Does the NSA have a spy in your hard drive?

By   /  February 18, 2015  /  Abuse of power, Federal Government, National, News, Power Abuse, Technology  /  No Comments

Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation

A Russian security firm claims to have uncovered a major tool used to rewrite hard drives and collect all stored information in potentially millions of computers and hard drives around the world.

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Gov. Christie chooses his own ethics in New Jersey

By   /  February 5, 2015  /  Ethics, National, New Jersey, News, Politics & Elections, Power Abuse  /  No Comments

Governor's Office/Tim Larsen

Do state ethics restrict Gov. Chris Christie? Fuhgeddaboudit! In New Jersey, the governor can choose the ethical standards he wants to follow — and he can change them whenever he wishes.

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‘Toilet trike man’ says council president assaulted him while discussing NSFW graffiti

By   /  February 3, 2015  /  First Amendment, Free Speech, News, Pennsylvania, Power Abuse  /  No Comments

Photo courtesy of John Paul, of the Beaver Countian

A former borough council member in western Pennsylvania with a history of innovative protest alleges that the current council president assaulted him on Jan. 25 – while discussing how police handled the penis graffiti on the former’s garage.

“Someone painted a giant 5-foot-long black d*** on my garage that said ‘f*** you’ underneath it,” Tom Suica described to local press. “The Monaca police told me they were going to prosecute me for the d***. It’s not my d***.” Suica told Watchdog doesn’t think people are being treated uniformly. “If a little old lady lived here, and someone did this, do you think they’d be banging on her door,” he said, and threatening her with prosecution?

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Audit: Pennsylvania fire chiefs stole $20,000, other spending unexplained

By   /  January 29, 2015  /  Local News, Misuse of funds, News, Pennsylvania, Power Abuse  /  No Comments

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A state audit released Tuesday confirmed the crimes of a former volunteer fire chief and his assistant chief, and also laid out another $13,000 in unexplained spending. Baldwin Borough Manager John Barrett has worked closely with first responders and firefighters, and told Watchdog, “As a whole, they’re such good-hearted people. It’s hard to believe two individuals in that field would betray the public trust.”

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Feds drop forfeiture case led by Obama AG pick Lynch

By   /  January 27, 2015  /  Abuse of power, Federal Government, National, New York, News, Power Abuse  /  No Comments

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Sometimes, not violating the law can get you in trouble with the law.

Just ask the Hirsch family, from Long Island.

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CO gov’s administration contrite for spending without legislative OK

By   /  January 27, 2015  /  Colorado, News, Power Abuse, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

Photo By Arthur Kane

Two top members of Gov. John Hickenlooper’s staff came before the Joint Budget Committee Monday to apologize for human services officials spending taxpayer money without notifying lawmakers.

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