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P...@ne.weather.moderated

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Jul 23, 2007, 6:09:58 PM7/23/07
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my left hand to the metal pole. My left arm was stretched
* up to reach it.
*
* Then they left the house and left me hanging
* there like that for over three hours.
*
* They came back around 3:30 AM with a third man.
*
* I asked if I could use the bathroom.
*
* I was desperate to go.
*
* They would not let me.
*
* They told me that my husband was in custody, that they had just picked
* him up. [That was false.] They said we could work out a deal, I could
* be a witness for the prosecution of our friend.
*
* If I would do that, they would let my husband go.
*
* They also said they knew I only had $78 in my bank account, hinting
* that they could change that.
*
* A fourth man came into the house.
*
* I will never forget his eyes.
*
* He took out a small Palistinian flag and burned it.
*
* Then they took me out, back into the car. They stopped about two miles
* from my house. They said 'Listen Babe, when you least expect us, expect
* us. WE WILL ALWAYS BE AROUND.' I looked at my watch. It was 8:30 AM.
:
: Could that have happened in America? Readers will no doubt find it hard
: to believe, as I did.
:
: So did she.
:
: She was too frightened to talk at first. But now she is ready to testify,
: if her lawyers ask her t


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Ale...@ne.weather.moderated

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Jul 23, 2007, 9:53:09 PM7/23/07
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in private, and drug dealing occurs between
# a willing seller and a willing buyer.
#
# So to wage the Drugs War an expanding army of police had to use ever more
# wiretaps, dog sniffs, snitches, warrantless searches, surveillance, and
# undercover operations.
#
# The administration elected on a promise to remove government from people's
# lives had turned the country---in one law professor's phrase---into a
# "society of suspects."

******************************************************************************


War #2 - Guns
--- -- ----

# www.gunowners.org
#
# The Police even pointed a machine gun at the
# head of Mrs. Kuriatnk's six-year-old daughter.

Actually, I think the government says 'because organized crime would use
cryptography'; but criminals with guns is the generalization.

If you were a criminal, would you select cryptography that is 'Key Recovery'
("GAK" Government Access to Keys) compliant?

I don't think so.

"But we'll catch stupid criminals using GAK crypto!"
---Scott Charney, Computer Crime Unit, Department of Justice,
at 5/22/97 NYC cryptography conference

And equally stupid Congress members will support that logic.


The subject of law enforcement v. guns brings up a subtopic:

Burn Baby Burn
---- ---- ----

I was watching MSNBC's "Time and Again" with Jane Pauley, and they went over
the Patty Hearst kidnapping by the "Symbionese Liberation Army".

The terrorists kept Ms. Hearst locked in a closet so small she couldn't move.

They would play games with her head, like suddenly dragging her out of the
closet, hold a gun to her head, and sometimes pull the trigger (on an empty
chamber).

Then they started screwing her. Again and again.

They took complete control of a sweet young college kid. The government knows
how that works. Yet the governmen


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Gro...@ne.weather.moderated

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Jul 23, 2007, 6:36:50 PM7/23/07
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In bound to Silicon Graphics: To: hoj...@sgi.com
> Subject: sar source code
>
> internet:root 543> wc -l *.[ch]
> 129 sa.h
> 626 sadc.c
> 532 saga.c
> 496 sagb.c
> 45 saghdr.h
> 1463 sar.c
> 220 timex.c
> 3511 total
>
> 3500 lines of source, across seven sources, each clearly labelled:
>
> /* Copyright (c) 1984 AT&T */
> /* All Rights Reserved */
>
> /* THIS IS UNPUBLISHED PROPRIETARY SOURCE CODE OF AT&T */
> /* The copyright notice above does not evidence any */
> /* actual or intended publication of such source code. */
>
> ...followed by another email with a subset of the same source,
> slightly modified, and the proprietary header stripped out.
>
> I hope it didn't flow past AT&T's ISP connections...
[snip]

********** end excerpt from 'Corruption at Salomon Brothers' **********


This transfer of proprietary source code that USED to be owned by AT&T
did not even qualify for action. Salomon legal stated Salomon has a lower
obligation for third-party copyrights than they did for software they
contracted for themselves, like Sybase. Salomon didn't have a UNIX source
license, so obviously the employee had gotten it elsewhere.

In the following statistic, it was the only non-Salomon source code.

We went from zero monitoring of Internet email traffic to...

> On 3/21/96 we had our first security incident report.
>
> By 3/26/96 we had an astonishing 38,000 lines of proprietary source code
> outbound.
>
> We were men


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Yol...@ne.weather.moderated

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Jul 23, 2007, 7:28:45 PM7/23/07
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security number too, otherwise no tax
deducting it. Gosh, a birth certificate won't do, will it?

* Source #1: HBO Undercover Special Report
* Source #2: Computer Security Journal Vol IV #1,
* "Peeping Sam: Uncle Is Watching Us", by George B. Trubow
*
* "We started getting letters from the Federal Government's Selective
* Service System, telling us that our dog had to register." the father
* explained. The letters became quite demanding.
*
* Shown are three children and their dog. One of the boys had an ice cream
* cake birthday special at a popular national ice cream parlor chain, which
* asks for your social security number to get the special.
*
* They were working with the government to spot unregistered children.
*
* The children had gone back in a week later and used their dog's name
* to get the special again.
*
* Since it was not the government collecting the social security numbers,
* participants weren't told they were registering for the draft.
*
* Said one of the surprised children: "How cheesy of our government!"


NSA's ECHELON goes beyond any system Americans would EV


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Oph...@ne.weather.moderated

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Jul 23, 2007, 8:09:46 PM7/23/07
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carrying out
* interception orders in order to fight organized crime and for the
* protection of national security.
*
* Interception of telecommunications should reach all the way down
* to the design stage of the equipment.
*
* The next generation of satellite-based telecommunications systems
* should be able to "tag" each individual subscriber in view of a
* possibly necessary surveillance activity. All the new systems have
* to have the capability to place all individuals under surveillance.
*
HA Unfortunately, initial contacts with various consortia...has met with
HA the most diverse reactions, ranging from great willingness to
HA cooperate on the one hand, to an almost total refusal even to discuss
HA the question.
*
* It is very urgent for governments and/or legislative institutions to
* make the new consortia aware of their duties. The government will
* also have to create new regulations for international cooperation
* so that the necessary surveillance will be able to operate.


# "Made in America?", Wired Magazine, June 1997
#
# Japan's Justice Ministry is rallying support for an anticrime bill that
# would give police extensive wiretap powers---a major departure given the
# country's constitutional guarantees for "secrecy of any means of communi-
# cations." According to activist Toshimaru Ogura, Japanese cops are
# modeling their proposals on US wiretap law, specifically the 1994
# Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA). The NSA helped
# sculpt CALEA's language, which begs the question: Is Japan's wiretap bill
# another one of the NSA's covert operations?


* "The End of Ordinary Money, Part I", by J. Orlin Grabbe
* http://www.aci.net


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