FC: Free expression update: Victoria's Secret, libraries, Safeweb

From: Declan McCullagh (declanat_private)
Date: Tue Nov 20 2001 - 20:31:51 PST

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        By ERIC LICHTBLAU, Times Staff Writer
        WASHINGTON -- The document seemed innocuous enough: a survey of
        government data on reservoirs and dams on CD-ROM. But then came last
        month's federal directive to U.S. libraries: "Destroy the report."
        So a Syracuse University library clerk broke the disc into pieces,
        saving a single shard to prove that the deed was done.
        The unusual order from the Government Printing Office reflects one of
        the hidden casualties of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks: the public's
        shrinking access to information that many once took for granted.
        Want to find out whether there are any hazardous waste sites near the
        local day-care center? What safety controls are in place at nuclear
        power plants? Or how many people are incarcerated in terrorist-related
        Since Sept. 11, it has become much harder to get such information from
        the federal government, a growing number of states and public
        libraries as heightened concern about national security has often
        trumped the public's "right to know:" [...]
        Sunday November 18 07:25 PM EST
        FCC looks into ABC's 'Secret'
        WASHINGTON (The Hollywood Reporter) --- ABC's airing of "The
        Victoria's Secret Fashion Show" is likely to cause the network more
        than a little discomfort as the federal government has received dozens
        of complaints that the G-string-laced show and its related promotions
        violate broadcast indecency rules.
        FCC (news - web sites) commissioner Michael Copps told reporters
        Friday that he has received 50 e-mails from different parts of the
        country complaining about the racy show and its promotions. One of the
        complaints was of a more personal nature -- Copps' 27-year-old
        daughter had a complaint about the show.
        "She saw it and was upset," Copps said. "She's a new mother, and when
        her child gets (to a) TV age, he should see wholesome programming."
        He said he was forwarding the complaints to the FCC's Enforcement
        Bureau and asking it to investigate whether it violated indecency
        SafeWeb shuts free anonymous Web service
        SAN FRANCISCO, California (Reuters) -- An Internet privacy firm has
        closed an anonymous Web surfing service that had been partly funded by
        the CIA and intended to give Web users in countries such as China and
        Iran a way to circumvent censors, the company said Monday.
        Emeryville, California-based SafeWeb last week quietly shut down its
        service which allowed people to surf the Web anonymously for free, and
        is unlikely to restart it, spokeswoman Sandra Song said.
        By Graham Rayman
        November 15, 2001, 5:27 PM EST
        Requiring national identification cards and upgrading security at what
        they described as the "totally unsupervised" area of private aviation,
        were two recommendations offered Thursday by a panel of current and
        former law enforcement officials. [...]
        U.S. Warns Bioterror Web Sites
        By DAVID HO, Associated Press Writer
        WASHINGTON (AP) - The government is warning dozens of Web site
        operators to stop touting unproven treatments for anthrax, smallpox
        and other infectious agents that could be used for bioterrorism.
        The treatments offered included dietary supplements such as oregano
        oil and zinc mineral water, the Federal Trade Commission said Monday. [...]
        By Ariana Eunjung Cha, Washington Post
        WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S.A.,
        19 Nov 2001, 5:43 AM CST
        Yahoo's message boards are erupting with the kind of
        free-flowing, impassioned discussions the Internet's creators always
        dreamed of, with postings about practically every aspect of the hunt
        for terrorists, the capture of Kabul and mysterious plane crashes.
        But what's also revealing is what is being deleted.
        Gone are some gloating messages that say America deserved the attacks.
        Gone are some links to extremist sites promoting a jihad, or holy war,
        against the Western world. Gone too is a sarcastic note posted by
        college student Usman Sheikh:
        "America succesfully [sic] attacks terrorists, pinpoint smart
        bombing," the note began, linking to pictures of bloody children who
        were hurt or killed as a result of the recent military raids.
        "We Must Ask Nebraskans, Not Just Middle Easterners, What They Know"
        Washington, D.C. (SatireWire.com) -- Sensitive to accusations of
        profiling specific groups, the Justice Department today announced that
        the American Civil Liberties Union has taken over the lead role in the
        terrorism investigation, a shift in strategy that frees up the
        government to conduct a less prejudicial, more inclusive probe that
        should take, roughly, forever.
        "Instead of un-Constitutionally targeting specific groups, our
        investigation will expand the pool of interviews by more fairly
        including people of every ethnicity, every religion, every gender, and
        every sexual persuasion," said ACLU Executive Director Anthony D.
        Romero. "Right now, we are interviewing Caucasian farmers in Iowa,
        legally blind Wal-Mart employees in California, and gay Latino package
        store customers in Florida to see if they had contact with, or were
        involved with, those from the Middle East who carried out these
    Hi Declan. If you choose to disseminate this information, please remove all
    attribution to me and keep it anonymous. Under the onerous and archaic 
    of court laws in Singapore, I have just committed contempt.
    --- Forward Message ---
    (Pardon the bad formatting...)
    This is outrageous.
    In yesterday's Sunday Times (18 November 2001), there was a story entitled 
    allegedly 'encouraged law-breaking on Web'".
    Robert Ho was accused of attempting to incite violence or disobedience to the
    law which is likely to lead to a breach of peace, by posting an article
    entitled "Break The Law And Get Away With It, Like PAP"
    721%40posting.google.com), which allegedly encouraged people to gatecrash
    polling stations without authority on Polling Day, thereby breaking the law.
    Read the articles and decide whether he did incite people to break the law.
    Because if any judge finds that he did, then by definition 4 of Singapore's
    political leaders have also broken the law.
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