Archive for April 5th, 2009

Personal web data to be stored for a year

April 5, 2009

 

New law forces service providers to record all your calls and emails from Monday

By Robert Verkaik, Law editor

 

The mobile calls, emails and website visits of every person in Britain will be stored for a year under sweeping new powers which come into force on Monday. Privacy campaigners warned last night that the information would be used by the Government to create a giant “Big Brother” super-database containing a map of everyone’s private life.

 

The new powers will, for the first time, place a legal duty on internet companies to store private information, including email traffic and website browsing histories.

Although the new retention powers will not permit the storage of the content of emails or phone calls it will show details such as IP addresses, date, time and user telephone numbers. Under the terms of the EU directive, the Home Office has written to leading internet service providers and phone companies offering to compensate them for the costs incurred in retaining the data for a year.

A spokesman for the Internet Service Providers Association confirmed that the leading ISPs had received written orders from the Home Office setting out their obligations under the new rules.

Phil Booth of the civil rights campaign group, NOID, said: “Inch by inch, the Government’s plans to map and monitor everyone’s communications are creeping into place. Today it’s retention of data, soon it’ll be a giant database to suck it all up. And unless we speak out and stop this, what used to be private – details of your relationships and personal interests – will end up in the ever-widening control of the stalker state.”

Last week the The Independent reported that millions of Britons who use social networking sites such as Facebook could soon have their every move monitored by the Government and saved on a “Big Brother” database.

Then ministers faced a civil liberties outcry over the plans, with accusations of excessive snooping on the private lives of law-abiding citizens. Others fear the risk of security breaches. “Quite clearly, this new legislation opens up a whole can of worms for the ISPs when it comes to potential security implications,” said Neil Cook, a security expert with the internet data protection firm Cloudmark.

The Government has twice postponed publication of a new data communications Bill in which ministers will set out their plans for a centrally controlled database. A Home Office spokesman said: “If we do not make changes now to maintain existing capabilities, the law enforcement, security and intelligence agencies will no longer be able to use this data in the future.”

He added: “It is the Government’s priority to protect public safety and national security. That is why we are completing the implementation of this directive, which will bring the UK in line with our European counterparts. Communications data plays a vital part in a wide range of criminal investigations. Without communications data, resolving crimes such as the Rhys Jones murder would be very difficult if not impossible.”

 

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/personal-web-data-to-be-stored-for-a-year-1662237.html

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Food Fascism and Codex Alimentarius

April 5, 2009

Dangerous Food [In]Security Bills &
Illegal US Codex Actions Linked. 

Both Congress and President Obama Need Our Education NOW

Natural Solutions Foundation – www.HealthFreedomUSA.org – needs your help to educate the President, Congress and other decision makers about real food safety. Right now US government agencies such as the FDA, USDA and FSIS are using international agencies such as Codex Alimentarius (the World Food Code), to create illegal policies and regulations that undermine food safety and the availability of wholesome, non GMO, non-toxic foods, including natural and organic foods, produced by home and family farms and ranches, putting our access to vital nutrients at risk.

Natural Solutions Foundation has prepared a seminal 20 page White Paper entitled,Regarding U.S. Codex Office and Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) for Adoption of Codex Committee Policies by the U.S. Codex Delegation and FSIS in Harmony with the Dietary Substances Health and Education Act (DSHEA), 19 USC 3512 (the Anti-Harmonization Statute) and other Statutory and Case Law which details the steps Congress MUST take to protect our access to honest, nutrative food. This includes the specific amendment language we endorse to protect our access natural solutions even if Congress adopts a “(sic) Food (sic) Safety” bill this session, such as H.R. 875 or 759.

You can read the White Paper here: http://www.healthfreedomusa.org/?p=2394

 

 

And our Health Freedom Action eAlert about this is posted here:http://www.healthfreedomusa.org/?p=2413

 

 

It is urgent that every interested person, that means every person who eats, send the message below, with your own comments added, to alert Congress about your concerns.

 

Thank you!

