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Conroy backs away from internet filter

A Temporary Victory For Freedom Of Speech? Australia backs away from internet filter

Sydney Morning Herald – THE federal government has abandoned its long-standing commitment to introduce a national internet filter and will instead ban websites related only to child abuse. Following years of debate about trying to censor the internet, the Communications Minister, Stephen Conroy, said the government would no longer proceed with ”mandatory filtering legislation”. It would, however, use powers under the Telecommunications Act to block hundreds of child abuse websites already identified on Interpol’s ”worst of” list. Senator Conroy said blocking these sites met ”community expectations and fulfils the government’s commitment to preventing Australian internet users from accessing child abuse material online”. Read Article

David Icke: What Went Right?

Huffington Post – David Icke famously said after he first spoke out nearly 25 years ago out he couldn’t fill a phone box. This weekend he spoke to a sold out Wembley Arena for nine hours. Which begs the question, what went right? Let’s get that ‘R’ word out of the way first, shall we? Any discussion on Icke will inevitably prompt those reptilians to rear their scaly heads. That’s understandable and a reason he’s been a ridicule magnet for so many years. I am not going to defend every intricacy of every claim Icke makes. That would take forever. Moreover, get to the heart of why, much to the chagrin and derision of many, he only continues to rise in popularity. Read Article

UK government think tank calls for infiltrating conspiracy websites

The Independent – The secret services must become more transparent if they are to halt the spread of damaging conspiracy theories and increase trust in the Government, claims a leading think tank. A Demos report published today, The Power of Unreason, argues that secrecy surrounding the investigation of events such as the 9/11 New York attacks and the 7/7 bombings in London merely adds weight to unsubstantiated claims that they were “inside jobs”. It warns of the dangers posed by conspiracy theories – from hindering counter-terrorism work by reducing public trust in the Government, to encouraging new alliances between extremists based on such theories – and recommends the Government fight back by infiltrating internet sites to dispute these theories. Read Article

Russian upper house passes treason bill

AAP – Russia’s upper house of parliament has passed a hugely controversial bill broadening the definition of high treason to include passing NGOs harmful information. The Federation Council passed the bill on Wednesday with 138 senators in favour, none against and one abstention, clearing the final legislative hurdle before President Vladimir Putin, as expected, signs the bill into law, state media said. The bill lists as high treason not only passing secret information to foreign governments, but also giving out consultations or financial help, including to international organisations, if they are engaged in “activities directed against the security of Russia”. Read Article

USA: Police Arrest 60-Year-Old Woman Speaking At City Council Meeting

CBSLA.com — A Riverside woman is facing misdemeanor charges following her arrest for speaking too long at a Riverside City Council meeting, the Riverside Press-Enterprise reported Thursday. Karen Wright, whose arrest was videotaped and obtained by the paper, was cited for disrupting a public meeting Tuesday night. “The incident unfolded after Wright exceeded her allotted three minutes to speak at the lectern while commenting on a sludge hauling contract,” the paper reported. Read Article

CNBC exec’s children murdered, 1 day after CNBC reports $43 trillion bank money laundering lawsuit (& then pulls article)

Police: Nanny stabbed herself upon mother’s arrival
CNN — The New York nanny suspected in the killings of two children in her care began knifing herself when their mother entered the bathroom and saw the bodies in the bathtub, police said Friday. “We believe now that the nanny began to stab herself as the woman entered the room,” Police Commissioner Ray Kelly told reporters in a revised account of Thursday’s events. “We initially thought that had already been done but now information is coming out that she did it as the mother entered the bathroom.” Earlier, police had said that Marina Krim found nanny Yoselyn Ortega, 50, on the bathroom floor of the family’s Upper West Side luxury apartment with self-inflicted wounds. Read Article

Major Banks, Governmental Officials and Their Comrade Capitalists Targets of Spire Law Group, LLP’s Racketeering and Money Laundering Lawsuit Seeking Return of $43 Trillion to the United States Treasury
Wall Street Journal – Spire Law Group, LLP’s national home owners’ lawsuit, pending in the venue where the “Banksters” control their $43 trillion racketeering scheme (New York) – known as the largest money laundering and racketeering lawsuit in United States History and identifying $43 trillion ($43,000,000,000,000.00) of laundered money by the “Banksters” and their U.S. racketeering partners and joint venturers – now pinpoints the identities of the key racketeering partners of the “Banksters” located in the highest offices of government and acting for their own self-interests. Read Article

NOTE – Soon after the murder CNBC pulled the article from their website. Below are screen shots of the original article.

