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Document: Amazon Security Staff Reported Its Own Hostile Tweets as “Suspicious,” Fearing They’d Been Hacked

Document: Amazon Security Staff Reported Its Own Hostile Tweets as “Suspicious,” Fearing They’d Been Hacked

After Amazon’s public relations account sent a number of tweets taunting public officials, staffers were so concerned about the “unnecessarily antagonistic” tone that a security engineer filed a suspicious activity report, believing that the company’s social media account had been hacked, according to internal company documents obtained by The Intercept. One tweet, responding to Rep. Mark Pocan’s criticism of Amazon labor practices, said, “You don’t really believe the peeing in bottles thing, do you?”“These tweets are unnecessarily antagonistic (risking Amazon’s brand), and may be a result...

Mar 29
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Documents Show Amazon Is Aware Drivers Pee in Bottles and Even Defecate En Route, Despite Company Denial

Documents Show Amazon Is Aware Drivers Pee in Bottles and Even Defecate En Route, Despite Company Denial

In anticipation of Sen. Bernie Sanders’s scheduled trip to Bessemer, Alabama, to support the unionization drive by Amazon workers there, Amazon executive Dave Clark cast the $1 trillion behemoth as “the Bernie Sanders of employers” and taunted: “So if you want to hear about $15 an hour and health care, Senator Sanders will be speaking downtown. But if you would like to make at least $15 an hour and have good health care, Amazon is hiring.” Rep. Mark Pocan replied via tweet: “Paying workers $15/hr doesn’t make you a progressive workplace when you union-bust & make workers urinate in water...

Mar 25
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White Supremacists, Conspiracy Theorists Are Targeting Cell Towers, Police Warn

White Supremacists, Conspiracy Theorists Are Targeting Cell Towers, Police Warn

As the Biden administration turns its attention to an infrastructure system beset with problems, a strange new issue has emerged: conspiracy theorists. That’s according to a detailed intelligence report, produced by the New York Police Department and obtained by The Intercept, which finds that cellphone towers and other critical infrastructure have become an attractive target for conspiracy theorists, especially in the weeks and months following the presidential election.Conspiracy theorists, joined by far-right white supremacist groups, “increasingly target critical infrastructure to...

Mar 17
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FBI Seized Congressional Cellphone Records Related to Capitol Attack

FBI Seized Congressional Cellphone Records Related to Capitol Attack

, Within hours of the storming of the Capitol on January 6, the FBI began securing thousands of phone and electronic records connected to people at the scene of the rioting — including some related to members of Congress, raising potentially thorny legal questions.Using special emergency powers and other measures, the FBI has collected reams of private cellphone data and communications that go beyond the videos that rioters shared widely on social media, according to two sources with knowledge of the collection effort.In the hours and days after the Capitol riot, the FBI relied in some...

Feb 22
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Inside the Brutal Power Struggle at Homeland Security

Inside the Brutal Power Struggle at Homeland Security

Tensions ran so high at the Department of Homeland Security’s oversight wing that one senior official fantasized about Arya Stark, the fictional assassin in “Game of Thrones,” “taking care of” the agency chief, according to an investigation obtained by The Intercept under the Freedom of Information Act. The investigation, conducted in 2020 by an outside law firm, so bitter that it drove out an agency head and led to an array of startling allegations, including that a high-level official made threatening comments about a concealed weapon during a meeting.The investigation paints a picture of...

Feb 2
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Chuck Rosenberg Archives - Shadowproof

Chuck Rosenberg Archives - Shadowproof

Former DEA Chief Chuck Rosenberg resigned on October 1 but not before castigating President Donald Trump in an internal memo.Despite ample evidence pointing to the therapeutic, non-addictive qualities of marijuana, the new head of the Drug Enforcement Agency wants to keep it legally classified alongside heroin and other highly addictive substances. “If we come up with a medical use for it, that would be wonderful. But we haven’t,” declared Chuck Rosenberg, the acting head of the Drug Enforcement Agency, in an interview with Fox News.

Dec 23
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Trump Tower Archives - Shadowproof

Trump Tower Archives - Shadowproof

In response to a records request, the FBI said it “can neither confirm nor deny the existence of records” regarding a wiretap of Trump Tower.

Dec 23
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Alex Wubbels Archives - Shadowproof

Alex Wubbels Archives - Shadowproof

Shadowproof obtained emails from the Salt Lake City police chief after the incident with a University of Utah nurse. Where is reflection on what happened?

Dec 14
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Amazon’s Twitter Army Was Handpicked for “Great Sense of Humor,” Leaked Document Reveals

Amazon’s Twitter Army Was Handpicked for “Great Sense of Humor,” Leaked Document Reveals

Amazon’s small Twitter army of “ambassadors” was quietly conceived in 2018 under the codename “Veritas,” which sought to train and dispatch select employees to the social media trenches to defend Amazon and its CEO, Jeff Bezos, according to an internal description of the program obtained exclusively by The Intercept.Amazon ambassadors drew attention this week as they responded to a wave of online criticism for the company’s treatment of workers amid a union drive at an Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama.My FC lets me to take (2) 20min breaks and (1) 30min lunch. On overtime days, we get...

Mar 31
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