Sunday, September 9, 2007


ajdlinux writes "Members of the Australian comedy group The Chaser were arrested today after [0]attempting to breach security at the APEC Leaders Conference in Sydney.
Chas Licciardello and Julian Morrow [1]were arrested, along with nine crew members (all are now free on bail), just a short distance away from the Inter Continental Hotel where President Bush is staying. They had already cleared at least two police checkpoints, [2]according to CNN, disguised as a Canadian motorcade. "No particularreason we chose Canada," said Taylor. "We just thought they'd be a country who the cops wouldn't scrutinize too closely, and who feasibly would only have three cars in their motorcade — as opposed to the 20 or so gas guzzlers that Bush has brought with him." [2]CNN has a photo of Licciardello, dressed as Osama bin Laden, being arrested. --------------------------------------------------------------------------
Shining Celebi writes "U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero ruled in favor of the ACLU and [0]struck down a portion of the revised USA PATRIOT Act this morning, forcing investigators to go through the courts to obtain approval before ordering ISPs to give up information on customers, instead of just sending them a National Security Letter. In the words of Judge Marrero, this use of National Security Letters "offends the fundamental constitutional principles of checks and balances and separation of powers."
--------------------------------------------------------------------------- EU plans to collect personal data on air travelers from outside EU As part of a new anti-terrorism campaign, the European Union’s top justice official has proposed a tougher security measures which seek to collect personal data on air passenger flying into the 27-nation union. EU Justice Commissioner Franco Frattini told MSNBC that “We cannot be complacent, we have to continue striking the right balance between being aware of the threat and taking adequate and proportionate measures, both at European and national level, to prevent it.” Under the proposal, the airline carriers will collect 19 pieces of air passenger data during the arrival from non-EU countries and submit these to the member states who will store it for up to thirteen years. The proposal is similiar to the controversial Passenger Name Record (PNR) system used by the US. However, the plan does not foresee a centralized EU database but instead suggests that each member state sets up its own unit for collecting and analyzing collected data. Under the proposed plan, data to be collected would include passenger’s name, address, phone number, email address, passport number, travel agent, credit card number, and history of changes in the flight schedule of the passenger. The proposal would need the approval of the European Parliament and all the 27 EU member states. It has met opposition in some quarters, including some EU lawmakers and rights groups. Tony Bunyan from UK liberties group Statewatch told Business Week that “This is yet another measure that places everyone under surveillance and makes everyone a suspect without any meaningful right to know how the data is used, how it is further processed and by whom”. In addition, he said that “There is little evidence that the gathering of ‘mountain upon mountain’ of data on the activities of every person in the EU makes a significant contribution,†IHT writes. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ The help I need is this: All through these cut and pasted articles, (from a large circulation, usually pretty accurate newsletter) there are strange and non-decipherable figures. I have no idea what they are, nor why any newsletter would be published with this kind of typography. Any answers? Oh, don't forget to click the header.

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