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In Memoriam of Aaron Swartz and his dream to make the world a better place

Swartz smiling

11/8/1986 – 01/11/2013

 

Aaron is dead.

Wanderers in this crazy world,

We have lost a mentor , a wise elder. 

Hackers for right, we are one down,

we  have lost one of our own.

Nurturers, carers, listeners,

feeders, parents all,

we have lost a child.

Let us all weep.

~Sir Tim Berners-Lee, January 11th 2013

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Maira Sutton
EFF

Major announcements from the US and Canada today give a clear indication that the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is coming back with a vengeance. ACTA is an agreement negotiated and signed by 11 countries, carrying intellectual property (IP) provisions that would negatively impact digital rights and innovation by ratcheting up IP enforcement measures beyond existing international standards. It will not take effect until six countries ratify the agreement, and Japan is so far the only country to have done so.

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Politics and Legislation

UK minister denies colluding with Murdochs

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Britain’s culture minister has denied having inappropriate contacts with Rupert Murdoch’s media empire in testimony before a public inquiry, as pressure continues to mount on Prime Minister David Cameron’s government over the issue.

Jeremy Hunt, appearing before the Leveson media standards inquiry on Thursday, admitted that he was “sympathetic” towards US-based News Corporation’s failed bid to control British satellite broadcaster BSkyB.

Al Jazeera’s Peter Sharp reports from London.

GOP 2012 Voter Suppression Begins in Florida

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From the Majority Report, live M-F 12 noon EST and via daily podcast at http://Majority.FM:
Thousands upon thousands of eligible voters are being told they cannot vote in Florida…

‘ACTA could turn honest citizens into criminals by mistake’

Amazing  how  they  can see through  this move in  Europe  and no one  can seem  to  see their way  clear  of the  subterfuge hidden  within  this legislation here  in the United  States!  Makes  you  wonder  huh ?

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The controversial ACTA anti-piracy agreement has been dealt a blow by the European Parliament. Three key committees have voted against the treaty, citing concerns over its legality. ACTA sparked Europe-wide protests, with activists saying online freedom of speech is being put at risk.

Rick Falkvinge from the Swedish Pirate Party says the treaty is confused at best.

FISA: US under total surveillance

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On Thursday, US lawmakers discussed whether or not the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act should be renewed. FISA gives government the power to monitor phone calls, emails and other forms of electronic communication. Critics believe that FISA can now be used to target citizens all in the name of homeland security. Andrew Blake, RT’s web producer, joins us with more on the controversial legislation and discusses other legislation such as CISPA, SOPA and PIPA.

 

 

House rejects bill penalizing doctors for sex-selective abortions

By Pete Kasperowicz

The House on Thursday rejected a Republican bill that would impose fines and prison terms on doctors who perform abortions for the sole purpose of controlling the gender of the child, a practice known as sex-selective abortion.

The Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA), H.R. 3541, was defeated in a 246-168 vote. While that’s a clear majority of the House, Republicans called up the bill under a suspension of House rules, which limits debate and requires a two-thirds majority vote to pass. In this case, it would have required more support from Democrats.

 

Twenty Democrats voted for the bill, while seven Republicans opposed it. The bill would have needed 30 more yeas to pass.

Suspension votes are normally used for noncontroversial bills, but the GOP-backed measure was clearly controversial. Republicans have occasionally put controversial bills on the suspension calendar in order to highlight that Democrats oppose certain policies.

In some cases, Republicans have rescheduled these bills for regular consideration after they have failed, allowing for passage by a simple majority. But Republicans gave no sign that they would try again with PRENDA.

Earlier in the day, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) indicated that the issue of stopping sex-selective abortion is important enough that they would try again, but he was not specific.

 

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Economy

Who Will Benefit From Haiti’s Gold Rush? Haitian Govt Embraces U.S., Canadian Mining Firms

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Democracynow.org – After years of rumors that mining companies were exploring in Haiti, Canadian and U.S. corporations now confirm they have permits to mine gold in more than 1,000 square-miles in northern Haiti. Haiti’s new prime minister says the estimated $20 billion worth of minerals in Haiti’s hills could help liberate it from dependency on foreign aid, and rebuild from the devastating 2010 earthquake. But many worry the mines will be a boom for foreign investors and a bust for local communities. We speak to Jane Regan, lead author of “Gold Rush in Haiti: Who Will Get Rich?” The report by Haiti Grassroots Watch was published Wednesday in The Guardian and Haïti Liberté. “You have a perfect storm brewing where you have giant pit mines in the north in a country that is already environmentally devastated and giant pit mines being run by Canadian and American companies,” Regan says. “Most of the money and gold dug up will go straight north.”

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Indian anger over economic woes

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Thousands of labourers have walked off the job in India in protest over fuel prices.

The strike on Thursday was organised by the country’s main opposition party after the government announced a new set of price hikes.

Al Jazeera’s Prerna Suri reports from New Delhi, India.

 

Moody’s cuts ratings for 9 Danish banks

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Moody’s Investors Service has cut its credit ratings for nine Danish banks, citing the impact of the ongoing eurozone crisis on bank loan quality and on their fund-raising capacity.

The ratings agency lowered the debt ratings of the banks, along with the Finnish subsidiary of one of the banks, by up to three notches on Wednesday, AFP reported.

The banks are Danske Bank, Jyske Bank, Sydbank, Spar Nord Bank, Ringkjobing Landbobank, Nykredit, Realkredit, DLR Kredit, and Danmarks Skibskredit. Moody’s also downgraded Danske Bank’s Finnish arm Sampo Bank.

“Danish financial institutions face sluggish domestic economic growth, weakening real estate prices, and higher levels of unemployment, as well as the risk of external shocks from the ongoing euro area debt crisis,” Moody’s said.

“Asset quality is deteriorating, and these pressures are expected to continue,” it added.

The agency also noted that the significant reliance of most of the financial institutions on market funding has enhanced their vulnerability to the eurozone crisis.

“Structural changes to that market have increased refinancing risk, posing a particular concern for mortgage credit institutions whose access to alternative funding is limited,” Moody’s stated.

Europe was hit by a serious financial crisis in 2008 and the situation has intensified over the past few months.

GJH/MHB/AS/HN

 

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Wars and Rumors of War

Freed Bahraini Activists Nabeel Rajab & Zainab Alkhawaja Urge End to U.S.-Backed Crackdown

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DemocracyNow.org – We go to Bahrain to speak with two recently released political prisoners, Zainab Alkhawaja and Nabeel Rajab, both jailed for protesting the U.S.-backed monarchy. Rajab, the president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, was released on bail after being held for nearly a month. “We always thought that America and Bahrain’s good relations would benefit our fight for freedom and democracy in our region, but it has turned out to be opposite,” he says. “They are supporting a dictator here, the oppressive regime. … We have to suffer for being a rich region.” Alkhawaja, who was jailed in April after protesting the detention of her father, Abdulhadi, vows: “We are going to carry on protesting … It doesn’t matter if we get arrested five, six, 10 times, it’s not going to stop. In the end, we have sacrificed a lot for democracy and freedom.”

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Rwanda ‘training rebels to fight Congo army’

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A group of defectors fighting for the M23 rebel movement against the Congolese army say that they were recruited and trained in neighbouring Rwanda against their will.

The revelations come after weeks of fighting in the east of the country and would be the first direct evidence that Rwandan troops are involved in the fighting that has displaced thousands from their homes.

The allegations made by the rebel defectors across the border in Congo will strain relations with Rwanda, but so far officials from both sides have held back, and are talking about a joint investigation to get to the bottom of the matter.

Al Jazeera’s Malcolm Webb reports from Kigali.

Israel returns remains of Palestinians

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The bodies of 91 Palestinians who died in Israel have been handed over to the Palestinian Authority.

The remains had been buried in unmarked graves in a cemetery controlled by the Israeli army. Some had been there for more than three decades.

Al Jazeera’s Sue Turton reports from Ramallah.

‘Rebels behind Houla massacre, US plan to destabilize & save Syria in full swing’

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The Syrian government says the massacre of more than a hundred people in the Syrian town of Houla was the work of armed terrorist gangs. This, as the U.S. Secretary of State admits military planning for action in Syria is already going ahead, but Moscow has vowed to block any moves for outside interference at the UN.

Activist Sara Flounders talks to RT. She says Washington was never interested in a diplomatic solution in Syria.

 

 

Mosaic News: Egypt’s Shafiq vows to crush revolution and restrain Islamists if he wins election

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Egypt’s Shafiq vows to crush revolution and restrain Islamists if he wins the election, Sudan pulls troops from Abyei amid new bombing accusations by the South, prominent Bahraini activist Zainab al-Khawaja released on bail, and more.

Today’s headlines in full:

Egypt’s Shafiq vows to crush revolution and restrain Islamists if he wins election
Al-Alam, Iran

Sudan pulls troops from Abyei amid new bombing accusations by South
Dubai TV, UAE

Prominent Bahraini activist Zainab al-Khawaja released on bail
BBC Arabic, UK

Afghan rage over sharp increase in civilian casualties
Press TV, Iran

Israel lacks courage to wage war on Iran, says Supreme Leader’s aide
Press TV, Iran

Iran’s foreign ministry in talks with Saudi Arabia over jailed Iranians
Press TV, Iran

Iran hit by ‘Flame’ computer virus as Israel keeps mum on speculated involvement
IBA, Israel

Turkey authorizes arrest warrants for ex-IDF chiefs over 2010 flotilla deaths
IBA, Israel

Israeli forces turn Palestinian family home into prison
Palestine TV, Ramallah

Mood ‘deeply disturbed’ by executions in Syria
Future TV, Lebanon

Iraqis rally for national unity as government faces no-confidence vote
Al-Iraqiya TV, Iraq

Image: Flyers of Egyptian presidential candidate and former prime minister Ahmed Shafiq are seen on the ground outside his campaign headquarters in Cairo May 29, 2012:L REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

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Syrian ‘rebels’ (CIA, Mossad, MI6) issue ultimatum to Assad: Capitulate or we blow your country apart

Irish Times

Syrian ‘rebels’ pose for the camera

Syrian rebels have given president Bashar al-Assad a 48-hour deadline to comply with an international peace plan otherwise they would renew their battle to overthrow him.

The ultimatum was issued after UN observers reported the discovery of 13 bodies bound and shot in eastern Syria, adding to the world outcry over the massacre last week of 108 men, women and children.

The latest developments emphasised how the peace plan drafted by UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan has failed to stem 14 months of bloodshed or bring the Syrian government and opposition to the negotiating table.

Col Qassim Saadeddine of the rebel Free Syrian Army said its leadership set a deadline of 9am tomorrow for Mr Assad to implement the peace plan, which includes a ceasefire, deployment of observers, and free access for humanitarina aid and journalists.

If it fails to do so “we are free from any commitment and we will defend and protect the civilians, their villages and their cities,” Mr Saadeddine said in a statement posted on social media.

Both sides in the conflict have violated a tenuous ceasefire over the past two months but Mr Assad’s forces have been by far the worst offender, according to UN monitors.

Outrage at last Friday’s massacre in the town of Houla, led a host of Western countries to expel senior Syrian diplomats on Tuesday and to press Russia and China to allow tougher action by the UN Security Council.

Major-general Robert Mood, the Norwegian head of the observer mission, said the 13 corpses found yesterday in Assukar, about 50 km (east of Deir al-Zor, had their hands tied behind their backs. Some had been shot in the head from close range.

Mr Mood called the latest killings an “appalling and inexcusable act” and appealed to all factions to end the cycle of violence.

He did not apportion any blame but Syrian activists said the victims were army defectors killed by Mr Assad’s forces.

Video footage posted by activists showed the bodies face down on the ground, hands tied behind their backs, with dark pools of blood around their heads and torsos.

UN peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous said in New York on Tuesday that the Syrian army and “shabbiha” militiamen supporting Assad were probably responsible for killing the 108 people in Houla with artillery and tank fire, guns and knives.

The government denied any responsibility and blamed Islamist “terrorists” – its term for rebel forces.

The uprising began last March with street protests against Mr Assad, who succeeeded his late, authoritarian father Hafez al-Assad 11 years ago to perpetuate the family dynasty.

While initially a pro-democracry movement, the struggle has grown into an armed struggle increasingly involving sectarian rivalries pitting the Sunni Muslim majority against the Alawite sect, to which the Assad clan belongs.

Mr Assad’s forces have killed 7,500 people since it began, according to a UN toll. The government, which says the unrest is the work of foreign-backed terrorists, says more than 2,600 soldiers or security agents have been killed.

Mr nnan, trying to save his peace plan from collapse, told Mr Assad in Damascus on Tuesday that Syria was at a tipping point.The pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that more than 100 people were killed in Houla the same day.

Diplomats said the UN Human Rights Council would meet in Geneva on Friday to consider the Houla massacre, the fourth time Syria has faced such scrutiny since the anti-Assad revolt broke out in March 2011.

Mr Assad has so far proved impervious to international scolding and Western sanctions for his crackdown and has failed to return troops and tanks to barracks, as required by the Annan plan.

However, the UN observers sent in to monitor a notional ceasefire were able to verify the horrors in Houla, which produced a wave of world revulsion.

Mr Assad’s heavyweight international allies, China and Russia, stuck to their rejection of any intervention or UN-backed penalties to force him to change course.

The West is itself averse to military intervention, although French president Francois Hollande said on Tuesday this could change if the UN Security Council backed it. But that is not possible unless veto-wielding members Russia and China allow it.

Turkey joined other countries including the United States, Britain, France and Germany in expelling Syrian diplomats in protest at the Houla massacre, saying unspecified international measures would follow if crimes against humanity continued.

Stung by the expulsions, Syria told the Dutch chargee d’affaires to leave. She was one of the few senior Western diplomats left in Damascus.

Despite the diplomatic deadlock, Mr Annan, a former UN secretary-general and Nobel peace laureate, is pressing on with his mission.

“It is important to find a solution that will lead to a democratic transition in Syria and find a way of ending the killings as soon as possible,” he said after talks in Jordan yesterday.

