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Daily Archives: October 28, 2010

Foreclosure activity up across most US metro areas

Associated Press
October 28, 2010

LOS ANGELES – The foreclosure crisis intensified across a majority of large U.S. metropolitan areas this summer, with Chicago and Seattle — cities outside of the states that have shouldered the worst of the housing downturn — seeing a sharp increase in foreclosure warnings.

California, Nevada, Florida and Arizona remain the nation’s foreclosure hotbeds, accounting for 19 of the top 20 metropolitan areas with the highest foreclosure rates between July and September, foreclosure listing firm RealtyTrac Inc. said Thursday.

Those states saw housing values surge during the housing boom years. When the boom ended, values collapsed and foreclosures soared.

But the latest data show that many of the metro areas in those states saw a decline in the number of households receiving foreclosure-related filings, while many cities in other states saw a spike in foreclosure activity.

“The epidemic is spreading from the states at the ground zero of the foreclosure problems out into areas that hadn’t been previously affected,” said Rick Sharga, a senior vice president at RealtyTrac.

The trend is the latest sign that the nation’s foreclosure crisis is worsening as homeowners facing high unemployment, slow job growth and uncertainty about home prices continue to fall behind on their mortgage payments.

In all, 133 out of 206 metropolitan areas with at least 200,000 residents posted an annual increase in foreclosure activity in the three months ended Sept. 30, RealtyTrac said.

The firm tracks notices for defaults, scheduled home auctions and home repossessions — warnings that can lead up to a home eventually being lost to foreclosure.

Eleven out of the nation’s 20 largest metropolitan areas saw foreclosure activity increase in the third quarter compared to the same period last year.

Full Article Here – http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101028/ap_on_bi_ge/us_foreclosure_rates

Thousands Join Massive Protest in Romania

Balkan Insight
October 27, 2010
By Marian Chiriac

Ten of thousands of Romanians have joined large-scale protests in Bucharest against austerity measures, as the country’s government prepares to face a no-confidence vote in parliament.

Local broadcasters estimate that 30,000 protesters are now marching in downtown Bucharest in the largest street protest in Romania this year. The center of the city has been largely blocked off, with local public transport company changing most bus routes in the area.

Protesters are asking for the dismissal of the country’s center-right government and expressing their discontent with salary and job cuts for state employees, as well as cuts in education and the pension system.

Several members of Romania’s main opposition Social Democratic Party, PSD, have also joined the march, together with their leader Victor Ponta.

The protest was scheduled to coincide with a no-confidence vote against the government, which was tabled by the opposition over the government’s economic policies.

Full Article Here – http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/huge%20protest%20in%20romania

Polish Prosecutor Will Investigate Torture Of Guantánamo Prisoner

October 27, 2010

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NEW YORK – The Polish prosecutor will investigate the detention and torture of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri at a black site in Poland after he was kidnapped and transported there by the CIA. This is the first time an extraordinary rendition victim’s claims have been recognized in an official investigation in Poland. In response to the announcement, the American Civil Liberties Union called for accountability in the U.S. for top-level officials who may have known about and authorized torture, and for cooperation with the Polish prosecutor in securing documents and witnesses in the ongoing investigation.

In civil litigation, the Obama administration has continued to shield the Bush administration officials who knew about and authorized torture, most recently using the state secrets claim to block an ACLU lawsuit on behalf of five rendition victims. And while some low-ranking soldiers have been sent to prison for their roles in torture, no senior official has thus far been charged with any crime in connection with the torture program.

Al-Nashiri, who is accused in the 2000 U.S.S. Cole bombing, was granted the status of “injured party” in Poland’s ongoing investigation into torture in response to a September 21 petition from his lawyers.

The following can be attributed to Jameel Jaffer, Deputy Legal Director at the ACLU:

“Today’s announcement that Poland will investigate the torture of Mr. al-Nashiri serves as a stark reminder of how little has been done in the U.S. to hold top officials accountable for torture. Holding torturers accountable is essential to restoring American credibility at home and abroad – the U.S. can no longer remain silent as, one by one, other nations begin to reckon with their own agents’ complicity in the torture program through prosecutions and judicial inquiries.”

Full Article Here – http://www.aclu.org/national-security/polish-prosecutor-will-investigate-torture-guantanamo-prisoner

Pentagon’s threat-prediction system would scan emails, texts

Raw Story
October 27, 2010
By Daniel Tencer

In an effort to prevent the next Fort Hood-style shooting before it happens, the Pentagon has launched a program to scan massive amounts of communications and detect anomalies in behavior that could predict “insider threats” to the military.

While the Pentagon’s advanced research arm describes the project as being designed to detect threats to the military from within its own ranks, critics say such a system would inevitably invade the privacy of millions of people and could be the thin end of the wedge towards a “police state.”

Earlier this month, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency posted a notice announcing the project. The agency has set aside $35 million for the effort, which has been dubbed ADAMS, or “Anomaly Detection at Multiple Scales.”

If successful, the project would “detect ‘anomalies’ in a person’s behavior by sifting through billions of e-mail and text messages prior to such a homicidal or suicidal outburst,” reports Government Security News.

“The focus is on malevolent insiders that started out as ‘good guys.’ The specific goal of ADAMS is to detect anomalous behaviors before or shortly after they turn,” the agency states.

But DARPA’s description (PDF) of the project doesn’t address the issue of how a system to scan all communications within a certain area would square with constitutional rights and privacy laws.

As DARPA itself notes, a military base like Fort Hood, with 65,000 people on site, would be linked to some 4.7 billion instances of electronic communication among 14.9 million people ever year — a very wide net to cast in search of potential crime.

Full Article Here – http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/10/pentagon-threat-prediction-scan-communications/