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  • Russia proposes draft Syria constitution recognising autonomy for Kurds

    01/26/2017 1:49:15 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 33 replies
    Kurdish Question ^ | 26 January 2017 | none stated
    According to reports and the comments of two Russian officials, Moscow proposed a draft constitution to the Syrian opposition at the recent Astana talks. Alexander Lavrentyev, the head of Russian delegation at Astana said, "We transferred the draft constitution, which was prepared by Russian experts, to the Syrian armed opposition. I want to emphasise, we have done this solely for the reason that we want to accelerate this process and to give it some additional pacing, we are in no way interfering in the process of consideration and adoption of the constitution." Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov also supported...
  • Flashing a peace sign in a photo could lead to identity theft

    01/22/2017 3:35:16 AM PST · by fso301 · 44 replies ^ | Jan 17, 2017 | Lars Rehm
    The National Institute of Informatics (NII) in Japan claims that taking and publishing photos of subjects who are flashing the popular two-fingered 'V' or peace sign could lead to identify theft. It warns that fingerprint recognition technology is now so advanced that even casual snapshots can be used to retrieve fingerprint information. The report also says the technology is widely available and easy to use.
  • Body language and threat recognition

    01/02/2017 6:48:45 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 40 replies
    Backwoods Home Magazine ^ | May/June, 2004 | Massad Ayoob
    ... We’ll get away from firearms this trip, and look at something else related to personal safety: recognition of pre-assaultive behavior cues..... Being able to recognize body language associated with imminent violent action can allow you to, in the best-case scenario, disengage and leave the scene. At worst, it can give you time to activate a plan of self-defense soon enough to effectively protect yourself and those for whose safety you are responsible. Danger signals The eyes, it is said, are the windows to the soul. Often, the way in which a hostile person looks at you can be a...
  • British Parliament Votes to Recognize Palestine

    10/13/2014 7:13:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 59 replies
    Arutz Sheva Israel National News ^ | 10/14/2014, 12:29 AM | Elad Benari
    The British parliament on Monday night officially voted in favor of recognizing the “state of Palestine”. The non-binding resolution was passed by 274 in favor to 12 votes against, to “recognize the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel” as part of a “contribution to securing a negotiated two-state solution”, according to AFP. The motion, while non-binding, is heavy with symbolism but is unlikely to change government policy, the report noted. […] British Prime Minister David Cameron said prior to the vote that he would not take part in it. …
  • BBC Worldwide to trial CrowdEmotion's facial recognition software

    07/09/2014 8:04:01 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 7 replies
    TechWorld ^ | 17JUN2014 | Sam Shead
    BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, has signed a contract with a start-up that it has been nurturing through its Labs accelerator programme in a bid to measure audience engagement with its media content. The start-up, known as CrowdEmotion, uses facial coding webcams to capture people’s emotions and see how they react to certain TV shows. The BBC Worldwide Insight team said it plans to run CrowdEmotion trials on a number of BBC TV shows, including Top Gear and Sherlock – two of the organisation's most popular and lucrative series. David Boyle, executive vice president at BBC Worldwide...
  • Schools Installing Facial Recognition Systems to Identify "Trouble Makers"

    07/05/2014 7:53:49 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 19 replies
    GoogTube ^ | 2JUL2014 | Mark Dice
    Video at link.
  • US overhauls process for recognizing Indian tribes

    08/25/2013 11:24:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 25, 2013 11:39 AM EDT | Michael Melia
    His tribe once controlled huge swaths of what is now New York and Connecticut, but the shrunken reservation presided over by Alan Russell today hosts little more than four mostly-dilapidated homes and a pair of rattlesnake dens. The Schaghticoke Indian Tribe leader believes its fortunes may soon be improving. As the U.S. Interior Department overhauls its rules for recognizing American Indian tribes, a nod from the federal government appears within reach, potentially bolstering its claims to surrounding land and opening the door to a tribal-owned casino. “It’s the future generations we’re fighting for,” Russell said. The rules floated by the...
  • License-plate recognition has its eyes on you (36 million location scans and counting)

