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  • If You Know How a Cow Feels, Will You Eat Less Meat?

    07/12/2013 7:29:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 112 replies
    Scientific American ^ | 07/11/2013 | By Anne C. Mulkern and ClimateWire
    STANFORD, Calif. -- Inside a lab on the Stanford University campus here, students experienced what it might feel like to be a cow. They donned a virtual reality helmet and walked on hands and feet while in a virtual mirror they saw themselves as bovine. As the animal was jabbed with an electrical prod, a lab worker poked a volunteer's side with a sticklike device. The ground shook to simulate the prod's vibrations. The cow at the end was led toward a slaughterhouse. Participants then recorded what they ate for the next week. The study sought to uncover whether temporarily...
  • (Cannibal Islamist "Freedom Fighter") Syrian Rebel Bites Heart of Dead Soldier: Video

    05/13/2013 7:02:48 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 31 replies
    NYT ^ | May 13, 2013 | REUTERS
    Syrian Rebel Bites Heart of Dead Soldier: Video BEIRUT (Reuters) - A video of a Syrian rebel commander cutting the heart out of a soldier and biting into is emblematic of a civil war that has rapidly descended into sectarian hatred and revenge killings, Human Rights Watch said on Monday. The New York-based group said an amateur video posted on the Internet on Sunday shows Abu Sakkar, a founder of the rebel Farouq Brigade who is well known to journalists as an insurgent from Homs, cutting into the torso of a dead soldier. The video has caused outrage among both...
  • Are all telephone calls recorded and accessible to the US government?

    05/04/2013 4:17:38 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 59 replies
    The Guardian ^ | May 4, 2013 | Glenn Greenwald
    CLEMENTE: “No, there is a way. We certainly have ways in national security investigations to find out exactly what was said in that conversation. It’s not necessarily something that the FBI is going to want to present in court, but it may help lead the investigation and/or lead to questioning of her. We certainly can find that out. BURNETT: “So they can actually get that? People are saying, look, that is incredible. CLEMENTE: “No, welcome to America. All of that stuff is being captured as we speak whether we know it or like it or not.” >Snip< “All of that...
  • NYT Ethicist A Contest: Tell Us Why It’s Ethical to Eat Meat

    03/20/2012 3:36:14 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 108 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 20, 2012 | By ARIEL KAMINER
    Ethically speaking, vegetables get all the glory. In recent years, vegetarians — and to an even greater degree vegans, their hard-core inner circle — have dominated the discussion about the ethics of eating. From the philosopher Peter Singer, whose 1975 volume “Animal Liberation” galvanized an international movement, to the novelist Jonathan Safran Foer, who wrote the 2009 best seller “Eating Animals,” those who forswear meat have made the case that what we eat is a crucial ethical decision. To be just, they say, we must put down our cheeseburgers and join their ranks.
  • Homeland Security moves forward with 'pre-crime' detection (Big Government™ is watching you)

    10/07/2011 8:18:33 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 80 replies
    CNET ^ | 2011-10-07 | Declan McCullagh
    An internal U.S. Department of Homeland Security document indicates that a controversial program designed to predict whether a person will commit a crime is already being tested on some members of the public voluntarily, CNET has learned. If this sounds a bit like the Tom Cruise movie called "Minority Report," or the CBS drama "Person of Interest," it is. But where "Minority Report" author Philip K. Dick enlisted psychics to predict crimes, DHS is betting on algorithms: it's building a "prototype screening facility" that it hopes will use factors such as ethnicity, gender, breathing, and heart rate to "detect cues...

