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Reaching deep into the bag of Krazy today…

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ST. PAUL, Minnesota (AP) — Garrison Keillor has gotten a restraining order against a Georgia woman he claims has made telephone calls and sent him explicit e-mails and disturbing gifts, including a petrified alligator foot and dead beetles.

A Ramsey County District judge issued the order against Andrea R. Campbell, 43, of Hawkinsville, Georgia, on Friday. Campbell said she received it Monday.

In the petition filed October 12, Keillor, 65, claimed the harassment started April 28, after Campbell attended a live performance of his public radio show, “A Prairie Home Companion,” in Columbus, Georgia.

Keillor’s filing said the e-mails and letters were often “disturbing, unintelligible and rambling,” and in one, Campbell “graphically described making love to me.”

He also alleged Campbell showed up at his home in St. Paul in July. His wife was startled awake early one morning by the sound of someone rustling around outside the family’s house. She filed a police report.

Campbell denied the allegations in a telephone interview with the St. Paul Pioneer Press. She said she only wanted to show her gratitude for Keillor’s work.

“I am unclear as to what the problem is,” she said.

Campbell said Keillor had misunderstood the letters, e-mails, packages and phone calls. She said she was never closer to his house than the sidewalk.

“I believe that he’s paranoid, or some woman, his wife, is upset and told him he has to do something about it,” she said.

While Campbell said she loved Keillor, she also said it wasn’t physical. She said she is a happily married woman with five children.

“It’s transcendental love, that’s all” she said. “Between a writer and a reader.”

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2007/10/23 at 15:15

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US Senate moves to legalise ‘illegal NSA spying’

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Hehe hehe.. Uhhh yeah, can this thing get Cartoon Network?

So, now it will be retroactively verboten to have any kind of oversight or right to legal recourse in regard to the illegal wiretapping. Why does this not surprise me?

By Declan McCullagh and Anne Broache, CNET News.com
October 23, 2007

Google, Yahoo, MSN along with other search and e-mail companies may no longer be acting illegally if they spy on their customers and then share that information with the National Security Agency.

A new Senate bill would protect not only telephone companies from lawsuits claiming illegal cooperation with the National Security Agency. It would retroactively immunise e-mail providers, search engines, Internet service providers and instant-messaging services too.

The broad language appears in new legislation that a Senate committee approved by a 13-to-2 vote on Thursday during a meeting closed to the press and public. It enjoys the support of the panel’s Democrats and Republicans.

It goes further in crafting an impenetrable legal shield than similar proposals in the House of Representatives, such as the so-called Restore Act, which immunises only “communications service providers.” Bowing to pressure from President Bush, House Democrats postponed a vote on the Restore Act last week.

The broader Senate bill would sweep in Web sites, e-mail providers and more. “My suspicion is the scope of the immunity provision is the most revealing way to assess the scope of the underlying authority,” said Marc Rotenberg, director of the Electronic Privacy Information Centre.

The disparity is striking because telecommunications companies — not major providers of Web-based services like Google, Yahoo, AOL and Microsoft — have been frequently named as complicit in illegal NSA surveillance. Yet under the Senate proposal, those companies would become immune from any lawsuits.

“Private companies who received legal assurances from the highest levels of government should not be dragged through the courts for their help with national security,” Senator John Rockefeller, the Intelligence Committee chairman and the bill’s primary Democratic sponsor, said in a statement. “The onus is on the administration, not the companies, to ensure that the request is on strong legal footing, and if it is not, it is the administration that should be held accountable.”

A demand for retroactive immunity
After news reports said AT&T and other major telecommunications carriers opened their networks to the NSA after September 11, 2001, dozens of civil lawsuits were filed. A decision on whether the lawsuits will be permitted to proceed is expected from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco at any time.

President Bush has insisted on retroactive legal immunity, and the Justice Department on Friday gave the Senate bill a preliminary thumbs-up, though it said further changes will likely be necessary before it’s satisfied.

“The bill has many good components, and we appreciate the serious work done on this bill in the Senate Intelligence Committee,” spokesman Dean Boyd said. “We appreciate that the bill has strong liability provisions.”

The Senate bill overrides every other law, including state laws, criminal laws and privacy laws, when saying that lawsuits against companies must be “promptly” dismissed, as long as the attorney general certifies that the cooperation was authorised.

The definition covers any company that has “access” to “electronic communications” that are stored or in transit. It would almost certainly pull the plug on the 9th Circuit lawsuits, including the one brought by the Electronic Frontier Foundation last year.

While some information has dribbled out regarding how companies like AT&T allegedly worked hand in hand with the NSA, less is known about how much cooperation might take place with e-mail and instant-messaging providers.

Some companies, including Yahoo and Google, refused to comment in a survey conducted by ZDNet Australia sister site CNET News.com last year that asked: “Have you turned over information or opened up your networks to the NSA without being compelled by law?” Others, like Comcast and BellSouth, did reply in the negative.

