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  • Federal Bureau of Investigation Feb 4

    Government Secrets: Why and How A Special Agent-Turned-Whistleblower Uncovered Controversial Border Surveillance Tactics

    Special Agent Wesley Petonak, 34, was sitting at his desk in November 2018 when he came across a PowerPoint presentation file that alarmed him. A nine-year veteran at San Diego’s Homeland Security Investigations office, Petonak knew firsthand the importance of intelligence gathering for successful immigration enforcement at the U.S.-Mexico border.  But the PowerPoint was different.  Nine of the slides...

  • spokesman Nov 28, 2019

    40 Iraqi Protesters Slain in 24 Hours as Violence Spirals

    Security forces shot dead 40 anti-government protesters in over 24 hours amid spiraling violence in the capital and Iraq’s south, security and medical officials said, one day after an Iranian consulate was torched. Iran condemned the burning of its consulate in the holy city of Najaf as violence continued into the night across southern Iraq, where security forces had killed...

  • DONALD TRUMP Nov 24, 2019

    As Internet Restored, Online Iran Protest Videos Show Chaos

    Machine gun fire answers rock-throwing protesters. Motorcycle-riding Revolutionary Guard volunteers chase after demonstrators. Plainclothes security forces grab, beat and drag a man off the street to an uncertain fate. As Iran restores the internet after a weeklong government-imposed shutdown, new videos purport to show the demonstrations over gasoline prices rising and the security-force crackdown that followed. The videos offer only...

  • DONALD TRUMP Nov 22, 2019

    Iran Internet Slowly Revives; US Sanctions Telecom Minister

    The internet slowly trickled back on in Iran on Friday after a dayslong shutdown by authorities amid protests and unrest that followed government-set gasoline prices sharply rising, as the U.S. sanctioned the country’s prominent telecommunications minister over the outage. A week after the gasoline hike, the loosening of the internet shutdown suggests Iran’s government believes it put down the demonstrations...

  • Associated Press Nov 10, 2019

    UN Mission in Iraq Proposes Roadmap for Ending Upheaval

    The United Nations’ mission for Iraq on Sunday proposed a roadmap out of the country’s social upheaval, while Amnesty International said Iraq’s crackdown on anti-government protests has descended into a “bloodbath.” At least 319 protesters have been killed by security forces since the economically driven protests and unrest began last month, according to the latest figures from the Iraqi Human...

  • Mexico Nov 8, 2019

    Canada Case Poses Question: Is US Immigration System Safe?

    In the looming darkness, the Nigerian family of four, including two children carrying stuffed animals and a violin case, climbed out of a taxi at the end of a dead-end road in upstate New York as Canadian law enforcement officers watched a short distance away, across a ditch that marks the international boundary. “This is an illegal point of entry,...

  • DONALD TRUMP Sep 26, 2019

    Trump Administration Proposes Historically Low Refugee Limit

    The Trump administration wants to cap the number of refugees admitted into the United States to the lowest number since the resettlement program was created in 1980. A State Department proposal released Thursday would put a cap on the number of refugees at 18,000 for the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1. Of those refugee admissions spots, 5,000 would be...

  • Germany Aug 22, 2019

    ’Our House Is Burning’: Global Worry Over Amazon Fires Escalates

    Amid global concern about raging fires in the Amazon, Brazil’s government complained Thursday that it is being targeted in smear campaign by critics who contend President Jair Bolsonaro is not doing enough to curb widespread deforestation. The threat to what some call “the lungs of the planet” has ignited a bitter dispute about who is to blame during the tenure...

  • DONALD TRUMP Aug 8, 2019

    Shootings Prompt Other Countries to Warn About Travel to US

    The United States often takes a leading role in calling out the world’s most dangerous places, warning its people about the risks of traveling to countries that are at war, under terrorist threats, experiencing civil unrest or displaying significant anti-American sentiment. The latest mass shootings have triggered a sharp role reversal, with three countries warning their citizens about the risks...

