Senator Dianne Feinstein, head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, has publicly accused the CIA of illegally searching the Senate computer system and deleting files relating to an Intelligence Committee study and investigation of interrogation and detention techniques during the George W. Bush administration. CIA officers could face criminal prosecution if an investigation was launched by the Justice Department. CIA Chief John Brennan says his agency acted appropriately and had not violated any laws.
NASA has made funding plans to build a robot to explore the possibility of life on Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons. The speculation from NASA’s planetary science chief, Jim Green, is based around the spotting of a large geiser from the Hubble Telescope on the dominantly ice-covered moon. Green says, “If we can find life there, either past life or current life, then that tells us life has to be everywhere in this galaxy.”
The Australian government has been accused of misleading the UN in an attempt to remove the World Heritage listing from tracts of the Tasmanian forest for the purposes of developing the land there. The formal request for protected status removal claimed that the 4.7% of the forest sought to be developed had already been degraded and should not have protected status; however, former Greens party leader Bob Brown has released photography of the in-question region showing the forest to not be in any degraded condition.
Hampton, Florida is being threatened with dissolution of the 500 person town after accusations of corruption. The small town lays claim to a small stretch of highway a mile outside of town and has its police force almost entirely there with radar guns. The corruption charges came after part of the relatively large amount of revenue coming from the speed trap went missing and its mayor was arrested in an oxycontin dealing sting operation.
America’s ambassador to Ukraine has said that the US will refuse to recognize a referendum in the Crimea and will take further actions against Russia if a poll is used to legitimized military action in Crimea. The statement comes after similar statements by German chancellor Angela Merkel and UK prime minister David Cameron. At the moment, this is suggested to mean stronger sanctions as the three countries still strongly favor diplomatic and economic routes to solve the issue.
Soon some officers of the Denver Police Department will be beginning a six month pilot program in which they will wear body cameras in an attempt to restore credibility in the eyes of the public. The cameras will automatically upload to a police serve and be unable to be deleted. Similar programs have begun all over the country and have led to reductions in the number of filed complaints against officers.
The Inspector General of the Post Office has released a statement proposing the Post Office offer low-fee banking services. Historically, this service has been done by post offices before and is seen as a way to serve the roughly 10 million Americans who currently do not have any formal banking account. The proposed expansion of services has gained national attention after endorsement by Senator Elizabeth Warren.