    01/06/2010 11:59:01 AM PST · by Nodems2000 · 95 replies · 2,938+ views
    Natural News ^ | Mike Adams
    Window cleaning chemical injected into fast food hamburger meat Mike Adams Natural News Wednesday, January 6th, 2010 If you’re in the beef business, what do you do with all the extra cow parts and trimmings that have traditionally been sold off for use in pet food? You scrape them together into a pink mass, inject them with a chemical to kill the e.coli, and sell them to fast food restaurants to make into hamburgers. That’s what’s been happening all across the USA with beef sold to McDonald’s, Burger King, school lunches and other fast food restaurants, according to a New...
  • US government Internet traffic to be screened: report

    07/03/2009 12:09:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies · 573+ views
    breitbart ^ | 7/3/09 | ap
    The Obama administration is planning to use the National Security Agency to screen Internet traffic between government agencies and the private sector, the Washington Post reported Friday. The project was first initiated by the previous administration of president George W. Bush and was due to be set in motion in February. The aim is to protect the government computer network from attacks from outside, the Post said quoting Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
  • Giant feral pig shot on Pilbara cattle station (seen eating a cow)

    05/31/2009 8:13:48 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 114 replies · 5,837+ views
    Sunday Times (Western Australia) ^ | 31st May 2009 | Narelle Towie
    THIS giant feral pig was shot on a Pilbara cattle station after it was spotted eating a dead cow. The picture has been circulating on the internet alongside claims the boar was killed at various locations across Australia. It was written off as a hoax by many, including WA's Department of Environment and Conservation, and sparked much debate when published on website PerthNow. But The Sunday Times has confirmed that the pig was shot on a Pilbara cattle station near Newman, 1200km northeast of Perth. Sources close to the family of the man in the photo have confirmed he is...
  • Miniature carnivore dinosaurs roamed North America (the size of a small chicken)

    03/17/2009 2:16:07 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies · 1,585+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 3/17/09 | Jean-Louis Santini
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – Meat-eating dinosaurs the size of a small chicken roamed areas of North America 75 million years ago, according to research by Canadian paleontologists. The mini-dinosaur, similar in appearance to the Velociraptor, is named Hesperonychus elizabethae and is the smallest carnivorous dinosaur known to have lived in North America. "Hesperonychus is currently the smallest dinosaur known from North America," said University of Calgary paleontologist Nick Longrich. "Its discovery just emphasizes how little we actually know, and it raises the possibility that there are even smaller ones out there." Longrich, together with University of Alberta paleontologist Philip Currie, are...
  • Right Wingnut Incitements to Violence Are Being Acted Upon THE FBI AND SECRET SERVICE NEED OUR HELP

    03/09/2009 10:16:59 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 217 replies · 8,010+ views
    A libtard blog ^ | March 9, 2009 |
    Excerpts: As you all know, Skyewriter recently wrote about the dangerous incitement to violence and direct threats at Free Republic. I also posted and directed you to Skywriter’s blog. Skyewriter and I were deluged with gun bloggers and other right wingnuts (and just nuts) who denied that this was a direct threat. ~~snip~~ One week after Skywriter posted and I directed those on my blog to the post, the Daily Kos posted on the same topic. They detailed a thread in which the wingnuts were ranting, no doubt with white froth at the mouth, about our duly elected President who...
  • White House abandons YouTube

    03/03/2009 7:39:36 AM PST · by SLB · 11 replies · 589+ views
    Federal Computer Week ^ | March 2, 2009
    Also in the News: White House abandons YouTube Mar 02, 2009 Privacy complaints force a change in plans With complaints by privacy activists stacking up, the White House has quietly dropped YouTube as the supplier of embedded videos on the White House home page, according to CNET news. Instead, the Obama administration will use its own Flash-based solution. The decision came following growing criticism of Google-owned YouTube's use of tracking cookies. The White House counsel recently issued a waiver to the long-held no-cookie presumption of privacy for visitors to the White House Web site, a decision challenged by privacy groups...
  • Intelligence Court Rules Wiretapping Power Legal

    01/15/2009 9:51:26 AM PST · by fremont_steve · 52 replies · 3,022+ views
    The New York Times ^ | January 15, 2009 | Eric Lichtblau
    WASHINGTON — A federal intelligence court, in a rare public opinion, is expected to issue a major ruling validating the power of the president and Congress to wiretap international phone calls and intercept e-mail messages without a court order, even when Americans’ private communications may be involved, according to a person with knowledge of the opinion.
  • Anticipating the First US CTO

