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Opponents of set-net fishing at Auckland’s northern beaches have achieved a partial victory.

Set-nets will be banned in Army Bay and Te Haruhi Bay this summer.

But community calls to ban set-net fishing at other beaches appear to be going unanswered.

Auckland Council has decided against banning them in Omaha, Hatfields Beach and Browns Bay.

Hatfields Beach resident Neil Henson says that’s despite repeated requests from residents.

He says most local board members and residents have been asking the council for bans.

He says 20 months of asking the council to do something about it, they still haven’t seen any response.

Mr Henson says the beach can be full of nets from dawn to dusk.

He says the nets are a safety hazard for swimmers, paddle-boarders, kite-surfers and boaties.

A separate ban in Arkle’s Bay will come up for review next year.

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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously rejected a Republican political consultants efforts to keep his redistricting records private, promising to give the public its first glimpse of documents that helped lead to the states congressional districts being thrown out this summer.

While different justices signed onto two separate opinions about the case, both found that Pat Bainter and his consulting firm, Data Targeting, Inc., waited too long to claim that releasing some of the documents would violate his First Amendment rights.

The documents were requested by voting-rights organizations challenging the states congressional districts.

Writing for five members of the court, Justice Barbara Pariente used unusually harsh language to paint Bainters efforts as part of a months-long stalling tactic as the battle over the congressional map played out in a Leon County court.

We simply do not countenance and will not tolerate actions during litigation that are not forthright and that are designed to delay and obfuscate the discovery process, Pariente wrote.

In the opinion, the court ruled that Bainter tried for months to keep the documents shielded without saying that releasing them would violate his First Amendment rights. Bainter only made that claim after a Leon County judge held Bainter and the company in contempt, Pariente wrote.

By responding to the deposition questions and acknowledging discussions with other political consultants without ever revealing the true nature of those communications or asserting a First Amendment privilege, in conjunction with the failure to timely assert this qualified privilege after the deposition testimony and months of additional hearings, we conclude that Bainter waived his ability to later claim that the documents revealing these communications were privileged on that basis, Pariente wrote.

Joining Pariente in the opinion were Chief Justice Jorge Labarga and Justices R. Fred Lewis, Peggy Quince and James E.C. Perry. In a separate opinion, Justices Ricky Polston and Charles Canady supported the outcome. It was a rare, unified decision from a court that has often splintered on redistricting opinions.

The voting-rights groups, which include the League of Women Voters of Florida, argued that the Republican-dominated Legislature drew congressional districts that violated the anti-gerrymandering Fair Districts constitutional requirements, approved by voters in 2010.

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By Kevin Liptak, CNN

updated 6:38 AM EST, Tue November 11, 2014

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Washington (CNN) — The longest-serving lawmaker in U.S. congressional history, a legendary Motown artist, and the matriarch of a renowned political family will be among this year’s recipients of the nation’s highest civilian honor, the White House announced Monday.

Rep. John Dingell, Stevie Wonder and Ethel Kennedy are three of the nineteen Americans who Obama will bestow the Presidential Medal of Freedom upon later this month.

Dingell has served nearly 60 years in Congress representing a district outside Detroit. He’ll retire at the end of this session. Wonder has won 25 Grammys and an Oscar for his fusion of soul, rhythm and blues and jazz. And Kennedy, who is the widow of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, became an activist for human rights and the environment after her husband’s death.

Other honorees this year include Meryl Streep, the prolific actress known for holding the most Oscar nominations of any actor in history. She stars this winter in “Into the Woods,” the musical composed by Stephen Sondheim, to whom Obama will also award the Medal of Freedom on November 24.

Tom Brokaw, the former “NBC Nightly News” anchor, will be honored as well, alongside actress Marlo Thomas, golfer Charles Sifford and author Isabel Allende.

The other medalists are scientist Mildred Dresselhaus; Native American activist Suzan Harjo; former Reps. Abner Mikva of Illinois and Patsy Takemoto Mink of Hawaii; and economist Robert Solow.

Five awards will be delivered posthumously: to “Freedom Summer” civil rights activists James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner; to the well-known choreographer Alvin Ailey, who founded the namesake dance company; and to Rep. Edward Roybal, the founder of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

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TUCSON, ArizonaTwo new “magic islands” have joined one reported last year on Saturn’s giant moon Titan, Cassini spacecraft observations showed on Monday. The features add to a puzzling vanishing act playing out on the frozen world’s seas.

