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60 Minutes’ Bill Whitaker to receive the RTDNF First Amendment … – CBS News

Posted: February 15, 2017 at 8:58 pm

Whitaker will be honored next month with a prestigious award for his contribution as a journalist to the protection of First Amendment freedoms

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Bill Whitaker, the veteran CBS newsman and 60 Minutes correspondent, will be honored with the Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award, the Radio Television Digital News Foundation announced. Whitaker will receive the award at the RTDNFs annual First Amendment Awards dinner on March 14 in Washington, DC.

RTDNF presents this award annually to a radio or television journalist or news executive who has made a major contribution to the protection of First Amendment freedoms. It is named for the late Broadcasting & Cable senior correspondent, Leonard Zeidenberg.

Whitaker joins past CBS News Ziedenberg winners Walter Cronkite, Ed Bradley, Mike Wallace, Bob Schieffer and Cami McCormick, and other notable journalists who have won the award, including Diane Sawyer, Lester Holt and Judy Woodruff.

Whitaker has been wide-ranging and prolific in his 60 Minutes reporting on domestic and international stories since joining the broadcast in 2014. He recently chronicled the vetting process for Syrian refugees coming to the U.S. He has reported from Asia, Africa, Europe, Mexico and the Middle East for the news magazine, including a timely interview with Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and an Emmy-winning story on the biggest data leak in Swiss banking history. Domestically, his stories have provided keen insights into the hot-button issue of race and policing in America, the death penalty and Americas heroin epidemic. He has chronicled the epic battle to capture and hold Mexicos infamous drug lord Joaquin El Chapo Guzman, gaining rare access to investigations on both sides of the border.

During his more than 30 years with CBS News, Whitaker has covered three presidential campaigns; the O.J. Simpson case; overseas wars and events; and interviewed several national figures, including First Lady Michelle Obama.

Whitaker began his career at CBS News in 1984 as a reporter based in Atlanta, where he covered the 1988 presidential campaign of Michael Dukakis and received an Emmy for his reports on the collapse of Jim and Tammy Bakkers television ministry. He then spent three years as a CBS News Tokyo correspondent, developing an impressive portfolio as a foreign correspondent. He covered stories throughout Asia, including the pro-democracy uprising in Tiananmen Square.

In 1992, Whitaker was sent to Los Angeles, where he reported for over 20 years on the CBS Evening News and other CBS News broadcasts, including Sunday Morning.

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liberal – Dictionary Definition : Vocabulary.com

Posted: June 28, 2016 at 2:55 am

A liberal is someone on the left wing of politics the opposite of a conservative. Also, a liberal attitude toward anything means more tolerance for change.

There are many meanings for liberal, but they mostly have to do with freedom and openness to change. A teacher with a liberal policy toward attendance is going to be forgiving of missed days. A bank with a liberal attitude toward your money would probably be bad: some things are awful if they’re loose and free. But no one will give you a hard time if you use a liberal amount of catsup on your fries.


showing or characterized by broad-mindedness

a person who favors a political philosophy of progress and reform and the protection of civil liberties


given or giving freely


not literal

Full Definitions of liberal


of or belonging to the political or intellectual left

having or showing active concern for protection of civil liberties protected by law

having or demonstrating belief in the essential goodness of man and the autonomy of the individual; favoring civil and political liberties, government by law with the consent of the governed, and protection from arbitrary authority

having or showing belief in the need for economic growth in addition to traditional liberalistic values

favoring or promoting reform (often by government action)

under group or government control

of or relating to a welfare state

of or belonging to the political or intellectual left

resistant to change

pompously ultraconservative and nationalistic

conservative in professional manner

old-fashioned and out of date

stubbornly conservative and narrow-minded

extremely conservative

adhering to what is commonly accepted

of or belonging to the political or intellectual right

a person who is reluctant to accept changes and new ideas

a person of liberal ideals who takes no action to realize them

a person who is broad-minded and tolerant (especially in standards of religious belief and conduct)

a liberal who subscribes to neoliberalism

someone who believes that distinct ethnic or cultural or religious groups can exist together in society

a member of the political party that urged social reform in 18th and 19th century England; was the opposition party to the Tories

a fully developed person from maturity onward

a fully developed person from maturity onward

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The Domestic Surveillance Directorate – NSA site

Posted: March 29, 2016 at 3:44 am

Welcome to the Domestic Surveillance Directorate

The National Security Agency is responsible for carrying out three of the country’s most important intelligence activities – Signals Intelligence (SIGINT), Information Assurance (IA), and Domestic Surveillance (DS). SIGINT involves intercepting, decrypting, and analyzing foreign adversaries’ communications. IA involves the protection of America’s U.S. government information systems. DS involves the collection and warehousing of all domestically-generated information streams.

