Sunday, May 21, 2006

News round up...

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Constitutional Rights
  • The Snooping Goes Beyond Phone Calls --Business Week

    "The Departments of Justice, State, and Homeland Security spend millions annually to buy commercial databases that track Americans' finances, phone numbers, and biographical information, according to a report last month by the the U.S. Government Accountability Office..."

  • Requests for Corporate Data Multiply --The Wall Street Journal

    "Since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, law enforcement efforts to secure corporate information about clients and suppliers have reached such levels that some companies have had to create special units that do nothing but deal with these demands, a process often called "subpoena management."

    Banks, Internet-service providers and other companies that possess large amounts of data on their customers say that police and intelligence agencies have been increasingly coming to them looking for tidbits of information that could help them stop everything from money launderers to pedophiles and terrorists. ..."

  • Whistle-Blower's Evidence, Uncut --Wired

    "In 2003 AT&T built "secret rooms" hidden deep in the bowels of its central offices in various cities, housing computer gear for a government spy operation which taps into the company's popular WorldNet service and the entire internet. These installations enable the government to look at every individual message on the internet and analyze exactly what people are doing. Documents showing the hardwire installation in San Francisco suggest that there are similar locations being installed in numerous other cities. ..."
    Global Food Supply Near the Breaking Point --Inter Press Service

    "..."The food production system is designed to generate profits, not produce food or nutrition for people," [research director of Canada's National Farmers Union Darrin] Qualman told IPS. ...

    "It's a system that's perfectly happy to leave hundreds of millions of people unfed," he said. ...

    "North America's industrial-style agricultural system is a really bad idea and maybe the worst on the planet," Qualman concluded."
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