Was a Canadian Student Punished by His School After Stopping a Knife-Wielding Classmate?

There’s a bit of disagreement concerning what measures school officials took against Briar MacLean, the 13-year-old Canadian student who intervened in a potential knifing inside a classroom recently.

MacLean and his mother, Leah O’Donnell, say Briar was reprimanded for his actions because it’s against policy at Sir John A. MacDonald School in Calgary for students to get break up fights; they should tell teachers instead.

O’Donnell told the National Post (in an article titled, “No heroes allowed: Calgary student, 13, reprimanded for defending his classmate against a knife-wielding bully”) that after the altercation, the school “phoned me and said, ‘Briar was involved in an incident today’” and that “he decided to ‘play hero’ and jump in.”

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NSA Whistleblowers’ Startling Claims: Records on 3 Billion Calls Collected Per Day — And It’s Not Just Verizon

Former employees of the National Security Agency say the publishing of a court order asking Verizon to hand over all its phone calling records for a three-month period opens a new window on an operation that has been in place for years and involves all major U.S. phone companies.

“NSA has been doing all this stuff all along, and it’s been all these companies, not just one,” William Binney told news program Democracy Now on Thursday. “They’re just continuing the collection of this data on all U.S. citizens.”

Binney, who worked at the NSA for almost 40 years, left the agency after the attacks of 9/11 because he objected to the expansion of its surveillance of U.S. citizens.

British newspaper The Guardian late Wednesday released an order from the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, requesting Verizon to give the NSA the details on every phone call on its landline and wireless networks on a daily basis between April 25 and July 19.

Binney estimates that the NSA collects records on 3 billion calls per day.

“These are routine orders,” said Thomas Drake, another NSA whistleblower. “What’s new is we’re seeing an actual order, and people are surprised by it.”

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Glenn Greenwald to Obama Administration: Bring It, Bullies!

After publishing a major scoop (and embarrassing the American media) about the Obama administration’s shocking overreach with the seizing of the records of every Verizon cell phone user, The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald remains defiant in the face of what is sure to come next: a DOJ investigation into how Greenwald obtained the information:

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Is It Tyranny Yet?

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Consider these stories:

Eric Holder Ignores Lawmakers’ Deadline to Explain Inconsistent Testimony on Reporter Surveillance

Watch Eric Holder Refuse to Answer Whether Congress’ Phones Were Monitored

‘Annoy’ a Cop in New York State? That Could Soon Earn You 4 Years in Jail

Throw in:

Obama has declared he can assassinate U.S. Citizens because he “suspects” they are involved in terrorism.

Obama’s govt. has declared Christians, TEA Party members and military veterans to be “potential domestic terrorists.”

Obama has said he will go around Congress to do whatever he wants to do.

The IRS and – now – the bureaucracies under Obama are targeting political enemies and prosecuting them under a guilty-until-proven-innocent system of “regulatory justice.”

Obama has trampled U.S. Law to extort money from foreign corporations and to steal the private property of rightful owners and give it to his union political allies – and used the people’s money to…

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Something Is Seriously Wrong In The Islamic World When We Have To Applaud Muslims For Coming Out Against Beheading

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Hadith – Al Bukhari, 2977, “I have been made victorious with terror” – The ‘Prophet’ Of Islam, Mohammed

Qur’an Sura 8:12b, “… terrorize and behead those who believe in scriptures other than the Qur’an.”

Revelation 20:4, “Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom the authority to judge was committed. Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.”

By Douglas Murray, Gatestone Institute – “Here is the problem when it comes to the aftermath of events such as beheading of one of our soldiers in Woolwich recently. It is not that almost every Muslim community spokesperson didn’t…

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Orwell’s ‘1984’ has arrived

The FBI wants back doors to all communications equipment and software. The NSA is grabbing trillions of phone records of American citizens. And reporters’ research apparently is a subject of interest at the Department of Justice.

All of this and more has triggered a surge of renewed interest in a recent video by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., in which he declares that “1984,” the George Orwell novel about ultimate government disinformation, manipulation and control – is here.

“Dystopian novels were just that, bad utopias,” he said, “but not practically possible. One could always sigh in relief that such surveillance, such invasion of privacy, was not technologically possible.

“Until now.

“Now we have the technology. Drones that measure less than an inch, weigh less than an ounce and hover noiselessly outside your bedroom window are not a dystopian future but today’s reality,” he said.

“The individual who feared ’1984′ when it was written in 1949 need now shout from the top of his or her lungs, for technology had made the unthinkable, thinkable,” said Paul.

What are the recent developments that prompted the interest?

The National Journal raised questions over confirmation that Verizon, which has more than 100 million Americans as customers, secretly has been handing over documentation of its telephone calls to the National Security Agency.

“Calibrating the appropriate level of outrage will probably occupy us for most of the day,” the report said.

WND reported that the FBI wants changes made in industry requirements so that the agency would possess a back door to all communications software and hardware.

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Former Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman Matt Birk Snubbed Obama Because of Major Policy Differences on Abortion

Former Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman Matt Birk is a social conservative. His gay marriage views have already been widely shared — and now it seems that his pro-life perspective is coming to light. While his fellow teammates recently went to the White House to accept congratulations from President Barack Obama, Birk decided not to attend.

In an interview with 100.3 FM KFAN, he explained why he didn’t accept the honor — and his reasons had everything to do with the president’s stance on abortion. A strong Catholic, Birk has made no bones about sharing his faith-based views on some of the nation’s most divisive issues. In this case, he is merely following suite.

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Watch Eric Holder Refuse to Answer Whether Congress’ Phones Were Monitored

Verizon Scandal: Intel Director Testified in March that Gov. Does Not Collect Data on Americans

On March 12, 2013, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and other intelligence officials testified about current and future threats to the United States. Senator Ron Wyden asked: “Does the NSA collect any kind of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans? Clapper answered: “No, sir.” Wyden: “It does not?” Clapper: “Not wittingly. There are cases where they could, inadvertently, perhaps…”