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News and Opinion
Lawmakers Cite Boston Bombing, WikiLeaks "Hacking" as Reasons to Pass CISPA
The ACLU has described CISPA as an “extreme proposal” that “forges new ground.” The Electronic Frontier Foundation says it “would provide a gaping exception to bedrock privacy law.” And even the White House has criticized the bill, earlier this week threatening to veto it unless it is amended to include better privacy and civil liberties safeguards.
But yesterday, when the House was debating the contentious bill, CISPA advocates didn’t seem to be paying attention to any of those issues. Rep. Mike McCaul, R-Texas, cited the Boston bombings while arguing for CISPA to be adopted. “In the case of Boston, they were real bombs,” McCaul said, adding that we also need to arm ourselves against “digital bombs. These bombs are on their way.” Similarly apocalyptic statements were made by Rep. Candice Miller, R-Mich., who made no mention of Boston, though argued that CISPA was needed to stop hackers in countries like Iran and North Korea from crippling American infrastructure and causing the destruction of American jobs. Rep. Dan Maffei, D-N.Y., even used the debate to take aim at WikiLeaks, bizarrely claiming CISPA was needed to stop the whistleblowing website from pursuing efforts to “hack into our nation’s power grid.”
Looming Cyber-Security Bill Could Have Ruined Reddit's Boston Investigation
When the FBI came out Thursday with a few blurry images and asked for "help" identifying the subjects, they were asking Reddit.
Put more simply, they were asking the Internet to help them find the suspects.
And the Internet answered: within a few hours of the FBI's release of these images, the Reddit hive-mind produced a much clearer image of the suspected bomber.
Talk Begins of April 22 Online ‘Blackout’ in CISPA Protest
Civil liberties advocates say the reintroduced CISPA bill is a serious threat to online rights
No sooner had the House of Representatives passed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), on Thursday, than word began spreading of an online protest. Some are suggesting the protest take the form of a “blackout” – going offline for 24 hours, displaying censorship bars over content or posting statements of opposition to Internet censorship — similar to last year’s opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA).
Supporters on Twitter have begun tweeting the hashtag #CISPABlackout to promote the proposed April 22 “blackout.”
NY Post Falsely Accuses Innocent Teenagers of Being Boston Bombers
The New York Post on 4/17/13 posted a photo on their front page with the headline Bag Men, in reference to two young men seen at the Boston marathon carrying bags before the bombing. It turns out, the two boys are local high school students and track runners and completely innocent...
CNN Completely Botched Boston Attack Report
Note: This clip is from the 4/18/13 show and refers to the CNN's false reporting on 4/17/13
Pakistan judge remands ex-president Musharraf in custodyMoon of Alabama.
Hundreds of lawyers jeered at Musharraf and scuffled with his supporters as he appeared at the Islamabad court a day after police arrested him at his home -- a breach with an unwritten rule in Pakistan that ex-generals are above the law.
Musharraf's appearance sparked chaotic scenes in the court complex as police formed a human chain to prevent protesting lawyers --- who chanted "Down with Musharraf" -- from getting closer to the former president.
Musharraf is facing allegations that he overstepped his powers in a showdown with the judiciary in 2007 when he sacked the chief justice and placed judges under house arrest.
Musharraf's legal troubles have provided a stark symbol of the changing balance of power in Pakistan, where the military still retains enormous behind-the-scenes influence but has retreated from the overt meddling and coups of the past.
Syria: U.S. Deploys Headquarter Elements
According to CNN the U.S. is sending headquarter elements of the 1st Armored Division to Jordan. These could become the first elements of a full taskforce.
For now those are only 200 soldiers. But unlike the Special Forces the U.S. already deployed to Jordon to train Syrian insurgents these are not for immediate operations. A headquarter element of a division is for planing the eventual deployment of bigger parts of that division. The 1st Armored has four fighting plus one aviation brigade. Altogether more than 15,000 soldiers.
For now I believe this to be a precautionary measure as well as a part of psychological warfare. I do not expect further troops to deploy. The situation on the ground is extremely complex and should the U.S. venture into Syria it surely would be in for another Iraq like quagmire.
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
In weekly address, Obama, Republican leaders praise American resilience, kindness in face of tragedy: apne.ws/10p88h5 -SS— The Associated Press (@AP) April 20, 2013
Online detectives played a role in hunt for Boston Marathon bombing suspects - for better and worse: apne.ws/11PIDCl -SS— The Associated Press (@AP) April 20, 2013
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