    11/11/2008 9:21:29 AM PST · by Clint Williams · 3 replies · 230+ views
    Ecommerce Times ^ | 11/10/8 | Rob Enderle
    ...Picking the New US CTO Now, typically a spot like this would go to a big contributor or backer who would screw around for a couple of years before being replaced by someone else who wanted the title and responsibility. But I'm hoping Obama will break this trend and instead pick someone that could make a huge difference in how technology is used in this country. ... I ended up with four potential candidates: Al Gore, ...
  • Obama Voters Protest His Switch on Telecom Immunity

    07/02/2008 9:19:55 PM PDT · by neverdem · 38 replies · 117+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 2, 2008 | JAMES RISEN
    WASHINGTON — Senator Barack Obama’s decision to support legislation granting legal immunity to telecommunications companies that cooperated with the Bush administration’s program of wiretapping without warrants has led to an intense backlash among some of his most ardent supporters. Thousands of them are now using the same grass-roots organizing tools previously mastered by the Obama campaign to organize a protest against his decision. In recent days, more than 7,000 Obama supporters have organized on a social networking site on Mr. Obama’s own campaign Web site. They are calling on Mr. Obama to reverse his decision to endorse legislation supported by...
  • Republicans Making Concessions on FISA Surveillance Rules

    05/24/2008 8:22:38 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 18 replies · 235+ views
    AP via Cybercast News Service ^ | May 23, 2008 | Pamela Hess
    Republicans Making Concessions on FISA Surveillance RulesBy Pamela Hess, Associated Press May 23, 2008 Washington (AP) - A months-long logjam over a new government surveillance bill may be coming to an end, with Republicans offering a compromise that would let people who think they were illegally spied on by the government have their day in court -- albeit a secret one. House and Senate Republicans on Thursday unveiled their latest proposal aimed at resolving the roughly 40 civil lawsuits filed against telecommunications companies that allegedly cooperated in the so-called warrantless wiretapping program. The Republican proposal makes other concessions. It would:...
  • Big Brother database for phones and email

    05/20/2008 7:38:29 PM PDT · by grandpa jones · 17 replies · 171+ views
    Times On Line ^ | 5/20/08 | richard ford
    A massive government database holding details of every phone call, e-mail and time spent on the internet by the public is being planned as part of the fight against crime and terrorism. Internet service providers (ISPs) and telecoms companies would hand over the records to the Home Office under plans put forward by officials. The information would be held for at least 12 months and the police and security services would be able to access it if given permission from the courts. The proposal will raise further alarm about a “Big Brother” society, as it follows plans for vast databases...
  • Microsoft Helps Law Enforcement Get Around Encryption

    04/29/2008 9:31:07 PM PDT · by familyop · 7 replies · 133+ views
    IDG, PC World ^ | 29APR08 | Nancy Gohring, IDG News Service
    The growing use of encryption software -- like Microsoft's own BitLocker -- by cyber criminals has led Microsoft to develop a set of tools that law enforcement agents can use to get around the software, executives at the company said...Microsoft first released the toolset, called the Computer Online Forensic Evidence Extractor (COFEE)...Microsoft gives the software to agents for free.
  • Administration Set to Use New Spy Program in U.S.

    04/12/2008 12:03:08 PM PDT · by FreeInWV · 19 replies · 110+ views
    Washington Post ^ | April 12, 2008 | Spencer S. Hsu
    The Bush administration said yesterday that it plans to start using the nation's most advanced spy technology for domestic purposes soon, rebuffing challenges by House Democrats over the idea's legal authority. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said his department will activate his department's new domestic satellite surveillance office in stages, starting as soon as possible with traditional scientific and homeland security activities -- such as tracking hurricane damage, monitoring climate change and creating terrain maps. Sophisticated overhead sensor data will be used for law enforcement once privacy and civil rights concerns are resolved, he said. The department has previously said...
  • Comcast: FCC lacks any authority to act on P2P blocking (i.e.: Comcast to FCC: 'Drop dead!')

