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Darpa: ACTUV “Sea Hunter” Prototype Transitions to Office of Naval Research for Further Development

DARPA successfully completes technology demonstration vessel, a highly autonomous unmanned ship that could revolutionize U.S. maritime operations.

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US Surpasses Cayman Islands to Become Second Largest Tax Haven on Earth

Proving its role in the global race to the bottom on tax avoidance and  contributing to a multitude of abuses around the world, the United States is now second-largest tax haven on the planet, according to an updated international index. The Tax Justice Network found that the U.S. has surpassed the Cayman Islands as the number-two place where corporations can easily stash their money to avoid tax liabilities. Switzerland retained its top place on the list.

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Las Vegas judge orders unsealing search warrants regarding the 1 Oct. massacre, suspects named

A Clark County District Judge issued an order Tuesday to unseal search warrant pertaining to the 1 October massacre which left 58 people dead. However, key portions listing an additional suspect or suspects is expected to be redacted. The girlfriend of Stephen Paddock and a man by the name of Douglas Haig were named as ‘persons of interest’

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CDC director resigns after report of trades in tobacco company investments

President Trump's director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention resigned Wednesday after a report that she was trading in tobacco company investments. 

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Unintended Consequences Of EU's New Internet Privacy Rules: Facebook Won't Use AI To Catch Suicidal Users

The EU's General Data Protection Regulation, which was approved two years ago and is set to go into force on May 25th of this year. There are many things in there that are good to see, in large part improving transparency around what some companies do with all your data, and giving end users some more control over that data. Indeed, we're curious to see how the inevitable lawsuits play out and if it will lead companies to be more considerate in how they handle data.

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The in-depth tale of Bylock, the Turkish messenger app whose 1x1 tracking GIF was the basis for tens of thousands of treason accusations

A group of exiled Turkish human rights lawyers have published an in-depth history of how Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Turkish government has described Bylock, an encrypted messenging app, whose 1x1 analytics pixel was used as the basis for accusing tens -- if not hundreds -- of thousands of Turks of treason, with consequences ranging from loss of employment and ostracization to imprisonment, to torture, to suicide.

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Private Censorship Is Not the Best Way to Fight Hate or Defend Democracy: Here Are Some Better Ideas

From Cloudflare’s headline-making takedown of the Daily Stormer last autumn to YouTube’s summer restrictions on LGBTQ content, there's been a surge in “voluntary” platform censorship. Companies—under pressure from lawmakers, shareholders, and the public alike—have ramped up restrictions on speech, adding new rules, adjusting their still-hidden algorithms and hiring more staff to moderate content. They have banned adsfrom certain sources and removed “offensive” but legal content.

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Last Two FBI Heads Downplay US Surveillance Capability

In recent months, law enforcement and intelligence communities have downplayed the government’s surveillance capability. The last two FBI heads Christopher Wrey and James Comey are among those insisting US surveillance isn’t nearly what people fear. Meanwhile, both advocated for sweeping surveillance bills while preaching against encryption.

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The surveillance society is here, and what you can do to protect yourself

George Orwell’s 1984 featured a dystopian England, and indeed, a world, of three superstates that all ran according to the same principles.  Eternal war, eternal ignorance, and eternal subservience, whether realized or not.  BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU was this book’s addition to the American lexicon for many, many people.

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Paul Ryan calls for a 'cleanse' of the FBI and wants Trump to release the secret GOP memo

House Speaker Paul Ryan broke his silence Tuesday about the controversial Republican memo, calling for its public disclosure and a "cleanse" of the FBI. Ryan also expressed confidence in Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and the special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation. Republicans and Democrats are at odds over a memo, spearheaded by the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, that Republicans say shows evidence of bias against President Donald Trump and corruption within the FBI and the Department of Justice.

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What Five ‘Domestic Terrorism’ Cases Tell Us About FBI Tactics

Are undercover FBI agents responsible for pushing some of the terrorism suspects it arrests toward acts of violence? That is the question Peter B. Collins tackles in his brand new WhoWhatWhy podcast. In this premiere episode he talks with investigative journalist Darwin BondGraham of the East Bay Express in Oakland, CA, about his recent report “Terror or Entrapment?”

