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Poll: More agree than disagree with Occupy Wall Street goals

The Lookout
Oct. 26, 2011
By Zachary Roth

Substantially more Americans agree than disagree with the goals of the Occupy Wall Street movement, according to a new poll. And nearly two-thirds say wealth should be distributed more equitably.

Forty-three percent of respondents to a new CBS/New York Times survey said they agree with Occupy Wall Street’s goals, while, 27 percent said they disagree. Thirty percent were unsure.

And 46 percent said Occupy Wall street represents the views of most Americans, while 34 percent said it doesn’t.

Younger Americans, those with more education, and those who describe themselves as liberal were most likely to support the protests.

Full Article Here – http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/poll-more-agree-disagree-occupy-wall-street-goals-141203055.html

China to step up social media censorship

Oct. 26, 2011

China has vowed to intensify controls on social media and instant messaging tools, in the highest-level official response to the extraordinary surge in microblogging in the country.

The communique from the Communist party central committee follows growing boldness among users, who have discussed sensitive topics, highlighted scandals and attacked official abuses or inefficiency.

This summer’s high-speed rail crash in Wenzhou led to an outpouring of fury on microblogs about the handling of the disaster. That spilled over into mainstream media.

China already has the most extensive and sophisticated internet control system in the world. But censors have struggled to keep up with the flow of information on popular microblogs. The number of registered users on domestic services reached 195 million by the end of June, triple the figure of six months earlier, according to the China Internet Network Information Centre.

“This [communique] is what we have been waiting for; there have been signs for weeks now,” said David Bandurski, of Hong Kong University’s China Media Project. “It is important, but it does not tell us exactly what’s going to happen. It sends the signal: ‘Everyone watch out’.

“Usually [these kind of directives] are followed by some more concrete actions, but it’s often very difficult to draw a line between a government policy flare like this and a particular action because control is a constant in China.”

Communiques are a way for senior leaders to stress their priorities. “Strengthen guidance and administration of social internet services and instant communications tools, and regulate the orderly dissemination of information,” said the document, carried in the official People’s Daily newspaper and by the state news agency Xinhua. “Apply the law to sternly punish the dissemination of harmful information.”

Microbloggers reacted with predictable disdain. One, using the name Luse Zhuren, wrote: “Good culture will all disappear if opinion keeps being guided.”

Another, Wu Sanfan, warned: “I faintly feel that weibo (microblogging services), this big tea house where ordinary people speak with freedom, will hang a wooden board up saying ‘No talk about the country’s politics’.”

Content is already blocked or deleted from services. But censors have found it hard to match the speed at which news can spread on microblogs or the way that users evade controls, such as by using euphemisms or homophones to refer to sensitive issues.

Analysts believe that officials will not shut down social media sites because they are simply too popular, and closing them would create a backlash. Chinese authorities have sought to use social media proactively, launching their own accounts.

Full Article Here – http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/oct/26/china-social-media-censorship

FBI going to court more often to get personal Internet-usage data

Washington Post
Oct. 25, 2011

The FBI is increasingly going to court to get personal e-mail and Internet usage information as service providers balk at disclosing customer data without a judge’s orders.

Investigators once routinely used administrative subpoenas, called national security letters, seeking information about who sent and received e-mail and what Web sites individuals visited. The letters can be issued by FBI field offices on their own authority, and they obligate the recipients to keep the requests secret.

But more recently, many service providers receiving national security letters have limited the information they give to customers’ names, addresses, length of service and phone billing records.

“Beginning in late 2009, certain electronic communications service providers no longer honored” more expansive requests, FBI officials wrote in August, in response to questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee.

This marked a shift from comments made last year by Obama administration officials, who asserted then that most service providers were disclosing sufficient information when presented with national security letters.

Investigators seeking more expansive information over the past two years have turned to court orders called business record requests. In the first three months of this year, more than 80 percent of all business record requests were for Internet records that would previously have been obtained through national security letters, the FBI said. The FBI made more than four times as many business records requests in 2010 than in 2009: 96 compared with 21, according to Justice Department reports.

In response to concerns expressed by administration officials, Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) has introduced a measure that would establish that the FBI can use national security letters to obtain “dialing, routing, addressing and signaling information.” It would not include the content of an e-mail or other communications, the administration has said.

The administration, which last year contemplated legislation to expand the authority of national security letters, has not taken a formal position on the Leahy measure, officials said. But the FBI has told Congress that the number of business record orders will continue to grow unless a legal change gives the agency more routine access to customer data.

