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News 10 Now | New airport security measures tested .
May 23rd, 2005 by Ken Hagler

News 10 Now | New air­port secu­ri­ty mea­sures test­ed. “It’s real­ly humil­i­at­ing and debas­ing,” explained Bar­rie Ger­wan­ter of
the Amer­i­can Civ­il Lib­er­ties Union. “It’s a vir­tu­al strip search and
it’s some­thing that shouldn’t be used unless it’s as last resort.”

Full-body scans; you step inside and the pic­tures say it all. But the
TSA says it plans to test the machines at sev­er­al air­ports very soon.

They would reveal pos­si­bly very per­son­al details about the size of
their gen­i­talia, the size of a woman’s breasts, whether they have some
med­ical device on their body, and that’s real­ly unnec­es­sary and
intru­sive and it has noth­ing to do with air­port secu­ri­ty,” said
Gewan­ter.

Offi­cials with the TSA say they like the new machines, because unlike
tra­di­tion­al met­al detec­tors, they pick up some items oth­er­wise left
unde­tect­ed. But the ques­tion is, ‘Will pas­sen­gers be will­ing to
sac­ri­fice per­son­al pri­va­cy for peace of mind?’

[Pri­va­cy Digest: Pri­va­cy News (Civ­il Rights, Encryp­tion, Free Speech, Cryp­tog­ra­phy)]

A more accu­rate way of phras­ing that ques­tion would be, “Will pas­sen­gers be will­ing to sac­ri­fice per­son­al pri­va­cy for a false sense of secu­ri­ty?” The answer is cer­tain­ly “yes.” If they weren’t, they would already have refused to go through an air­port.

A NATION OF INFORMANTS .
May 23rd, 2005 by Ken Hagler

A NATION OF INFORMANTS. For God’s sake, can’t some­one put a stop to the insan­i­ty being per­pe­trat­ed by Sensen­bren­ner?

Neigh­bors spy­ing on neigh­bors? Moth­ers forced to turn in their sons or daugh­ters? These are images straight out of George Orwell’s 1984, or a remote total­i­tar­i­an state. We don’t asso­ciate them with the land of the free and the home of […] [The Light Of Rea­son]

Sensen­bren­ner is appar­ent­ly ter­ri­bly dis­ap­point­ed that he doesn’t live in the Sovi­et Union, so he’s doing his best to remake Amer­i­ca in the Sovi­et Union’s image.

Protectionism Creates Jobs, Promotes Free-Enterprise And Can-do Spirit .
May 22nd, 2005 by Ken Hagler

Pro­tec­tion­ism Cre­ates Jobs, Pro­motes Free-Enterprise And Can-do Spir­it. ‘Buy Amer­i­can’ leg­is­la­tion draws fire:bq. On Fri­day, the Infor­ma­tion Tech­nol­o­gy Asso­ci­a­tion of Amer­i­ca called the mea­sure bad secu­ri­ty pol­i­cy and bad eco­nom­ic pol­i­cy. The leg­is­la­tion, an amend­ment to the Home­land Secu­ri­ty Autho­riza­tion Act, would force the Depart­ment of Home­land Secu­ri­ty to buy prod­ucts most­ly made in Amer­i­ca.

The leg­is­la­tion was authored by Rep. Don Manzul­lo, an Illi­nois Repub­li­can, and passed by the House on Wednes­day. It would require more than 50 per­cent of the com­po­nents in any end prod­uct pro­cured by the depart­ment to be mined, pro­duced or man­u­fac­tured inside the Unit­ed States.

With this pur­chas­ing pro­hi­bi­tion, I guess (the depart­ment) will have to learn to do with­out com­put­ers and cell phones,” ITAA Pres­i­dent Har­ris Miller said in a state­ment. “I can­not think of a sin­gle U.S. man­u­fac­tur­er that could meet this 50 per­cent thresh­old for these devices, and I doubt that those charged with pro­tect­ing our safe­ty here at home can either.”
[…]
Accord­ing to ITAA’s Miller, the lat­est “Buy Amer­i­can” leg­is­la­tion would invite sim­i­lar restric­tions from oth­er coun­tries and raise the government’s cost of doing busi­ness. “This leg­is­la­tion puts pol­i­tics in front of com­mon sense in com­bat­ing ter­ror­ist threats. At the same time, it sends a sig­nal to our trad­ing part­ners that pro­tec­tion­ism trumps glob­al trade,” Miller said in a state­ment. “That’s a lose-lose propo­si­tion for the nation.” [Mis­es Eco­nom­ics Blog]

bq. “With this pur­chas­ing pro­hi­bi­tion, I guess (the depart­ment) will have to learn to do with­out com­put­ers and cell phones,” ITAA Pres­i­dent Har­ris Miller said in a state­ment.