The mission of the Domestic Surveillance Directorate is simple: Collect, process, and store U.S. citizen data for the good of the Nation. We cope with the overload of information in our environment and turn that overload to our strategic advantage. We provide the ability for ubiquitous, secure collaboration both within our agency and through its interactions with various partners. We penetrate into the “hard” targets that threaten our nation wherever, whenever, or whomever they may be.

We built a new data center to process the growing volume of information more quickly. Working closely with our partners, we are finding new ways to detect, report, and respond to all domestic threats. As the information age transforms the nation, we will also transform to keep our nation secure. We are the Domestic Surveillance Directorate. We work through you. For you. For our Nation.

The Facts About Our Surveillance Activities

In recent months, numerous Top Secret documents have been leaked to the media relating to surveillance activities carried out by the Intelligence Community. In an effort to increase transparency, a new website called “IC OFF THE RECORD” has been created to provide immediate, ongoing and direct access to these unauthorized leaks.

Visit the IC OFF THE RECORD website

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Posted: March 20, 2016 at 7:44 am

The National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS) is home to America’s codemakers and codebreakers. The National Security Agency has provided timely information to U.S. decision makers and military leaders for more than half a century. The Central Security Service was established in 1972 to promote a full partnership between NSA and the cryptologic elements of the armed forces.

NSA/CSS is unique among the U.S. defense agencies because of our government-wide responsibilities. NSA/CSS provides products and services to the Department of Defense, the Intelligence Community, government agencies, industry partners, and select allies and coalition partners. In addition, we deliver critical strategic and tactical information to war planners and war fighters.

By its very nature, what NSA/CSS does as a key member of the Intelligence Community requires a high degree of confidentiality. Our Information Assurance mission confronts the formidable challenge of preventing foreign adversaries from gaining access to sensitive or classified national security information. Our Signals Intelligence mission collects, processes, and disseminates intelligence information from foreign signals for intelligence and counterintelligence purposes and to support military operations. This Agency also enables Network Warfare operations to defeat terrorists and their organizations at home and abroad, consistent with U.S. laws and the protection of privacy and civil liberties.

NSA/CSS exists to protect the Nation. Our customers know they can count on us to provide what they need, when they need it, wherever they need it.


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New ways to fingerprint Tor Browser users discovered – Help …

Posted: March 14, 2016 at 2:43 am

Users who want to remain anonymous online often opt for using the Tor Browser, which hides their real IP address, but there are techniques that (more or less) malicious actors can used to identify them.

Browser and system fingerprinting are two of them. And while the Tor Project has already implemented a number of countermeasures against different fingerprinting methods, newer ones are popping up every now and then.

The latest ones have been demonstrated by security researcher Jose Carlos Norte.

He created proof-of-concept JavaScript code that can be inserted into the source code of a website to extract information about how users interact with their computer, their hardware, the computing power and memory speed of their computer, and so on.

This code allowed him to:

The script manages to collect this information because Norte found a way to bypass the protection of the Date.getTime() method, which prevents measuring of events happening under 100ms.

If a website is able to generate a unique fingerprint that identifies each user that enters the page, then it is possible to track the activity of this user in time, for example, correlate visits of the user during an entire year, knowing that its the same user, Norte explains.

Or even worse, it could be possible to identify the user if the fingerprint is the same in tor browser and in the normal browser used to browse internet. It is very important for the tor browser to prevent any attempt on fingerprinting the user.

Here is an example of how the fingerprint of different users using the same Tor browser version but different computers can differ:

Whether this fingerprinting method can ultimately lead to the unmasking of Tor users or not is debatable, but its good to know that security researchers are probing the defenses of such crucial software, because we can be sure malicious users do so constantly.

Norte hopes that his research will spur Tor developers to find a solution to this problem. Apparently, it already has.

In the meantime, in this particular case, users can protect themselves by simply disabling JavaScript on the Tor Browser (it is currently enabled by default).

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Free Speech – Shmoop

Posted: November 2, 2015 at 5:48 am

In a Nutshell

The courts have been largely responsible for protecting and extending this right of speech. Over the past two centuries they have explored the protection owed all sorts of expression, including sedition, “fighting words,” “dangerous” speech, and obscenity, and all sorts of persons, including political radicals, Ku Klux Klansmen, and even students. But in doing so, the courts have also operated under the premise that a portion of the British legacy was correct: the right to speech is not absolute. As a result, the legal history of the First Amendment could be summarized as a balancing actan attempt to protect and extend free speech guarantees but also define the limits of this right in a manner consistent with the equally compelling rights of the community.

