Principal caught in car with shirt unbuttoned, smoking marijuana with student

A local charter high school principal was caught in the back seat of a car, shirt unbuttoned, smoking marijuana with one of her students, police said.

North Palm Beach police arrested Krista Morton, 45, a principal at Mavericks High School, and an 18-year-old student after they got a call about suspicious people in a car, according to a police report.

Just before 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Morton and the student were in a parked car at Lakeside Park, 700 Lakeside Drive, in North Palm Beach, according to the report.

The person who called 911 said they thought either people were engaged in sexual activity or they were being attacked.

An officer knocked on the window of the car and Morton opened the door, telling the officers the two were “just friends.” She said she had picked up the teen on the side of the road because she was lonely and wanted to get to know him, police said.

According to the report, Morton’s shirt was unbuttoned, “exposing her shoulders and part of her chest.”

The teen had a different story. He said he was a student at Mavericks High School and that Morton was his principal.

Officers said they could smell marijuana as they were talking to the two.

Morton would not say whether she had been smoking marijuana, but did tell police that marijuana had been smoked, according to the report. On the passenger’s seat there was a plastic container with marijuana inside.

Both are charged with possession of marijuana. Morton was released from the Palm Beach County Jail Thursday while the teen is being held there on $1,000 bail.

Where the hell were all these horny older women when I was that age???

NSA top-secret programs Named Skynet

Skynet is real. Well, kinda. According to the latest report from Glenn Greenwald’s site The Intercept, the NSA has (or had) a secret program called Skynet. Unlike the Terminator version, which was a computer system that went rogue and attempted to annihilate humanity, the NSA’s Skynet uses metadata to try and identify people with terrorist connections. Specifically, in one recorded case, the program tracked the movements of people within Pakistan from cellphone records and raised a flag when those activities appeared to match the movements of suspected Al Qaeda couriers. By sniffing out couriers, the hope was to catch dangerous Al Qaeda leaders.

It’s not destroying humanity… yet

It’s unclear if the program was successful, but its algorithms flagged high-profile Al Jazeera journalist Ahmad Muaffaq Zaidan. He has categorically denied such claims. The news network’s Islamabad bureau chief is known for having sources within Al Qaeda and the Taliban and has interviewed key members of those groups in the past (including none other than Osama bin Laden himself). By virtue of being a journalist covering those groups, it should come as little surprise that his movements would appear suspect on the surface.

The report is based on documents released by Edward Snowden. Some of the documentation reveals the sorts of activities Skynet was watching out for. According to The Intercept, the system used data from Pakistani mobile carriers to find out, for example, “who has traveled from Peshawar to Faisalabad or Lahore (and back) in the past month?” It could also check to see who that person called when he arrived at each destination, and it kept an eye out for suspicious activities like swapping SIM cards often, visiting airports, or traveling on certain days of the week.

Court rules NSA program on phone records is illegal

A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that the National Security Agency’s collection of millions of Americans’ phone records violates the USA Patriot Act, marking the first time an appellate panel has weighed in on a controversial surveillance program that has divided Congress and ignited a national debate over the proper scope of the government’s spy powers.

In a blistering 97-page opinion, a unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit overturned a lower court and determined that the government had stretched the meaning of the statute to enable “sweeping surveillance” of Americans’ data in “staggering” volumes.

The ruling comes as Congress begins a contentious debate over whether to reauthorize the statute that underpins the NSA program or let it lapse. The court did not issue an injunction ordering the program to stop.

The NSA’s mass collection of phone records for counterterrorism purposes — launched after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks — was revealed by former agency contractor Edward Snowden in June 2013. The revelation sparked outrage but also steadfast assertions by the Obama administration that the program was authorized by statute and deemed legal by a series of federal surveillance court judges.

But the judicial rulings had taken place in secret until the Snowden leaks forced disclosure of once-classified opinions. Under the program, the NSA collects “metadata” — or records of times, dates and durations of all calls — but not call content.

The government has argued that huge volumes of records — being collected from U.S. phone companies each day and stored in a database — are relevant to counterterrorism investigations because any record could later prove critical in identifying terrorism suspects. A series of judges on the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court have agreed.

The appeals court, however, said “such an expansive concept of ‘relevance’ is unprecedented and unwarranted.”

In the ruling, written by Judge Gerard E. Lynch, the panel noted that the government never “attempted to identify to what particular ‘authorized investigation’ ” the data of all Americans’ phone calls would be relevant. “At its core,” the panel said, “the approach boils down to the proposition that essentially all telephone records are relevant to essentially all international terrorism investigations.”

Saying the collection has amounted to “an unprecedented contraction of the privacy expectations of all Americans,” the court said the government’s interpretation of the law would also allow for the bulk collection and storage of data associated with Americans’ financial records, medical records, and e-mail and social-media communications.

