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Feds doled out millions towards Tor online anonymity tools

Feds doled out millions towards Tor online anonymity tools

Reuters / Kacper Pempel/
Reuters / Kacper Pempel

The National Security Agency may be working to crack the anonymous Tor browser, but the US government actually donated close to $2 million to the project in 2013.

In fact, the large majority of the money gifted to the Tor Project has its origins in the State Department and the Department of Defense.

According to the Guardian, the US government delivered a little more than…

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Senate to vote on ending NSA’s dragnet metadata collection

Senate to vote on ending NSA’s dragnet metadata collection

Patrick Leahy.(AFP Photo / Karen Bleier)
Patrick Leahy.(AFP Photo / Karen Bleier)

United States Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) introduced an updated version of his USA Freedom Act on Capitol Hill early Tuesday and urged his colleagues to use this “historical opportunity” to reform government surveillance.

Leahy, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, first introduced his surveillance reform bill last October, and that draft

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FISA court judges buying Verizon stock as they approve NSA surveillance

FISA court judges buying Verizon stock as they approve NSA surveillance

Traders work at the post where Verizon is traded on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (Reuters/Brendan McDermid)
Traders work at the post where Verizon is traded on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (Reuters/Brendan McDermid)

Judges who serve on the FISA court, approving the government’s collection of phone metadata, have bought Verizon stock in the last year. Although the justices have financial involvement in the company, it is not considered a conflict of interest.

Under the Foreign Intelligence…

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US and EU agree to impose new, harsher sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

US and EU agree to impose new, harsher sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

By End the Lie

President Barack Obama speaking in 2012 (AUSTEN HUFFORD/DAILY/Flickr)

President Barack Obama speaking in 2012 (AUSTEN HUFFORD/DAILY/Flickr)

The United States and the European Union have agreed to put new economic sanctions in place against Russia in what some news outlets are calling a sharp escalation in targeted measures.

Read our latest: “Russia and Ukraine trade accusations of cross-border shelling, combat escalation” and “Iraqi Christians flee…

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Police officer fired for killing dog in front of 6-year-old owner

Police officer fired for killing dog in front of 6-year-old owner

Photo from facebook page
Photo from facebook page

A Chicago-area police officer who fatally shot a young dog in front of its 6-year-old owner on Friday was fired on Monday. Witnesses said the dog was not provoking the cops before it was shot.

Police dispatch in the Chicago suburb of Hometown, Illinois received a phone call on Friday from the dog’s owners that Apollo, a 16-month-old shepherd mix, got out of the family’s…

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Israel confirms mortar strike on UN school in Gaza, denies casualties

Israel confirms mortar strike on UN school in Gaza, denies casualties

A Palestinian mother comforts her child in a hospital a few hundred meters from where medics said Israeli shelling hit a U.N-run school sheltering Palestinian refugees, in Beit Hanoun the northern Gaza Strip July 24, 2014.(Reuters / Finbarr O'Reilly)
A Palestinian mother comforts her child in a hospital a few hundred meters from where medics said Israeli shelling hit a U.N-run school sheltering Palestinian refugees, in Beit Hanoun the northern Gaza Strip July 24, 2014.(Reuters / Finbarr O’Reilly)

Israel has confirmed that it unintentionally hit a UN school in Gaza last week, but denies reports that anyone was killed in the incident, claiming…

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Hamas resumes shelling after agreeing to new 24-hour ceasefire

Hamas resumes shelling after agreeing to new 24-hour ceasefire

Smoke rises during an Israeli offensive in the east of Gaza City July 27, 2014. (Reuters / Ahmed Zakot)
Smoke rises during an Israeli offensive in the east of Gaza City July 27, 2014. (Reuters / Ahmed Zakot)

Fighting briefly subsided in Gaza on Sunday after Hamas agreed to a 24-hour humanitarian truce in the Strip. Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu, however, slammed the group for failing to accept its own ceasefire and continuing to fire.

In response to UN intervention and considering the situation…

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US shuts embassy in Libya’s Tripoli, evacuates staff amidst clashes

US shuts embassy in Libya’s Tripoli, evacuates staff amidst clashes

Smoke billows from an area near Tripoli's international airport as fighting between rival factions around the capital's airport continues on July 24, 2014. (AFP Photo / Mahmud Turkia)
Smoke billows from an area near Tripoli’s international airport as fighting between rival factions around the capital’s airport continues on July 24, 2014. (AFP Photo / Mahmud Turkia)

The US embassy in Libya has shut down and all diplomatic staff have been evacuated to neighboring Tunisia by military escort because of ongoing clashes and violence between rival militias sweeping the country.

Some…

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NSA partnering with Saudi regime ‒ Snowden leak

NSA partnering with Saudi regime ‒ Snowden leak

The Saudi interior ministry building in Riyadh (AFP Photo/Bilal Qabalan)
The Saudi interior ministry building in Riyadh (AFP Photo/Bilal Qabalan)

The National Security Agency has increasingly been working hand-in-glove with the repressive Saudi Arabian government since 2013, sharing intelligence and assisting with surveillance, according to the latest Snowden leak.

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden sent a top secret memorandumto The Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald…

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Russia and Ukraine trade accusations of cross-border shelling, combat escalation

Russia and Ukraine trade accusations of cross-border shelling, combat escalation

By End the Lie

A border crossing between Ukraine and Russia in 2004 (Image credit: Susan/Flickr)

A border crossing between Ukraine and Russia in 2004 (Image credit: Susan/Flickr)

The Obama administration and Ukraine have accused Russia of firing artillery from Russia into Ukrainian territory and amassing heavy weapons near the border, while Russia has accused Ukraine of shelling a village in Russian territory.

Read our latest: “Iraqi Christians flee Mosul after ISIS Islamists…

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