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NSA moves all its top secret data to cloud developed by Amazon

NSA headquarters
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The National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters building in Fort Meade, Maryland
The US National Security Agency is "systematically moving" all its data to a cloud-computing service, the chief information officer has said. In 2017 alone the agency tripled collection of data through US telecom companies.

The cloud - designed to harvest and store all sorts of NSA-relevant data, including foreign surveillance and intelligence information around the world - offers easy access to the data to "connect dots," Greg Smithberger told NextGov.

Centrally funded by the NSA, all data stored in this cloud will be available to all of the 16 other agencies.


Poll finds majority of Americans support Trump and blame immigrant parents for child detention crisis

texas detention center
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A new Rasmussen poll has found that a majority of Americans side with President Donald Trump, and blame illegal immigrant parents for the current child detention crisis at the Mexican border.

According to the poll, 54 percent of likely voters said that the parents of detained children are to blame for knowingly breaking the law in the first place. Only 35 percent blame the Trump administration for the crisis.

The President has come under fire in recent weeks from Democrats, celebrities, and the Twitter #resistance for his administration's policy of separating the children of illegal immigrants from their parents and detaining them.

As his administration struggles to secure Democrat votes for a new immigration bill, President Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday ending the policy of separating children from their law-breaking parents. The new order allows families to be detained together, except "when there is a concern that detention of an alien child with the child's alien parent would pose a risk to the child's welfare."


'Social problem'? Sexual assaults have permanently shut down Sweden's largest music festival

Bravalla Festival in Norrkoping, Sweden
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A police officer at the campsite at Bravalla Festival in Norrkoping, Sweden
Organizers of Sweden's largest music festival say they have permanently pulled the plug on the annual event after it became plagued by sex assaults.

Once Sweden's largest four-day musical event, the Bravalla Music Festival was not held this year, after dozens of women and girls reported that they had been sexually assaulted at last year's event.

Kajsa Apelqvist, who heads public relations for FKP Scorpio, the festival's organizer, said there was no plans to bring the event back in 2019. "It's a very disappointing decision to take, but the overall picture we have is that we cannot develop the festival in the way we want to be relevant to our visitors in the future," Apelqvist told Sweden's Norrköpings Tidningar.

When asked about the sex attacks reported at the 2017 event, Apelqvist said: "We have always claimed that it is not a festival problem but a social problem. How we ensure our visitors' safety is something we are constantly developing, and that's something we'll never finish."

Last year, Swedish police received four rape and 23 sexual assault reports during the festival. In 2016, there were five reports of rapes and at least 12 of sexual molestation.


Trump asked protesting NFL players for pardon recommendations. Players counter with request for more comprehensive solution

NFL football player protest
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A group of NFL players requested that President Donald Trump issue a blanket pardon for nonviolent drug offenders. The request came in response to the president's suggestion that protesting players recommend those they felt had been treated unfairly by the criminal justice system, The Hill reported.

Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, San Francisco 49ers receiver Anquan Boldin, New Orleans Saints tight end Ben Watson, and Seattle Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin co-authored an op-ed in the New York Times, calling nonviolent drug offender incarceration a "systemic problem."

"President Trump could help," they wrote. "He could use his powers, including the clemency power, to make a real dent in the federal prison population."


'We'll make some sh*t up': Cop pulls over daughter's innocent boyfriend, caught on video framing him

John Kovach Jr. arresting Makai Coleman
An abusive power tripping cop was recently fired after dashcam footage surfaced showing him pull over his own daughter and her boyfriend and threaten to make "some shit up" to arrest him. Not only was he caught threatening to arrest an innocent teen and illegally detaining two innocent people but this abusive cop was also caught ignoring an actual call for help during the stop.

On April 16, Lorain police officer John Kovach Jr. pulled over his daughter's boyfriend, Makai Coleman without cause. During the stop Kovach tells Coleman that he is going to jail despite having no reason.

According Safety-Service Director Dan Given, Police Chief Cel Rivera and other command officers, Kovach violated a slew of department policies during the stop, including unlawfully using police resources to track down his daughter's ip address on her phone and geo-locate it.

"These actions are not acceptable for members of our Police Department and we felt it warranted immediate dismissal," Given said.

