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mercredi 30 avril 2008

Censure en Tunisie du site Come4news: Basta!



Censure en Tunisie du site Come4news: Basta!

Pour les lecteurs qui ne sont pas au courant de ce dossier, je vous renvoie à l'article original publié sur LNI, autorisé par Come4news. Je tiens à appuyer ces gens qui comme vous et moi cherchons la vérité et s'impliquent dans leur milieu de façon constructive et respectueuse, mais qui doivent présentement lutter contre une censure de leur site Internet pour avoir commit le crime de pensée indépendante, d'exercer le droit fondamental et universel de liberté d'expression, pour avoir froissé la classe dirigeante.

Ne doutez jamais que nos actions individuelles peuvent et changent le monde. Elles sont encore plus fortes si elles se combinent en un effort commun. La seule chose qui vous est demandé est de prendre conscience de cette force que nous avons et d'une autre part, la censure réelle et qui est parfois mise en place et qui nous menace tous. Rien ne changera si vous ne passez pas à l'action. La classe dirigeante compte sur vous pour ne pas réagir et être indifférents, pour penser que tout est séparé et que le sort de nos frères et soeurs de par le monde ne vous concerne pas. Ils comptent sur vous pour que vous vous sentiez impuissants. Parce qu'ils savent bien que nous sommes la définition même du "pouvoir". Sans notre consentement ou notre silence, ils ne peuvent rien faire.

Ce qu'on vous demande gentiment de la part de nos amis de la Tunisie, c'est de lire ces articles ci-bas et de vous rendre sur leurs pages originales et de laisser vos commentaires pour en avoir une quantité suffisante pour qu'ils puissent remettre une demande officielle au président de lever la censure de leur site de nouvelles alternatives.

Merci beaucoup de votre attention.

-LNI



Come4News en Tunisie: une popularité qui dérange sur fond de CENSURE

par michel

Le journalisme citoyen est en plein essor. La popularité de Come4News a largement dépassé nos frontières, donnant désormais au site un aspect international, pluriculturel. Les plumes s'escriment, ironiques, impertinentes, passionnées...

Hélas l'ombre de la censure s'installe. Comme le relève Fabien Bardoux, Come4News s'est vu censuré par les autorités tunisiennes. Come4News nous permet de délivrer notre sentiment personnel de l'information. On ne peut permettre l'instauration d'un diktat, se permettant de s'immiscer lachement, aux seuls fins d'empêcher des rédacteurs de s'exprimer.

La censure, l'arme des lâches.

L'information est bridée en Tunisie par des autorités désireuses de ne pas voir certains articles dérangeants, pouvant ébranler l'opinion publique. Le filtrage insidieux est inacceptable et doit conduire à une réplique journalistique, dénoncant cette perfidie. La liberté de la presse est une nouvelle fois soumise au diktat des autorités, muselant un site citoyen et international.

Je m'associe aux rédacteurs, venus de tous les horizons, pour exprimer leurs pensées, qui se voient par cette décision honteuse, reclus dans le silence. La muselière a remplacé les chaines.

Le totalitarisme est toujour aux aguets. La Chine, la Birmanie, le Tibet et maintenant la Tunisie...

Le cas particulier de la Chine, occupant le Tibet, réprimant les mouvements pacifistes par la force, le meurtre devrait reconsidérer la position internationale et lancer un appel au boycott des Jeux Olympiques si la Chine refuse de quitter le territoire tibetain. A une époque, pas si lointaine;les JO de Moscou avait subi pareille mésaventure, fortement diligentée par les USA. Pourquoi ne pas imposer des conditions aux autorités chinoises...

Honte aux autorités tunisiennes et à tous les pays, se permettant de toucher aux libertés individuelles, étalant par ce fait une conduite anti-démocratique ou seule la raison d'état l'emporte, pour glorifier un peu plus ces hauts dignitaires, voulant dicter leurs volontés abjectes.

NON A LA CENSURE.

Le projet de loi Oliviennes présente des caractérisques dangereuses, allant jusqu'à un filtrage pur et simple des connexions...La Haute autorité devrait siéger au sinistre 93 de la rue LAURISTON, fliquant Internet à la recherche de l'internaute indélicat...pathétique ...

