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Boston College Campus Police: "Using Prompt Commands" May Be a Sign of Criminal

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| Should Boston College Linux users be looking over their shoulders?
| In his application, the investigating officer asked that he be permitted to 
| seize the student's computers and other personal effects because they might 
| yield evidence of the crimes of "Obtaining computer services by Fraud or 
| Misrepresentation" and "Unauthorized access to a computer system." Aside from 
| the remarkable overreach by campus and state police in trying to paint a 
| student as suspicious in part because he can navigate a non-Windows computer 
| environment, nothing cited in the warrant application could possibly 
| constitute the cited criminal offenses. There are no assertions that a 
| commercial (i.e. for pay) commercial service was defrauded, a necessary 
| element of any "Obtaining computer services by Fraud or Misrepresentation" 
| allegation. Similarly, the investigating officer doesn't explain how sending 
| an e-mail to a campus mailing list might constitute "unauthorized access to a 
| computer system."            


Homeland Security profiles conservatives, libertarians as “right-wing

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| Did you buy extra ammunition after Barack Obama was elected President, and 
| are you still concerned that he might ban your guns? Are you concerned that 
| the economic crisis could devolve into a depression, or worse? Do you think 
| the federal government has overstepped its authority under the Constitution? 
| If so, the government thinks you’re a right-wing extremist and a potential 
| terrorist threat.     


Activist Group Uses DMCA To Take Down Video Exposing Its Fake Concerned

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| That raises all sorts of questions... MSNBC reporting on the videos is almost 
| certainly fair use of NOM's videos. But, it was someone else who uploaded the 
| MSNBC clip to YouTube. MSNBC is still running the clip on its own site -- 
| but, if anyone had any sort of DMCA claim on the video, one would think it 
| would be MSNBC... not NOM. So, then, is NOM abusing the DMCA takedown 
| process, in demanding an entire video (most of which is not its content) be 
| taken down? Seems like you (or, say, the EFF) could make a pretty strong case 
| for that...       



UK.gov to spend hundreds of millions on snooping silo

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| The government is pressing ahead with plans to spend hundreds of millions of
| pounds on a massive central silo for all UK communications data, The Register
| has learned.
| Home Office civil servants are working on plans for the database under the
| banner of the Interception Modernisation Programme (IMP). The team has
| recently been expanded and a director-level official appointed to run the
| project, which is not yet official policy in public.
| Sources said secret briefings revealed the cost of the database would run to
| nine figures and has already been factored into government spending plans.
| The IMP budget was part of the intelligence agencies' undisclosed allocation
| in the Comprehensive Spending Review last year. In an answer to a
| parliamentary question on 8 July, the Home Office refused to provide any
| budgetary details, citing national security concerns.
| The sum will dwarf the £19m we recently reported the government has given
| telecoms companies to service authorities' data requirements since 2004. The
| überdatabase will render existing arrangements for sharing communications
| data with government agencies obsolete.

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