    02/25/2013 4:20:03 PM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    SD city beat ^ | 2/20/13 | Jon Campbell
    Where’s your car? Well, dude, it’s in a huge Orwellian police database. That might seem like the plot of a bad movie, but since around 2010, police agencies in San Diego County have quietly used a network of sophisticated devices called license-plate readers (LPR) to monitor and record the movements of thousands of everyday drivers. Even as you read this, police cars equipped with LPR are patrolling the streets, automatically scanning and photographing every license plate in sight, tagging each with a GPS coordinate and filing the information away. For years. With 36 million scans and counting—an average of 14...
  • (Israel Defense Min. Ehud) Barak: Hand Over 'Peace House' to Jewish Owners

    10/11/2012 5:08:54 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/10/12 | Gil Ronen
    Defense Minister Ehud Barak has agreed to give formal recognition to the purchase of Hevron's Peace House by Jews, and has instructed the Civil Administration accordingly. However, this does not necessarily mean that the residents of the house will be allowed to live in it anytime soon. Barak's decision follows a September 13 decision by Jerusalem's District Court to approve the sale of the house to Tal Construction and Investments – Karnei Shomron. Barak's bureau announced that the decision was reached after consultations with the Attorney General and Government Legal Advisor, and with the military administration of Judea and Samaria....
  • Taliban leaders held at Guantánamo Bay to be released in peace talks deal

    01/03/2012 3:14:04 PM PST · by ColdOne · 39 replies ^ | 1/3/12 | Julian Borger, and Jon Boone
    The US has agreed in principle to release high-ranking Taliban officials from Guantánamo Bay in return for the Afghan insurgents' agreement to open a political office for peace negotiations in Qatar, the Guardian has learned. According to sources familiar with the talks in the US and in Afghanistan, the handful of Taliban figures will include Mullah Khair Khowa, a former interior minister, and Noorullah Noori, a former governor in northern Afghanistan. More controversially, the Taliban are demanding the release of the former army commander Mullah Fazl Akhund. Washington is reported to be considering formally handing him over to the custody...
  • “It is like sticking a knife in Israel’s heart” (Honduras advocates recognition of Palestine at UN)

    08/03/2011 7:09:17 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 30 replies
    Ambassador Lopez stated that the head of the Honduran Armed Forces and the Defense minister are currently in Israel acquiring equipment that is needed by the institution. Tegucigalpa, Honduras Israel’s ambassador to Honduras said yesterday that the decision of the government of Honduras to advocate for the recognition of Palestine at the United Nations (UN) is like “sticking a knife in the heart of the people and government of Israel “. The diplomat offered these statements from Israel to Telenoticias. It was learned that the ambassador was in his country due to “consultations” he is making with his government after...
  • Face Recognition: Anonymous no more (You can’t hide — from anybody)

    07/29/2011 10:16:11 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 26 replies
    Economist ^ | 7/30/11
    IF YOUR face and name are anywhere on the web, you may be recognised whenever you walk the streets—not just by cops but by any geek with a computer. That seems to be the conclusion from some new research on the limits of privacy. For suspected miscreants, and people chasing them, face-recognition technology is old hat. Brazil, preparing for the soccer World Cup in 2014, is already trying out pairs of glasses with mini-cameras attached; policemen wearing them could snap images of faces, easy to compare with databases of criminals. More authoritarian states love such methods: photos are taken at...
  • Al Qaeda Says No Recognition for the 'Alleged' Israel

    06/16/2011 10:54:03 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 16/6/11 | Gavriel Queenan
    After naming Ayman al-Zawahri as Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden's successor on Thursday the terror group, unsurprisingly, said it "will never recognize any legitimacy for the alleged state of Israel," Reuters reports. "We assure our people in Palestine that we will not accept any compromise with anyone regarding the land of Palestine," the Al-Qaeda statement read. A United States counter-terrorism official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters that Washington believed the announcement was genuine, but the State Department was dismissive of the communique’s significance.
  • My Kingdom for a Hoax

    05/08/2011 1:17:35 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/5/11 | Dr. Emmanuel Navon
    Netanyahu while in the UK and France, is threatened with possible recognition of a Palestinian State. A legal and political overview of what could result. A specter is haunting Israel. As the Palestinian Authority is threatening to declare statehood in September with UN recognition, Contrary to a widespread misconception, the UN did not establish the State of Israel. many Israelis seem to believe that the Apocalypse is near. What is approaching, however, is not a Big Bang but a Big Flop.
  • Countdown to September: Israel, the Palestinians, and the UN General Assembly

