A.M. Links: Secret Court Creates Secret Body of Law to Let NSA Loose, Internet Data Collection Challenged in British Court, Defense Department's Bin Laden Raid Files Purged


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    A secret U.S. court has created an entire secret body of law to allow the NSA to collect data not just in the pursuit of terrorism but also to target other activities, like hacking, espionage, and nuclear proliferation.

  • Privacy International filed a complaint in British court seeking to stop the use of data by British intelligence collected through the NSA's Prism program, as well as a British program, Tempora, that collects communication data going through undersea cables in and out of the country.
  • Edward Snowden has also revealed intelligence agencies in Germany and New Zealand collude with the NSA's data collection programs.
  • Western-backed Syrian rebels say they're expecting a shipment of advanced weapons from Saudi Arabia, and that they won't join a peace conference until their military position has improved.
  • John Kerry was on a yacht while the crisis in Egypt was unfolding, and the State Department found it necessary to lie until photo evidence came out.
  • Nearly 150 female inmates in California were sterilized without their consent between 2006 and 2010.
  • The head of U.S. special operations ordered files related to the bin Laden raid be purged from Department of Defense computers and sent to the CIA to ensure they would not be made public.
  • Pilots of an Asiana Airlines flight tried to abort the landing at San Francisco's airport just a second and a half before the plane crashed.
  • Elliot Spitzer, who resigned as governor of New York over a prostitution scandal, wants to run for comptroller in New York City.
  • Did you write about liberty between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013? Reason welcomes you to enter this year's Bastiat Prize for Journalism, with a total prize purse of $16,000.

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