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WASHINGTON — A veteran Senate Intelligence Committee staffer was arrested Thursday on charges of lying to FBI agents during an investigation into the leak of classified information in which federal authorities also seized emails and phone records belonging to a New York Times reporter.

James A. Wolfe, 58, who served as the committee's director of security for nearly three decades, is alleged to have made false statements to agents in December about his contacts with three reporters, according to federal court documents made public late Thursday.

One of the reporters was identified as New York Timescorrespondent Ali Watkins, the newspaper said Thursday night, adding that the Senate staffer and Watkins had a personal relationship. "Mr. Wolfe's alleged conduct is a betrayal of the extraordinary public trust that had been placed in him," said Jessie Liu, the chief federal prosecutor in D.C. "It is hoped that these charges will be a warning to those who might lie to law enforcement to the detriment of the United States." Wolfe is expected to make his first court appearance Friday.

A federal prosecutor notified Watkins on Feb. 13 that the DOJ had obtained information on her Google email accounts and Verizon phone, the Times reported. The seized records spanned years before and after Watkins joined the Times in 2017 to cover federal law enforcement.

Before she started at the Times, FBI agents sought information from her about a romantic relationship she had with Wolfe, but Watkins said she didn't answer those questions, which were part of an investigation into unauthorized leaks.

The Times reported that Watkins said Wolfe had not been a professional source of information for her. She said before joining the Times she told editors at two previous employers — BuzzFeed News and Politico — about her relationship with Wolfe and continued to cover national security and the Intelligence Committee for them.

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From psmag.com

As health-care costs balloon in the U.S., more and more Americans are crossing the border to seek out routine medical care.

By Julissa Treviño, Jan 9, 2018

For years, Mexican border towns have been popular among Americans seeking more affordable dental care and prescription drugs.

For Alexis Monson, it was worth traveling from San Francisco all the way to Mexico City even for basic health-care appointments. In October, she managed to fit visits to the dermatologist, gynecologist, and dentist into a three-day trip south of the border.

Monson, who's self-employed, has gone about a year without insurance. She used to have insurance through the Affordable Care Act, but she says it was too expensive to maintain. Before the Mexico City trip, she hadn't seen a gynecologist or dentist in over two years.

Monson's situation is not such an unusual one, and, given the White House's efforts to dismantle the ACA, it might become more common. As of 2015, about 65 percent of those traveling for medical procedures were not covered by insurance, according to the Medical Tourism Association's most recent survey. Mexico is among the top medical destinations for Americans because of its proximity and affordable medical costs. The Medical Tourism Index ranksMexico 29th in the world for its volume of medical travelers.

While the ACA has reduced the number of uninsured by about 20 million, it hasn't curbed the medical tourism industry.

Deepak Datta runs the Medical Tourism Corporation, a Dallas-based company that facilitates medical care for about 500 to 600 patients who travel from the United States and Canada to Mexico every year. Many of his clients have medical insurance that doesn't cover surgery in the U.S., or, in the case of dental work, they don't have insurance at all and it's too expensive to pay for the surgery out of pocket.

Privacy Compliance Reviews for the Media Monitoring Initiative

Media Monitoring Initiative, December 8, 2017.

Privacy Compliance Reviews (PCR) are a key aspect of the layered privacy protections built into the DHS National Operations Center’s Media Monitoring Initiative to ensure that the protections described in the PIAs are followed.  This is the eighth PCR since the first PIA was published in June 2010. The DHS Privacy Office conducted this eighth PCR to assess compliance with DHS privacy policy and the Publicly Available Social Media Monitoring and Situational Awareness Initiative PIA and SORN, as well as implementation of recommendations from previous PCRs.  We found that the DHS Office of Operations Coordination, National Operations Center, continues to comply with the privacy requirements identified in privacy compliance documents, and our specific findings are discussed herein.

The Department of Homeland Security announced a public bid for third party companies to build a “media influence database” capable of tracking more than 290,000 news sources across the globe. First spotted by Bloomberg Law, the public bid would also track journalists and bloggers, compiling their personal information and the publications for which they write.

Posted on April 3rd as a call for “Media Monitoring Services,” the database has a dual purpose: monitoring hundreds of thousands of news sources simultaneously worldwide as well as tracking and categorizing journalists and bloggers. The “Media Intelligence and Benchmarking Platform,” as the proposed database is called, would monitor more than 290,000 “online, print, broadcast, cable, radio, trade and industry” news sources worldwide. DHS wants the database to rank and categorize news sources according to a variety of factors, including content and topics covered, reach, circulation and location, and sentiment.

Fears about the potential effects of propaganda and fake news remain high, and American officials are determined to keep track of media outlets in a bid to curb these misinformation campaigns. The Department of Homeland Security has put out a call for companies that could create a database tracking over 290,000 "media influencers" around the world, including online news outlets, bloggers and prominent social network accounts. The system would identify contributor details (such as contact info and their employers), and would allow searching for individuals and outlets through categories like their locations, the focuses of their coverage and their sentiment.

DHS expects responses to its request by April 13th.

This isn't the first time the US has tracked the media (the FBI used to be notorious for it), and there's no indication this would collect information that isn't already public. However, the database's very existence (provided it goes forward) could be problematic. It could help gauge how Russia and other countries try to skew discussions. At the same time, though, there's concern this could be used to exert pressure on domestic journalists and internet personalities who challenge the official line.

As Gizmodo noted, the DHS' vagueness is also a concern. It leaves itself an opening for collecting "any other information that could be relevant" about these influencers, and there's no hint as to what that could be. Is it strictly functional information like work histories, or sensitive data that could be abused? Either way, the database could be troublesome for bloggers and social media stars who aren't usually under such close government scrutiny.

Finally found an old professor's email address. I was super excited to be able to let them know that they made an impact as an instructor. .

Imagine having a country take away your citizenship for having opposing views. That is what #Israel wants to do to #Natalie Portman because she chose not to go to an awards ceremony. According to the actress she did not want to go to the event to to recent events.

Video at 2pm estaern time. That is in a few min. https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-to-host-live-discussion-on-new-mars-science-results

The leader of a rogue Baltimore police unit has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Ex-police sergeant Wayne Earl Jenkins, 37, led the elite Gun Trace Task Force until his arrest along with almost every member of the unit in March 2017.

He admitted robbing Baltimore citizens, planting drugs on innocent people and re-selling seized drugs such as heroin, cocaine and prescription painkillers.

Prosecutors depicted him as the rogue officers' once untouchable chief.

Jenkins must serve three years of supervised release after his custodial sentence.

He was convicted on multiple counts including racketeering, robbery and falsification of records.

Jenkins, who had been with the Baltimore Police Department since 2003, took over the Gun Trace Task Force (GTTF) in 2016.

According to the plea agreement, he stole money, property and narcotics by detaining victims, raiding homes, conducting traffic stops and faking search warrants.

He also submitted bogus incident and arrest reports to cover up his illegal activities.

The way we can tell there is no #waronCops is the way they report it. Every time somebody ambushes a #policeofficer it's all over the news. But every day when #police attack and kill people all whether they are armed or a danger or not people act as though the nothing new has happened.
It's just a normal story to hear about #policebeating or killing somebody now. If there were a war on #Cops all of those stories like that veteran attacking police in Dallas would be more common. People like to say that we wouldn't be able to take on the #military with an #AR15 and such but it would probably not be the military that those people would go after. #Tyranny is not just at the military level police officers are abusing #Americancitizens daily now.
The millions of #gunowners that people love to complain about as dangerous have not been shooting cops in the streets for this. There isn't a war on Cops. This is not an advocation of violence but an observation.

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