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John Bush here with your Liberty Beat for June 19th, 2013.
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HOUSTONIANS PROTEST OUTSIDE CONGRESSWOMAN SHEILA JACKSON LEES OFFICE
On Tuesday morning a group of around 50 Houstonians protested outside the office of U.S. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee. The group was rallying in support of the 2nd amendment as well as the Armed Citizens Project. The ACP gained attention last week when the Oak Forest neighborhood of Houston became the first in the country to experience a free gun giveaway for single mothers.
Sheila Jackson Lee spoke in opposition to the ACP’s gun sharing program and in favor of universal background checks for gun purchases. Kyle Coplen , founder of the Armed Citizen Project, says he believe an educated and armed citizenry is the key to reducing crime.
GOOGLE CHALLENGES FISA COURT GAG ORDERS
Tuesday Google filed a legal challenge against gag orders that come with the FISA court orders it receives from the FBI and NSA. Google is arguing that silence orders infringe upon the company’s First Amendment rights to speak freely about data requests from the government. According to a court motion filed by Google they are seeking to release information on the amount of data requests and specific user information.
Currently, under the FISA act, Google is not allowed to disclose publicly the number of requests it gets for data. The public request has only come about in light of the recently leaked information regarding the PRISM software, and after the Director of National Intelligence acknowledged that service providers have received Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) requests.
THOUSANDS CONTINUE TO PROTEST BUS FARES IN BRAZIL
Sao Paulo, Brazil continues to be the scene of another night of protests. Demonstrators are calling for a more responsive government, and have expressed a general anger towards the governments financial priorities. The protests have been organized by university students and a group called the Free Fare Movement, which has called for free public transportation. Pictures of the scene show protestors clashing with riot police. These latest clashes come after accusations last week of brutality and targeting of journalists.
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- The Afghan president on Wednesday suspended talks with the United States on a new security deal to protest the way his government was being left out of initial peace negotiations with the Taliban meant to find a way to end the nearly 12-year war. The move by Hamid Karzai raises tensions significantly and could derail the peace process even before it has begun.
- The Internal Revenue Service is about to pay $70 million in employee bonuses despite an Obama administration directive to cancel discretionary bonuses because of automatic spending cuts enacted this year, according to a GOP senator. Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa says his office has learned that the IRS is executing an agreement with the employees’ union on Wednesday to pay the bonuses. Grassley says the bonuses should be canceled under an April directive from the White House budget office.
- At White House meeting, US secretary of state called for airstrike on fields Assad army used to launch chemical weapons against rebels. General Dempsey said Air Force could not simply drop a few bombs.
US Secretary of State John Kerry last week called for immediate US airstrikes against airfields under the control of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime – specifically, those fields it has used to launch chemical weapons raids against rebel forces, Bloomberg’s Jeffrey Goldberg reported.