Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Barack Obama and our Freedoms - #3013 - Obama Signs Executive Order on How to Conduct Cyberware - The Blaze (2) Republicans, Employers Cry Foul on New Labor Department NLRG Rules - Daily Caller (3) Surprise! TSA Is Searching Your Car, Subway, Ferry, Bus and Plane - Mother Jones (4) Perry Adds Anti-Groping Bill to Special Session - Chron.com (5) Michigan Lawmaker Wants to Criminalize 'Intrusive' Searches By Airport Screener - Daily Tribune (6) Obama's Food Police in Staggering Crackdown on Market to Kids - Human Events

President Barack Obama has signed executive orders that lay out how far military commanders around the globe can go in using cyberattacks and other computer-based operations against enemies and as part of routine espionage in other countries. The orders detail when the military must seek presidential approval for a specific cyber assault on an enemy and weave cyber capabilities into U.S. war fighting strategy, defense officials and cyber security experts told The Associated Press. Signed more than a month ago, the orders cap a two-year Pentagon effort to draft U.S. rules of the road for cyber warfare, and come as the U.S. begins to work with allies on global ground rules. Read more........

Republicans, Employers Cry Foul on New Labor Department NLRB Rules - Daily Caller - Republicans and employers across the country are calling foul in what is seen as a double whammy from the Obama administration this week.  The Department of Labor (DOL) and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) each proposed regulations which many in the employer community believe will make it easier for unions to organize, while harming the ability of workers to make an informed decision on whether to join a union.  The first came on Monday from the DOL’s Office of Labor Management Standards (OLMS), which proposed a regulation mandating that anyone giving advice to an employer during a union election must submit a disclosure to the Department.  Read more.........

Surprise! TSA is Searching Your Car, Subway, Ferry, Bus and Plane - Mother Jones - Think you could avoid the TSA's body scanners and pat-downs by taking Amtrak? Think again. Even your daily commute isn't safe from TSA screenings. And because the TSA is working with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Border Patrol, you may have your immigration status examined along with your "junk". VIPR operations are now even targeting freight trucks on highways. In addition to the random checks on public transit systems, it makes you wonder: can private vehicles be far behind? Will there be any mode of transportation beyond the reach of the TSA? UPDATE: According to at least one news report out of Brownsville, Texas, TSA/VIPR has already conducted unannounced inspections of private passenger cars and trucks. Thanks for the tip, reader @jwindz. UPDATE 2: Welcome, Drudge Report readers! If you liked this story, check out our story on how the TSA is scanning your face in an attempt to read your mind, our explainer on the safety of the new "porno-scanners," our report on the TSA missing a man's loaded handgun, our investigation of the people who are profiting from the new scanners, and Kevin Drum's anti-anti-TSA rant.  Read more.......



Perry Adds Anti-groping Bill to Special Session - Chron.com - Gov. Rick Perry announced he had added legislation that would make it illegal for TSA agents to engage in “intrusive touching” at airports security checkpoints without probable cause to the list of items for the legislature to consider during the special session.





Michigan Lawmaker Wants to Criminalize 'Intrusive' Searches by Airport Screener - Daily Tribune - An Oakland County lawmaker is taking aim at the Transportation Security Administration and how its agents perform airport passenger security checks.  State Rep. Tom McMillin, R-Rochester Hills, wants to make it a misdemeanor for any TSA employee to “conduct an intrusive, personal search on citizens without reasonable cause.”  The legislation introduced Thursday by McMillin was referred to the state House Judiciary Committee.  McMillin referenced a recent incident at Detroit Metropolitan Airport “where a 29-year-old special needs passenger was subject to an allegedly intrusive search.”  Read more........

Obama's Food Police in Staggering Crackdown on Market to Kids - Human Events - Tony the Tiger, some NASCAR drivers and cookie-selling Girl Scouts will be out of a job unless grocery manufacturers agree to reinvent a vast array of their products to satisfy the Obama administration’s food police.  Either retool the recipes to contain certain levels of sugar, sodium and fats, or no more advertising and marketing to tots and teenagers, say several federal regulatory agencies.  The same goes for restaurants.  It’s not just the usual suspected foods that are being targeted, such a thin mint cookies sold by scouts or M and Ms and Snickers, which sponsor cars in the Sprint Cup, but pretty much everything on a restaurant menu.  Read more........

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