NSA Award-Winner Wants NSA Abolished

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Last week, the NSA announced the winner of its first annual Science of Security Competition, an event designed to honor important research in cybersecurity, increase NSA collaboration with academia, and “build the science base of national security efforts.” That competition’s top honoree, Dr. Joseph Bonneau, says he wants to see the NSA “abolished” if serious reforms aren’t put in place.

ANIMAL interviewed Bonneau, now an engineer at Google, after coming across his conflicted responses to the award on Twitter and in a blog post.
You’ve been pretty vocal in your criticism of the NSA after winning the award. On Twitter you said you “want it abolished.” Is that true?
I’d rather have it abolished than persist in its current form. I think there’s a question about whether it’s possible to reform the NSA into something that’s more reasonable.
I don’t really do politics for my day job. I don’t feel like I follow the situation as closely as a lot of people who are writing about what kinds of reforms are needed, or how things might need to change. But my feeling based on what I’ve read is that I don’t want to live in a country with an organization like the NSA is right now.
But I wouldn’t rule out the possibility of reforming the current NSA to a better place. As I’ve said, I think our core problem are political and much bigger than the NSA.
What’s the nature of your work, and the nature of the paper the NSA honored?
My research was about building tools to compare distributions of passwords chosen by two different populations, and the application of those tools through a bunch of big data that I collected while I was an intern at Yahoo. I came to a couple of insights about how different groups of people pick passwords.
So, say you have a bunch of passwords chosen by men, and another chosen by women. Which of these two sets of passwords is actually harder to guess?
They were trying to recognize efforts to bring more hard science, more sound science to cybersecurity research. It didn’t really have a lot to do with anything that’s been in the news recently–nothing to do with surveillance or anything like that.
How did you feel when you first found out that you won?
I had to go sit and think for a while if this is something I wanted to accept. I really considered turning the award down. I talked to some colleagues, some friends, and things like that.
One conflict is that it’s nice to have your work recognized, and most people do academic research because they think the topic is important. Publicity is important for increasing the impact of your research.
Given my beliefs and my thoughts about the NSA, it was bittersweet in that I wasn’t sure of the best thing to do. But I decided that the reason they set up this award was to try to have more collaborations with academia, and be a little less closed off. They probably have a long way to go, but it seemed like there was more value in me engaging with them than in not.
I’m able to express my opinions as freely as i was before. It would be another story if i was taking a research grant or something, or i had some other obligation to them. It was an award. We basically had lunch for the afternoon and met a few people, and that was the extent of it.
Was the event friendly?
Yeah, it was. There were two other researchers there whose papers were honorable mentions for the award, as well as a couple of people who had participated in the selection process, so there were a couple of other academics who were outside the NSA there, and there were some NSA insiders. It was a good time. despite the vast political differences, I had interesting research conversations with the people I met.
Did you actively submit the paper, or did they find it on their own?

They had an academic panel who made nominations for the award. I don’t know who could have nominated the paper. Honestly I never had heard of the award until I found out my paper got picked

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Halliburton pleads guilty to destroying evidence in 2010 Gulf oil spill

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Halliburton Energy Services has pleaded guilty to destroying evidence related to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, a disaster from which the Gulf of Mexico has yet to fully recover, the US Department of Justice announced Thursday.

Per the agreement, Halliburton will be subject to three years of probation and will be required “to continue its cooperation in the government’s ongoing criminal investigation,” according to the Justice Department statement. Halliburton, which was headed by Dick Cheney before he agreed to serve as US vice president under George W. Bush, also donated $55 million to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. The contribution was not court-mandated but may have served to curry favor with investigators.

Halliburton was the cement contractor hired for the drilling rig that exploded in the Atlantic Ocean on April 20, 2010. Eleven workers were killed in the blast, which then dumped millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf for nearly three months straight.

After the initial blast, Halliburton was asked to examine the technical aspects of BP’s drilling well, establishing “an internal working group to examine the Macondo well blowout, including whether the number of centralizers used on the final production casing could have contributed to the blowout,” the Justice Department stated.

