New Report: “Secret Law” Governs Key Aspects of National Security Policy | Brennan Center for Justice

At least 74 opinions, memoranda, and letters issued by the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) between 2002 and 2009 on core post-9/11 national security topics, including intelligence activities and the detention and interrogation of terrorist suspects, remain entirely classified, according to a new report by the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. OLC’s advice is legally binding on the executive branch in the same way a court order would be.

OLC opinions are just one component of an unprecedented buildup of secret law created by the federal government since 9/11 through a range of unpublished legal rules and opinions – all issued without public scrutiny or input – that govern policies affecting the lives and liberties of U.S. citizens.

Relying partly on new data obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests, the Brennan Center’s report, The New Era of Secret Law, concludes that secret law is prevalent throughout all three branches of government. Along with OLC opinions, the report examines classified rulings of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (known as the “FISA Court”), secret presidential directives, unpublished regulations, redacted opinions in regular federal courts, agreements with foreign nations, closed immigration proceedings, and even classified provisions of legislation.

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Dyson Unveils Office Lights That Will Last 22 Years | Ubergizmo

One of the benefits of using LED lights is that they last longer and they consume less energy, so while they might cost more than regular lights, in the long run you should save yourself some money. However it seems that over at Dyson, they have created a lamp called the Cu-Beam Duo that will apparently last for 22 years before you need to change its bulb.

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Jumpshare: Free Image and File Sharing, Send Big Files, View Files Online

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Jumpshare is a free file-sharing tool that allows users to instantly and securely share material with others, enabling easy collaboration on projects. Jumpshare may be downloaded as a web app on Apple or Windows computers, or as a mobile app on iOS or Android devices. Once downloaded, users can share an extensive assortment of documents, ebooks, images, videos, and other file types (interested users can check out the complete list of supported file formats on this website). In addition to Jumpshare’s versatility and compatibility across multiple devices, the tool also syncs with a handful of workplace collaboration programs, including Slack and Asana. The basic version of Jumpshare is free; users can upgrade to a paid subscription for additional storage space. [MMB]

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Several law profs land on watch list of academics who advance ‘leftist propaganda’–ABA Journal

Harvard law professor Mark Tushnet says he isn’t bothered by his inclusion on a conservative group’s new watch list of leftist professors.

“It’s not a big deal,” Tushnet tells the Harvard Crimson. “It comes with the territory.”

Tushnet is among nearly 200 professors on the “Professor Watchlist” created by the group Turning Point USA. The list aims to “expose and document college professors who discriminate against conservative students, promote anti-American values, and advance leftist propaganda in the classroom.” The New York TimesNew York Magazine and the Chronicle of Higher Education have stories.

The watch list targets Tushnet for a May 2015 blog post saying conservatives lost the culture wars, and it’s time to take a hard line with the losers.

Critics told the Times that lists like the one created by Turning Point USA are intended to intimidate professors from speaking out.

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A.G. Schneiderman Issues Alert On Phishing Scam Targeting New York Attorneys | www.ag.ny.gov

Warning: Email Phishing Scam

The New York State Bar Association is aware of an email phishing scam that is targeted at attorneys. 

  

The current email subject line says:  “The Office of The State Attorney Complaint.”  No such office exists in New York. 

  

If you received the email, please delete it immediately. Do not follow any links or open any attachments. If you do, your computer or cell phone could be exposed to a virus. 

  

The Office of the New York State Attorney General has issued a press release about the scam.  Link: http://www.ag.ny.gov/press-release/ag-schneiderman-issues-alert-phishing-scam-targeting-new-york-attorneys

  

For more information about how the AG’s office handles complaints against businesses, go to: http://www.ag.ny.gov/consumer-frauds/Filing-a-Consumer-Complaint.

New Basic Income Project Set to Launch in January

Universal Basic Income (UBI) has been gaining a lot of traction as of late with various industry expertsgovernment officials, and financial experts expressing the need to explore the possibilities of implementing a basic income program.

UBI is a lump sum of money given periodically to individuals unconditionally. There are no tests or work requirements that bar an individual from getting the money. In addition to this, the income that they will receive is a supplement to their total income which means that under this system, individuals have an option to work or not.

At the heart of the proposals for UBI is the prevention of poverty in certain countries which is why it is highly suited in regions like Africa where poverty is rampant.

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This pilot study is one of many that are being planned out around the world. Finland has already started to give out basic income to its residents with the same goal of reducing poverty. Ontario, Canada and Oakland, California are also starting to plan out their own programs.

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What Clients Want v. What Lawyers Sell

By Sam Glover

There is a disconnect between what clients want and what lawyers sell. Clients, as many commentators have pointed out, just want their legal problem solved.

Consumers don’t want drill bits, they want holes. They don’t want a scanner, they want a digital copy of a paper document. They don’t want a taxi, they want to get home. In each case, the product or service is just a means to an end. But not the only means. There are other ways to get holes, digital documents, and transportation. Sometimes better ways.

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