  • Associated Press Jul 28, 2019

    Police Fire Tear Gas as Hong Kong Protesters Block Roads

    Police fired tear gas at protesters in Hong Kong on Sunday for the second night in a row in another escalation of weeks-long pro-democracy protests in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. Protesters occupied two areas at opposite ends of central Hong Kong following a mid-afternoon rally against police use of tear gas the previous Sunday. As night fell, one group that...

  • Associated Press Jul 26, 2019

    Protesters Occupy Hong Kong International Airport

    Protesters crowded into Hong Kong International Airport on Friday to raise awareness of their pro-democracy movement.

  • NBC Jul 15, 2019

    Immigrant Rights Groups Decry New Trump Asylum Restrictions as ‘Most Egregious,’ ‘Extreme’ to Date

    Immigrant rights advocates and attorneys denounced President Donald Trump’s latest move on Monday to restrict asylum at the southern border as the “most egregious” and “extreme” policy targeting the form of protection by the administration yet, NBC News reports. “The administration has been trying to fight against asylum at the southern border for a long time now and if they...

  • San Diego Jul 9, 2019

    Pastor Sues U.S. Border Agencies, Claims Trump Administration Interfered with Her Right to Counsel Undocumented Immigrants

    The lawsuit cites biblical verse to defend Pastor Kaji Dousa’s right to “serve the needs of migrants, refugees, and asylum-seekers.

  • NBC Jul 10, 2019

    La Mesa Pastor Sues Government Over Border Surveillance Program

    After the NBC 7 Investigates team uncovered a government surveillance program earlier this year, the first lawsuit has been filed by one of the people on the watch-list. NBC 7 Investigates reporter Mari Payton has the details.

  • San Diego Jul 2, 2019

    Human Rights Organization Calls For End to Controversial Border Surveillance

    Amnesty International says scrutiny of U.S. citizens tied to migrant caravan is “a politically-motivated campaign of harassment” against those who legally defend and educate migrants.

  • NBC Jul 3, 2019

    Amnesty International Calls to End Border Surveillance Program

    Human Rights Organization Amnesty International is condemning U.S. attacks on border journalists, attorneys, and humanitarian aid workers. Including people who were targeted in a controversial surveillance program. The Organization has issued a new report accusing both the U.S and Mexico of harassment and intimidation. NBC 7 Investigates’ Mari Payton reports.

  • NBC Jul 3, 2019

    Controversial Surveillance Program

    Human rights workers including activists, journalists, lawyers, and a priest allege that U.S. authorities harassed and intimidated them because of their work with asylum seekers. NBC 7 Investigates’ Mari Payton was the first to break the original story on the governmental watch-list.

  • spokesman Jun 11, 2019

    Botswana Decriminalizes Gay Sex in Landmark Africa Case

    Botswana became the latest country to decriminalize gay sex on Tuesday, a landmark case for Africa, as the High Court rejected laws punishing it with up to seven years in prison. Jubilant activists in the packed courtroom cheered the unanimous decision in the southern African nation that is seen as one of the continent’s most stable and democratic. The ruling...

  • Associated Press Jun 3, 2019

    Prosperity, Repression Mark China 30 Years After Tiananmen

    Thirty years since the Tiananmen Square protests, China’s economy has catapulted up the world rankings, yet political repression is harsher than ever. Hundreds of thousands of Muslims are held in re-education camps without charge, student activists face relentless harassment and leaders in the beleaguered dissident community have been locked up or simply vanished. Religious groups face ever greater pressure to...

  • Facebook May 14, 2019

    WhatsApp Discovers Spyware That Hijacked Phones

    Spyware crafted by a sophisticated group of hackers-for-hire took advantage of a flaw in the popular WhatsApp communications program to remotely hijack dozens of phones, the company said late Monday. The Financial Times identified the actor as Israel’s NSO Group, and WhatsApp all but confirmed the identification, describing hackers as “a private company that has been known to work with...

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