Jan 03 2014

Daily News Flash with Adele Stan on NSA’s Quantum Computer, California Law License for Undocumented Immigrant, And Garment Worker Protests in Cambodia

Uprising’s guest expert Adele Stan, longtime chronicler of the right wing, and senior Washington correspondent for RHRealityCheck.org, analyzes today’s news headlines:

The National Security Agency is attempting to build a so-called “Quantum computer” to break nearly all kinds of online encryption. The Washington Post broke the story yesterday, based on documents provided by Edward Snowden which reveal that the NSA is working on building a computer that would be able to break through security codes that “protect banking, medical, business and government records around the world.” Several governments including those in Switzerland and the European Union are apparently working on the same project. The upside, for privacy advocates, is that the NSA appears to be nowhere close to succeeding in this project. Click here for the Washinton Post article about the story.

The California Supreme Court yesterday granted an undocumented California man a license to practice law in the state. Sergio Garcia, who has been living in the US for the past 20 years, passed his bar exam and was initially denied a license by the Obama Administration. The California legislature then passed a law effectively overriding the federal government’s position. The California Supreme Court justified its decision saying that breaking immigration laws was a federal “civil offense” but not a crime. Garcia’s license severely restricts him on what type of law he can practice and where he can practice it. Click here for a Guardian newspaper article about the story.

Garment workers in Cambodia have taken to the streets en masse for two days straight, bringing many parts of the country to a standstill. Just this morning military police opened fire on protesters, killing three people. The Cambodian workers, who sew apparel and footwear for major American brands like Gap, Adidas, Nike and Puma, are demanding higher wages. Their protests echo similar actions in Bangladesh last year when garment workers making clothes for American brands launched a nationwide strike to demand better working conditions. Click here for an Al Jazeera article about the story.

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