- officially digging into the surveillance problem — that is, what to do about Edward Snowden letting everybody know we're being spied upon by Big Brother. Britain says they want no part of the whistleblower who may have screwed up their ability to share in everybody's secrets. The NSA has agreed to declassify some surveillance details, which it certainly would have done without the current fuss. The FBI is
- Senators Ron Wyden and Mark Udall would like a little more information about these supposed terrorist attacks halted only by the siphoning of massive amounts of personal information.
- The House voted to restrict (but not eliminate) the president's power to indefinitely detain U.S. citizens. That would seem to be an improvement, except for explicitly recognizing and allowing such authority at all.
- The United States will send military assistance to the rather motley assortment of rebels in Syria, but the U.K. is not yet on board.
- Czech police from the organized crime unit raided the offices of a close aide to the prime minister and seized documents, sparking calls for the PM to resign. Hey, how come they can do that and we can't?
- The Justice Department wants a federal judge to appoint an independent monitor to oversee the NYPD if the department's stop-and-frisk policy is ruled unconstitutional. To learn how to do it to journalists, presumably.
- Pissed at the Supreme Court? Keep it at home. The supremes have cooked up a new regulation banning demonstrations on their turf. This comes after a federal judge threw out an older, more restrictive law. That judge is totally off the Supreme Court's cocktail party invite list.
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