MIAMI–U.S appellate judges tackled a U.S. foreign bribery case for the first time, confronting a central issue with the law during oral arguments.
A three-judge panel at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Miami heard oral arguments for nearly an hour on Friday in a closely watched corruption case that could set precedent in a section of U.S. law enforcement that has been highly active in recent years.
Lawyers representing two former Florida-based telecoms executives convicted of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which prohibits paying bribes to foreign officials for business, sought to challenge a key element of the law: the question of who counts as a “foreign official.”
The National Security Agency is harvesting hundreds of millions of contact lists from personal e-mail and instant messaging accounts around the world, many of them belonging to Americans, according to senior intelligence officials and top secret documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
The collection program, which has not been disclosed before, intercepts e-mail address books and “buddy lists” from instant messaging services as they move across global data links. Online services often transmit those contacts when a user logs on, composes a message, or synchronizes a computer or mobile device with information stored on remote servers.
Rather than targeting individual users, the NSA is gathering contact lists in large numbers that amount to a sizable fraction of the world’s e-mail and instant messaging accounts. Analysis of that data enables the agency to search for hidden connections and map relationships within a much smaller universe of foreign intelligence targets.
During a single day last year, the NSA’s Special Source Operations branch collected 444,743 e-mail address books from Yahoo, 105,068 from Hotmail, 82,857 from Facebook, 33,697 from Gmail and 22,881 from unspecified other providers, according to an internal NSA PowerPoint presentation. Those figures, described as a typical daily intake in the document, correspond to a rate of more than 250 million per year.
Hannah Price’s series, City of Brother Love, features portraits of men in Philadelphia captured just moments after they’d harassed her on the street.
Tom Brady left hanging
this made my day
Cold comfort is seeing Tom Brady embarrassed on the bench during a day he won a game in the final seconds.
11 track album
Drop whatever you are doing and listen to this right now. For fans of Fugazi/Superchunk/Husker Du. Unbelievably good. Members and ex members of other good stuff. whatever, Just listen.