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The Government Is Spying On Us Through Our Computers, Phones …

The Government Is Spying On Us Through Our Computers, Phones ...

after all of the revelations by Edward Snowden and other whistleblowers – spying apologists say that the reports are “exaggerated” or “overblown”, and that the government only spies on potential bad guys. In reality, the government is spying on everyone’s digital and old-fashioned communications. For example, the government is photographing the outside information on every piece of snail mail.

The government is spying on you through your phone … and may even remotely turn on your camera and microphone when your phone is off.

As one example, the NSA has inserted its code into Android’s operating system … bugging three-quarters of the world’s smartphones. Google – or the NSA – can remotely turn on your phone’s camera and recorder at any time.

Moreover, Google knows just about every WiFi password in the world … and so the NSA does as well, since it spies so widely on Google.

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Hospital bombing by US military another in list of ‘collateral damage’

Hospital bombing by US military another in list of 'collateral damage'

Outrage over the bombing of a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, by an American gunship Saturday focused increasingly rare media scrutiny on a conflict in which U.S. combat officially ended last year -- but where fighting still rages.

The immediate question is who bears responsibility for a strike in which 22 civilians, including doctors and patients, were killed in what the Nobel prize-winning NGO branded a war crime. But the disaster also raises a list of troublesome tactical questions for Washington.

It will renew serious doubts about the limits of cooperation between the U.S. and the Afghan units that apparently called in the strike, as well as the basic quality of that American-trained force. Pentagon strategists are also puzzling over how the resurgent Taliban was able to capture Kunduz in the first place.

Those questions could not come at a worse time for President Barack Obama, who is facing a much wider strategic dilemma over a war that as a candidate he termed "the right battlefield" for America but that has haunted his entire presidency.

Heading into his final year in office, Obama is weighing whether to go ahead with his plan to bring home almost all U.S. troops in Afghanistan next year to honor a political promise to end the wars he inherited. He may instead opt to leave behind a reduced, but still considerable, U.S. force to boost the country's vulnerable military forces amid fears that they could eventually collapse under Taliban pressure.

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Turkey’s Erdogan uses terror fight for political gain

Turkey’s Erdogan uses terror fight for political gain

Turkey's bombing campaign in Syria and Iraq has diverted attention from "exploratory talks" between the ruling party and the political opposition for a new governing coalition. However, Turkey's president and commander-in-chief, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is almost certainly seeking to capitalize on the fight against terrorism to reassert himself as Turkey's de facto executive.

Airstrikes constitute part of Erdogan's strategy, of which another aspect is his direct implication of Turkey's pro-Kurdish opposition party in a spate of recent terrorist attacks in the hope that he can reduce its political traction. This reflects the success of the People's Democratic Party (HDP) in the June 2015 national elections, when, having broadened its support base, the party secured an historic 13 percent of votes.

Erdogan's accusations are an attempt to alienate the HDP's non-core, moderate, liberal, non-Kurdish constituents, partly at least to prevent the party from passing the 10 percent threshold required to enter parliament in the increasingly likely event that new elections are held in November.

If Erdogan succeeds, it will increase the chances of a victory for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP)—and the president once again exercising largely unchecked executive power.

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American deaths in terrorism vs. gun violence in one graph

American deaths in terrorism vs. gun violence in one graph

Gun violence in America has become "routine," according to President Barack Obama, so much so that he has made 15 statements to the American public about mass shootings during his tenure. After the recent mass shooting Umpqua Community College in Oregon, he charged news organizations to determine the number of Americans killed through terrorist attacks in the last decade and compare that number to the number of Americans who have been killed through gun violence during the same time period. The results of that tally are disturbing, to say the least.

CNN put together a graph October 2 showing the huge difference between the numbers of Americans killed in acts of terrorism (both foreign and domestic) and the number of people killed in the United States by gun violence over a 12-year period. The news agency went back to 2001, where the United States saw the most deadly act of terrorism ever committed on American Soil, the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, Washington, and Flight 93. In fact, the number of people killed by gun violence from 2001 to 2013, even with that horrendous 2001 terrorism death toll, was over 100,000 times the number of dead by terrorist methods.

According to CNN's research, from the year 2001 to 2013 there have been 3,380 American deaths due to terrorist acts. This includes 350 deaths overseas, numbers that were provided by the US State Department.

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Hate crimes reported to police up 18% in England and Wales

Hate crimes reported to police up 18% in England and Wales

Hate crimes in England and Wales have risen by 18%, Home Office figures have suggested. Police recorded 52,528 hate crimes in 2014-15, up from 44,471 in 2013-14, with more than 80% being racially motivated, the statistics showed.

The figures are in contrast to evidence from the annual crime survey which suggests hate crime has fallen by 28% over the last seven years.

David Cameron said the increase was "unacceptable".

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Torture by another name: CIA used ‘water dousing’ on at least 12 detainees

Torture by another name: CIA used 'water dousing' on at least 12 detainees

At least a dozen more people were subjected to waterboard-like tactics in CIA custody than the agency has admitted, according to a fresh accounting of the US government’s most discredited form of torture. The CIA maintains it only subjected three detainees to waterboarding. But agency interrogators subjected at least 12 others to a similar technique, known as “water dousing”, that also created a drowning sensation or chilled a person’s body temperature – sometimes through “immersion” in water, and often without use of a board.