    03/19/2008 2:04:55 PM PDT · by dickmc · 15 replies · 759+ views
    ars technia ^ | March 18, 2008 | Matthew Lasar
    The man who spoke for Comcast at Harvard last month has told the Federal Communications Commission that the agency has no legal power to stop the cable giant from engaging in what it calls "network management practices" (critics call it peer-to-peer traffic blocking). Comcast vice president David L. Cohen's latest filing with the Commission claims that regulators can do nothing even if they conclude that Comcast's behavior runs afoul of the FCC's Internet neutrality guidelines. "The congressional policy and agency practice of relying on the marketplace instead of regulation to maximize consumer welfare has been proven by experience (including the...
  • House to close its doors for spying bill

    03/13/2008 9:40:24 PM PDT · by gondramB · 44 replies · 1,665+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | March 13, 2008
    WASHINGTON - House Democratic leaders agreed Thursday to a rare closed-door session — the first in 25 years — to debate surveillance legislation. Republicans requested privacy for what they termed "an honest debate" on the new Democratic eavesdropping bill that is opposed by the White House and most Republicans in Congress. The closed-door debate was scheduled for late Thursday night, after the House chamber could be cleared and swept by security personnel to make sure there are no listening devices. The last private session in the House was in 1983 on U.S. support for paramilitary operations in Nicaragua. Only five...
  • Deal Close on Wiretap Law, a Top Democrat Tells CNN

    03/02/2008 11:24:16 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 21 replies · 220+ views
    The New York Times ^ | March 3, 2008 | JASON DePARLE
    WASHINGTON — The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee hinted Sunday that a battle over an expired eavesdropping law might be moving toward a conclusion that gave phone companies the retroactive legal protections long sought by President Bush. The chairman, Representative Silvestre Reyes, Democrat of Texas, said in an interview on CNN that the committee had been talking to the companies “because if we’re going to give them blanket immunity, we want to know and understand what it is we’re giving immunity for.”Mr. Reyes did not specify what provisions a House bill might contain. But his use of the words...
  • Internet Freedom Jeopardized by Proposal Calling for Unnecessary and Burdensome Regulations

    02/15/2008 7:39:40 PM PST · by T.L.Sink · 29 replies · 65+ views
    Center for Individual Freedom ^ | Feb. 13, '08 | Press Release
    CFIF today voiced its opposition to the recently released "Net Neutrality" bill sponsored by Representatives Ed Markey and Chip Pickering. "If enacted, the dubiously-titled "Internet Freedom Preservation Act of 2008" would undo many of the framework policies that have fostered growth and innovation in telecommunications services in recent years," said CFIF President Jeffery Mazzella. "This legislation won't preserve Internet freedom. Rather, it will cripple a free and open market that continues to encourage unprecedented innovation and benefits consumers." "This legislation is nothing more than the heavy hand of government dictating the terms of service for the Internet," Mazzella continued.
  • Australia: Rat-eating plant discovered in Cape York

    01/23/2008 6:53:57 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 40 replies · 1,005+ views
    ABC ^ | 2008-01-22
    A rare new species of plant that eats small rats has been discovered at the tip of Cape York. Pitcher plants, otherwise known as flesh-eating plants, grow throughout Cape York but now a new, larger species that grows like a vine has been discovered. The new species has been called "Tenax".
  • Bush's phone immunity bill wins Senate vote

    12/17/2007 5:08:20 PM PST · by xcamel · 90 replies · 1,088+ views
    Reuters ^ | Mon Dec 17, 2007 7:50pm | By Thomas Ferraro
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush's demand for immunity for telephone companies that participated in his warrantless domestic spying program won an initial victory on Monday in the U.S. Senate. On a vote of 76-10, far more than the 60 needed, the Democratic-led Senate cleared a procedural hurdle and began considering a bill to increase congressional and judicial oversight of electronic surveillance of suspected terrorists. It includes a provision to grant retroactive immunity to any telecommunications company that took part in Bush's spying program -- surveillance without court warrants of e-mails and telephone calls of people in the United...
  • New Software Detects Web Interference

