Posted by: quiscus | May 9, 2011

May 9, 2011

1.  “Data Rape
A noose is tightening around the throat of America. Bureaucratic walls erected in the name of protecting Americans are now blatantly being used as a means to lock Americans in. The most ominous aspect is the blatant nature of official action; it suggests that the state no longer feels the need to be cautious enough to hide its motives. Why should it? The same public that lines up its children at airports to be molested by TSA agents is unlikely to object to data rape.

The “right” to demand that a passport applicant to fill out a DS-5513 along with the ensuing “right” to turn down the application without explanation would give the State Department the ability to deny a passport to any American for any reason.

Where did America go?”
http://www.fff.org/comment/com1105e.asp

2.  “Domestic Surveillance Court Approved All 1,506 Warrant Applications in 2010”

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2011/05/domestic-surveillance

3.  “Wall Street Journal Launches Phony WikiLeaks Clone

SafeHouse, The Wall Street Journal’s answer to WikiLeaks, did not get off to a good start with the whistle-blowing community.
SafeHouse is supposed to be a place where people can anonymously expose corporate “fraud, abuse and other wrongdoing.” However, after launching SafeHouse this week, the Rupert Murdoch-owned newspaper received a barrage of criticism for putting together a technically-weak website that can expose the identity of individuals submitting sensitive information.
One encryption analyst described SafeHouse as a “total anonymity failure,” while other experts said the website needed “basic improvements” that should have been addressed before launching.
But the major inherent weakness in SafeHouse can be found in the site’s terms and conditions. Under the Limitations section, the Journal says it reserves “the right to disclose any information about you to law enforcement authorities or to a requesting third party, without notice, in order to comply with any applicable laws and/or requests under legal process, to operate our systems properly, to protect the property or rights of Dow Jones or any affiliated companies, and to safeguard the interests of others.”

http://www.allgov.com/Top_Stories/ViewNews/Wall_Street_Journal_Launches_Phony_WikiLeaks_Clone_110508

4.  “Your Taxes Fund Anti-Muslim Hatred

The major candidates for the Republican nomination for the presidency, including Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich and Mike Huckabee, along with television personalities such as Bill Maher, routinely employ hate talk against Muslims as a way to attract votes or viewers. Right-wing radio and cable news, including Christian radio and television, along with websites such as Jihad Watch and FrontPage, spew toxic filth about Muslims over the airwaves and the Internet. But perhaps most ominously—as pointed out in “Manufacturing the Muslim Menace,” a report by Political Research Associates—a cadre of right-wing institutions that peddle themselves as counterterrorism specialists and experts on the Muslim world has been indoctrinating thousands of police, intelligence and military personnel in nationwide seminars. These seminars, run by organizations such as Security Solutions International, The Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies, and International Counter-Terrorism Officers Association, embrace gross and distorted stereotypes and propagate wild conspiracy theories. And much of this indoctrination within the law enforcement community is funded under two grant programs for training—the State Homeland Security Program and Urban Areas Security Initiative—which made $1.67 billion available to states in 2010. The seminars preach that Islam is a terrorist religion, that an Islamic “fifth column” or “stealth jihad” is subverting the United States from within, that mainstream American Muslims have ties to terrorist groups, that Muslims use litigation, free speech and other legal means (something the trainers have nicknamed “Lawfare”) to advance the subversive Muslim agenda and that the goal of Muslims in the United States is to replace the Constitution with Islamic or Shariah law.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article28056.htm

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