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  • Christian Defense Coalition Calls for the Senate to Block Passage of the Patriot Act Renewal

    12/15/2005 12:28:40 PM PST · by JTN · 34 replies · 952+ views
    The Christian Defense Coalition Director says in many cases "national security" has become more important than protecting the First Amendment and civil liberties. Coalition especially concerned about the Patriot Act defining terrorism as "... .to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion." Those definitions are so broad it is an open invitation for the government to harass and attack any groups who use public demonstrations or peaceful civil disobedience to "influence" government policy. Organization cites the improper use of the federal RICO laws against non-violent pro-life activists as a clear example of how the Patriot Act could...
  • Sony, Rootkits and Digital Rights Management Gone Too Far

    10/31/2005 7:59:57 PM PST · by zeugma · 87 replies · 2,169+ views
    Mark's Sysinternals ^ | Monday, October 31, 2005 | Mark's Sysinternals
    From slashdot.org article:"SysInternals.com guru Mark Russinovich has a detailed investigation of a rootkit from Sony Music. It's installed with a DRM-encumbered music CD, Van Zant's "Get Right with the Man". (Mmmm, delicious irony!) The rootkit introduces several security holes into the system that could be exploited by others, such as hiding any executable file that starts with '$sys$'. Russinovich also identifies several programming bugs in the method it uses to hook system calls, and chronicles the painful steps he had to take to 'exorcise the daemon' from his system." Last week when I was testing the latest version of RootkitRevealer...
  • 'Creepy' law clears way to track you via laptop, cellphone

    09/06/2005 4:35:54 PM PDT · by Still Thinking · 6 replies · 669+ views
    Canada.com ^ | September 6, 2005 | Cristin Schmitz
    Surveillance bill also makes it easier for police to get warrants Police and security agencies would be able to surreptitiously track unwitting Canadians via their cellphones, BlackBerries and laptop computers, even when the devices are turned off or their location features are disabled, under a "creepy" measure contemplated as part of the federal government's planned electronic surveillance bill.The government made the proposal during consultations this year on a legislative package that is anticipated to be unveiled in the fall. The proposal, which was raised by justice officials with groups consulted by the government, would amend the Criminal Code to expand...
  • Gov't. collected airline passenger data

    Gov't. collected airline passenger data LESLIE MILLER Associated Press WASHINGTON - The federal agency in charge of aviation security collected extensive personal information about airline passengers even though Congress forbade it and officials said they wouldn't do it, according to documents obtained Monday by The Associated Press. The Transportation Security Administration bought and is storing details about U.S. citizens who flew on commercial airlines in June 2004 as part of a test of a terrorist screening program called Secure Flight, the documents indicate. "TSA is losing the public's trust," said Tim Sparapani, a privacy lawyer with the American Civil Liberties...
  • A little less censorship? (Chinese bloggers under attack)

    06/11/2005 2:55:40 PM PDT · by David Hunter · 5 replies · 394+ views
    BBC ^ | 06/10/05 | Bill Thompson
    Internet censorship is increasingly common, says technology commentator Bill Thompson, but making small gains in freedom may be enough. "We shouldn't be surprised to learn that the Chinese authorities have finally turned their attention to weblogs and decided that they have to be censored. After all, a government that has put so much effort into controlling the free flow of information was hardly going to ignore a publishing tool that is easily accessible by 78 million net users. Now anyone in China who wants to blog has until 30 June to register or face criminal sanctions, and according to the...
  • Ex-Blockbuster employee charged in identity thefts

    04/25/2005 11:52:02 PM PDT · by Former Military Chick · 13 replies · 663+ views
    Washington Times ^ | April 26, 2005 | Chris Baker
    A clerk at a Blockbuster video store near Dupont Circle stole credit card numbers from about 60 customers in 2003, charging to his victims $117,000 in illegal purchases, according to an indictment unsealed in federal court yesterday. Miles N. Holloman, 25, stole the names, birth dates, credit card numbers and expiration dates, Social Security numbers, and addresses from customers who applied for Blockbuster accounts at the chain's store at 1639 P St. NW, where he worked from February to September 2003, according to prosecutors. Mr. Holloman and his accomplices used the stolen data to order replacement cards, clothing and other...
  • You Must Be Over 21 to Drink in This Living Room

