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--Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL), proposes 1-page bill called "Big Brother is Not Watching You Act", requiring adoption of all 46 points of the Review Panel's report
--Peter Baker's interesting think piece in NY Times looks at Obama's huge swing on civil liberties and spying, discloses previously unknown terrorist threat just before 2009 inauguration
--sneaky clauses in huge budget bill limit NSA phone records collection and use of "702" authority
--other sneaky clauses in huge budget bill block the plan to center control of drones at Pentagon and return CIA to intelligence role
--drone-lover Sen. Dianne Feinstein tells the story of the drone that buzzed her house--probably from the Code Pink Air Force
--prepare to be shocked, as your humble host praises Feinstein for opposing the Senate bill to put even more sanctions on Iran
--UN begins sex crimes against children probe at Vatican, as Chicago bishop releases documents about pedophilia cases
--different UN probe says attacks on Palestinians by Israeli settlers have quadrupled
--3rd straight day of huge protests in Bangkok, we close with Murray Head's "One Night in Bangkok"