    05/05/2011 5:43:55 AM PDT · by JCPA-JerusalemCenter · 2 replies
    The public debate in Israel over the Palestinian plan to seek UN support for statehood in September is based on a fundamental misconception: the UN General Assembly cannot by itself establish or recognize a Palestinian state. It can admit new members to the UN only after they have been nominated first by the UN Security Council, where any of the five permanent members could veto the nomination.
  • Obama: US to recognize Southern Sudan

    02/07/2011 4:14:21 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 49 replies
    AOL News/AP ^ | 7/2/11
    WASHINGTON -President Barack Obama says the United States intends to formally recognize Southern Sudan as a sovereign, independent state in July. Obama made the announcement Monday in a statement congratulating the people of Southern Sudan for "a successful and inspiring" referendum. Election officials said Monday that more than 98 percent of ballots in the Jan. 9 vote were for independence. That means South Sudan will become the world's newest country in July. Obama said that after decades of conflict the image of millions of southern Sudanese voters deciding their own future was an inspiration to the world. He also said...
  • U.S., Iraqi Soldiers Share Recognition

    05/19/2009 4:30:54 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 152+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Pfc. Justin Naylor, USA
    Lt. Col. Terry Cook, commander, 3rd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, pins a U.S. Army Achievement Medal to the uniform of an Iraqi Emergency Services Unit Policeman, May 11. The IP were being rewarded for their hard work and dedication in Kirkuk City. Photo by Pfc. Justin Naylor, 1st Cavalry Division. KIRKUK — Partnership is the term used by U.S. military officials to describe the cooperative relationship between Iraqi Police (IP), Army and U.S. Soldiers following the Security Agreement signed between the two countries, January 1. This includes daily missions maintaining security in Kirkuk province, and it also means sharing...
  • Laptop with Speech Recognition Software Needed. What do the FR Techs Recommend?

    05/31/2008 5:09:53 PM PDT · by Chickensoup · 71 replies · 544+ views
    05.31.08 | chickensoup
    Because of an continuing disability of my hands I will need to move to speech recognition software. I need a laptop that can handle the internet, the software, Word and a few other programs. Internet recommendations say 2 to 5 gig of working memory to use Dragon expediently. I am having a difficult time finding a 3 to 5 gig laptop that is affordable. One can add memory but is it accessble? Anybody been down this road recently. I would appreciate your input.
  • America Supports You: Military Kids Get Special Recognition

    04/08/2008 6:37:41 PM PDT · by SandRat · 28+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, April 8, 2008 – Military children and their sacrifices took center stage here last night during a reception attended by Defense Department dignitaries. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates talks with 10-year-old Will Bacon, right front, his brother, Jake, 9, and their mother, Christine, during an Our Military Kids reception in Washington, D.C., to honor military children April 7, 2008. The boys' father, Missouri National Guard Maj. Matt Bacon, is currently deployed to Iraq. Photo by Samantha L. Quigley, Department of Defense  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. “Our Military Kids,” a nonprofit organization that provides grants that keep...
  • German-born Jew that helped U.S. war effort awarded Bronze Star

    02/28/2008 5:06:30 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 245+ views
    FORT HUACHUCA — Landing on Omaha Beach 10 days after D-Day in 1944, Hans Spear found himself moving through France, Belgium, Holland and finally into Germany as Nazi forces fell back from areas they had conquered. Although Spear wore the uniform of an American soldier, he was considered an “enemy alien” by the U.S. government. His ability to speak German fluently was badly needed as Nazi functionaries and members of the German military were captured in the waning days of World War II. Spear’s capability to speak German like a native was easy — he was German born and raised...
  • Recognition of Kosovo by Canada could backfire