New lawsuits, recently released documents and the Senate’s landmark torture report indicate that at least 13 men in total experienced “water dousing”. Those familiar with their cases and an interrogator cited in the Senate report consider water dousing’s departure from waterboarding to be “a distinction without a difference”.

Water dousing, however, added an element of hypothermia. Some detainees reported their CIA captors dousing them with “cold or refrigerated” water, then wrapping them in similarly frigid sheets of plastic, keeping their temperatures low.

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Los Angeles homelessness emergency: ‘A city of shanties’

Los Angeles homelessness emergency: 'A city of shanties'

Los Angeles recently declared a state of emergency over the city's growing homeless population - up 12% in two years. Residents of the city's main homeless encampment say a mix of drugs and rising rents are driving the problem. The City of Angels has another nickname: the homeless capital of America.

The accuracy of the title may be disputed - there are many ways to count, none of them definitive - but no one else wants it, and it has stuck.

The heart of this capital is in the shadows, beneath the gleaming skyscrapers, on Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles.

In this land of glitz and glamour, the forgotten people have made camp.

Block after block, the homeless and their scant belongings - tarpaulins, tents and trolleys - are scattered on the concrete in the baking sun. Most of the faces are African-American.

Steven Kuklinski has been living here on and off for 10, perhaps 15 years. He is not keeping count. The woes that brought him to Skid Row are common.

"Emotional and psychological problems, which led to escape through drugs," is his own frank assessment of how he ended up on the streets.

"Drugs and prison and jail go hand in hand," he adds.

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75% in U.S. See Widespread Government Corruption

75% in U.S. See Widespread Government Corruption

Gallup tells us that “75% in U.S. See Widespread Government Corruption.” Do we think this is a coincidence? Not at all. We’ve devoted videos and a book to it. Those behind Shemitah and what we call Shemitah trends are taking the country apart. They’re taking Europe apart as well. We’ve discovered the key and unlocked the secret code that drives much of this destruction. Shemitah’s trends do not emerge in a random way. When economic and military destruction takes place over and over in seven year cycles that means someone is driving it.

And those who have created and run central banks are doubtless behind the larger Shemitah trends. No other group is powerful enough. And no other group has the motive. The world is being driven in the direction of endlessly increased centralization – and what we’ve seen even in the last month is part of that process.

The idea is to make the world chaotic enough and people miserable enough so that they will accept the very thing that is making their existence nearly intolerable – endless, expansive government authoritarianism. After each economic implosion and phony terrorist activity, we are told over and over that only more government, more “security” and more invasions into our privacy are necessary.

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American Muslims fear a new wave of Islamophobia

American Muslims fear a new wave of Islamophobia

Muslim Americans responded with a mix of frustration, exasperation and anger to what many see as a growing wave of Islamophobia fueled by two of the Republican Party’s most popular presidential candidates, Donald Trump and Ben Carson. At the Islamic Institute of Orange County, which houses a mosque and a school in Anaheim, in southern California, tensions were already mounting since a group of white men screamed at mothers and children arriving at the center on this year’s anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, calling them cowards who did not belong in America.

Many of the country’s 2.8 million Muslims say such tensions could become uglier during a presidential race that they fear is already tapping a vein of anger and bigotry.

“It’s pretty troubling that someone running for president would make those claims,” Zuhair Shaath, Palestinian-American, said of Carson, a retired neurosurgeon who on Sunday said Muslims were unfit for the presidency of the United States.

Carson's campaign defended his comments on Monday, saying he was not suggesting a Muslim should be barred from running for president. But his campaign said he would not advocate for that person becoming a leader and would not support it.

Later on Monday, Carson said he "absolutely" stood by his comments but would be open to a moderate Muslim candidate who denounced radical Islamists.

The remarks by Carson, who is near the top of opinion polls for the crowded field of Republican candidates for the 2016 election, followed billionaire Trump’s failure to challenge comments made on Friday by a supporter who labeled U.S. President Barack Obama a Muslim.

Trump later clarified his silence, saying he was not obligated to correct an audience member and that “the bigger issue is that Obama is waging a war against Christians in this country. Christians need support in this country. Their religious liberties are at stake.”

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Israel Detains Six Palestinian in West Bank, Jerusalem

Israel Detains Six Palestinian in West Bank, Jerusalem

Israeli undercover special units and army forces late Friday and early Saturday detained six Palestinians from across the West Bank, including Jerusalem, according to local and security sources. In Jenin, undercover special units - riding in a civilian car with a Palestinian registration number - nabbed four Palestinian youths in the village of Barta’a to the southwest of Jenin.

Forces reportedly chased down and opened gunfire at the youths’ car during clashes that broke out at the entrance of the village. The driver was also injured by Israeli fire during the army chase. The car’s windscreen and windows were also smashed.

The four were identified as Mahmoud Qabaha, two brothers Shadi and Hussain Qbaha, and a fourth whose identity remains unidentified.

Late Friday, forces detained a Palestinian teenager in the village of Harmaleh to the east of Bethlehem, after raiding and searching his family’s home. He was identified as Lo’ay Az-Zeer, 16.

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