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PBC News & Comment: Yahoo Gave NSA Access to All Email Traffic

Reuters reports that Yahoo secretly complied with government order to scan the emails of millions of innocent Americans and others….

--PBC calls for Obama to fire top spooks Clapper and Rogers, or he should resign, himself, for allowing police state tactics

--in 2015, Yahoo’s security chief quit in protest of CEO Mayer’s secret agreement that scanned all email traffic for key words—a backdoor

--other major online operators say they did not submit to such an order

--Yahoo’s non-denial: report is misleading, scanning reported “does not exist on our systems”

--Trevor Timm comments in The Guardian

--FBI has arrested NSA contractor who worked for Booz Allen Hamilton (as did Snowden) for taking NSA hacking software

--in bizarre resolution, Pentagon whistleblower who exposed Panetta’s leaks of classified info to Zero Dark Thirty writer will get cash settlement and awards after he repudiates the charges

--in excellent analysis, Gareth Porter explains how the Pentagon defied Obama and killed the cease-fire in Syria

--it’s hardly secret, as US and Iraq gear up to retake Mosul and plan for humanitarian crisis as winter approaches

--Veep debate wasn’t the predicted snoozer, but it didn’t change many voter choices

--Libertarian veep nominee Bill Weld concedes early, says he will focus on defeating Trump

--DEA orders reduction in production of highly addictive opioid drugs

--new UN chief is expected to be named tomorrow, former Portugese prime minister Antonio Guterres

--Polish protest is successful, as leaders abandon plan for total ban on abortion