    02/26/2008 1:32:24 PM PST · by americanophile · 14 replies · 215+ views
    The Kingston Whig-Standard ^ | 2/25/2008 | The Kingston Whig-Standard
    While watching the CBC national news last Monday evening, I heard about Kosovo's unilateral declaration of independence from Serbia, and the next day I read the same news in the Whig-Standard. In addition, the CBC's Politics show broadcasted comments by a Parti Quebecois member of Quebec's National Assembly who was delighted about Kosovo's declaration of independence, and Montenegro's earlier declaration of independence, from Serbia. This Quebec politician suggested that these two events set precedents for the future separation of Quebec from Canada. It appears that people have a very short memory about the history of the former Yugoslavia. The independence...
  • Taiwan applies for UN membership

    07/22/2007 4:49:27 AM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 14 replies · 531+ views
    BBC ^ | Friday, July 20, 2007.
    Taiwan has submitted its first formal application to join the United Nations, a government spokesman has said.He said an application signed by President Chen Shui-bian had been delivered to the UN Secretary General. The Chinese foreign ministry immediately dismissed the move, saying it was "doomed to failure". Taiwan has long campaigned to join the UN but all such attempts have been blocked by China which regards the island as a breakaway province. The government in Taipei held the UN seat for China until 1971 when it was replaced by Beijing. This was the first time the country launched a...
  • Philly 'Gayborhood' Getting Official Recognition

    04/18/2007 11:13:01 AM PDT · by bedolido · 29 replies · 382+ views ^ | 4-18-2007 | staff writer
    (CBS) PHILADELPHIA The city of Philadelphia is planning to unveil three dozen street signs marking the ‘Gayborhood’ Wednesday. The 36 signs adorned with the internationally recognized symbol of a rainbow, also known as the ‘Freedom Flag,’ will be placed from Chestnut to Pine Streets between 11th and Broad Streets. During a brief ceremony at 13th and Locust Streets, the Philadelphia Gay Men’s chorus is expected to sing “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” as confetti canons cap off the celebration. Philadelphia will join four other cities, San Francisco, Chicago, Montreal and Toronto, who have dedicated permanent installations designating gay-friendly neighborhoods.
  • N. Korea seeks recognition as nuke power (want to be treated like the former Soviet Union)

    04/01/2007 11:19:00 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies · 365+ views
    Kyodo News ^ | 04/02/07
    N. Korea seeks recognition as nuke power TOKYO, April 2 KYODO North Korea sought recognition as a nuclear-weapon state at a working-group meeting under the six-party talks on Pyongyang's nuclear programs as a condition of incapacitating its nuclear facilities, sources involved in the multilateral talks said Sunday. The meeting of the working group to discuss the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula was held in Beijing on March 17 and 18.
  • Abbas comments on Israel recognition [more fascism & pro genocide talk from "moderate palestinians"]

    02/18/2007 12:19:10 AM PST · by PRePublic · 4 replies · 292+ views
    NDTV ^ | Feb, 18, 07
    Abbas comments on Israel recognition Associated PressSunday, February 18, 2007 (Ramallah, West Bank): The world will have to deal with a new Hamas-Fatah coalition even if its platform falls short of international demands such as recognition of Israel, Mahmoud Abbas told a US envoy, according to an aide to the Palestinian president.
  • A Different "Early Christmas Greeting"

    11/16/2006 7:51:54 AM PST · by genefromjersey · 3 replies · 488+ views
    The Inside Straight ^ | 11/16/06 | vanity
    This short poem , written by a US Navy officer serving in Iraq, came in "over the transom" via email. I wanted to pass it along. Please do likewise !
  • A struggle of sorrow; Mother wins fight for family recognition after 20 years

    06/15/2006 5:48:39 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 544+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Sgt. Clinton Firstbrook
    WASHINGTON (June 15, 2006) -- Immeasurable heartache seared into Linda Lorenz as she experienced an act no parent wants to endure; burying an only child. Her son, Pfc. Hans J.R. Lorenz, died in 1966 as a result of an accident near Da Nang, Vietnam, making Linda one of the thousands of grieving parents who lost children during the Vietnam War. However, when the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated in 1982, her son’s name wasn’t inscribed on the monument. For 20 years, she fought to have her son’s sacrifice recognized and was denied at every attempt. Her struggle ended happily when...
  • Baggage collection drive receives national recognition (Troops Families Support others)

