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John Bush here with your Liberty Beat for June 18th, 2013.
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AND NOW THE NEWS…….
FLORIDA SCHOOLS SCANS CHILDREN’S EYES WITHOUT PARENTAL PERMISSION
About 750 children in Polk County, Florida were iris scanned without their parent’s knowledge. Parents received a letter in May stating a pilot program would scan the iris of each child who rode the bus. Parents were allowed to opt out but by some administrative mistake the company responsible for gathering the information had already scanned about 750 children’s eyes. As a result of the parents’ opposition to the pilot program, the school district is no longer considering using biometric devices on school buses.
SEATTLE FOOTBALL COACH QUESTIONS FORMER ARMY VICE CHIEF OF STAFF ON 9/11
Recently Seattle Seahawks football coach Pete Carroll questioned Charlie Chiarelli, former Army vice chief of staff and four-star general, on the attacks of 9/11. Carroll wanted to know if the attacks of September 11, 2001 had been planned or involved the United States government in any way, he specifically referred to the attacks on the Pentagon. General Chiarelli was the top-ranking Army official inside the Pentagon on 9/11/01.
PRESIDENT OBAMA SPEAKS ON NSA SCANDAL, THE FATE OF EDWARD SNOWDEN
Speaking on PBS’ Charlie Rose program President Obama said he has set up an “oversight board” to examine the issues of privacy after public outcry around the NSA programs revealed by whistle blower Edward Snowden. In regards to the fate of Snowden Obama said, “The case has been referred to the DOJ for criminal investigation … and possible extradition. I will leave it up to them to answer those questions.” The President went on to defend his administrations use of spying through the NSA and dismissed claims of carrying on the Bush administration surveillance state.
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The abortion wars return to Congress in a big way with House legislation to ban almost all abortions after a fetus reaches the age of 20 weeks. The legislation expected to pass the Republican-controlled House as early as Tuesday has no chance of becoming law in the near future: The Democratic-led Senate will ignore it and the White House has issued a veto threat. But the measure gives social conservatives a rare chance to promote their anti-abortion agenda and lays the groundwork for what could be a future challenge to the 1973 Supreme Court decision that confirmed a woman’s right to late-term abortions.
After weeks of sometimes violent confrontation with police, Turkish protesters have found a new form of resistance: standing still and silent. The first such protest was carried out late Monday by performance artist Erdem Gunduz, who stood for hours at Istanbul’s central Taksim Square, in passive defiance of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.