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Articles of Interest

New Yorkers Sound Off on Bloomberg’s Drink Ban

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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg outlined a plan Wednesday to ban the sale of sugary soft drinks larger than 16 ounces at restaurants, movie theaters, street carts and other venues.

Reason.tv’s Anthony Fisher took to the streets to ask New Yorkers what they thought about Bloomberg and the ban.

Approximately 2 minutes.

Camera by Kaplan Akincilar. Produced by Anthony Fisher

 

 

Propaganda Alert! Iran site buildings completely razed: US think-tank

Fredrik Dahl
Reuters
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A U.S. security institute has published satellite images which it said increased concerns that Iran was trying to “destroy evidence” of suspected past research relevant for developing a nuclear weapons capability, a charge Tehran dismisses.

The Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) posted them on its website hours after diplomats said the U.N. atomic watchdog showed what appeared to be similar imagery at a closed-door briefing in Vienna.

Western envoys who attended Wednesday’s briefing earlier told Reuters that two small side buildings at the Parchin military facility had been removed, and ISIS said its pictures from May 25 showed that they “have been completely razed”.

The disclosure followed inconclusive talks between Iran and six world powers in Baghdad last week to address concerns about the nature of its nuclear activities, which Iran says are aimed at generating electricity.

The U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has repeatedly asked Iran for access to Parchin as part of a long-stalled probe into suspicions that Tehran may be seeking the ability to assemble nuclear bombs, should it decide to do so.

The Islamic state has so far refused to let inspectors visit the facility – which it describes as a conventional military complex – saying there must first be a broader framework agreement on how to address the IAEA’s questions.

The new satellite images will add to Western suspicions that Iran is “sanitizing” the site of any incriminating evidence before allowing the IAEA to go there.

Iran’s IAEA envoy, Ali Asghar Soltanieh, dismissed such accusations by Western officials, telling reporters after the briefing at IAEA headquarters that “this kind of noise and allegations are baseless”.

ISIS, which tracks Iran’s nuclear programme closely, said there were visible tracks in the images “made by heavy machinery used in the demolition process”, adding that the two buildings had been intact in early April.

No Parchin Access?

“Heavy machinery tracks and extensive evidence of earth displacement is also visible throughout the interior as well as the exterior of the site’s perimeter,” the think-tank said.

The Parchin complex is at the centre of Western allegations that Iran has been conducting research and experiments that could serve a nuclear weapons development programme. The Islamic Republic has repeatedly denied any such ambition.

Last week, the IAEA said in a report issued to member states that satellite images showed “extensive activities” at the facility southeast of Tehran.

Western diplomats said this was an allusion to suspected cleaning at Parchin. They have earlier cited other images showing recent activity at the site, including a stream of water, as suggesting Iran is trying to remove evidence.

Iran, which denies Western accusations it is seeking to develop nuclear weapons capability, has dismissed charges aired about Parchin as “childish” and “ridiculous”.

“The newest image raises concerns that Iran is attempting to raze the site prior to allowing an IAEA visit. The razing of the two buildings may also indicate that Iran has no intention to allow inspectors access soon,” ISIS said.

An IAEA report last November said Iran had built a large containment vessel in 2000 at Parchin in which to conduct tests that the U.N. agency said were “strong indicators of possible (nuclear) weapon development.”

It said a building was constructed around a large cylindrical object, a vessel designed to contain the detonation of up to 70 kg of high explosives. Diplomatic sources say the suspected tests likely took place about a decade ago.

Last week, a senior Iranian official was quoted as saying the IAEA had not yet given good enough reasons to visit Parchin.

Comment: Images and words about tracks in dirt made by heavy machinery is offered as proof. No mention of earlier International Atomic Energy Agency Reports where the IAEA clearly said Iran is not a nuclear threat and has no nuclear ambitions in any military capacity.

Things are starting to take a repeat roll of Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya. The obvious target: Iran.

But, first things first: NATO’s ‘Civil War’ Machine Rolls Into Syria

By the way, construction in and around nuclear sites is not uncommon. In simple terms; a construction company who did work inside the facility leveled the lunchroom they built for their workers, since work at the site was complete. Leave it to the West to always conclude (for us) the worst, while bastardizing free decent people, whose resources the 1% intend on plundering.

 

 

 

WikLeaks Founder Assange Loses U.K. Extradition Appeal

The Vancouver Sun

Britain’s Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can be extradited to Sweden, but put his deportation on hold to give his lawyers a final chance to reopen the case.

The court, which handed down its decision after an 18-month legal marathon, rejected Assange’s argument that the Swedish prosecutor who issued the arrest warrant over sex crime allegations was not entitled to do so.

Julian Assange

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Julian Assange

“The request for Mr Assange’s extradition has been lawfully made and his appeal against extradition is accordingly dismissed,” Supreme Court president Nicholas Phillips said as he delivered the ruling to a hushed courtroom.

The seven judges were split five to two but their majority ruling was that the prosecutor was a rightful judicial authority, and therefore allowed to issue the warrant for the Internet whistleblower.

But in a new twist, Assange’s lawyer Dinah Rose asked for 14 days to consider whether to apply to reopen the case, on the grounds that the judgment referred to material that was not mentioned during the last hearing in February.

The judge granted the request, which is highly unusual in the three-year history of the Supreme Court.

“With the agreement of the respondent, the required period for extradition shall not commence until 13th June 2012,” the Supreme Court said in a statement.

Assange, a 40-year-old Australian national, was not in the central London court for the judgment. One of his supporters, journalist John Pilger, said he was “stuck in traffic” with his mother, who flew in from Australia for the verdict.

The Swedish lawyer for the two women who accuse Assange of rape and sexual assault said he would be extradited eventually.

“The decision was what we expected . . . It’s unfortunate that it has been delayed further, but he will ultimately be extradited,” Claes Borgstroem told AFP.

Assange is at present wanted for questioning over the sex crime allegations, but Borgstroem said he expected an indictment perhaps within a month after he gets to Sweden.

Australia said it would closely monitor the case and added that consular officials were available to help him if he wished.

“The Australian government cannot interfere in the judicial processes of other governments but we will closely monitor the proceedings against Mr Assange in Sweden,” said a spokeswoman for Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs.

Assange, whose website enraged Washington by releasing a flood of state and military secrets, has been living under tight restrictions on his movement for 540 days, including wearing an ankle tag and reporting daily to police.

He has said he fears his extradition would eventually lead to his transfer to the United States, where U.S. soldier Bradley Manning is facing a court-martial over accusations that he handed documents to WikiLeaks.

Outside court, Assange’s principal lawyer Gareth Peirce confirmed that the extradition was stayed while his legal team considers whether to apply to reopen the case, although the judgment still stands.

The point in question is the interpretation of the Vienna Convention on the law of treaties, “which was never addressed in the hearing, one way or another, by either side,” Peirce added.

If Assange fails to have the case reopened in Britain, he still has the option of a last-ditch appeal to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

The white-haired Assange does not deny that he had sex with two WikiLeaks volunteers in Sweden while attending a WikiLeaks seminar, but insists the sex was consensual and argues there are political motives behind the attempts to extradite him.

Assange’s mother Christine told Australian television ahead of the judgment: “It’s a 24-hour nightmare because we know he is not safe and the biggest governments in the world are gunning for him.”

The former computer hacker has been fighting deportation since his arrest in London in December 2010 on the European arrest warrant issued by Sweden.

The Supreme Court is his final avenue of appeal under British law, after two lower courts ruled he should be sent to Sweden for questioning.

 

 

 

UK doctors set first strike date in 40 years

Press TV

The British Medical Association has decided to delay non-urgent patient care on June 21 after doctors voted with an overwhelming majority for the first industrial action in the profession in 40 years.

The BMA said in an open letter published in UK newspapers that the “reluctant” day of action is not meant to harm anyone and those with the most severe situations will still have access to medical care.

“On that day, doctors will be in their usual workplaces but providing urgent and emergency care only”, wrote the BMA.

“We will be postponing non-urgent cases and although this will be disruptive to the NHS, rest assured, doctors will be there when our patients need us most and our action will not impact on your safety,” it added.

The letter said the doctors are keen to have their “voice heard by the government.”

The action comes after BMA warned ministers against pushing ahead with “totally unjustified” pension contribution rises and a simultaneous increase in doctors’ retirement age.

The move puts doctors alongside a host of other public sector workers including teachers, civil service personnel and even police officers who have already announced or launched strikes in reaction to the austerity measures and changes to their pension schemes.

“We are taking this step very reluctantly, and would far prefer to negotiate for a fairer solution,” said chairman of council at the BMA, Dr Hamish Meldrum.

“But this clear mandate for action – on a very high turnout – reflects just how let down doctors feel by the Government’s unwillingness to find a fairer approach to the latest pension changes and its refusal to acknowledge the major reforms of 2008 that made the NHS scheme sustainable in the long term,” Meldrum added.

 

 

 

 

Bruce Springsteen lashes bankers during Berlin concert

The Guardian

© Britta Pedersen/EPA
Bruce Springsteen tapped into Europe’s anger at bankers while performing at the Olympiastadion in Berlin.

Rocker taps into anger at financial world, dedicating anti-bank song to ‘those who are struggling in Europe and Berlin’

Bruce Springsteen has touched on a nerve of widespread discontent with financiers and bankers while performing a concert in Berlin.

Springsteen played to a sold-out crowd at Berlin’s Olympiastadion, singing from his album Wrecking Ball and speaking about tough economic times that have put people out of work worldwide and led to debt crises in Greece and other countries.

“In America a lot of people have lost their jobs,” said Springsteen, 62, who performed for three hours to 58,000 fans in the stadium that hosted the 1936 Olympics and 2006 World Cup final.

“But also in Europe and in Berlin, times are tough,” he said, speaking in German. “This song is for all those who are struggling.” He then introduced Jack of All Trades, a withering attack on bankers that includes the lyrics: “The banker man grows fat, working man grows thin.”

Europe has been especially hard hit since 2008’s financial meltdown that sparked an enduring sovereign debt crisis. Unemployment on the continent has risen to levels not seen since the 1990s.

Springsteen’s Wrecking Ball tour began on 13 May in Spain, which is struggling with its crushing debt load, and runs for two and a half months with 33 stops in 15 countries before concluding on 31 July in Helsinki.

Berlin has been a special place for Springsteen since his July 1988 concert behind the old Iron Curtain in East Berlin.

Watched by 160,000 people, it was the biggest rock show in East German history, and The Boss spoke out against the “barriers” keeping East Germans prisoners in their country. Some historians have said the concert fed into a movement gaining moment at the time that contributed to the tearing down of the Berlin Wall 16 months later in November 1989.

“Once in a while you play a place, a show that ends up staying inside of you, living with you for the rest of your life,” he told the crowd on Wednesday after being handed a poster from a fan thanking him for the 1988 concert. “East Berlin in 1988 was certainly one of them.”

Germany has weathered the financial crisis well so far but Berlin itself is struggling with double-digit unemployment, low wages and a high incidence of poverty.

“The financial world has caused us all a lot of our problems and Springsteen has always been a critical spirit – that’s what I like about him,” said Kathleen Wapp, a 42-year-old doctor’s assistant from Wolfsburg who was at the show. “I like the way he’s not afraid to put a critical light on the key issues.”

“I think it’s great the way he’s taking on the banking industry – he’s got it dead right,” said Matthias Beck, 46, a carpenter from Leipzig. “There’s hardly anything good about banks. They take advantage of the little people and it’s always hard to find someone who’ll take responsibility when it all goes wrong.”

Source: Reuters

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Environmental

Mexican Farmers Block Monsanto Law to Privatize Plants and Seeds

By Occupy Monsanto

“The proposed modifications promote a privatizing model that uses patents and “Plant Breeders’ Rights” (PBR) to deprive farmers of the labor of centuries in developing seed.”

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Progressive small farmer organizations in Mexico scored a victory over transnational corporations that seek to monopolize seed and food patents. When the corporations pushed their bill to modify the Federal Law on Plant Varieties through the Committee on Agriculture and Livestock of the Mexican Chamber of Deputies on March 14, organizations of farmers from across the country sounded the alarm. By organizing quickly, they joined together to pressure legislators and achieved an agreement with the legislative committee to remove the bill from the floor.

What’s at stake is free and open access to plant biodiversity in agriculture. The proposed modifications promote a privatizing model that uses patents and “Plant Breeders’ Rights” (PBR) to deprive farmers of the labor of centuries in developing seed. The small farmers who worked to create this foundation of modern agriculture never charged royalties for its use.

Although the current law, in effect since 1996, pays little heed to the rights of small farmers, the new law would be far worse. Present law tends to benefit private-sector plant breeders, allowing monopolies to obtain exclusive profits from the sale of seeds and other plant material for up to 15 years, or 18 in the case of perennial ornamental, forest, or orchard plants–even when the plants they used to develop the new varieties are in the public domain.

The legislative reform would extend exclusive rights from the sale of reproductive material to 25 years. Further, it seeks to restrict the rights of farmers to store or use for their own consumption any part of the harvest obtained from seeds or breeding material purchased from holders of PBRs.

The proposed law would also include genetically modified organisms (GMOs) among the plant varieties covered, converging with the so-called Monsanto Law (Law of Biosecurity and Genetically Modified Organisms). This is an absurd inclusion, since GMOs are created by introducing genetic material from non-plant species.

GMOs cannot be considered a distinct variety, because they do not result from the genetic variability that underlies natural selection. They are the result of manipulation through biotechnology that crosses the boundaries between species and realms. Another absurdity is the private appropriation of genetic information from live organisms, even those altered with genes of other species.

The proposed law would create a “Monsanto Police,” by giving the National Service for the Inspection and Certification of Seeds the authority to order and conduct inspection visits, demand information, investigate suspected administrative infractions, order and carry out measures to prevent or stop violations of PBR, and impose administrative sanctions, which are increased by the proposal. It would have a government agency promote PBRs held by individuals or corporations.

