US Policy

Constitutional collateral damage: Lawsuit over American drone deaths tossed out by US judge

Serious issues regarding constitutional law rose to the surface on Friday as a US federal judge dismissed a court case against the US government by families of three Americans killed in US drone strikes in Yemen.

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Eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk rallies in favor of independence referendum

At least 1,000 protesters have gathered in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, the industrial capital of the region, demanding that authorities respect their right for self-determination by allowing them to stage a Crimea-style referendum.

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US blasts Europe’€™s plan for anti-snooping network as ‘unfair advantage’

US officials on Friday slammed plans to construct an EU-centric communication system, designed to prevent emails and phone calls from being swept up by the NSA, warning that such a move is a violation of trade laws. Calling Europe’s proposal to build its own integrated communication system “draconian,” the office of the US Trade Representative […]

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CIA lied about torture’€™s effectiveness, according to unreleased Senate report

A Senate report found that CIA officials lied to the government and public about its post-9/11 torture program, most notably by distorting intelligence gleaned from traditional interrogations as that attained by far more brutal methods.

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The US government might be the biggest hacker in the world

The United States government is investing tens of millions of dollars each year on offensive hacking operations in order to exploit vulnerabilities in the computers of its adversaries, Reuters reports. According to an in-depth article published Friday by journalist Joseph Menn, the US and its Department of Defense contractors are increasingly pursuing efforts to hack […]

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NASA suspends cooperation with Russia over Ukraine crisis

The United States has suspended contact between NASA and its Russian counterpart over the ongoing situation in Ukraine. Only ongoing International Space Station cooperation will continue through the freeze in relations. NASA associate administrator Michael O’Brien said in a memo sent Wednesday that all missions with Russia’s Roscosmos are on hold indefinitely, UPI reports.

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Sanctioning Russia into multi-polar world?

US and European sanctions against Russia are designed to “€œpunish’€ its actions in Crimea. However, instead of forcing Russia into economic and political submission, the sanctions will spur the country to greater political and economic independence.

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Italy turned into a launch pad for the US Empire

Imperial soldiers cannot be judged. In Italy it’€™s almost impossible. In the last 15 months, the Italian Judiciary have asked to proceed against 113 American soldiers for various crimes, but the Italian minister of justice denied authorization in 91 cases. t works like this: when the US Army wants to judge a soldier in the […]

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Ron Paul: Ukraine aid bill is bad deal for all

Following Congress’€™ decision to approve a $1 billion aid package to Ukraine last week, former libertarian Congressman Ron Paul has published an op-ed strongly criticizing it as a bad deal for both American taxpayers and Ukrainian citizens. In the column, published by Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, the iconic libertarian said the bill […]

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From Merkel to Tymoshenko: NSA spied on 122 world leaders, Snowden docs reveal

The NSA’s data base contains information obtained during the surveillance of over a hundred world leaders, new leaks by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed. Der Spiegel has looked through a top secret presentation by NSA’s Center for Content Extraction, which is responsible for automated analysis of all types of text data.

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UN Hammers US Human Rights Record on Spying, Torture, Drones and Death Penalty

A UN report hammers the United States’€™ human rights record, denouncing vast surveillance, ongoing unaccountability for torture, deadly drone strikes, one of the world’s highest death penalty counts, and mass incarceration, among other black marks.

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US foreign aid agencies paid for Kiev street violence – ex-US agent Scott Rickard

The EU is a hurry to sign the long-awaited association treaty with Ukraine, while the new leaders in Kiev are turning to Washington for support. Whose interests were at stake during the Ukrainian revolution? Should the promises of the West be trusted by the new authorities? Sophie talks to former US intelligence officer Scott Rickard […]

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West ignores results of int’€™l missions that found no troop build-up near Ukraine borders |€“ Moscow

Russia has denied any troop build-up on the Ukraine border, a claim voiced by President Barack Obama and Kiev officials. Moscow slammed the West for ignoring the results of recent fact-finding missions for the sake of political expediency.

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Exposed: Obama states Kosovo left Serbia only after referendum, but there was NO referendum at all

Barack Obama’€™s speech on Ukrainian crisis seems to have left the public confused as he claimed that Kosovo broke away from Serbia “€œafter a referendum”€. But attentive listeners quickly pointed Obama’€™s gaps in history -€“ there was no referendum in Kosovo.

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Exporting Chaos: ‘West spent $5 billion destabilizing Ukraine’

Despite previously supporting the self-determination of some nations, the US continues to dismiss Crimea’s choice to reunite with Russia. Washington is standing by its newfound allies in Kiev – after helping propel them to power. And as RT’s Anastasia Churkina reports, Ukraine’s not the first country to go through the selective US-backed regime change. Exporting […]

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