04 Aug 2011

Child Porn Ring Busted: Guess US Law Enforcement Doesn’t Need Data Retention Bill After All

Department of Justice (photo: DOJ ) On Wednesday, the Justice Department announced 72 people from all over the world had been charged for their participating in a major online child pornography network. The online bulletin board, which was used by around 600 people from the US and abroad, according to

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04 Aug 2011

Child Porn Ring Busted: Guess US Law Enforcement Doesn’t Need Data Retention Bill after All

Noticeably absent from the news coverage of this crackdown. At no point in the coverage is there mention of law enforcement having difficulty doing their job. None of the stories from major news organizations include anything about a bill called the “Protecting Children from Internet Pornographers Act,” which just passed through the House Judiciary Committee.

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04 Aug 2011

Guardian Publishes Secret UK Torture Instructions

In January 2002, the British government gave instructions to its intelligence agencies debriefing or interrogations prisoners captured in Afghanistan, many of whom were being abused or tortured by their US allies. The agencies asked for legal guidance, and the UK Guardian has now published what that guidance was, posting the original document online.

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04 Aug 2011

Decoding the White House Strategy for Preventing Violent Extremism

Unequivocally made clear is the fact that the White House rejects a framework that specifically sets out a strategy, which focuses efforts and resources on Islamic extremism. It promotes the idea that all groups and individuals are susceptible to violent extremism and not all violent extremists are or have been Muslims. It concludes, “Any solution that focuses on a single, current form of violent extremism, without regard to other threats, will fail to secure” America and America’s communities. It finds government officials and the American public should not “stigmatize or blame communities because of the actions of a handful of individuals.”

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04 Aug 2011

Decoding the White House Strategy for Preventing Violent Extremism

The White House has released its strategy for “countering violent extremism in the United States.” The strategy seeks to encourage the development and use of community approaches to addressing “all types of extremism that lead to violence, regardless of who inspires it.” It immediately makes clear that Muslim Americans have

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03 Aug 2011

Notes on Civil Liberties for August 3

Here’s today’s blog for the latest news and updates on civil liberties and digital freedom issues. If you have any news tips and would like to contact me, email kevin.gosztola@shadowproof.wpengine.com. 2011 promises to be a year of growth for the cyber defense industry. The industry will benefit from those who

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03 Aug 2011

ACLU’s New Project to Uncover Details on Law Enforcement Use of Location Tracking

Map of ACLU Affiliates that filed FOI requests (photo: ACLU ) The ACLU has launched a massive effort with more than thirty of its state affiliates to uncover just how law enforcement agencies, large and small, are using cell phone location data to track Americans. The national organization and its

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03 Aug 2011

ACLU’s New Project to Uncover Details on Law Enforcement Use of Location Tracking

The ACLU has launched a massive effort with more than thirty of its state affiliates to uncover just how law enforcement agencies, large and small, are using cell phone location data to track Americans. The national organization and its affiliates submitted 379 requests through state Freedom of Information (FOI) laws and hope to unearth documentary evidence to show just how law enforcement is using new technology to invade Americans’ privacy.

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03 Aug 2011

Activists Urge Chicago Mayor Emanuel to Protect Their Right to Protest During NATO/G8

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (photo: afagen ) Antiwar groups and organizers have come together to demand and ensure Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the city of Chicago protect their right to hold peaceful permitted rallies and marches when the G8 and NATO meet in May of next year. They have

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03 Aug 2011

Activists Urge Chicago Mayor Emanuel to Protect Their Right to Protest During NATO/G8

Antiwar groups and organizers have come together to demand and ensure Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the city of Chicago protect their right to hold peaceful permitted rallies and marches when the G8 and NATO meet in May of next year. They have submitted requests for permits more than ten months before the NATO/G8 summits are slated to be held and on July 28 they submitted a letter to the mayor’s office urging the city to commit to guaranteeing their civil liberties during the meetings.

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