Holders of PBRs already gain exclusive rights to exploit plant varieties and material for their propagation. The bill under consideration would extend those rights over the products resulting from use of monopolized plant varieties so that, for example, a special license would have to be obtained to use the variety in foods for human consumption or industrial uses.

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Obama Leaves Monsanto in Charge of Ending Hunger in Africa

By Alexis Baden-Mayer, Esq., Political Director
Organic Consumers Association, May 23, 2012

At the Group of 8 (G8) meetings this past weekend, President Obama and the leaders of the rest of the world’s richest nations abandoned their governments’ previous commitments to donate $7.3 billion a year to end hunger in Africa, after disbursing only 58 percent of the total pledge of $22 billion and giving less than 6 percent in new money they pledged three years ago.

Instead, rich nations will leave the problem in the hands of the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition where private corporations will invest $3 billion over 10 years — Monsanto has committed $50 million — beginning in three countries, Tanzania, Ghana and Ethiopia. (Human-rights activists have questioned the inclusion of Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, noting that his authoritarian government has jailed dissidents and banned media access to hunger zones. The Committee to Protect Journalists said in a letter to President Obama that the Ethiopian government “routinely downplays the extent of the crisis by denying journalists access to sensitive areas and censoring independent news coverage.”)

The main U.S. spokesperson for the New Alliance is USAID administrator Rajiv Shah. OCA opposed Dr. Shah’s appointment because of his work for the Gates Foundation and his position as a board member of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), which actively promote expensive and unsustainable technologies like genetic engineering.

Ronnie Cummins, Director of the Organic Consumers Association, issued the following statement in response to the news:

“Study after study has shown that organic, agro-ecological farming practices on small diverse farms can boost yields in Africa and the developing world from 100-1000% over the yields of chemical-intensive or genetically engineered mono-crop farms. To help the world’s two billion small farmers and rural villagers survive and prosper we need to help them gain access, not to genetically engineered seeds and expensive chemical inputs; but rather access to land, water, and the tools and techniques of traditional, sustainable farming: non-patented open-pollinated seeds, crop rotation, natural compost production, beneficial insects, and access to local markets. Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) reduce crop yields, and increase pesticide use, even according to USDA statistics. Bill Gates, Monsanto, and Barack Obama may believe that genetic engineering and chemical-intensive agriculture are the tools to feed the world, but a look at the fatal harvest of modern agribusiness tells a different story. Not only can climate-friendly, healthy organic agriculture practices feed the world, but in fact organic farming is the only way we are going to be able to feed the world.”

OCA political director Alexis Baden-Mayer prepared the following notes for a talk she gave at the Occupy G8 People’s Summit, critiquing the New Alliance:

Contrary to the talking points of President Obama and the other leaders of the G8 nations, the problem of feeding the world isn’t about the need to produce more food, it’s about stopping the way wealthy countries are subsidizing their richest farmers, grabbing up the best land in Africa, speculating on food commodities in their financial markets, wasting food, diverting crop production to livestock feed and biofuels, and ratcheting up the costs of farming by encouraging the use of expensive and unsustainable GMO seeds, pesticides and fertilizers.

The world already produces more than 1 1/2 times enough food to feed everyone on the planet. That’s enough to feed 10 billion people, the population peak we expect by 2050.

70 percent of this food is produced by 3 billion small-scale food producers worldwide.

Nevertheless, 1 billion people on the planet are chronically hungry, and 70% are farmers.

If the G8 actually cared about ending hunger, they’d:

Stop Industrial-Scale Food Producers from Wasting the World’s Resources

35 percent of the food produced worldwide feeds meat and dairy animals. If humans switched to all-plant diets, all that agricultural land could produce 50 percent more human food, because feeding crops to animals that then become meat is a highly inefficient way to transfer plant energy to people.

10 percent of global vegetable oil is being diverted to biodiesel.

6 percent of global grain is being diverted to ethanol.

30 to 50 percent of food intended for human consumption in the world gets wasted.

Stop Wall Street from Gambling on Hunger, and End Speculation in the Food Markets

The share of the food market owned by speculators, uninvolved in the food production process, has risen from 12% in 1996 to 61% today. The 4 biggest grain buyers, including ADM, Bunge, Cargill and Louis and Dreyfus, dominate 75- 90% of the trade in grain worldwide generating profits in the realm of $2 to 3 billion a year.

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Cyber Space

‘ACTA could turn honest citizens into criminals by mistake’

Published on May 31, 2012 by

The controversial ACTA anti-piracy agreement has been dealt a blow by the European Parliament. Three key committees have voted against the treaty, citing concerns over its legality. ACTA sparked Europe-wide protests, with activists saying online freedom of speech is being put at risk.

Rick Falkvinge from the Swedish Pirate Party says the treaty is confused at best.

FISA: US under total surveillance

Published on May 31, 2012 by

On Thursday, US lawmakers discussed whether or not the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act should be renewed. FISA gives government the power to monitor phone calls, emails and other forms of electronic communication. Critics believe that FISA can now be used to target citizens all in the name of homeland security. Andrew Blake, RT’s web producer, joins us with more on the controversial legislation and discusses other legislation such as CISPA, SOPA and PIPA.

MegaUpload case to be dismissed?

Published on May 31, 2012 by

One of the biggest copyright infringement cases in history just took a turn. MegaUpload’s founder Kim Dotcom has taken steps to throw out the case where his company allegedly got rich off of the piracy of copyrighted movies, music and media. The defense is now arguing that the website can be held accountable for its users. Liz Wahl has more.

WikLeaks Founder Assange Loses U.K. Extradition Appeal

The Vancouver Sun

Britain’s Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can be extradited to Sweden, but put his deportation on hold to give his lawyers a final chance to reopen the case.

The court, which handed down its decision after an 18-month legal marathon, rejected Assange’s argument that the Swedish prosecutor who issued the arrest warrant over sex crime allegations was not entitled to do so.

Julian Assange

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Julian Assange

“The request for Mr Assange’s extradition has been lawfully made and his appeal against extradition is accordingly dismissed,” Supreme Court president Nicholas Phillips said as he delivered the ruling to a hushed courtroom.

The seven judges were split five to two but their majority ruling was that the prosecutor was a rightful judicial authority, and therefore allowed to issue the warrant for the Internet whistleblower.

But in a new twist, Assange’s lawyer Dinah Rose asked for 14 days to consider whether to apply to reopen the case, on the grounds that the judgment referred to material that was not mentioned during the last hearing in February.

The judge granted the request, which is highly unusual in the three-year history of the Supreme Court.

“With the agreement of the respondent, the required period for extradition shall not commence until 13th June 2012,” the Supreme Court said in a statement.

Assange, a 40-year-old Australian national, was not in the central London court for the judgment. One of his supporters, journalist John Pilger, said he was “stuck in traffic” with his mother, who flew in from Australia for the verdict.

The Swedish lawyer for the two women who accuse Assange of rape and sexual assault said he would be extradited eventually.

“The decision was what we expected . . . It’s unfortunate that it has been delayed further, but he will ultimately be extradited,” Claes Borgstroem told AFP.

Assange is at present wanted for questioning over the sex crime allegations, but Borgstroem said he expected an indictment perhaps within a month after he gets to Sweden.

Australia said it would closely monitor the case and added that consular officials were available to help him if he wished.

“The Australian government cannot interfere in the judicial processes of other governments but we will closely monitor the proceedings against Mr Assange in Sweden,” said a spokeswoman for Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs.

Assange, whose website enraged Washington by releasing a flood of state and military secrets, has been living under tight restrictions on his movement for 540 days, including wearing an ankle tag and reporting daily to police.

He has said he fears his extradition would eventually lead to his transfer to the United States, where U.S. soldier Bradley Manning is facing a court-martial over accusations that he handed documents to WikiLeaks.

Outside court, Assange’s principal lawyer Gareth Peirce confirmed that the extradition was stayed while his legal team considers whether to apply to reopen the case, although the judgment still stands.

The point in question is the interpretation of the Vienna Convention on the law of treaties, “which was never addressed in the hearing, one way or another, by either side,” Peirce added.

If Assange fails to have the case reopened in Britain, he still has the option of a last-ditch appeal to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

The white-haired Assange does not deny that he had sex with two WikiLeaks volunteers in Sweden while attending a WikiLeaks seminar, but insists the sex was consensual and argues there are political motives behind the attempts to extradite him.

Assange’s mother Christine told Australian television ahead of the judgment: “It’s a 24-hour nightmare because we know he is not safe and the biggest governments in the world are gunning for him.”

The former computer hacker has been fighting deportation since his arrest in London in December 2010 on the European arrest warrant issued by Sweden.

The Supreme Court is his final avenue of appeal under British law, after two lower courts ruled he should be sent to Sweden for questioning.

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Survival / Sustainability

Permaculture with Jack Spirko Part 1 – 6

Introduction

Published on May 28, 2012 by

This is the first video in a long series on the basics of permaculture, during this series we will be covering the ethics, principals of design, earth works and more. In this video though I just want to explain why I am doing this series and how permaculture relates to modern survival thinking.

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Activism

New Face of Terror: FBI creates bogeyman out of Occupy

Published on May 29, 2012 by

From disorganized slackers to terrorists – the Occupy movement has seen its media image go from bad to worse over its nine months of existence. Protesters now even face accusations that they pose a threat not just to Corporate America, but to the country as a whole. But activists say it’s all just scaremongering to stifle the movement.

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Articles of Interest

Privacy Group Wants Google’s Driverless Cars Kept off the Road

By Sharon Gaudin, Computerworld

A privacy group is calling on the California Assembly to keep Google’s self-driving cars off the road.

Consumer Watchdog, a non-profit privacy group, sent an open letter to the Assembly today urging members to defeat a bill, SB 1289, that would allow Google’s self-driving cars on California’s roads unless the bill is amended to provide “adequate” privacy protection for the cars’ users.

The letter (download PDF) asks legislators to ban all data collection from Google’s autonomous cars.

“While we don’t propose to limit the ability of the cars to function by communicating as necessary with satellites and other devices, the collection and retention of data for marketing and other purposes should be banned,” wrote Jamie Court, president of Consumer Watchdog, and John Simpson, privacy project director. “Unless the bill is amended, once again society will be forced to play catch-up in dealing with the impact of the privacy invading aspects of a new technology.”

Google has been pushing ahead with its research into developing autonomous automobiles that can be sold commercially.

Earlier this month, the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles gave Google the state’s first license for driverless cars. It was also the first autonomous vehicle license ever issued in the United States, according to the Nevada DMV website.

“The cars have a number of sensors, such as cameras, lasers and radar, to monitor road conditions and improve the technology,” said Chris Gaither, a Google spokesman in an email to Computerworld. “For our testing purposes, the cars log data about their performance — how fast they’re going, where they are, where they detect obstacles, etc. — as well as data from the equipment on the car.”

Gaither noted that he could not say what, if any, data would continue to be collected from the cars once testing is over and they are being sold commercially. “It would be premature to speculate,” he added.

The letter was sent to Assembly Speaker John A. Perez, who has not replied to a request for comment.

According to Gaither, Google’s driverless cars have logged more than 200,000 miles so far.

Last month, Google executives went to Detroit looking for partners in the company’s efforts to develop the vehicles. Anthony Levandowski, head of Google’s self-driving car project, told an audience there that the company would like to get such cars on the road within the next decade.

A Google spokesman told Computerworld last month that the company has been reaching out to automakers but is keeping its options open.

Sharon Gaudin covers the Internet and Web 2.0, emerging technologies, and desktop and laptop chips for Computerworld. Follow Sharon on Twitter at @sgaudin, on Google+ or subscribe to Sharon’s RSS feed. Her email address is sgaudin@computerworld.com.

See more by Sharon Gaudin on Computerworld.com.

BYOD: Time to Adjust Your Privacy Expectations

By Tom Kaneshige, CIO

BYOD: Time to Adjust Your Privacy ExpectationsSome employees thought they were pretty sneaky downloading confidential data from corporate computers to thumb drives days before they turned in their resignations and bolted to a competitor.

More often than not, they didn’t get away with it. Armed with forensic computer analysis–namely, the USB port registry–managers confronted these employees during the exit interview.

What gives managers the right to pursue legal action or at least ask for those incriminating thumb drives back? The answer: a smorgasbord of protective polices with employees’ signatures on them, including the confidentiality non-disclosure policy, the ethics policy, the conflict of interest policy, the authorized use of computers policy.

“The BYOD fact pattern isn’t that dramatically different, and policies can be written to provide that type of protection for the employer,” says Brent Cossrow, partner at Fisher and Phillips, a law firm specializing in labor and employment law.

He adds: “Given the business interest that could be in jeopardy, there are employers who would take a look at how their computers were used in a certain time period. If a BYOD policy was written in a certain way, it could provide support for that examination.”

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Cossrow’s practice area is employee defection and trade secrets, and so he helps companies navigate the murky legal waters that BYOD, or bring-your-own-device, stirs up. An employee-owned BYOD smartphone or tablet blurs the line between personal and work use. Compared to the thumb drive, a BYOD can easily store trade secrets either locally on the device or via a cloud storage service.

At the center of the legal debate is an employee’s expectation of privacy. Cossrow says the smartest companies will craft a detailed, customized BYOD policy that works in harmony with existing protection policies. Among the more restrictive regimes, employees would have to sign away their expectation of privacy with a BYOD smartphone or tablet that’s being used in conjunction with corporate computers.

Without an expectation of privacy, employees should assume they have no privacy on their personally owned BYODs.

For employees, it may get even worse. “I think we’re going to see case law evolve over time with companies wanting to do more ambitious and extensive searches of personal data on those devices,” Cossrow says.

A Legal Precedent?

On the upside, BYOD employees have at least one legal precedent in their workplace privacy corner, Stengart v. Loving Care Agency.

In December 2007, Marina Stengart resigned from Loving Care Agency in New Jersey and sued for gender discrimination. Just before resigning, Stengart communicated with her attorney via a personal, password-protected Yahoo email account on a company computer.

This use case blends personal and work actions on a single device, a precursor to BYOD.

