Some of the more than 2,000 people who protested the policies of the Redford Conservative Government in Edmonton’s Sir Winston Churchill Square today.
When I was a cub reporter at the still-unhyphenated Victoria Daily Times – always a better paper than the Colonist, let it be noted – I was told by a grizzled veteran of the news business that I should always ask a police officer about the size of a crowd at any outdoor event I was covering.
“You see,” he explained, “police officers are trained to estimate the size of crowds.”
So off I went (Read more…)
Wow. I’ve known that Buchanan had long since fallen off the rhetorical cliff of the far right, but today’s column is a real prize winner.
A radical idea: Suppose we repealed the civil rights laws and fired all the bureaucrats enforcing these laws.
Does anyone think hotels, motels and restaurants across Dixie, from D.C. to Texas, would stop serving black customers? Does anyone think there would again be signs sprouting up reading “whites” and “colored” on drinking foundations and restrooms?
Does anyone think restrictive covenants against Jews would be rewritten into contracts on houses? Does anything think (Read more…)
By Alexander Panetta WASHINGTON — A participant in the bruising American battle over voting rights warns that Canada is treading on dangerous ground with its proposed electoral reforms. One of the lawyers who helped strike down the voter ID law […]
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OTTAWA — The federal government will table sweeping changes to the Citizenship Act on Thursday and immigration policy analyst Richard Kurland is confident it won’t include a contentious plan to strip the right to citizenship by birth. While details of […]
WASHINGTON — A surveillance review board has recommended that the U.S. government stop its bulk storage of Americans’ phone and Internet communications. The board has also recommended tighter controls over the U.S. National Security Agency, which for years has been […]
For the last several years, I have been increasingly concerned that our governments at both the Federal and Provincial levels have been enabling an environment that is fundamentally hostile to civil society and individual freedoms. In the wake of 9/11, we found the Canadian Federal Government using an obscure, and previously little used “Security Certificate” tool to detain people without trial, or even the opportunity to challenge the evidence against them. At first, most people would have noticed relatively few changes except for a particularly obnoxious level of “security inspection” at the airport. What started to alarm me (Read more…)
Will this be one more missed opportunity?
The new Liberal government last week introduced the February Holiday Act to establish an annual mid-winter break on the third Monday of February, beginning in 2015. “The new holiday will give people time…
DALLAS – For Eva McMillan, 92, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy 50 years ago showed Dallas for what it was: a city of hate. “Dallas was a racist city,” she said, delivering her indictment in a graceful southern […]
Warby Parrish MillerAs originally posted on: ParrishMiller.com[Post date not given] Why do I oppose war? I oppose war because I oppose the initiation of force in any fashion. I support the non-aggression principle (NAP) which asserts that all individua…
Folks, although Muslims have a hell of an “image” and public relations problem here in North America, the situation is not nearly as dire as in Europe where the Muslim population is creeping toward 10%. I don’t think the following article wast intended to be “racial profiling” or “hate mail” by the writer, but it […]
“I don’t have to be who you want me to be.”
- Muhammad Ali
There are a number of fascinating interviews between the 20th century’s greatest boxer Muhammad Ali and Howard Cosell, one of the most intelligent sports commentators of the era. In one conversation, Cosell asks Ali, “Who would you like to fight?” Ali replies, “I would like to fight whoever you think is the best, the number one man…” Cosell, responds with resignation and awe, telling the young man, “I am not sure that there is anyone left really for you to fight.“
For the past seven weeks the plight of filmmaker John Greyson and medical doctor Tarek Loubani, who were jailed without charges in an Egyptian prison, have been a source of concern to many Canadians.
On Saturday, it seemed that what was rapidly …
ARLINGTON, Va. — The latest bright knight of the flag-waving Right in the Commonwealth of Virginia is a Harvard Law graduate, Christian minister, ex-U.S. Marine, ex-juvenile delinquent, schoolteacher’s husband, slave’s great-grandson, Republican Party candidate for Lieutenant Governor, and gay-trashing patriot […]
Over the last several years, we have seen a steady escalation of businesses asserting rights and privileges which are normally reserved for individuals. A number of years ago, that extended into the realm of freedom of speech, and other areas where corporations are gradually asserting the same rights and freedoms as individual citizens as well.
The most recent example of this popped up in the form of a company called “Hobby Lobby” making a big fuss about providing contraceptive access through its health care benefits. What is interesting here is that Hobby Lobby is a sizeable company, (Read more…)
WASHINGTON — The U.S. capital is rarely a lively place. Lacking any real commercial or industrial sector or even a native culture, it is a largely sterile government town where most people come from somewhere else and often want to […]
Playwright Tommy Taylor was one of 900 people arrested and held in detention during the G20 summit in Toronto in July 2010. He’s turned the Facebook post he wrote about it into a play. You Should Have Stayed Home is showing at the Firehall Theatre until October 5. Jane Williams went to see the play. She speaks with Redeye host Lorraine Chisholm.
