While previous documents released by "traitor" or "whistleblower" Edward Snowden uncovered National Security Agency's bulk data collection of information such as phone contacts and email addresses, Tuesday's release to The Washington Post is the first to reveal the collection of actual phone conversations.
The NSA collects all the phone conversations in a single nation under a 2009 program called MYSTIC. The Washington Post chose not to reveal which nation at the request of U.S. government officials. Whether the program has expanded since 2009 to include other nations was not confirmed, but the documents suggest there were plans at the time to expand the program.
In a Jan. 17 speech, President Barack Obama assured, "The United States is not spying on ordinary people who don't threaten our national security." more >>
The former President of Lebanon, Amine Gemayel, is a Maronite Christian. He recently warned of "an exodus approaching biblical proportions." Gemayel told a gathering in Zurich of Christian Solidarity International (CSI) and other human rights activists that the current wave of church burnings, murders, and riots against Christians in the Mideast is the work of radical Islamists. The former Lebanese leaders own brother had been assassinated in Beirut by these same jihadists.
President Gemayel's warnings echo those issued two years ago by Vienna's Catholic prelate. Christopher Cardinal Schönborn in 2012 told a religious freedom roundtable in Washington that Egypt and Syria "must not become Iraq." He was referring to the ethnic cleansing that had led the post-Saddam government of Iraq to turn a blind eye to the killing or the driving out of more than half of that war-torn Arab country's pre-invasion Christian population of 1.6 million.
Cardinal Schönborn listed many famous cities-Antioch, Smyrna, Aleppo, Damascus, Hippo, Alexandria-among the scores of Dioceses that had fallen under the Sword of Mohammed in the Seventh and Eighth Centuries. These historic Christian communities were lost or suppressed by Muslim conquests. more >>
In a desperate ploy to enroll more young people in Obamacare, the White House put out "16 Sweet Reasons to Get Covered". The Obama administration is realizing just how unpopular Obamacare is with young people and is pulling out all the stops with public relations to try to get those "coveted" Millennials enrolled by the deadline of March 31.
There are many reasons why young people aren't enrolling in the Obamacare exchange-here are just a few.
Currently, seven out of ten young people come out of undergraduate school with student loan debt, which averages, to about $29,400 according to Young America's Foundation's Youth Misery Index (YMI). With this high cost alone and the looming repayment process, young people cannot afford the high premiums of Obamacare. This leads to the next piece of the puzzle, the cost of Obamacare. Young people are unduly burdened in the healthcare exchange because they are the ones expected to subsidize healthcare for the older and sicker generation. more >>
A New York City church has stirred controversy among members of the LGBT community because a sign at its location says Jesus Christ would have stoned homosexuals.
ATLAH World Missionary Church in Harlem recently posted the sign that reads: "Jesus Would Stone Homos. … Stoning is Still the Law," and includes a few scripture citations below.
James David Manning, pastor at ATLAH, told The Christian Post that the message was put up over a week ago in order to counter the "flat out lies" of LGBT activists regarding Jesus and the Bible. more >>
Right out of an episode of House of Cards, about half of Senate Democrats did what a big donor wanted. They pulled an all-nighter to give lip service to global warming. Hedge fund manager Tom Steyer (playing the role of Tusk) is said to be giving Democrats $50 million for their stunt.
"We're not going to rest until there is action on the most pressing issue of our time, which is climate change," said Hawaii Senator Brian Schatz. The whole thing was a real Schatz show.
If it's so important, why couldn't Harry Reid muster the other half of his 55 senators to take part in the theatrics? more >>
President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday Crimea is part of Russia in people's hearts and minds after signing a treaty recognizing the Ukraine's region as an independent state, despite the United States and Europe imposing new sanctions on Russia's senior political and military leaders.
"In the hearts and minds of people, Crimea has always been and remains an inseparable part of Russia. This commitment, based on truth and justice, was firm, was passed from generation to generation," said Putin, in an address to a joint session of parliament Tuesday after approving a draft treaty to make Crimea part of Russia, Reuters reported.
"Crimea is our common property and a very important factor in the stability of the region," Putin said, according to The Wall Street Journal. "This strategic territory should be under a strong, sovereign state and that in fact can only be Russia." more >>