Loving Care Agency hired a computer forensics expert who burned a forensic image of the computer, which uncovered HTML screen shots of the personal emails. A trial judge ruled that the emails were not protected by attorney-client privilege because a policy stated that emails were company property.

Stengart and her attorney took the matter to the New Jersey Superior Court, and the appellate judge reversed the decision. The judge held that those personal communications were protected. A big win for employee privacy, right?

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Many factors played in the reversal, such as Stengart’s sophistication of computers. While the employee handbook might state that an employee waives the expectation of privacy, this doesn’t mean that the employee has a knowledge of how HTML files are created and whether or not a password will protect access to those files.

The Stengart v. Loving Care Agency case, though, has a big flaw for BYOD employees: The reversal toward employee privacy rights was anchored in the attorney-client privilege.

“It’s not likely that the same quality of protection would be available for non-privilege communication under those facts,” Cossrow says. “How broadly will Stengart be used? We’re going to see different types of [BYOD] policies, and they’re going to be tested in court over time.”

The BYOD Policy

BYOD policies are subject to state and federal laws, which can vary depending on the type of industry a company serves.

As stated earlier, a BYOD policy should work in harmony with existing protection policies. BYOD policies can be written to provide some protection against certain risks and some policies allow companies to inspect the BYOD in an exit interview.

BYOD employees better know what they’re signing, which often entails giving up their expectations of privacy.

“The art to this BYOD employment practice is defining the ground rules on which these devices can be used,” Cossrow says.

“If the employer is saying that you do not have an expectation of privacy with a personal device that you use in conjunction with corporate systems, this lets the employee know the device could be subject to a search or a review.”

Tom Kaneshige covers Apple and Consumerization of IT for CIO.com. Follow Tom on Twitter @kaneshige. Follow everything from CIO.com on Twitter @CIOonline and on Facebook. Email Tom at tkaneshige@cio.com

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800+ Major Corporations and U.S. Chamber of Commerce Support Internet Freedom-Crushing CISPA

Madison Ruppert
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It’s quite sad for me to say that over 3 million businesses in the United States represented by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, not to mention 800+ other major corporations (see below list), all have shown their support for the disturbing legislation known as CISPA, or the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act.

This long list includes corporations like Google, Facebook, AT&T, Verizon, Microsoft, IBM, Boeing, Intel, the Financial Services Roundtable, Lockheed Martin, Qualcomm, Northrop Grumman, VeriSign, Symantec, Oracle, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, the Internet Security Alliance, the information Technology Industry Council, the Independent Telephone & Telecommunications Alliance, the Cyber, Space & Intelligence Association, CTIA – the Wireless Association, the Business Roundtable and more (all of which are listed below).

Please take a moment out of your day to either share this article or at least the list of corporations behind this legislation in order to help coordinate a boycott effort.

I believe it would also be beneficial to call them repeatedly (inundating their phone lines can be a major headache), shower them with emails, letters, etc. all in an attempt to get them to back away from CISPA.

Widespread protest efforts were quite successful in bringing down the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), but now we have to keep in mind that many of the corporations who were anti-SOPA are actually pro-CISPA.

This means that the public will have to be engaged to a much more significant degree in order to have an impact even remotely comparable to what we saw in opposition to SOPA and the Protect IP Act (PIPA).

The real reason that corporations who were against SOPA and PIPA but are now behind CISPA is because, unlike the previous legislation, it removes all liability from the corporations and shifts the regulatory pressure away from the company.

SOPA actually required private corporations to keep tabs on all of their user activity and made them liable for their users and their activities.

CISPA, on the other hand, shifts that responsibility away from the private corporations completely and hands that role over to a government entity.

This makes it so corporations are protected from lawsuits from a user who has their private information given to the government under CISPA.

Now I’m sure you can see why companies like Google (which protested SOPA in a quite visible manner) and Facebook (which also voiced opposition to SOPA) are champing at the bit to get behind CISPA.

“CISPA would allow ISPs, social networking sites and anyone else handling Internet communications to monitor users and pass information to the government without any judicial oversight,” according to the Activism Director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Rainey Reitman. “The language of this bill is dangerously vague, so that personal online activity – from the mundane to the intimate – could be implicated.”

What exactly does “dangerously vague” mean, you ask? Well, the EFF has done a fantastic job of explaining exactly what they mean.

CISPA would allow “access to any information regarding a ‘cyber threat’ is granted to the government, privacy security agencies and private companies.”

CISPA’s definition of a “cyber threat” is as follows:

  • Efforts to disrupt or destroy government or private systems or networks.
  • Theft or misappropriation of private or government information, intellectual property, or personally identifiable information.

In this context, misappropriation means “wrongful borrowing” and intellectual property means anything protected by a copyright including programs like Photoshop and Microsoft Office, MP3s, television shows and movies, and absolutely anything in between.

The purposefully vague language of CISPA leaves room for abuse in the following ways (according to this informative infographic from the EFF):

The government, private security agencies (think HB Gary and many more), and private companies (which are already being brought into the fold) acting in “good faith” actually means maybe you did it (whatever it allegedly may be).

These entities can share “cyber threat information” which, in reality, is your personal information with other private companies, private security agencies and government entities.

They can do this all with total anonymity, meaning that they don’t have to tell you what they’re doing or if they’re sending your information to someone or even who they are sending it to.

It also gives these entities immunity to legal action, which means that you can’t take action against any of them, even if they made a mistake with your information.

The EFF graphic aptly sums it up by saying, “Privacy policy? LOL.”

“Any existing legal protections of user privacy will be usurped by CISPA. The bill clearly states that the information may be shared ‘notwithstanding any other provision of law,'” they add.

Recently, Joel Kaplan, Facebook’s vice president for U.S. public policy, attemptedto reassure users. In my opinion, he failed miserably in attempting to say that it only would allow them to share information about possible cyber attacks while not forcing any new data sharing obligations, adding:

[W]e recognize that a number of privacy and civil liberties groups have raised concerns about the bill – in particular about provisions that enable private companies to voluntarily share cyber threat data with the government. The concern is that companies will share sensitive personal information with the government in the name of protecting cybersecurity. Facebook has no intention of doing this and it is unrelated to the things we liked about HR 3523 in the first place – the additional information it would provide us about specific cyber threats to our systems and users.

EFF shot back in a quite thorough blog post entitled, “What Facebook Wants in Cybersecurity Doesn’t Require Trampling On Our Privacy Rights.”

They note that the government can already share information about supposed cyber threats with corporations like Facebook without “any of the CISPA provisions that allow companies to routinely monitor private communications and share personal user data gleaned from those communications with the government.”

They also make it very clear that they do not trust Facebook’s claims in writing:

But let’s be clear: Internet users don’t want promises from companies not to intercept our private communications and share that data with one another and the government. We want strong laws that make such egregious privacy violations illegal, that require the government to follow legal process (judicial oversight in most case), and that allow us or the government to sue persons who break the law. Ironically, hard-won, long-standing privacy laws – like the Wiretap Act and the Electronic Communications Privacy Act – already exist, although they are by no means ideal. There are already too many exceptions that allow the government to gain access to sensitive user data. But CISPA would upend these existing legal protections and leave the door wide open to companies handing sensitive personal information to the government without so much as a subpoena, let alone a warrant.

Considered together, this information paints nothing short of a disturbing picture. With Silicon Valley’s data mining capabilities more sophisticated than ever before, and with many peoples’ information being captured without their knowledge or consent, the information that will be readily available is almost incomprehensible in its scope.

The house will be voting on CISPA on April 23 and I highly recommend that you make an effort to put this legislation down before we see even more of our rights trampled on by our tyrannical federal government.

The Long List:

  • AT&T
  • Boeing
  • BSA
  • Business Roundtable
    • A.O. Smith
    • ABB Inc. USA
    • Abbott
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    • ACE Limited
    • AES
    • Aetena, Inc.
    • AGCO
    • AK Steel
    • Alcoa Inc.
    • Allstate
    • Altec, Inc.
    • American Electric Power Company, Inc.
    • American Express
    • Amerigroup
    • Ameriprise Financial
    • Amgen, Inc.
    • Anadarko Petroleum
    • Apache Corp.
    • Arch Coal, Inc.
    • AT&T
    • Automatic Data Processing
    • Avery Dennison
    • Avis Budget Group
    • Ball Corp.
    • Bank of America
    • Barclays PLC
    • Bausch + Lomb
    • Bayer AG
    • Bechtel Group, Inc.
    • BlackRock, Inc.
    • Blackstone Group
    • BNSF Railway
    • Boeing
    • BorgWarner, Inc.
    • C.V. Starr & Co., Inc.
    • CA Technologies
    • Caesars Entertainment
    • Campbell Soup Company
    • Cardinal Health, Inc.
    • Case New Holland Inc.
    • Caterpillar Inc.
    • CBRE Group, Inc.
    • CF Industries
    • CH2M HILL Companies, Ltd.
    • Charles Shwab
    • Chesapeake Energy
    • Chevron
    • Chrysler Group LLC
    • CIGNA
    • Cisco Systems, Inc.
    • Citigroup, Inc.
    • Coca-Cola
    • Cognizant Technology Solutions
    • Comcast
    • Computer Sciences Corporation
    • ConocoPhillips
    • Convergys Corporation
    • Cooper Industries PLC
    • Corning Inc.
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    • Crane Co.
    • CSX
    • Cummins Inc.
    • CVS Caremark
    • Danaher Corp.
    • Darden Restaruants, Inc.
    • DaVita Inc.
    • Deere & Company
    • Dell
    • Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited
    • DIRECTV
    • Dominion Resources
    • Dow Chemical
    • Duke Energy
    • DuPont
    • Eastman Chemical
    • Eaton Corp.
    • Edison International
    • Eli Lilly and Company
    • EMC Corp.
    • Ernst & Young
    • Exelis Inc.
    • Express Scripts
    • Exxon Mobil
    • FedEx
    • First Solar, Inc.
    • Fluor Corp.
    • FMC Corp.
    • Ford Motor Company
    • Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.
    • Frontier Communications
    • Gannet Co., Inc.
    • General Electric
    • General Mills
    • General Motors
    • Goldman Sachs Group
    • Goodrich
    • Grainger
    • Hanes Brands Inc.
    • Harman International Industries
    • Harris Corp.
    • Hartford Financial Services Group
    • Hasbro, Inc.
    • Hertz
    • Hess Corp.
    • Honeywell International, Inc.
    • HSBC – North America
    • Humana Inc.
    • INgersol-Rand PLC
    • Intel
    • IBM
    • International Paper Company
    • Interpublic Group
    • ITC Holdings
    • ITT Corp.
    • Johnson & Johnson
    • Johnson Controls, Inc.
    • JPMorgan Chase
    • Kelly Services, Inc.
    • Kindred Healthcare
    • KPMG LLP
    • Liberty Mutual
    • Liz Claiborne
    • Macy’s
    • Marathon Oil
    • MassMutual Financial
    • MasterCard
    • McDermott International
    • McGraw-Hill
    • McKesson Corp.
    • Medtronic, Inc.
    • Merck & Co., Inc.
    • Meredith Corp.
    • Meritor, Inc.
    • MetLife, Inc.
    • Microsoft
    • Motorola Mobility
    • Motorola Solutions
    • NASDAQ OMX
    • National Gypsum Company
    • Navistar
    • New York Life Insurance
    • NextEra Energy
    • Norfolk Southern Corp.
    • Northrop Grumman Corp.
    • Nucor Corp.
    • Ownes Corning
    • Peabody Energy Corp.
    • PepsiCo
    • Peter Kiewit Sons’, Inc.
    • Pfizer
    • Praxair, Inc.
    • PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
    • Principal Financial Group
    • Proctor & Gamble
    • Prudential Financial
    • Public Service Enterprise Group, Inc.
    • Qualcomm
    • R.R. Donnelley & Sons
    • Realogy Corp.
    • Rockwell Automation, Inc
    • Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    • Ryder Systems, Inc.
    • Sanofi-Aventis
    • SAP
    • SAS Institute Inc.
    • Sealed Air Corp.
    • Shell Oil Company
    • Siemens
    • Simon Property Group, Inc.
    • Southern Company
    • Stanley Black & Decker
    • State Farm
    • Suffolk Construction Company, Inc.
    • SunGuard
    • Target
    • Telephone and Data Systems
    • Tenet Healthcare Corp.
    • Tenneco, Inc.
    • Texas Instruments
    • Textron Inc.
    • The Brink’s Company
    • Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.
    • Time Warner Cable
    • Tishman Speyer Properties, L.P.
    • Travelers Companies
    • Tyco International
    • Union Pacific Corp.
    • UPS
    • United Technologies Corp.
    • UnitedHealth Group, Inc.
    • Universal Health Services, Inc.
    • Verizon
    • Viacom
    • Visa
    • Wal-Mart
    • WellCare Health Plans, Inc.
    • WellPoint, Inc.
    • WESCO International, Inc.
    • Western & Southern Financial Group
    • Weyerhaeuser Company
    • Whirlpool Corp.
    • Williams Companies
    • Windstream Corp.
    • WL Ross & Co. LLC
    • World Fuel Services Corp.
    • Wyndham Worldwide Corp.
    • Xerox
    • Yahoo!
  • CSC
  • COMPTEL
  • CTIA – The Wireless Association
    • Allied Wireless Communications Corporation
    • Aloha Partners II, L.P.
    • AT&T
    • Barat Wireless, L.P.
    • Bluegrass Cellular, Inc.
    • Carolina West Wireless
    • Cavalier Wireless, LLC
    • Cellcom
    • Cellular Properties Inc, dba Cellular One
    • Clearwire Corporation
    • Cox Communications, Inc
    • DoCoMo Pacific, Inc.
    • East Kentucky Network LLC dba Appalachian Wireless
    • GCI Communication Corp.
    • GreatCall, Inc.
    • Leap Wireless
    • LightSquared
    • Mohave Wireless
    • MTA Wireless
    • MTS Communications, Inc.
    • Nex-Tech Wireless
    • NTELOS, Inc.
    • Pioneer/Enid Cellular
    • Smith Bagley, Inc. DBA Cellular One of N.E. AZ
    • SouthernLINC Wireless
    • SpectrumCo, LLC
    • Sprint Nextel Corporation
    • Stelera Wireless, L.L.C.
    • TerreStar Network Services, Inc
    • T-Mobile USA
    • TracFone Wireless, Inc
    • U.S. Cellular
    • Union Telephone Company
    • Verizon Wireless
    • Vitelcom Cellular, Inc. d/b/a Innovative Wireless
    • Westlink Communications, Inc.
    • 3Cinteractive
    • Access Telecom, Inc.
    • AirCell, Inc.
    • Alcatel-Lucent
    • AMGOO
    • Anritsu Company
    • AnyDATA, Inc
    • Apple Inc
    • Assurant Solutions
    • Asurion
    • BilltoMobile
    • BlueAnt Wireless
    • Bluetest AB
    • Bravo Tech Inc.
    • Brightstar Corporation
    • Bytemobile, Inc.
    • CBS Interactive
    • Cequint, Inc.
    • Cibernet
    • Cisco, Inc.
    • ClearSky Technologies, Inc.
    • CNN Mobile
    • DBSD North America, Inc.
    • Disney Mobile
    • EMC Test Systems, L.P., (ETS-Lindgren)
    • Ericsson, Inc.
    • eSecuritel Holdings, LLC
    • FiberTower Corporation
    • Finsphere Corporation
    • Frontline Test Equipment
    • Garmin
    • GOGII, Inc.
    • Good Technology
    • Google Inc
    • GroupMe, Inc.
    • Harris Information Technology Services
    • HEAD acoustics GmbH
    • HTC America, Inc.
    • Huawei Technologies USA Inc
    • HyperCube LLC
    • IDI Billing Solutions
    • Inmar
    • Inteliquent
    • Interop Technologies
    • Intrado, Inc
    • Intuit
    • kgb
    • Kore Telematics Inc.
    • LG Electronics MobileComm USA, Inc.
    • LOC-AID Technologies, Inc
    • M Seven System
    • Major League Baseball, Advanced Media, L.P.
    • MapInfo Corporation
    • Medio Systems, Inc
    • MI Technologies
    • Microsemi Corporation
    • Microsoft Corporation
    • Mobile Messenger
    • Mobile Posse, Inc.
    • Motorola Mobility, Inc.
    • Motricity
    • Movius Interactive Corporation
    • National Analysis Center, Inc
    • NBCUniversal Digital Networks
    • NeuStar, Inc.
    • NextG Networks, Inc
    • Nokia, Inc.
    • Numerex Corp
    • OnStar
    • OpenMarket
    • Openwave Systems
    • Opticon, Inc.
    • Panasonic Solutions Company
    • Paratek Microwave, Inc.
    • PaymentOne Corporation
    • PCTest Engineering
    • Personal Communications Devices, LLC (PCD)
    • Petra Industries, Inc.
    • Plantronics Inc
    • Plum Mobile
    • PPC
    • Qualcomm, Inc.
    • Quality One Wireless, LLC
    • QuickPlay Media Inc.
    • RealNetworks
    • Recellular, Inc.
    • RemoteMDx Inc.
    • Research In Motion
    • Samsung Telecommunications America, L.P.
    • Sasken Communication Technologies Limited
    • SEQUANS Communication
    • SGS US Testing Company, Inc.
    • Single Touch Interactive, Inc.
    • Smartcomm LLC
    • SMC Networks Inc.
    • Smith Micro Software, Inc.
    • Snackable Media
    • Southwire Company
    • StreamWIDE, Inc.
    • Sybase, Inc
    • Syniverse Technologies
    • Taqua, LLC
    • TARGUSinfo
    • TeleCommunication Systems, Inc
    • Telefonica Internacional USA, Inc.
    • The Howland Company, Inc
    • The NPD Group
    • The Weather Channel
    • Transaction Network Services
    • Tri-L Solutions, Inc.
    • TSB PLUS DEAL, Corp d/b/a EYO AMERICA
    • Vibes Media
    • WMC Global
    • Zipwhip, Inc.
    • Zong, Inc
    • Zoove Corp.
    • 7 layers
    • AccuWeather, Inc.
    • Agilent Technologies
    • Alaska Communications Systems
    • American Roamer Company, Inc.
    • AT4 Wireless
    • ATC Logistics & Electronics
    • Audience, Inc.
    • Azimuth Systems, Inc
    • Bechtel Telecommunications
    • BeQuick Software
    • Bloomberg Government
    • Bluetooth SIG
    • Boingo Wireless, Inc.
    • Boku, Inc.
    • BOX
    • Bragg Communications DBA Eastlink Wireless
    • Brightpoint, Inc.
    • Broadcom Corporation
    • Bureau Veritas ADT
    • Capital Telecom, LLC
    • Caterpillar
    • CDMA Development Group
    • Cellairis.com
    • Cenoplex, Inc.
    • CETECOM
    • CExchange, LLC
    • China Telecommunication Technology Labs (CTTL)
    • Ciena Corporation
    • Cloudmark, Inc.
    • Commscope
    • Compliance Certification Services
    • comScore
    • ComSource, Inc
    • Corning Cable Systems
    • CT Miami LLC
    • CWG LLC (Communications Wireless Group)
    • Dell Inc.
    • Deloitte & Touche, LLP.
    • Dolby
    • Elektrobit System Test Ltd.
    • ETAK Systems, Inc.
    • Fibrebond Corporation
    • Ford Motor Company
    • GENERAC Power Systems, Inc.
    • GetJar
    • Hyper Taiwan Technology, Inc.
    • Incipio
    • Ingram Micro
    • Intec Billing Inc.
    • Intel Corporation
    • Intertek
    • iQmetrix
    • Jumptap, Inc.
    • Juniper Networks
    • Kathrein Inc. Scala Division
    • KGP Logistics
    • Kyocera Communications, Inc.
    • Lenco Mobile Inc.
    • Lenovo Inc.
    • Malsha LLC
    • Marvell Semiconductor, Inc.
    • mBlox, Inc.
    • Metrico Wireless
    • Millennial Media
    • Mobileistic
    • MobiTV, Inc
    • Multi-Tech Systems, Inc.
    • National Electronics
    • NEC Corporation of America
    • New Retail Solutions
    • NEXPRO International, LLC
    • Novatel Wireless
    • NTT DoCoMo USA, Inc.
    • Offwire
    • Omnilert, LLC
    • Oracle Corporation
    • Palm, Inc
    • Plateau Telecommunications
    • Powermat
    • Protect Cell
    • Qmadix
    • Qualcomm Q-Lab
    • Radio Frequency Systems
    • RBC Capital Markets, LLC
    • Rohde & Schwarz
    • Sabre Industries, Inc.
    • SATIMO
    • SETAR-Servicio Di Telecomunicacion
    • Sierra Wireless
    • Simplexity LLC
    • Smart Synch
    • Sony Corporation of America
    • SPEAG (Schmid & Partner Eng. AG)
    • Spirent Communications
    • Sporton International Inc.
    • Stargreetz
    • Strategy Analytics, Inc.
    • Superior Communications
    • Symantec Corporation
    • Synchronoss Technologies
    • Talley, Inc
    • TCT Mobile Inc.
    • TECORE, Inc.
    • TEKELEC
    • Telecom Expert Group, LLC
    • Telecom. Metrology Center/Ministry of Information
    • Telecommunications Technology Association (TTA)
    • TELUS Communications Company
    • Texas Instruments, Inc.
    • The Management Network Group, Inc. (TMNG)
    • The Washington Post
    • TUV Rheinland Group
    • Twilio, Inc.
    • Unnecto/Parktel USA
    • Valor Communication Inc.
    • Ventus
    • VoltDelta/LSSi
    • W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    • Wiley Rein LLP
    • Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP
    • Wireless One, Inc.
    • Xentris, LLC
    • ZAGG Inc.
    • ZTE Corporation
  • Cyber, Space & Intelligence AssociationEd. Note: There is no information about this organization, what it is, what it does, or who its members are. We are looking into the matter further.
  • Edison Electric
  • EMC
  • Exelon
  • Facebook
  • The Financial Services Roundtable
    • AEGON USA, Inc
    • Affiliated Managers Group, Inc.
    • Allianz Life Insurance Co. of North America
    • Allstate
    • Ally Financial, Inc.
    • American Honda Finance Corp.
    • Ameriprise Financial, Inc.
    • Ares Capital Corp.
    • Associated Banc-Corp
    • Assurant, Inc.
    • Aviva USA
    • AXA Financial, Inc.
    • BankcorpSouth, Inc.
    • BancWest Corp.
    • Bank of America
    • Bank of Hawaii
    • The BNY Mellon Corp.
    • Barclays Capital, Inc.
    • BB&T Corp.
    • BBVA Compass
    • BlackRock, Inc.
    • BMO Financial Corp.
    • Brown & Brown Insurance
    • Capital One
    • Caterpillar Financial Services Corp.
    • Charles Schwab
    • The Chubb Corp.
    • CIT group, Inc.
    • Citigroup, Inc.
    • City National Corporation
    • Comerica Incorporated
    • Commerce Bancshares, Inc.
    • Discover Financial Services
    • Edward Jones
    • E*Trade
    • Fidelity Investments
    • Fifth Third Bankcorp
    • First Horizon National Corp.
    • First Niagara Financial Group, Inc.
    • Ford Motor Credit Company
    • Fulton Financial Corp.
    • General Electric
    • Genworth Financial
    • Hancock Holding Company
    • The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc.
    • The Hartford
    • HSBC North America
    • Huntington Bancshares, Inc.
    • ING
    • John Deere Financial Serivces
    • Jon Hancock Financial Services
    • JPMorgan Chase & Co.
    • KeyCorp
    • Liberty Mutual
    • Lincoln National Corp.
    • LPL Financial
    • M&T Bank
    • MasterCard
    • Mutual of Omaha Insurance Co.
    • Nationwide
    • New York Life Insurance Co.
    • People’s United Bank
    • The PMI Group, Inc.
    • The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.
    • Popular, Inc.
    • Principal Financial Group
    • The Private Bank
    • Protective Life Corp.
    • Prudential Financial Inc.
    • Putnam Investments
    • Raymond James Financial, Inc.
    • RBC Bank, USA
    • RBS Americas
    • Regions Financial Corporation
    • RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd.
    • Sallie Mae, Inc
    • Sovereign
    • State Farm Insurance
    • State Street Corp.
    • SunTrust Banks, Inc.
    • Swiss Reinsurance America Corp.
    • Synovus
    • TD Bank
    • Toyota Motor Credit Corp.
    • Trustmark Corp.
    • TSYS
    • UnionBanCal Corp.
    • United Bankshares, Inc.
    • Unum
    • U.S. Bancorp
    • Visa
    • Webster Financial Corp.
    • Wells Fargo & Copmany
    • Western & Southern Financial Group
    • Zions Bancorporation
  • IBM
  • Independent Telephone & Telecommunications Alliance
    • CenturyLink
    • Cincinnati Bell
    • Comporium Communications
    • Consolidated Communications
    • FairPoint Communications
    • Hargray Communications
    • HickoryTech Communications
    • SureWest Communications
    • TDS Telecom
  • Information Technology Industry Council
    • Accenture
    • Adobe
    • Agilent Technologies
    • Alcatel Lucent
    • Altera
    • AMD
    • Aol
    • APC
    • Apple
    • Applied Materials
    • Autodesk
    • Broadcom
    • CA Technologies
    • Canon
    • Cisco
    • Cognizant
    • Corning
    • Dell
    • Kodak
    • eBay
    • EMC2
    • Ericsson
    • Fujitsu
    • Google
    • HP
    • IBM
    • Intel
    • Intuit
    • Lenovo
    • Lexmark
    • Micron
    • Microsoft
    • Monster.com
    • Motorola
    • NCR
    • Nokia
    • Oracle
    • Panasonic
    • Qualcomm
    • Ricoh
    • RIM
    • SAP
    • Sony
    • Symantec
    • Synopsys
    • Teradata
    • Texas Instruments
    • VeriSign
    • VMWare
  • Intel
  • Internet Security Alliance
    • AVG
    • BNY Mellon
    • Boeing
    • Carnegie Mellon University-CyLab
    • Dell
    • Direct Computer Resources
    • Lockheed Martin
    • National Association of Manufacturers
    • NJVC
    • Northrop Grumman
    • Raytheon
    • SAIC
    • Symantec
    • VeriSign
    • Verizon
    • USAA
    • Zurich North America
    • Computer Sciences Corps. (CSC)
    • GovDelivery
    • Infineon Technologies North America
    • Intuit
    • L-3 Communications
    • Qualcomm
    • Reed Elsevier
    • Phillips Nizer, LLP
    • Chartis Insurance
    • Mitsubishi
    • Palindrome Technologies
    • Power & Telephone Supply Co.
    • Salare Security, LLC
    • Sentar, Inc.
    • TASC
    • The Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT)
    • Wipro Technologies, Inc.
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Microsoft
  • National Cable & Telecommunications Association
    • A+E Networks
    • ActiveVideo Networks, Inc.
    • Acumen Solutions, Inc.
    • Advance/Newhouse Communications
    • Advanced Digital Broadcast, Inc. (ADB, Inc.)
    • Africa Channel
    • Alcatel-Lucent
    • Alticast, Inc.
    • AMC Networks Inc.
    • ARRIS
    • Aurora Networks, Inc.
    • Azar Computer Software Services, Inc.
    • BCM
    • Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ
    • Beechwoods Software, Inc.
    • BelAir Networks
    • BendBroadband
    • BET Networks
    • BigBand Networks, Inc.
    • BlackArrow, Inc.
    • Blonder-Tongue Labs, Inc.
    • BlueHighways TV
    • Bond & Pecaro
    • Bonneville Distribution
    • Bortz Media & Sports Group, Inc.
    • Brigade Capital Management LLC
    • Broadlogic Network Technologies Inc.
    • Broken Bow TV
    • Cablevision Systems Corp.
    • Carlsen Resources, Inc.
    • Casa Systems
    • Castalia Communications Corp.
    • CatholicTV
    • CEA Associates, LLC
    • Charter Communications
    • CHR Solutions
    • Cim-Tel Cable, Inc.
    • Cisco Systems
    • Clear Creek Mutual Telephone
    • Clearleap, Inc.
    • CLIINTEL
    • Coaxial Cable TV Corp.
    • Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass LLP
    • Colton Cable TV & Telephone Co
    • Comcast Corporation
    • Comcast Programming
    • Com-Link, Inc.
    • CommScope, Inc.
    • Conax As
    • Consolidated Cable Solutions
    • Convergys
    • Cox Communications, Inc.
    • C-SPAN
    • Current TV
    • Cycle30, Inc.
    • Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
    • Discovery Communications, Inc.
    • Disney Media Networks
    • Dow Lohnes, PLLC
    • Duff & Phelps, LLC
    • Eagle Cablevision, Inc.
    • Eagle Communications
    • EATEL Corp.
    • Ebru TV
    • EchoStar Technologies, L.L.C.
    • Edwards Wildman Palmer, LLP
    • Ensequence, Inc.
    • Entone, Inc.
    • Entropic Communications, Inc.
    • Ericsson
    • ESRI
    • Euronews
    • EWTN Global Catholic Network
    • FamilyNet, Inc.
    • Fox Networks Group
    • France 24
    • Front Porch Inc.
    • Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    • Game Show Network (GSN)
    • GCI Cable Inc.
    • Goltv, Inc.
    • Gospel Music Channel
    • Great Lakes Data Systems, Inc.
    • Hallmark Channel (Crown Media Holdings)
    • Hamilton County Cable TV Inc.
    • HDNet, LLC
    • Hearst Corporation
    • Hogan Lovells US LLP
    • Home Box Office (HBO)
    • Home Shopping Network
    • Hood Canal Cablevision
    • Horror Entertainment, LLC dba FEARnet
    • Hostopia.com Inc.
    • HRTV: HorseRacing TV
    • Huawei Technologies USA
    • icueTv, Inc.
    • Imagine Communications
    • iN DEMAND
    • InfoSpace, Inc.
    • Infosys Technologies Limited
    • Insight Communications, Inc.
    • Inspiration Networks (INSP)
    • Integrated BroadBand Services, LLC
    • Intraway Corporation S.R.L.
    • ION Media Networks
    • itaas, Inc
    • Juniper Networks
    • Karmaloop TV
    • Keene Valley Video, Inc.
    • Kennedy Network Services, Inc.
    • KPMG
    • Lifetime Entertainment Services
    • Lode Data Corporation
    • Massillon Cable TV
    • Mav’rick Entertainment Network, Inc.
    • McGuire Wood LLP
    • Mediacom Communications Corporation
    • METASWITCH
    • MGM HD
    • Midcontinent Communications
    • Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo, P.C.
    • Mixed Signals, Inc.
    • Momentum Telecom Wholesale
    • Motorola, Inc.
    • Moultrie Telecomm. Inc.
    • Mountain Zone TV
    • MTV Networks
    • NagraVision S.A.
    • NAPCO Security Technologies, Inc.
    • National Geographic Channel (NGC)
    • NBC Universal
    • NDS Americas Inc.
    • Nelson County Cablevision Inc.
    • NEUSTAR, Inc.
    • NHK Cosmomedia America, Inc
    • New Visions Communications, Inc.
    • One World Sports
    • Outdoor Channel
    • Ovation TV
    • Pace Micro Technology PLC
    • QVC, Inc.
    • Qwest Communications
    • Rasenberger Media LLC
    • RBC Daniels
    • RCH Cable
    • Red Bull Media House North America
    • ReelzChannel
    • Rentrak Corporation
    • Retirement Living TV, LLC
    • RFD TV
    • Rovi Corporation
    • Scripps Networks Interactive
    • SeaChange International
    • Service Electric Cablevision
    • SES World Skies
    • Sherman & Howard L.L.C.
    • Si’ TV
    • Sigma Systems
    • Silver Star Communications
    • Sjoberg’s, Inc
    • Smithsonian Networks
    • SomosTV LLC
    • Sony Movie Channel
    • Starz Entertainment Group
    • Strategy & Technology Ltd.
    • Suddenlink Communications
    • Synacor, Inc.
    • Synchronoss Technologies, Inc.
    • TBN – Trinity Broadcasting Network
    • TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.
    • Television Cable Co. of Andalusia
    • Tellabs, Inc.
    • TelVue Corporation
    • The eScapes Network LLC
    • The Sportsman Channel, Inc.
    • This Technology, Inc
    • Time Warner Cable
    • Times Fiber Communications, Inc.
    • TiVo, Inc.
    • TMNG Global
    • Toner Cable Equipment, Inc.
    • Turner Cable Networks
    • TV Guide Network Group
    • TV One
    • Universal Electronics, Inc.
    • Universal Remote Control, Inc.
    • Univision Communications Inc.
    • US Cable Corporation
    • Veria TV
    • Veronis Suhler Stevenson
    • Viacom/CBS
    • Viamedia
    • Visual Advertising Sales Technology
    • Vivicast Media, LLC
    • Vozzcom, Inc.
    • Waitsfield Cable Company
    • Waller Capital Corporation
    • Wealth TV
    • Weather Central, LLC
    • Weather Channel, Inc., The
    • White & Case LLP
    • WideOrbit Inc.
    • Wilson West Communications Inc.
    • Womble Carlyle Sandbridge & Rice
    • Worldcast
    • Youtoo TV
    • Zodiac Interactive
  • NDIA
  • Oracle
  • Symantec
  • TechAmerica: Full list not readily available
  • US Chamber of Commerce: Includes more than 3 million businesses
  • US Telecom – The Broadband Association: Full list not available
  • Verizon

