US secrecy policy run as though formed by Orwell and Kafka – top official

William Leonard, who oversaw state secrecy under George W Bush, says successive US presidents have abused system   Ed Pilkington in New York guardian.co.uk, Friday 15 March 2013 13.26 EDT Leonard said new executive powers had been created without congressional oversight or judicial review. Photograph: Rick Wilking/Reuters Successive US presidents, including Barack Obama, have abused…

New York newspaper draws fire after publishing names and addresses of gun permit holders

World Dec. 27, 2012 – 03:10PM JST ( 8 ) NEW YORK — A New York newspaper has sparked outrage by publishing a detailed map with thousands of names and addresses of gun permit holders in the wake of the Newtown school shooting. The publication of the database on Wednesday came amid a heated debate…

Monsanto insurance: USDA tells farmers to pay for avoiding troubles with agro-giant (Insurance against being sued by Monsanto)

Published: 22 November, 2012, 00:09 (Reuters / Robert Pratta) The United State Department of Agriculture has finalized a report to address concerns from farmers who fear they’ll be next on an ever-expanding list of defendants sued by biotech giants Monsanto, but those worries aren’t about to end. The Monsanto Company dominates more than just grow…

Woman Says JPMorgan Gave Rapist Free Rein

    By DAVID LEE   DALLAS (CN) – A JPMorgan Chase employee says in court that she was raped by a vice president whom the bank allowed “to prey on defenseless women.” Kimberly Schultz sued the bank and Derrick Gilliam, its vice president and senior project manager, in Dallas County Court on Tuesday Schultz…

Billionaire banned from Nobu after ‘threatening to kill manager because he was denied his favorite table’

Stewart  Rahr was upset because another group was seated at ‘his’  table Sent an  angry email to the owner of the restaurant and cc’ed  celebrities He admits  to the argument but denies having threatened the  manager By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED:11:01 EST, 11  November 2012| UPDATED:11:34 EST, 11 November 2012 Upset: Stewart Rahr took issue…

Allegations of abuse by a paedophile ring involving politicians. Now has claims of “mysterious early deaths”, suspicious fires and other forms of threats and intimidation as part of a possible cover-up.

David Cameron announces inquiry into ‘dreadful’ Tory child abuse claims David Cameron has announced an investigation into “truly dreadful” child abuse claims involving a senior Tory at a Welsh children’s home. Steve Messham told Newsnight that he was abused by a leading Conservative politician while he was a child in care Photo: BBC/Newsnight By Steven…

Monsanto and others conspired with an Army experiment to secretly poison people with toxic chemicals in the 1950s, a class action claims

Army Poisoned People in ’50s, Class Claims By JOE HARRIS ST. LOUIS (CN) – Monsanto and others conspired with an Army experiment to secretly poison people with toxic chemicals in a giant segregated housing complex in the 1950s, a class action claims in City Court. Lead plaintiff Benjamin Phillips Sr. claims defendants Monsanto, Parsons Government…

Revealed: How Facebook is used to kidnap and traffic Indonesian girls

27  Facebook-related abductions  reported this year in Indonesia 435 children were  trafficked last year,  mostly for sexual exploitation By Katy Dartford PUBLISHED:05:46 EST, 29  October 2012| UPDATED:06:57 EST, 29 October 2012 Facebook is increasingly being used to kidnap  Indonesian children who are shipped off to a life of slavery in brothels, say  child protection teams.…

Wireless meters tell snoopers when you are not home: CRIMINALS no longer need to stake out a home or a business

18 October 2012 by Jim Giles Magazine issue 2887.  Subscribe and save CRIMINALS no longer need to stake out a home or a business to monitor the inhabitants’ comings and goings. Now they can simply pick up wireless signals broadcast by the building’s utility meters.In the US, analogue meters that measure water, gas and electricity…

Girl, 15, lashed 60 times for ‘speaking to men in the street’ : Mali

Islamist  group Ansar Dine said to have repeatedly warned girl to stop talking to men in  the street in Timbuktu, Mali By Associated Press Reporter PUBLISHED:07:55 EST, 17  October 2012| UPDATED:09:14 EST, 17 October 2012 A teenaged girl received 60 lashes in  Timbuktu after Islamist extremists convicted her of speaking to men on the  street.…

France anti-racism groups target Twitter for anti-Semitic content

12:13 PM  10/17/2012 Twitter may be under legal fire for a series of recent tweets which are  deemed anti-Semitic by Jewish organizations in France. A top trending French-language hashtag recently has been #unbonjuif, which in  English means “a good Jew.” The first of these hashtags sparked what French  socialist paper Le Monde called “a competition…