The Daily Populous

Thursday August 16th, 2018 evening edition

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Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, warned on Wednesday that President Trump revoking former CIA Director John Brennan's security clearance could set a precedent for taking similar action against special counsel Robert Mueller.

"I worry whether this precedence will lead to the president trying to take away Mueller and his whole team's security clearances.

The Virginia Democrat was addressing reporters on Capitol Hill after White House press secretary Sarah Sanders announced the move against Brennan and read a statement from Trump, citing the "risks posed by his erratic conduct and behavior."

Brennan has been a vocal critic of the president, and he was the first in a list of ex-officials-turned-Trump-critics whom the Trump administration has taken action against.

Warner decried Trump for calling Brennan's actions "erratic" and suggested that the commander in chief needs to "look in the mirror.".

This is an attempt to distract the American public from those items that this White House faces on a daily basis," Warner said.

It is the first trial to stem from Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. »

The FCC Says Net Neutrality Lawsuits Are Moot Because It Already Repealed Net Neutrality

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Put as simply as possible, the FCC wants to have a previous court decision on net neutrality rules scrapped from the legal record, which would eliminate a precedent for net neutrality proponents currently challenging the agency.

This order cemented net neutrality protections federally by reclassifying ISPs as a telecommunications service that can be regulated like a public utility.

Then, while we were waiting for the court to hear that case, the FCC went ahead and nuked net neutrality last December. »

The government is ratcheting up its surveillance powers. But we can stop this | Scott Ludlam

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The government appears to have given up on its ambition of undermining the global encryption standards that underpin secure communications on the internet.

The bill sweeps the whole world’s telecommunications sector into its remit, with the intent not so much of breaking encryption standards, as making them irrelevant.

Somewhere out there, there’s a critical mass of opposition to this government’s repetitive abuses of power – let’s go find it. »

FCC Shuts Down Liberty Radio, Alex Jones' Pirate Flagship Radio Station

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The FCC had tracked the transmissions to a 50-foot tower at an Austin apartment complex.

AUSTIN, Texas — The Federal Communications Commission has shut down a pirate radio station that served as the flagship outlet for conservative conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.

The lawsuit filed in federal court in Austin alleges Liberty Radio operated on a channel without a license since at least 2013. »