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  • Feds Interrogate Man Wearing Google Glass in Movie Theater

    01/21/2014 10:26:20 AM PST · by Red Badger · 100 replies
    betabeat.com ^ | 1/21/14 9:35am | By Jordyn Taylor
    As if you needed another reason not to wear your dumb Google Glass in public—or ever, actually—an Ohio man claims he was yanked out of a movie theater and interrogated by federal agents, who believed he was illegally filming the movie with his face computer. The man’s full account is posted on The Gadgeteer, but we’ll summarize it here so you can get the gist of it before you’re engulfed forever in this ghastly winter storm. Last Saturday, our Glass-wearing protagonist and his wife went to a showing of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit at an AMC in Columbus, Ohio. About...
  • Resisting the Surveillance State

    07/28/2013 7:44:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 28, 2013 | Steve Chapman
    George W. Bush and Dick Cheney spent eight years choking personal privacy to within an inch of its life. After they were done, Barack Obama showed up, expressed heartfelt sympathy and stood on its throat. But despite their efforts, it isn't quite dead. Last week, it showed definite signs of life. That happened thanks to the combined efforts of people in Congress on the right and the left who assembled under a figurative banner reading, "They're liars and we don't trust them." Appalled by the mass collection of phone records by the National Security Agency, they proposed that such surveillance...
  • Obama's Scandals Driving Down His Job Approval

    06/14/2013 3:20:02 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 14, 2013 | Donald Lambro
    President Obama's job approval polls are declining, proving Abraham Lincoln's admonition that you can't fool all the people all the time. The Gallup Poll reported Thursday that Obama's job approval grade has fallen to an embarrassing 46 percent and that 47 percent of those polled disapprove of his second term performance, up by three points. To add insult to injury, Obama has to swallow the news that his Republican predecessor, on whom he has blamed all of his problems, is now much more popular -- in fact, he's more popular than Obama right now. A separate Gallup survey finds that...
  • IRS Checking Out Your Facebook and Twitter to Help Keep You Honest

    04/06/2013 9:38:07 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 20 replies
    WHPTV.com ^ | April 3, 2013 | Jesse Knutson
    IRS checking out your Facebook and Twitter to help keep you honest You have less than two weeks to file your taxes and your Facebook or Twitter accounts could end up getting you in big trouble with the IRS. They're looking for tax cheaters. The IRS has been known to check car records, employment documents and other public records. Now, your social media page is on that list too. “I think that’s a little bit ridiculous,” replied one person we talked to. Some of the people we talked to were surprised. “I think it’s still an invasion of privacy,” commented...
  • Presumed Guilty in the Name of Fighting Terrorism

    12/29/2012 6:48:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 29, 2012 | Bob Barr
    The legal principle placing the burden of proof on accusers rather than the accused can be traced back to Second and Third Century Roman jurist, Julius Paulus Prudentissimus. Yet, this ancient concept, which forms the legal and moral cornerstone of the American judicial system, is quickly being undermined in the name of “national security.” In August 2004, President George W. Bush created the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) via Executive Order 13354. The organization was then codified in December of that year in the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (IRTPA). The primary purpose of this secretive government agency...
  • Code Enforcement Officer Walks Into Home (Yells at Sleeping Woman to Mow Her Lawn)

    07/10/2012 9:04:18 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 65 replies
    WJBF.com ^ | July 02, 2012 | Michael Miller
    Code Enforcement Officer Walks Into Home Monday morning, Erica Masters was sleeping in her bed when Columbia County Code Compliance Officer Jimmy Vowell came to serve a violation notice for her grass being too long. Erica caught the whole incident on tape. "He let himself in and actually came through the house and into my bedroom. And yelled at me to wake me up, to let me know that I needed to come back outside and sign the violation notice." Erica says she was freaked out seeing a stranger in her doorway. "I woke up, I didn't have my glasses...
  • Our Smart Meter Battle Has Started

    07/07/2012 1:12:52 PM PDT · by Windflier · 84 replies
    Email | 6 July 2012 | Unknown Patriot
    Subject: Our Smart Meter battle has started in the Dallas, TX area... Hello, Last week, we received a Smart Meter installation notification letter from Oncor, and today I refused to allow an Oncor contractor access to our meter. I made many copies of the below letter and hand walked them to all my neighbors. If you have Smart Meter information available that will assist us with this battle, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank You, Rachel http://www.unitedamericanos.com/ Copy of letter below: Hello neighbor, On June 29th, 2012, we received a Smart Meter installation letter from Oncor at our home. We...
  • Shatner drops pants at L.A. airport