Since Cassini first arrived at Saturn in 2004, its photos of Titan have revealed numerous seas, lakes, and rivers on the giant moon’s frozen surface. This summer, images showed a mysterious feature in one seathe first “magic island”that appeared glinting on a lake’s surface and then quickly vanished. (Related: “Waves Discovered on Saturn’s Moon, Titan?”)

The find raised speculation that scientists had captured views of waves splashing within the otherwise mirror-smooth liquid methane seas on the moon. Or else it was a fluke.

Now, an August 21 flyby has turned up two more strange reflecting features, magic islands that weren’t there in earlier flybys. “They just popped up,” says Cornell’s Alexander Hayes, who presented the latest survey of Titan’s seas at a briefing at the American Astronomical Society’s Division for Planetary Sciences meeting.

“They could be waves, or they could be something more solid,” says MIT’s Jason Soderblom, a member of the Cassini team reporting the observations. “We definitely know now they are something reflecting from the surface.”

Since Titan is the only body besides Earth that has rain-carved geography to study, the possibility of a lake with waves intrigued scientists enough to keep them looking.

“After ten years there, Titan still can surprise us,” Hayes says. “Titan has dunes, lakes, seas, even rivers. All this makes Titan an explorer’s utopia.”

An August 21 flyby passing some 599 miles (964 kilometers) above Titan allowed Cassini to investigate the depth of Kraken Mare, the largest sea on the frozen moon. Radar observations from the spacecraft covered a 120-mile (200-kilometer) shore-to-shore strip of the methane sea.

That flyby revealed that Kraken Mare reaches more than 656 feet (200 meters) deep. That’s a lot of methane; the next largest sea on Titan, Ligeia Mare, holds three times the volume of Lake Superior.

A Cassini flyby of Titan viewed a narrow stretch of the moon’s Kraken Mare sea.

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An early November storm left behind severe erosion on Chappaquiddick beaches, which have been closed to over-sand vehicle traffic.

We had high winds sustained for 48 hours or more, so Im not surprised that the north shore of Chappy and the rest of the Island really took a beating, Trustees of Reservations Vineyard Superintendent Chris Kennedy told the Gazette.

Mr. Kennedy said the storm on Nov. 1 and Nov. 2 caused significant erosion on east and north facing beaches on Chappaquiddick. Rangers have been out on the beaches every day to monitor the situation, he said, and he thought that a few days of wind blowing out of the southwest should bring enough sand to reopen the beaches. For now, they are closed to over-sand vehicle traffic.

Were hoping that this is just very temporary, he said. We are looking at it every single day. He said spots at Leland Beach are getting close to opening, and he thought the beaches could begin to open in the next few days.

All interior trails are still open, he said.

At Wasque, no upland was lost but the storm did take out some sections of the beach that had accreted over the summer, Mr. Kennedy said, adding that the breach between Norton Point and Wasque is still fairly large.

Meanwhile, the storm also caused damage to the North Neck of Chappaquiddick, where staircases leading down to the beach were seen mangled and in disrepair this week.

For updates about Chappaquiddick beach closures from the Trustees, check the Trustees Facebook page or call the beach information line at 508-627-8390.

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Emily Johnson, 11, pictured with her mum Louise, says: ‘It would be horrible. I’d be away in the hostel by myself’ Photograph: Louise Johnson

Up to 112 children aged as young as 11 are set to be forcibly sent to boarding school under controversial plans by Shetland Islands council. The most radical proposal now under public consultation would see three junior high schools closed on the smaller islands by 2016, and pupils sent to board at Anderson high school on Shetlands biggest island, Mainland.

It would be horrible. Id be away from home in the hostel on my own, Monday morning to Friday afternoon, says Emily Johnson, 11. Id miss my family. I wouldnt be able to carry on with my knitting group. What happens if I turn ill? Now my mum looks after me. All this is worrying me already.

Emily and her brother Scott, 13, attend Whalsay schools junior high, along with their brother Ian, seven, who goes to the primary. Under proposals by Shetland council, the school could be closed, or at the very least lose its final year secondary 4 for pupils aged 13-14. There is an identical proposal for the island of Yell, which also has just one junior high school. Come next autumn, pupils on Unst will face the same threat as will children attending two remote schools in Sandwick and Aith on Mainland.