 

Yours in health and freedom,

Rima E. Laibow, MD
Medical Director
Natural Solutions Foundation
www.HealthFreedomUSA.org


 

 

 

 

Dear Pentagon: Please Give Me All Your Secrets

April 5, 2009

By Nick Thompson EmailApril 03, 2009 | 7:19:00 AM

Wired.com

 

Hazing videos. Hillary’s mail to the Pentagon. The military’s ESP research. Those are just a few of the requests for the Defense Department’s documents, filed under the Freedom of Information Act in 2007. I recently stumbled upon thecomplete list; it’s fascinating reading. And I suppose that if any document should be made public, it’s a FOIA list.

A few things jump out. First, god bless the National Security Archive. Many of the most important, and most interesting, documents sought come from William Burr and his colleagues there — things like the documents from Jerry Bremer’s disastrous reign as viceroy of Iraq. There’s evidence, too, of other reporters doing a darn good job of investigating and trying to uncover secrets. Take the Dallas Morning News’ work to uncover the scam that was the Sniffex explosives-detector.

Second, the Defense Department gets some strange requests – and some that I believe have a low probability of getting an answer. Here are my favorites:

#171. Someone going by the name “K,A” simply wants “All Information Regarding North Korea.”

#35. “Blic Daily”, A Yugoslav paper, wants all our secrets on the Yugoslav intelligence service.

#334. “Complete abstract of the prior contract for Subsistence Chicken Egg Production.”

#559. “All records related to the testing of psychic abilities including extrasensory perception (‘ESP’) , Psychokinesis (‘PK’), remote viewing (‘RV’) etc. conducted at the Stanford Research Institute from 1940 through 2006.”

#681. A convicted bomber currently held in a Bolivian prison, Lestat Montevideo, wants, among other things: ” Information pertaining to the military capabilities of Bolivia, Chile, Cuba, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. Information pertaining to the sanity on Venezuelan Dictator Hugo Chavez, Cuban Dictator Fidel Castro and/or Bolivian President Evo Morales Ayma.”

 

http://blog.wired.com/defense/2009/04/dear-dod-please.html

 

 


Infowars Story on Illegal Tennessee Checkpoint Prompts Action by Governo

April 5, 2009

Kurt Nimmo
Infowars
April 3, 2009

 

In response to a number of calls to the Tennessee Governor’s office, the Whiteville, Tennessee police have canceled a planned seat belt checkpoint operation that was to be conducted in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security and the 251st Military Police in Bolivar, Tennessee.

WNWS 101.5 FM aired a story on the cancellation today.

Keith Sherley of 101.5 FM in Jackson, Tennessee, interviewed Representative Johhny Shaw earlier today. Shaw indicated Governor Phil Bredesen “didn’t need another headache” and canceled the checkpoint. Shaw, who represents the area in Tennessee where the exercise was to be held, admitted the checkpoint was a “bad idea in the first place.” Shaw voiced his opposition to military involvement with local law enforcement. “It would have frightened more people than it helped,” Shaw added. He said he did not think the operation would be rescheduled.

InfowarsPrison Planet, and a handful of blogs covered the story on Thursday. The story was not deemed important by the corporate media. A Google News search of corporate news media websites returns zero results on the story, even though the checkpoint was a direct violation of the Fourth Amendment and the Posse Comitatus Act prohibiting military involvement in domestic police operations. 

Calls to Governor Phil Bredesen and his decision to halt the checkpoint operation may be attributed to the diligence of an Infowars reader who provided a tip that resulted in a story appearing on the Infowars and Prison Planet news websites yesterday and earlier today. If not for that coverage, the checkpoint operation with DHS and military collaboration would have probably occurred on April 4, as originally noted in the Hardeman County, Tennessee, Bulletin Times.

NewsTalk 101.5 FM apparently picked up the story from either Infowars or Prison Planet. The WNWS website ran an article on the cancellation with the headline “DHS, Military Police, Law Enforcement Planned Checkpoint in Whiteville, Tennessee,” almost exactly the same headline that appeared on Alex Jones’ websites.

 

http://www.infowars.com/infowars-story-on-illegal-tennessee-checkpoint-prompts-action-by-governor/