    06/29/2012 10:53:41 AM PDT · by PT57A · 87 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | June 28, 2012
    Star Trek legend William Shatner was left nursing a bruised ego when his trousers fell down during an airport security check in front of dozens of fellow travellers.
  • SMART METERS: THE NEW SILENT KILLERS (Part 1 of 2)

    09/02/2011 6:41:06 PM PDT · by yorkie · 71 replies
    Liberty News ^ | September 2, 2011 | Staff
    “The electromagnetic field is the perfect secret agent: you cannot see it, you cannot smell it, you cannot hear it, and its effects are slow but relentless.” -By Volter Hertenstein, MP Bavarian Parliament I ask NWVs to post this column on a Friday because it does require many hours of reading to fully understand the issue. By necessity, this new column is two parts as I'm trying, as I did in my first column, to put as much credible information all together in one place to make it easier for everyone fighting this new silent killer. We're all pressed for...
  • Dying Woman Undergoes Additional TSA Security Screening, Says Family

    06/26/2011 3:26:20 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 130 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 26, 2011
    An elderly woman in the late-stages of leukemia was forced to undergo 45 minutes of additional screenings last Saturday when she tried to board a flight out of Northwest Florida Regional Airport, her daughter told FoxNews.com Lena Reppert, 95, was to say her final goodbyes to her daughter before she made what would most likely be her last flight to her native Michigan. After eight years of battling leukemia, doctors say she doesn’t have much time to live. “She said she wanted to be closer to her grave,” Jean Weber, her daughter, told FoxNews.com. “I knew it would probably...
  • 2 Rutgers Freshmen Charged Making Sex Tape Of Student (The young man killed himself)

    09/29/2010 11:19:14 AM PDT · by Frantzie · 522 replies · 1+ views
    PIX Channel 11 NJ ^ | 9-29-2010 | ARTHUR CHI'EN and SHELLEY NG
    NEW JERSEY (WPIX) — A freshman at Rutgers University is believed to have committed suicide after he was secretly taped by two other students during a sexual encounter, police said. The video was allegedly broadcast on the internet.
  • Scanner Vans Allow Drive-By Snooping

    09/27/2010 8:29:34 AM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 19 replies
    Forbes.com ^ | 09.27.10, 12:00 AM ET | Andy Greenberg
    Privacy-conscious travelers may cringe to think of the full-body scanners finding their way into dozens of airport checkpoints around the country. Most likely aren't aware that the same technology, capable of seeing through walls and clothes, has also been rolling out on U.S. streets. American Science & Engineering, a company based in Billerica, Mass., has sold U.S. and foreign government agencies more than 500 backscatter X-ray scanners mounted in vans that can be driven past neighboring vehicles or cargo containers to snoop into their contents. And while the biggest buyer of AS&E's machines over the last seven years has been...
  • Are Bank Safe Deposit Boxes Safe? No

    11/02/2009 7:31:28 PM PST · by blam · 23 replies · 1,991+ views
    The Market Oracle ^ | 11-2-2009 | David Vaughn
    Are Bank Safe Deposit Boxes Safe? No Commodities / Gold & Silver 2009 Nov 02, 2009 - 06:02 PM By: David_Vaughn Got a lot of email when I suggested that safe deposit boxes are not safe from bank or government intrusion. In most minds the “safe deposit box” is the “holy grail.” Our comfort will always be OK as long as our safe deposit box remains safe from others ill intent. Noticed the last few years how the Swiss Banks are no longer confidential places for one to store anything of value? The US government has applied pressure on Switzerland...
  • Former Hollywood private eye ordered to trial (Clinton Goon Caused Reporter To Fear For Life)

    08/05/2009 1:12:58 PM PDT · by icwhatudo · 2 replies · 443+ views
    Google news ^ | 8-06-09 | Staff
    SNIP: Prosecutors allege Pellicano hired Alexander Proctor between April and June 2002 to intimidate then-Los Angeles Times reporter Anita Busch "to cause her to fear for her life." The criminal complaint alleges Proctor went to Busch's Los Angeles County home and placed a dead fish with a rose in its mouth on the windshield of her car.
  • Strickland puts director on leave in fund-raising probe (Joe the Plumber snooper busted!)