Special thanks to Digital Trends for the above list.

 

Environmental

Monsanto’s GMO Seeds Contributing to Farmer Suicides Every 30 Minutes

 

By Anthony Gucciardi
BlacklistedNews.com

 

In what has been called the single largest wave of recorded suicides in human history, Indian farmers are now killing themselves in record numbers. It has been extensively reported, even in mainstream news, but nothing has been done about the issue. The cause? Monsanto’s cost-inflated and ineffective seeds have been driving farmers to suicide, and is considered to be one of the largest — if not the largest — cause of the quarter of a million farmer suicides over the past 16 years.

According to the most recent figures (provided by the New York University School of Law), 17,638 Indian farmers committed suicide in 2009 — about one death every 30 minutes. In 2008, the Daily Mail labeled the continual and disturbing suicide spree as ‘The GM (genetically modified) Genocide’. Due to failing harvests and inflated prices that bankrupt the poor farmers, struggling Indian farmers began to kill themselves. Oftentimes, they would commit the act by drinking the very same insecticide that Monsanto supplied them with — a gruesome testament to the extent in which Monsanto has wrecked the lives of independent and traditional farmers.

 

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Cyber Space

 

SOPA, PIPA, CISPA, ACTA: 354 companies that Supported SOPA!

 

Uploaded by GetThisThingCrunk on Jan 20, 2012

National Football League (NFL)
World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)
Nike, Inc
National Basketball Association (NBA)
The Walt Disney Company
CBS Corporation
NBC Universal
Viacom
Adidas America
Wal-Mart
Juicy Couture
Burberry
Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC)
Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA)
Universal Music Group
Beachbody, LLC
Bose Corporation
Coach
Comcast Corporation
Country Music Association
Dolby Laboratories, Inc.
Dolce & Gabbana USA, INC.
Dollar General Corporation
Electronic Arts, Inc.
Fender Musical Instrument Company
Ford Motor Company
Gibson Guitar Corp.
Graphic Artists Guild
Greeting Card Association (GCA)
Harley-Davidson Motor Company
HarperCollins Publishers
Johnson & Johnson
kate spade
Linda Olsen Photography
Liz Claiborne, Inc
L’Oréal USA
New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc.
News Corporation
NHL Enterprises, L.P.
Nintendo of America Inc.
PGA of America
Philip Morris International
Ralph Lauren Corporation
Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)
Reebok International Ltd.
Revlon
Rite Aid
Rolex Watch USA Inc.
Rosetta Stone Inc.
Sony Electronics Inc.
Sony Music Entertainment
Sony Pictures Entertainment
Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association
The McGraw-Hill Companies
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
The Timberland Company
Tiffany & Co.
Time Warner Inc.
Toshiba America Business Solutions, Inc.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Virtual Chip Exchange USA, Inc.
Warner Music Group
Winestem Company
Xerox Corporation
Zippo Manufacturing Company
Zumba Fitness, LLC
1-800 Contacts, Inc.
1-800-PetMeds
3M Company
American Mental Health Counselors Association
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)
Applied DNA Sciences
Association of American Publishers (AAP)
AstraZeneca plc
Australian Medical Council
Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI)
C. F. Martin & Co., Inc.
Caterpillar Inc.
Not a complete list, also look up ACTA

 

 

 

SOPA/PIPA, Internet 2 and The Trojan Horse of Control 1/3

 

Uploaded by TheAlexJonesChannel on Jan 18, 2012

SOPA/PIPA Battle Rages: Tell Congress We Will Not Accept Censorship
Kurt Nimmo
http://www.infowars.com/
http://www.prisonplanet.tv/
January 18, 2012

The underhanded effort to fundamentally alter the internet under the guise of protecting the copyrights of Hollywood and its transnational “entertainment” corporations was delivered a distinct set-back a few days ago when Congress retreated on its full-steam ahead effort to ram SOPA down our throats.

Faced with massive outrage and a political backlash, the Obama administration threatened a veto of the SOPA legislation and in response Congress shelved it.

Equally important is the battle to defeat PIPA, the Protect IP Act, which will soon be up for a vote. Congress needs to be told it must reject this legislation as well.

Even though the shelving of SOPA appears to be a victory, we cannot trust the government to not reintroduce the bill after sprucing it up as a kinder and gentler effort to rob of us our ability to freely disseminate information and speak our minds on the internet without fear of the censor’s truncheon crashing down. After all, in 2010 the government shut down 73,000 web sites under the cover of fighting copyright infringement.

We must continue to let our “representatives” in Congress know that in no uncertain terms will we accept any modification of the internet at the behest of large corporations and the globalists who intend by hook or by crook to neuter the only free communication medium left to the people.

Use the links below to contact Congress now and speak your mind:

Congress:
http://www.contactingthecongress.org/
http://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml

Senate:
http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

STOP AMERICAN CENSORSHIP:
http://americancensorship.org/

Read the bills in full here:

SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act):
http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h112-3261

PIPA (Protect IP Act):
http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s112-968

CONGRESS:
http://www.youtube.com/user/househub

SENATE:
http://www.youtube.com/user/senatehub

YOU are the resistance.

 

 

CISPA: Nightmare Cybersecurity Bill

 

Uploaded by TheAlyonaShow on Apr 3, 2012

CISPA, or the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protect Act, also known as HR 3523 is a cybersecurity House bill that’s already gained over 100 sponsors and is perhaps the worst of them all. It would allow companies to collect and monitor private communications and share them with the government, and anyone else. So is it really as scary as it sounds? EFF’s Trevor Timm explains.

 

 

How to hide emails from government snooping

 

Despite coalition proposals to monitor public email, there remain numerous free or low-cost methods to keep messages private

 

By Jack Schofield, The Guardian

 

You already know how to keep messages private: you just encrypt the contents using a password. But although this kind of technology has been freely available to PC users since Phil Zimmermann launched PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) in 1991, hardly anyone uses it. The benefits of email and online messaging are that they are fast and relatively frictionless – you don’t need to address an envelope, find a stamp, walk to a post box and so on – and encryption becomes an annoyance.

The problem with the latest government attempts at snooping is that they are not concerned with the content of messages, but their existence. If you have found some suspected criminals or terrorists, then you will want to know who their friends are: the people they email or message most frequently. Each of these people can probably be identified by their internet protocol (IP) address: the number assigned by their ISP (internet service provider). Even an encrypted email will usually include the addresses of the sender and the recipient in its headers.

The general solution to privacy concerns is to use a non-UK “proxy server” to relay web pages, messages, anonymous email accounts and other content anonymously. Hackers who really want to hide their origins will use several proxy servers, including ones that are acting as proxies without their owner’s knowledge. Many websites publish lists of free proxy servers, which are updated continuously.

Of course, these servers may offer less privacy than your ISP, and some may be traps or “honeypots”. However, there are some trusted anonymous servers available either free or for modest payments.

Examples include hidemyass.com, anonymouse.org, Guardster, Proxify, IDzap and Megaproxy. Such servers usually have terms of service to prevent abusive or criminal behaviour. They will probably record your IP address and may report you if you breach them, so they’re not completely beyond government reach. However, they’re probably beyond government fishing expeditions…..

 

Read Full Article Here

 

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Activism

 

Raw Video: Calif. Students Pepper-sprayed

 

Published by AssociatedPress

 

Campus police pepper-sprayed as many as 30 demonstrators after Santa Monica College students angry over a plan to offer high-priced courses tried to push their way into a trustees meeting, authorities said.

 

 

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Articles of Interest

Families to lose average £511 a year in tax credits cull, warns Labour

 

Ed Balls accuses George Osborne of giving with one hand and taking more away with the other in budget changes

 

Families with children stand to lose an average of £511 a year on what is being described as black Friday, according to figures compiled for Labour by the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

In what is likely to be a key battleground in the local elections, the Treasury said the figures were partial and chose to highlight the impact of the lifting of the personal allowances for most basic rate taxpayers.

The Labour analysis follows George Osborne’s budget last month and is on top of tax increases already introduced, such as last year’s VAT rise which is costing a family with children an average of £450 a year. The figures include the impact of raising the personal allowance.

Labour said more than 850,000 families on modest and middle incomes would lose all their child tax credit, worth about £545 a year. Up to 212,000 working couples earning less than £17,000 a year will lose all of their working tax credit – worth up to £3,870 a year – if they cannot increase their working hours. It is the first time the IFS has put these calculations in cash terms.

