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Free expression update: Victoria's Secret, libraries, Safeweb
- Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2001 23:31:51 -0500
- To: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Subject: FC: Free expression update: Victoria's Secret, libraries, Safeweb
- From: Declan McCullagh <email@example.com>
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
WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S.A.,
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.
ACLU TAKES OVER TERROR INVESTIGATION, WILL
FOCUS ATTENTION ON NO ONE IN PARTICULAR
"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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