    11/07/2008 4:32:21 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 30 replies · 1,875+ views
    THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH ^ | Friday, November 7, 2008 | Randy Ludlow
    Gov. Ted Strickland has placed the director of the Department of Job and Family Services on paid leave for possibly using a state computer and e-mail account for political fund raising. The governor took the action against Helen Jones-Kelley, director of the state agency, late this afternoon. Strickland said he asked Inspector General Thomas P. Charles to investigate the matter. He named Jan Allen, secretary of his cabinet, to serve as acting director of Job and Family Services. The Dispatch filed a public-records request last week that requested any Jones-Kelley e-mails that mentioned Democrat Barack Obama, who won election as...
  • Toledo police clerk charged in Joe The Plumber snooping case (Police Clerk is an ACORN worker?)

    10/28/2008 3:14:32 PM PDT · by IllumiNaughtyByNature · 120 replies · 6,404+ views
    Michelle Malkin via Ace HQ ^ | 10/27/2008 | Michelle MAlkin
    Just in: The Toledo Police Department confirms that one of its records clerks has been charged with performing an unlawful search of Joe The Plumber’s records. That makes two Ohio government employees identified in the snooping case. (Obama donor Helen Jones-Kelly, director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, approved a separate search. More are being investigated.) snip...
  • Inspector general investigating access to Joe the Plumber's personal information

    10/27/2008 9:52:55 AM PDT · by randita · 23 replies · 1,577+ views
    Columbus Dispatch ^ | 10/27/08 | Randy Ludlow
    Inspector general investigating access to Joe the Plumber's personal information Monday, October 27, 2008 11:33 AM By Randy Ludlow The Columbus Dispatch Personal information on "Joe the Plumber" was sought through the state's child-support computer in a check run from the main offices of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Ohio Inspector General Thomas P. Charles confirmed today that he is investigating the incident. He declined to provide details. The inquiry on Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher was run through the Support Enforcement Tracking System from the state department's offices in downtown Columbus. The use of a state computer system...
  • To Register Doubts, Press Here

    09/19/2008 1:27:07 PM PDT · by jessduntno · 22 replies · 201+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 15, 2003 | Sam Lubbell
    "Mike Kernell, a longtime Tennessee state assemblyman from Memphis and a technology enthusiast, is concerned about future elections because the new machines are harder to get a look at. ''We used to be able to check the machines and see if they'd been tampered with,'' he said. ''It is now almost impossible.'' Mr. Kernell wonders whether he will have to hire a computer programmer in his next race to make sure the machines are working smoothly and haven't been tampered with. ''We've hit a brick wall,'' he said." - NY Times A "technology enthusiast" indeed. Did he help with his...
  • Palin Hacker Identified? Claims E-Mails Are Proof Palin Did No Wrong

    09/18/2008 9:51:20 AM PDT · by staticmh · 95 replies · 583+ views
    The Jawa Report ^ | September 18, 2008
    I'm getting bombarded with e-mails claiming that at least one of the persons responsible for hacking into Sarah Palin's personal e-mail account is David Kernell, the son of Tennessee state representative & Democrat Mike Kernell. The evidence is that the hacker responsible uses the e-mail: rubico10@yahoo.com . That email was used at one time by a person named David Kernell. Democratic politician Mike Kernell has a son named David. Pretty thin, but it's a starting place. Also, earlier I posted that it would be relatively easy to track down the Palin hacker by comparing the Wikileak IPs to the IPs...
  • Email-gate: MSNBC-Politico Focus on Possible Negatives . . . For Palin

    09/18/2008 11:18:51 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 42 replies · 179+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    One or more people, very likely supporters of Barack Obama, hack Sarah Palin's email account and publish her private correspondence on the web. So MSNBC and Politico naturally want to know if. . . Palin did anything wrong and whether there might be anything embarrassing to her in the purloined e-letters. Discussion of possible negative implications for Barack Obama? Zilch. Talk about blaming the victim. Norah O'Donnell, subbing for Andrea Mitchell during MSNBC's 1PM EDT hour, interviewed Politico's Jim VandeHei. View video here.
  • Hacking Sarah Palin's Email Account was not Our Idea: [ But it Was!! ]