There is no other secondary provision on the island of Whalsay. If councillors vote to close the school, children as young as 11 would be forced to travel to Shetlands capital, Lerwick, and become weekly boarders.

Islanders are worried and angry. In recent consultation meetings on Whalsay and Yell, community halls were packed full of parents who made their distress clear to officials and councillors.

The feeling was totally unanimous against both proposals, says Lynne Wilson, a Whalsay parent and teacher at the junior high. Some were quite emotional. But it really did feel like knocking your head against a brick wall.

Shetland council claims its plans are intended to improve pupils education. Gary Robinson, independent leader of the council, says: What were offering is a better education than they would get on the islands. Since Scottish government reforms in 2010, local authorities must provide a wide range of vocational and workplace experiences alongside the standard curriculum in the final three years of secondary school. Robinson says offering quality placements and vocational training will be difficult enough on Mainland, which has a population of 19,000, let alone on the smaller outlying islands with communities numbering around 1,000 each.

But parents, who have formed a campaign group called Communities United for Rural Education (Cure), disagree. Education here works, says Louise Johnson, Emilys mum. This summer, the first cohort of secondary students in Scotland took the new national qualifications since the 2010 Curriculum for Excellence reforms. According to figures from Shetland council, Mid Yell and Whalsay schools outperformed average results for the rest of Shetland. More than 85% of Mid Yell students and 79.7% of Whalsay pupils passed the National 5 exams (the Scottish equivalent of GCSEs taken at 14) at grades A-C, whereas for Shetland overall 78.9% did. Wilson asks: Why would you force your children away from home, especially to a school where frankly theyll get a poorer result?

The parents argue that closing the schools on the smaller islands is all about making cuts, not about raising educational outcomes. Robinson disagrees. The reality is that this council has always prioritised education, and has always spent more than its got from government on education, he says. Central government hands over 29.5m a year for Shetlands education system. The council, he says, stumps up 48.5m that has to be found from somewhere. But Robinson has to admit that, with the councils grant reduced by 18% since 2010, like every other authority in the land we are having to reduce our costs. Would closing outlying schools cut educational costs? I do believe the savings weve estimated are accurate, he says carefully.

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Release date: 3 October 2014

Freedom Camping Bylaw not this summer

The draft Freedom Camping Bylaw will not come into effect until after the end of the summer camping in 2015.

The season that began on Sunday with the start of daylight savings will continue just as it has in previous years.

The Hearings Committee heard submissions on the draft Freedom Camping Bylaw at a meeting on September 10.

A petition from Rere residents and a total of 16 submissions were received, with seven presented verbally to the Committee.

The issues raised in the overall submissions were sites, fees and permits, restrictions, number of nights and permission for use of prohibited sites.

As a result of submissions, the recommendation was that the Bylaw will not come into effect until after a larger review is completed on how Freedom Camping will be funded. Says chief executive, Judy Campbell.

Council will begin the review during October to consider whether permits will be user-pays, as they are now, or funded by rates, in time to make a decision by the end of summer camping.

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Freedom camping bylaws in Marlborough are set to change, but not before another summer with the visitors.

Feedback from the public is likely to result in changes to Marlborough’s freedom camping bylaw, but not in time for the upcoming summer season.

Marlborough District Council reserves and amenities manager Rosie Bartlett said the council had received 161 submissions regarding the bylaw, which indicated there was a need for change within the region.

Such a change would take time, she said.

The bylaw came into effect in 2012 and meant freedom campers were able to camp anywhere in the district except banned areas.

Koromiko resident Jessie Somerville said she would be advocating for changes to the bylaw, after a build up of people setting up camp in her neighbourhood, near the Collins Memorial Reserve, on the corner of State Highway 1 and Freeths Rd.

She was not against freedom camping, but preferred to see designated areas for campers, which were away from built-up areas.

“[They should be] in remote areas where there’s no other alternative, [at the moment] they really are just taking money off people they should be supporting.”

The council was taking business away from Picton campgrounds, motels, bars and restaurants, by having a free camping spot just minutes from the town, Somerville said.

The Koromiko reserve had a toilet block, which meant camping vehicles did not have to be self-contained to stop there.

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Ionian Islands – Summer 2014
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The double Irish scheme allows firms to reduce real taxation bills well below Irelands already low 12.5pc corporation tax rate, breaks that are deeply resented in higher tax eurozone countries such as France.

