And when that dirty business is the subversion of the American people's right to privacy, there's also nothing quite like economic self-interest for ensuring that a cone of silence descends over matters best left to the experts; a veritable army of specialists squeezing singular advantage out of any circumstance, regardless of how dire the implications for our democracy.
In a massive security breach, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) inadvertently posted online its airport screening procedures manual, including some of the most closely guarded secrets regarding special rules for diplomats and CIA and law enforcement officers.
The most sensitive parts of the 93-page Standard Operating Procedures were apparently redacted in a way that computer savvy individuals easily overcame.
TVNL Comment: Could one of the secrets be that they have the TSA agents take away your nail clippers but give you a real metal knife and fork when you are on the plane?
In the article, Prince is revealed not just as owner of a company that covertly provided contractors to the CIA for drone bombings and targeted assassinations, but as an actual CIA asset himself. While the story appears to be simply a profile of Prince, it might actually be the world's most famous mercenary's insurance policy against future criminal prosecution.
The term of art for what Prince appears to be doing in the VF interview is graymail: a legal tactic that has been used for years by intelligence operatives or assets who are facing prosecution or fear they soon will be.
A federal judge in New Jersey has declined a request by the Republican National Committee to dissolve a 27-year-old court order aimed at preventing intimidation of minority voters.
Despite aggressive criticism of the stop-and-frisk policy, new statistics show the New York Police Department is on track to stop a record number of people this year.
Police say nearly 138,000 people were stopped and questioned in the third quarter of this year, or 15 percent more from this time last year.
The computerized voting machines used by many voters in the 23rd district had a computer virus - tainting the results, not just from those machines known to have been infected, but casting doubt on the accuracy of counts retrieved from any of the machines.
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