Even Rubber Stamps Are Less Approving Than the Court Overseeing NSA Surveillance, Snowden Checks Out of Hotel and Goes Underground, State Department Covers Up Dirty Deeds: P.M. Links
The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that we're supposed to trust to oversee secret snooping operations has turned down a whopping .03 percent of surveillance requests.
- Edward Snowden has checked out of the Hong Kong hotel where he had taken refuge and is nowhere to be found, at least for now. That's likely to add a few worries to the load already carried by the NSA whistleblower's father.
- An internal memo suggests that the State Department may be covering up serious misconduct, including sexual assault, within its ranks.
- France's President François Hollande declares the eurozone's economic troubles to be over. That will be enormous comfort to the millions of Europeans suffering shrinking economies annd massive unemployment.
- The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for California raisin producers to challenge Depression-era federal rules that hobble their industry.
- Syrian rebels executed a 14-year-old boy for blasphemy. We may be arming them soon.
- Denying a defense motion, a judge ruled that the trial of George Zimmerman for killing Trayvon Martin will move forward as planned.
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