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Congressman Denied Access To Federal Post-Terror Attack Plans

The Oregonian,   Pátek 20. července 2007

Classified info - The congressman wanted to see government plans for after a terror attack
Friday, July 20, 2007
JEFF KOSSEFF
The Oregonian Staff

WASHINGTON -- Oregonians called Peter DeFazio's office, worried there was a conspiracy buried in the classified portion of a White House plan for operating the government after a terrorist attack.

As a member of the U.S. House on the Homeland Security Committee, DeFazio, D-Ore., is permitted to enter a secure "bubbleroom" in the Capitol and examine classified material. So he asked the White House to see the secret documents.

On Wednesday, DeFazio got his answer: DENIED.

"I just can't believe they're going to deny a member of Congress the right of reviewing how they plan to conduct the government of the United States after a significant terrorist attack," DeFazio says.

Homeland Security Committee staffers told his office that the White House initially approved his request, but it was later quashed. DeFazio doesn't know who did it or why.

"We're talking about the continuity of the government of the United States of America," DeFazio says. "I would think that would be relevant to any member of Congress, let alone a member of the Homeland Security Committee."

Bush administration spokesman Trey Bohn declined to say why DeFazio was denied access: "We do not comment through the press on the process that this access entails. It is important to keep in mind that much of the information related to the continuity of government is highly sensitive."

Norm Ornstein, a legal scholar who studies government continuity at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, said he "cannot think of one good reason" to deny access to a member of Congress who serves on the Homeland Security Committee.

"I find it inexplicable and probably reflective of the usual, knee-jerk overextension of executive power that we see from this White House," Ornstein said.

This is the first time DeFazio has been denied access to documents. DeFazio has asked Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., to help him access the documents.

"Maybe the people who think there's a conspiracy out there are right," DeFazio said.



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"Spojené státy mají právo unášet cizí státní příslušníky. Stačí, aby byli ve Spojených státech z něčeho obviněni. Podle právníka pracujícího pro americkou vládu o tom rozhodl Nejvyšší soud."

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"Tradiční způsob, kdy vláda jedné země požádá o vydání občana jiného státu, je podle Jonese pouze jedním ze zákonných postupů, kterými lze dostat před americký soud člověka, který se nevyskytuje na území USA."

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Spojené státy mohou zadržovat nejen úložná média

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Objevila se opravdu nemilá zpráva. Při cestě do Spojených států amerických zřejmě musíte počítat s tím, že vaše zařízení umožnující uchovávat data mohou být zadržena. Když se tedy federálním agentům nebudete líbit, seberou vám notebook, mobilní telefon, přehrávač anebo další věci, na kterých můžete mít informace.

Zadržení bude probíhat bezdůvodně. V praxi je tedy reálná situace, že se na letišti nebudete dotyčnému pracovníkovi líbit a na časově nespecifikovanou dobu přijdete o svá zařízení. Bohužel informace se zakládá na pravdě a svobodu člověka omezuje velmi. Zdůvodnění je opět velice prosté a tím je obrana proti terorismu. Uklidnění nenaskýtá ani doba zabavení vašeho majetku, ten se sice vrací, ale maximální časová lhůta není dána. Možná to nemůže být horší, ale souvisí s tím i nakládání s osobními údaji.

Dotyčný bezpečnostní úřad může předat informace získaná z vašich zařízení soukromým firmám na překlad anebo dešifrování. Tímto způsobem se tak mohou naprosto lehce dostat buď osobní anebo citlivá data vaší společnosti lidově řečeno ven. Vlastník datového média nemá žádnou možnost obrany. Pokud se tento způsob uvede do praxe, pak si sebou zřejmě do USA nebude moci brát žádná citlivá data, jelikož se jedná o neúnosné riziko. Podle některých zdrojů se zabavení může týkat i tištěných anebo ručně psaných materiálů, například osobního diáře. Zdroje: www.engadget.com a www.eweek.com.

Zdroj: http://www.itbiz.cz/usa-budou-zabavovat

Pátek 3. října 2008

Sobota 24. leden 2009

Here come the thought police

By Ralph E. Shaffer and R. William Robinson November 19, 2007


With overwhelming bipartisan support, Rep. Jane Harman's "Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act" passed the House 404-6 late last month and now rests in Sen. Joe Lieberman's Homeland Security Committee. Swift Senate passage appears certain.

Not since the "Patriot Act" of 2001 has any bill so threatened our constitutionally guaranteed rights.


The historian Henry Steele Commager, denouncing President John Adams' suppression of free speech in the 1790s, argued that the Bill of Rights was not written to protect government from dissenters but to provide a legal means for citizens to oppose a government they didn't trust. Thomas Jefferson's Declaration of Independence not only proclaimed the right to dissent but declared it a people's duty, under certain conditions, to alter or abolish their government.

In that vein, diverse groups vigorously oppose Ms. Harman's effort to stifle dissent. Unfortunately, the mainstream press and leading presidential candidates remain silent.


Ms. Harman, a California Democrat, thinks it likely that the United States will face a native brand of terrorism in the immediate future and offers a plan to deal with ideologically based violence.

But her plan is a greater danger to us than the threats she fears. Her bill tramples constitutional rights by creating a commission with sweeping investigative power and a mandate to propose laws prohibiting whatever the commission labels "homegrown terrorism."

The proposed commission is a menace through its power to hold hearings, take testimony and administer oaths, an authority granted to even individual members of the commission - little Joe McCarthys - who will tour the country to hold their own private hearings. An aura of authority will automatically accompany this congressionally authorized mandate to expose native terrorism.

Ms. Harman's proposal includes an absurd attack on the Internet, criticizing it for providing Americans with "access to broad and constant streams of terrorist-related propaganda," and legalizes an insidious infiltration of targeted organizations. The misnamed "Center of Excellence," which would function after the commission is disbanded in 18 months, gives the semblance of intellectual research to what is otherwise the suppression of dissent.

While its purpose is to prevent terrorism, the bill doesn't criminalize any specific conduct or contain penalties. But the commission's findings will be cited by those who see a terrorist under every bed and who will demand enactment of criminal penalties that further restrict free speech and other civil liberties. Action contrary to the commission's findings will be interpreted as a sign of treason at worst or a lack of patriotism at the least.

While Ms. Harman denies that her proposal creates "thought police," it defines "homegrown terrorism" as "planned" or "threatened" use of force to coerce the government or the people in the promotion of "political or social objectives." That means that no force need actually have occurred as long as the government charges that the individual or group thought about doing it.

Any social or economic reform is fair game. Have a march of 100 or 100,000 people to demand a reform - amnesty for illegal immigrants or overturning Roe v. Wade - and someone can perceive that to be a use of force to intimidate the people, courts or government.

The bill defines "violent radicalization" as promoting an "extremist belief system." But American governments, state and national, have a long history of interpreting radical "belief systems" as inevitably leading to violence to facilitate change.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bal-op.thoughtpolice19nov19,0,2384977.story

Úterý˝ 20. listopadu 2007

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