    11/28/2007 4:34:24 PM PST · by ShadowAce · 9 replies · 153+ views
    Excite news ^ | 28 November 2007 | JORDAN ROBERTSON
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Increasingly worried over Internet providers' behavior, a nonprofit has released software that helps determine whether online glitches are innocent hiccups or evidence of deliberate traffic tampering. The San Francisco-based digital rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation hopes the program, released Wednesday, will help uncover "data discrimination" - efforts by Internet providers to disrupt some uses of their services - in addition to the cases reported separately by EFF, The Associated Press and other sources. "People have all sorts of problems, and they don't know whether to attribute that to some sort of misconfiguration, or deliberate behavior...
  • Court rejects challenge to warrantless wiretaps

    11/16/2007 4:40:50 PM PST · by Jay777 · 7 replies · 123+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 16, 2007 | Henry Weinstein
    A federal appeals court in San Francisco today handed a major victory to the Bush administration, ruling that a lawsuit challenging the government's warrantless wiretapping program could not go forward because of the "state secrets" privilege. In a 3-0 decision, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the government, which had argued that allowing an Islamic charity's claims that it was illegally spied upon to go forward would threaten national security. In the opinion, Judge M. Margaret McKeown flatly rejected the government's argument that "the very subject matter of the litigation is a state secret." However, after reviewing...
  • Internet gambling is a target of Patrick bill (Big Brother is ALREADY watching???)

    11/10/2007 5:23:00 AM PST · by xtinct · 66 replies · 146+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 11/10/07 | Matt Viser
    Even as Governor Deval Patrick seeks to license three resort casinos in Massachusetts, he hopes to clamp down on the explosion in Internet gambling by making it illegal for state residents to place a bet on line. He has proposed jail terms of up to two years and $25,000 fines for violators. The provision, buried deep in Patrick's bill to allow three casinos to the state, puts the governor at odds with a fellow Democrat: US Representative Barney Frank, the sponsor of federal legislation to license and regulate online gambling nationally. Yesterday Frank strongly criticized the governor's plan to punish...
  • State's carnivore specialist helped people, cougars coexist

    09/10/2007 10:05:23 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies · 320+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | September 10, 2007 | Ralph Thomas
    Editor's note: Rocky Spencer had one of the most unusual job titles in all of state government: carnivore specialist. Spencer and his main co-worker, a dog named Mishka, searched the forests of East King County for evidence of cougars that roam in and around the suburbs there. He and Brian Kertson, a University of Washington doctoral student, had been conducting the most in-depth study ever on the cougars that live alongside the state's largest concentration of humans. Spencer, 55, was killed Saturday while working on a project to relocate bighorn sheep from the Yakima River canyon. He accidentally walked into...
  • AT&T To Spy on Your Internet Traffic

    06/28/2007 8:28:10 AM PDT · by PajamaTruthMafia · 41 replies · 1,263+ views
    PCWorld ^ | 6/13/07 | Erik Larkin
    AT&T is getting together with Hollywood studios and recording companies to develop technology to snoop on your Internet traffic in search of pirated material, according to a story posted today by the LA Times. You'll need to register for free with the Times site to read the original story. At a time when Apple, EMI and other companies are making the no-brainer, money-making decision to sell music without cumbersome and annoying digital-rights management, AT&T has decided to go the "Privacy? What privacy?" route. This should flat out be illegal. To me, it's akin to AT&T deciding they're going to wiretap...
  • One Small carnivore Survived The Last Ice Age In Ireland

    04/23/2007 5:41:48 PM PDT · by blam · 30 replies · 1,960+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 4-22-2007 | Queen's University Belfast
    Source: Queen's University Belfast Date: April 22, 2007 One Small Carnivore Survived The Last Ice Age In Ireland Science Daily — You may well ask the question, where did the animals and plants of modern day Ireland and Britain come from? Published in the journal, Proceedings of the Royal Society, scientists at Queen’s University Belfast have uncovered evidence that stoats survived in Ireland at the coldest point of the last Ice Age, 23,500 years ago. The research has revealed that despite few animals or plants surviving the millennia of freezing cold and ice, the Irish stoats had real staying power....
  • NSA - Lying Rage (Clinton haunting continues)