According to Labour, a couple with two children on the minimum wage will be better off quitting their jobs if they cannot work at least 19 hours a week. Ed Balls, the shadow chancellor, accused the government of giving with one hand and taking much more away with the other.

Balls said: “For all the government’s talk about increasing the personal allowance, these independent figures show that, while they may be giving one with one hand, they are taking much more away with the other hand. That is why families with children will be an average of £511 a year worse off from tomorrow.”

 

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Even Congress Wants To Know What The NSA Is Doing With This $2 Billion Utah Spy Center

 

Robert Johnson

 

Maybe you’ve heard of it and maybe you haven’t, but in Bluffdale, Utah alongside one of the largest polygamist sects in America, the NSA is building a one-million-square-foot data collection center — five times the size of the U.S. capital.

Despite immense secrecy, and construction workers with Top Secret clearances, news of the project made it to the pages of Wired last month. Intelligence authority James Bamford wrote that the center is part of President Bush’s “total information awareness” program that was killed by Congress in 2003 in response to public outrage over its potential for invading Americans privacy.

One senior intelligence official formerly involved with the project told Bamford “this is more than just a data center,” that it’s a code breaking megalopolis the likes of which the world has never seen.

Several years ago the NSA made a major leap in breaking complex encryptions used in everything from “financial information, stock transactions, business deals, foreign military and diplomatic secrets, legal documents, confidential personal communications.”

The official concluded by saying “Everybody’s a target; everybody with communication is a target.”

The story caused such a stir that the NSA’s chief General Keith Alexander was called before Congress last week to testify about the project and categorically denied the facility will be used to spy on American citizens.

“The NSA does not have the ability to do that in the United States,” Alexander told Georgia Rep. Hank Johnson. “We’re not authorized to do that, nor do we have the equipment in the United States to collect that kind of information.”

NSA public information officer Vanee’ Vines backed up Alexander in an email saying: “What it will be is a state-of-the-art facility designed to support the Intelligence Community’s efforts to further strengthen and protect the nation.”

Update: The NSA does not spy on Americans, they hire it out to the Israelis…..

 

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Americans brace for next foreclosure wave

 

By Nick Carey

 

GARFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio

 

(Reuters) – Half a decade into the deepest U.S. housing crisis since the 1930s, many Americans are hoping the crisis is finally nearing its end. House sales are picking up across most of the country, the plunge in prices is slowing and attempts by lenders to claim back properties from struggling borrowers dropped by more than a third in 2011, hitting a four-year low.

But a painful part two of the slump looks set to unfold: Many more U.S. homeowners face the prospect of losing their homes this year as banks pick up the pace of foreclosures.

“We are right back where we were two years ago. I would put money on 2012 being a bigger year for foreclosures than 2010,” said Mark Seifert, executive director of Empowering & Strengthening Ohio’s People (ESOP), a counseling group with 10 offices in Ohio.

“Last year was an anomaly, and not in a good way,” he said.

In 2011, the “robo-signing” scandal, in which foreclosure documents were signed without properly reviewing individual cases, prompted banks to hold back on new foreclosures pending a settlement.

Five major banks eventually struck that settlement with 49 U.S. states in February. Signs are growing the pace of foreclosures is picking up again, something housing experts predict will again weigh on home prices before any sustained recovery can occur.

Mortgage servicing provider Lender Processing Services reported in early March that U.S. foreclosure starts jumped 28 percent in January.

 

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Monday, March 19, 2012
Internet service providers to launch biggest digital spying operation in history on July 12


Madison Ruppert, Contributing Writer
Activist Post
Internet service providers (ISPs) across the United States are set to voluntarily begin a digital surveillance operation so large that nothing can even come close in the history of espionage.
Starting on July 12, 2012, if you download software, videos or music which are potentially protected by copyright, you very well might find yourself targeted by any of America’s behemoth ISPs.
Possibly the most troubling aspect of this is that these corporations are putting these so-called anti-piracy measures in place on a wholly voluntary basis in accordance with a deal with the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the Obama White House.
After that date, some users might find their bandwidth choked off completely until they sign some kind of agreement saying that they will not download materials which are potentially protected by copyright.
The RIAA and MPAA have been making a concerted effort to stifle internet freedom under the guise of fighting piracy across the world, largely with the help of the government of the United States.
This latest announcement is likely related to the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) which was signed by Obama without any input from the people of the United States whatsoever.
The seemingly arbitrary July 12 deadline was announced by RIAA CEO and star lobbyist Cary Sherman to a conference in New York, according to CNET.
The digital surveillance operation is dubbed a “graduated response” scheme since supposedly users will have a bit of leniency afforded to them upon their first alleged infraction.
ISPs including AT&T, Time Warner Cable (which I myself am unfortunately forced to use due to a near monopoly in my market), Comcast, Cablevision, and Verizon, will be spying on the activities of users in an attempt to spot potential copyright infringement.
As I have previously pointed out, this would require something known as “deep packet inspection” wherein literally every bit of data is analyzed by the ISP.
For many people, this represents nothing less than an egregious and unacceptable breach of privacy, especially since people are monitored even when they do absolutely nothing wrong.
The so-called “graduated response” scheme, also known as the “six-strikes” plan goes something like this:
ISPs monitor all activity and data transfers of every single one of their customers.
If a subscriber is suspected of or found to be illegally downloading copyrighted content, said user receives a so-called “educational notice.” This notice informs them that IP addresses associated with their account have been linked to allegedly downloading copyrighted content illegally. The notice will likely outline the potential penalties for copyright infringement including fines of up to $150,000 per infringement.
If the customer continues the activities which resulted in the first notice, the ISP will continue to send “confirmation notices” in order to make sure that the user received the earlier notices.
If alleged copyright infringement continues, the ISP can then throttle the bandwidth of the user, essentially turning that cable connection you pay for into the equivalent of dialup, or potentially even cut off internet access completely. They could even restrict internet access to selected major websites like Facebook or Google and even share the information on alleged repeat offenders with other service providers. This could create a de facto internet blacklist which could prevent customers from getting internet service from any ISP after being labeled a “repeat offender.”
If the user agrees to stop sharing files which are allegedly protected by copyright, the ISP can then lift the restrictions. The actual details of this agreement are unclear at this point. Apparently, the user can still be subject to lawsuits for copyright infringement for their activities, which could be a highly lucrative income source for the entertainment industry with the help of ISPs who can pinpoint alleged acts of infringement and identify the individual engaging in such activities.
CNET reports that ISPs have the option to skip the so-called “mitigation measures” and as of yet none of the major providers have publicly committed to cutting off Internet access completely.
However, if the massive (and arguably undue) influence of the RIAA and MPAA continues to sway the big industry players, I wouldn’t be surprised if they started cutting off the Internet access of users for supposedly repeatedly sharing files which might by under copyright.
This is a fantastic way for ISPs and the entertainment industry to circumvent the failed attempts to pass the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and perhaps even go beyond what this legislation could be capable of.
The entertainment industry is clearly enthused by the prospect of monitoring every single bit of data transferred between Internet users, evidenced by the fact that they will pay most of the costs involved in the project.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), on the other hand, points out that the “graduated response” protocol is non-transparent and that copyright holders could exploit ISPs to target individuals even in cases where their claims might not be valid.
The EFF is also attempting to get ISPs to agree to claim reviews being conducted by a neutral third party as well as giving internet users a kind of “due process” before having their bandwidth throttled or being disconnected entirely.
For some, having their Internet connection throttled heavily or cut off completely could mean a major business setback, income loss, etc., and without some semblance of due process involved it would be very easy for the media giants to wreak havoc on Americans who work from home based on alleged copyright infringement.
The EFF similarly pointed out that the defenses provided to users against a claim of copyright infringement leave quite a bit to be desired.
Users are given only six predetermined defenses, “and even the six enumerated defenses are incomplete,” according to the EFF.
“For example, the ‘public domain’ defense applies only if the work was created before 1923 — even though works created after 1923 can enter the public domain in a variety of ways,” the EFF explained.
There has yet to be a coordinated outcry from the technology sector as there was in response to SOPA and PIPA, leading to blackouts and boycotts of the legislation’s supporters.
Hopefully we will see something similar, although honestly I would be surprised if companies like Google came out against this since this could be such a boon for government surveillance and Google has close government ties which just seem to get tighter.
I see this program as having the potential to be much more sinister than it seems, especially since the automatic monitoring of Internet activity requires an incredibly intrusive process like deep packet inspection.
This could also be used to better track the Internet activity of people who oppose the actions of the government of the United States, under the guise of combating domestic terrorism.
In a nation where just about anything can make you into a suspected terrorist in the eyes of the government, I would truly be surprised if they didn’t leverage this to their advantage.
Such technology could also help restrict access to certain websites with “objectionable” content, namely alternative news websites.
Worst of all, if the data collected by this system is stored indefinitely – which it seems it will be since they need to identify alleged repeat offenders – it could be used as yet another private sector partner for the United States government’s Big Brother activities.
However, this would make methods of intelligence collection like Google and Facebook (which has been busted spying on private text messages of users) seem like the equivalent of the now primitive manual eavesdropping.
Hopefully this plan can see widespread opposition leading to boycotts and massive financial pressure on the gigantic ISPs participating in the program. Perhaps if we can identify the Internet service providers who refuse to take part in the program and show them our support by patronizing them, the biggest ISPs will take note and back away from the scheme.
If you know of any ISPs who have come out publicly against this or voiced their opposition in one way or another, please make me aware of this by emailing me at Admin@EndtheLie.com.
I would love to help promote such an effort, but currently I am unaware of any alternatives, especially in my area where I have the choice of either no Internet or Time Warner Cable or paying exorbitant fees to get Verizon hooked up; but since Verizon is taking part as well, it would be completely pointless.
Help us push back against this unbelievably massive domestic surveillance apparatus and spread the word!
This article first appeared at End the Lie
Madison Ruppert is the Editor and Owner-Operator of the alternative news and analysis database End The Lie and has no affiliation with any NGO, political party, economic school, or other organization/cause. He is available for podcast and radio interviews. Madison also now has his own radio show on Orion Talk Radio from 8 pm — 10 pm Pacific, which you can find HERE.  If you have questions, comments, or corrections feel free to contact him at admin@EndtheLie.com

Politics

Saudi diplomat shot dead in Bangladesh

http://www.cnn.com/2012/03/06/world/asia/saudi-diplomat-killed-bangladesh/index.html

Why No One Would Listen

Eyal Press, News Analysis: “What’s worse: to be persecuted and indicted for trying to expose an act of wrongdoing — or to be ignored for doing so? Whistleblowers have been under intense scrutiny in Washington lately, at least when it comes to the national security state.”

http://www.nationofchange.org/why-no-one-would-listen-1331142258

Tribes rip Abramoff, ethics watchdogs

By Jordy Yager
Native American tribes are questioning the ethics of government watchdog groups that have partnered with Jack Abramoff since his release from prison.

http://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/214593-tribes-rip-abramoff-watchdogs

Economy

Modern Alchemy: The Money Illusion

Have you ever wondered why the vast majority of hard working people on this planet does not make enough earnings to have a reasonable standard of living without being in debt? Our personal debt is modern version of slavery*.

http://blog.world-mysteries.com/ancient-writings/modern-alchemy-the-money-illusion/

Iran may stop oil exports to Belgium, Czech Republic, Netherlands

http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/96113-iran-may-stop-oil-exports-to-belgium-czech-republic-netherlands

Texas tycoon R. Allen Stanford convicted of bilking $7B from investors in 20-year Ponzi scheme

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/judge-says-jury-has-reached-verdict-in-7b-ponzi-scheme-trial-of-texas-financier-stanford/2012/03/06/gIQAY9yzuR_story.html?wpisrc=emailtoafriend

Goldman Secret Greece Loan Shows Two Sinners as Client Unravels

Greece’s secret loan from Goldman Sachs Group Inc. was a costly mistake from the start.

On the day the 2001 deal was struck, the government owed the bank about 600 million euros ($793 million) more than the 2.8 billion euros it borrowed, said Spyros Papanicolaou, who took over the country’s debt-management agency in 2005. By then, the price of the transaction, a derivative that disguised the loan and that Goldman Sachs persuaded Greece not to test with competitors, had almost doubled to 5.1 billion euros, he said.

ECB Blows Up Europe? Creates ‘Super-Immune’ Elite Bonds … Throws Credit Market into Disarray

Investors call on ECB to play fair in sovereign credit … Resentment at the European Central Bank’s immunity from losses on Greek debt has left fund firms wondering about the strength of their creditor rights and whether they should blacklist bonds purchased during emergency sprees by the lender of last resort. By sidestepping markdowns on Greek bonds, the ECB has effectively robbed fellow senior creditors of their top rank status, investors say, forcing each to forgive a greater proportion of the debt than they might otherwise have needed to. “I think many investors believed that as they were holding the same bond as the ECB, they should therefore be considered in the same boat as the ECB,” said Michael Krautzberger, head of the Euro fixed income business at BlackRock. – Reuters

Dominant Social Theme: What central banks do is “legal.” What YOU do is something else again.

Free-Market Analysis: We have often written the goal of the Anglosphere power elite is to create a worldwide depression on the way to one-world government. They are seemingly well on their way to doing that using the power of monopoly central banking, which they certainly seem to control.

http://thedailybell.com/3676/ECB-Blows-Up-Europe-Creates-Super-Immune-Elite-Bonds-Throws-Credit-Market-into-Disarray

15 Potentially Massive Threats To The U.S. Economy Over The Next 12 Months

We live in a world that is becoming increasingly unstable, and the potential for an event that could cause “sudden change” to the U.S. economy is greater than ever.  There are dozens of potentially massive threats that could easily push the U.S. economy over the edge during the next 12 months.  A war in the Middle East, a financial collapse in Europe, a major derivatives crisis or a horrific natural disaster could all change our economic situation very rapidly.  Most of the time I write about the long-term economic trends that are slowly but surely ripping the U.S. economy to pieces, but the truth is that just a single really bad “black swan event” over the next 12 months could accelerate our economic problems dramatically.

http://www.blacklistednews.com/15_Potentially_Massive_Threats_To_The_U.S._Economy_Over_The_Next_12_Months_/18310/0/0/0/Y/M.html

Wars and Rumors of War

Netanyahu tells Obama: I have yet to decide whether to attack Iran

U.S. president and Israeli premier agree to increase their coordination on Iran, in two hour White House meeting.