    04/13/2005 3:48:53 PM PDT · by Drew68 · 15 replies · 904+ views
    Time Magazine ^ | 11 Apr 05 | MIchele Oreckin
    You Must Be Over 21 to Drink in This Living Room A crackdown on house parties stirs up a debate about privacy Officials in Stratford, Conn., convened a group of middle and high school students last year to quiz them on their attitudes toward alcohol. The officials were dismayed, if not surprised, when the teens reported that they thought alcohol, unlike tobacco and other drugs, was largely harmless, that binge drinking among their peers was habitual, and that drinking enough to pass out was funny. But the officials were perhaps most displeased to hear that the place kids most often...
  • Officials urge renewal of Patriot Act

    04/05/2005 7:51:27 AM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies · 258+ views
    AP ^ | 4/5/5 | MARK SHERMAN
    WASHINGTON - The Bush administration's two top law enforcement officials on Tuesday urged Congress to renew every provision of the anti-terror Patriot Act. FBI Director Robert Mueller also asked lawmakers to expand the bureau's ability to obtain records without first asking a judge. "Now is not the time for us to be engaging in unilateral disarmament" on the legal weapons now available for fighting terrorism, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said. He said that some of the most controversial provisions of the Patriot Act have proven invaluable in fighting terrorism and aiding other investigations. "It's important that these authorities remain available,"...
  • States Mull Taxing Drivers By Mile

    02/15/2005 10:18:28 AM PST · by Attention Surplus Disorder · 94 replies · 1,696+ views
    CBS | February 14, 2005 | [none cited]
    States Mull Taxing Drivers By Mile CORVALLIS, Ore., Feb. 14, 2005 (CBS) College student Jayson Just commutes an odometer-spinning 2,000 miles a month. As CBS News Correspondent Sandra Hughes reports, his monthly gas bill once topped his car payment. "I was paying about $500 a month," says Just. So Just bought a fuel efficient hybrid and said goodbye to his gas-guzzling BMW. And what kind of mileage does he get? "The EPA estimate is 60 in the city, 51 on the highway," says Just. And that saves him almost $300 a month in gas. It's great for Just but bad...
  • Arizona Legislation would allow policies on questioning students

    01/24/2005 1:15:11 PM PST · by hsmomx3 · 326+ views
    PHOENIX (AP) -- A parental rights issue that pitted school officials against law enforcement advocates apparently is being settled with a compromise. A bill (SB1044) to give districts legal authorization to adopt notification policies -- policies that many districts already have adopted -- easily cleared the Senate K-12 Education Committee last week. The legislation, introduced by Republican Sen. Linda Gray of Glendale, comes a year after lawmakers failed in efforts to work out a compromise to deal with the conflicting concerns about parents' rights and effective law enforcement. Many districts had already adopted a long-standing policy recommended by the Arizona...
  • Use of roadblocks means a loss of civil liberties

    01/05/2005 7:49:37 PM PST · by Catholic54321 · 11 replies · 902+ views
    Woonsocket Call ^ | 03 January 2004 | Jim Baron
    "It would shock and offend the framers of the Rhode Island Constitution if we were to hold that the guarantees against unreasonable and warrantless searches and seizures should be subordinated to the interest of efficient law enforcement. Once this barrier is breached in the interest of apprehending drivers who violate sobriety laws, the tide of law enforcement interest could overwhelm the right to privacy." The above quote comes from Rhode Island Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Fay, writing the 1989 opinion in Pimental vs. Department of Transportation that recognized drunken driving roadblocks as unconstitutional in Rhode Island. From the same...
  • Single Government ID Moves Closer to Reality (Hello DMV)

    12/30/2004 1:53:19 PM PST · by neverdem · 9 replies · 746+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | December 30, 2004 | Christopher Lee
    High-Tech Cards Are Designed to Bolster Security Federal officials are developing government-wide identification card standards for federal employees and contractors to prevent terrorists, criminals and other unauthorized people from getting into government buildings and computer systems. The effort, known as the Personal Identity Verification Project, stems from a homeland security-related presidential directive and is being managed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a Commerce Department agency with offices in Gaithersburg. In his Aug. 27 directive, President Bush said that "wide variations in the quality and security of forms of identification used to gain access to secure federal...
  • Six SEALs sue AP, reporter