COME4NEWS , "NOTRE SITE" censuré en Tunisie!!!!!

par SOPHY

"REAGISSEZ AVEC MODERATION, SOYEZ CONSTRUCTIF", voilà la devise de COME4NEWS, que nous avons TOUS, respectée jusqu'à ce jour!

COME4NEWS, notre site, est INTERDIT, en TUNISIE, depuis la semaine dernière!!!

Motif revendiqué par les "autorités" Tunisiennes : on nous reproche notre "LIBERTE DE TON" !

Tous les "Journalistes Citoyens" que nous sommes devont réagir devant une telle INJUSTICE!

JAMAIS, la Rédaction de C4N, n'a EDITE un article digne d'être censuré. Le CONTROLE DES PROPOS tenus, dans les articles, se fait avec RIGUEUR, il en est de même pour les COMMENTAIRES

Nous avons la CHANCE de pouvoir nous exprimer, avec le vocabulaire, propre à chacun de NOUS!, et c'est une CHANCE, que peu de Magasines Papiers nous accorderaient!

La LIBERTE D'EXPRESSION est en DANGER, dans de nombreux Pays Africains.et dans le reste du Monde!!!

Madame Rachida DATI, j'espère de tout coeur, qu'après la Loi sur la Protection des Sources des Journaliste, vous pourrez nous garantir, encore LONGTEMPS " La LIBERTE DE LA PRESSE", en France!!

Ce petit billet n'a aucune prétention, si ce n'est de tirer la Sonnette d'ALARME!!!

Blaise et Michel, ont rédigés chacun un article tres documenté, qui vous donnera à réfléchir, bien plus que ce cri de REVOLTE, mais je ne pouvais passer à coté de cette information sans REAGIR.

Vous aussi, comme COME4NEWS, réagissez, et RECLAMEZ, la LEVEE de CETTE RESTRICTION.

Amis LECTEURS, anonymes, venez, crier votre indignation à la CENSURE, exercée par l'ETAT TUNISIEN, envers VOTRE SITE,

L'IMAGE, glissée sur ce "cri d'alarme", vous en dit, beaucoup plus que les quelques mots , écrits, dans l'indignation, qui m'a animée à l'annonce de cette "nouvelle"

Dominique DUTILLOY, a écrit, lui aussi, un article, très réfléchi, et très complet sur la Censure, sous la forme d'une Lettre ouverte, au Président de la République Tunisienne. Allez lire cette Lettre, et commentez, celà en vaut réellement la peine!!

Appel lancé à Son Excellence, Monsieur Zine Abedine Ben Ali, Président de la République Tunisienne

par Dominique Dutilloy

J'espère que cette lettre ouverte, que j'adresse à Son Excellence, Monsieur Zine Abedine Ben Ali, Président de la République Tunisienne, permettra au Gouvernement tunisien de revenir sur sa décision irréfléchie de censurer come4news...

Je ne me fais aucune illusion... Cependant, la colère aidant, car je ne supporte pas qu'un état me dise ce que je dois écrire, lire, dire ou filmer, je ne pouvais que rédiger cette lettre au Président tunisien !

Que nous soyons Français, Tunisiens, Algériens, Marocains... nous sommes des journalsites responsables : nous n'avons besoin d'aucun pouvoir politique pour dicter nos écrits !

Merci à toutes et à tous de venir commenter et signer cet appel, que je compte bien envoyer au Gouvernement tunisien ! [.../...]

Monsieur le Président de la République,

En prenant la décision d’interdire notre Journal en ligne, come4news, vous vous déconsidérez...

Pire encore, vous déconsidérez l’esprit même du Président Habib Bourguiba, qui voulait amener la Tunisie, votre Nation, vers la voie de la modernité, de la démocratie, de l'Etat de Droit, du respect des Droits de l’Homme et du Citoyen !

N’est-ce pas le Président Habib Bourguiba, le Père de l'Indépendance de la Tunisie, qui donna aux femmes des droits qu’aucun pays arabe n’osait donner ?

N’est-ce pas lui qui permit à votre Peuple de s’émanciper en lui permettant d’entrer dans la modernité ?

Osons le dire ! Vous mettez en péril l’exercice même du journalisme !

Osons le dire ! Vous entraînez bon nombre de vos compatriotes dans la clandestinité en les muselant !

Osons le dire ! Vous enfoncez la Tunisie dans une Dictature de la pensée !

