Denny and Bellevue Standoff: An allegedly armed man has barricaded himself in the Marq condo building on Bellevue Ave E near Denny. He's been in a standoff with police since at least 5 am. A resident reported that shots were fired earlier this morning. The area is closed off, and buses have been rerouted.
Alleged Suicide in the Courtroom: "Steve Parsons, 48, was found guilty on two counts of sodomy. The gallery and court officials were horrified when minutes after the verdict was read he was convulsing in the courtroom after apparently swallowing a cyanide pill. Parsons was pronounced dead at Heartland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph."
Snowden’s worst fear, by his own account, was that “nothing will change.”
“People will see in the media all these disclosures, they’ll know the lengths the government is going to grant themselves powers, unilaterally, to create greater control over American society and global society,” he told The Guardian last month after he’d asked it to identify him as its source. “But they won’t be willing to take the risks necessary to stand up and fight to change things, to force their representatives to actually take a stand in their interests.”
One month after the Guardian’s first story, which revealed an order from the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court authorizing the NSA to collect the phone records of every Verizon customer, there has been no public movement in Washington to stop the court from issuing another such order. Congress has no intelligence reform bill that would rein in the phone-tracking, or Internet monitoring, or cyberattack-planning, or any of the other secret government workings that Snowden’s disclosures have revealed.