    05/13/2006 11:14:40 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 20 replies · 391+ views
    Mac's Mind ^ | 5-13-06
    After telling you yesterday that all this stuff about NSA phone number farming is OLD news and in fact TWELEVE Years old, and the fact that Mr. Hagel is full of crap when he feigns ignorance and outrage (He can forget the Presidential race in 2008 - he's already anathema to the Right). But a fact of that previous post needs repeating over and over again because it's the only way the truth will get told. Democrats that are complaining about NSA phone number farming have no one to bitch to but themselves. Now some of the media are bringing...
  • USA Today NSA Scoop Not News

    05/11/2006 10:40:07 AM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 26 replies · 1,413+ views ^ | May 11, 2006 | Carl Limbacher
    The USA Today "scoop" on the NSA's massive telephone surveillance program isn't really news at all - though liberal media outlets have been blaring the story as a shocking revelation all Thursday morning. The Agency, the paper announced ominously, "has been secretly collecting the phone call records of tens of millions of Americans . . . The NSA program reaches into homes and businesses across the nation by amassing information about the calls of ordinary Americans — most of whom aren't suspected of any crime." But as NewsMax noted in December - back when the New York Times tried to...
  • Government Moves to Intervene in AT&T Surveillance Case

    04/28/2006 9:15:43 PM PDT · by lainie · 6 replies · 396+ views
    DOJ Will Assert Military and State Secrets Privilege and Request Dismissal of Lawsuit San Francisco - The United States government filed a "Statement of Interest" Friday in the Electronic Frontier Foundation's (EFF's) class-action lawsuit against AT&T, announcing that the government would "assert the military and state secrets privilege" and "intervene to seek dismissal" of the case. EFF's lawsuit accuses AT&T of collaborating with the National Security Agency in its massive surveillance program. EFF's evidence regarding AT&T's dragnet surveillance of its networks, currently filed under seal, includes a declaration by Mark Klein, a retired AT&T telecommunications technician, and several internal AT&T...
  • BRAKING HARD! Careful, freerepublic isn't so free!! Zot me please, before I troll again.

    04/28/2006 2:25:20 AM PDT · by citizen_suntan · 96 replies · 1,866+ views
    Yes i know this will probably be zotted within 2 minutes of posting, but freepers watch out.. The admins monitor your PM's. The absolutely most disgusting abuse of power i've ever seen.. Now i know there are 400 of you morons ready to hit me with your ZOT pictures, go for it.. it just proves how pathetic you are. Keep on blaming the Clinton administration for this president's mistakes, keep making excuses.. You are comic relief. See you on DU :)) (and watch what you say in your PM's, they are under heavy watch) later ho's.
  • ISP Snooping Gaining Support

    04/14/2006 1:21:05 PM PDT · by steve-b · 68 replies · 1,548+ views
    CNet ^ | 4/14/06 | Declan McCullagh
    The explosive idea of forcing Internet providers to record their customers' online activities for future police access is gaining ground in state capitols and in Washington, D.C.... Mandatory data retention requirements worry privacy advocates because they permit police to obtain records of e-mail chatter, Web browsing or chat-room activity that normally would have been discarded after a few months. And some proposals would require providers to retain data that ordinarily never would have been kept at all.... Jim Harper, director of information policy studies at the free-market Cato Institute, was the member of the Homeland Security's Data Privacy and Integrity...
  • Spy Agency Mined Vast Data Trove, Officials Report: NYT [Treason Alert]

    12/23/2005 8:05:47 PM PST · by MindBender26 · 378 replies · 11,016+ views
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 23 - The National Security Agency has traced and analyzed large volumes of telephone and Internet communications flowing into and out of the United States as part of the eavesdropping program that President Bush approved after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to hunt for evidence of terrorist activity, according to current and former government officials. The volume of information harvested from telecommunication data and voice networks, without court-approved warrants, is much larger than the White House has acknowledged, the officials said. It was collected by tapping directly into some of the American telecommunication system's main arteries, they said....
  • NYT: NSA Spying Broader Than Bush Admitted