No-fly list strands man in on island in Hawaii

Associated Press – Hawaii is a paradise for most visitors. But it was Wade Hicks Jr.’s prison for five days. The 34-year-old from Gulfport, Miss., was stranded in the islands this week after being told he was on the FBI’s no-fly list during a layover for a military flight from California to Japan. The episode left Hicks scrambling to figure out how he’d get home from Hawaii without being able to fly. Then he was abruptly removed from the list on Thursday with no explanation. Read Article

America’s brownshirts – Homeland Security graduates first Corps of Homeland Youth

CBS 42 – 231 young adults made history Saturday by graduating as the first class of FEMA Corps at the Center for Disaster Preparedness in Anniston, Al. Recent high school graduate and Missouri native Austin McBee made the jump from Eagle Scouts to FEMA Corps. “We are the first class ever to have this kind of a partnership and we’re looking really forward to working with FEMA and seeing what we can do to help survivors,” he said. As a new unit of AmeriCorps, FEMA Corps grads will spend 10 months helping the nation respond and recover from disasters. Many of the graduates will head to the Gulf Coast to assist with recent hurricane recovery. Read Article

FBI shows up at teenager’s home to ask about his Ron Paul school report

RT – A 16-year-old high school student’s video report for his American Government class earned him an A+ from his teacher. It also yielded a visit from the FBI. Justin Hallman says that a project he put together for school that included information on the National Defense Authorization Act, Rep. Ron Paul, Anonymous and the Occupy Wall Street movement was well received in the classroom, but wasn’t exactly praised by others. After agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation saw a copy of Hallman’s finished work on YouTube, they paid a visit to his own home. Read Article

TSA Removes X-Ray Body Scanners From Major Airports

Pro Publica – The Transportation Security Administration has been quietly removing its X-ray body scanners from major airports over the last few weeks and replacing them with machines that radiation experts believe are safer. The TSA says it made the decision not because of safety concerns but to speed up checkpoints at busier airports. It means, though, that far fewer passengers will be exposed to radiation because the X-ray scanners are being moved to smaller airports. Read Article

US Green Party candidate Jill Stein was arrested outside Obama/Romney debate

Huffington Post – Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein was arrested outside of Hofstra University on Tuesday after she attempted to enter the debate grounds. According to Stein’s campaign press statement, Stein and running mate Cheri Honkala joined supporters outside the Hofstra campus at 2 p.m., where Stein declared: “We are here to bring the courage of those excluded from our politics to this mock debate, this mockery of democracy.” When they started to walk onto the debate grounds, they were stopped by police officers, and then the two women sat down on the ground. Read Article

Cuba eases travel restriction for citizens

CNN – Starting next year, Cubans traveling abroad will face fewer hurdles leaving the country. The official news site Granma reported Tuesday that the Cuban government will no longer require a travel permit and a letter of invitation. Until now, Cubans had to pay $150 for an exit visa. A resident in the country that the Cuban wanted to visit would also have to write a letter of invitation. Read Article

UAE holds world’s largest biometric database

Gulf News – The UAE holds the largest biometric database in the world, the Emirates Identity Authority has announced. The population register of Emirates ID has over 103 million digital fingerprints and over 15 million digital facial recognition records, which includes multiple records of each UAE resident, and digital signatures as of October 11, senior officials said.This biometric database is considered to be the largest in the world, according to a statement issued by the authority. Dr. Ali Al Khoury, Director General of Emirates ID, said the authority has submitted an official application to the World Record Academy to recognise this record. Read Article

Police State: Court dismisses secret surveillance suits

San Fransisco Chronicle – The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed lawsuits in San Francisco against the nation’s telecommunications companies for cooperating with the Bush administration’s secret surveillance program, leaving intact an immunity law supported by President Obama. The 2008 law shielded the companies from liability for their alleged roles in helping the government intercept phone calls and e-mails between Americans and suspected foreign terrorists without a search warrant. Obama voted for the law as a senator and has defended it in court as president. Read Article

CNN: Your Behavior Will Soon Be Controlled by a Brain Chip

CNN — In the past 10 years we’ve seen cell phones transform into electronic Swiss army knives with a wild variety of functions and features. They are replacing the watch, the camera, the standalone GPS, the alarm clock, and many other tools. But what will the smartphones of the future look like? Here’s what we envision … In five years, the Patent Wars are over and Apple emerges victorious. The company has trademarks of many design features, including many types of curves. As a result, competing smartphone manufacturers resort to triangular or angular forms. Read Article