Production casings are heavy metal pipes used across the area of< the oil and natural gas reservoir, federal officials noted.

A program manager, in May 2010, was then told “to run two computer simulations of the Macondo well final cementing job using Halliburton’s Displace 3D simulation program to compare the impact of using six versus 21 centralizers.”

While Halliburton recommended BP use 21 centralizers, the company decided to only use six after simulations indicated it would make little difference.
The program manager “was directed to, and did, destroy these” incriminating results, Thursday’s statement said. 

Both Halliburton and BP have blamed each other for the cement’s failing to seal the Macondo well, according to the Associated Press.

The agreement, while pending court approval, could mean Halliburton’s weakness in negotiating over spill-related issues, Tulane University law professor Edward Sherman told Reuters.

Their willingness to plead to this may also indicate that they’d like to settle up with the federal government on the civil penalties,” he said. “It may indicate a softening of their position.”

A January 2013 study found that the spill, along with the environmental effects, contributed to unexplained health problems< among children within ten miles of the coastline. Parents in Lousiana and Florida told David Abramson, the director of Columbia University’s National Center for Disaster Preparedness, that they witnessed “unexplained symptoms among their children, including bleeding ears, nose bleeds, and the early start of menstruation among girls.”

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President Obama violates torture convention

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The holy month of Ramadan began on July 8. At Guantanamo Bays Camp Delta, Muslim detainees on hunger strike, many of which have been cleared for release, continue to be force-fed against their will. Some of the hunger strikers have been wrongfully and illegally detained for more than 11 years. Meanwhile, we continue to delude ourselves into believing that all detainees at Guantanamo Bay must be guilty of something and, therefore, not worthy of our compassion and empathy.

Those who wish to exploit the United States™ hypocrisy of criticizing human rights violations and demanding accountability abroad can add the force-feeding of hunger strikers to their dossier, which already includes the sanctions on Iraq that led to the deaths of more than 500,000 Iraqi children, the use of torture at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay, our continued support for authoritarian regimes, and drone attacks that kill far more innocent people than we are willing to admit.

According to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, the continued indefinite detention of individuals and the œlack of legal protection and the resulting anguish caused by the uncertainty regarding their future has led them to take the extreme step of a hunger strike to demand a real change to their situation.”

Currently, there are 166 detainees at Guantanamo Bay. Of that 166, 86 have been cleared for release. Despite aggressive efforts by the Obama administration to break the hunger strike, it still counts 70 detainees on hunger strike, with 46 of those designated for force-feeding. Instead of the real change they are demanding, the hunger-striking detainees are being force-fed, an unequivocal violation of international human rights law.

Article 16 of the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment states, œEach State Party shall undertake to prevent in any territory under its jurisdiction other acts of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment which do not amount to torture as defined in article 1, when such acts are committed by or at the instigation of or with the consent or acquiescence of a public official or other person acting in an official capacity.”

The Torture Convention™s applicability to the force-feeding of Guantanamo prisoners was recently confirmed by Judge Gladys Kessler. Kessler was presented with an emergency suit aimed at stopping the force-feeding. According to Kessler, œIt is perfectly clear from the statements of detainees, as well as the statements from the organizations just cited, that force-feeding is a painful, humiliating, and degrading process.”

At Wednesday™s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on closing Guantanamo Bay, retired Brigadier General Stephen N. Xenakis, M.D. explicitly stated that the force-feeding of detainees violated medical ethics, our international legal obligations, and amounted to cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment. Kessler ultimately rejected the suit on jurisdictional grounds, stating that, under the Constitution, President Obama, as Commander-in-Chief, œhas the authority-and power-to directly address the issue of force-feeding of the detainees at Guantanamo Bay.”

President Obama defended this violation of international law during his recent national security speech. Stopping his speech to respond to a question posed by Medea Benjamin, President Obama stated, œWell, I don™t – I don™t want these individuals to die. Obviously, the Pentagon is trying to manage the situation as best as they can.”