Under the scheme, an Irish operating company pays fees for intellectual property to a second, related Irish company, which benefits from tax residence outside Ireland.

Companies are then able to exploit different residence rules in US and Irish taxation codes, allowing American companies to move profits into tax havens like Bermuda.

According to the US Bureau of Economic Analysis, the double Irish scheme resulted in implicit tax rates as low as 2.2pc for some of the worlds biggest corporations that are also major job providers in Ireland.

This summer, the commission began legal proceedings over Irish tax breaks given to Apple, which led to the US technology giant having to pay back billions of dollars.

EU moves to close down the low Irish corporate tax regime are controversial in Ireland because foreign investment is credited with helping the country emerge relatively unscathed from a eurozone bailouts programme, unlike Portugal, Greece or Cyprus.

Under pressure, Mr Noonan is considering closing the arrangement to new entrants from next year is wary of being seen to bow to Brussels because of lingering public hostility to eurozone austerity measures imposed by the EU.

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Keeping Sunshine Coast Beaches Safe
How Sunshine Coast Lifeguards are keeping the beaches safe this summer.

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Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Top Silicon Valley execs have warned that the NSA’s continued surveillance of innocent people will rupture the internet which is bad news for business.

Oh, and bad news for hundreds of thousands of workers, and America’s moral authority, too.

The suits were speaking at a roundtable organized by Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) in Palo Alto, California, on Wednesday. Google’s chairman Eric Schmidt and John Lilly, a partner at venerable VC firm Greylock Partners, were on the panel, along with Microsoft’s general counsel Brad Smith and his counterpart at Facebook, Colin Stretch, and Dropbox, Ramsey Homsany.

“It is time to end the digital dragnet, which harms American liberty and the American economy without making the country safer. The US government should stop requiring American companies to participate in the suspicionless collection of their customers data, and begin the process of rebuilding trust both at home and abroad,” said Senator Wyden.

“The United States here in Silicon Valley, up in the Silicon Forest of the State of Oregon that I am so proud to represent, and in tech campuses and garage start-ups across the country has the best technologies and the best ideas to drive high-tech innovation. It is policy malpractice to squander that capital for no clear security gain.”

The assembled speakers echoed Wyden’s sentiments, and agreed that unless the US government reined in its intelligence agencies, American business would suffer badly.

“The simplest outcome [of NSA spying] is that we end up breaking the internet,” Google’s Schmidt said.

“What’s going to happen is that governments will bring in bad laws and say ‘we want our own internet and we dont want to work with others.’ The cost of that is huge to knowledge and science, and has huge implications.”

Schmidt said he had spent the summer in Germany talking to, among others, Chancellor Angela Merkel. She had told him of her youth growing up in East Germany and said that the knowledge that the NSA were listening to her calls to her mother reminded her of chilling Cold War surveillance.

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VANDENBERG VILLAGE, CALIF. –

After a 72-hour shutdown, Surf, Wall, and Minuteman beaches have reopened. This comes after two shark attacks along the Central Coast last week.

Friday a group of kayakers said a great White shark attacked them just north of the Vandenberg Air Force Base Boathouse, near Jalama beach.

They described the attack by recounting how they saw a shark get most of its body out of the water to take a bite into one kayak, throwing one of the people inside into the air. The shark then took a second bite out of the kayak. Nobody was hurt.

Several local beaches were shut down as a precaution after the attack, and another incident a day earlier near Jack’s Beach.

Surf Beach had already been shut down for much of the summer to protect the Snowy Plover. The endangered bird’s nesting season had ended just days before the attacks.

The Shark Research Committee said sharks and their interactions with humans are notoriously difficult to study but says the available data indicates shark attacks along the Pacific Coast are rare.

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Tropical Storm Simon off Baja Mexico is creating high surf along local beaches, prompting warnings of strong rip currents and possible coastal flooding.

The National Weather Service issued a warning Monday for high surf and strong rip currents along beaches from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara counties as Tropical Storm Simon weakens and whips its way toward Baja, Mexico.

Waves as high as 8 feet could slam into the coast from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara counties, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a high surf advisory for Monday. Long Beach could see “minor coastal flooding and beach erosion” through Tuesday night.