    12/28/2004 10:03:56 PM PST · by kattracks · 26 replies · 2,897+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 12/29/04 | Jennifer Harper
    Six Navy SEALs filed a lawsuit against the Associated Press and one of its reporters yesterday, saying the news organization revealed their identities, compromised their security and invaded their privacy by publishing personal photographs in a Dec. 4 story.     The complaint says AP reporter Seth Hettena used about 40 images from the personal photo-storage Web site of a Navy SEAL wife. [snip] The images were picked up by the Arab press, including Al Jazeera, and have made their way onto a billboard outside U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where detainees from the war on terror are being kept. The...
  • Do we need a national ID card?

    12/21/2004 10:32:53 PM PST · by kattracks · 27 replies · 570+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 12/22/04 | Richard W. Rahn
    Are you in favor of a national identity card? Even though many Americans are against the idea of a national identity card, it is coming. In fact, in many ways, it is already here. Every American citizen and every foreign worker in America is required to have a Social Security card. Your Social Security card is only supposed to be used to gain employment and receive Society Security benefits, but try applying for credit without giving your Social Security number — and most often you will be turned down. [snip] If the question posed at the beginning of this commentary...
  • CA: How bad an idea is the mileage tax?

    11/27/2004 10:07:25 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies · 1,718+ views
    OC Register ^ | 11/27/04 | Benjamin Zycher
    So many ideas; so little thought. I refer to that geyser of public policy wisdom known as Sacramento, from which the latest nostrum is the replacement of the per-gallon gasoline tax with a tax on miles driven, the latter to be monitored with a tracking device placed in autos. This proposal is misguided economically and dangerous politically. The economic idea is that the tax shift would raise additional revenues for road construction and maintenance, although that depends heavily on the magnitude of the new mileage tax and the ensuing responses of drivers. More important, there is no guarantee that any...
  • CA: Put brakes on gas tax idea

    11/27/2004 9:41:57 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 1,134+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 11/27/04 | Op/Ed
    Someone needs to pull the new director of the Department of Motor Vehicles over and stop her from speeding heedlessly into the future. Joan Borucki wants to put global positioning devices in cars to track the mileage they travel. The idea is to more closely tie gas taxes to where cars go, the routes they take and the mileage they rack up, rather than the fuel they use. The problem inspiring this potentially Orwellian notion is that as more new and fuel-efficient cars take to the state's highways, the less the state gets in gas taxes to maintain highways. As...
  • In Texas, 28,000 Students Test an Electronic Eye

    11/17/2004 4:33:45 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 58 replies · 1,759+ views
    new york times ^ | 11 17 04 | MATT RICHTEL
    <p>PRING, Tex. - In front of her gated apartment complex, Courtney Payne, a 9-year-old fourth grader with dark hair pulled tightly into a ponytail, exits a yellow school bus. Moments later, her movement is observed by Alan Bragg, the local police chief, standing in a windowless control room more than a mile away.</p>
  • Bill in U.S. Senate proposes to standardize state IDs (penalizes non-complying states )

    10/28/2004 10:55:43 PM PDT · by ETERNAL WARMING · 12 replies · 424+ views
    Michigan Daily ^ | October 28, 2004 | Christina Hildreth
    Bill in U.S. Senate proposes to standardize state IDs Photo illustration by Joel Friedman/Daily By Christina Hildreth, Daily Staff Reporter October 28, 2004 Working to close security loopholes identified by the Sept. 11 commission, the U.S. House of Representatives on Oct. 1 passed a bill that, if approved by the Senate, would reform the process of issuing state driver's liscenses. Drafted by Michigan Rep. Candice Miller (R-Harrison Twp.), the license provision in the reform bill would standardize the process of getting state identity documents, including driver’s licenses. Currently, different states have different requirements for receiving an ID. For example, Michigan...
  • £1 to track your staff via their mobiles