Implicit in President Obama™s response is that there are only two options, let them starve themselves to death or force-feed them through the cruelest and most inhumane way. There is one clear solution to this standoff that was somehow overlooked; the immediate release of those prisoners who have been cleared.

President Obama took what might appear to be a step forward when he stated his intention to lift his own self-imposed moratorium on detainee transfers to Yemen. Yet, he only committed to reviewing detainee files on a case-by-case basis. There is a reason why 86 of the prisoners have been cleared for release. Their files have already been reviewed, in some cases multiple times. To once again review detainee files while their human rights are being severely violated on multiple levels is unacceptable.

Ahead of Ramadan, four detainees filed a petition aimed at preventing force-feeding. In response, the Obama administration promised that detainees will only be force-fed “before dusk and after sunset in order to accommodate their religious practices, absent any unforeseen emergency or operational issues.”

Such a statement does not reassure for two reasons. First, œunforeseen emergency or operational issues” will be determined by the same officials responsible for the force-feeding policy and its implementation. Second, and more importantly, it completely misses the point. To think that force-feeding detainees during the holy month of Ramadan is acceptable because the force-feeding will occur during the times of day when voluntary feeding is permitted demonstrates callous cultural indifference.

The Obama administration also claimed that feedings “have been performed in a humane fashion, with concern for petitioners’ well-being, and never in a manner designed to inflict pain or discomfort, or as punishment or retaliation.” Interestingly, this claim was followed by a description of the chairs used to restrain the detainees while they are being force-fed.

Is there even such a thing as humane force-feeding when it is done against the individual™s will while strapped to a chair? Apparently, the Obama administration™s answer is ˜yes™ when the chairs are œergonomically designed for the detainees’ comfort and protection, with a padded seat and padded back support.” I know what I™m getting next time I need some new furniture.

Our humanity in the United States allows us to wrongfully and illegally detain individuals, clear them for release because they have done nothing wrong, continue to hold them despite being cleared for release, and force-feed them for protesting their indefinite detention, but, by golly, we draw the line at force-feeding detainees during the daylight hours of Ramadan. Truly, as President Obama stated on the 4th of July, we are a beacon of hope.

AGB/MA

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US: Ala. inmate in 2005 Halloween killing put to death

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ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — Alabama has executed its first inmate since 2011, a man convicted of the beating and shooting death of an elderly man on Halloween night in 2005.
 
Authorities say 29-year-old Andrew Lackey was pronounced dead at 6:25 p.m. Thursday after receiving an injection at Holman Prison in Atmore.
 
Authorities say Lackey was seeking money when he killed 80-year-old Charles Newman at his Limestone County home. Court records show Newman made an emergency call to police the night of his death and could be heard saying, "Leave me alone" and "What do you want?"
 
Lackey, who had dropped all appeals, became the first person executed by the state since October 2011. Executions had been partly slowed because of a legal dispute over the drugs being used.

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Lobsterman survives night in sea, thanks to boots

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OAKDALE, N.Y. (AP) — A Long Island lobsterman who spent 12 hours floating in the Atlantic Ocean after falling off his boat joked Thursday that he may have the two rubber boots that kept him afloat bronzed.
 
John Aldridge was rescued a day earlier when the Coast Guard found him floating in the ocean off of Montauk Point, about 40 miles from where he tumbled off the 44-foot lobster boat Anna Mary at about 3 in the morning.
 
Aldridge, 45, was treated at a hospital in Falmouth, Mass., for dehydration, exposure and hypothermia and released Thursday morning. Relatives drove him back to Long Island, where he arrived mid-afternoon to hugs from his parents and relatives, including young nephew Jake, who peppered him with questions about his experience.
 
"Shot" is how Aldridge described his overall condition, noting he had yet to get much sleep.
 
Aldridge, who has been a lobsterman for 19 years working out of Montauk, said he was preparing for a day of fishing when he attempted to move a beverage cooler.
 