Le peuple tunisien, on l’a bien compris, est responsable… Il est maître de ses lectures, il est maître de ses écrits, il est maître de ses pensées… Aucun Etat ne pourra contrôler son cerveau !

Alors, pourquoi vouloir l’infantiliser ?

Alors, pourquoi vouloir lui ôter ce droit qu’il a de pouvoir commenter, écrire, lire… selon son bon vouloir ?

Alors, pourquoi vouloir lui interdire l’exercice de tout débat démocratique dans la transparence et dans l'alternance ?

Certes, Monsieur le Président de la République, vous menez une lutte acharnée contre les factions islamistes !

Nous vous donnons totalement raison dans cette guerre opiniâtre, que vous menez contre ces Fous de Dieu, qui n’ont qu’un seul et unique objectif : celui de restreindre les libertés individuelles et religieuses du Peuple tunisien !

Mais, pensez-vous, Monsieur le Président de la République, qu’en commettant, osons le dire, cette lâcheté, que vous arriverez à combattre l’insoutenable ?

Non… Nous n’en sommes pas persuadés !

Au contraire, vous obtiendrez l’effet inverse de celui que vous recherchez : cette publicité "involontaire" et "gratuite" va accroître de plus en plus la consultation de come4news, ce, au-delà des frontières !

Ce qui est un bien…

Mais, ne risquez-vous pas d’entraîner certains vers la consultation de sites extrêmement dangereux ?

Monsieur le Président de la République, beaucoup de vos compatriotes, qui sont des journalistes responsables, écrivent sur come4news ! Ils formulent des critiques et font des suggestions ! Il convient de débattre avec eux ! Il ne convient pas de les bâillonner…

Nous n'avons pas besoin d'un Ministère de l'Information pour nous dicter nos écrits, nos opinions ou nos lectures...

Nous ne sommes pas des porteurs de stylos à bille !

Nous sommes tous des journalistes responsables !

Notre profession, au-delà des frontières, est le garant même de l’exercice de toute Démocratie dans un Etat de Droit !

De plus, notre Site n’est pas un site appelant à la sédition, à la révolte ou au désordre !

Monsieur le Président de la République, je tiens à vous informer que trois autres articles consacrés à votre ukase sont parus sur come4news :
- « COME4NEWS , "NOTRE SITE" censuré en Tunisie!!!!! », rédigé par SOPHY(
1),
- « Come4News en Tunisie: une popularité qui dérange sur fond de CENSURE », rédigé par Michel(
2),
- « Le site Come4news, censuré en Tunisie par les autorités », rédigé par Blaise(
3).

Aussi, Monsieur le Président de la République, je vous demande de revenir sur votre décret avant qu’il ne soit trop tard pour votre Pays, en mon nom propre, mais également aux noms de mes consoeurs, de mes confrères, de nos lectrices et de nos lecteurs, et, aux noms de come4news et de tous les sites censurés !

Vous remerciant pour toute l'attention que vous porterez à mon appel, je vous prie de croire, Monsieur le Président de la République, en l'expression de ma très haute considération.

Dominique Dutilloy,

Journaliste

mardi 29 avril 2008

Big Brother, Big Business

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Big Brother, Big Business


CNBC Special Report:

Technology is being used to monitor Americans more than ever before.

"Big Brother Big Business," CNBC takes a look at the companies behind the powerful business of personal information and the people whose lives are affected by it, including: a woman who lost her job due to mistaken identity; a man whose cell phone records were stolen by his former employer; a woman whose personal information was stolen from a company she had never heard of; a man who discovered his rental car company was tracking his every move.

The documentary also looks at how the FBI, the Border Patrol, police departments and schools are using biometric technologies to establish identity as well as an inside peek at an AOL division that works solely to satisfy the requests of law enforcement for information about AOL's members.

Video Broadcast 11/01/06 - Runtime 120 Minutes

CNBC: Big Brother - Big Business


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k12-yxStwIc


























SO YOU THINK YOU CAN HIDE!

The North American Union authorities are busy.

There's a program up in Canada, called ALPR, (Automatic License Plate Recon) It's a way of scanning 3,000 cars an hour that the police pass on the highways.

They can check parked cars for stolen vehicles as well as find uninsured motorists.