    04/23/2006 9:02:16 AM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 370+ views
    SIERRA VISTA — A hugely successful drive to help Cochise County’s foster children has received nationwide recognition. USA Weekend Magazine has chosen the Herald/Review and the Fort Huachuca Community Spouses’ Club as honorees in its Make A Difference Day Awards. It follows the amazing support given by our readers to an appeal for luggage for youngsters who often have to throw their belongings into a trash bag when they leave home. The campaign culminated in a one-day collection last October of more than 1,000 suitcases and travel bags — making a difference in the lives of more than 1,000 children....
  • Breakthrough in split second 3D face imaging

    03/25/2006 12:47:31 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 4 replies · 517+ views
    Face recognition technology that could revolutionise security systems worldwide has been developed by computer scientists at Sheffield Hallam University. The new specialist software can produce an exact 3D image of a face within 40 milliseconds. Similar systems that have been trialled have proved unworkable because of the time it takes to construct a picture and an inaccurate result. The ground-breaking invention, by experts in the University’s Materials and Engineering Research Institute (MERI) was tested by Home Secretary Charles Clarke on a recent visit to Sheffield. It could be used for tighter security in airports, banks, and government buildings and ID...
  • M.I. library on fort garners nationwide recognition (Ft. Huachuca, AZ)

    02/19/2006 12:25:27 PM PST · by SandRat · 23 replies · 419+ views
    KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA M.I. library on fort garners nationwide recognitionBY BILL HESSHerald/Review FORT HUACHUCA — Normally one would not find popcorn, coffee and other snacks allowed in a library. But the relaxed atmosphere of the Military Intelligence Library on this Army post is the exception to the “no eating, be quiet” rules generally associated with a repository of books. The special collection geared to military intelligence, the Middle East and terrorism also is unique for another reason — it has been named the top small federal library and information center for 2005 by the Library of Congress. Mainly...
  • U.S. Paratroopers Teach IED Recognition

    12/12/2005 3:28:54 PM PST · by SandRat · 11 replies · 318+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Dec 12, 2005 | Pfc. James Wilt
    U.S. Army Capt. Joe Blanton, commander of Company D, 2nd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, instructs a group of Iraqi soldiers during a class on improvised explosive devices in Tall Afar, Iraq, Nov. 29, 2005. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. James Wilt More Photos U.S. Paratroopers Teach IED Recognition The classes are being taught in an effort by the U.S. Army to protect the people of Iraq and members of the Iraqi army from improvised explosive devices. By U.S. Army Pfc. James Wilt 82nd Airborne Division TALL AFAR, Iraq, Dec. 12, 2005 — U.S. Army paratroopers...
  • CA: Lots of names, but who are they? - (Field) Poll tests candidate recognition

    11/22/2005 6:38:15 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 208+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 11/22/05 | Dan Smith
    If your name is Arnold Schwarzenegger, Cruz Bustamante or even Warren Beatty, California voters may not think much of you, but at least they know enough to have an opinion. But if you're Joe Dunn, Debra Bowen or Charles Poochigian, toiling away for years in the Legislature apparently has done little to record you in the minds of most, according to a new Field Poll. As the field shapes up for seven partisan statewide offices at stake in next year's elections, most hopefuls face a long path to reach voters' collective consciousness, and even longer to win their hearts and...
  • Catholic Church Withdraws Recognition of College That Plans to Honor Hillary Clinton

    04/29/2005 6:45:15 AM PDT · by Libloather · 25 replies · 4,473+ views
    Earned Media ^ | 4/29/05
    Catholic Church Withdraws Recognition of College That Plans to Honor Hillary Clinton To: National Desk Contact: Patrick Reilly, President, Cardinal Newman Society, 703-367-0333 MANASSAS, Va., April 29 /Christian Wire Service/ -- The Archdiocese of New York has determined that Marymount Manhattan College—which has been under protest by the Cardinal Newman Society for inviting pro-abortion Sen. Hillary Clinton to give its commencement address and receive an honorary degree on May 20—is no longer a Catholic institution. This is the fourth time since the late Pope John Paul II issued Ex Corde Ecclesiae, the apostolic constitution on Catholic universities, that a bishop...
  • Attila Descendents Want Recognition