"The handle broke off and I fell off the back of the boat. Just like that," he told reporters during a news conference outside his parents' home in Oakdale. "I just watched the boat float away."
 
Aldridge said while he had read books and articles about survival techniques, instincts really took over.
 
He noticed his calf-length rubber boots were allowing his feet to float higher in the water than his head, so he took off the boots, turned them upside down and filled them with air. He placed one under each arm and used them as flotation devices.
 
"Once I did that, I was good to go," he said. "The water was warm, my head was above water, so I was floating and I knew I had to conserve energy and that was it, I floated for hours."
 
He was able to see other boats in the area looking for him and noticed planes and helicopters overhead, but he just drifted for hours, he said.
 
"I saw everybody looking for me, and no one saw me," Aldridge said.
 
At about midafternoon Wednesday, he noticed a Coast Guard jet flying overhead; about 30 minutes later, a Coast Guard helicopter was hovering and soon a swimmer was in the water helping him.
 
"I've been looking for you for nine hours," Aldridge said the rescuer told him. He countered, "I've been looking for you for 12 hours."
 
While he was adrift, he said, his thoughts were of family and friends back home.
 
"I was like, 'There's no way I'm dying this way.' I was like, 'This is how I gotta go?' No way," Aldridge said. "So I just put my head to thinking survival mode and I wasn't dying that way. Dying wasn't an option."
 
His father, John Aldridge Sr., joked to his son not to reveal the brand name on the boots to reporters: "Not until we get a contract offer."
 

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US: Weiner says he texted 10 women; stays in NYC mayor race

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Losing ground in the polls and under pressure to quit, New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner revealed Thursday he sent explicit texts to as many as 10 women, including three after he left Congress in disgrace in 2011.
 
And yet he remained in the race.
 
As Weiner visited a Brooklyn soup kitchen, a poll released Thursday appeared to show voters' distaste for his revelations. Weiner lost his lead against five other Democratic candidates. He now trails City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who had the support of 25% of Democratic primary voters compared with Weiner's 16% in the poll by NBC 4 New York, The Wall Street Journal and the Marist Institute for Public Opinion. Last month, the same poll showed Weiner leading Quinn by 5 percentage points.
 
Public advocate Bill de Blasio and former city comptroller William Thompson were tied at 14% each; 19% of Democratic voters were undecided.
 
Weiner told reporters on the campaign trail that he is "working with people" to get help for sexually explicit texting, but that it is not an addiction. "I don't believe that it is. The people that I am working with don't believe that it is," he said. "The point is that it's behind me. I have worked through these things.''
 
Weiner is taking criticism from both parties. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi — Weiner's Democratic leader when he was in Congress — said Thursday his behavior and that of San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, accused of sexual harassment, is "so disrespectful of women. And what's really stunning about it is, they don't even realize it. They don't have a clue.''
 
Republican mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis, a billionaire supermarket owner, pointed out that the mayor of New York is in charge of its school system. "No parent in this city wants someone with these problems to interact with their daughters or be an example for their sons,'' he said in a statement. Catsimatidis, de Blasio and Thompson have all said Weiner should drop out. Party primaries are Sept. 10. If no candidate wins more than 40% of the vote, a runoff will take place Oct. 1.
 
The Marist poll, conducted overnight Wednesday, showed Weiner's popularity plunging. More than half of Democratic voters, or 55%, have an unfavorable opinion of Weiner compared with 30% who view him favorably. Fifteen percent say they have not heard of Weiner or are unsure how to rate him, the poll showed. Last month, Weiner's favorable rating was 52% in the poll. But 47% of those surveyed said Weiner should stay int eh race, while 43% said he should drop out.
 
"This latest revelation cost him severely,'' said Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion. "Redemption overload has certainly set in.''
 
It's not clear if Weiner's plunge is permanent, Miringoff said: nearly one-fifth of voters (19%) are still undecided and 23% said they could change their minds about which candidate they support."The debates are yet to come. The TV ads are starting to sprinkle in. There's still a race to be waged," he said.
 
