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FBI needs to explain why Flynn was recorded, Intelligence Committee chairman says

Posted on February 14th, 2017 at 21:00 by John Sinteur in category: News


The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said Tuesday that the most significant question posed by the resignation of national security adviser Michael Flynn is why intelligence officials eavesdropped on his calls with the Russian ambassador and later leaked information on those calls to the press.

“I expect for the FBI to tell me what is going on, and they better have a good answer,” said Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, which is conducting a review of Russian activities to influence the election. “The big problem I see here is that you have an American citizen who had his phone calls recorded.”

I feel so sorry for all satire writers these days…

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United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

Posted on February 14th, 2017 at 20:56 by John Sinteur in category: News

They edited their web page removing all contact info…
Well, if only someone had a list of email addresses for every Oversight Committee Majority staff member:

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  1. i emailed everyone on the list and got this from two recipients. the others all went through. note the phone number provided.

    I will be out of the office today with limited access to email until 02/19/17. If you need immediate assistance please contact the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee Main Line – (202) 225-5074

Now sites can fingerprint you online even when you use multiple browsers

Posted on February 14th, 2017 at 10:25 by John Sinteur in category: News


Researchers have recently developed the first reliable technique for websites to track visitors even when they use two or more different browsers. This shatters a key defense against sites that identify visitors based on the digital fingerprint their browsers leave behind.

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NASA scientist detained at US border until he unlocks his phone

Posted on February 14th, 2017 at 9:23 by John Sinteur in category: News


A US-born NASA scientist said he was detained by customs officials and not permitted to enter the country unless he unlocked his PIN-protected work phone.

Sidd Bikkannavar, who works in NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), was detained by US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP)  on January 30, upon returning to the United States from Santiago, Chile.

Mr Bikkannavar is a natural-born US citizen enrolled in CBP’s Global Entry programme, which allows participants who have undergone a background check to speed up their entry into the US. He had not visited any of the countries mentioned in Donald Trump’s Muslim travel ban, but Mr Bikkannavar told The Verge that agents may be become suspicious about his family name, which is southern Indian.

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