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Trusted computing? Not with Microsoft

A while back I wrote about trusted computing and how Microsoft’s implementation, the Next Generation Secure Computing Base, was set to impose onerous restrictions on computer owners, such as preventing them from playing legally purchased media with a player not approved by Microsoft. The post got some scathing criticism from some trusted computing practitioners who

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Police chief claims Lockerbie evidence faked

A retired police officer of assistant chief constable rank or higher testified that the CIA planted crucial evidence which implicated Libya in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103 in Lockerbie, Scotland, calling into question the conviction of Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi. The vital evidence that linked the bombing of Pan Am 103 to

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Governor: Do not return to New Orleans

Louisiana governor Kathleen Blanco this morning urged people who evacuated to remain outside the region until officials have determined it is safe to return. While reports are sketchy at best at this time, parts of New Orleans have been confirmed to be underwater, the Superdome has developed a hole in its roof and is leaking

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Get your TSA Secure Flight file

As you may be aware, the Transportation Security Administration, in testing its new Secure Flight program, secretly gathered data on millions of Americans, not only from airlines, but from commercial sources such as credit reports. When they were caught violating the Privacy Act, they then tried to retroactively change their privacy notification. And when that

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De Menezes Tube shooting videotape wasn’t blank after all

It was revealed yesterday that CCTV tapes from Stockwell Tube station showing the final minutes of Jean Charles de Menezes’ life were not actually blank and contained “interesting’ footage that would eventually be shown in court, according to an IPCC spokesman. This follows earlier claims that police had handed back CCTV tapes to tube staff

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Police bust Utah rave, arrest 60, assault others

Updated Police on Saturday night busted a rave in Utah County, Utah, arresting 60 and, according to eyewitness accounts, committed various acts of brutality and violence against several people at the rave.

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Customs Service computers shut down

Updated A U.S. Customs computer system used for processing passengers arriving on international flights shut down for several hours Thursday, resulting in lengthy delays for arriving travelers. At one point Miami International Airport had over 2,000 passengers waiting to clear immigration. The airport, along with airports in the New York area, were clearing passengers by

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New London charges back rent in Kelo case

The city of New London, Conn., has decided to charge back rent to the homeowners whose property they seized to build a private office complex and park. This is utterly sickening. It just adds insult to injury. The U.S. Supreme Court recently found that the city’s original seizure of private property was constitutional under the

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Unanswered questions in Jean Charles de Menezes shooting

The Observer today reports on unanswered questions in the 22 July shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes in Stockwell Tube station in London. The unanswered questions: If he was such a potential danger to the public why was de Menezes allowed to enter Stockwell tube station? Did commanding officers give the order to shoot or

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Wal-Mart employees kill suspected shoplifter

Several Wal-Mart employees in Atascocita, Texas, chased a suspected shoplifter from the store and held him down on the burning pavement until he died. Stacy Clay Driver, 30, of Cleveland, was pronounced dead Sunday at Northeast Medical Center Hospital. When Atascocita Volunteer Fire Department paramedics arrived, Driver was in cardiac arrest, said Royce Worrell, EMS

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