It is about fucking time!!!

North Korea claims new submarine capability………..

North Korea said Saturday that it successfully test-fired a newly developed ballistic missile from a submarine in what would be the latest display of the country’s advancing military capabilities. Hours after the announcement, South Korean officials said the North fired three anti-ship cruise missiles into the sea off its east coast.

Experts in Seoul say the North’s military demonstrations and hostile rhetoric are attempts at wresting concessions from the United States and South Korea, whose officials have recently talked about the possibility of holding preliminary talks with the North to test its commitment to denuclearization.

For the second straight day, North Korea said it would fire without warning at South Korean naval vessels that it claims have been violating its territorial waters off the west coast of the Korean Peninsula. South Korea’s presidential Blue House held an emergency national security council meeting to review the threat and discuss possible countermeasures.

“By raising tensions, North Korea is trying to ensure that it will be able to drive whatever future talks with the U.S. and South Korea,” said Yang Moo-jin, a professor from the Seoul-based University of North Korean Studies.

South Korean officials previously had said that North Korea was developing technologies for launching ballistic missiles from underwater, although past tests were believed to have been conducted on platforms built on land or at sea and not from submarines.

Security experts say that North Korea acquiring the ability to launch missiles from submarines would be an alarming development because missiles fired from submerged vessels are harder to detect before launch than land-based ones. North Korea already has a considerable arsenal of land-based ballistic missiles and is also believed to be advancing in efforts to miniaturize nuclear warheads to mount on such missiles, according to South Korean officials.

The North’s official Korean Central News Agency, or KCNA, said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un personally ordered the submarine test launching and watched as the missile soared into the sky from underwater, CBS Radio News’ Don Kirk reports from Seoul.

Kim called the missile a “world-level strategic weapon” and an “eye-opening success,” according to KCNA. The report did not reveal the timing or location of the launch.

Kim declared that North Korea now has a weapon capable of “striking and wiping out in any waters the hostile forces infringing upon the sovereignty and dignity of (North Korea).”

The North’s state-run Rodong Sinmun newspaper published photos of a projectile rising from the sea’s surface and Kim smiling from a distance at what looked like a floating submarine.

The test might have taken place near the eastern coastal city of Sinpo, where satellite imagery in recent months, analyzed by a U.S. research institute, appeared to have shown North Korea building missile-testing facilities and equipping a submarine with launch capabilities. In a separate report Saturday, KCNA said Kim visited a fisheries facility in Sinpo to offer “field guidance.”

In Washington, the U.S. State Department said it was aware of the reports about the firing of the submarine missile and noted that launches using ballistic missile technology are “a clear violation” of multiple U.N. Security Council resolutions.

The U.S. urged North Korea “to refrain from actions that further raise tensions in the region and focus instead on taking concrete steps toward fulfilling its international commitments and obligations.”

South Korea’s defense ministry had no immediate comment on the North’s claim of a successful test.

Ministry officials have previously said that North Korea has about 70 submarines and appears to be mainly imitating Russian designs in its efforts to develop a system for submarine-launched missiles. The North is believed to have obtained several of the Soviet Navy’s retired Golf-class ballistic missile submarines in the mid-1990s.

Uk Yang, a Seoul-based security expert and an adviser to the South Korean military, said it is unlikely that North Korea possesses a submarine large enough to carry and fire multiple missiles. However, it’s hard to deny that Pyongyang is making progress on dangerous weapons technology, he said.

The website 38 North, operated by the U.S.-Korea Institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, said in January that such capability posed a potential new threat to South Korea, Japan and U.S. bases in East Asia, although experts say North Korea’s submarines tend to be old and would be vulnerable to attack.

Meanwhile, a South Korean Joint Chief of Staff official said the North fired three anti-ship cruise missiles into the sea within a span of one hour early Saturday evening from an area near the eastern port city of Wonsan. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, citing office rules, identified the missiles as KN-01 missiles, which the North also test-fired in February in an event personally attended by North Korean leader Kim.

There had been expectations that Kim would attend the Victory Day celebration in Russia on Saturday for his international debut, but North Korea sent to Moscow the head of its rubber-stamp parliament instead.

Retro of the day: The Human League

Don’t You Want Me” is a single by British synthpop group The Human League, released on 27 November 1981 as the fourth single from their third studio album Dare (1981).

It is the band’s best known and most commercially successful recording to date. In 1981 it was the Christmas number one in the UK, where it has since sold over 1,560,000 copies, making it the 23rd most successful single in UK Singles Chart history.[1] It later topped the Billboard Hot 100 in the US on 3 July 1982 where it stayed for three weeks.

The title is frequently misprinted by the media and by covering artists as “Don’t You Want Me Baby”,[2] which is a prominent lyric in the song’s chorus.