• ABC News:

    In his five-minute remarks today on the Keystone Pipeline, Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, pointed out a “divergence of evidence” on global warming, citing the biblical Great Flood as an example of climate change. Barton delivered remarks today at the Subcommittee on Energy and Power hearing in support of the Northern Route Approval Act, legislation that would grant Congress the authority to approve the controversial Keystone petroleum pipeline.

  • Glenn Greenwald:

    For years, senior Obama officials, including the president himself, have been making public claims about their drone program that have just been proven to be categorically false. The evidence of this falsity is so conclusive that even establishment sources are using unusually harsh language – including “lies” – to describe Obama’s statements.

  • CNET:

    A controversial data-sharing bill won the approval of a key congressional committee today without privacy amendments, raising concerns that the National Security Agency and other spy agencies will gain broad access to Americans’ personal information.

    The House Intelligence committee, by a vote of 18 to 2, adopted the so-called CISPA bill after an unusual session closed to the public where panel members debated and voted on the proposed law in secret.

  • Wired:

    A legal fight over the government’s use of a secret surveillance tool has provided new insight into how the controversial tool works and the extent to which Verizon Wireless aided federal agents in using it to track a suspect.

    Court documents in a case involving accused identity thief Daniel David Rigmaiden describe how the wireless provider reached out remotely to reprogram an air card the suspect was using in order to make it communicate with the government’s surveillance tool so that he could be located.

  • U.S. News:

    The Internal Revenue Service is collecting a lot more than taxes this year—it’s also acquiring a huge volume of personal information on taxpayers’ digital activities, from eBay auctions to Facebook posts and, for the first time ever, credit card and e-payment transaction records, as it expands its search for tax cheats to places it’s never gone before.

  • An Australian bio-ethicist predicts eugenicist applications  [which he apparently supports] of stem cell technology to breed humans in a Petri dish, where over the next ten years they can engineer “…20–30 generations of human beings in vitro — enough to achieve significant changes in genotype. Advances in cell culture technology and in the science of gametogenesis might increase this figure still further.”

  • Two more babies have contracted Herpes in New York City via the controversial and ritualistic practice “oral” circumcisions, where Rabbis use their mouth to “sterilize” the shorn penis.

  • Former Congressman Ron Paul’s RonPaulCurriculum.com will feature free and paid home-school curriculum, covering “Austrian economics, the basics of Western Civilization and Western liberty, American history, [and] the US Constitution” while “teach[ing] the Biblical principle of self-government and personal responsibility”.

  • Robert Beckhusen of Wired:

    Primarily, the ATF states it wants the database to speed-up criminal investigations. Instead of requiring an analyst to manually search around for your personal information, the database should “obtain exact matches from partial source data searches” such as social security numbers (or even just a fragment of one), vehicle serial codes, age range, “phonetic name spelling,” or a general area where your address is located. Input that data, and out comes your identity, while the computer automatically establishes connections you have with others.

  • Max Rivlin-Nadler of Gawker:

    [J]ournalist Mark Mazzetti outlines how Pakistan, which was resistant to allowing the CIA to begin killing targets within its borders, asked the CIA in 2004 to kill Taliban-ally Nek Muhammad, in exchange for allowing the CIA to begin its drone strike assassination program in the country. Pakistan would take responsibility for the death of Muhammad, and the CIA would never be mentioned in official accounts of his death.