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How are cities investing tax dollars where you live

How are cities investing tax dollars where you live

Beyond its buildings and its land, your city’s assets may not be obvious, even though among them are the means by which pensions are funded and new projects are undertaken. MuckRock is learning more about the returns on your investments.

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The CIA assets that worked for Castro - and assassinated a Panamanian president

The CIA assets that worked for Castro - and assassinated a Panamanian president

Panama has a long history of coups and interventions involving the United States that go back to the establishment of the Panama Canal, some of which resulted in pro-U.S. governments, while other seemed to benefit Communist groups. Documents show that the confessed assassin of Panamanian President José Antonio Remón Cantera was a Central Intelligence Agency asset, and that at least one other CIA asset was on the scene and arrested at the time of the assassination in 1955. Both also share ties to the Cuban community, as well as vague connections to the JFK assassination - and one of them may have also been involved in a plot to kidnap and/or assassinate Vice President Spiro Agnew and CIA Director Richard Helms.

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Don't FOIA Trump's White House

Don’t FOIA Trump’s White House

One thing we get asked about a lot is if it’s possible to FOIA for XYZ thing that President Donald J. Trump was reported to have done or said. In the overwhelming majority of cases, the answer is no, for reasons we’ll outline today.

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Homeland Security used a modified version of the Anonymous logo in a presentation on surveillance

Homeland Security used a modified version of the Anonymous logo in a presentation on surveillance

A presentation from Homeland Security on Intelligence Oversight Training appears to include a version of Anonymous’ “man without a head” logo that was modified to depict a surveillance state. Perhaps even more interestingly, the image has a preexisting copyright and appears to have been originally used in an article describing Pakistan’s mass surveillance system - a system that appears to liaise with the National Security Agency.

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A round-up of the #AmazonHQ2 bids that didn't make the cut

A round-up of the #AmazonHQ2 bids that didn’t make the cut

As the hype grows around the #AmazonHQ2 finalists announced last week, it’s worth perusing the proposals that didn’t make the cut to get a sense of what cities across America were offering.

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