    12/23/2005 9:44:00 PM PST · by Bullitt · 90 replies · 2,136+ views
    Yahoo.Com ^ | 12/23/2005 | AP
    NEW YORK - The National Security Agency has conducted much broader surveillance of e-mails and phone calls — without court orders — than the Bush administration has acknowledged, The New York Times reported on its Web site. The NSA, with help from American telecommunications companies, obtained access to streams of domestic and international communications, said the Times in the report late Friday, citing unidentified current and former government officials.
  • Robots are Listening! (Aluminum Hat Required, but it's certainly a little scary if true)

    12/23/2005 3:40:23 PM PST · by grigoriugrigore · 125 replies · 2,610+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | December 23, 2005 | Charlie Savage
    WASHINGTON -- The National Security Agency, in carrying out President Bush's order to intercept the international phone calls and e-mails of Americans suspected of links to Al Qaeda, has probably been using computers to monitor all other Americans' international communications as well, according to specialists familiar with the workings of the NSA. The Bush administration and the NSA have declined to provide details about the program the president authorized in 2001, but specialists said the agency serves as a vast data collection and sorting operation. It captures reams of data from satellites, fiberoptic lines, and Internet switching stations, and then...
  • “Bush Spying Story” Is Four Years Old

    12/19/2005 11:34:08 AM PST · by Sam Hill · 75 replies · 2,419+ views
    Sweetness & Light ^ | December 19, 2005 | N/A
    Somehow the geeky Wired News managed to scoop the vaunted New York Times by more than four years: Bush Submits His Laws for WarBy Declan McCullagh 10:15 AM Sep. 20, 2001 PT WASHINGTON -- President Bush sent his anti-terrorism bill to Congress late Wednesday, launching an emotional debate that will force U.S. politicians to choose between continued freedom for Americans or greater security. Created in response to last week's bloody attacks, the draft "Mobilization Against Terrorism Act" (MATA) rewrites laws dealing with wiretapping, eavesdropping and immigration. The draft, intended to increase prosecutors' courtroom authority, also unleashes the government's Echelon and...
  • OH MY (60 minutes Echelon exposed transcript Feb 27th, 2000)

    12/18/2005 7:57:09 PM PST · by hipaatwo · 115 replies · 7,209+ views
    NRO ^ | Mark (the great one) Levin
    What's this?
  • Clinton administration plan for FBI spying on email - (not hard to find)

    12/18/2005 8:05:56 AM PST · by xcamel · 13 replies · 2,156+ views
    wsws (yuk!) ^ | 2 August 2000 | Patrick Martin
    The Clinton administration announced July 17 that it would seek broad powers to compel Internet Service Providers to allow FBI monitoring of email messages, using a powerful software package devised by the police agency and given the ominous title of “Carnivore.” In its familiar style, the White House is packaging this reactionary plan as a “reform,” presenting an expansion of wiretapping as an effort to set limits on the FBI and insure civil liberties. Chief of Staff John D. Podesta, in a speech to the National Press Club, declared, “It's time to update and harmonize our existing laws to give...
  • NYT: Bush Secretly Lifted Some Limits on Spying in U.S. After 9/11, Officials Say

    12/15/2005 5:27:25 PM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 180 replies · 2,968+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 15, 2005 | JAMES RISEN and ERIC LICHTBLAUD
    Months after the Sept. 11 attacks, President Bush secretly authorized the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on Americans and others inside the United States to search for evidence of terrorist activity without the court-approved warrants ordinarily required for domestic spying, according to government officials. Under a presidential order signed in 2002, the intelligence agency has monitored the international telephone calls and international e-mail messages of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people inside the United States without warrants over the past three years in an effort to track possible "dirty numbers" linked to Al Qaeda, the officials said. The agency, they said,...
  • Strange New Carnivore Species Sighted On Borneo

    12/05/2005 5:15:46 PM PST · by FReepaholic · 80 replies · 2,508+ views
    Reuters ^ | 12/5/2005 | Reuters
    GENEVA (Reuters) - Environmental researchers are preparing to capture what they call a new, mysterious species of carnivore on Borneo, the first such discovery on the wildlife-rich Indonesian island in over a century. Swiss-based environmental group WWF said on Monday its researchers photographed the strange animal, which looks like a cross between a cat and a fox, in the dense, central mountainous rainforests of Borneo.
  • Alternative browsers pose challenge for cybersleuths