Full Article Here – http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/fbi-going-to-court-more-often-to-get-personal-internet-usage-data/2011/10/25/gIQAM7s2GM_story.html

Occupy Atlanta | Police arrest protesters

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Oct. 26, 2011
By Christian Boone and Rhonda Cook

Police arrested protesters early Wednesday at Woodruff Park, home of the Occupy Atlanta movement. By 1:30 a.m., the park appeared to be cleared out.

Protesters had been ordered to leave the park. Those waiting to be arrested were sitting in a circle with their arms locked. Police starting handcuffing them with plastic handcuffs around 12:45 a.m. Many protesters would not get up on their own and some had to be dragged. Most protesters went peacefully. The riot squad was on hand but did not participate in the operation.

Some of the people waiting to be arrested waved small American flags. About 40 to 50 people remained inside the park after midnight, including Sen. Vincent Fort (D-Atlanta), former Atlanta city councilman Derrick Boazman and Joe Beasley, the southern regional director of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition. Several hundred others were in the street, chanting and carrying signs. Fort was arrested around 1 a.m. Bozeman and a man in a wheelchair also were arrested.

Motorcycle police moved in about 12:15 a.m. Wednesday and a helicopter circled overhead. Officers were also on horseback. Police went from tent to tent with flashlights, urging people to leave before a second warning was issued.

Deputy Police Chief Calvin Moss announced at 11:52 p.m. Tuesday that the executive order allowing protesters to stay in the park has been revoked. Protesters were told to leave the park and any belongings left behind would be treated as abandoned property.

The city was expected to release a statement overnight.

At 10:45 p.m., Tim Franzen, an Occupy Atlanta leader, told participants who wanted to be arrested to gather in a circle in the middle of the park where there was the best lighting for the media to see. He advised people who had been drinking, using drugs or were on probation not to take part. Those who did not want to be arrested but wanted to continue the occupation were told to circle the park until 6 a.m. and then return.

Franzen said arrangements already had been made to cover the bail of group members who were arrested. They are expected to be charged with violating a city ordinance, a misdemeanor.

“After they arrest us, you should march to the jail,” he told them.

Some people climbed over the barricades to re-enter the park, while others chanted, “Hey, hey, ho, ho, Mayor Reed has got to go.”

Full Article Here – http://www.ajc.com/news/atlanta/occupy-atlanta-police-arrest-1209963.html

Police arrest dozens of Oakland protesters

Al Jazeera
Oct. 26, 2011

At least 85 “Occupy Wall Street” protesters are picked up as police clear encampment after facing a two-week standoff.
Oakland police say they have arrested 85 people while clearing an anti-Wall Street protest in front of the City Hall that had grown into an encampment.

Protesters have been camping for two weeks at the Frank Ogawa Plaza, the site of two weeks of “Occupy Wall Street” protests in the centre of Oakland, California.

Most of the people arrested were taken into custody on suspicion of illegal lodging, a misdemeanour, as police raided the encampment early on Tuesday morning.

At least 85 “Occupy Wall Street” protesters are picked up as police clear encampment after facing a two-week standoff.
Oakland police say they have arrested 85 people while clearing an anti-Wall Street protest in front of the City Hall that had grown into an encampment.

Protesters have been camping for two weeks at the Frank Ogawa Plaza, the site of two weeks of “Occupy Wall Street” protests in the centre of Oakland, California.

Most of the people arrested were taken into custody on suspicion of illegal lodging, a misdemeanour, as police raided the encampment early on Tuesday morning.

Karen Boyd, the Oakland police spokesperson, told Reuters news agency that “those arrested now face charges for camping or assembling without a permit”.

Boyd said the Oakland police began to clear the plaza before dawn and had “contained” the area within an hour.

About 350 people were in the plaza when police began to clear the area by deploying beanbags and spraying tear gas at the protesters.

Boyd confirmed that there were no reports of injuries.

The protest was dubbed as the Oakland version of the Occupy Wall Street’ movement launched more than a month ago in New York.

The protesters were campaigning against the government bailouts of big banks, high unemployment and economic inequality in the United States.

Demonstrations have spread across the nation and overseas, although crowds remain relatively small in most cities.

Full Article here – http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2011/10/2011102520425040404.html

Single navyman faces riot police after they fire tear gas. he holds a copy of the US constitution #occupyoakland

Oct. 26, 2011

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