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The U.S. National Security Agency knew for at least two years about a flaw in the way that many websites send sensitive information, now dubbed the Heartbleed bug, and regularly used it to gather critical intelligence, two people familiar with the matter said.

The NSA’s decision to keep the bug secret in pursuit of national security interests threatens to renew the rancorous debate over the role of the government’s top computer experts.

Approximately nine out of every 10 deportees are from either Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala or Honduras. Asylum requests from these four countries have increased dramatically in the last six years, according to data obtained by Fusion from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

The United Nations attributes the increase in part to violence related to the drug trade and gangs. Forty-one of the world’s 50 most dangerous cities are now in Latin America, according a study published by Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice, a Mexican NGO.

But very few citizens from these countries are actually awarded asylum. The U.S. government granted only 126 Mexican citizens asylum in 2012, despite receiving over 9,000 requests that year. In contrast, almost half of Chinese citizens and two thirds of Cameroonian citizens who applied were granted asylum 2012. Less than eight percent of asylum seekers from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras successfully received asylum in the same period.

That’s it right there; this another reason is why I say the U.S. immigration system and laws are broken and out of date

This is not what they told us in grade school.

This is not what they told us in grade school.

Protest the Transpacific Partnership Tomorrow in San Diego

WHAT: Rally for Congress to Vote NO! On Fast Track for the TPP
WHEN: Friday, January 31, 2014, 11:30a-1p PST
WHERE: In front of the San Diego Federal Building-Courthouse, 880 Front Street


J&J gave doctors kickbacks for prescribing their drugs

You can get away with a lot if you pay the right people enough to look the other way.

Are drug users likely to be cured by being locked up? Are we really better off with so many nonviolent drug offenders in prison? These are questions that seem important to answer before we go ahead and lock up a million people.

Invite your California State Legislator to Screening of "Inequality for All"-Common Cause

Our nation is at a tipping point. And Robert Reich, chair of our National Governing Board, has proposed some solutions.

One solution outlined in Reich’s documentary film, “Inequality for All,” is to get big money out of politics.

Specifically, we need to overturn Citizens United so that corporations can’t spend unlimited amounts of money on campaigns to manipulate public policy and spending priorities.

California Common Cause and our coalition partners are holding a special screening of ”Inequality For All” for state lawmakers at the State Capitol in Sacramento this January 28, 2014 at 6pm.

This screening could not come at a more opportune time. It is important that our elected representatives consider how statewide budget and policy decisions affect all California residents, not just a wealthy few. To keep this at the forefront of their minds, we are asking them to join us in viewing this timely film.

Help Stop the Rape Audits Bill - H.R. 7

Imagine having to recount a sexual assault - a horrifyingly painful, personal experience - to a tax collector.

An anti-choice bill in Congress would do just that. It could force sexual-assault survivors who access abortion care to prove the assault occurred.

A congressional committee is set to vote on this bill January 15 - so we must move quickly. If we can flood all member of the House before the vote, we can stop it from picking up momentum.

Send an email to your lawmaker right now and demand the House stop H.R 7.

So who lost net neutrality? Tasked by President Obama with codifying the principle, the previous chairman of the F.C.C., Julius Genachowski, was cowed, leading to the present debacle. In 2010, the F.C.C. introduced formal net-neutrality rules, in what it called the Open Internet Order. Genachowski, inexcusably, did not use his agency’s main authority over wire communications to enact it. Since its creation, the F.C.C. has had the authority to police all communications by wire in the United States. Instead, Genachowski grounded the rules in what is called—in legal jargon—the agency’s “auxiliary authority.” If the F.C.C. were a battleship, this would be the equivalent of quieting the seventeen-inch-inch guns and relying on the fire hoses.

What could possibly have convinced the agency to pursue a legal strategy that any law student could see was dubious? As in any big mistake, there were compounding errors. Members of Congress threatened to strip the F.C.C. of some of its powers if it enacted the rules with the full weight of its legal authority. (Indeed, Congress tried and failed to overturn the Open Internet Order.) A.T. & T. warned that it would cancel its ongoing effort to become a cable company, threatening to tar the agency with job losses. One senior F.C.C. staffer told me that it would have unduly affected the stock prices of the telecom firms. The agency also had a Kool-Aid-drinking problem; it started to believe its own legal arguments, however weak. Altogether, it was a cowardly reaction to empty political threats.

Tom Wheeler, the new chairman of the F.C.C., now has the unfortunate task of dealing with strategic errors made by his predecessor. Restoring the agency’s long-standing authority over broadband telecommunications is much simpler than it appears. Wheeler needs only to reaffirm that, for Internet firms that want to send information to customers, broadband is a “telecommunications service,” meaning that the F.C.C. has the authority to regulate it. He has both the time and the votes to do so.

It is possible that Wheeler will do nothing, confirming the suspicions of his critics. But it is hard to imagine that he wants to be the man at the helm as the F.C.C. fades, pricing wars break out, and the Internet stagnates into a version of cable television. To be sure, in the short term, one can attract plenty of praise within Washington for not doing one’s job. But Wheeler has been around long enough to understand both the importance of legacy and the judgment of history.

Who Killed Net Neutrality? : The New Yorker

Again, who killed Net Neurality?

As in any big mistake, there were compounding errors. Members of Congress threatened to strip the F.C.C. of some of its powers if it enacted the rules with the full weight of its legal authority.

Thanks again, Congress….

Hundreds of lobbyists got together to write a trade deal. What happened will scare you senseless.

Yes, I post many petitions for you to stop TPP. What is different about this one is that it has a new target.