Monthly Archives: August 2013

That Big Raid on the 7-Eleven Stores


Federal indictments naming eight men and one woman allege that since 2000 they employed more than 50 immigrants who didn’t have permission to be in the U.S. They tried to conceal the immigrants’ employment by stealing the identities of about two dozen people — including those of the child, the dead and a Coast Guard cadet — and submitting the information to the 7-Eleven payroll department.

When 7-Eleven’s headquarters sent the wages for distribution, the employers stole “significant portions” of the workers’ pay, authorities said. The defendants also forced the workers to live in houses they owned and pay them rent in cash, they added.

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Posted by on August 27, 2013 in economy, immigration, info


Muslims face more scrutiny for US citizenship

It was not immediately clear how many immigrants have been reviewed under the program, which began in 2008 and is formally known as the Controlled Application Review and Resolution Program.

The ACLU learned about the program through records requests after detecting a pattern in cases of Muslim immigrants whose applications to become American citizens had languished.

A government program to screen immigrants for national security concerns has blacklisted some Muslims and put their U.S. citizenship applications on hold for years, civil liberties advocates said Wednesday.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California said in a report that the previously undisclosed program instructs federal immigration officers to find ways to deny applications that have been deemed a national security concern. For example, they flag discrepancies in a petition or claim they didn’t receive sufficient information from the immigrant.

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Posted by on August 22, 2013 in economy, politics, trends


Can you live without PRISM?

Recently released National Security Agency documents indicate the U.S. government is “tapping directly into the central servers” of your favorite Internet services as part of a secret program called PRISM.

So much for those privacy policies, huh?

The Guardian and Washington Post revealed the stunning extent of the PRISM snooping operation: the NSA and FBI are monitoring Microsoft, Google, YouTube, Yahoo, Facebook, Skype, Apple, and others.

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Posted by on August 20, 2013 in economy, politics


1131 Americans Renouncing Citizenship in Q2, 2013

A massive 1,131 individuals renounced their US citizenship last quarter, according to data that has yet to be officially released (though I was able to procure an advanced copy).

This is a HUGE jump.

Compared to the same quarter last year in which 188 people renounced their US citizenship, this year’s number is over SIX TIMES higher.

Not to mention, it’s 66.5% higher than last quarter’s 679 renunciations.

This brings the total number of renunciations so far this year to 1,810.

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Posted by on August 11, 2013 in Uncategorized


how to make NSA’s spy program useless

The folks at Funny or Die have come up with an ingenious solution to render the NSA’s spy program useless. Operation: Everyone Talk Like a Terrorist All the Time. It makes a lot of sense, especially since the government already clearly considers everyone with the ability to think critically a potential “domestic terrorist.” Short video and really funny. Enjoy!

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Posted by on August 10, 2013 in Uncategorized


Watch out for “Hema.”

Unhappy With U.S. Foreign Policy? Pentagon Says You Might Be A ‘High Threat’

A security training test created by a Defense Department agency warns federal workers that they should consider the hypothetical Indian-American woman a “high threat” because she frequently visits family abroad, has money troubles and “speaks openly of unhappiness with U.S. foreign policy.”

That slide, from the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), is a startling demonstration of the Obama administration’s obsession with leakers and other “insider threats.” One goal of its broader “Insider Threat” program is to stop the next Bradley Manning or Edward Snowden from spilling classified or sensitive information.

But critics have charged that the Insider Threat program, as McClatchy first reported, treats leakers acting in the public interest as traitors — and may not even accomplishits goal of preventing classified leaks.


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Posted by on August 10, 2013 in Uncategorized


ways to loose US citizenship…


The US government has several ways to cancel or refuse to renew your passport.

  • If a federal court has issued a warrant for your arrest.
  • If a federal or state court has ordered you not to leave the United States.
  • If another country has requested your extradition.
  • If you owe more than $2,500 in delinquent child support payments.
  • If doubts arise about the legitimacy of your eligibility for U.S. citizenship.

And now, Congress is poised to give it one more: if you owe money to the IRS.


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Posted by on August 10, 2013 in Uncategorized

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