    09/18/2008 8:39:58 AM PDT · by rface · 32 replies · 330+ views
    RADAR ^ | 9.18.08 | Neel Shah
    You are clever and creative; it's time to find a target worthy of your talents. Like Sarah Palin. Start harassing her! ......PS: Don't blow up our servers. Thanks! .....and that it was time for them to find a new target. We even threw out a suggestion: Sarah Palin! And then yesterday, this happened........ Just last week, we posted a brief open letter to Anonymous, the Internet-based rabble-rousers who have made a name for themselves taking on Scientology, in which we said that they'd succeeded in ruining the Church's reputation, and that it was time for them to find a new...
  • Bin Brother is watching you (City puts RFID chips on garbage cans to track recycling)

    04/14/2008 9:27:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies · 94+ views
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation ^ | April 14, 2008 | Karen Barlow
    There is revolution going on in waste management, which Big Brother would be proud of. Tucked away under the rim of wheelie bins found in two Sydney councils are small radio frequency tracking devices collecting information on a household's waste habits. Randwick Mayor Bruce Notley-Smith told The World Today they are the way of the future. "We will be able to find out the weights of the various bins and collect the data, the entire amount, as opposed to the quantity that is recyclable," he said. The garbage truck reads the data on the bin, weighs the bin, and the...
  • Coming soon, an X-ray vision gun

    01/17/2008 10:06:01 AM PST · by BGHater · 15 replies · 173+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 17 Jan 2008 | Ben Farmer
    The superhero power to see through walls will soon be within the grasp of ordinary mortals, thanks to a new hand-held X-ray scanner. Inventors hope the gadget could revolutionise police work and Customs searches by allowing officers to seek out contraband, weapons, bombs or hidden people. The LEXID device sends out low-level X-rays which are collected in a lens based on the design of a lobster's eye. Rick Shie, senior vice-president of its American inventors, Physical Optics Corporation, said that lobsters' eyes, which are able to see in deep, murky water, use thousands of tiny squares to focus by reflection...
  • Hear Voices? It May Be an Ad

    12/11/2007 10:16:24 PM PST · by fishhound · 65 replies · 382+ views
    Ad Age ^ | December 10, 2007 | Andrew Hampp
    NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- New Yorker Alison Wilson was walking down Prince Street in SoHo last week when she heard a woman's voice right in her ear asking, "Who's there? Who's there?" She looked around to find no one in her immediate surroundings. Then the voice said, "It's not your imagination." Indeed it isn't. It's an ad for "Paranormal State," a ghost-themed series premiering on A&E this week. The billboard uses technology manufactured by Holosonic that transmits an "audio spotlight" from a rooftop speaker so that the sound is contained within your cranium. The technology, ideal for museums and libraries...
  • Immigration Bill To Collect American Info

    05/18/2007 6:15:25 PM PDT · by thebaron512 · 42 replies · 1,235+ views
    Immigration Bill To Collect American Info By Elliott West, Raleigh Chronicle News Editor Friday, May 18, 2007 WASHINGTON DC - Although a new immigration bill that was passed by the United State Senate last year chiefly addresses illegal immigration, some components of the bill will definitely benefit the Internal Revenue Service and other government agencies by tracking all sources of wages and compensation by American workers, even those who are legally American citizens. The Immigration Bill Status The controversial Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006 was already passed by the Senate in late April of 2006 and another version of...
  • AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS DENIES RFID USE (link to video created for AE)

    08/09/2006 1:39:02 PM PDT · by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace · 44 replies · 1,931+ views
    Caspian newsletter via e-mail ^ | August 9, 2006 | Caspian newsletter
    On the eve of a major RFID apparel and footwear conference, privacy activists are asking questions about an Orwellian industry video presentation depicting the use of Radio Frequency Identification at an American Eagle Outfitters store. The animated video, created by technology integrator CompEx Inc., depicts how a retailer could embed the controversial technology into clothing and credit cards to secretly identify and track consumers--even deliver targeted marketing messages. "American Eagle Outfitters has assured us that it is not using RFID in its stores or operations, and we applaud them for that. But consumers need to know that this technology exists...
  • 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
    Me.
    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.
  • Stay Out of My Trash! (Vanity)

    11/29/2005 8:59:34 AM PST · by Awestruck · 69 replies · 1,498+ views
    11-29-05 | me
    I woke up this morning to find a city worker peeking inside my trash cans, when asked just what the hey did he think he was doing, he replied, this isn't a warning, just information, but styrofoam doesn't go in the blue container! This is just one more indignity in the long line of city choke holds that goes on in Fresno, California. We have water nazis to make sure we water at the appropriate time and on the appropriate day, we have chimney nazis to make sure we don't light our fireplaces on an unnapproved day, and now, apparently,...
  • Reuters Says Bush Photo Not 'Malicious,' (Washington Post plans to run a story on it)

