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November 15, 2002

Yesterday (well, this morning, technically), I posted a link to a pretty decent column about portions of the proposed Homeland Security Act which will allow the government to gather data about all your business activity, all your consumer activity, all your official documents and any images of you on surveillance cameras into one consolidated file, and store these files on you with similar files about other American citizens. Cuz, y'know, any of us could be terrorists.

Found a little more info on the subject from Calpundit. This plan is called "Total Information Awareness", and is the brainchild of John Poindexter. The Iran-Contra affair was also Poindexter's idea. Y'know, illegally selling missiles to a totalitarian regime in Iran so we could illegally give the profits to a ruthless terrorist army in Nicaragua. Next time Poindexter has an idea, maybe he should just keep his damn mouth shut about it.

Anyhow, Poindexter is now the head of a subdivision of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) called the "Information Awareness Office".

But frankly, this whole article is just leads up to me posting the IAO's logo:

Creepy, ain't it?

Posted by Jake at 09:41 AM

who the fuck are these people?????
they can't be serious..

just who gave them the power to do that?

Posted by: at November 15, 2002 12:09 PM

Poindexter just might be more scary than Ashcroft.
Hell, they're all scary.


Posted by: at November 17, 2002 03:57 PM

The New Total Information Awareness Resource Center
Your source for information and action concerning the Total Information Awareness program.

Posted by: maxglick at November 18, 2002 04:39 AM

Thanks Max, looks like good stuff.

Posted by: Jake at November 19, 2002 12:13 AM

Fucking fucking fucking creepy as all Big Brother get out.

Posted by: alyssa at December 7, 2003 07:18 PM
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November 16, 2004

Tales of Media Woe

Senate May Ram Copyright Bill- one of the most depressing stories of the day that didn't involve death or bombs. It's the music and movie industries' wet dream. It criminalizes peer-to-peer software makers, allows the government to file civil lawsuits on behalf of these media industries, and eliminates fair use. Fair use is the idea that I can use a snippet of a copyrighted work for educational, political, or satirical purposes, without getting permission from the copyright-holder first.

And most tellingly, the bill legalizes technology that would automatically skip over "obejctionable content" (i.e. sex and violence) in a DVD, but bans devices that would automatically skip over commericals. This is a blatant, blatant, blatant gift to the movie industry. Fuck the movie industry, fuck the music industry, fuck the Senate.

Music industry aims to send in radio cops- the recording industry says that you're not allowed to record songs off the radio, be it real radio or internet radio. And now they're working on preventing you from recording songs off internet radio through a mixture of law and technological repression (although I imagine their techno-fixes will get hacked pretty quickly).

The shocking truth about the FCC: Censorship by the tyranny of the few- blogger Jeff Jarvis discovers that the recent $1.2 million FCC fine against a sex scene in Fox's "Married By America" TV show was not levied because hundreds of people wrote the FCC and complained. It was not because 159 people wrote in and complained (which is the FCC's current rationale). No, thanks to Jarvis' FOIA request, we find that only 23 people (of the show's several million viewers) wrote in and complained. On top of that, he finds that 21 of those letters were just copy-and-paste email jobs that some people attached their names to. Jarvis then spins this a bit by saying that "only 3" people actually wrote letters to the FCC, which is misleading but technically true. So somewhere between 3 and 23 angry people can determine what you can't see on television. Good to know.

Reuters Union Considers Striking Over Layoffs- will a strike by such a major newswire service impact the rest of the world's media?

Pentagon Starts Work On War Internet- the US military is talking about the creation of a global, wireless, satellite-aided computer network for use in battle. I think I saw a movie about this once...

Conservative host returns to the air after week suspension for using racial slur- Houston radio talk show host (and somtime Rush Limbaugh substitute) Mark Belling referred to Mexican-Americans as "wetbacks" on his show. He was suspended for a couple of weeks, and then submitted a written apology for the racial slur to a local newspaper. But he seems to be using the slur and its surrounding controversy to boost his conservative cred with his listeners.

Stay Tuned for Nudes- Cleveland TV news anchor Sharon Reed aired a story about artist Spencer Tunick, who uses large numbers of naked volunteers in his installations and photographs. The news report will be unique in that it will not blur or black-out the usual naughty bits. The story will air late at night, when it's allegedly okay with the FCC if you broadcast "indecent" material. The author of this article doesn't seem to notice that Reed first claims that this report is a publicity stunt, but then claims it's a protest against FCC repression. I'd like to think it's the latter, but I'm not that much of a sucker.

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