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Anonymous: We hacked 300 Chinese government, commercial sites

The hacking group Anonymous has claimed it has hacked 300 Chinese websites in recent days, including government and commercial sites, in protest at web censorship in the country. According to messages posted on the group’s Twitter account this week, the latest of which was on Thursday, Anonymous said it had…

Britain’s Cameron faces backlash over mass electronic surveillance plans

British Prime Minister David Cameron is facing a growing backlash from within his own party over plans to extend the government’s powers to monitor people’s email exchanges and website visits. The measures would see Internet firms being instructed to install hardware enabling GCHQ — the government’s electronic “listening” agency —…

War and neglect leaves 500,000 Afghans homeless: Amnesty

Half a million Afghans displaced by war have been left homeless and struggling to survive because of government and international neglect, Amnesty International said Thursday. Around 400 people join makeshift shelters around the country every day, Amnesty said in a report entitled “Fleeing war, finding misery”, based on three years…

Fmr. Gitmo detainee: ‘The American government is arrogant’

Former Guantanamo prison detainee Lakhdar Boumediene talked with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes this weekend about his difficult experiences being locked up for over seven years despite his innocence. Boumediene posed a question to U.S. viewers in regards to what their perspective would be if they were in his or other prisoners’…

Britain urged to rule on lethal force against pirates

Britain’s government must give official guidance on when it is legal to shoot and kill maritime pirates, MPs said on Thursday ahead of a conference in London on the future of Somalia. Parliament’s foreign affairs committee hailed the government’s decision in October to allow British merchant ships in dangerous waters…

Government simulates cyber attack for training

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (Reuters) – The lights went out. Hackers had infiltrated the chemical company’s computer network. The firm’s own experts ran around from computer to computer trying to fight back and regain control. “We’re flying blind,” the chief executive of the fictitious ACME chemical company said. The cyber attack…

Democrats call for investigation of Justice Clarence Thomas

Twenty House Democrats called Thursday on the U.S. Judicial Conference to formally request that the U.S. Department of Justice investigate Justice Clarence Thomas’s non-compliance with the Ethics in Government Act of 1978. Justice Thomas indicated on his annual financial disclosure forms that his wife had received no income since he…

That we need government is just fact

Via Erik at LGM comes this NY Times piece from Michael Lipsky about our national parks and how their beauty and wilderness is a testament to the good that government can do.  Highly recommended reading.  It also caused me to want to ball up on the floor and cry.  Not because it's…

Protesters stage anti-government rally in Hong Kong

HONG KONG — Several hundred protesters rallied outside the headquarters of Hong Kong’s law-making body on Wednesday against government plans to scrap by-elections. Activists from the People Power movement pumped their fists into the air and chanted slogans outside the city’s legislative council, shouting: “Respect the right to vote.” “The…

St. Paul businesses failing in wake of Minn. gov’t. shutdown

By Gus Lubin Downtown St. Paul is suffering the Keynesian multiplier in reverse (via @obsoletedogma). Beyond the 22,000 public sector workers who are out of work during government shutdown, businesses that depend on government traffic have cut hours and laid off workers, according to the Star Tribune: Matt Kramer, president of the…

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