    09/15/2005 1:27:32 PM PDT · by Uncle Joe Cannon · 245 replies · 7,820+ views
    Reuters Says Bush Photo Not 'Malicious,' Reports Wide Interest In it By E&P Staff Published: September 15, 2005 4:30 PM ET NEW YORK With confirmation today that an accidental photo of President Bush at the United Nations on Wednesday, writing a note to Secretary of State Condeezza Rice about a “bathroom break,” was indeed real, newspapers around the U.S. and abroad are now planning to run it widely. But many, it seems, will treat it as something more than a joke. A source at the Washington Post tells E&P that the paper is considering it for prominent play tomorrow morning,...
  • Agency seeking wireless records (Penna. agency cell phone anonyminity alert!)

    08/23/2005 10:28:46 PM PDT · by buzzyboop · 16 replies · 593+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | August 23, 2005 | Mike Wereschagin
    Pennsylvania officials who track down deadbeat parents want to mine cell phone records -- an untapped resource that contains information about more than half the people in the state. Part of the allure of cell phones is their portability and anonymity -- they go where you go, and no one gets the number unless you give it to them. An estimated 6.5 million of Pennsylvania's 12.4 million people have cell phones. Inspired by new tracking programs in Virginia and Iowa, Pennsylvania's child support bureau wants to see whether any cell phone owners owe back child support. Law enforcement agencies have...
  • Judge to rule on legality of cell-phone skirt photo

    08/10/2005 8:44:23 AM PDT · by george wythe · 113 replies · 2,672+ views
    The attorney for a Virginia man told a Cumberland County judge Tuesday that, though his client acted in bad taste when he took a picture up a woman's skirt, he wasn't doing anything illegal. "I have no doubt that what (Robert G.) Sullivan did was highly offensive. ... "It was stupid, it was immoral, it was insulting — it just wasn't criminal under the invasion of privacy law," John "Jay" Abom argued in the non-jury trial before Judge Edgar Bayley. [snip] The woman's friend, who was working at a restaurant in Capital City Mall's food court at the time, told...
  • The Real Joke (Sacrificing liberty for convenience)

    08/06/2005 11:08:47 AM PDT · by Prime Choice · 29 replies · 1,086+ views
    Sacred Cow Burgers ^ | 08/06/2005 | Sacred Cow Burgers
  • Employees Sue Company Over Secret Tapings (Videotaped While Using Restroom)

    07/01/2005 2:03:11 AM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 17 replies · 823+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 7/01/2005 | AP
    MESA, Ariz. - Nearly 100 employees of a trash collecting company in Phoenix have filed a lawsuit, alleging that people were videotaped while using the restroom. Waste Management lawyer Michael Manning said there was videorecording equipment in the men's restroom of the company's building but it was to catch vandals and drug users at night. He said nobody ever watched the recordings unless there were signs of vandalism or drug use in the restroom first, which there were none after the equipment was installed. Manning said the lawsuit is an attempt by union organizers to malign the national trash collection...
  • Backlash fear over Saddam pictures

    05/20/2005 9:37:12 AM PDT · by BullDog108 · 121 replies · 2,766+ views
    Thisislondon.co.uk ^ | 5/20/5 | Daily Mail
    Backlash fear over Saddam picturesDaily Mail Sensational pictures of Saddam Hussein in his underwear were printed last night - reigniting the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal. The toppled dictator is seen in his jail cell wearing nothing but white underpants as he folds a pair of trousers. Saddam is being held by U.S. guards and it is believed the photographs, printed in later editions of today's Sun, were taken by American sources. The newspaper would not say how it came by the pictures or give any details about how they were taken. But the humiliating image of such a high-profile prisoner...
  • Congress set to impose ID card rules: States would need to verify papers

    05/05/2005 12:57:26 PM PDT · by Destro · 121 replies · 2,027+ views
    boston.com ^ | May 5, 2005 | Charlie Savage
    Congress set to impose ID card rules States would need to verify papers By Charlie Savage, Globe Staff | May 5, 2005 WASHINGTON -- Congressional negotiators have agreed on a sweeping new system that would nationalize standards for driver's licenses and state identification cards, requiring states to verify the authenticity of every document that people use to prove their identity and show their legal residency. If the House and Senate both pass the bill next week as expected, by May 2008 every state will be required to contact the issuers of birth certificates, mortgage statements, utility bills, Social Security cards,...
  • Fred Durst Sues Over Sex Video