Though Simon has been downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm, and is expected to continue to weaken as it crawls toward land across cooler water, its winds are forecast to still send high tides, strong currents and dangerous sneaker waves to Zuma and Malibu beaches, forecasters warned.

The advisory is just the latest in what has become a particularly damaging summer for Southern Californias coastline. A year of strong Pacific storms has torn apart the seafloor along the coast, displacing huge swaths of underwater coastline, which has created stronger rip currents and tides than normal.

L.A. Countys coastline usually sees much of its sand replenished during the summer due to generous tides, while winter storms typically erode beaches. This year, that hasnt happened.

At the same time, a series of heat waves over the past few months has lured millions of beach goers into the water, resulting in lifeguards having to rescue thousands more swimmers than usual because of the dangerous ocean conditions.

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Mario Savio, leader of the Berkeley Free Speech Movement, speaks to assembled students on the campus at the University of California, Berkeley, on Dec. 7, 1964. The Movement celebrates its 50th anniversary this week. Robert W. Klein/AP hide caption

Mario Savio, leader of the Berkeley Free Speech Movement, speaks to assembled students on the campus at the University of California, Berkeley, on Dec. 7, 1964. The Movement celebrates its 50th anniversary this week.

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement at the University of California, Berkeley. That movement launched the massive sit-ins and protests that would help define a generation of student activism across the country.

These days, thousands of students casually stroll past scores of information tables in Berkeley’s Sproul Plaza, on everything from the fossil fuel debate to voter registration.

But 50 years ago, before the Free Speech Movement, UC students were barred from distributing flyers about the major issues of the day. In 1964, it was the civil rights struggle.

“It was the passion that fueled the Free Speech Movement,” says Lynn Hollander Savio, who was a senior at Berkeley in October of 1964.

Hollander Savio says that many students had spent the summer on voter registration drives in the South. Back at Berkeley, they set up information tables to tell other students about civil rights. When the school administration tried to shut them down, the students were incredulous.

“The tables were used to give out literature, to recruit members and nobody was interested in fighting with the administration,” she says. “We had bigger fish to fry.”

Hollander Savio short, spry, grey hair is 75 now. Gazing across Sproul Plaza, she recalls that day when a former math grad student, Jack Weinberg, was arrested for distributing civil rights literature. He was thrown into a patrol car while thousands of curious students watched.

“There’s a time when the operation of the machine become so odious, makes you so sick at heart that you can’t take part, you can’t even passively take part, and you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears, and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus and you’ve got to make it stop,” protest leader Mario Savio told students in 1964.

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maynard writes: Investigative Journalist James Bamford knows a thing or two more than most about the National Security Agency. Across his more than three-decade long career digging muck out of exactly those places U.S. government intelligence agencies preferred he wouldn’t tread, he’s published five books and over eighty press reports. At times, this made for some tense confrontations with intelligence officials from an organization once so secret even few members of Congress knew of its existence.

For the last several years public focus on the NSA has been on Bush and Obama era reports of illicit domestic spying. From allegations of warrantless wiretapping reported by James Risen in 2005 to secret documents released to journalists at The Guardian by Edward Snowden a year ago. And smack in the middle, Bamford’s 2012 revelation of the existence of a huge, exabyte-capable data storage facility then under construction in Bluffdale, Utah.

Given all this attention on recent events, it might come as a surprise to some that almost forty years ago Senator Frank Church convened a congressional committee to investigate reports of unlawful activities by U.S. intelligence agencies, including illegal domestic wiretapping by the NSA. At the time, Church brought an oversight magnifying glass over what was then half-jokingly referred to as “No Such Agency.” And then, like today, James Bamford was in the thick of it, with a Snowden-like cloak-and-dagger game of spy-vs-journalist. It all began by giving testimony before the Church Committee. Writing yesterday in The Intercept, Bamford tells his firsthand historical account of what led him to testify as a direct witness to NSA’s wiretapping of domestic communications decades ago and then details the events that led to the publication of his first book The Puzzle Palace back in 1982. Read on for more.Bamford writes:

…during the summer of 1975, as reports began leaking out from the Church Committee, I was surprised to learn that the NSA was claiming that it had shut down all of its questionable operations a year and a half earlier. Surprised because I knew the eavesdropping on Americans had continued at least into the prior fall, and may have still been going on. After thinking for a day or so about the potential consequences of blowing the whistle on the NSAI was still in the Naval Reserve, still attending drills one weekend a month, and still sworn to secrecy with an active NSA clearanceI nevertheless decided to call the Church Committee.