Here's how they do it...please watch this 4 min. video.

ALPR - Automatic License Plate Recon

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1j_On_1zRig




lundi 28 avril 2008

Nous, les terroristes...

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Nous, les terroristes...

Pour ceux qui auraient encore des doutes à savoir si la dérape vers une forme d'état policier, une dictature scientifique, voici une autre liste (de 17 pages) d'articles à ce sujet. La définition du terrorisme s'élargie et commence graduellement à inclure la population en général qu'on présume suspecte de prime abord. Le système de présumé innocent jusqu'à preuve du contraire se transforme en présumé coupable avant même d'avoir commis ou pensé quelque acte de violence ou de terrorisme. Pourtant, l'on sait maintenant que les très médiatisés actes de terrorisme des dernières années ont été le produit des services secrets avec l'aide de certains éléments criminels d'état et du complexe militaro-industriel. Je parle ici du 9/11, des attaques à Londres, Oklahoma City, WTC en 1993 et les attaques de Madrid.

Toute cette matrice de surveillance mise en place autour de nous se veut une grille de contrôle nous plaçant virtuellement dans une prison planétaire où chacun de nos mouvement sont surveillés. Le but étant de consolider le pouvoir entre les mains des déjà trop puissants de ce monde et surtout de vous maintenir dans un état de peur, de tension constante.

C'est la façon dont trop de politiciens à la solde des intérêts financiers voudraient nous mener: à coup de terreur et de cauchemars.

Alors le mot clef ici est de ne surtout pas vivre dans a peur et de reprendre notre pouvoir et destinée en main. Soyons responsables et assumons notre pouvoir au lieu de le déléguer sans cesse aux autres.

Bonne lecture!

ECHELON

The NSA has been listening in and taping your phone calls for years. What makes you think they stopped now?


Government Spying Goes Global

What we learned from the witch hysteria is that if you pay people to find witches, they will see witches everywhere. Now we have a huge bureaucracy paid to see terrorists, and they see them everywhere. Both groups, witch hunters and terrorist hunters, used torture to wrest confessions form their victims in order to "prove" the reality of that which they sought. Both groups, witch hunters and terrorist hunters, were caught in many cases fabricating the "evidence" of the existence of that which they were paid to seek.

We are at a dangerous time when the hunters of terrorists, who have failed to find any real terrorists amidst all the blood and fear of the last few years, are desperate to prove just to themselves that they have not been wasting their time and the taxpayers' money. They are desperate to find terrorists, and as a result, none of us are safe any more. The hunters of terrorists have become that which they claim to oppose.


Three States Subjected To "Martial Law Sweeps"

Federal law enforcement agencies co-opted sheriffs offices as well state and local police forces in three states last weekend for a vast round up operation that one sheriff's deputy has described as "martial law training".


La peur au service du néolibéralisme


Legal definition of "terrorist" starts to expand

When the law allowing torture and detaining of terrorists without judicial review was passed, I predicted that exactly what constituted a terrorist was likely to grow, including more and more activities, thus subjecting the accused to legal persecutions without the protection of the Bill of Rights.

Well, I hate being right all the time, but this particular legislation allows the government to declare someone a terrorist if they expose inhumane treatment of animals, thereby resulting in financial loss to the abuser.


Outrage at 500,000 DNA database mistakes

Civil liberties campaigners and MPs have raised doubts about the national DNA database after the Home Office confirmed it contained more than 500,000 false or wrongly recorded names.

And the folks at #10 Downing Street are curious as to why so many Britons are intent on getting the heck out of the country and starting their lives elsewhere!

Between this, cradle to grave surveillance, and crime, is it any wonder that so many Britons are desperate to leave?


Half a million names on controversial DNA database contain errors

'Well, Mr. Rivero, the DNA proves you're not a terrorist, but it does say quite clearly that you are a zebra, so these gentlemen are here to escort you to the zoo!"

Surveillance society: The DNA files

Police files hold the DNA of more than 50,000 children who have committed no offence. And that's only the tip of the iceberg - Britain now has the largest DNA database in the world. By Marie Woolf and Sophie Goodchild

A generation is all they need

A generation is all they need

One day we will all happily be implanted with microchips, and our every move will be monitored. The technology exists; the only barrier is society's resistance to the loss of privacy


World's Smallest RFID Tag


Wisconsin Bans Forced Human RFID Chipping

"As Long As You're Not Doing Anything Wrong, You Have Nothing To Worry About"


Film a voir:


CNBC: Big Brother - Big Business


Opinion: In the U.S. of A., we are all suspects now

The administration's demand that Congress shield the telecommunications industry from lawsuits for aiding in the systematic warrantless wiretapping of Americans has far less to do with protecting national security than its own exposed flanks.