    03/04/2005 1:15:49 PM PST · by wardaddy · 42 replies · 2,440+ views
    The Smoking Gun ^ | 3-4-05 | TSG
    MARCH 4--One week after a sex video starring Fred Durst began circulating on the Internet, the Limp Bizkit front man has filed a $80 million lawsuit against web sites that posted the footage and stills from the singer's X-rated romp with a former girlfriend. In a federal copyright infringement/invasion of privacy complaint filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, Durst notes that he recorded the racy video around 2003 (with the consent of his partner) and that it was "never intended to be shown to the public." In a declaration filed with the lawsuit, Peter Katsis, Durst's personal...
  • Navy SEALs Sue AP Over Photos

    12/29/2004 11:02:30 AM PST · by Ramonan · 44 replies · 1,520+ views
    L A Times ^ | December 29, 2004 | Tony Perry
    SAN DIEGO — Six Navy SEALs and two wives of the commandos filed a lawsuit Tuesday accusing Associated Press of invasion of privacy and endangering lives by distributing pictures of them with Iraqi prisoners. The lawsuit, filed in San Diego County Superior Court, alleges that an Associated Press reporter obtained the photographs from a private website that the wife of one of the SEALs thought was open only to individuals with a password. The wire service issued a statement supporting the reporter, Seth Hettena, assigned to the San Diego bureau, and his use of the photos in a Dec. 4...
  • G.O.P. Says Motive for Tax Clause in Budget Bill Was Misread

    11/21/2004 8:54:48 PM PST · by orangelobster · 12 replies · 1,160+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 22, 2004 | DAVID E. ROSENBAUM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 - Democratic leaders and senators from both parties expressed outrage on Sunday about an obscure provision in the huge end-of-session spending bill that would allow the chairmen of the Appropriations Committees and their staff assistants to examine Americans' income tax returns. Republican leaders said that their motives had been misread and that there was never any intention to invade the privacy of taxpayers. They promised that the provision would be deleted from the bill in a special session on Wednesday before the spending measure, which cleared Congress on Saturday night, was sent to President Bush for his...
  • Man jailed for videotaping roommate in Gardena

    09/27/2003 11:38:07 PM PDT · by GirlyGirl2003 · 23 replies · 409+ views
    DAILY BREEZE ^ | Publish Date:September 27, 2003 | By Denise Nix
    Man jailed for videotaping roommate in Gardena By Denise Nix DAILY BREEZE A Japanese national is serving 180 days behind bars for secretly videotaping his female roommate while she showered and used the toilet in Gardena. Yasuhiro Ryoki, 35, who is in the country on a visa, was convicted by a Torrance Superior Court jury Sept. 19 of three misdemeanor charges of invasion of privacy by a camera. Judge Michael Vicencia sentenced Ryoki on Wednesday to county jail, 36 months of probation and ordered him to not own or possess any photographic equipment. Vicencia also ordered Ryoki to register as...
  • LIVING WITH BIG BROTHER

    09/15/2003 8:39:31 AM PDT · by GirlyGirl2003 · 21 replies · 85+ views
    ny times ^ | 9/15/03 | ERIC LICHTBLAU
    Bush Seeks to Expand Access to Private Data By ERIC LICHTBLAU ASHINGTON, Sept. 13 — For months, President Bush's advisers have assured a skittish public that law-abiding Americans have no reason to fear the long reach of the antiterrorism law known as the Patriot Act because its most intrusive measures would require a judge's sign-off. But in a plan announced this week to expand counterterrorism powers, President Bush adopted a very different tack. In a three-point presidential plan that critics are already dubbing Patriot Act II, Mr. Bush is seeking broad new authority to allow federal agents — without the...
  • State police plan to use driver photos in lineups

    04/22/2002 2:50:22 AM PDT · by SLB · 41 replies · 267+ views
    The Courier Journal | April 22, 2002 | Andrew Wolfson
    If you're a licensed driver in Kentucky, your photograph soon could be shown to crime victims and witnesses -- and you could be erroneously identified as the perpetrator of a crime. State police say the automated system will allow troopers and detectives to effortlessly create photopacks, as they're also known, without having to laboriously sift through old mug shots to find enough people who look like the suspect. Maj. Rob Miller, the state police chief information officer, says that by letting a computer pick the photos, the system also will eliminate charges of police bias -- that a police officer...