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Please check out this selection in the Ten years later: Surveillance in the Homeland series for Truthout

by Mr. Gary Reed


Two flags over Texas: defiant Gonzales flag of the Texas Revolution (1835) and defiant clipart of the War Against Federally Approved Molesters (2011) Credit: Gonzales flag is public domain; Anti-TSA art is freely distributed online

BTC -Here are the answers to this week’s Real ID quiz. 

Q. Why is Connecticut pursuing the Real ID program on driver’s licenses when more than 20 states are opting out ?

A2. State Officials Needn’t Heed Feds’ Threats

c/o InternetCaucusAC


The 7th annual State of the Net conference was held at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill on January 18-19, 2011. Attracting over 500 attendees annually, the State of the Net Conference provides unparalleled opportunities to network and engage on key policy issues. The State of the Net Conference is the largest information technology policy conference in the U.S. and the only one with over 50 percent Congressional staff and government policymakers in attendance. The State of the Net Conference is the only tech policy conference routinely recognized for its balanced blend of academics, consumer groups, industry and government. Over 50% of annual attendees government policy staff.

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.


BTC  –  Few organizations have been ready to go out on a limb with analysis of the National Strategy for Trusted Identity in Cyberspace.   The Electronic Frontier Foundation, was one of the first digital watchdogs to start barking at the US government’s ambitious plans to import itself into the transactional living of a nation.

Real ID Online? New Federal Online Identity Plan Raises Privacy and Free Speech Concerns

c/o EFF legal counsel Lee Tien and Seth Schoen 


Why we can’t live without no-fly lists 

Government orders 7, 300 websites offline