GOP lawmakers back effort to screen social media accounts for security clearances

May 14th, 2016 * RECOMMENDED READINGS, Civil Rights William Nissen 1 min read

Republican lawmakers voiced support Friday for authorities to look more closely at things like the Facebook and Instagram accounts of applicants for government security clearances — a day after the Obama administration issued new guidelines for using publicly-available social-media information in federal background checks.  


Warrantless searches against Americans doubled from 2013 to 2015, report says

May 5th, 2016 * RECOMMENDED READINGS, Civil Rights, Immigration William Nissen 1 min read

The National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency searched an intelligence community database designed to target foreigners more than 4,000 times last year without warrants using queries explicitly linked to U.S. people, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence acknowledged in a transparency report released Monday.  


Religious freedom under ‘sustained assault’ around the world, report finds

May 3rd, 2016 * RECOMMENDED READINGS, Civil Rights, Morality and Religion William Nissen 1 min read

Citing the Islamic State’s attacks on Christians and other religious minorities, rising bigotry against Jews and Muslims in Europe and Beijing’s campaign against churches in China, a new U.S. government report said Monday that attacks on religious freedom have grown measurably around the world over the past year.