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/netanyahu-tells-obama-i-have-yet-to-decide-whether-to-attack-iran-1.416711

What are the Saudis really looking for in Baghdad?

http://www.tehrantimes.com/component/content/article/96118

IAEA: Iran tripled higher-grade uranium production

Amano voices “serious concern” over Tehran’s nuclear program to UN atomic watchdog’s 35-nation governing board.

http://www.jpost.com/IranianThreat/News/Article.aspx?id=260522

Britain admits funding Syria rebels

06 Mar 2012 The UK government has acknowledged that it has provided an extra GBP 2 million to the Western-backed rebels fighting the popular government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Prime Minister David Cameron told a hearing at the House of Commons Liaison Committee on Tuesday afternoon that his government provided cash and equipment to foreign-backed rebels in Syria under such names as ‘aid agencies’ operating on the ground to help deliver emergency medical supplies and food. The acknowledgement is yet another proof that the rebellion in the Middle Eastern Arab country has its root somewhere in Britain and France.

http://www.eutimes.net/2012/03/britain-admits-funding-syria-rebels/comment-page-1/

Assad determined to fight ‘foreign-backed terrorism’

06 Mar 2012 Syria’s president defied mounting international pressure to end the year-old crackdown on an [Western-backed] uprising against him and said Tuesday he was determined to go on fighting what he called [and is] “foreign-backed terrorism.” After a powerful American senator called for airstrikes on Syria, President Barack Obama said unilateral U.S. military action against President Bashar Assad’s government would be a mistake. The United States said it is proposing a new United Nations Security Council resolution demanding an end to violence in Syria, first by government forces and then by opposition fighters. Russia and China, powerful allies that have blocked a Security Council resolution against Syria, made clear they were still standing by the government in Damascus.

http://www.cp24.com/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20120306/120306_syria_crisis/20120306/

Tears for Somali’s “Baby Soldiers”

http://stratrisks.com/geostrat/4525

Syria: Game Over for Western Propaganda

Why should the West intervene in Syria when it turns out “activists” giving daily body counts, the sole source of “evidence” for the UN’s ever climbing grand total, are caught not only lying, but staging entire interviews complete with fake gunfire directed “off stage?” Why should the US, UK, EU, or the West’s stable of Arab proxy-regimes be allowed to arm Syrian rebels admittedly carrying out their own horrific atrocities? Clearly Syria’s opposition have turned out, just as they have in Libya, to be craven, murderous, and ultimately deceitful extremists – making any further contact with them by the West a direct violation of their own national and international laws…..

http://www.blacklistednews.com/Syria%3A_Game_Over_for_Western_Propaganda_/18314/0/0/0/Y/M.html

Eastern Libya pulls away from central government

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Tribal leaders and militia commanders declared oil-rich eastern Libya a semiautonomous state on Tuesday, a unilateral move that the interim head of state called a “dangerous” conspiracy by Arab nations to tear the country apart six months after the fall of Moammar Gadhafi.

http://news.yahoo.com/eastern-libya-pulls-away-central-government-200358649.html

Economic Warfare and Strangling Sanctions: Punishing Iran for its “Defiance” of the United States

The economic sanctions imposed upon Iran are having the desired effect of punishing the population through hunger and economic strangulation, making life miserable for the many. As tensions increase between the “international community” (the West) and Iran, talk of war is in the air. For years, sanctions have been imposed upon Iran in an attempt to devastate its dependence upon the oil industry for 80% of its revenues. The West seeks ‘regime change,’ and we hear a never-ending proliferation of proclamations from Western leaders about respecting democratic rights and freedom for Iranians, in lambasting the Iranian government for its human rights record, portraying it as a state sponsor of terrorism, and, of course, that Iran is seeking to develop nuclear weapons with a stated goal of wanting to ‘wipe Israel off the map.’

http://www.blacklistednews.com/Economic_Warfare_and_Strangling_Sanctions%3A_Punishing_Iran_for_its_%E2%80%9CDefiance%E2%80%9D_of_the_United_States/18305/0/38/38/Y/M.html

Obama seeks to calm ‘beat of war’ over Syria, Iran

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-03-07/obama-warns-against-military-action-in-syria/3872982/?site=sydney

Environmental

How do you stop a synthetic-biology disaster?

http://www.terradaily.com/reports/How_do_you_stop_a_synthetic_biology_disaster_999.html

UN’s Environmental “Solution”: More Government

With the time counting down to the next United Nations conference on “sustainable development,” a new report recently published by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) clearly indicates that the UN’s approach to the entire topic is to expand the power of government to regulate and control all levels of economic development throughout the world.

http://thenewamerican.com/tech-mainmenu-30/environment/11089-uns-environmental-qsolutionq-more-government

BP vs. Gulf Coast: It’s Not Settled Yet

Antonia Juhasz, Op-Ed: “On March 2, the first agreement in the historic trial against BP and all of the companies responsible for the largest maritime oil spill in world history was announced. The settlement proposal between BP and some 120,000 individuals and businesses includes key provisions long sought by those most economically and physically devastated by the gulf oil disaster. It also entails a number of critical unknowns, with vital details under negotiation for up to forty-five days.”

http://www.nationofchange.org/bp-vs-gulf-coast-it-s-not-settled-yet-1331134971

Cyber Space

Five arrested in high-profile cyberattacks

06 Mar 2012 Top members of the computer hacker group “Anonymous” and its offshoots were arrested and charged Tuesday after a wide-ranging investigation used the help of a group leader who was working as a secret government informant. Five of the suspects, considered by investigators among the “most sophisticated hackers in the world,” were arrested in the United States and Europe and charged in a Manhattan federal court over their alleged role in high-profile cyberattacks against government agencies and large companies, according to an indictment. A sixth man, Hector Xavier Monsegur, a notorious hacker known as “Sabu,” pleaded guilty in August to computer hacking and other crimes.

http://edition.cnn.com/2012/03/06/us/new-york-hacker-arrests/index.html

LulzSec boss Hector Monsegur was working for us – FBI

Monsegur, aka Sabu, turned by FBI last June –‘We’re chopping off the head of LulzSec’ 07 Mar 2012 Police on two continents swooped on top members of computer hacking group LulzSec early today, and acting largely on evidence gathered by the organisation’s leader – who sources say has been secretly working for the government for months – arrested three and charged two more with conspiracy. Charges against four of the five were based on a conspiracy case filed in New York federal court. An indictment charging the suspects, who include two men from Great Britain, two from Ireland and an American from Chicago, is expected to be unsealed today in the Southern District of New York. “This is devastating to the organisation,” an FBI official involved with the investigation said. “We’re chopping off the head of LulzSec.” [We’ll see.]

http://www.news.com.au/technology/computer-hacking-group-lulzsec-brought-down-by-own-leader/story-e6frfro0-1226291313158

STRATFOR email on Assange refers to ‘switching him off’

http://www.legitgov.org/STRATFOR-email-Assange-refers-switching-him

The accepted culture at Stratfor includes sharing advice about how to take control of informants ‘by means of financial, sexual or psychological control’.

Assange Counts Down to Sweden

http://newmatilda.com/2012/03/07/assange-counts-down-sweden

07 Mar 2012 Julian Assange has worn an electronic manacle for 454 days. Every day for 454 days he has signed in at a police station. Every night for 454 nights Serco has ensured he is home by 10pm, monitoring him in a fixed location for a required 10 hours, an equivalent of 225 days in prison. These bail conditions are maintained in the absence of any charge being laid against him – or even a decision to prosecute. They were set after an Interpol Red Notice was issued for Assange’s arrest. Gaddafi attracted an orange notice around the same time. The emails about Assange and Wikileaks are vicious; one little charmer refers to “switching him off”, that is, murder. Others lament when Assange is not killed in a car accident and joke, “Screw the terrorist. He’ll be eating cat food forever… Assange is going to make a nice bride in prison”. Their language and suggestions are sadistic and their strategy reads like spooky prophecy because Stratfor’s advice is being taken.

Top Republican publishes full ACTA text for public look-see

‘Secret negotiations not the American way’ 06 Mar 1012 Republican congressman Darrell Issa of California has published the full text of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), saying that the public has a right to know what their governments have been hiding from them. “ACTA represents as great a threat to an open Internet as SOPA and PIPA and was drafted with even less transparency and input from digital citizens,” Issa said in a statement.

Negotiations on ACTA started under President [sic] Bush the Younger, and have been carried on by the current administration. [Of course they have. Obusha hasn’t deviated much from the previous regime, and in most situations (NDAA, killer drone attacks) has moved farther to the right than Bush. For some reason, he gets a ‘pass.’ –LRP]

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/03/06/issa_opens_acta/

US, Israeli hackers fail in their effort to take down Press TV

[Press TV needs to *return the favor.*] 06 Mar 2012 A recent cyber attack launched by US and Israeli hackers against the website of Iran’s 24-hour English-language news channel, Press TV, has failed to take down the website. According to the Press TV report, the attack against the website took place from 14:00 on March 5 to 04:00 local time on March 6. However, the effective security countermeasures taken by the Press TV technical team foiled the cyber attack on the website. This is not the first cyber attack on Press TV. A similar attack was launched on the website on February 18, from 07:50 to 10:05 local time, which also failed.

http://www.legitgov.org/US-Israeli-hackers-fail-their-effort-take-down-Press-TV

US, Israeli hackers fail in their effort to take down Press TV

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/230303.html

Attacking The Hacker Hydra: Why FBI’s LulzSec Takedown May Backfire

from the top-down-approach-to-a-bottom-up-threat dept

Interesting timing. Just about the same time that we had our story concerning how LulzSec kept its own site from getting hacked, the news was breaking that the key leaders of LulzSec were being arrested, in large part because the “leader” of the group had become an FBI informant after they tracked him down last year. Of the various hacking efforts out there, LulzSec has definitely been the most brazen, so it’s not a huge surprise that it would be targeted by the FBI. Also, unlike “Anonymous,” LulzSec was pretty clearly an effort by a few key individuals, rather than a loose collective of folks joining and leaving at will.

http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20120306/09451918000/attacking-hacker-hydra-why-fbis-lulzsec-takedown-may-backfire.shtml

Misc

What is the New World Order?

The nations of the world are increasingly recognizing the authority of international law. We now have the World Bank, the World Trade Organization, the World Health Organization and the World Court just to name a few. We have a World Court to adjudicate the international laws of the emerging world government.          –Irvin Baxter

http://blog.world-mysteries.com/ancient-writings/what-is-the-new-world-order/

State Investigators, Workers Cite Labor Abuses in Warehouse Empire

Lilly Fowler, News Analysis: “As a warehouse worker in the Inland Empire region of Southern California, the nation’s biggest distribution hub for consumer goods, Jorge Soto handles shipments for retail giant Walmart every day. But Soto, who works for a subcontractor, claims that, along with routine jobs such as unloading trucks, he also has been ordered to perform an illegal task: falsifying employees’ time sheets to cheat them out of getting the minimum wage.”

Uploaded by on Feb 26, 2012

Declaration of War on the United States Government.
We don’t want to destroy government. We want to fix it.

“I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and DOMESTIC; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”

TRANSCRIPT
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To the Citizens of the United States and the United States Government.
We are Anonymous.

In the past few months, our collective has been organizing the operation known as Operation Blackout. Part of the operation’s purpose was to alert the people of the coming bill that was to be called the Stop Online Piracy Act.

This Act would give Congress the power to censor any internet website they wish without consent from the Citizens of the United States. This act would’ve also had the power to jail any person who infringed on its new copyright law for an equivalence of five years. This copyright law would’ve had the power to destroy social networking sites such as Facebook and YouTube. Video gameplay and free movies would cease to exist.

However, Operation Blackout was a success. As a collective, we’ve managed to spread the word and alert the masses. Internet giants such as Google, Wikipedia, and Reddit became hand-in-hand with us as we all managed to make an impact on the decisions of our, “free government”. But as we’ve seen with Megaupload, the government may not need a bill to be passed to get their way. Other operations we’ve conducted over this time period have awaken the people to the nightmare that is the United States Government. Sections 1031 and 1032 of the National Defense Authorization Act have been ratified. Yet we face new threats.

The United States Government is seeking to pass the Cyber Security Act of 2012. This act is as Orwellian as it sounds; it will endanger our collective and we will not stand by and watch while this government of lies prepares to take away our freedoms. The National Security Agency insists on labeling us as a leaderless, terrorist organization. The question is, “who do we terrorize?”. Can it possibly be that the United States government is truly scared of us? Nevertheless, The time for action is now.

Our collective has realized, along with many United States citizens, that the current government is no longer functional. Our economy is unstable, our representatives uncooperative, and our system, destroyed.

We are not calling upon the collective to deface or use a distributed denial of service attack on a United States government agency website or affiliate. We are not calling upon the people to occupy a city or protest in front of a local building. This has not brought on us any legislative change or alternate law. It has only brought us bloodshed and false criticism. For the last 12 years, voting was useless. Corporations and lobbyists are the true leaders of this country and are the ones with the power to control our lives. To rebuild our government, we must first destroy it.

Our time for democracy is here.
Our time for real change is here.
This is America’s time, to have its own revolution.

Therefore, Anonymous has decided to openly declare war on the United States government. This is a call to arms. We call upon the Citizens of the United States to stand beside us in overthrowing this corrupted body and call upon a new era. Our allegiance is to the American people, because they are us, and we are them.

Operation V, engaged.

We are Anonymous.
We are Americans.
We never Forgive.
We never Forget.
To the United States government, it’s too late to expect us.

REVOLUTION is here.
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