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Big Brother: Obama Demands Access to Internet Records, in Secret, and Without Court Review

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  • Internet users do not give up their privacy rights when they log on, and the FBI should not have the power to secretly demand that ISPs turn over constitutionally protected information about their users without a court order.
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  • ACLU Report: Obama Continuing Bush-Era Torture Policies
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Tom Burghardt, Global Research

The Obama administration is seeking authority from Congress that would compel internet service providers (ISPs) to turn over records of an individual's internet activity for use in secretive FBI probes.

In another instance where Americans are urged to trust their political minders, the Washington Post reported last month that "the administration wants to add just four words--'electronic communication transactional records'--to a list of items that the law says the FBI may demand without a judge's approval."

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Under cover of coughing-up information deemed relevant to espionage or terrorism investigations, proposed changes to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) would greatly expand the volume of private records that can be seized through National Security Letters (NSLs).

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ACLU Report: Obama Continuing Bush-Era Torture Policies, Deborah Weinstein,  TruthOut.org, in AlterNet

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  • Fear of an unchecked, unaccountable government permeates the report, particularly in the section about targeted killings.
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  • On torture, U.S. must clean house
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Summary: Immigration Reform: Week of August 15

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  • Change? Obama's "Crimmigration" Policies Mimic Bush's
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  • Activists Pan Dems' Approach; Say Another Immigration Policy Is Possible
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

Ben Sargent

Change? Obama's "Crimmigration" Policies Mimic Bush's, Walter Ewing, Immigration Impact

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  • The Obama administration has chosen to follow its predecessor in pursuing the criminal prosecution of unauthorized immigrants for minor, nonviolent offenses.
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  • DHS under the Obama administration is needlessly clogging the federal courts with people who have not committed any serious crime.
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Arizona's D-Day, The Progress Report

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  • The Reform Immigration for American campaign reports that "there are twenty two copycats [laws] waiting to see which way the wind blows on states' ability to preempt federal immigration law."
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  • Arizona to appeal judge's immigration law ruling that put most of measure on hold
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Activists Pan Dems' Approach; Say Another Immigration Policy Is Possible, David Bacon, TruthOut.org

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  • Grassroots groups don't like the Democrats' proposals for comprehensive immigration reform.
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  • Feds Suing AZ Over Immigration Law
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Feds Suing AZ Over Immigration Law, The Washington Post
Justice Department to argue SB1070 steps on federal law.

ACLU Report: Obama Continuing Bush-Era Torture Policies

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  • Fear of an unchecked, unaccountable government permeates the report, particularly in the section about targeted killings.
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  • On torture, U.S. must clean house
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Deborah Weinstein,  TruthOut.org, in AlterNet

For disillusioned Obama supporters, the ACLU's July report "Establishing the New Normal" is not a heartening read.

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After being voted into office on promises that included undoing abuses carried out under the Bush administration - promises to protect privacy, to end government-sanctioned torture and rendition programs and to end the use of military commissions for non-enemy combatants - President Obama's administration is proving it is far easier to toe the line than buck a trend.
According to a report by the ACLU, the current White House has not just failed to meaningfully follow through on its promises, but has also taken abusive policies, and, as shown in the case of targeted and interminable detentions, eroded civil rights to unprecedented levels.

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Nick Coleman: On torture, U.S. must clean house, Nick Coleman, Star Tribune | MN

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  • Nation won't regain moral leadership without fully renouncing the practice.
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  • Obama's No Human Rights Crusader -- Just Look at How He Aids Israel's Atrocities
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  • Crimes Are Crimes – No Matter Who Does Them
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Center for Torture Accountability lists St. Thomas Professor Delahunty as deserving probe

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Delahunty helps John Yoo write memos making legal case for suspending constitutional rights and protections

The Center for Torture Accountability

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Bob Heberle

Robert Delahunty, whose Justice Department career spanned the presidency of Clinton as well as the early Bush years, found in his new colleague John Yoo a legal philosophy rooted in the same way of thinking as his own. They collaborated on a spate of memos for the White House and Justice Department, most of which have not yet been declassified.

Delahunty is not known to have coauthored Yoo's notorious "torture memo," which attempted to define torture so narrowly that the United States's interrogation techniques could not be classified as torturous. But he and Yoo did produce memos arguing that neither the Geneva Conventions nor other treaties and law would control U.S. treatment of prisoners during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

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How Facebook Betrayed Users and Undermined Online Privacy

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  • Viable alternatives (to Facebook) are already springing up. A new network has been touted in the media that allows users to fully control the information they share by setting up their own personal servers, called “seeds.” Raphael Sofaer, co-founder of Diaspora, says that centralized networks like Facebook are not necessary. “In our real lives, we talk to each other,” he said. “We don’t need to hand our messages to a hub.”
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  • Facebook Further Reduces Your Control Over Personal Information
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Allan Badiner, AlterNet

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Ken Mitchell

In just six years Facebook has crossed the threshold of 500 million users. In the past nine months it has doubled in size and is now the number one most visited Web site in the world, surpassing Google. Facebook’s motto is “Making the world open and connected,” where a lone voice can have a powerful impact, as evidenced this year by one activist’s post on Facebook that sparked a demonstration of 12 million people against the Revolutionary Forces of Columbia (FARC), which had been terrorizing Colombian citizens for years.

But along with its policy of openness and potential for social change, Facebook has repeatedly come under fire for its lax policies toward the privacy of its members.

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Facebook Further Reduces Your Control Over Personal Information, Kurt Opsahl, Electronic Frontier Foundation
The new connections features benefit Facebook and its business partners, with little benefit to you.

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