Weiner's prolonged scandal — and Quinn's failure to consolidate her lead — could tip the general election toward Republican candidate Joe Lhota, a top aide under Rudy Giuliani and immediate past chairman of the regional transit agency, said political scientist Gerald Benjamin of SUNY-New Paltz. "Voters will look at the record of Republican mayoralties, will look at the tone and character of this primary and look at the failure of a Democratic candidate to provoke any great enthusiasm — apart from Weiner — and will vote Republican.'' Since Mayor Michael Bloomberg, now an independent, first ran as a Republican, that would make three Republican mayors in a row. In a city where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans nearly six to one, that outcome "would be truly historic,'' Benjamin says.

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Fla. group to honor Zimmerman attorney

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MELBOURNE, Fla. — A local organization is giving an award to Mark O'Mara, the Orlando-based lawyer who successfully defended George Zimmerman in the February 2012 shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin.
 
O'Mara is scheduled to accept the award from the Republican Liberty Caucus at the organization's annual Constitution Day dinner on Sept. 14.
 
O'Mara also will speak at the event. The organization's award is called the Jefferson Cup – named for Thomas Jefferson – and it goes to an individual who speaks "truth to power," said Bob White, chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus.
 
White has been friends with O'Mara since they both were students at what is now the University of Central Florida.
 
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"We give the award to someone for what they done, stood for or accomplished and we thought Mark would be very deserving of the award this year," White said.
 
"Frankly, it was the post-verdict press conference that Mark conducted where he challenged the media but also the judicial system itself. Those of us who watched that news conference said, 'Now there is a guy who spoke truth to power,' and we began to get the idea that perhaps he is somebody that we should honor with the Jefferson Cup for the way in which he took on the legal profession where he makes his living."
 
Glenn Dames, pastor of St. James AME Church and a local organizer of for rallies supporting Trayvon Martin's family, called the decision to award O'Mara "perplexing."
 
"It's a cause for pausing," Dames said after being told about the award. "As a pastor I continue to pray for unity but not just for unity but for a better understanding between all of us and for the minorities in this country. I also don't think that this is a coincidence."
 
O'Mara received his law degree from the Florida State University's College of Law in 1982. He was a state attorney with the Seminole County State Attorney's office from 1982 to 1984. He served as president of the Seminole County Bar Association in 2000.
 
Dames said he didn't anticipate any protests in relation to the award ceremony.
 
"It's their freedom to do so. I actually hope it will spur on some dialogue," Dames said.
 
The Republican Liberty Caucus was founded in 1992. The Central East Florida chapter, with about 60 members, was organized five years ago. It's a group within the Republican Party dedicated to less government, lower taxes, more personal freedom and responsibility and free and fair markets.

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US: Congressman draws more flak for comments

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DES MOINES, Iowa — By election results, Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, has been immune to voter anger over his tongue.
 
Iowa Democrats hope his latest remark about cantaloupe-legged immigrant drug mules turns off people at home who might be growing weary of his perceived grandstanding, especially on an issue where polling indicates his district is not with him.
 
But even as condemnation from top House Republican leaders grew Thursday — and Iowa's titular GOP establishment voice, Gov. Terry Branstad, added his own criticism — conservatives in northwest Iowa vowed to stand by their man.
 
"King getting attacked by the ruling elite and the media is any day ending in 'Y.' It's nothing new to 4th District Republicans," said Chad Steenhoek, a state central committee member from Story County.
 
Politics watchers predict that King will remain nearly invincible, suggesting he'd basically have to commit a felony or immoral act to run any risk of ouster in the 4th District, the heart of Iowa's conservative base.
 
"Even though the comments are racist in as much as he apparently assumes the vast majority of Hispanic immigrants are inherently criminal, voters here are used to these kinds of comments from King, and probably wouldn't recoil unless he were to begin using racial epithets — which he has the sense not to," said David Wiltse, an assistant professor of political scienceat Briar Cliff University in Sioux City.
 