That sounds good to me.

EATING THEIR OWN, AND LOVING IT .
May 22nd, 2005 by Ken Hagler

EATING THEIR OWN, AND LOVING IT. Com­plete­ly pre­dictably, Time lunges at the oppor­tu­ni­ty to pound the stake into Newsweek’s heart, not real­iz­ing that it is com­mit­ting sui­cide at the same time (sub­head: “How Newsweek botched its report on pris­on­er abuse

I saw Star Wars Episode III yesterday, thanks to a free ticket and time off from Symantec.
May 20th, 2005 by Ken Hagler

I saw Star Wars Episode III yes­ter­day, thanks to a free tick­et and time off from Syman­tec. It was much bet­ter than the pre­vi­ous two, although still not real­ly good. The act­ing var­ied, with Ian McDi­armid doing a great job as Pal­pa­tine, and Hay­den Chris­tensen doing a hor­ri­ble job as Anakin. The dia­logue wasn’t any bet­ter than the last two, but there was so much fight­ing and spe­cial effects scenes that it didn’t mat­ter as much.

One thing I’ve noticed in both this and the pre­vi­ous movie; Darth Vad­er was sup­posed to have been a good man who turned to the dark side. How­ev­er I didn’t real­ly see much evi­dence that he had ever been a good man. I think the best that could be said of him is that he wasn’t com­plete­ly bad at first.

Galloway v the US Senate: transcript of statement [ Times Online ] A transcript of George Galloway’s statement to the Senate.
May 18th, 2005 by Ken Hagler

Gal­loway v the US Sen­ate: tran­script of state­ment [Times Online]

A tran­script of George Galloway’s state­ment to the Sen­ate. Some excerpts:

bq. “As a mat­ter of fact, I have met Sad­dam Hus­sein exact­ly the same num­ber of times as Don­ald Rums­feld met him. The dif­fer­ence is Don­ald Rums­feld met him to sell him guns and to give him maps the bet­ter to tar­get those guns. I met him to try and bring about an end to sanc­tions, suf­fer­ing and war, and on the sec­ond of the two occa­sions, I met him to try and per­suade him to let Dr Hans Blix and the Unit­ed Nations weapons inspec­tors back into the coun­try — a rather bet­ter use of two meet­ings with Sad­dam Hus­sein than your own Sec­re­tary of State for Defence made of his.

I was an oppo­nent of Sad­dam Hus­sein when British and Amer­i­cans gov­ern­ments and busi­ness­men were sell­ing him guns and gas. I used to demon­strate out­side the Iraqi embassy when British and Amer­i­can offi­cials were going in and doing com­merce.

You will see from the offi­cial par­lia­men­tary record, Hansard, from the 15th March 1990 onwards, volu­mi­nous evi­dence that I have a rather bet­ter record of oppo­si­tion to Sad­dam Hus­sein than you do and than any oth­er mem­ber of the British or Amer­i­can gov­ern­ments do.

[…]

Now, Sen­a­tor, I gave my heart and soul to oppose the pol­i­cy that you pro­mot­ed. I gave my polit­i­cal life’s blood to try to stop the mass killing of Iraqis by the sanc­tions on Iraq which killed one mil­lion Iraqis, most of them chil­dren, most of them died before they even knew that they were Iraqis, but they died for no oth­er rea­son oth­er than that they were Iraqis with the mis­for­tune to born at that time. I gave my heart and soul to stop you com­mit­ting the dis­as­ter that you did com­mit in invad­ing Iraq. And I told the world that your case for the war was a pack of lies.

I told the world that Iraq, con­trary to your claims did not have weapons of mass destruc­tion. I told the world, con­trary to your claims, that Iraq had no con­nec­tion to al-Qaeda. I told the world, con­trary to your claims, that Iraq had no con­nec­tion to the atroc­i­ty on 911 2001. I told the world, con­trary to your claims, that the Iraqi peo­ple would resist a British and Amer­i­can inva­sion of their coun­try and that the fall of Bagh­dad would not be the begin­ning of the end, but mere­ly the end of the begin­ning.

