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PBC News & Comment: Modest Surveillance Reforms Will Leave Police State Untouched

32-year NSA veteran Kirk Wiebe tells us: limited reforms to Patriot Act will not limit spying on millions of innocent Americans….

--in “news analysis”, NY Times quotes anonymous official “This is hardly major change”

--NY Times editorial says new limits are “worthless” in protecting Americans

--Times public editor comments on article that named “secret” CIA officials, gets interesting admission from top editor Dean Baquet

--“Justice” Dept. offers vague plan to tell us more about Stingray and similar dragnet surveillance toys

--in perverted trifecta, gun-toting Muslims take the bait of provocation, and die in attack on Texas hotel hosting “draw Mohammed” contest

--Sen. Jeff Sessions lapses into temporary lucidity, offers 5 reasons he opposes TPP and fast track; he forgot to mention the 6th: Obama is for it

--refugees continue to cross Mediterranean, Italians rescued 3,700 in 16 boats

--US accused of killing 52 Syrian civilians in Friday’s air strike

--Saudis are reportedly using American-made cluster bombs on Yemen

--new interviews with Israeli soldiers show lax rules of engagement in 2014 Gaza war that left hundreds of civilians dead

--as Iran talks resume, Gareth Porter notes that domestic politics dictate that Iran must remain our enemy, talks likely to fail

--in Baltimore, VICE news photojournalist was shot with “less lethal” projectile, improperly arrested, held for 49 hours