    01/11/2005 7:08:28 PM PST · by blam · 46 replies · 6,958+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1-12-2005 | Kate Connolly
    Attila descendants want recognition By Kate Connolly in Berlin (Filed: 12/01/2005) More than 2,000 Hungarian descendants of Attila the Hun, once described as the "Scourge of God", are demanding official recognition as an ethnic minority. "As a member of the European Union, Hungary should not be suppressing a minority," said Joshua Imre Novak, the group's self-appointed leader. Mr Novak has collected more than 1,000 signatures to pursue the group's claim through Hungary's parliament. Many experts dismiss the group's initiative as bogus, arguing that Hungary has no existing descendants of the barbarians who gave the country its name. Under Hungarian law,...
  • The new face of surveillance Software that recognizes facial features...(prevents election fraud)

    10/06/2004 11:14:18 AM PDT · by vannrox · 10 replies · 607+ views
    Workopolis ^ | Thursday, July 19, 2001 | Guy Dixon
    Last January, on a warm afternoon in Tampa, 72,000 people walked into Raymond James Stadium and joined one of the largest, most high-tech police lineups ever.As they passed through turnstiles leading into the stadium, closed-circuit cameras linked to computers scanned their features using face recognition software. In a fraction of a second, the software looked for matches in a database of thousands of criminals' faces.Few people knew they were taking part in the police check. Most probably wouldn't have cared, since they were probably too preoccupied with taking their seats as lucky ticket holders attending Super Bowl XXXV.In all, 19...
  • Governmental Awards and Recognition of Falun Dafa from China and the World

    09/26/2004 2:34:12 AM PDT · by Juna · 2 replies · 218+ views
    Governmental Awards and Recognition of Falun Dafa from China and the World Since its public introduction in May 1992, Falun Dafa has attracted over 100 million practitioners worldwide in just ten years. Falun Dafa cultivation emphasizes that one should conduct oneself according to the principle of "Truth-Compassion-Tolerance". Regardless of gender and age, regardless of nationality and race, every practitioner who persistently cultivates his/her heart and practices the exercises has benefited tremendously. Constant diligent cultivation has brought significant changes to many practitioners in both physical conditions and moral values. At the same time, Falun Dafa is gaining worldwide understanding and appreciation,...
  • Tribal gambling, recognition oversight changes hands again at BIA

    08/17/2004 4:02:17 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 245+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 8/17/04 | Erica Werner - AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The second-in-command at the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs is recusing herself from Indian gambling and recognition decisions so she can resign and join the private sector - just four months after the head of the department also recused himself from those issues. Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Aurene Martin will resign effective Sept. 10, Interior Department spokesman Dan DuBray said Tuesday. Effective immediately, responsibility for tribal gambling and recognition decisions is being given to Mike Olsen, currently the counselor to the assistant secretary. Olsen will become the third official in less than a year...
  • Calif. Man Accused of 9/11 Fraud [Face-IT Face ID fraud]

    04/13/2004 9:21:14 AM PDT · by Eala · 1 replies · 171+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Mon Apr 12,10:35 PM ET | unk
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A man who told investors he was developing a face recognition system following the 2001 terrorist attacks has been arrested on fraud charges, investigators said Monday. Ross Rojek, 36, of Sacramento, was charged with wire and mail fraud for his operation of Face Information Technology, known as Face IT, the FBI said. He also apparently operated American Equity Group LLC under the alias of Jason Williams, the FBI alleged in an affidavit made public Monday. While Rojek purportedly told investors he was developing a system that would automatically match distinct facial features to a database, "it doesn't...
  • Defense Department Introduces Global War on Terrorism Medals

    02/26/2004 12:51:55 PM PST · by Calpernia · 17 replies · 1,152+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Feb. 26, 2004 | Defense Officials
    Military members serving at home and abroad in the war on terrorism will now be recognized for that service. Defense officials announced today the final approval of two new medals and their criteria. Individuals who have deployed to operations Enduring Freedom or Iraqi Freedom will be awarded the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal. The Global War on Terrorism Service Medal will be awarded to those who served in airport security operations in the United States following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks or who supported operations Enduring Freedom, Noble Eagle or Iraqi Freedom. "These medals recognize the significant contributions members...
  • Congress Authorizes Korean Defense Service Medal

