Colorado high schoolers are fighting a Tea Party–backed school board’s plan to make AP US History more “patriotic”

High school students in suburban Denver are staging protests in response to two major changes proposed by their school board. The first, which has already been adopted, is a pay-grade system that ties teacher salaries to performance reviews. The second is still being considered, but it’s far more controversial: It would modify the AP US History curriculum to, in essence, teach a more right-wing-friendly vision of America’s past.

“Materials should promote citizenship, patriotism, essentials, and benefits of the free enterprise system, respect for authority, and respect for individual rights,” reads the history proposal, presented by newly elected conservative board member Julie Williams. “Materials should not encourage or condone civil disorder, social strife, or disregard of the law. Instructional materials should present positive aspects of the United States and its heritage.”

Imaginary Lines – Interview with Julian Assange

Wikileaks founder and chief whistleblower Julian Assange discusses the United States, NATO, Internet, and Google.

“I know, it’s that blinkered American Exceptionalism, that simply can’t, it’s an extraordinary thing, that simply can’t self-reflect.” HoHo!

New Documents Shed Light on One of the NSA’s Most Powerful Tools

Today, we’re releasing several key documents about Executive Order 12333

They confirm that the order, although not the focus of the public debate, actually governs most of the NSA’s spying.

If it is so easy to build secure, hacker-proof backdoors, why are intelligence officials freaking out about Neustar losing its FCC contract?

Information about every cell phone in the country is in a Neustar database.

An obscure federal contract for a company charged with routing millions of phone calls and text messages in the United States has prompted an unusual lobbying battle in which intelligence officials are arguing that the nation’s surveillance secrets could be at risk.

Neustar, spun off from mega defense contractor Lockheed Martin

Police sketch artists are being replaced by software that creates spot-on facial composites

Fun with Facial Composite Software

America’s founding fathers designed and regularly used encryption.

Those calling for crypto backdoors are unAmerican.

Shockingly, Thomas Jefferson designed and used crypto technologies that didn’t have a backdoor.

McConnell: Paid for by outside donors

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