Israel and Hamas Truce on Gaza Border
John and Pat share an update regarding a truce between Israel and Hamas. According to the Jerusalem Post and official involved in the Egyptian mediation confirmed both sides were ready to stop. Prime Minister Netanyahu was quoted, “Whoever thinks that he can routinely attack the daily lives of the residents of the South without paying a heavy price is mistaken. I am responsible for choosing the right time to exact the highest possible price and so it will be.” They continue to encourage us to pray for Israel and for their protection.
Petitions for States to Secede?
John and Pat at now according to ABC news, petitions have been submitted by users asking the White House to allow peaceful succession by now 34 states. There has now been close to 409,000 signatures signed to petitions that have been submitted by email online. John and Pat encourage us to pray and to remember that whatever happens to the country that God’s Kingdom remains and continues to advance.
Google Releases Transparency Report: Is the Government putting you under Surveillance?
John and Pat discuss Google’s recent Transparency Report that allegedly indicates that government surveillance of online lives is rising sharply. This report has been published twice a year since 2009. According to the BBC the United States government made the most requests, asking for details; 7,969 in the first reporting period, the first six months of 2012. What has allowed this alleged gathering of this information is the Electronic Communication Privacy Act. This act was instituted in 1986 and doesn’t take into consideration for instance how email data is currently stored. According to Wikipedia’s article about the Electronic Communication Privacy Act, says that email stored on a third party’s server for more than 180 days is considered by law, to be abandoned and all that is required to obtain the content of the emails is for a law enforcement agency to provide a written statement certifying that the information is relevant to their investigation. These standards are below probable cause that is needed to secure a search warrant according to the 4th amendment. John, Pat, and Greg share regarding the 4th Amendment and the protection it affords U.S. citizens.