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Daily Archives: October 1, 2011

Egyptians protest military leadership

Los Angeles Times
Oct. 1, 2011
By Amro Hassan

Reporting from Cairo – Thousands of protesters once again gathered in the heart of Cairo on Friday to voice their exasperation with the ruling Supreme Council of Armed Forces, though their numbers fell far short of the hoped-for “million men.”

The military, which has been running the country since the toppling of President Hosni Mubarak on Feb.11, has been under heavy criticism from political movements for failing to quickly transfer power to a civilian authority.

Protesters and political groups called for an end to emergency laws, amendments to the new elections law, a date for a presidential election and a clear timeline for drafting a new constitution.

They also demanded an end to military trials for civilians. Human rights organizations say that 12,000 civilians have been tried in military courts and jailed since the Jan. 25 revolution.

The demonstration, although smaller than expected, reflected growing anger at the military council and its leader, Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi. Protesters chanted, “Down down with the military rule,” “Wake up field marshal, today is your last day” and “This is a warning, Tantawi, today is [your] departure day.”

Amid waving flags and banners, demonstrator Tarek Abbas told The Times, “Political parties have been dreaming of fair elections, but the new [election] law won’t allow this to happen and we will have businessmen affiliated with Mubarak’s regime” returning to the parliament.”

Full Article Here – http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-egypt-protest-20111001,0,7706954.story

Document Shows How Phone Companies Treat Private Data

Associated Press
Sept. 30, 2011
By Peter Svensson

NEW YORK (AP) — A document obtained by the ACLU shows for the first time how the four largest cell phone companies in the U.S. treat data about their subscribers’ calls, text messages, Web surfing and approximate locations.

The one-page document from the Justice Department’s cybercrime division shows, for instance, that Verizon Wireless keeps, for a year, information about which cell towers subscriber phones connect to.

That data that can be used to figure out where the phone has been, down to the level of a neighborhood. AT&T has kept the same data continuously since July 2008.

The sheet is a guide for law enforcement, which can request the information from the carriers through legal channels. The North Carolina section of the American Civil Liberties Union obtained it through a Freedom of Information Act request, the ACLU said. Wired.com reported earlier about the document, which is dated August 2010.

The document was released by the ACLU Wednesday, but has been hiding in plain sight on the website of the Vermont public defender’s office. It can be found there through a Google search, but only if the searcher knows the exact title of the document.

A few data points from the sheet were known outside law enforcement circles, but wireless carriers have not been open about their policies. They aren’t required to keep the data, and they keep the same information for varying lengths of time. Some don’t keep data at all that other companies store. For instance, it says T-Mobile USA doesn’t keep any information on Web browsing activity. Verizon, on the other hand, keeps some information for up to a year that can be used to ascertain if a particular phone visited a particular website.

According to the sheet, Sprint Nextel Corp.’s Virgin Mobile brand keeps the text content of text messages for three months. Verizon keeps it for three to five days. None of the other carriers keep texts at all, but they keep records of who texted whom for more than a year.

The document says AT&T keeps for five to seven years a record of who text messages to whom —and when, but not the content of the messages. Virgin Mobile only keeps that data for two to three months.

The carriers don’t have recordings of calls, but keep information about calls that are made and received for at least a year.

The ACLU said it believes people have a right to know how long phone companies keep records of their activities.

Full Article Here – http://www.wirelessweek.com/News/2011/09/Policy-and-Industry-Phone-Companies-Private-Data-Safety-and-Security/ 

Anwar al-Awlaki’s extrajudicial murder

Sept. 30, 2011

Is this the world we want? Where the president of the United States can place an American citizen, or anyone else for that matter, living outside a war zone on a targeted assassination list, and then have him murdered by drone strike.

This was the very result we at the Center for Constitutional Rights and the ACLU feared when we brought a case in US federal court on behalf of Anwar al-Awlaki’s father, hoping to prevent this targeted killing. We lost the case on procedural grounds, but the judge considered the implications of the practice as raising “serious questions”, asking:

“Can the executive order the assassination of a US citizen without first affording him any form of judicial process whatsoever, based on the mere assertion that he is a dangerous member of a terrorist organisation?”

