Below are Ring of Fire’s top stories from the past week.
After majors news outlets raised over $60,000 to hire stenographers to record Pfc. Bradley Manning’s trial, the military court overseeing the trial has denied the stenographers press passes, cutting off any written record of the proceedings. … Read more.
Mega-corporation Verizon Wireless has been disclosing its customers’ phone records to the government, and it seems the backlash being seen from the wireless company’s angry customers is doing very little to thwart the government’ssurveillance program anytime soon. The wireless company continues to release daily customer phone records to the National Security Agency (NSA) for review.The Obama Administration defends its stance for the collection of the phone records, saying that the surveillance program is a “critical tool in protecting the nation from terrorist threats.” … Read more.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges on Tuesday for dumping hazardous waste from Wal-Mart stores into sanitation drains across California. As part of the plea deal, the company has been ordered to pay $81 million in fines, which will also cover charges to the company in Missouri. They also pleaded guilty in the Western District of Missouri for violating the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) after improperly handling pesticides. … Read more.
Joshua is a writer and researcher with Ring of Fire.