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Lawsuit claims FBI used ‘no-fly’ list to pressure Muslims into becoming informants

New Lawsuit Claims FBI Used No Fly List To Pressure Muslims Into Becoming Informants (via Techdirt) Over the past few months, we’ve covered the bizarre trial of Rahinah Ibrahim, who was incorrectly placed on the no fly list, leading to a series of other problems, meaning that the Stanford PhD…

U.S. intelligence chief James Clapper clamps down on media access

James Clapper Bans Intelligence Community From Basically Any Interaction With Nearly Anyone With A Social Media Account (via Techdirt) Back in 2012, we wrote about how Senator Dianne Feinstein appeared to be a lot more focused on who leaked information about the US involvement in Stuxnet, rather than the question…

‘Honest’ criminal turns himself in after learning he’s wanted via vanity Google search

You know, we talk a great deal at Techdirt about dumb criminals and how often they are nabbed by the intersection of their own stupidity and technology. It is, frankly, enough to make you wonder about the future of our species, watching these would-……

Chilling: Climate change deniers have scientific paper disappeared

Let me let you in on a little fantasy of mine: every once in a while, I like to imagine finding myself meeting the person who came up with the term "global warming." Why? So I can punish that person. Severely. See, what a term like "global warming"……

Journal retracts scientifically-sound research due to legal threats from climate change deniers

Chilling Effects: Climate Change Deniers Have Scientific Paper Disappeared (via Techdirt) Let me let you in on a little fantasy of mine: every once in a while, I like to imagine finding myself meeting the person who came up with the term “global warming.” Why? So I can punish that…

Cops turning to third-party companies to hack suspects’ phones

Police Utilizing Private Companies, Exploits To Access Data From Suspects’ Smartphones (via Techdirt) Law enforcement agencies really want to see your phone’s contents. I mean, they really want to. Martin Kaste at NPR has a story on law enforcement and smartphones which contains the following quote from a Rolf Norton,…

Major publisher Elsevier caught charging money for open access science articles

Elsevier Still Charging For Open Access Copies, Two Years After It Was Told Of The Problem (via Techdirt) For some reason, Elsevier seems to take delight in being hated by the academic world. Its support for the awful Research Works Act back in 2012 led to a massive boycott of…

Philly.com ordered to provide identity of anonymous commenter sued for defamation

Philly Court Orders Website To Unmask Anonymous Commenter ‘Named’ In Defamation Suit (via Techdirt) Anonymous commenters are often held up as examples of the worst aspects of the internet. It’s an enabler of abhorrent behavior, as the lack of identification allows people to make statements without suffering consequences. Of course,…

Justice Dept. petitions for right to retain metadata collection indefinitely

DOJ Asks To Hang Onto Bulk Collections Longer, Citing Need To ‘Preserve’ Evidence It Has No Intention Of Presenting In Court (via Techdirt) The DOJ is asking the courts to extend the amount of time it can hold onto bulk metadata records. The use-by date is normally five years, but…

Olympic snowboarders jumping over — and around — ban on displaying logos

How Snowboarders Are Waving Company Logos In The IOC’s Face… And There’s Nothing It Can Do About It (via Techdirt) The International Olympics Committee has this “branding” thing down cold. (No pun intended. The IOC is just as obnoxious during the Summer Olympics.) Everything that doesn’t belong to an Official…

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