    10/18/2004 4:27:20 PM PDT · by Still Thinking · 2 replies · 356+ views
    Silicon.com ^ | October 13, 2004 | Jo Best
    MobileLocate has launched the tracking service to enable businesses to track workers in the field via their mobile phones, with locations either displayed on a map via the user's PC or texted to a nominated mobile. The service will be available on Vodafone, T-Mobile, Orange and 02 and costs under £1 per month per phone. MobileLocate also runs the recently launched ChildLocate, a similar service aimed at parents who want to find out where their children are. MobileLocate MD Jon Magnusson said the service can be used in two ways: "Small and medium-sized companies... can check staff are attending jobs...
  • How to stop national ID card

    10/07/2004 5:57:59 PM PDT · by Warden · 64 replies · 1,553+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 10-7-04 | Rick Warden
    Stage Setting For The Mark Of The Beast Revelation 13:16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: 17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. 18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six. Beware of the New World...
  • Fears of national ID with driver's licenses

    10/07/2004 5:55:45 PM PDT · by Warden · 19 replies · 829+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 10-07-2004 | Rick Warden
    Stage Setting For The Mark Of The Beast Revelation 13:16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: 17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. 18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six. Beware of the New World...
  • Feds plan to track every car

    10/07/2004 4:41:36 PM PDT · by JOAT · 102 replies · 2,005+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | October 7, 2004
    Obscure agency working on technology to monitor all vehicles A little-known federal agency is planning a new monitoring program by which the government would track every car on the road by using onboard transceivers. The agency, the Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office, is part of the Department of Transportation. According to an extensive report in the Charlotte, N.C., Creative Loafing, the agency doesn't respond to public inquiries about its activity. According to the report, cutting-edge tracking technology will be used by government transportation management centers to monitor every aspect of transportation. Under the plan, not only will movement be...
  • Privacy or tax revenue: Which is the priority?

    09/26/2004 8:47:24 PM PDT · by Still Thinking · 1 replies · 317+ views
    Belfast (ME) Village Soup.com ^ | September 25,2004 | Victoria Wallack
    AUGUSTA (Sep 25, 2004): The Maine Revenue Service defended itself before a legislative committee last week against claims that it is getting heavy-handed about chasing down people who still have ties to the state -- through banks, churches or alumni associations -- but don't pay income taxes here.Sen. Karl Turner, R-Cumberland, raised the issue for review by the Appropriations Committee after he had heard from a former resident that the state was targeting people making contributions to their alumni associations, churches or other charities. He also had heard others were targeted because they continued to use banks and investment firms...
  • Leave social networks at home

    09/17/2004 4:44:50 PM PDT · by Still Thinking · 8 replies · 492+ views
    Network World Fusion.com ^ | September 13, 2004 | Linda Musthaler
    Attention friends and acquaintances: Please stop sending me invitations to join your electronic social networks. I know Plaxo, Friendster, Tickle and other networking tools help you remember my address and phone number, but I'd prefer you hand-write them in your little black book. At least the data will belong to you alone and won't be shared with the world. It seems not a week passes that I don't get an invitation to join one of these social networks. So, being the skeptic that I am, I did a bit of research about them. What I found scared the heck out...
  • Doorknob swabs challenged--Technique to detect drugs, guns violates rights, cases contend (Oh FGS)

    09/09/2004 2:09:10 PM PDT · by Sandy · 28 replies · 1,406+ views
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 09/06/2004 | Pamela Manson
    A man's home is his castle. To three Utahns, that means their sanctuary extends all the way to their doorknobs.    But they claim police are trespassing by wiping door handles with a cloth that collects traces of illegal drugs.   The men, in separate cases, are challenging the use of test results that allegedly revealed microscopic drug particles on their front doors - information officers used to bolster their requests for search warrants.   To the trio, the high-tech approach is a blatant violation of the Fourth Amendment right to be free of unreasonable searches.   A person has a subjective expectation of privacy in their...
  • Virginia GOP Picks Candidate to Replace Congressman(Gay baiting alert)

    09/01/2004 8:12:57 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 23 replies · 1,097+ views
    aolnews ^ | 9 1 2004 | BOB LEWIS, AP
    RICHMOND, Va. (Aug. 31) - Republicans selected state Del. Thelma Drake Tuesday to replace U.S. Rep. Edward L. Schrock on the November ballot, a day after he dropped out of the race amid claims that he is gay. The Republican Committee for Schrock's district gathered Tuesday to hastily vote for a nominee who could take on Democrat lawyer David B. Ashe in the Nov. 2 election. Drake, a real estate agent, is a reliable member of the state House's conservative GOP majority. Schrock, 63, a married retired Navy captain who was popular among conservatives, cited unspecified ''allegations'' for his surprise...
  • ACLU: Beware snoops

