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US judge blocks indefinite detention of Americans

US judge blocks indefinite detention of Americans

A US federal judge has temporarily blocked a section of the controversial National Defense Authorization Act that allows for the indefinite military detention of US citizens. ­In a 68-page ruling, US District Judge Katherine Forrest agreed on Wednesday that the statute failed to “pass constitutional muster” because its language could be interpreted quite broadly and […]

CISPA – Newest Cyber Security Bill

If you download and distribute copyrighted material on the Internet, or share any information that governments or corporations find inconvenient, you could soon be labeled a threat to national security in the United States. That’s the aim of a bill in Congress called the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA). The good news is […]

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Thirteen Ways Government Tracks Us

Privacy is eroding fast as technology offers government increasing ways to track and spy on citizens.  The Washington Post reported there are 3,984 federal, state and local organizations working on domestic counterterrorism.  Most collect information on people in the US. (Source)   Here are thirteen examples of how some of the biggest government agencies and […]

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Anonymous Hacks FBI and Records Conference Call

Earlier today (3rd of February), Anonymous released a confidential conference call between the FBI and law enforcement officers in the UK. The 16-minute call discusses ongoing investigations into hackers associated with Anonymous, AntiSec, and LulzSec. From all appearances, Anonymous retrieved the sensitive access code information and a list of attendees from an FBI email account. […]

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Whitehouse Opposes SOPA, Bill Gets Shelved

Most people probably know very little about SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act). However, according to Political Animal, everyone can now relax and continue to enjoy their internet freedom. As per the article: At issue are two related bills: the Senate’s Protect IP Act and the even more offensive Stop Online Piracy Act in the House, […]

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Observing the 2012 Human Trafficking

This week US citizens observed National Human Trafficking Awareness Day through acts of education, legislation, and enforcement; whilst, around the world, other people highlighted or tackled this global problem in their own countries. According to an annual report on human trafficking released by the US State Department in June last year, 27 million men, women […]

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30000 children die each day from poverty

30,000 kids died unnecessarily today and it didn’t even make the front page of your newspaper. Another 30,000 kids will die tomorrow, and the day after that, and the day after that UNLESS something changes. This shocking information – which should stop anyone with a heart and soul in their tracks – comes not from […]

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Saudi Arabian women gain right to vote, run in elections

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has announced women will be allowed to vote in the country and run for municipal elections there. The modifications will apply from 2012. Abdullah made this announcement at the start of a new Shura Council term. In a speech, the king said “we refuse to marginalise women in society in […]

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