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US National Debt Will Jump by $617 Billion in 5 Months

While everyone is trying to figure out how to twist the new tax cut to their advantage and save some money, the US Treasury Department just announced how much net new debt it will have to sell to the public through the second quarter to keep the government afloat: $617 billion. That’s what the Treasury Department estimates will be the total amount added to publicly traded Treasury securities — or “net privately-held marketable borrowing” — through the end of the second quarter. This will be the net increase in the US debt through the end of Q2. By quarter:

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Instagram Posts Accidentally Reveal Turkish Soldiers' Locations In Syrian Invasion

In mid-January 2018, Turley launched a military operation against the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Afrin, situated in northern Syria. Code-named "Operation Olive Branch", the troops participating in the latest Turkish invasion of Syria have been in a fierce battle against the YPG in Syria, but along the way, soldiers have been openly geotagging their positions on Instagram, leaving their locations exposed for the world to see, according to a new report from RT.

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Declassified Docs Expose UK's Secret Cold War Plan To Nuke Mid-East Oil Fields

With the Second World War over and the star role played by crude oil in its outcome, British and U.S. intelligence agencies wasted no time working out scenarios should the Soviets invade the Middle East. In hindsight, especially to younger generations, this might seem eccentric, but not to those who remember the Cold War and the paranoia that raged on both sides. In the 50s, the British and U.S. intelligence services were genuinely concerned about a further Soviet expansion, into the Middle East, which at the time was the main source of crude oil for both countries. No wonder the region was a priority security issue for both countries.

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Hamas Founder Linked To Iran Dies After Mysterious "Accidental" Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound

A senior Hamas official and one of the Palestinian terror group's founding fathers has died after suffering a head wound in what reports are describing as an "unexplained shooting" . Hamas announced that Imad al-Alami died Tuesday after being unconscious since a January 9 mysterious incident said to have occurred at his Gaza City home, which sparked widespread speculation over what happened.

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Students Hate Trump's State Of The Union Speech (Before It Happens)

President Donald Trump will give his first State Of The Union address to the nation tomorrow evening, and as Campus Reform found, critics of Trump have already begun to express displeasure with his actions in the days leading up to the speech, leading some to wonder whether this opposition is substantive, or rooted in a distaste of Trump as a person.

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Rising Social Disorder Is Inevitable: Here's Why

We can do better, and if we don't, the only possible output of such an unequal system is increasing social disorder. We are in a very peculiar point in history. On the one hand, we're reassured that all is well because Every One of the World’s Big Economies Is Now Growing.

Yet at the same time, we read that "Something Is Very Wrong With The Global Economy": Richest 1% Made 82% Of Global Wealth In 2017 and are asked, Can the World Survive a Winner-Take-All Global Economy?

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NSA Deletes "Honesty" And "Openness" From Core Values

The National Security Agency maintains a page on its website that outlines its mission statement. But earlier this month, the agency made a discreet change: It removed “honesty” as its top priority. Since at least May 2016, the surveillance agency had featured honesty as the first of four “core values” listed on, alongside “respect for the law,” “integrity,” and “transparency.” The agency vowed on the site to “be truthful with each other.”

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Qatar to expand largest US airbase in MidEast to make it permanent, plans to host Navy

Qatar plans to add 200 more housing units to the Al-Udeid Air Base, crucial to the US-led counter-terrorist campaign, so that US troops deployed there on a permanent basis can feel “at home,” Qatar’s defense minister said. Among far-reaching plans outlined by Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah, Minister of State for Defense and Deputy Minister of Qatar, the Gulf kingdom is renovating its naval ports so that the US Navy can be deployed to the country in addition to some 10,000 US servicemen stationed at Al-Udeid air base near Doha

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WATCH: Activist Shows Power of 5th Amendment, Owns Cops—By Choosing to Remain Silent

Phillip Turner has made a name for himself as a 1st Amendment activist. As TFTP has reported, Turner won a landmark decision at the U.S. Court of Appeals (5th Circuit) effectively securing the rights of all citizens in LA, MS, and TX to film police in the course of their normal duties. But some police departments, specifically Austin PD (Lamplight Village Substation), still don’t get it and continue not only to infringe on citizens’ rights but break the law in doing so.

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