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Airline Security going too far?

In the news recently there’s been a lot of stuff about security problems on airline flights. Several flights have been diverted and / or delayed, quite a few people have been looked at closely by air marshals and feds of various flavors and some have been arrested.

This article, Security concerns disrupt seven U.S. flights goes into some of the details of a dozen recent examples.

As I read the article, one case in particular stood out as a prime example of “getting just a little nuts about things.”

A United Airlines flight out of Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport was delayed because a small boy said something inappropriate, according to a government official speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the information. “He didn’t want to fly,” the official said.

I saw a television news story a couple days ago that topped that one..  Seems one flight was delayed or diverted because a woman was filing her fingernails? I’ve googled all over the place and haven’t been able to find a reference for it, but I saw it in a story on Good Morning America just a few days ago.


Frankly, Everyone should be welcoming this ruling. This thing went entirely too far.

CCR WELCOMES RULING DECLARING DOMESTIC SPYING ILLEGAL & UNCONSTITUTIONAL On August 17, 2006, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) welcomed the ruling in favor of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in ACLU v. NSA. Filed on the same day as CCR v. Bush, CCR’s companion case filed in the Southern District of New York, the verdict testifies to the effectiveness of our coordinated struggle to defend the Constitution and the rights of individuals from unchecked executive power.

Search Histories and Privacy

In light of recent news about AOL leaking user’s search terms, this EFF article about keeping search history private is very much a good idea and should be required reading for everyone who uses search engines and wants to keep their personal information private.

How To Keep Your Search History Private
August 15, 2006
How can you help prevent damaging privacy invasions like AOL’s data leak? Along with spreading the word about this debacle, you can take steps to protect yourself online. Beneath the fold, we’ve listed some tips and tools that will help keep your search history private.

* Don’t put personally-identifying information in your searches, at least not in a way that can be associated with your other searches.  You should take the precautions below to avoid giving away your identity to your search engine anyway, but they’re especially necessary if you want to do a search to see if your personal information has appeared online or want to do a vanity search for your name.

This advice is only a start, but it’s a good one. There are lots of free tools and things you can do to easily improve your privacy and personal security online. As a matter of fact, I think I’ll go over some of what I believe are the better methods and tools over the next couple of weeks.

TV with a ‘Tude or, Big Brother Really IS watching!

Simply put, this is technology that we can and should live without. Big Bro will have other ideas I’m certain…. all for our own good of course….


| Apple's All-Seeing Screen                                          |

|   from the don't-leave-this-on-by-accident dept.                   |

|   posted by ScuttleMonkey on Wednesday April 26, @16:26 (Displays) |

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+--------------------------------------------------------------------+Based on a recent patent we may be seeing a [0]new kind of display coming

from the Apple store in the near future, one that can capture images as

well as display them. From the article: "The clever idea is to insert

thousands of microscopic image sensors in-between the liquid crystal

display cells in the screen. Each sensor captures its own small image,

but software stitches these together to create a single, larger picture."

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Google to hand over partial data

I haven’t got a url for it handy right now, but I just saw a New York Times article quoted on alt.privacy that states Google is going to hand over 50,000 urls instead of the original 1,000,000 demanded, and 5,000 search terms instead of the full weeks worth originally demanded.

I don’t care how you slice it, this is bad news.

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