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Comment The Most Shocking Thing About the France Attacks (Score 5, Insightful) 259

The most shocking thing to me is that our (the US) security agencies seemed to be completely unaware that anything was being planned. No reports of chatter. No outwardly visible concern. Even the President was briefed that ISIS was "contained" and "under control," and he reported as much on national television days before the attack.

This begs the question of where our intelligence agencies are focusing their efforts. Are they really scouring the world for terrorist activity, or are they too busy spying on their own citizens?

We live in dark and scary times when my government knows everyone I call or email, and when, and records all of that communication, but they can't catch wind of a major terrorist attack in its planning stages.

Submission + - Full Text of Trans-Pacific Partnership Released (Officially, this time) (mfat.govt.nz)

EmagGeek writes: The full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, has been officially released, and is available for the public to see. According to CNN, The TPP is a 12-nation deal that touches on 40% of the global economy. The provisions of the deal would knock down tariffs and import quotas, making it cheaper to import and export, and open new Asia-Pacific markets. Negotiations have been going on for years, led by the United States and Japan — with China conspicuously absent from the list of signees.

Comment Typical Leftist Slashdot and Samzenpus (Score 1, Insightful) 211

Just completely ignore the fact that Rand Paul has been opposing CISA since the moment it was disclosed, and is far more of a privacy advocate than Bernie Sanders could ever be. The only reason Bernie is opposed to it is because he's scraping for votes. He's an admitted, unabashed, and unrepentant statist who thinks big government involvement in every detail of your life is the solution to the world's ills.

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