NSA quietly expands domestic spying program, even as Congress balks

“The central role the NSA has come to occupy in domestic intelligence gathering has never been publicly disclosed,” The Wall Street Journal’s Siobhan Gorman reports on Monday page ones. “But an inquiry reveals that its efforts have evolved to reach more broadly into data about people’s communications, travel and finances in the U.S. than the domestic surveillance programs brought to light since the 2001 terrorist attacks.”

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American empire alert: Fort Sill soldiers deploying to Africa

LAWTON, Okla. — Students and teachers from a Lawton elementary school attended a departure ceremony at Fort Sill for about 300 soldiers being deployed to Africa.

The students at Flower Mound School showed support during Friday’s ceremony for soldiers of B Battery, 2nd Battalion, 18th Field Artillery who visited their school last Veterans Day.

“We brought 17 fifth- and sixth-graders, and we have seven or eight teachers and several assistants,” said Brenda Parker a teacher at Flower Mound, an elementary school in southeast Lawton.

Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Dial, the husband of pre-kindergarten

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Another 12 hour Blackout

6 hours after the internet connection had been reconnected we experienced another 12 hour blackout. I hope that this time we will be able to stay online.