Eye 1

Border agent who was arrested for possession of child porn got hired by immigrant shelter to work with kids

border patrol agent
A Border Patrol agent who was arrested on child pornography charges was given direct access to children when he was hired by an immigration shelter, according to reports detailing the conditions thousands of immigrant children are subjected to when they are separated from their parents and then detained in shelters across the country.

Ernesto Padron worked as a United States Border Patrol agent for 13 years, up until he was arrested on second-degree felony charges for possession and promotion of child pornography. Padron first landed on the FBI's radar in 2008 when he engaged in a conversation with an undercover agent in an online chat room. He was eventually arrested by the Cameron County Sheriff's Department and charged in 2010, and he immediately resigned from Border Patrol.

Padron's home was raided, and his laptop and desktop computers were seized when he was arrested. Sheriff Omar Lucio told the Brownsville Herald, "Apparently he had been doing this for two or three years. As to the amount of material I'm not exactly sure, but it is a large amount."


Specifying sex is not discrimination: 'Gender-X' passports get rejected by the UK High Court

EU passport
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The UK High Court has rejected a bid to introduce gender-neutral passports. The litigant had suggested that asking passport holders to specify their gender is "inherently discriminatory."

Christie Elan-Cane, who has been campaigning with the backing of Human Rights Watch for so-called "gender-X" passports since 1995, said: "I am bitterly disappointed that my case for the judicial review of the UK government's discriminatory passport policy was not upheld - not just for myself but for everyone who is compromised by this policy.

"I was not seeking special treatment. I was seeking to be treated as a human being," she said, the BBC reports.

Justice Baker rejected claims that the current policy, which requires putting 'male' or 'female' on passports, is in breach of the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR).

"At present I am not satisfied, for the reasons which I have set out, that the current policy of HM Passport Office is unlawful," the judge said.

Arrow Up

OPEC agreeing to ramp up production is a win-win deal for Russia & Saudi Arabia

oil rig worker
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OPEC and non-member allies led by Russia have agreed to raise oil production by a million barrels per day. It can be regarded as a victory for Saudi Arabia and Russia, which had pushed to boost output to alleviate high prices.

Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih told reporters in Vienna that an agreement had been reached for a "nominal" production increase of one million barrels per day (bpd). In reality, production will rise only by 700,000 bpd as some OPEC members are unable to boost production at the moment.

Oil prices rose following the news, with Brent crude trading at $74.69 per barrel (+$1.65), while the US West Texas Intermediate gained almost $2, trading at $67.53.


Biker gang member arrested for firing anti-tank missile at an office building in Amsterdam

Scene of anti- tank missile attack.
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Scene of anti- tank missile attack.
A motorcycle gang member has been arrested after an anti-tank missile was fired at an office building which houses a magazine publisher in Amsterdam.

The weapon was launched at approximately 11pm local time Thursday, shattering a window in the building. No-one was injured in the attack, according to police, who said the suspect had cut through surveillance cameras before launching the missile, reports Dutch News.nl.

Eyewitnesses reported hearing an enormous bang at the site. The rocket launcher was later recovered by police from the scene and removed for forensic tests.

The premises in the Dutch capital's Sloterdijk business district is a multi-tenant building and includes media company Pijper Media, which publishes magazines including Nieuwe Revu, Playboy, Marie Claire and Panorama.

Red Flag

Off his rocker: Tom Arnold calls for stalking the children of Trump Jr., Kushner and Murdoch over immigration policy

Barron and Trump
Barron Trump (L) looks on as his father US President Donald Trump (R) speaks during the pardoning the Thanksgiving turkey Drumstick in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, on November 21, 2017.
Tom Arnold, actor and ex-husband of Roseanne Barr, came under fire after he suggested protesting the Trump administration's 'zero tolerance' immigration policy by stalking and harassing the children of the first family and allies.

Arnold, who was married to Barr from 1990-1994, has emerged as one of the fiercest critics of the controversial policy of separating illegal immigrants from their children at the US border. However, instead of directing his wrath toward actual decision-makers, Arnold told his Twitter followers that targeting their kids would be more efficient.

"Next is protesting Baron's private school as well as James & Lachlan Murdoch's kids. This is what I can do to end the abuse of these children. We're going to make you uncomfortable," Arnold tweeted on Tuesday.

Comment: These Hollywood liberals are really giving us all a glimpse into how warped their minds are.
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