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PBC News & Comment: FBI and Spooks Exploit Tragedy to Expand Police State

FBI Director James “Too Tall” Comey shares surveillance info on San Bernardino shooters, then blames encryption for law enforcement failures….–Comey claims Farook and Malik were “radicalized” before they married, and demands that tech firms weaken encryption to ease access for government, hackers

–shamed by The Guardian’s data collection of cop shootings, FBI announces it will start to collect this information

–despite the current hysteria, librarians and privacy advocates oppose latest cyber legislation

–one year after Senate torture review was released, most officials who should have read it have not—perhaps to preserve the Obama-ordered obstruction of justice, reports The Intercept

–pandering to the wave of fear, 407 House members vote to tighten visa waivers

–in The Guardian, David Smith explains the serious problems with the secret No-Fly list, and the politics of Obama’s demand to use it to block gun purchases

–one week after the massacre, we recap the questions and contradictions of the official narrative of San Berdu shootings

–Trump’s brazen bigotry leads Jeb’s superpac to launch ads that slime Trump, Rubio and Cruz

–Trump’s anti-Muslim ravings cost cause business partners in Mideast to criticize him, cancel deals

–Netanyahu declines to cancel 2-man Demagogue’s conference with Trump, scheduled for December 28

–Chicago’s arrogant mayor finds humility, as Rahm Emmanuel apologizes for police crimes and coverups

Wired investigation and Australian police raid may have identified the mystery man behind Bitcoin

Time magazine passes over Trump and Sanders to name Germany’s Anglea Merkel as Person of the Year

–America’s hottest retail item, the hoverboard, is so hot it’s catching fire

–Native American activist, poet and actor John Trudell dies at age 69, we play “Rant and Roll” in his honor