The FBI Walks a Perilous Line between Surveillance and Outright Spying

Outgoing FBI director Robert Mueller was asked sharp questions by a House Judiciary Committee panel about the FBI’s massive collection, intercept, and listening in on millions of phone conversations. There were two obvious concerns behind the questioning and one concern that should be a concern to all given the FBI’s past. The two obvious ones are the effectiveness of the phone surveillance operation in light of the failure to head off the Benghazi and Boston Marathon attacks. The other is the very real danger of privacy infringement on millions of Americans that have nothing to do with any real or suspected terrorist activities. The concerns were pretty much the same ones that President Obama has been assailed on. He has been forced to defend the administration’s actions in the phone surveillance operations. The concerns are hardly new.

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Nine Benedict Alumni to be honored

Nine honorees are being recognized June 22 by the Columbia Benedict College Club #2 during a ceremony on Friday, June 22, at Brookland Baptist Church Banquet Center.

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Greater Columbia Community Relations Council’s 49th Annual Luncheon and Awards

On June 12, 2013, the Greater Columbia Community Relations Council (CRC) will honor Senator John Courson (R), President Pro Tempore of the South Carolina Senate and Senator Nikki Setzler (D), Senate Minority Leader  with its Hyman Rubin Distinguished Service Award.  CRC will honor community activist and neighborhood leader,   Durham E. Carter with its Community Service Award.

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What Zimmerman’s Jury Will Likely Look Like

The type of jury that George Zimmerman will get in Seminole County, Florida has been a hot item of speculation and debate. But what is missing in the debate are two crucial things. One is the specifics of who will likely be on the six person jury. The other is how these six jurors will likely vote. This tracks squarely back to who those six jurors are likely to be.

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Waverly Historic District Celebrates 100th Anniversary

The Waverly Historic District, one of the few South Carolina residential African American neighborhoods listed on the National Register of Historic Places, will celebrate its 100th anniversary of annexation on June 13 at 11 a.m. at Bishop Memorial AME Church, located 2221 Washington Street.

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