Make no mistake, telecom immunity is about keeping a flagrantly illegal program from public scrutiny and maintaining the illusion that the president ordered a small, precision surveillance program, when the opposite is true.


The abuse excuse: Social services or Salem witch hunts?

In recent years, we've seen a geometric increase of media attention on the abuse and neglect of children. There are now even television shows devoted to tracking potential child molesters by encouraging them to visit a house set up with hidden video cameras so that we all can watch. The entire concept makes me question what type of psychological condition one must suffer from to actually want to "watch" a child molester in the act.

This article relates to the shocking treatment in New York of the two girls whose mother became ill while on vacation from the UK. The young girls were taken from the mother, strip-searched, interrogated to determine if they were victims of sexual abuse, then separated and dumped in orphanages.


Australia pushes further Web censorship

A bill introduced this week by Australia's Parliament would give the Australian federal police the power to control which sites can and cannot be viewed by Australian Web surfers.


Big Brother is watching us all

Unless they were polling exhibitionists, I don't believe the blurb about 75% of people wanting more surveillance.

My objection remains that these gizmos always sound good during development, but when they get to the field they have a high rate of false-positives, which inconveniences innocent people and adds unreliable data to the system.

The very best way to stop terror is to stop screwing around with other peoples' countries.


Government seeks to redefine privacy

WASHINGTON - A top intelligence official says it is time people in the United States changed their definition of privacy.


Surveillance Cameras Installed In New Elementary Schools

What now, surveillance cameras in pre-schools, just to get kids used to the idea?

This is another great argument in favor of home schooling.


Kids Buy Lunches With Scans of Fingers

"It may be perfectly secure, but my daughter is a minor and I understand that supposedly the kids have the option to not have their prints scanned, but that's not being articulated to my daughter," said Hal Storey, who's daughter is a 10th grader at Rome High.

Of course not. Get them used to constant scanning at a young age!

I don't know about you but I get very uneasy with the change from simply paying for your lunch, to proving your identity simply to eat! What is next? No water unless you can prove who you are? No access to the bathroom unless you are on the approved list?


UK: Pupils face tracking bugs in school blazers

A school uniform maker said yesterday it was "seriously considering" adding tracking devices to its clothes after a survey found many parents would be interested in knowing where their offspring were.

Trutex would not say whether it was studying a spy in the waistband or a bug in the blazer but admitted teenagers were less keen than younger children on the "big brother" idea.

"Hey, get 'em used to tracking devices on them from the cradle, and they won't mind our monitoring their every move right on the the grave!" Official #10 Downing Street souse.

But seriously, if there was ever an argument for home schooling your kids if you live in the UK, this is it.

Watch this uniform feature go from voluntary to mandatory very, very quickly.


Montclair State Unveils Mandatory 'School Phone'

Students Must Carry And Pay For GPS-Based Cell Device.

It isn't the cost these kids should be worried about; it's the surveillance. These phones can listen to the entire room and report the location of the student at all times.


Cameras in fire engines ... the new way to spy on motorists

Fire engines are being fitted with CCTV cameras that may be used to trap motorists driving without seatbelts or using a mobile phone at the wheel.


West Virginia: Bill Turns Traffic Cameras into Spy Cameras

Cameras once proposed solely for the purpose of monitoring the level of traffic on freeways may soon have a new mission in West Virginia following unanimous state House passage of the "Guardian Angel Video Monitoring Act" last Wednesday. Introduced by state House Majority Leader Joe DeLong (D), the bill authorizes the state's secretary of military affairs and public safety to take control of video recording devices whenever an Amber Alert is declared. These alerts were originally designed to enlist the help of the public in finding vehicles bearing the license plate of a suspected child kidnapper.

