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February 07, 2003

Ready for USA PATRIOT ACT Part II?

Shit.

Long story short, the Justice Dept. has written a secret bill they want to push through Congress called the Domestic Security Enhancement Act of 2003. The Center for Public Integrity got ahold of a draft and is publicizing the contents.

Read it all yourself here (in pdf format). It's 120 pages.

Also, there is supposed to be an episode of the Bill Moyers news show Now at 9pm tonight. Guess it's time to fire up the VCR.

To me, the two scariest parts of the bill are:

- Section 312 apparently removes the rules which prevent the police from spying on individuals and organizations. Not that I think that COINTELPRO ever really stopped, but this certainly unhooks its leash.

- Section 501 says that if you are "a member of, or [provide] material support to, a group that the United Stated has designated as a 'terrorist organization,'" then they can revoke your American citizenship. And if you're not a U.S. citizens, you don't have any rights as a citizen. While I'm not too worried about the rights of terrorists, I do worry about people who might be erroneously suspected of ties to terrorists, and even more about members of non-terrorist groups that the U.S. designates as "terrorist" for their own political reasons. For example, in a recent FBI report, Threat of Terrorism to the United States, the FBI director singles out the Workers' World Party, Reclaim the Streets, the Animal Liberation Front and the Earth Liberation Front as "threats." For fuck's sake, Reclaim the Streets is a group that throws impromptu street parties without permits! If I go to an RTS party, does that mean I can be terrorist-sympathizer and lose my citizenship?

Anyhow.

Stay alert. There's a massive effort underway to screw us all. It'd be nice to stop it, or at least put up a fight when they try.

Posted by Jake at 03:09 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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