Yes, Anwar al-Awlaki was a radical Muslim cleric. Yes, his language and speeches were incendiary.
He may even have engaged in plots against the United States – but we do not know that because he was never indicted for a crime.

This profile should not have made him a target for a killing without due process and without any effort to capture, arrest and try him. The US government knew his location for purposes of a drone strike, so why was no effort made to arrest him in Yemen, a country that apparently was allied in the US efforts to track him down?

There are – or were – laws about the circumstances in which deadly force can be used, including against those who are bent on causing harm to the United States. Outside of a war zone, as Awlaki was, lethal force can only be employed in the narrowest and most extraordinary circumstances: when there is a concrete, specific and imminent threat of an attack; and even then, deadly force must be a last resort.

Full Article Here – http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2011/sep/30/anwar-awlaki-extrajudicial-murder

Facebook to be investigated over privacy concerns

Sept. 30, 2011

Facebook is to be investigated by the Irish privacy regulator into how it handles users’ data across Europe.

In the next fortnight the Irish data protection commissioner will launch a wide-ranging privacy audit of the social network after complaints about how Facebook tracks its users online.

The Irish regulator will conduct the audit on behalf of authorities in 27 European states, including the UK. The commissioner expects to complete the report before the end of the year, a spokeswoman for the regulator said.

Facebook is also under pressure in the US, where the Federal Trade Commission is considering an investigation into the popular website following complaints from a coalition of privacy campaigners.

The social network is under the spotlight after changes made last week to how Facebook stores information about its 800 million global users.

On Wednesday, Facebook hastily fixed an issue that meant its users were being tracked even when they left the network. Facebook has consistently argued that it did not store the information.

A spokeswoman for the Irish data protection commissioner said on Friday the Facebook probe would be its “most intensive” to date, due to its popularity.

Full Article Here – http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/sep/30/facebook-investigation-privacy-concerns 

Hackers post data on JP Morgan Chase CEO

Cnet News
Sept. 30, 2011

Hackers have posted personal information about the chief executive of J.P. Morgan Chase in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street protests.

The document released on Pastebin by “CabinCr3w” includes information about CEO James Dimon’s addresses, family, business connections, political contributions and legal information. A spokeswoman for J.P. Morgan Chase said the company is declining to comment.

The same hackers posted personal data of Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein and of New York Police Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna earlier this week after Bologna was seen in videos pepper-spraying peaceful demonstrators in the face last weekend. Bologna, who also is accused of unprovoked pepper-spraying of others in other incidents during the demonstrations, is under investigation for those actions.

The protests, which began about two weeks ago, are have attracted thousands of participants and garnered the support of Noam Chomsky, filmmaker Michael Moore, actress Susan Sarandon, students, and organized labor groups. The demonstrators are protesting a U.S. financial system that they claim favors the wealthy at the expense of everyone else.

Adbusters and the Anonymous activist collective are behind the movement, which has featured an “occupation” of hundreds camped out in a park near Wall Street and street marches, a la the Arab Spring uprisings earlier this year.

Occupy Wall Street protesters march against police brutality

Sept. 30, 2011

Several thousand anti-Wall Street protesters marched through downtown Manhattan on Friday night to protest against incidents of police brutality at a previous demonstration.

The group was part of the Occupy Wall Street movement which has camped for almost two weeks in a New York square to protest against the finance industry, among other grievances.

The group had attempted a march last weekend which ended in scores of arrests. Numerous incidents of police roughing up protesters were caught on film including one senior officer spraying mace at several female demonstrators being kept behind a police barrier.

Video of that attack went viral on the internet prompted mainstream media – which had mostly ignored the protests – to give them sympathetic attention. Computer hackers also released the name and address of the officer caught on film. Since then the occupation has garnered many new supporters and global press attention.

It has attracted celebrity visits from liberal figures such as filmmaker Michael Moore and actor Susan Sarandon. On Friday an apparently false rumour that the band Radiohead were to play an impromptu gig at the square caused a temporary Twitter storm.

But Friday night’s march was aimed at highlighting the police violence at the previous protest. A long line of placard-carrying demonstrators wound the short distance from Zuccotti Park where the protesters are camped near Wall Street to Police Plaza, where the New York Police Department has its headquarters.

Full Article Here – http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/oct/01/occupy-wall-street-protesters-police-brutality