Itâ€™s a dog-eat-dog world out there but in a country where the government was designed to be representative of the people, the little dogs in the U.S. are still finding themselves at a huge disadvantage. The Center for Responsive Politics has just completed their analysis of financial data disclosed by US Congress members and has found that more than half of the members of US Congress are now millionaires. At least 268 of the 530 members of the House of Representatives and the Senate had an average net worth of $1 million or more in 2012.
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Nearly 100% of the global Internet traffic is dependent upon deep-sea networks of fiber-optic cables that cover the ocean floor. As much as Â¾ of the international communications between the Middle East and Europe are carried by two undersea cables: SeaMeWe-4 (which stands for South East Asia Middle East West Europe) and FLAG Telecom’s FLAG Europe-Asia cable. On January 30, 2008, both of these cables were cut, severely disrupting Internet and telephone traffic from India to Egypt. A few days later, on February 1, 2008, another undersea cable was cut in the Persian Gulf and two days after that, on February 3, 2008, another Middle East cable was cut. On February 4, 2008, a report was issued indicating two more cables had been cut. Five high-speed submarine communication cables had been cut which caused disruptions and slowdowns for users in the Middle East and India. And nobody was sure how or why the cables were cut.
The documents claim that Hector Xavier Monsegur (known as â€œSabuâ€ in Anonymous circles) acted as the rooter and assisted the groups in gaining unauthorized access to the systems by identifying vulnerabilities and providing infrastructure support (servers and routers) which could be used to launch the attacks. Whether the â€œinfrastructure supportâ€ mentioned in the documents was unauthorized use of his companyâ€™s hardware or simply acting as a LIOC client/agent or Tor exit node is not specified. Strangely, the indictment does specifically mention that the group supported Wikileaks and its founder, Julian Assange.
ACTA, short for Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, is a treaty for the purpose of defining the standards for the enforcement of intellectual property rights. Its intent is to establish a legal framework within which all countries can operate to enforce intellectual property rights.
The United States has been very vocal in its condemnations of Middle Eastern countries who use aggressive tactics on their protestors. When Iran cracked down on citizens the White House â€œstrongly condemned the Iranian governmentâ€™s organized intimidation campaign and arrests of political figures, human rights defenders, political activists, student leaders, journalists, and bloggers.â€ When Iraq imprisoned 300 journalists, intellectuals, and attorneys in order to quell belligerent protestors, the U.S. was strangely silent.
Prosecutors investigating the disclosure of thousands of classified government documents by the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks have gone to court to demand the Twitter account activity of several people linked to the organization, including its founder, Julian Assange, according to the group and a copy of a subpoena made public late Friday.
Ron Paul, the Texas Republican House Representative known for his deep libertarian roots, gave an impassioned speech on the U.S. House floor. Paul likened the attack in Wikipedia leader Julian Assange to “killing the messenger for bringing bad news”. He then posed nine questions for Americans to consider. Transcript of the speech shows…
The United States has had many antagonists during its eventful history – Russia, Korea, Viet Nam, Iraq – even the mother country, Britain, was once considered an aggressor. One sordid assailant is often overlooked and possibly even misunderstood – Iran. Many in the U.S. already recognize that Iran has a strong loathing for the United States. What many do not understand is that their hatred of the U.S. is so strong, it creates a powder keg situation in the middle east.