House Speaker John Boehner chose to lead off his weekly news conference at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday by scolding King, for the second time this week, for saying many of the youthful immigrants who enter the country illegally are drug traffickers.
 
"I want to be clear there's no place in this debate for hateful or ignorant comments from elected officials," Boehner said.
 
"Earlier this week, Rep. Steve King made comments that were I think deeply offensive and wrong," Boehner said. "What he said does not reflect the values of the American people or the Republican party. We all need to do our work in a constructive, open and respectful way."
 
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It's unusual for House leaders to publicly rebuke a fellow Republican like that, said several longtime Iowa politics watchers.
 
They said they can't recall another Iowan in Congress getting such a direct comeuppance.
 
But Boehner didn't seem willing to levy sanctions against King.
 
When a reporter asked whether King would be removed from the Judiciary Committee, Boehner interrupted: "I think I've made myself very clear when it comes to Mr. King."
 
Boehner on Tuesday evening had called King's comments "wrong." Other congressional Republicans, including House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, have joined the tongue-lashing.
 
Conservatives slam House leaders
 
But Iowa conservatives find the leaders' motives suspect, arguing Thursday that their protests are oversensitivity on the immigration issue more than anything.
 
"The reason they lashed out at him is because they're weak leaders and they want to get through this amnesty debate, and if you can muzzle Steve King, that debate becomes a lot easier," said Chuck Laudner, a GOP activist and King's former district director.
 
Boehner and other leaders have said they favor a pathway to citizenship for children who entered the country illegally.
 
Some Republicans are also concerned about any comments from conservatives that would further damage an already tarnished GOP brand with Hispanics, the fastest-growing racial or ethnic group in the country.
 
Branstad avoided questions from The Des Moines Register on Wednesday about King's remarks, saying, "I am not going to get involved in that whatsoever."
 
But on Thursday, his spokesman, Tim Albrecht, responded to a request for comment with a written statement.
 
"Governor Branstad has great respect for Congressman King and considers him a friend, however the governor does not agree with the congressman's remarks," Albrecht said. "Governor Branstad believes our bipartisan work together in Des Moines can serve as an example to D.C., and hopes all parties will come together to solve the immigration challenge in a bipartisan way."
 
Almost all other GOP leaders contacted by The Register on Thursday defended King — and ridiculed Boehner.
 
Jake Dagel, 21-year-old social conservative activist from Sheldon, said he thinks many fellow Republicans "don't see Speaker Boehner as a leader of the Republican party." So Boehner's criticism is "a little ridiculous."
 
Cerro Gordo County GOP Chairman Gabe Haugland agrees with King's overarching message that liberals "paint immigrant children in a light that's extremely favorable to amnesty. Steve's point is that they're not all valedictorians."
 
Haugland pointed to an Associated Press story he'd read in March 2012 about Mexican drug cartels using children as drug mules.
 
The article cites the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement saying that the number of youths ages 14 to 18 caught trying to cross the border between Tijuana and San Diego to sell drugs had grown tenfold from 2008 to 2011.
 
"When the Huffington Post (posted) that article, no one was calling it racist," Haugland said.
 
Critics: King wrong on facts
 
Critics on Thursday countered King on his facts, saying neither the DREAM Act nor its alternatives would legalize drug mules along with valedictorians. The Senate proposal says immigrants would need to maintain clean criminal records — no felony convictions, no more than three misdemeanor convictions and no unlawful voting — to qualify for legal status.
 
"Anyone with a criminal record which would involve a felony would be removed," said Joe Henry, state director for the League of United Latin American Citizens.
 
King clearly doesn't view this as a slip-up. Rather than backpedaling or avoiding questions about it, he has said he stands by his words.
 
In a speech on the floor of the House on Thursday, he called for compassion for immigrants, but added: "We must not sacrifice the rule of law on the altar of political expediency."
 
The 4th District is persistently non-competitive, but a recent poll from the conservative American Action Network showed King is out of step with his district on a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants.
 
