Aubrey Bloomfield
Aubrey Bloomfield

Politics intern at PolicyMic. Recent graduate with an Honours (First Class) degree in International Relations. Moved to New York last year. Loves politics, international relations, music (especially Neil Young), food (especially dumplings), and space.

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June 25, 2013

NSA PRISM Program: This is What Happens When You Ask the NSA for Your Information Back

ProPublica's Jeff Larson filed an FOIA request with the NSA seeking details of data it might hold on him. While didn't expect an answer, he got one...saying that the NSA couldn't answer him.

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June 25, 2013

The Hilarious Reason Hong Kong Wouldn't Give the U.S. Edward Snowden

Hong Kong authorities have reportedly said that the U.S. government's request to arrest Edward Snowden was incomplete because the U.S. did not spell out his name in full.
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June 25, 2013

Edward Snowden Asylum Request: Excerpts From His Letter to Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa

Read excerpts of Edward Snowden's request for asylum in Ecuador here as he reportedly sits in the transit area of Moscow's airport.
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June 25, 2013

Edward Snowden Extradition Request: U.S. Forgets to Specify Snowden's Full Name Properly

Hong Kong's Secretary of Justice Rimsky Yuen reportedly said that the U.S. did not specify Edward Snowden's full name clearly enough in their request for his arrest.
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June 25, 2013

Meet Baby Veronica, the Child at the Heart of the Supreme Court Case Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl

U.S. Supreme Court has ruled on the case that has seen three-year-old Veronica caught in a legal battle between her biological father and the couple who started raising her from birth.
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June 25, 2013

Edward Snowden in Russia: Putin Says They Will Not Extradite Him

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that Edward Snowden is currently in the transit zone of Moscow airport and that he will not be extradited to the U.S.

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June 25, 2013

Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl: Supreme Court Decision Focuses On Adoption Policies

The Supreme Court rules on Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, with SCOTUSBlog's Amy Howe calling the decision a "victory for adoptive parents."
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June 25, 2013

SCOTUS Voting Rights Act: Still One of America's Most Critical Civil Rights Laws

The ACLU calls the Voting Rights Act "one of our nation’s most critical federal civil rights statutes," and is still a necessary tool for helping to prevent discrimination in America.
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June 25, 2013

SCOTUS DOMA: Gay Marriage Fight Will Not End With a Ruling Against the Law

The U.S. Supreme Court's impending decision on DOMA will not spell the end of the fight for marriage equality, even if it rules that the law is unconstitutional.
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June 23, 2013

8 Whistleblowers Charged With Violating the Espionage Act Under Obama

With the U.S. government charging Edward Snowden with violations of the Espionage Act, a total of eight people have now been charged by the Obama administration under the World-War-I-era law.
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June 22, 2013

NSA Surveillance Scandal: Former Whistleblower Russ Tice Alleges That NSA Spied On Obama in 2004

Former NSA intelligence analyst Russ Tice, a whistleblower who helped reveal the agency's warrantless wiretapping program under Bush, claims that the NSA wiretapped Barack Obama in 2004.

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June 22, 2013

Supreme Court DOMA: The Anachronistic Law Must Be Struck Down

DOMA is a massive, anachronistic misnomer that does not defend marriage itself but rather a just narrowly defined and discriminatory concept of marriage. As such it must be struck down.
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June 22, 2013

Edward Snowden Charged: U.S. Charges NSA Whistleblower With Theft and Espionage

The U.S. government has charged NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden with theft of government property, and violating the Espionage Act on two counts. Hong Kong authorities have yet to react.
June 21, 2013

GCHQ: The British Are Spying On Us More Than the NSA Is

The latest revelations obtained from Edward Snowden detail a vast, top secret surveillance operation run by the British spy agency GCHQ to which the NSA had "direct access."
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June 21, 2013

Edward Snowden Iceland Asylum: Applying For Icelandic Citizenship May Be His Best Option

As it appears increasingly likely that Edward Snowden will seek refuge in Iceland, with a businessman already having a private plane lined up, applying for citizenship may be his best option.
June 21, 2013

Watch Bush and Obama Say Literally the Exact Same Thing On the NSA Scandal

A clear line can be drawn from the surveillance policies under Bush to those we are seeing under Obama, highlighting his commitment to the established regime of secretive state surveillance.

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June 19, 2013

13 Photos Of G8 Protests That Will Restore Your Faith in Humanity

Demonstrators have taken to the streets in the United Kingdom to protest the G8 summit. Here are 13 of the best photos of them in action.
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June 19, 2013

Barack Obama Berlin Speech: No Rock Star Reception This Time

Five years after speaking in front of jubilant and expectant crowds in the German capital back in 2008 on the presidential campaign trail, Obama returned again to a much different reception.
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June 19, 2013

Drone Strikes: FBI Admits It's Using Drones For Surveillance in America

FBI Director Robert Mueller has admitted that the agency is using drones for surveillance in the U.S. His admission, coming after the NSA leaks, however, raises more questions than it answers.
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June 19, 2013

UC Israel Divestment: California Officials Sign Letter Condemning BDS Movement

State officials in California have issued a letter condemning the divestment movement in California universities and tying themselves to the U.S. government's failed Israel-Palestine policy.