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The Highlander Center for Research and Education was founded in New Market, Tennessee in 1932. It played a crucial role in the civil rights movement and has provided training and education for the labour movement throughout the Southern United States. Redeye’s Peter Driftmier toured the centre recently and prepared this report.
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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s mere presence at the Wednesday ceremony celebrating the anniversary of the March on Washington will embody the fulfilled dreams of thousands who rallied at the same place 50 years ago for racial equality and personify […]
WASHINGTON — Tens of thousands of people marched to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington on Saturday, commemorating the 50th anniversary of his “I Have a Dream” speech and pledging that his vision include equality for gays, Latinos, […]
I worked for Reuters back in the 80s and 90s, and still get email sometimes about things that happen to Reuters employees. I got one today concerning the murder of Reuters journalists that was exposed by Pfc Manning, the US soldier recently convicted of leaking confidential documents to WikiLeaks. The email contained a press release from Amnesty International calling on President Obama to pardon Manning, and included a link to a YouTube video: Iraq shooting exposed by Manning and WikiLeaks.
The video is difficult to watch. The dispassionate attitude of the military personnel is offset by the incredible force of (Read more…)
As originally posted on: TorrentFreak
August 10, 2013
The Pirate Bay is taking a stand against the increased censorship efforts it faces in several European countries. On its 10th anniversary the infamous BitTorrent site is releasing its “Pirate Browser,” a fully functional web browser that allows people to access The Pirate Bay and other blocked sites just fine. The current release is Windows only but TorrentFreak is informed that Mac and Linux versions will follow soon.
The Pirate Bay is arguably the most censored website on the Internet.
Courts in the UK, the Netherlands, Italy and elsewhere have ordered Internet providers to block subscriber access to the torrent site, and more are expected to follow.
Up until now The Pirate Bay has encouraged users affected by the blackout to use proxy sites. However, on its 10th anniversary they are now releasing a special “PirateBrowser” which effectively bypasses any ISP blockade.
“It’s a simple one-click browser that circumvents censorship and blockades and makes the site instantly available and accessible. No bundled ad-ware, toolbars or other crap, just a Pre-configured Firefox browser,” The Pirate Bay explains.
The browser is based on Firefox 23 bundled with a Tor client and some proxy configurations to speed up loading. It is meant purely as a tool to circumvent censorship and unlike the Tor browser it doesn’t provide any anonymity for its users.
“This browser is just to circumvent censorship, to remove limits on accessing sites governments don’t want you to know about,” The Pirate Bay notes.
PirateBrowser works like any other web browser and comes pre-loaded with several bookmarks for blocked sites, which aside from The Pirate Bay includes EZTV, KickassTorrents, Bitsnoop and H33T.
The browser also lists the alternative .onion addresses for both TPB and EZTV as backups to access these sites.
The Pirate Bay is not alone in its efforts to keep the Internet open and accessible. The Obama administration has spent millions of dollars on similar projects allowing citizens of oppressed regimes to access blocked websites, albeit for different reasons.
The Pirate Bay team informs TorrentFreak that “PirateBrowser” is just the first step in their efforts to fight web censorship. They are also working on a special BitTorrent-powered browser, which lets users store and distribute The Pirate Bay and other websites on their own.
In theory, this will allow sites to exist and update even without having a public facing website. As a result, it will be virtually impossible to block or shut them down. The first version of this new software is currently being tested but there is currently no firm launch date. More on that later.
In the meantime, the development of PirateBrowser will also continue. The current release is only available for the Windows platform but Mac and Linux versions will follow in the future.
As originally posted: RT
July 11, 2013
The US government uses American tax dollars to pay major Internet companies and telecommunications giants like Verizon and AT&T for unprecedented access into millions of phone records and the ability to scour vast online databases.
AT&T charges the government a $325 “activation fee” for each individual wiretap and a daily fee of $10 to maintain it. Verizon, on the other hand, charges government eavesdroppers $775 for the first month of monitoring an individual then $500 in each month that follows, Representative Edward Markey (D-MA) told the Associated Press.
While Big Data executives claim they do not profit from the government requests, civil liberties groups including the American Civil Liberties Union encourage Microsoft, Google and the like to charge because it could, theoretically, discourage lawmakers from buying the warrantless access.
“What we don’t want is surveillance to become a profit center,” Christopher Soghoian, the ACLU’s principal technologist, told the AP. Because financial records create a paper trail “it’s always better to charge one dollar. It creates friction, and it creates transparency.”
Yahoo, Google and Microsoft did not disclose their fees, but the ACLU determined that some email transcripts can cost the federal government $25. Facebook said it grants the government access for free.