Freedom of speech would be easy if words did not have power. Guaranteeing people the right to say and print whatever they wanted would be easy if we believed that words had no real effect.

But Americans tend to believe that words do have powerthat they can anger and inspire, cause people to rise up and act out. Americans celebrate speakers like James Otis, Abraham Lincoln, and Martin Luther King, Jr., whose words inspired people to fight for independence, advance the American experiment in republican government, and dream of a more just society.

Freedom of speech would be easy if all people could be trusted to be rational discerners of truthif everyone could be trusted to sort out good ideas from bad ideas and recognize the ideologies and policies that were truly aimed at the best interests of the community.

But history has proven that people do not always recognize and reject bad ideas. The past is filled with examples of peoples and nations swayed by destructive ideas.

Freedom of speech would be easy if we just said that the right was absolute, that there were no limitations on what a person could say or print and no legal consequences for any expression no matter how false, slanderous, libelous, or obscene.

But as a nation, we have always held that there are limits to the right of speech, that certain forms of expression are not protected by the First Amendment.

The bottom line: freedom of speech is not easy. Words are powerful, which means that they can be dangerous. Humans are fallible, which means that they can make bad choices. And the right of speech is not absolute, which means that the boundaries of protected speech have to be constantly assessed.

All of these facts complicate America’s commitment to free speech, but they also make this commitment courageous. In addition, they leave the legal system with a difficult challenge. On the one hand, the courts are entrusted with protecting this right to free expression, which is so central to our national experience. On the other hand, they are charged with identifying the often blurry edges of this freedom.

Read on, and see if the courts have appropriately met both of these responsibilities.

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NSA Expert, James Bamford, Discusses Privacy and Surveillance – Video

Posted: April 6, 2015 at 3:48 am

NSA Expert, James Bamford, Discusses Privacy and Surveillance
In celebration of the UCLA Board on Privacy and Data Protection's 10th anniversary, the Board is hosting an afternoon presentation and reception with expert and decades-long chronicler of the…


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Freedom From Speech: Why Censorship On Campus Must End

Posted: March 31, 2015 at 10:53 pm

As Theresa Mays controversial counter-terrorism and security bill fast-tracks its way through Parliament, it appears we can now draw a distinct line under the governments short-lived love affair with freedom of speech.

In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre, David Cameron spoke passionately and at great length about the threat this attack posed to our freedom of expression and our way of life. And yet, in an ironic twist this bill contains (among many alarming and possibly illegal measures) an imposition on universities to ban extremist speakers on campus and root out would-be radicals through staff surveillance. This will only serve to further marginalize free debate in places where it is supposed to be sacrosanct.

The response from students and academics to this latest instalment in anti-extremism legislation makes clear that its injunctions are about as welcome on campus as an outbreak of smallpox or Nick Clegg. Student groups across the country have been submitting emergency motions to their unions recently, urging them to take a stand against the bill.

However, there exists a bitter irony in this sudden spirited and widespread campaign for the rights of students and academics to say the unsayable and think the unthinkable. Ultimately these words ring hollow. When universities take arms against the threat to free speech from without, this only obscures the defeat of free speech that has been perpetrated from within.

You see, this flurry in defence of free expression and thought for students has rather conveniently coincided with the publication of the first ever Free Speech University Rankings by the online magazine Spiked, a survey that found 80% of universities, as a result of their official policies and actions, had either restricted or actively censored free speech and expression on campus beyond the requirements of the law.

The scale of this problem is deceptively large, and it appears that we students are the ones leading the way. 37% of student unions still clutch to No Platform policies, which officially ban all far-right and extremist speakers from campus. But now, Safe Space polices are becoming an increasingly popular alternative in students union politics, with twenty-two unions having officially adopted them. They look harmless enough on paper; Bristols says we have the responsibility to create a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment. While they sound commendable, they are, in fact, far worse than the implications of No Platform policies: a blank cheque to ban anything students unions deem too offensive, or too hot to handle under the vague, inflammatory terms of unsafe or unwelcoming conditions.

Student unions, it would seem, are only too happy to arbitrate what ideas we can and cannot be exposed to, leading to a growing sense of crisis around debate in British universities. In recent months, Oxford University cancelled a debate on abortion because protesters objected to the fact it was being held between two men; UCL dissolved the Nietzsche Club after it put up posters saying equality is a false God; the University of Derby has officially banned UKIP from its campuses in the lead up to the General Election and Dundee expelled the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children from their freshers fair last year. The Sun is not sold on dozens of campuses because of Page 3, and Robin Thickes Blurred Lines has also been banned by many student unions.