... but will soon expand to enlist the public to find anyone the government does not like, such as political dissenters, bloggers, people with evidence of corruption, whistleblowers, etc.


wcbstv.com NJ School Cameras Fed Live To Cops

Surveillance cameras rolling inside our local schools is nothing new, but what's taking place inside Demarest's public schools is truly cutting edge: a live feed from more than two dozen cameras with a direct connection to the police.

Sign of the times: intelligent New Jersey parents saying "no" to this surveillance by pulling their kids out of public schools and into private schools or home schools.

Although the writer is trying to put his best spin on this, it seriously looks as though the US may actually overtake the the UK as the big Surveillance Nation on this planet.


Tens of thousands of CCTV cameras, yet 80% of crime unsolved

Remember how we were told that the cameras were not about spying on ordinary citizens, but would prevent crime?

Well, that part about preventing crime hasn't worked out.


Almost all CCTV systems are illegal, says expert

As many as 95% of CCTV systems in the UK are operating illegally, according to a CCTV expert. The revelation comes as new legislation is about to take effect in Scotland which could render even more systems illegal.


Big Brother is shouting at you


'Big Brother' might have seen your car

Did you drive on Interstate 35 in early September? Where were you going, and why? How many people were in the car with you? And by the way, how many people live in your house?

The Texas Department of Transportation wants to know — and a company it hired may have videotaped your license plate, then sent a survey to your home to find out.


Big Brother sugars the surveillance pill


Big Brother: Watching, Listening, Shouting And Firing X-Rays


Big Brother's new toy: Another bloated gas bag watching you from the sky


New Law Gives Government Six Months to Turn Internet and Phone Systems into Permanent Spying Architecture

attention NSA: Decode THIS!


US spook calls for web map censorship

In the former USSR, maps were classified documents.

This demand for censoring maps does NOT affect our enemies, who have their own assets operating in real time. The maps on the web are usually very much outdated (as one example, the Google Earth photo of the Hawaii State Soundstages on Oahu is at least a year old and does not show new construction).

This is about keeping things secret from the American people, because the government is afraid of us.


Real Big Brother






439,000 snooping requests made

And 4,000 errors...

UK security and law enforcement agencies made nearly 439,000 requests to monitor people's phone calls, emails and post during a 15-month period, the spying watchdog has revealed.

But nearly 4,000 errors in requests were also reported within the same period between 1 January 2005 and 31 March 2006, according to a report from the Interceptions of Communications Commissioner (ICC).


Bush orders NSA to snoop on US agencies

During Bush's presidency, US citizens have come under an unprecedented spying regime. In addition to upping its focus on suspected criminals, the administration permitted a system for wiretapping the phone calls of Average Joes and Janes. The government is also funding specialized computers from companies such as Cray that can search through enormous databases at incredible speed. Ah, if only Stalin could see us now.

One has to wonder: have Bush and his cronies gone completely paranoid??


Even if they're off, cellphones allow FBI to listen in


FBI taps cell phone mic as eavesdropping tool

FBI can turn on the mic on your cell phone and eaves drop even with the phone is turned off.






Cellphone Tracking Powers on Request

Federal officials are routinely asking courts to order cellphone companies to furnish real-time tracking data so they can pinpoint the whereabouts of drug traffickers, fugitives and other criminal suspects, according to judges and industry lawyers.

In some cases, judges have granted the requests without requiring the government to demonstrate that there is probable cause to believe that a crime is taking place or that the inquiry will yield evidence of a crime. Privacy advocates fear such a practice may expose average Americans to a new level of government scrutiny of their daily lives.

"Most people don't realize it, but they're carrying a tracking device in their pocket," said Kevin Bankston of the privacy advocacy group Electronic Frontier Foundation. "Cellphones can reveal very precise information about your location, and yet legal protections are very much up in the air."

The bad guys can generally afford to hire people who can scramble the GPS signal to the point where those tracking them can't really tell if they're in Boston or Bangladesh. In fact, you can buy GPS jammers or if you are handy with tools, you can build one. So, once again the real criminals, like drug runners, terrorists and Congressmen, easily evade the new surveillance, but your life is a wide open book to the government.

Beyond that, this administration appears to be veering off the standard of "probable cause" into Code Napoleon Law, which means that a person is guilty until proven innocent.

Your phone calls are no longer private

Details of every phone call made in Britain will be available to the police and the Government from today.

Your hard drive can be searched without a warrant and without probable cause.

