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Friday, August 30, 2013

NSA, No Limits Spying

Breaking Through Limits on Spying - The N.S.A. scans every overseas message from America, violating the clear intent of the law. " . . . It turns out, as Charlie Savage revealed in The Times on Thursday, that the N.S.A. went far beyond those boundaries. Instead, it copies virtually all overseas messages that Americans send or receive, then scans them to see if they contain any references to people or subjects the agency thinks might have a link to terrorists. . . ."

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Advancing Internet Freedom

Advancing Internet freedom doesn’t come for free - The Washington Post: " . . . . It’s time to put actions behind the words Clinton delivered so passionately and finally commit significant funding to the research, testing and deployment of technologies that allow citizens to freely communicate in the face of repressive censorship. Technology is not the only answer to advancing global democracy, but it is the most powerful and cost-efficient weapon at our disposal."

Monday, August 26, 2013

First White Tigress Cub Born in Captivity video

The First White Tigress Cub Born in Captivity: Video - Bloomberg: "August 6 (Bloomberg) -- This 42 day old, blue eyed cub was introduced to the world this week at a zoo in Lima, Peru. The yet to be named white tiger is the first to be born in captivity, the subspecies is considered in danger of extinction. (Source: Bloomberg)"

Monday, August 19, 2013

Congo, Road to Ruin video

Congo: The Road to Ruin: "On a dangerous journey from war-torn villages to a refugee camp, Congolese families are caught in the cross-fire."

Friday, August 16, 2013

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Dr. Joseph Bonneau: NSA incompatible with a free society

Dr. Joseph Bonneau Wins NSA Award, Criticizes NSA | Electronic Frontier Foundation: "On July 18th, Dr. Joseph Bonneau, a software engineer at Google, received the National Security Agency’s award for the best scientific cybersecurity paper.  According to its stated mission, the competition was created to help broaden the scientific foundations of cybersecurity needed in the development of systems that are resilient to cyber attacks. But Bonneau was deeply conflicted about receiving the award, noting on his blog that even though he was flattered to receive the award he didn’t condone the mass surveillance programs run by the NSA: “Simply put, I don’t think a free society is compatible with an organisation like the NSA in its current form.""

Monday, August 12, 2013

Bradley Manning Trial, Who's the Criminal?

WikiLeaks raw US Apache footage - Bradley Manning Trial, US Government Criminal

As Bradley Manning Trial Begins, Press Predictably Misses the Point | Matt Taibbi | Rolling Stone: "This whole thing, this trial, it all comes down to one simple equation. If you can be punished for making public a crime, then the government doing the punishing is itself criminal. Manning, by whatever means, stumbled into a massive archive of evidence of state-sponsored murder and torture, and for whatever reason, he released it. The debate we should be having is over whether as a people we approve of the acts he uncovered that were being done in our names."

Friday, August 9, 2013

Lessig on Aaron Swartz and his Bully Prosecutors

Never forget--

Lessig Blog, v2 - Prosecutor as Bully: " . . . Here is where we need a better sense of justice, and shame. For the outrageousness in this story is not just Aaron. It is also the absurdity of the prosecutor’s behavior. From the beginning, the government worked as hard as it could to characterize what Aaron did in the most extreme and absurd way. The “property” Aaron had “stolen,” we were told, was worth “millions of dollars” — with the hint, and then the suggestion, that his aim must have been to profit from his crime. But anyone who says that there is money to be made in a stash of ACADEMIC ARTICLES is either an idiot or a liar. It was clear what this was not, yet our government continued to push as if it had caught the 9/11 terrorists red-handed. . . . " (read more at link above)

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Why Did the Secret Service Take Over the Aaron Swartz Case?

More and more questions about MIT, the US government, and their persecution of Aaron Swartz--

Why Did The Secret Service Take Over Aaron Swartz's Case Two Days Before He Was Arrested | Techdirt: " . . . some highly unusual activity in the case. It had to do with Swartz's motion to get some of the evidence blocked from being used in the case, over questions concerning how it was collected. But one of the key things that come out is that, for unexplained reasons, the Secret Service took over the case just two days before Aaron was arrested . . ." (read more at link above)

Monday, August 5, 2013

Chimpanzees Retired From Research

Chimpanzees Retired From Research: "Major federal agencies have taken steps in the past few weeks toward ending almost all biomedical experimentation on chimpanzees."

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