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Intensified Constitutional Crisis: CIA Doubles Down on Democracy-Defying Fiat Power; Congress Continues to Roll Over
Congress could publish CIA torture report anytime it likes, but pretends not to have that ability

Probe: Did the CIA spy on the U.S. Senate?
By JONATHAN S. LANDAY, ALI WATKINS and MARISA TAYLOR, McClatchy DC, March 4, 2014

WASHINGTON — The CIA Inspector General’s Office has asked the Justice Department to investigate allegations of malfeasance at the spy agency in connection with a yet-to-be released Senate Intelligence Committee report into the CIA’s secret detention and interrogation program, McClatchy has learned.

The criminal referral may be related to what several knowledgeable people said was CIA monitoring of computers used by Senate aides to prepare the study. The monitoring may have violated an agreement between the committee and the agency.

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The New York Times Hates Anyone Who Meaningfully Wields Official Power But Isn't Beholden to the Establishment
"Hippie hatred" runs deep

De Blasio Picks More Liberal Activists Than Managers for City Posts
By NIKITA STEWART, The New York Times, February 28, 2014

N.Y. / REGION — In Bill de Blasio’s City Hall, it seems more and more, there is only a left wing.

The mayor, who advanced in politics by grass-roots organizing, has built a team filled with former activists — figures more accustomed to picketing administrations or taking potshots from the outside than working from within. His administration is heavily populated with appointees best known for the fights they have fought. [...]

In any case, Mr. de Blasio’s mayor’s personnel choices are just one means by which he appears to be easing the mayoralty from the practical details of governing into a platform for the kind of social change usually achieved on the streets and in the courts.

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The FBI Hates Democracy and Takes It Upon Itself to Viciously and Illegally Attack People Whose Views It Doesn't Like

Unsealed search warrants targeting activists reveal FBI 'obsession' with socialist organization
By sosadmin, privacy MATTERS, February 27, 2014

From STOPFBI.net, an organization formed in the wake of the coordinated raids:

On Feb. 26, the application and affidavit [PDF] used to obtain the search warrants for the 2010 raids on homes and offices of anti-war and international solidarity activists were unsealed, revealing lies and attacks on the constitutionally-protected rights to speak out and organize. The unsealing of these documents came as a result of legal action taken by the anti-war activists.
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Congress Has Utterly Abdicated Its Declaration-of-War Responsibility
Authorizations for the Use of Military Force (AUMFs) are unconstitutional; they make the President into a king

Who Are We at War With? That’s Classified
By CORA CURRIER, ProPublica, July 26, 2013

In a major national security speech this spring, President Obama said again and again that the U.S. is at war with “Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and their associated forces.”

So who exactly are those associated forces? It’s a secret.

At a hearing in May, Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., asked the Defense Department to provide him with a current list of Al Qaeda affiliates.

The Pentagon responded – but Levin’s office told ProPublica they aren’t allowed to share it. Kathleen Long, a spokeswoman for Levin, would say only that the department’s “answer included the information requested.”

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