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India’s Blood Bricks

In Activism, Archive, China, India, India, OpIndia, Politics, twitter, video on January 4, 2014 at 3:43 AM

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As India’s economic prosperity  explodes so has the building Industry which has led to a growing demand for cheap local building Materials.

Labour  is pooled from Families who travel hundreds of miles to work as brick makers in kilns dotted around the urban growth belt.

The entire family will work making as many as 1500 bricks per day.
A family will earn about three dollars per day.
Despite Government Officials speaking about legislation and how the families are looked after, the conditions for the very poor in India has not changed.

The multinational global expansion and urban development is being carried on the backs of  India’s poorest.


Sen. Bernie Sanders Asks NSA Director Keith Alexander if Agency Has Spied on Congress

In Archive, NSA, Politics, Surveillance on January 4, 2014 at 1:52 AM


U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today asked the National Security Agency director whether the agency has monitored the phone calls, emails and Internet traffic of members of Congress and other elected officials.

“Has the NSA spied, or is the NSA currently spying, on members of Congress or other American elected officials?” Sanders asked in a letter to Gen. Keith Alexander, the NSA director. “Spying” would include gathering metadata on calls made from official or personal phones, content from websites visited or emails sent, or collecting any other data from a third party not made available to the general public in the regular course of business?”


Sanders has introduced legislation to put strict limits on sweeping powers used by the National Security Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation to secretly track telephone calls by millions of innocent Americans who are not suspected of any wrongdoing.

The measure would put limits on records that may be searched. Authorities would be required to establish a reasonable suspicion, based on specific information, in order to secure court approval to monitor business records related to a specific terrorism suspect. Sanders’ bill also would put an end to open-ended court orders that have resulted in wholesale data mining by the NSA and FBI. Instead, the government would be required to provide reasonable suspicion to justify searches for each record or document that it wants to examine.

UPDATE 01/05/2013:

In a statement that did not deny collecting communications from members of Congress, the National Security Agency on Saturday responded to journalists’ questions about a letter to the NSA from Sen. Bernie Sanders asking if it has spied on elected officials, the Burlington Free Press, The Washington Post, The Guardian, CNN,Business Insider, The Huffington Post, Al Jazeera and The Verge reported.

Sen. Rand Paul Filing Class-Action Lawsuit Against NSA

In Archive, NSA, Rand Paul, Surveillance on January 4, 2014 at 12:43 AM


Republican Sen. Rand Paul says he is filing a class-action lawsuit against the Obama administration over the data-collection policies of the National Security Agency. In an interview Friday night on the Fox News show “Hannity,” the Kentucky Republican told host Eric Bolling several hundred thousand people have already signed-up, and believes everyone in the U.S. with a cellphone would be eligible to join the suit as a class action.

On his website, he’s urging Americans to join the lawsuit. Paul says that people who want to join the suit are telling the government that it can’t have access to emails and phone records without permission or without a specific warrant.

A legal counsel for Paul says he expects the case will be similar to another NSA suit filed by Larry Klayman. U.S. District Judge Richard Leon agreed with Klayman’s arguments last month, ruling that the NSA’s metadata collection violates the Fourth Amendment. The Paul advisor said that lawyers are now studying Leon’s ruling to formulate arguments for their class-action case.

UPDATE 02/12/2014 Rand Paul/FreedomWorks NSA Class-Action Lawsuit

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