    08/19/2004 11:33:52 PM PDT · by Still Thinking · 8 replies · 469+ views
    Albuquerque Tribune Online ^ | August 19, 2004 | Dan Shingler
    From your bank to your contractor to your telephone company, the eyes and ears are out.And increasingly, they're inspecting you on behalf of the federal government, says the American Civil Liberties Union."This is the next battle ground for civil liberties," said Peter Simonson, executive director of the ACLU of New Mexico.Most Americans have no idea that data is being collected on their shopping, banking and Internet browsing habits, Simonson said. More importantly, they don't know the data is being shared with the government and just about anyone else willing to buy it.In the ACLU's modest offices on Tulane Avenue Southeast,...
  • Couple risk fine, jail time over anti-abortion placard

    08/09/2004 10:36:02 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 34 replies · 1,211+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Sun, Aug. 08, 2004
    A couple who placed an anti-abortion sign on their Dauphin County home are refusing to heed borough officials' demand to remove the sign or risk a $500 fine and up to two months in jail. Paxtang officials say the sign violates the borough ordinance that permits "signs for public, religious and charitable institutions and uses such as parks, schools, churches and similar uses." Colman and Frances Wessel attached the sign to their front porch three weeks ago. "We're just exercising our freedom of speech and religion," said Colman Wessel said. "Is it the pro-life words or the picture of Jesus...
  • Privacy Policies As a One-Way Ticket

    08/03/2004 10:43:28 AM PDT · by Still Thinking · 2 replies · 302+ views
    The Gripe Line Weblog ^ | August 3, 2004 | Ed Foster
    All those upset about the recent court decision that said Northwest Airlines' privacy policy doesn't count, raise your hand. And, while your hand is up there, use it to slap yourself upside the head. What, you thought vendors' privacy policies gave you even a little bit of protection?Although it's been almost two months, there still seems to be considerable consternation over a U.S. district court ruling that said it was OK for Northwest to violate its posted privacy policy in giving passenger records to NASA. As much as the case has upset people, though, it really isn't saying anything we...
  • PennDOT invaded privacy, Lebanon man testifies (Penna)

    07/30/2004 4:58:11 PM PDT · by Still Thinking · 3 replies · 449+ views
    PennLive.com ^ | July 30, 2004 | Carrie Caldwell
    LEBANON - Keith Emerich will spend at least the next two weeks hitching rides from friends while a judge decides whether he can get back his driver's license.Emerich, of Lebanon, had his license taken away April 1 after telling a doctor that he drank at least six beers a day. He would have had his driving privileges reinstated weeks ago if he had proven he does not have a substance abuse problem. But Emerich, 44, said he's trying to prove a point. He said the state Department of Transportation should never have invaded his privacy by using medical records to...
  • Privacy takes beating

    07/15/2004 6:52:58 PM PDT · by Still Thinking · 6 replies · 542+ views
    Lebanon (PA) Daily News ^ | July 14, 2004 | Unattributed
    Keith Emerich says it's none of PennDOT's business what he does in the privacy of his home. We couldn't agree more. In fact, we'd like to nominate him as the poster boy for privacy rights. The 44-year-old northside Lebanon man was notified by the state transportation department in April that his driver's license was being revoked. Why? Somebody told us you had a drinking problem, the good people at PennDOT told Mr. Emerich. Who? We're not telling you, they said. We're not allowed to. Mr. Emerich thinks he knows who it was. He had been at the hospital a few...
  • Standoff in Passaic NJ: Home stormed by SWAT team over code violations (porch and windows)