Coming Soon An X-ray Vision Gun

"We are still in the research stage but have conducted successful trials and the government is keen to test it. "It can detect bombs, contraband or people and will show up anything within a couple of metres."

Can you find the Constitution with it?

US won't tell Britons why they're banned from travelling to Americal

British holidaymakers and businessmen banned from travelling to America under anti-terror laws will no longer have any right to know why they have been turned away.

The US Department of Homeland Security, set up following the September 11 attacks, last week applied for a blanket ban on disclosing the information it holds on Britons and other EU citizens.

And for those of you not banned from travel to the US, just please don't right now.

Put the hospitality airline and related industries into such a state that their lobbyists are screaming in the ears of congress 24/7, relentlessly, to do something about restoring sanity to the business of travel, while keeping people safe.

Mind how you walk. It could be a crime

Lip Reading Surveillance Cameras To Stop Terror

Word on the street ... they’re listening

Des millions de voyageurs secrètement mis en fiches depuis quatre ans

Airport Hustlers

Airport-style metal detectors to be used in UK schools

Yet another reason for thinking Britons to consider home-schooling their kids.


Airport to tag passengers

Airport security chiefs and efficiency geeks will be able to keep close tabs on airport passengers by tagging them with a high powered radio chip developed at the University of Central London.

People will be told to wear radio tags round their necks when they get to the airport. The tag would notify a computer system of their identity and whereabouts. The system would then track their activities in the airport using a network of high definition cameras.

One solution might be to require people to use their tags to get through gates placed throughout the airport, he said. Perhaps a little like a shepherd might gate off his pasture and check the tags on his sheep as they passed into this field

Coming to an airport, school, workplace, and home near you!

And you have to love that line in the last paragraph about using the tag as a shepherd uses a "shepherd's gate": that really says it all.

With full-body X-ray, a closer look at air travelers

Most passengers asked to submit to a full-body X-ray at Security Checkpoint B didn't bat an eyelash. Nine in 10 gamely stepped up to a scanner about the size of a vending machine, placed their feet on the red footprints painted on the carpet, and raised their arms – all in the name of airport security.

"Friendly Skies"?

Not any more. Just don't travel by air, period, end of discussion.

These processes are really not about keeping Americans more safe.

If this was a real objective of this administration, we would have something approximating a sane foreign policy, something which the members of this administration cannot seem to find with a flashlight and both hands.

The indignities this government has inflicted on its citizens regarding travel (strip-searching grandmothers with metal joints, etc.) is simply about getting the public condititioned to them; nothing more.

Travel only if you don't mind being seen NAKED

For people who HAVE to travel, get used to it; you WILL be seen naked by some anonymous pervert at the TSA.

But the real damage will be to tourism. What family on vacation will want to come to the US now, knowing that at every airport, they are electronically forced to strip before the eyes of strangers.

And what investors will come to the US to start a business here, when they have to be so humiliated at the airports?

Travelers Beware: Homeland Security is Googling Your

We've all undoubtedly heard the warnings about being careful about the information we put online, as well as the stories of potential employers and college admissions and coaches checking up on people online through Google and social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook. But here's a new one for you: the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is also using this information to check up on individuals entering the country. "They" are watching you, and "they" know what you've been up to.

U.S. drafts Holocaust denial resolution

To be followed by the "9-11 denial resolution" which will punish everyone who does not accept the official story of 9-11, and the "Bush is a nice guy denial resolution" which will jail those who do not like the President, leaving the entire country to be supported by just 47 people.

UK: Labour will force everyone to give fingerprints at ID card interview centres

Ministers plan to force all adults to travel miles at their own expense to fingerprint scanning units so their details can go onto an identity card database. From 2009, everyone will have to attend one of 69 "interview centres", whose locations are revealed today for the first time.

That steady "thumpa-thumpa" sound the folks in the UK are hearing right now is George Orwell, turning over in his grave at mach 2 speed.

What the article doesn't ask is, what happens to people who don't choose to get the new ID cards?

Will they become "enemy combattants" of the UK, and put in permanent detention somewhere?

UK: MPs attack plan to give police access to ID card database

Tax on 'peace and quiet' revealed

Harry Potter and the Digital Fingerprints

Last year, we received a letter expressing surprise that many digital cameras embed their serial numbers (and other information) into every photo they take. A large number of photographers are apparently unaware of this possibility, although it's not a secret and is described in some camera manuals (as well as digital photography tutorials and other documentation). It's also possible to remove (or change) the EXIF tag data using photo-editing software.

