Memoriam. Boston Marathon victims. April 15, 2013. Photo by joanneleon.
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Below are some videos published by Boston Globe --activity in Watertown, during the early morning hours today. As of now one suspect has been apprehended and is dead and one is at large. They have been identified as permanent residents of the U.S., here for at least a year, two brothers originally from Chechnya. All public transportation has been suspended, businesses asked not to open, residents in Watertown asked to remain indoors and not to answer the door except for police officers who are conducting door to door searches. This appears to have started with a shooting of an MIT policeman during/after a convenience store robbery and then a carjacking of a Mercedes SUV by the same two men. "The SUV proceeded out Memorial Drive toward Watertown followed by a long train of police vehicles in pursuit." I'm not sure how "suspect #2" got away. "Suspect #1" died of gunshot wounds and also appeared to have shrapnel wounds from an explosive blast.
I'm sure that you have seen all the media coverage and liveblogs can provide up to date information. Boston Globe says that "Suspect No. 2 is the person being sought by a massive collection of federal, state, and municipal police." I set up a list a few days ago on Twitter with some reliable sources, a trimmed down version of breaking news. It is a public list if you are interested in using it.
Boston bombings: one suspect killed, one on the run – live updatesHouse passed CISPA yesterday.
• One Boston suspect killed in Watertown shootout
• Second suspect being sought by police in town
• Boston in state of virtual lockdown
• Policeman shot dead on MIT campus
• Live coverage as it happens
Congress Is Trying to Kill Internet Privacy Again
Civil liberties advocates say the reintroduced CISPA bill is a serious threat to online rights
But opponents from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to the Electronic Freedom Foundation (EFF) say that in practice, CISPA would give private companies and U.S. intelligence agencies the power to pass around Americans' personal data with complete impunity – all in the name of "national security." "In one fell swoop, privacy laws no longer apply," Michelle Richardson, a legislative counsel for the ACLU, tells Rolling Stone.
Ruppersberger insists that he and Rogers worked hard on crafting CISPA provisions that will protect Americans from this kind of spying. "CISPA does not authorize the government to monitor your computer or read your emails, Tweets and Facebook," he says. "It's clearly what the bill does not do."
Yet this conveniently ignores the part of CISPA which does give private companies the power to share our private emails, tweets and Facebook messages with the government – nullifying current privacy laws, which require companies to keep your private information, well, private.
The Internet Defense League is an online activist group organized to defend your online freedoms. When a bill is threatening to pass that would inhibit the way you live your online life, they put up the Cat Signal, a way to collectively black out or put notices on a large number of websites simultaneously.
Israeli Officials Stress Readiness for Lone Strike on IranGuardian liveblog on Syria. As you have probably heard, we are sending more troops there, to Jordan actually, for now.
JERUSALEM — With Chuck Hagel scheduled to begin his first visit to Israel as secretary of defense on Sunday, Israeli defense and military officials issued explicit warnings this week that Israel was prepared and had the capability to carry out a lone military strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities.
Syria crisis: UN's aid chief demands cross-border access - live updates
• Amos warns security council of 'catastrophe' in Syria
• Britain and France call for chemical weapons investigation
• Bahrain braced for protest rally ahead of grand prix
Congress: We're planning the largest online protest since SOPA. Vote NO on CISPA sooner rather than later.
CISPA -- the bill that would END our online privacy and violate the 4th Amendment -- will go to a vote in the House today. We're planning the largest online privacy protest in history to stop this bill. Can you contact your reps now to warn them?
What's wrong with CISPA? (in as few words as possible)
As it's written, CISPA won't protect us from cyber threats, but it will violate our 4th Amendment right to privacy.
It lets the government spy on you without a warrant. (read more)
It makes it so you can’t even find out about it after the fact. (read more)
It makes it so companies can’t be sued when they do illegal things with your data. (read more)
It allows corporations to cyber-attack each other and individuals outside of the law. (read more)
Blog Posts and Tweets of Interest
I agree with the White House that #CISPA needs to be improved. That's why today I voted against it.— Congressman Nadler (@RepJerryNadler) April 18, 2013
Those who mislead colleagues & public to pass bad bills like #CISPA will ultimately lose. Thx to social media, truth & liberty will prevail.— Justin Amash (@repjustinamash) April 18, 2013
@reppaulbrounmd- Even a stopped clock is right twice a day. This John Bircher stood up against Boehner, Cantor & Big Brother— Howie Klein (@downwithtyranny) April 18, 2013
PAKISTAN EX-PRESIDENT MUSHARRAF ARRESTED IN HIS HOUSE -- @afpak_journo— Gregor Peter (@L0gg0l) April 18, 2013
A well timed reminder of how not to react to horrible acts of violence and mayhem. nytimes.com/2013/04/16/wor…— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) April 16, 2013
Dropkick Murphys - For Boston