Archive for the ‘DOJ’ Category

“People will be able to opt out of receiving all 
but the presidential alerts.”


BTC – Today is May 11th – 6th Anniversary of the passage of the Real ID Act.  Downsize D.C. [ ol’ faithful] calls in for back up with some D.i.Y DIRECT ACTION towards the repeal of Real ID.

Obviously it’s about a lot more than just Real ID anymore. The world is filled with all kinds of nasty data surveillance, data siezures, identity theft and information fleecing. Whether it’s public or private, it’s like living in public nowadays.

Here is second life for news that matters:

Every Six Hours, the NSA Gathers as Much Data as Is Stored in the Entire Library of Congress

Revised ‘Net Censorship Bill Requires Search Engines To Block Sites, Too SO…there’s an ACTION ALERT: ICA sounds the alarm on.NET surveillance, siezures, KEEP DUMPING ON COMMENTS

MORE GRILLED APPLE & HANDHELDS: DOJ wants wireless providers to store user info -You can watch how the AG and Congress is handling mobile  privacy here on CSPAN.  Meanwhile, theres a federal pilot to put chips in cellphones for govt. sponsored alerts in NYC and D.C.

Copious Commentary ala .GOV data surveillance FLOGGER Jim Harper, who has to ask thrice: DO YOU WANT PRIVACY? Terms and conditions apply….If you want Privacy, we start by blinding you! Then increase government surveillance! Nevermind! WE NEED TO CENSOR! 

ZDNet’s David Chernoff rebutts, Want privacy? Take Responsibility.

Facebook is still in denial that people want privacy at all… Mission control; we certainly have a problem.

IF YOU WERE IN A COMA…  Wired.com’s THREAT LEVEL BLOG has been doing some exclusive coverage of the FBI’s mobile surveillance package which fits onto your car.  There’s a battle brewing over FBI’s warrantless GPS tracking devices.  They cover how to inspect and remove one of these bastards if you find one on your car.

http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1

FYI: There’s an International Summit on Health Privacy June 13 in Washington, D.C.

DOJ Reverses decision on nature based patents

“We acknowledge that this conclusion is contrary to the longstanding practice of the Patent and Trademark Office, as well as the practice of the National Institutes of Health and other government agencies that have in the past sought and obtained patents for isolated genomic DNA,” the brief said.

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c/o National Examiner

A three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has refused to review a decision in which the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) denied an Ismaili Muslim’s petition for withholding of removal on the grounds of religious persecution. The case (Fifth Circuit docket number 09-60237) involves the REAL ID Act of 2005 and two federal statutes, 8 U.S.C. § 1231 and 8 U.S.C. § 1158.

The panel’s written opinion, which was filed on November 19, 2009, reveals that Abbas Shaikh is a citizen of India and an Ismaili Muslim. The opinion goes on to state that Mr. Shaikh entered the United States in November 2000 and overstayed his non-immigrant visitor authorization. In order to avoid removal from the U.S. back to India, Mr. Shaikh claimed that he feared persecution from Shiv Sena, a Hindu nationalist organization, based on his status as an Ismaili Muslim. ::: MORE HERE:::