FLASHBACK: Who's Watching You in Your Hotel Room?

FCC approves Net-wiretapping taxes

Broadband providers and Internet phone companies will have to pick up the tab for the cost of building in mandatory wiretap access for police surveillance, federal regulators ruled Wednesday.

The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously to levy what likely will amount to wiretapping taxes on companies, municipalities and universities, saying it would create an incentive for them to keep costs down and that it was necessary to fight the war on terror. Universities have estimated their cost to be about $7 billion.

No, it will not be 'broadband providers and Internet phone companies' who will be paying for this: it will be the very citizens being wiretapped who will ultimately be paying for their own surveillance.

Big Microsoft Brother

Comcast Cameras to Start Watching You?

If you have some tinfoil handy, now might be a good time to fashion a hat. At the Digital Living Room conference today, Gerard Kunkel, Comcast's senior VP of user experience, told me the cable company is experimenting with different camera technologies built into devices so it can know who's in your living room.

Court temporarily OKs domestic spying

Dragonfly or Insect Spy? Scientists at Work on Robobugs.

I wondered why the mosquitos exploded when I swatted them!

Don't like ID cards? Hand over your passport (UK)

Notice to citizens of the UK: that continuing thumping sound you're now hearing, 24/7 is not some new construction; it's George Orwell, turning over in his grave at Mach 4.

France Bans Laypeople From Reporting Violence

George Orwell, Big Brother is watching your house

Gonzales Wants ISPs to Save User Data

Google developing eavesdropping software

Government, Industry To Use Computer Microphones To Spy On 150 Million Americans

Google: Disabling the Politically Incorrect

Is Google Evil?

Internet Calls Subject To Phone Tapping

Companies that provide Internet phone service have just six days to meet a deadline from the Justice Department. By next Monday, they'll have to make their systems easier to tap. That's right -- make it easier to secretly listen in on your phone calls, or face daily fines of $10,000 dollars.

Okay, all I ask is that President Bush's phones be open to We The People (who after all paid for them in the first place) to listen in on as he does the job we pay him to do.

GPS Surveillance Creeps into Daily Life

If my bra is a threat to national security, we're in big trouble

Maxtor drives contain password-stealing Trojans

Seagate Technology LLC has shipped Maxtor disk drives that contain Trojan horses that upload data to a pair of Chinese Web sites, the Taiwanese government's security service warned this weekend.

The Investigation Bureau, a part of the Ministry of Justice that's responsible for both internal security and foreign threats, said it suspected mainland China's authorities were responsible for planting the malware on the drives at the factory. "The bureau said that the method of attack was unusual, adding that it suspected Chinese authorities were involved," a story posted by the English-language Taipei Times reported Sunday. "Sensitive information may have already been intercepted by Beijing through the two Web sites, the bureau said."

Media Cranks Up Hard Sell of Biometric and RFID Microchipped Future

Military shows off new ray gun

The military calls its new weapon an "active denial system," but that's an understatement. It's a ray gun that shoots a beam that makes people feel as if they are about to catch fire.

Coming to a police department near you........

Point, Click ... Eavesdrop: How the FBI Wiretap Net Operates

Documents obtained by the Electronic Frontier Foundation show that the FBI has developed a capability to instantly wiretap almost any communications device in the country

New federal rules require companies to audit IMs

New type of Speed Cameras appearing

The system does not use instantaneous speed like the cameras we're all familiar with, instead measuring the average speed of every vehicle over a distance of about a mile. How? By reading your license plates and matching them up camera-to-camera.

.... which also gives the government the means to track your every move.

'Secret clause lets Shin Bet get data from cell phone firms'

SECURITY CAMERA PLAYERS

There are a young group of people who call themselves the New York Surveillance Camera Players: With cameras being mounted in cities, highways, small towns, stores, parking lots etc, they decided to put on different skits or inform the CAMERA of their comings and goings (note this has taken hold in Europe) See:

Australia: 'Super prison' to be unveiled

Speed camera fines used to buy plasma TVs and T-shirts

Web Tool Said to Offer Way Past the Government Censor