tick-tock-atona writes: Israel's airport security has long been known for being among the most stringent in the world. However, in a disturbing new development passengers suspected of being involved in political activism are being asked to login to their webmail accounts so that security agents can rifle through personal correspondence. One US tourist with a history of involvement in the BDS movement was held overnight before being flown back home, after she refused to login to her gmail account at the border. Is this just the action of paranoid state? Or a taste of what's to come in other parts of the world?
tick-tock-atona writes: Reuters is reporting on the bureaucratic process which saw Anwar al-Awlaki killed by a drone late last month. "American militants like Anwar al-Awlaki are placed on a kill or capture list by a secretive panel of senior government officials, which then informs the president of its decisions, according to officials."
The lack of outcry about this "death panel" is particularly worrisome given the denunciations of a similar (false) concept under Obama's healthcare reforms.
tick-tock-atona writes: The trove HB Gary emails leaked online Anonymously has some startling revelations. Among them is an amazing slide (http://yglesias.thinkprogress.org/2011/02/get-greenwald/) joining the dots between Wikileaks and its supporters; in this instance, Salon.com blogger, Glenn Greenwald. The email stated that "without the support of people like Glenn, WikiLeaks would fold"; and darkly suggested that "these are established professionals that have a liberal bent, but ultimately most of them if pushed will choose professional preservation over cause."