Sen­a­tor, in every­thing I said about Iraq, I turned out to be right and you turned out to be wrong and 100,000 peo­ple paid with their lives; 1600 of them Amer­i­can sol­diers sent to their deaths on a pack of lies; 15,000 of them wound­ed, many of them dis­abled for­ev­er on a pack of lies.

Revamping Freenet. .
May 17th, 2005 by Ken Hagler

Revamp­ing Freenet.. Revamp­ing Freenet. N3wsByt3 writes “Many will have heard about the anony­mous P2P-system Freenet.
What many prob­a­bly don’t know is, that a big change is at hand: the
Freenet devel­op­ers have decid­ed to drop all sup­port for the 0.5x
ver­sion, to skip ver­sion 0.6 and to com­plete­ly revamp the 0.7 build
into some kind of poor­ly described, pre­sum­ably scal­able dark­net.
The main coder even threat­ened to quit if such a dark­net would be
reject­ed.
So, is it final­ly going the right way with the devel­op­ment of Freenet?
Maybe not, since they seem reluc­tant to pro­vide real data and rather
rely on secu­ri­ty through obfus­ca­tion, and then there is still the prob­lem of their gen­er­al inabil­i­ty in regard to pool­ing human resources, which, for any OSS project, is of the utmost impor­tance.” —
Obvi­ous­ly, the arti­cle sub­mit­ter has his own feel­ings on Freenet, but
notwith­stand­ing that, what’s the lat­est scut­tle­butt from with­in the
Freenet crowd? [Slash­dot] [Pri­va­cy Digest: Pri­va­cy News (Civ­il Rights, Encryp­tion, Free Speech, Cryp­tog­ra­phy)]

Inter­est­ing, but I didn’t find any­thing about it on the Freenet site.

Backscatter X-Ray Machines .
May 17th, 2005 by Ken Hagler

Backscat­ter X-Ray Machines. Air trav­el­ers stripped bare with X-ray machine: Elec­tron­ic strip search, com­ing to an air­port near you.

bq.

Secu­ri­ty work­ers using the machines can see through clothes and peer at what­ev­er may be hid­den in under­gar­ments, shirts or pants. The images also paint a reveal­ing pic­ture of a person’s nude body.

And here’s a lit­tle les­son in mar­ket­ing: when you’re push­ing a prod­uct that is inher­ent­ly inva­sive, and some would say degrad­ing, do not call your com­pa­ny “Rapis­can.”

Seri­ous­ly — that’s what the com­pa­ny that makes this sys­tem is called. It shares the first five let­ters of its name with “rapist.” I’m not a mar­ket­ing guru, but it strikes that that’s a pret­ty stu­pid name for this com­pa­ny. [Gadgetopia]

Any­one want to bet on how long it takes after these things are intro­duced before the Air­port Gestapo starts post­ing nude pho­tos of female air trav­ellers on the Inter­net? I fig­ure eight hours, pos­si­bly less.

I’ve updated my “PGP key” with a new encryption subkey.
May 17th, 2005 by Ken Hagler

I’ve updat­ed my “PGP key” with a new encryp­tion sub­key.

Newsweek: Retract…Or Else!! .
May 16th, 2005 by Ken Hagler

Newsweek: Retract…Or Else!!. So says the estab­lish­ment who lied about Jes­si­ca Lynch and cov­ered up Pat Till­man being killed by friend­ly fire.

The Koran was nev­er flushed down the toli­et at Guan­tanamo because a Newsweek source who had no com­ment ini­tial­ly now says he’s no longer sure. Inter­est­ing that this uncer­tain­ty now fol­lows an inter­na­tion­al firestorm, riots, and deaths.

Mean­while, the White House’s Scott McClel­lan sniffs that because of Newsweek “[t]he image of the Unit­ed States abroad has been dam­aged.” You know, the Newsweek that invad­ed Iraq look­ing for WMD, and tor­tured pris­on­ers at Abu Ghraib. Right Scot­ty. It’s ALL Newsweek’s fault. By Dale Stein­re­ich. [LewRockwell.com Blog]

Note also that the Newsweek sto­ry is true, and is actu­al­ly old news that has been wide­ly report­ed out­side the US.

As for the Iraqi Infor­ma­tion Min­is­ter White House Press Secretary’s com­ments about dam­ag­ing the image of the Unit­ed States abroad, I can only hope that for­eign­ers, unlike Mr. McClel­lan, are aware that the Unit­ed States and its gov­ern­ment are not the same thing.

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