    07/20/2004 9:26:08 AM PDT · by Coleus · 138 replies · 4,181+ views
    Standoff in Passaic: Home stormed over code violations   Tuesday, July 20, 2004 PASSAIC - A crackdown on city housing violations escalated into a standoff Monday when a homeowner refused to cooperate, prompting authorities to call in a SWAT team, one that broke down a door and shot her with non-lethal weapons.Code enforcement officials arrived about noon, wanting to talk about, among other things, broken windows and a deteriorating porch - violations written three months ago, said Community Development Director Donald Van Rensalier.It just so happened that 109 Quincy St. was smack in the middle of an area targeted in...
  • Free Republic "Bump List" Register

    09/30/2001 4:46:44 AM PDT · by John Robinson · 191 replies · 12,118+ views
    I have created a public register of "bump lists" here on Free Republic. I define a bump list as a name listed in the "To" field used to index articles. Free Republic Bump List Register
  • Radio tags used more for tracking goods

    05/28/2004 8:15:29 AM PDT · by FourPeas · 3 replies · 243+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | 5/28/2004, 10:01 a.m. ET | JUDY LIN
    PITTSBURGH (AP) — As disposable radio tags replace bar codes for tracking goods, demand is expected to explode for plastics that conduct electricity. That's driving a Carnegie Mellon University spinoff, Plextronics Inc., which sees big potential in the conductive polymers it is developing. The state Department of Economic Development and Smithfield Trust Co., a private asset-management firm, are investing $3 million to help the Pittsburgh-based company. "It's very exciting because all at once your credit card becomes a little computer," said Timothy Swager, chemistry professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "Things get pretty interesting when you start doing that and...
  • Van Could Take Photographs While Driving

    05/26/2004 3:24:06 PM PDT · by JOAT · 14 replies · 253+ views
    NEW YORK (AP) -- An odd-looking van sprouts 13 digital cameras that its builder wants to use to photograph 50 million buildings in the country while driving, taking pictures every 15 feet. The van's drive-by snaps would be matched against GPS satellite positioning data and aerial photographs in a database. Police, insurance agents and others then could call up overhead and street-level views simply by entering an address. The setup from Imageos Inc. was one of the security-related exhibits on display at this year's CeBIT America technology trade show, which opened here Tuesday. Other companies were showing software tools to...
  • Judge says outdoor urinating no reason for search

    05/07/2004 7:54:13 PM PDT · by msuMD · 38 replies · 361+ views
    Bay City Times ^ | May 7 2004 | Crystal Harmon
    If a man relieves his bladder in the deep woods in the dark of night, when he thinks there's no one around, is it still indecent exposure? And does it give law officers a reason to search his car? No, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge David M. Lawson has thrown out evidence in a federal case against Donald Whitmore, 50, of Mio. The judge ruled that a forest ranger did not have just cause to search the vehicle Whitmore was driving even though she "observed the defendant answering an urgent call of nature, alfresco."
  • Taxing times for 16th Amendment rebels.

    04/19/2004 1:45:33 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 75 replies · 2,377+ views
    reason online.com ^ | 4 2004 | Brian Doherty
    "I won’t go to jail." Bob Schulz announces this in late January to a rapt crowd of 200 gathered in an auditorium in Crystal City, Virginia. It’s the first national conference of the We The People Foundation for Constitutional Education, a nonprofit advocacy group Schulz founded and runs. He delivers his declaration not with reckless bravado but with a dignified, quiet, middle-management-lifer assurance, in keeping with his general mien. Schulz is a serious white male in a nice conservative dark suit, a former environmental engineer for both General Electric and the Environmental Protection Agency. He’s been married for 38 years...
  • Groups Slam Google's New E-Mail Service

    04/07/2004 8:55:08 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 11 replies · 424+ views
    myway.com ^ | 4 7 04 | MICHAEL LIEDTKE
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google Inc. hails its new e-mail service as a breakthrough in online communication, but consumer watchdogs are attacking it as a creepy invasion of privacy that threatens to set a troubling precedent. Although Google's free "Gmail" service isn't even available yet, critics already are pressuring the popular search engine maker to drop its plans to electronically scan e-mail content so it can distribute relevant ads alongside incoming messages. Privacy activists worry that Gmail will comb through e-mail more intensively than the filters widely used to weed out potential viruses and spam. Gmail opponents also want Google...
  • FAA Considers Video Cameras Inside Planes

