UK police threaten Guardian editor with terrorism charges over Snowden leaks
British police have launched an investigation into whether the Guardian committed “potential” terrorism offenses by publishing the incriminating NSA and GCHQ documents leaked earlier this year by Edward Snowden.
Alan Rusbridger, editor of the British paper, was testifying in front of a British parliamentary committeeTuesday when lawmakers suggested that the Guardian had helped terrorists by revealing the clandestine activity conducted by the American and British intelligence agencies.
Scotland Yard assistant commissioner Cressida Dick told the MPs Tuesday that is appears “possible that some people may have committed offenses” in connection with the material seized from David Miranda’s laptop earlier this year. Miranda, journalist Glenn Greenwald’s partner, was detained for hours at London’s Heathrow Airport and authorities confiscated his computer, cell phone, and other devices, some of which allegedly held material related to Snowden’s disclosures.
UK officials claim that Snowden’s trove of data included information about British spies and that the information’s publication puts lives in direct danger. Rusbridger said his paper would not publish any such information and that Guardian editors have not even looked at some of the information Snowden provided regarding the Iraq war.
Lawmakers also threatened Rusbridger by implying Guardian staff had violated Section 58A of the Terrorism Act, which stipulates that it is against the law to publish or even transmit any information regarding members of the armed forces or intelligence employees.
“It isn’t only about what you’ve published, it’s about what you’ve communicated,” committee member Michael Ellis said. “That is what amounts, or can amount, to a criminal offense.”
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Mission Accomplished: ‘Fixed’ Obamcare Site Crashes Live on CNN
Another public humiliation for Healthcare.gov. On the morning of the federal exchange site reboot, CNN hoped to demonstrate the success of the “tech surge” revamp of the site live for its viewers. But “then came the roadblock.” To the embarrassment and consternation of the CNN crew, the site crashed live.
Not only did the site fail on air, the technician admits in the segment that his attempt to enroll that morning ended up failing too with the site giving him an error message about 8 minutes into the process. Millions sunk into a site that, two months after its grand launch, still cannot function properly.
Speaking of millions: Millions of Americans have received cancelation notices on policies they were promised by the president they could keep. Many of those canceled policies lapse at the end of the year. With a two-week turn around for new policies, that gives millions of Americans less than two weeks to either enroll for a plan on the federal exchange or scramble to find a new policy on the open market.
Either way, thanks to Obamacare, millions of Americans are finding themselves forced to enroll in policies with higher premiums and deductibles.
This is a copy of the full article provided by the Conservatives at Truth Revolt
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