Turkish Riot Police Fight Protesters, Inside the Mind of "Whitey" Bulger, How Much Did Congress Know About N.S.A. Surveillance?

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Are Too Many People Issued "Top-Secret" Security Clearances? | Turkish Riot Police Force Protesters Out of Taksim Square | Understanding the Mind of James "Whitey" Bulger | Understanding the Mind of James "Whitey" Bulger | Are we in the Midst of an Orwellian Moment? | Animal Behaviorist: We Will Have the Ability to Understand our Pets in the Next Decade

Turkish Riot Police Force Protesters Out of Taksim Square

The unrest in Turkey intensified last night as riot police used tear gas, water cannons, and sound bombs to scatter thousands of protesters. Claire Berlinski is a freelance reporter in Turkey and a senior fellow for Turkey at the American Foreign Policy Center. Her neighborhood, located four blocks from Taksim Square, was on fire yesterday.

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Are Too Many People Issued 'Top-Secret' Security Clearances?

Edward Snowden, the Booz Allen Hamilton employee who exposed the N.S.A.’s phone and internet surveillance programs, had “top-secret” security clearance. There are more than 4.9 million individuals who have security clearance, and over 1.4 million of those are “top-secret.” John Schindler, a former N.S.A. intelligence analyst, discusses how security clearance works, and the risks associated with so many workers having access to secret information.

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Understanding the Mind of James "Whitey" Bulger

Alleged mobster James “Whitey” Bulger is on trial in Boston, accused of crimes that go back decades. He was once one of the nation’s most-wanted fugitives, holding a spot on the F.B.I.’s Ten Most Wanted list with the likes of Osama bin Laden. Dick Lehr, the co-author of the biography: “Whitey: The Life of America’s Most Notorious Mob Boss,” believes that Bulger is one of the most significant crime figures of the past century.

 

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Carl Hiaasen's Florida

Celebrated author, columnist for The Miami Herald, and born-and-raised Floridian Carl Hiaasen discusses his latest foray into fiction and the news form his home state, where the George Zimmerman trial is underway.

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Animal Behaviorist: We Will Have the Ability to Understand our Pets in the Next Decade

What would it be like if we could talk to the animals, and they could talk to us? For years, movies have played on this fantasy, often to comic effect. But Con Slobodchikoff isn’t just dreaming of talking to animals. He’s actually doing it. His big feat so far has been decoding the language of prairie dogs, which includes descriptive vocabulary words and sentence-like structures. If his work goes according to plan, we’ll all have the ability to understand what our pets are saying in the next decade, and to talk to them in return.

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Are we in the Midst of an Orwellian Moment?

Since learning about the National Security Agency’s data collection plan, we’ve heard the word “Orwellian” thrown around twitter, television, and the blogosphere. But is the term “Orwellian” being over-used? Is it even being used correctly?

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