Explicit restrictions on speech, including, but not limited to, bans on political affiliations, religious sentiments, specific ideologies, books, opinions, words or speakers on the grounds of their potential to offend are all deeply concerning to me, and I hope, you as well. We are rapidly descending into a generation that believes its self-esteem is more important than everyone elses liberty.

Freedom of speech is not an elastic term; it means tolerating speech you dont like. Instead of shying away from real world issues like sexism, racism and homophobia we should be confronting them and contesting ideas on campus. I am offended when it is assumed that students are too fragile to even take part in reasoned debate nowadays the true solution to bad speech is more speech, not regulated speech. How can we as young adults be expected to develop as truly autonomous beings if the paternalistic edifice championed by the NUS that we need protection from harm from ideas is something we are at ease with? Safety is now being equated with intellectual comfort, which is something no institute of learning should promote.

Real freedom of expression can hurt. Thats the price we pay, says professor Bill Durodi, an expert in the causes and perceptions of security risk, at the University of Bath. Is fostering empathy with other peoples feelings valuable? One hundred percent yes. Should it direct everything you do? No.

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Director of Development, Free Speech Nonprofit

Posted: February 25, 2015 at 12:51 am


The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression of Charlottesville, Virginia is seeking an individual with a demonstrated record of success in fundraising to design, build, and direct the Center’s development program. Although Center staff has always expended significant time on fundraising, this position represents the Center’s first full-time development position. As such, the position presents an exciting opportunity for an experienced development professional to build a signature fundraising program. The Center’s sole mission is the protection of the First Amendment freedoms of speech and press. Although candidates need not possess a detailed knowledge of First Amendment law, a person with a strong belief in the value of free speech will find this position especially rewarding.


* Bachelor’s Degree and a minimum of five years’ experience in a development position of increasing responsibilities * Strong written and oral communication skills * Successful grant writing experience * Proficient online research skills * Able to work independently and with a team * Strong interpersonal and organizational skills * Experience with social media fundraising is desirable * An interest in First Amendment rights and free expression advocacy


Report directly to the Center director and work with other staff members and the Board of Trustees to:

* Design a multi-year fundraising plan, including an action timetable * Research and identify potential corporate and philanthropic sponsors, draft grant proposals to those identified * Research, identify, and cultivate individual donors * Stewardship of past donors * Occasional travel to meet with potential donors * Plan and supervise special fundraising events * Devise effective messages for print, web, and video that will raise public awareness of the Center’s efforts


* Salary is commensurate with experience; generous health insurance package.

Interested candidates should submit the following by March 31, 2015:

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Posted: December 22, 2014 at 9:48 pm

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When lots of people think of cryptocurrency they might too be thinking of puzzling currency. Really few folks seem to understand what it is as well as for some reason everybody seems to be discussing it as if they do. This record will with any luck debunk all the aspects of cryptocurrency to ensure that by the time youre completed reading you will have a respectable suggestion of what it is and what its everything about.

You may discover that cryptocurrency is for you or you might not however a minimum of youll have the ability to speak with a level of surety and also understanding that wont possess.

There are lots of people that have already reached millionaire standing by dealing in cryptocurrency. Plainly theres a bunch of cash in this brand-new market.

Cryptocurrency is electronic money, brief and also easy. Nonetheless, whats not so brief and easy is specifically how it comes to have value.

Cryptocurrency is a digitized, online, decentralized money created by the application of cryptography, which, according to Merriam Webster dictionary, is the digital encoding as well as decoding of details. Cryptography is the foundation that makes debit cards, computer system banking as well as eCommerce systems possible.

Cryptocurrency isnt supported by financial institutions; its not supported by a government, but by a very challenging plan of formulas. Cryptocurrency is electrical power which is encoded right into intricate strings of formulas. What lends financial value is their intricacy and their protection from cyberpunks. The method that crypto currency is made is just as well difficult to replicate.

Cryptocurrency is in direct opposition to exactly what is called fiat cash. Fiat money is currency that gets its worth from government ruling or law. The dollar, the yen, as well as the Euro are all instances. Any kind of money that is defined as legal tender is fiat cash.

Unlike fiat cash, one more part of just what makes crypto money important is that, like an asset such as silver and also gold, theres only a finite amount of it. Just 21,000,000 of these incredibly complicated formulas were made. No more, no less. It cannot be changed by printing even more of it, like a federal government printing even more cash to pump up the system without backing. Or by a banking changing a digital journal, something the Federal Reserve will advise financial institutions to do to readjust for inflation.

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