    10/03/2003 2:43:13 PM PDT · by GeneD · 17 replies · 400+ views
    AP via NYTimes.com | 10/03/2003
    Filed at 5:19 p.m. ET NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The federal government is looking into putting video cameras on commercial flights so people on the ground could monitor pilots and passengers and get an early warning of hijackings or other trouble on board. The Boeing Co. demonstrated a satellite system to Federal Aviation Administration officials in two test flights early this year, showing how images could be sent from a plane to the ground, said John Loynes, an FAA program manager in Washington. A Boeing 737, equipped with seven cameras, transmitted images of the cockpit and cabin. Pilots have fiercely...
  • Virus Hits Federal Visa-Checking System

    09/24/2003 1:05:19 PM PDT · by MineralMan · 11 replies · 479+ views
    Computer Virus Cripples State Department's Visa-Checking System for About Nine Hours The Associated Press WASHINGTON Sept. 24 — A computer virus disrupted systems at the State Department for checking every visa applicant for terrorist or criminal history, leaving the U.S. government unable to issue visas for roughly nine hours. The virus crippled the department's Consular Lookout and Support System, known as CLASS, which contains more than 15 million records from the FBI, the State Department and U.S. immigration, drug-enforcement and intelligence agencies. Among the names are those of at least 78,000 suspected terrorists. In an internal message sent late Tuesday...
  • JetBlue Gave Defense Firm Files on Passengers

    09/19/2003 11:32:21 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 5 replies · 323+ views
    New York Times ^ | September 19, 2003 | PHILIP SHENON
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 — JetBlue Airways acknowledged publicly today that it had provided a Pentagon contractor with information on more than one million of its passengers as part of a program to track down terrorists and other "high risk" passengers. That data, which was turned over in violation of the airline's own privacy policies, was then used to identify the passengers' Social Security numbers, financial histories and occupations. JetBlue, a three-year-old discount airline, sent an e-mail message to passengers this week, conceding that it had made a mistake in providing the records last year to Torch Concepts, an Army...
  • Satellite Tracking of Suspects Requires a Warrant, Court Rules

    09/12/2003 5:45:22 AM PDT · by John Jorsett · 11 replies · 399+ views
    New York Times ^ | September 12, 2003
    OLYMPIA, Wash., Sept. 11 (AP) — The police cannot attach a Global Positioning System tracker to a suspect's vehicle without a warrant, the Washington Supreme Court said today in the first such ruling in the nation. The court refused, however, to overturn the murder conviction of the man who brought the appeal, William B. Jackson, who unknowingly led the police to the shallow grave of his 9-year-old daughter in 1999 after a G.P.S. device was attached to his vehicle. Spokane County deputies had a warrant for the tracking device used in that case, although prosecutors argued they did not need...
  • Net anonymity service back-doored

    08/23/2003 5:47:08 PM PDT · by GatekeeperBookman · 5 replies · 352+ views
    theregister.co.uk ^ | 8-21-03 | Thomas C Greene
    The popular Java Anonymous Proxy (JAP), used to anonymise one's comings and goings across the Internet, has been back-doored by court order. The service is currently logging access attempts to a particular, and unnamed, Web site and reporting the IP addys of those who attempt to contact it to the German police. We know this because the JAP operators immediately warned users that their IP traffic might be going straight to Big Brother, right? Wrong. After taking the service down for a few days with the explanation that the interruption was "due to a hardware failure", the operators then required...
  • Total Surveillance Equals Total Tyranny - Witnessing the birth of a powerful surveillance lobby

    08/23/2003 5:06:41 PM PDT · by CtPoliticsGuy · 8 replies · 250+ views
    Radiofree West Hartford ^ | August 22, 2003 | Tom DeWeese
    In the name of fighting terrorism a new kind of government is being implemented in Washington, D.C. We are witnessing the birth of a powerful multi-billion dollar surveillance lobby consisting of an army of special interest groups, Washington lawyers, lobbyists, and high-tech firms with wares to sell. The personal rights of American citizens, protected until now by the Bill of Rights, are the farthest thing from their minds as they seek to fill their pockets while enabling government to monitor and control our lives to a degree unheard of prior to September 11, 2001. This army seeks riches as it...
  • Total Surveillance Equals Total Tyranny; birth of a powerful multi-billion dollar surveillance lobby