    02/11/2004 12:52:58 PM PST · by Calpernia · 12 replies · 401+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Feb. 11, 2004 | By Jim Garamone
    A satellite photo Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld showed the Senate Armed Services Committee recently graphically depicts why Congress authorized the Korean Defense Service Medal. Rumsfeld showed the senators a photo taken at night and the entire southern half of peninsula is bright with light. Almost the entire north is dark. "The (demilitarized zone) is the line in the middle," Rumsfeld told the senators during the budget briefing Feb. 4. "South Korea has got light … and energy and opportunity and a vibrant democratic system. North Korea is a dark, dark country. The little dot of light to the left in...
  • DoD Announces Korean Defense Service Medal

    02/09/2004 11:33:26 AM PST · by Calpernia · 13 replies · 414+ views
    United States Department of Defense ^ | February 9, 2004 | Media Center DoD
    The Defense Department announced today the creation of the Korean Defense Service Medal (KDSM). The KDSM is a service medal to give special recognition for the sacrifices and contributions made by members of the U.S. armed forces who have served or are serving in the Republic of Korea. Public Law 107-314 legislated the creation of a new medal to recognize military service in the Republic of Korea and the surrounding waters. Members of the armed forces authorized the KDSM must have served in support of the defense of the Republic of Korea. The area of eligibility encompasses all land area...
  • School face scanner to search for sex offenders; Civil rights groups raise concerns

    12/13/2003 10:03:09 AM PST · by Clint Williams · 9 replies · 274+ views ^ | Friday, December 12, 2003 | No Name Given
    PHOENIX, Arizona (AP) -- Face-scanning technology designed to recognize registered sex offenders and missing children has been installed in a Phoenix school in a pilot project that some law enforcement and education officials hope to expand. Two cameras, which are expected to be operational next week, will scan faces of people who enter the office at Royal Palm Middle School. They are linked to state and national databases of sex offenders, missing children and alleged abductors. An officer will be dispatched to the school in the event of a possible match, said Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. "If it works...
  • U.S. demands closure of all Iraq embassies and withdrawal of diplomatic recognition worldwide

    03/20/2003 9:40:12 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 15 replies · 240+ views
    AFP via Babelfish ^ | March 20, 2003
    Washington will require to close the Iraqi embassies (responsible) The United States will require of the governments of the whole world the closing of the Iraqi embassies in their respective countries in preparation for the fall of Saddam Hussein, announced Thursday of the American persons in charge. The State Department quickly will give instructions to all the American embassies so that they ask their countries hosts to declare that they do not recognize any more the government of Saddam Hussein and close the Iraqi diplomatic representations, said these persons in charge under cover for anonymity. "It is a usual...
  • US Report Questions PA's Recognition of Israel

    12/11/2002 7:14:30 PM PST · by Alouette · 5 replies · 193+ views
    Yated Neeman ^ | Dec. 11, 2002 | staff
    US Report Questions PA's Recognition of Israelby Yated Ne'eman Staff The latest semiannual State Department report on the Palestinian Authority and Palestinian Liberation Organization explicitly states -- for the first time -- that the PA's failure to rein in terror raises questions about the Palestinians' recognition of the State of Israel's right to exist. Based on this report, President George W. Bush determined last week that the PA is not meeting its commitment to fight terror. The new finding is extremely important since the basis for the willingness of the US to deal with the PLO. The United States changed...
  • Court Battle Looming over Gay High School Student Access to Bulletin Boards in Lubbock

    11/15/2002 5:30:45 AM PST · by Theodore R. · 1 replies · 134+ views
    Lubbock Avalanche-Journal ^ | 11-15-02 | Glass, Ray
    Court fight a possibility for LISD, gay students By RAY GLASS AVALANCHE-JOURNAL A gay student group's request for bulletin board access on the Lubbock High School campus eventually could lead to a court battle, group and school officials said Thursday. "That's one of the options we've discussed with our legal adviser," said Ricky Waite, vice president of Gay and Proud Youth. "We hope it doesn't go to such extremes, but we're not willing to give up." GAP Youth's request to post fliers on school bulletin boards an nouncing group meetings has been turned down by school officials. Waite, during a...