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PBC News & Comment: FBI Wants Even More Unchecked Power

--FBI hopes to broadly expand its authority to hack into computers anywhere, using an obscure Justice Dept panel...

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--in Britain GCHQ can access raw NSA data without warrant
--Defense critic Bill Hartung asks if mercenaries will be hired for “boots on the ground” in Iraq and Syria
--PBS Frontline on IS offered important background info, especially on Maliki’s purges of Sunnis, as many say Obama was informed but refused to act
--is Obama foreign policy team worn out, ready for new blood for final 2 years?
--high-ranking White House leaker calls Netanyahu “chickenshit”
--Egypt will create buffer zone with Gaza
--CNN International runs infomercials that curry favor with sponsors, play down bad news, reports CJR
--corporate space launch fails as rocket explodes at liftoff
--in prime time report for al Jazeera, Greg Palast exposes voter suppression schemes that may prevent 7 million people from voting next week
--federal nuke regulators and rogue utility PG&E secretly revised the license for California’s last nuke plant