“If this idea had been proposed in the 1950s, it would have been discarded as reminiscent of Soviet Communism. But state Sen. Dan Patrick has SB 843 up Tuesday in the Senate Criminal Justice Committee that would expand the offense of “failure to identify” to require people to identify themselves whenever they’re legally “detained” by police. Presently, you’re only required to identify yourself upon arrest, which has been the law for many years. Here’s the description of the legislation and its intent from the bill analysis“
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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.
Here’s second life for news that matters.
Late last week privacy law heavyweights released their positions, to “clarify”public interest towards NSTIC.
- A historic analysis of where NSTIC might come from = The evolution of the identity credential.
- Obama Administration Aims to Enhance Online Security Through Internet IDs -The mainstream “right” news angle on NSTIC, includes quotes from some of our Privacy heroes Jim Dempsey and EFF’s Lee Tien.
- The ACLU’s Official lawyer-ey reasons why they have to politely condemn the NSTIC program here.
- Idaho, running competetive as the “reddest” state in the US says “no thanks” to NSTIC.
BAD CODE! c/o WIRED
FAST FOR JUSTICE UPDATE
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
BTC – We are a couple of days off for the Holiday Season. Lets show you some really cool gift items; which are actually good at any time into the New Year.
Here’s another really super cool book from a Green perspective, by David Swanson.
You can buy it at 7 Stories Press.
There is an awesome *free* new weight loss plan I’m trying out myself in January.
You can get yours @ Witness Against Torture online under FAST FOR JUSTICE.
Fast is just “fats” reorganized. Think about it.
Please have some much earned decompression time to think about other things that really matter (family, love, staying warm & fed) and things that don’t matter at all (toys, snowfights, sledding, SeaWorld).
Russia’s search for an identity
By Masha Lipman for the Washington Post
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Medvedev’s address may have sounded radical, but many here are skeptical that the president’s words will actually bring change. The number of alarming signals of Stalin’s rehabilitation is growing. And in general over the year and a half of his presidency, Medvedev’s often well-intended rhetoric has not been matched with policy.
But it would be wrong to dismiss the speech and conclude instead — as observers at home and abroad sometimes do — that Russia has made a definitive turn “back” toward the Soviet Union and an admiration of Stalin. In fact, perceptions of Stalin are conflicted, and this conflict reflects Russia’s attempts — very feeble, so far — to reinvent itself as a modern nation. In December, Stalin came in third in a TV station’s poll of greatest Russian historical figures. Contest organizers are rumored to have tinkered with the results after discovering that the man who masterminded the extermination of millions of his compatriots actually finished first.
Yet the peak of Stalin’s terror is also recognized for what it was. In 2007, 72 percent of respondents told the Levada polling agency that the repression of 1937-38 were “political crimes that can’t be justified.” The day of remembrance of political repression, officially introduced in 1991, is not marked by major national events, but on Thursday, just outside the infamous Lubyanka building, the KGB’s headquarters and prison, the names of Stalin’s victims were read for 12 straight hours by any who wanted to participate. Other commemorations were staged elsewhere in Russia.