"Behaviorally, Mr. King maneuvers as if the 4th District is some sort of 'no consequence zone,'" said Bradley Best, an associate professor of political science at Buena Vista University. "Yet, is he politically or electorally invincible? History — both recent and not-so-recent — would counsel more caution than he is demonstrating."
 
Politics watchers view King and Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., as birds of a feather who occasionally are accused of saying illogical or inflammatory things that hurt conservative causes. Each represents the most conservative district in the state.
 
Former Iowa first lady Christie Vilsack's loss to King last fall by 8 percentage points, despite raising big money, was a setback for Iowa Democrats hoping to unseat him. They considered her to be far and away the best candidate ever to take him on.
 
Democrats hope that King, like Bachmann, will push too far, and the same hubris that has allowed his controversial remarks will also bring him down. Bachmann has chosen not to seek re-election in 2014.

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The Royal Baby Is The Antichrist

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The royal baby is the Antichrist, or so claims Mark Dice, a prolific writer who focuses on the Illuminati and the Antichrist from the Bible.

As previously reported by The Inquisitr, Kate Middleton’s royal baby was announced to the delight of both the British and Americans.

But the royal baby hasn’t been popular with everyone. BBC presenter Simon McCoy bitterly related the announcement as “not that it’s news.” But Mark Dice is making a claim about the royal baby that would probably have most of the British population angry.

Mark Dice gain limited fame last Black Friday when he called American consumerists “brain dead, materialistic morons.” He’s more famous for going around asking people to sign a petition that says Obama supporters should have immunity for their President’s actions. Now Mark Dice is calling the royal baby an Antichrist.

Mark Dice calls the royal baby a baby Baphomet, which is probably not one of Kate Middleton’s top baby name choices. Starting by calling the English “brain dead Brits,” following with “Moloch worshiping moronic Americans,” Mark Dice slices into the royal family of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Mark Dice claims the Windsor family secretly believes themselves the lost tribe of Dan from the Bible. The Windsors supposedly believe themselves the “true chosen people of God” over Jews, something Mark Dice compares to Nazi beliefs and their supposed ancestry with the lost city of Atlantis.

When the royal baby becomes the King of England, Mark Dice proposes the royal baby will be the Antichrist, or at least an Antichrist of the “new world order” or the “new British empire.” Mark Dice says people like the royal baby are worshiped because of their power, linking back to Egyptian history and how royal families used to claim they were descendants of the gods due to their royal blood.

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Shark attack claims Brazilian teen’s life

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(CNN) — As lifeguards approached to pull a drowning Brazilian teenager from the water, she suffered a second, fatal misfortune — a shark attack.
Bruni Gobbi, 18, and a cousin were on the verge of drowning at Boa Viagem beach in the northeastern Brazil city of Recife on Monday, according to the local government's social defense secretariat.
Lifeguards responded immediately to try to save them, and in the midst of the rescue, a shark attacked Gobbi's left leg, the secretariat said.
Rescuers managed to move her to shore, and then to a hospital, but she died later that night, CNN affiliate Globo TV reported.
"The rescuers came in a matter of five minutes, but to us it felt like five years," Gobbi's cousin, Daniele Gobbi, told Globo TV.
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Bruna Gobbi became the first woman to die from a shark attack in the coastal state of Pernambuco since record-keeping began in 1992, O Globo reported.
"We knew there were risks of an attack, but I didn't think that it would happen in the shallow (water), but in the deep," the cousin said.
Sharks have attacked 57 people off of Recife's coast since 1992, according to state data. Of those, 40% of the attacks happened at Boa Viagem beach.
"We speculate, based on the season and the conditions, that it was a bull shark," Rosangela Lessa, president of the agency that monitors shark attacks, told Globo TV.
The local government's security cameras captured the attack and rescue on video.
A lifeguard's Jet Ski-type craft can be seen approaching the stranded swimmers when a sudden flurry of movement creates a splash around Gobbi, followed by a pool of red around her.
An autopsy will be performed, Globo TV reported.

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