China ex-security chief Zhou Yongkang charged

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China’s former security chief Zhou Yongkang has been charged with bribery, abuse of power and the intentional disclosure of state secrets, state media report. BBC - Before he retired in 2012, Mr Zhou was the head of China’s vast internal security apparatus. But an investigation into him was announced in July 2014 and he has since been expelled from the ... Read More »

Julian Assange: ‘I still enjoy crushing bastards’

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Five years after ‘Collateral Murder’, the secret US military video which made the Pentagon furious and WikiLeaks famous around the world, l’Espresso meets the WikiLeaks founder in the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he is holed up to ask whether he has changed his mind and goals. L’Espresso – Si Stefania Maurizi In a small apartment in the heart of London ... Read More »

Leave Facebook if you don’t want to be spied on, warns EU

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European Commission admits Safe Harbour framework cannot ensure privacy of EU citizens’ data when sent to the US by American internet firms The Guardian – Samuel Gibbs @SamuelGibbs The European Commission has warned EU citizens that they should close their Facebook accounts if they want to keep information private from US security services, finding that current Safe Harbour legislation does not protect citizen’s ... Read More »

US invites Brazil president to visit after spying row

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Brasília (AFP) – The United States has again invited Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff to visit the United States, seeking to restore ties rattled by revelations of American spying against her and her country. The West Australian – AFP – US Vice President Joe Biden extended the invitation by telephone last week, said a spokesman for the Brazilian presidency on Tuesday. ... Read More »

Retired CIA Agent Confesses On Deathbed: “I Killed Marilyn Monroe” 

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Norfolk, Virginia| A 78-year old retired officer of the CIA, Normand Hodges, has made a series of astonishing confessions since he was admitted at the Sentara General Hospital on Monday. He claims he committed 37 assassinations for the American government between 1959 and 1972, including the actress and model, Marilyn Monroe. World News Daily – by Barbara Johnson Mr. Hodges, who ... Read More »

Building The WatchTower

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Once upon a time, mass surveillance was considered the stuff of science fiction movies and failed totalitarian states. Yet in the next couple of weeks Australia will pass mandatory data retention laws that will enable government agencies to effectively spy on every Australian citizen without a warrant. Spook - Words By Gram Morris These new laws will allow a significant number ... Read More »

Australia urged to allow refugees to appeal ASIO ruling

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Australia has been urged  to comply with a United Nations ruling and allow more than 30 refugees to challenge the secret ASIO assessments used to justify their indefinite detention. The Age – Daniel Flitton, Senior Correspondent Harvard University law specialist Gerald Neuman, who recently completed a four-year elected term on the UN’s top human rights expert panel, said Australia’s refusal to reveal ... Read More »

Pakistan warns Turkey: Don’t make our mistakes

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The armed uprising in Syria, with the goal of changing the regime, has given birth to organizations that are threatening the entire population of the region, but Turkey is continuing on its way in total disregard for the perils of “Pakistanization.” Al-Monitor Summary: The chairman of the Pakistani Senate’s Defense Committee has cautioned that Turkey is repeating in Syria Pakistan’s missteps in Afghanistan. AUTHOR: Fehim ... Read More »

US Intelligence Has Removed Iran And Hezbollah From Terrorist List

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According to a report in The Times of Israel, James Clapper the US director of the National Intelligence Agency delivered a report to Congress that scraps Iran and Hezbollah from the terrorism list, citing the country’s work against ISIS as one of the reasons why. YourNewsWire – Posted by  Louise Turner Press TV reports: The unclassified version of the report titled “Worldwide ... Read More »