#AceSecurityNews says that AP reports that U.S. intelligence officials are planning a sweeping system of electronic monitoring that would tap into government, financial and other databases to scan the behaviour of many of the 5 million federal employees with secret clearances, current and former officials told The Associated Press.
The system is intended to identify rogue agents, corrupt officials and leaker’s, and draws on a Defence Department model under development for more than a decade, according to officials and documents reviewed by the AP.
#AceWorldNews says a 25-year-old man identified only as Marcin K has filed suit against the Polish Roman Catholic Church, alleging that the church is at least partly responsible for the sexual abuse the man suffered at the hands of a clergyman who is now serving a two-year prison sentence.
It is the first time in Poland that a victim sued not only his attacker but also the church as an institution. Higher-ups in the Polish church apologized to all victims of abuse last year but refused to offer financial compensation.
The UN has called on the Vatican to “immediately remove” all clergy suspected of child abuse but, in this case, the church has said it is not liable because the priest in question acted “independently” within his parish. Marcin K is seeking 47,500 euros ($64,500) in damages as well as an apology printed in the national press.
The Helsinki Foundation human rights group is helping the plaintiff in his case.
#AceWorldNews says Moscow is worried about Ukraine’s increasing gas debt, but it is not going to reconsider its financial agreements with the neighbour, presidential spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said in an interview with Kommersant FM radio. “
We hope that our Ukrainian partners will comply with all terms of the existing agreement,” he said. Speaking about the financial aid, Peskov said that Russia will not revise its agreements since this aid was intended for the Ukrainian people.
Still, Moscow would like to understand how this money will be used, the spokesman added.
Ukraine has seen mass anti-government protests since November, when President Viktor Yanukovich refused to sign an association agreement with the EU.