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Free expression update: Victoria's Secret, libraries, Safeweb



    By ERIC LICHTBLAU, Times Staff Writer
    WASHINGTON -- The document seemed innocuous enough: a survey of
    government data on reservoirs and dams on CD-ROM. But then came last
    month's federal directive to U.S. libraries: "Destroy the report."
    So a Syracuse University library clerk broke the disc into pieces,
    saving a single shard to prove that the deed was done.
    The unusual order from the Government Printing Office reflects one of
    the hidden casualties of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks: the public's
    shrinking access to information that many once took for granted.
    Want to find out whether there are any hazardous waste sites near the
    local day-care center? What safety controls are in place at nuclear
    power plants? Or how many people are incarcerated in terrorist-related
    Since Sept. 11, it has become much harder to get such information from
    the federal government, a growing number of states and public
    libraries as heightened concern about national security has often
    trumped the public's "right to know:" [...]



    Sunday November 18 07:25 PM EST
    FCC looks into ABC's 'Secret'

    WASHINGTON (The Hollywood Reporter) --- ABC's airing of "The
    Victoria's Secret Fashion Show" is likely to cause the network more
    than a little discomfort as the federal government has received dozens
    of complaints that the G-string-laced show and its related promotions
    violate broadcast indecency rules.
    FCC (news - web sites) commissioner Michael Copps told reporters
    Friday that he has received 50 e-mails from different parts of the
    country complaining about the racy show and its promotions. One of the
    complaints was of a more personal nature -- Copps' 27-year-old
    daughter had a complaint about the show.
    "She saw it and was upset," Copps said. "She's a new mother, and when
    her child gets (to a) TV age, he should see wholesome programming."
    He said he was forwarding the complaints to the FCC's Enforcement
    Bureau and asking it to investigate whether it violated indecency



    SafeWeb shuts free anonymous Web service
    SAN FRANCISCO, California (Reuters) -- An Internet privacy firm has
    closed an anonymous Web surfing service that had been partly funded by
    the CIA and intended to give Web users in countries such as China and
    Iran a way to circumvent censors, the company said Monday.
    Emeryville, California-based SafeWeb last week quietly shut down its
    service which allowed people to surf the Web anonymously for free, and
    is unlikely to restart it, spokeswoman Sandra Song said.


    By Graham Rayman
    November 15, 2001, 5:27 PM EST
    Requiring national identification cards and upgrading security at what
    they described as the "totally unsupervised" area of private aviation,
    were two recommendations offered Thursday by a panel of current and
    former law enforcement officials. [...]



    U.S. Warns Bioterror Web Sites
    By DAVID HO, Associated Press Writer
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The government is warning dozens of Web site
    operators to stop touting unproven treatments for anthrax, smallpox
    and other infectious agents that could be used for bioterrorism.
    The treatments offered included dietary supplements such as oregano
    oil and zinc mineral water, the Federal Trade Commission said Monday. [...]



    By Ariana Eunjung Cha, Washington Post
    19 Nov 2001, 5:43 AM CST

    Yahoo's message boards are erupting with the kind of
    free-flowing, impassioned discussions the Internet's creators always
    dreamed of, with postings about practically every aspect of the hunt
    for terrorists, the capture of Kabul and mysterious plane crashes.
    But what's also revealing is what is being deleted.
    Gone are some gloating messages that say America deserved the attacks.
    Gone are some links to extremist sites promoting a jihad, or holy war,
    against the Western world. Gone too is a sarcastic note posted by
    college student Usman Sheikh:
    "America succesfully [sic] attacks terrorists, pinpoint smart
    bombing," the note began, linking to pictures of bloody children who
    were hurt or killed as a result of the recent military raids.



    "We Must Ask Nebraskans, Not Just Middle Easterners, What They Know"

    Washington, D.C. (SatireWire.com) -- Sensitive to accusations of
    profiling specific groups, the Justice Department today announced that
    the American Civil Liberties Union has taken over the lead role in the
    terrorism investigation, a shift in strategy that frees up the
    government to conduct a less prejudicial, more inclusive probe that
    should take, roughly, forever.

    "Instead of un-Constitutionally targeting specific groups, our
    investigation will expand the pool of interviews by more fairly
    including people of every ethnicity, every religion, every gender, and
    every sexual persuasion," said ACLU Executive Director Anthony D.
    Romero. "Right now, we are interviewing Caucasian farmers in Iowa,
    legally blind Wal-Mart employees in California, and gay Latino package
    store customers in Florida to see if they had contact with, or were
    involved with, those from the Middle East who carried out these



Hi Declan. If you choose to disseminate this information, please remove all
attribution to me and keep it anonymous. Under the onerous and archaic 
of court laws in Singapore, I have just committed contempt.


--- Forward Message ---

(Pardon the bad formatting...)

This is outrageous.

In yesterday's Sunday Times (18 November 2001), there was a story entitled 
allegedly 'encouraged law-breaking on Web'".

Robert Ho was accused of attempting to incite violence or disobedience to the
law which is likely to lead to a breach of peace, by posting an article
entitled "Break The Law And Get Away With It, Like PAP"
721%40posting.google.com), which allegedly encouraged people to gatecrash
polling stations without authority on Polling Day, thereby breaking the law.

Read the articles and decide whether he did incite people to break the law.
Because if any judge finds that he did, then by definition 4 of Singapore's
political leaders have also broken the law.


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