The extra scrutiny on the fledgling surveillance business comes as US law enforcement continues its pursuit of former National Security Agency Edward Snowden. Snowden admitted leaking secret documents outlining the NSA’s policy of going before the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to request access to phone and Internet records.
The average wiretap is estimated to cost American taxpayers $50,000, although one narcotics case in 2011 cost New York investigators $2.9 million in wiretapping alone.
Companies rarely, if ever, charge in emergency cases – such as police tracking an abducted child – and are not permitted to charge for publicly accessible documentation, according to the AP.
“Government doesn’t have the manpower to wade through irrelevant material any more than providers have the bandwidth to bury them in records,” said Al Gidari, a lawyer who represents telecommunication companies in matters related to privacy and civil liberty. “In reality, there is a pretty good equilibrium and balance, with the exception of phone records.”
Still, some in the government have complained that the fees remain too high. Former New York criminal prosecutor John Prather filed suit against several major telecommunication companies in 2009, claiming the fees they charge the government are exorbitant.
“They were monstrously more than what the telecoms could ever hope to charge for similar services in an open, competitive market, and the costs charged to the governments by telecoms did not represent reasonable prices as defined in the code of federal regulations,” the suit alleged, as quoted by the AP.
While the government has long been granted access to communication methods, surveillance techniques – in recent years – have struggled to adapt with constantly changing technology. The FBI has pressured companies, most notably Google and the Microsoft-owned Skype, to provide so-called backdoor methods that would allow investigators to watch conversations in real time.
“A growing gap exists between the statutory authority of law enforcement to intercept electronic communications pursuant to court order and our practical ability to intercept those communications,” an anonymous FBI source told CNet in 2012. “The FBI believes that if this gap continues to grow there is a very real risk of the government ‘going dark,’ resulting in an increased risk to national security and public safety.”
LAVABIT IS OFF-LINE FOR NOW. They are-were a pro-privacy email service long used by NSA leaker Edward Snowden. The owner of Lavabit published a letter you should read, in a WIRED article by Kevin Poulson, “Edward Snowden’s Email Provider Shuts…
As originally posted on: Anonymous Operations
July 25, 2013
This is a list detailing how the vote on Justin Amash’s (R – MI) amendment that would effectively de-fund any program that unconstitutionally collects the data of innocent Americans. As you can see, 205 voted YEA (to defund) and 217 voted NAY (to continue spying and violating our rights)
And so we now have a list of treasonous representatives. What’s the next step?
by Alex Abdo
As originally posted on: Blog of Rights
July 16, 2013
Last month, we asked the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court—known as the FISC—to publish its legal opinions allowing the government to track the phone calls of essentially all Americans. Those secret opinions are critical to the ongoing debate about the NSA’s surveillance powers, but, perhaps even more importantly, they are the authoritative legal interpretations of a public law. Like the law itself, those opinions should be public. Given that fact, we were disappointed when, on July 5, the government opposed our request, arguing that the public is not entitled to read the FISC’s opinions.
Think about that for a minute. Our government believes that opinions of a federal court deciding what a controversial federal law actually means and whether sweeping surveillance conducted under that law is constitutional should be secret. And we’re not just talking about keeping secret the names of the government’s surveillance targets. The government’s filing was clear: The public doesn’t have the right to read even the FISC’s legal analysis.
Here is how we countered the government’s argument in the reply brief we filed late on Friday:
The First Amendment guarantees the public a qualified right of access to those opinions, because judicial opinions interpreting constitutional and statutory limits on governmental authorities— including those relevant to foreign-intelligence surveillance—have always been available for inspection by the public and because their release is so manifestly fundamental in a democracy committed to the rule of law.
The government’s contrary view—that legal opinions of an Article III court controlling the constitutional rights of millions of Americans may forever be denied to the public, even if any legitimate interest in secrecy has expired or can be accommodated—is wrong. Indeed, if the government succeeds in depriving the public of the tools necessary to understand the laws passed by its elected officials, it will have eroded the foundations of our democracy. The government’s theory affects more than the public’s right to this Court’s opinions; its reasoning would likewise deny the public a right of access to the opinions of courts sitting in review of those opinions, whether issued by the Court of Review or even the Supreme Court of the United States. That result would defeat democratic oversight and undermine public confidence in our legal institutions.
Our motion is now fully briefed and ready for the FISC to decide. Stay tuned.
SANFORD, Fla. — Neighbourhood watch captain George Zimmerman was cleared of all charges Saturday in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager whose killing unleashed furious debate across the U.S. over racial profiling, self-defence and equal justice. Zimmerman, […]
Colin Perkel TORONTO — Three permanent residents are in court in Toronto today arguing they should not be forced to take an oath to the Queen as a condition of citizenship. They say the requirement is discriminatory and violates their […]