But he didn’t stop at the witness stand. Afterward, he continued researching the matter for a book. And the further he dug, the more waves he made. Until someone slipped him a then recently declassified copy of a 1976 Justice Department memo [PDF] detailing a criminal investigation into illicit domestic spying by the NSA. But when agency officials discovered he had that document they took extraordinary measures attempting to get it back. They threatened to prosecute under the 1917 Espionage Act and retroactively reclassified the memo to squelch its contents.

Fearing someone might break into his home and steal the manuscript, Bamford arranged to transport and secure a copy outside of U.S. jurisdiction with a colleague at the Sunday Times of London. It was only upon the 1982 publication of Puzzle Palace that the agency dropped their pursuit of Bamford and his document as a lost cause. That’s at least one stark difference between then and today when it comes to whistleblowers back then, they merely threatened espionage charges.

Yogi Berra famously once said, “It’s like Deja Vu all over again.” And though the Yankees’ star wasn’t speaking of illicit domestic wiretaps by the national security state, given a comparison of recent revelations to those detailed by Bamford decades earlier the quote certainly fits. In telling his story of how he published details about the last NSA Merry-Go-Round with warrantless wiretapping, Bamford shows us that our recent troubles of lawless surveillance aren’t so unique. It’s deja-vu all over again. But if deja vu is like a waking dream, this seems more a recurring nightmare for a body-politic lured to snoring slumber by a siren-song of political passivity.

That old Justice Department memo isn’t likely to wake the public from their slumber. But within its pages is a stark warning we all should have heeded. As Bamford notes in that Intercept story, the report’s conclusion that NSA lawlessness stems straight from the birth of the agency suggests a constitutional conflict systemic and intentional.

…the NSA’s top-secret “charter” issued by the Executive Branch, exempts the agency from legal restraints placed on the rest of the government. “Orders, directives, policies, or recommendations of any authority of the Executive branch relating to the collection … of intelligence,” the charter reads, “shall not be applicable to Communications Intelligence activities, unless specifically so stated.” This so-called “birth certificate,” the Justice Department report concluded, meant the NSA did not have to follow any restrictions placed on electronic surveillance “unless it was expressly directed to do so.” In short, the report asked, how can you prosecute an agency that is above the law?

Here’s the “Prosecutive Summary” (PDF).

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Lionel Messi is set to face trial for alleged tax fraud after a judge rejected his appeal to have the charges dropped on Friday.

The judge ruled that Messi should have been aware of how his father was managing his financial affairs, meaning a criminal case may now proceed against the pair.

Lionel and Jorge Messi both appeared in court in the Catalan town of Gava in September 2013, in a case taken as Spain’s tax authorities maintain that “image rights” payments made to the player have been channelled through offshore tax havens, leading to the evasion of 4.1 million (3.2m) in taxes between 2007 and 2009.

At that hearing 12 months ago, the Barcelona forward said that he did not look after the details of his own finances, leaving such matters to his father. Messi senior reportedly told the court that he would take responsibility for any wrongdoing, and that the family had been misled by unscrupulous financial advisors and were now happy to make right any wrongs they had accidentally committed.

Since news of the issue broke over the summer of 2013, the Messis have reportedly paid 5m (3.9m) to the authorities, to cover money owed from the 2007 to 2009 period, plus interest. They are also believed to have paid 10m (7.8m) in taxes due on such income for the years 2010 and 2011.

It was hoped this would lead to criminal charges being dropped, and the public prosecutor’s office had reportedly supported Messi’s appeal believing this version of events. However, according to news agency EFE the judge has now ruled that it is a “subjective opinion” that Messi “was on the periphery of the financial, contractual and tax management of his income” even if his father had primary control over those matters.

If found guilty, both could be fined up to 21m (16.4m) and receive a one-year suspended prison sentence.

La Liga clubs and players have long used “image rights” to avoid paying higher income tax rates, while the Spanish authorities have regularly found this approach to be illegal, with current Barcelona coach Luis Enrique among those who have previously made a settlement.

The Spanish government has recently been cracking down particularly hard on tax evasion amid the country’s continuing economic woes, with Messi one of a number of high-profile targets against whom cases have been opened against.

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Electro Swing Islands 2014 by Petro Eco
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