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Justice Department Report Reveals FBI Wiretap Mistakes, ACLU Says Disclosure Shows Further Need for Patriot Act Reforms (press release)
"The American Civil Liberties Union today said that a disclosure that the FBI sometimes wiretaps the wrong number in terrorism investigations only underscores the need to place safeguards in the Patriot Act against abuse. Congressional negotiators are currently working to reconcile differing bills to reauthorize the law."
Full story - ACLU
Submitted by Anonymous, Wed Oct 5 08:53:02 EDT 2005

Customs eyes self-service - New Zealand
"New Zealand Customs and Auckland International Airport have begun shopping for self-service border control kiosks that look set to spell the end of face-to-face checks by Customs staff on all visitors, speeding up border checks for "trusted travellers"."
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Submitted by Anonymous, Tue Oct 4 17:27:35 EDT 2005

Who Is Listening to Your Internet Phone?
""In the old days, all you had to do is clip some monitoring device onto the mainframe and you'd have it," said Ron Cowles, vice president at Gartner. "But now everything gets packetized, which makes it a lot more difficult. These are the kinds of issues that the commission will be working through, and the FCC's final order will have to address this.""
Full story - Sci-Tech Today
Submitted by Anonymous, Thu Sep 29 14:16:56 EDT 2005

Feds Unable to Search Own Anti-Terrorism Database
"After receiving hundreds of requests from Americans asking to know what personal information the government has obtained about them, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) told passengers that it "does not have the capability to perform a simple computer-based search" to locate individual records."
Full story - EFF
Submitted by Anonymous, Thu Sep 29 14:07:24 EDT 2005

Data retention: European Parliament backs Commission plan
"The European Parliament rejected plans from the UK for an EU-wide data retention regime yesterday. But it lacks the power to stop them becoming law so instead it is hoping to divert support towards an alternative proposal from the Commission."
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Submitted by Anonymous, Wed Sep 28 15:20:53 EDT 2005

EU Parliament rejects data-retention plan
"The European Parliament on Tuesday rejected a proposal by European Union governments to retain telephone and e-mail data for up to three years for use in anti-terrorism investigations, raising concerns about civil liberties."
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Submitted by Anonymous, Tue Sep 27 14:20:27 EDT 2005

Clock ticking for ISP VoIP-tapping
"The FCC admits it's on shaky legal ground, but is pressing ahead with a plan to force all providers of Internet access to allow monitoring of Internet telephony."
Full story - ZDNet
Submitted by Anonymous, Tue Sep 27 08:36:20 EDT 2005

Euro email storage scheme 'illegal', warns official
"The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has said that he is not yet convinced by the arguments put forward in favour of a European directive on data retention, and has set out strict conditions any such law would have to meet if it's to be considered acceptable by his office. EDPS Peter Hustinx published his commentary on the proposed directive today."
Full story - The Register
Submitted by Anonymous, Mon Sep 26 08:19:10 EDT 2005

EC's data retention plans under fire
"The European Commission's plan to store details of emails and telephone calls to combat terrorism does not respect the fundamental right to privacy, the EU's top adviser on data protection said on Thursday."
Full story - ZDNet
Submitted by Anonymous, Mon Sep 26 08:13:13 EDT 2005

Civil rights observers worry about rise of surveillance
"... He spoke last week at the biometrics conference in Virginia about a report he recently prepared on privacy laws in several countries. "The challenge with biometrics is the perception by some that in and of itself it's a disclosure of something personal," he said."
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Submitted by Anonymous, Mon Sep 26 08:10:34 EDT 2005

States confident civil liberties safe
"STATE and territory leaders say they are confident of achieving tougher anti-terrorism laws without compromising civil liberties. Prime Minister John Howard and the leaders meet in Canberra on Tuesday to discuss proposed new laws including allowing terrorist suspects who have never been charged to be electronically tagged for up to a year."
Full story - The Advertiser (AU)
Submitted by Anonymous, Mon Sep 26 08:06:20 EDT 2005

Nun Terrorized by Terror Watch
"... For nine months in 2003 and 2004, Sister McPhee also took on the task of clearing her name from the government's no-fly list, an endeavor that proved fruitless until she called on a higher power, the White House."
Full story - Wired
Submitted by Anonymous, Mon Sep 26 07:59:34 EDT 2005

Panel Criticizes Screening Plan
"The government's program to match all airline passenger names against terrorist watch lists should not move forward into the testing phase, an advisory committee to the Transportation Security Administration said in a report released yesterday."
Full story - Washington Post (reg. req.)
Submitted by Anonymous, Sat Sep 24 10:39:22 EDT 2005

Doctor awarded $2.45M for privacy rights violations
"A federal jury on Thursday awarded $2.45 million to an Egyptian-born doctor after finding that a Lawrence County apartment manager who searched his home and called police hours after the 9/11 terrorist attacks had violated his privacy rights."
Full story - Pittsburgh Live
Submitted by Anonymous, Fri Sep 23 08:56:21 EDT 2005

2nd Circuit ruling keeps gag on librarians
"A federal appeals court has put a hold on a Connecticut judge's ruling that had lifted a gag order on Connecticut librarians who received an FBI demand for records about library patrons under the Patriot Act."
Full story - First Amendment Center
Submitted by Anonymous, Fri Sep 23 08:55:08 EDT 2005

US Dropping Commercial Data To Screen Terrorists - Report
"The US government is shelving plans to collect information on air travelers from commercial databases to identify potential terrorists on passenger lists, a newspaper reported on Thursday."
Full story - AirWise
Submitted by Anonymous, Thu Sep 22 12:15:35 EDT 2005

Terror fight meets privacy concerns
"This is the second of a three-part series looking at the effect and controversy over the Patriot Act and its second revision that awaits President Bush's signature."
Full story - Daily Democrat
Submitted by Anonymous, Thu Sep 22 12:09:21 EDT 2005

ISPs Should Be Compensated to Tackle Terrorism
"The European Commission will propose on Wednesday that telecommunications operators and Internet service providers should be compensated for the extra costs of collecting and storing call data to help law enforcement officers track terrorists."
Full story - CSO
Submitted by Anonymous, Tue Sep 20 16:47:46 EDT 2005

Poll finds support of PATRIOT Act
"According to a new study performed by UConn's Center for Survey Research and Analysis (CSRA), a majority of Americans support the PATRIOT Act despite knowing little of the specific provisions made in it."
Full story - Daily Collegian
Submitted by Anonymous, Tue Sep 20 09:32:03 EDT 2005

Romney stands by mosque comments
"Muslim groups and civil libertarians demanded an apology from Gov. Mitt Romney on Friday for his comments about wiretapping mosques and monitoring foreign students. But the governor refused, saying he was only advocating for improved homeland security."
Full story - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Submitted by Anonymous, Sat Sep 17 00:53:34 EDT 2005


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    I am not myself these days. I don't know who I am, but I am definitely not myself. A lady on the phone as much as told me so. This was after she had given ...
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