    09/01/2005 12:48:22 AM PDT · by Panerai · 41 replies · 1,235+ views
    Cnet News ^ | August 31, 2005 | Joris Evers
    The advent of Firefox and other Web browser alternatives to Internet Explorer means cybercops have to learn new tricks for their investigations. Internet Explorer hides nothing from cops and other investigators who examine PCs to discover which sites the user has visited. They know the location of the IE browser cache, cookie files and history and know how to read those files. Also, popular forensics tools can help out. But that story changes when it comes to alternative browsers such as Firefox and Opera. These programs use different structures, files and naming conventions for the data investigators are after and...
  • Israel And Freedom For Jonathan Pollard

    04/28/2005 1:50:07 PM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 125 replies · 2,599+ views
    Jerusalem Post / Israel News Agency ^ | April 28, 2005 | Caroline Glick / Joel Leyden
    Israel And Freedom For Jonathan Pollard By Caroline Glick The Jerusalem Post - With INA Publisher's Note Below Jerusalem ---- April 28......Jonathan Pollard is one of the most polarizing figures of our times. Pollard, a former intelligence analyst in US naval intelligence, has now served 20 years of a life imprisonment sentence following his conviction for transferring classified US intelligence materials relating to Arab ballistic missile and nonconventional weapons programs to Israel from May 1984 until his arrest in November 1985. For his contribution to Israel's security and for his long suffering in prison, Israel considers Pollard a national hero....
  • Fremont Residents: Limit Grizzlies to Parks

    12/10/2004 11:40:23 AM PST · by hardhead · 32 replies · 827+ views
    Casper Star-Tribune ^ | December 10, 2004 | Brodie Farquhar
    RIVERTON -- More than 300 people crowded into the conference facility of the Riverton Holiday Inn Tuesday night, most to protest the grizzly bear occupancy management plan presented by officials of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. The informational meeting, followed by a rancorous question-and-answer session that lasted until 11 p.m., was supposed to explain how the grizzly bear would be managed in Wyoming being removed from federal protection. Quite a few members of the audience sported large, cardboard lapel pins featuring a grizzly bear behind a picket fence, with the caption, "No griz in my backyard." Conservationists were in...
  • Hardee’s serves up 1,420-calorie burger (Pictures)

    11/17/2004 2:14:18 PM PST · by BigRedState · 157 replies · 4,985+ views
  • Twin Towers 'Key Suspect' Breaks Cover To Email Wife In Germany

    07/24/2004 5:47:22 PM PDT · by blam · 5 replies · 816+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7-25-2004 | Massoud Ansari/Tony Paterson
    Twin Towers 'key suspect' breaks cover to email wife in Germany By Massoud Ansari in Karachi and Tony Paterson in Berlin (Filed: 25/07/2004) A key September 11 suspect who disappeared eight days before the attacks on the World Trade Centre has broken his cover by emailing his wife in Germany, prompting Pakistani police to renew their hunt for him. Said Bahaji, 29, a German of Moroccan origin who is alleged to have been the link between the Hamburg al-Qaeda cell - which masterminded the attacks - and Osama bin Laden, is believed to have been hiding in Pakistan and Afghanistan...

    12/22/2001 7:10:13 AM PST · by It'salmosttolate · 47 replies · 2,737+ views AND ^ | Dec 2001 |
  • Spring (Texas) man raided by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services (Scary Carnivore reference!)

    11/19/2003 11:39:05 AM PST · by TexRef · 34 replies · 215+ views
    The Villager ^ | November 13, 2003 | Jim Belew
    Three days before Halloween, George Norris, 24407 Pine Canyon Drive, Spring, got a visit from a U.S. agency that proved scarier than any spook or goblin. He is still recovering from the encounter. Norris, 65, and his wife, Kathy, own Spring Orchid Specialties. "I import orchids from all around the world and have been doing it more than 25 years," he said. A small greenhouse is located in the back of their home. The income supplements his Social Security check. He suffers from diabetes, arthritis and heart problems and is unable to work, he said. At 10 a.m. Oct. 28,...