    08/22/2003 6:18:02 PM PDT · by Brian S · 6 replies · 235+ views
    Total Surveillance Equals Total Tyranny By Tom DeWeese CNSNews.com Commentary August 22, 2003 In the name of fighting terrorism, a new kind of government is being implemented in Washington, D.C. We are witnessing the birth of a powerful multi-billion dollar surveillance lobby consisting of an army of special interest groups, Washington lawyers, lobbyists, and high-tech firms with wares to sell. The personal rights of American citizens, protected until now by the Bill of Rights, are the farthest thing from their minds as they seek to fill their pockets while enabling government to monitor and control our lives to a degree...
  • Tampa Eliminates Face-Recognition System; Citing Two-Year Failure

    08/20/2003 6:42:23 AM PDT · by Brian S · 18 replies · 381+ views
    Tampa Eliminates Face-Recognition System Tampa Police Eliminate Controversial Facial-Recognition System, Citing Two-Year Failure The Associated Press TAMPA, Fla. Aug. 20 — Tampa police have scrapped their controversial security camera system that scanned city streets for criminals, citing its failure over two years to recognize anyone wanted by authorities. The system was intended to recognize the facial characteristics of felons, sexual predators and runaway children by matching passers-by in Ybor City with a database of 30,000 mug shots. "It's just proven not to have any benefit to us," Capt. Bob Guidara, a department spokesman, said Tuesday. The cameras have led only...
  • Spy Gadget Leaves Nowhere To Hide

    08/19/2003 6:27:57 PM PDT · by blam · 15 replies · 463+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8-19-2003 | Robert Uhlig
    Spy gadget leaves nowhere to hide By Robert Uhlig, Technology Correspondent (Filed: 19/08/2003) For unfaithful spouses and errant employees, things may never be the same again. A Swedish moose hunter has invented a matchbox-sized device that can trace just about anything that moves. Using mobile phone text messages and satellite navigation technology, the surveillance gadget can reveal its location to an accuracy of 10 ft in 140 countries. Hidden in a briefcase or under the dashboard of a car, it threatens to blow the cover of anyone who wants to keep their movements secret, giving its owner the kind of...
  • Beware of VICTORY Act, Privacy Group Warns

    08/18/2003 7:58:14 AM PDT · by Brian S · 39 replies · 338+ views
    Beware of VICTORY Act, Privacy Group Warns By Susan Jones CNSNews.com Morning Editor August 18, 2003 (CNSNews.com) - A consumer watchdog group is sounding an alarm over legislation that hasn't even been introduced yet. The National Consumer Coalition's Privacy Group recently read a draft copy of the VICTORY Act, which "has some chilling implications for consumer privacy," the group said. VICTORY stands for Vital Interdiction of Criminal Terrorist Organizations Act of 2003. Attorney General John Ashcroft plans to promote both the VICTORY Act and the USA PATRIOT Act on his ten-day, 20-stop tour of America, which begins on Tuesday, Aug....
  • Suspected Terrorist [Multimillionaire sues U.S. government over right to fly anonymously]

    08/16/2003 2:17:32 PM PDT · by John Jorsett · 88 replies · 482+ views
    Reason Magazine ^ | August/September 2003 | Brian Doherty
    It's January, and I'm entering the federal courthouse in San Francisco to attend the opening hearing in the case of Gilmore v. Ashcroft, et al. John Gilmore, a computer industry multimillionaire and libertarian activist, is suing the federal government and two airline companies because the airlines demanded to see his ID before they would let him on a plane.An affable courthouse guard asks me to show him an ID. I comply automatically."Did you see the ZZ Top-looking fellow who came through earlier?" the guard at the door says to another one manning the X-ray machine. "When I asked him to...
  • Webcams in all classrooms (BIG BROTHER ALERT!)

    08/11/2003 3:06:00 PM PDT · by unixfox · 76 replies · 491+ views
    <p>When students in Biloxi, Miss., show up this morning for the first day of the new school year, a virtual army of digital cameras will be recording every minute of every lesson in every classroom.</p> <p>Hundreds of Internet-wired video cameras will keep rolling all year long, in the hope that they'll deter crime and general misbehavior among the district's 6,300 students -- and teachers.</p>