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PBC News & Comment: New House Bill Would Fully Repeal Patriot Act

Reps. Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Thomas Massie (R-KY) introduce Surveillance State Repeal Act, which could restore most 4th Amendment rights….

–federal judge in San Francisco orders FBI to release records on monitoring Muslims

–friendly review panel gives FBI good marks since 9/11, still finds shortcomings

–Afghanistan’s Ghani leads charm offensive in Washington, gives speech to joint session of Congress, gets money and troop commitments through 2017

–civil war expands in Yemen, another failure of US military and intelligence, our most recent puppet is on the run

–US conducting aerial recon for Iranian fighters near Tikrit

–Syrian rebels close in on Idlib

–in latest story on Americans fighting for IS, NY Times admits it’s an anomaly, not a trend—only 6 men and 3 women known

–Boko Haram reportedly stages another mass kidnapping, as many as 500 this time

–at VICE, Jason Leopold fills in the redacted gaps of weak intelligence that was manipulated for Iraq invasion

–Jesus Gomez is giving Rahm Emmanuel a real challenge in April 7 Chicago mayor runoff

–in NY Times op-ed, Teresa Tritch notes that Obama could use executive order to force disclosure of political contributions by government contractors

–California senate committee tries to understand big swings in gas prices, gets a headache

–in visit to Birmingham tomorrow, will Obama pardon or commute the sentence of Don Siegelman?