Disabled Veteran Labeled “Terrorist” For Investigating Cost Of Surveillance Cameras

Denver Post – Is being called a “terrorist” worth $2.4 million? Elbert County resident Don Pippin and his attorney think so. That is the amount Pippin is seeking in a lawsuit against three Elbert County commissioners and 10 John Does. The suit comes after Commissioner Kurt Schlegel called Pippin a “terrorist” and tried to ban him from the county building. The amount Pippin is seeking was first reported by New-Plains.com. “It’s been a very emotional thing for him,” said Pippin’s attorney, Terry Wallace. “When that county judge said, ‘You’ve been accused of being a terrorist — are you aware of that?’ That’s when it set in.” Pippin was photographing security cameras at the Elbert County administration building in April as part of an open-records request he was planning about the cost of the system. Read Article

UK Anti-terror Police Arrest Brother and Sister on Suspicion of Terrorism-related Documents

Business Standard – A 23-year-old man and his 18-year- old sister were arrested today in Birmingham on suspicion of possessing documents likely to be of use to someone preparing for an act of terrorism. The pair were arrested at an address in the Small Heath area of Birmingham, some 195 km northwest of London, under the Terrorism Act, West Midlands Police said. They were arrested on suspicion of possessing documents likely to be of use to someone committing or preparing an act of terrorism, the BBC reported. The police did not name the pair or their nationality. Read Article

US Government to Argue Detention Based on Arabic Flashcards Was Justified

Forbes – Nicholas George was detained in Philadelphia and interrogated for four hours after sharp-eyed but pinheaded TSA employees decided he was a threat because: (1) his passport shows he’s been to the Middle East sometime in his life and (2) he was carrying flashcards with Arabic words on them (including “bomb”). There are two possible explanations for these facts, of course: (1) he is a student who is studying the Middle East and the language most people speak there, or (2) he is a English-speaking terrorist who is for some reason planning to say “bomb” in Arabic on a plane in the United States. Read Article

Houston Man Receives Visit from FBI after Photographing Weather

Pixiq – A man who snapped photos of a brewing storm last month received a visit Friday from an FBI Agent, inquiring why he would want to take such photos. Michael Galindo explained that he was simply volunteering for the National Weather Service. And FBI Agent David Pileggi seemed to be satisfied with that response. But Galindo was left wondering whether he now has a permanent FBI file. “He told me, ‘you’re not a threat and you are doing a public service but just be careful next time,’” Galindo said in a telephone interview with Photography is Not a Crime. Read Article

Baltimore parents decry new Carroll schools’ palm scanner

Baltimore Sun – Instead of paying for their lunches with crumpled dollar bills and loose change, students in Carroll County schools are having their palms scanned in a new check-out system — raising concerns from some parents that their children’s privacy is being violated. The county is one of the first localities in Maryland to use the PalmSecure system, in which children from kindergarten to 12th grade place their hands above an infrared scanner. It identifies unique palm and vein patterns, and converts the image into an encrypted numeric algorithm that records a sale. Read Article

FSB to create massive domestic passenger database by July 1 2013

Gazeta – According to a new Transportation Ministry order, starting July 1, 2013 data about every passenger who enters or exits any region in Russia will be added to a new FSB/Interior Ministry database. The Transport Ministry has published the text of the new rules in the ‘Russian Gazette.’ The FSB and Interior Ministry are ordering this new database in order to track the route of any person that law enforcement on the ground deems suspicious. Read Article

UK blows billions on drones as 1/5 of force faces dole call

Russia Times – The British army is the latest victim of the country’s seemingly endless austerity drive – with 8000 fewer UK soldiers reporting for duty come the new year. But, as RT’s Polly Boiko reports, when it comes to funding expensive war toys, Britain apparently has money to burn. View Article

Attack of the drones over Britain’s skies as Home Office allows police to use military-style unmanned aircraft

Daily Mail – The police have been given the green light to use unmanned military-style drones. But civil liberties groups have called for tighter regulation amid fears the skies could become ‘littered with flying cameras’. Police minister Damian Green said the aircraft, which carry CCTV cameras, could be used in ‘appropriate’ circumstances. Read Article