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depicted in Richard Kelley’s film Southland Tales



c/o EFF’s Jennifer Lynch


“This week, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and several other organizations released documents from a FOIA lawsuit that expose the concerted efforts of the FBI and DHS to build a massive database of personal and biometric information. This database, called “Next Generation Identification” (NGI), has been in the works for several years now. However, the documents CCR posted show for the first time how FBI has taken advantage of the DHS Secure Communities program and both DHS and the State Department’s civil biometric data collection programs to build out this $1 billion database.” 


:::MORE HERE:::


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DIY GOVERNMENT
PETITION: Tell Congress, Put a stop to FBI abuses and let Mueller’s term expire 

The news is The G8 vs. The Internet.  You can follow the fight on Twitter: #EG8

Here is second life for news that matters:

EUROPE

Fight back against Sarkozy’s EG8 — an exercise in censorship and control dressed up as a technology summit

Sarkozy to host key internet forum ahead of G8 summit

Francis Maude, minister for the [UK] Cabinet Office, revealed last week that the coalition government plans to develop a national ID database to allow for easy access to online public services.

“TWITTER, FREE SPEECH, INJUNCTIONS AND THE STREISAND EFFECT”
*The effects of Streisand covered in House Duck Sauce here.

DOMESTIC U.S.

Lawmakers Express Optimism, Concerns Over White House Cybersecurity Plan

Obama Cybersecurity Package Praised, Criticized

UPDATE: DHS Cybersecurity chief resigns 

6 major US privacy bills considered, briefings & discussion c/o Tech Liberation Front

BTC-  Thanks to JP @NCard for sending this one in.  You can support his work here.

Big WHOOPS to the Dept. of Defense.

Members of a credit union that serves active-duty military personnel and others connected to the Pentagon are at risk for identity theft after a laptop was hacked, exposing the personal and financial records of an undisclosed number of troops and their families. 

::: More from the Washington Post here:::

Here’s second life for news that matters.
Late last week privacy law heavyweights released their positions, to “clarify”public interest towards NSTIC.




A window into how D.C. feels about constant demand for SSN# and Drivers Licenses

BAD CODE! c/o WIRED

Why the Internet Is a Great Tool for Totalitarians

No Facebook, You May Not Share My Address and Phone Number With Developers


DIY GOVERNMENT:

FAST FOR JUSTICE UPDATE



Minus the Mountain Dew, Skateboards and here’s an update on Wednesday’s “extreme” Fast for Justice c/o Frida Berrigan.  Today is Day 9 of this difficult fast.  

Today was one of extremes. We experienced the extremes of ice skating down the streets of Washington DC and then swimming in the warm oceans of Bermuda. We also actively bridged extremes by interweaving visits to the Pentagon and to the Department of Justice with two different perspectives of the plight of the Uyghur men both held and released from Guantánamo. And at the end of the day, such extremes were summed up for us at Bus Boys and Poets when David Swanson, being interviewed about his new book “War is a Lie,” demystified all the justifications for war. Yes, with such a full day, it is hard to
imagine that we are fasting (and on day 8 at that)!

Or perhaps we are in a funny window of the fast, a practice that does open up to unforeseen extremes, where we seem to have an abundance of energy. As you will see in our open letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and the press release (attached below), we have planned an extended demonstration for Wednesday into Thursday to remind the DoJ that work day hours do not exist for the men detained at Guantánamo.

Our strength most certainly comes from our resolve as a community to open this dialogue with the DoJ, and that such a dialogue will be productive if it is done in the good faith. Fully aware that another risk of arrest and an overnight vigil is a relatively small gesture of effort, we hope that it is adequate and that our modest plea for a meeting will be granted. We will certainly keep you all informed. We ask that you keep us in your thoughts and prayers.

In peace and solidarity,

Witness Against Torture


Inspiring.  NOW, WILL SOMEONE GIVE BRAD MANNING A PILLOW SO I CAN EAT?