villages in their heartland in Latakia province is a symbolic blow to Assad, whose forces have otherwise been taking territory in recent weeks in central Syria.
Today AFP published an article titled “Tunisian police, protesters clash in revolution cradle.”
The article reads:
Police used batons and tear gas on Monday against protesters who tried to break into local government offices in Sidi Bouzid, cradle of the 2011 revolution, an AFP journalist said.
Security forces also fired warning shots to disperse several dozen people demonstrating against what they called the incompetence of the local governor, who is close to the ruling Islamist Ennahda party.
IN OTHER NEWS
Today The Associated Press published an article titled “Candlelight vigil to honor Wisconsin Sikh victims.”
The article’s author Ronald Johnson writes:
Sikhs in the Milwaukee area will hold a candlelight vigil for the six people killed a year ago by a white supremacist.
The event will be held Monday evening in the parking lot of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin.
Monday is the one-year anniversary of the shooting rampage, in which five other worshippers and a police officer were also injured. The gunman killed himself.
Today The Raw Story published an article titled “Thousands now using online gun sales to avoid background checks: report.”
The article’s author Arturo Garcia writes:
Online gun sales have become a haven for buyers looking to avoid background checks, leading gun safety advocates concerned they are becoming more of a problem than sales at private gun shows, according to a new report by a progressive think tank, the Washington Post reported on Monday.
“At this point, this is the biggest loophole in the background check system,” Third Way social policy and politics director Lanae Erickson Hatalsky told the Post following the release of the group’s report, which found that among the advertisements for more than 15,000 guns on the sales site Armslist, in 10 states where lawmakers voted against bills that would have required background checks for private gun sales were nearly 2,000 listings by people looking to buy their firearms privately.
Today The Raw Story published an article titled “BBC: Boston bomber had literature about white supremacy and gun rights.”
The article’s author David Edwards writes:
The older of two brothers who allegedly bombed the Boston Marathon earlier this year had “right wing extremist” literature including information about gun rights and white supremacy.
The BBC program Panorama spent months speaking to friends in attempt to uncover what might have radicalized Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed by police following the bombing.
In a report published on Monday, the network said that it had learned that Tamerlan subscribed to publications that promoted white supremacy. Some articles that were in his possession asserted that the government was behind both the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995.
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