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Twitter users fearful of threats over social media

08/10/13 11:09AM

Twitter recently announced changes in its safety policies in the United Kingdom following a multitude of violent tweets aimed at a member of the British Parliament. Twitter users in the United States are also not immune to threatening tweets. msnbc contributor Goldie Taylor described her experience with Twitter after she received death threats over the social media site. First amendment rights, Taylor explains, “don’t protect violent threats; they don’t give you safe harbor for threatening to kill someone, threatening to rape someone…certainly not on a private company’s platform.” read more

The National Security Agency (NSA) logo is shown on a computer screen inside the Threat Operations Center at the NSA in Fort Meade, Maryland, January 25, 2006. U.S. President George W. Bush visited the ultra-secret National Security Agency on Wednesday...

House Dem: NSA reforms must balance security and privacy interests

08/10/13 11:03AM

President Obama announced steps to reform to the National Security Agency’s surveillance program at a news conference on Friday. Democratic Congressman David Cicilline of Rhode Island agreed with the president's effort to enact changes in domestic surveillance. “I think certainly there are things we need to do to reform that program to properly balance the security interests of our country and the privacy interests of American citizens,” Cicilline said. read more

Weekends at the movies with Alex Witt

08/05/13 09:39AM

"2 Guns" barreled into first at the box office this weekend with a gross of $27.4 million. It ranked fifth all-time in megastar Denzel Washington’s opening weekend movie repertoire. Mediocre movie reviews, however, will likely spike its hope to score a $100 million box office run. Speaking of guns, Hugh Jackman’s secured "The Wolverine" a second place position with an estimated $21.7 million. read more

The closed US Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, August 4, 2013. The USA issued a warning to its citizens and travelers following message intercepts by senior al-Qaida members discussing attacks against American targets. (Photo by: Khaled Elfiqi/EPA)

Chairman of the joint chiefs: Terror threats 'serious'

08/04/13 05:27PM

Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy More than 20 U.S. embassies in 17 countries closed Sunday amid a serious terror threat. Richard Engel, NBC's chief foreign correspondent, said that the threat was specific in timing and location and focusing on Yemen. The warning was later expanded as a safety measure, Engel said. read more

In this Jan. 19, 2012, file photo time exposure image smoke rises from the stacks of the La Cygne Generating Station coal-fired power plant in La Cygne, Kan. (Photo by Charlie Riedel/AP)

Study: Climate change makes people hotter and angrier

08/04/13 03:15PM

A new study published in Science Magazine points to a correlation between rising temperatures triggered by climate change and increased aggressive behavior in humans. Energy and environmental correspondent with the National Journal, Coral Davenport, says that climate change is an issue that the Pentagon and the CIA characterize as a “threat multiplier for violence, conflict, and even for war.” read more