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[News] [OT] Innocent People Die Because {Everyone is a Terrorist}^TM

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Data Snooping Mission Creep

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| Oh, look, what a surprise: it's not just for anti-terrorism:
|     Local councils, health authorities and hundreds of other public bodies 
|     are to be given the power to access details of everyone's personal text, 
|     emails and internet use under Home Office proposals published yesterday.  
| And, look, they still haven't learned about the dangers of centralised 
| databases: 
|     The government has already indicated that it intends to go one step 
|     further this autumn by introducing a draft communications bill which 
|     would require all the telecommunications companies to hand over this data 
|     to one central "super" database so that the police and other public 
|     authorities will be able to access it directly without having to make a 
|     request each time to the individual company holding the records.     
| Well, at least that will make it easier to steal....


Man whose US immigration notice was sent to the wrong address is detained with
untreated spinal cancer until he dies, denied access to his wife and children


Ill and in Pain, Detainee Dies in U.S. Hands

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| He was 17 when he came to New York from Hong Kong in 1992 with his parents 
| and younger sister, eyeing the skyline like any newcomer. Fifteen years 
| later, Hiu Lui Ng was a New Yorker: a computer engineer with a job in the 
| Empire State Building, a house in Queens, a wife who is a United States 
| citizen and two American-born sons.    
| But when Mr. Ng, who had overstayed a visa years earlier, went to immigration 
| headquarters in Manhattan last summer for his final interview for a green  
| card, he was swept into immigration detention and shuttled through jails and 
| detention centers in three New England states.  
| In April, Mr. Ng began complaining of excruciating back pain. By mid-July, he 
| could no longer walk or stand. And last Wednesday, two days after his 34th 
| birthday, he died in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in a 
| Rhode Island hospital, his spine fractured and his body riddled with cancer 
| that had gone undiagnosed and untreated for months.    


Paranoid governments kill people, not save them


Wider Spying Fuels Aid Plan for Telecom Industry

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| For months, the Bush administration has waged a high-profile campaign, 
| including personal lobbying by President Bush and closed-door briefings by 
| top officials, to persuade Congress to pass legislation protecting companies 
| from lawsuits for aiding the National Security Agency’s warrantless 
| eavesdropping program.    



Judge: Man can't be forced to divulge encryption passphrase

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| In this case, Judge Niedermeier took the second approach. He said that 
| encryption keys can be "testimonial," and even the prosecution's alternative 
| of asking the defendant to type in the passphrase when nobody was looking 
| would be insufficient.    


Animal Rights Activists Forced to Hand Over Encryption Keys

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| If you remember, this was sold to the public as essential for fighting 
| terrorism. It's already being misused. 


Did NSA Put a Secret Backdoor in New Encryption Standard?

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| Which is why you should worry about a new random-number standard that 
| includes an algorithm that is slow, badly designed and just might contain a 
| backdoor for the National Security Agency.  


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| "Is this a good idea or not? For the first time, the giant software maker 
| is acknowledging the help of the secretive agency, better known for
| eavesdropping on foreign officials and, more recently, U.S. citizens as 
| part of the Bush..."


Microsoft could be teaching police to hack Vista

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| Microsoft may begin training the police in ways to break the
| encryption built into its forthcoming Vista operating system.


UK holds Microsoft security talks

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| "UK officials are talking to Microsoft over fears the new version of 
| Windows could make it harder for police to read suspects' computer files."


For Windows Vista Security, Microsoft Called in Pros

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| The NSA also declined to be specific but said it used two groups — a “red 
| team” and a “blue team” — to test Vista’s security. The red team, for 
| instance, posed as “the determined, technically competent adversary” to 
| disrupt, corrupt or steal information. “They pretend to be bad guys,” Sager 
| said. The blue team helped Defense Department system administrators with 
| Vista’s configuration .     
| Microsoft said this is not the first time it has sought help from the NSA. 
| For about four years, Microsoft has tapped the spy agency for security 
| expertise in reviewing its operating systems, including the Windows XP 
| consumer version and the Windows Server 2003 for corporate customers.   


Microsoft patents the mother of all adware systems

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| The adware framework would leave almost no data untouched in its quest to 
| sell you stuff. It would inspect "user document files, user e-mail files, 
| user music files, downloaded podcasts, computer settings, computer status 
| messages (e.g., a low memory status or low printer ink)," and more. How could 
| we have been so blind as to not see the marketing value in computer status 
| messages?     


Spy Master Admits Error

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| Intel czar Mike McConnell told Congress a new law helped bring down a terror 
| plot. The facts say otherwise. 


FBI ducks questions about its remotely installed spyware

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| There are plenty of unanswered questions about the FBI spyware that, as we 
| reported earlier this week, can be delivered over the Internet and implanted  
| in a suspect's computer remotely. 


United States Government Online Watchdogs? Part of the war on terror?

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| Is there anyone in the abandonia community with a US based connection who is 
| experiencing this watchdog behavior? Are any foreign Vista users experiencing 
| similar attacks from their own countries ministries and governing agencies?"   


No email privacy rights under Constitution, US gov claims

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| This appears to be more than a mere argument in support of the 
| constitutionality of a Congressional email privacy and access scheme. It 
| represents what may be the fundamental governmental position on 
| Constitutional email and electronic privacy - that there isn't any. What is 
| important in this case is not the ultimate resolution of that narrow issue, 
| but the position that the United States government is taking on the entire 
| issue of electronic privacy. That position, if accepted, may mean that the 
| government can read anybody's email at any time without a warrant.       


How NSA access was built into Windows

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| A careless mistake by Microsoft programmers has revealed that
| special access codes prepared by the US National Security Agency
| have been secretly built into Windows.
| [...]
| The first discovery of the new NSA access system was made two years
| ago by British researcher Dr Nicko van Someren. But it was only a
| few weeks ago when a second researcher rediscovered the access
| system. With it, he found the evidence linking it to NSA.

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