During an appearance before a congressional committee last year about Chinese Internet censorship, Yahoo was pressed by Brad Sherman, a California Democrat, about whether it would cooperate with the NSA in the absence of legal authorisation. Yahoo’s general counsel, Michael Callahan, said the company would not provide law enforcement with e-mail without “proper legal process.” But when asked whether Yahoo’s requirements would be lowered if the NSA requested e-mail, Callahan refused to comment.

Still, there’s no evidence that any extralegal cooperation has ever taken place, and some of the same companies have taken very public steps to protect their customers’ privacy in the past. Google fought the Justice Department’s subpoena for excerpts from its database, and an EarthLink attorney was the first person to publicly disclose the existence of the FBI’s Carnivore surveillance system.

The Senate bill’s immunisation would extend to companies involved with surveillance beyond that requested by the NSA. It says Internet companies cannot be held liable for secretly cooperating with the CIA, the Defense Department, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the State Department, the Treasury Department, Homeland Security and other intelligence-related organisations that may be even more shadowy.

One type of immunisation would extend from September 11, 2001, to January 17, 2007, the day the Justice Department announced that the secret NSA program would be revamped and brought under the scrutiny of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. The other immunisation grant would continue into the future.

The next stop for the Senate bill is the Judiciary Committee. It’s unclear exactly when that panel will take up the bill, but it’s not going to be this week, a Democratic committee aide said on Monday.

That uncertainty exists largely because members of that panel have requested–but still have not received — sufficient information about how the Bush administration’s spying programs worked and what involvement telephone companies had, the aide added.

In addition, Christopher Dodd, a 2008 presidential hopeful, has vowed to take a procedural step that would prevent the bill from going to a vote, as long as it cloaks corporations with legal protections.

“I will do everything in my power to stop Congress from shielding this president’s agenda of secrecy, deception and blatant unlawfulness,” he said in a statement last week.

Democrat Patrick Leahy and Republican Arlen Specter, the top senators on the Judiciary Committee, both have expressed scepticism about retroactive immunity.

Under existing law, electronic communications providers already are exempted from all liability — as long as the attorney general has delivered a “certification in writing that no warrant or court order is required by law.”

Other sections of the Senate bill permit the attorney general and the national-intelligence director to sign off on wiretaps without court approval. They could authorise such snooping for up to a year, provided that the target is “reasonably believed to be outside the United States” and a US person isn’t being “intentionally” targeted in the process.

Written by Krypt3ia

2007/10/23 at 12:53

Posted in Uncategorized

US Senate moves to legalise ‘illegal NSA spying’

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Hehe hehe.. Uhhh yeah, can this thing get Cartoon Network?

So, now it will be retroactively verboten to have any kind of oversight or right to legal recourse in regard to the illegal wiretapping. Why does this not surprise me?

By Declan McCullagh and Anne Broache, CNET News.com
October 23, 2007

Google, Yahoo, MSN along with other search and e-mail companies may no longer be acting illegally if they spy on their customers and then share that information with the National Security Agency.

A new Senate bill would protect not only telephone companies from lawsuits claiming illegal cooperation with the National Security Agency. It would retroactively immunise e-mail providers, search engines, Internet service providers and instant-messaging services too.

The broad language appears in new legislation that a Senate committee approved by a 13-to-2 vote on Thursday during a meeting closed to the press and public. It enjoys the support of the panel’s Democrats and Republicans.

It goes further in crafting an impenetrable legal shield than similar proposals in the House of Representatives, such as the so-called Restore Act, which immunises only “communications service providers.” Bowing to pressure from President Bush, House Democrats postponed a vote on the Restore Act last week.

The broader Senate bill would sweep in Web sites, e-mail providers and more. “My suspicion is the scope of the immunity provision is the most revealing way to assess the scope of the underlying authority,” said Marc Rotenberg, director of the Electronic Privacy Information Centre.

The disparity is striking because telecommunications companies — not major providers of Web-based services like Google, Yahoo, AOL and Microsoft — have been frequently named as complicit in illegal NSA surveillance. Yet under the Senate proposal, those companies would become immune from any lawsuits.

“Private companies who received legal assurances from the highest levels of government should not be dragged through the courts for their help with national security,” Senator John Rockefeller, the Intelligence Committee chairman and the bill’s primary Democratic sponsor, said in a statement. “The onus is on the administration, not the companies, to ensure that the request is on strong legal footing, and if it is not, it is the administration that should be held accountable.”

A demand for retroactive immunity
After news reports said AT&T and other major telecommunications carriers opened their networks to the NSA after September 11, 2001, dozens of civil lawsuits were filed. A decision on whether the lawsuits will be permitted to proceed is expected from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco at any time.

President Bush has insisted on retroactive legal immunity, and the Justice Department on Friday gave the Senate bill a preliminary thumbs-up, though it said further changes will likely be necessary before it’s satisfied.

“The bill has many good components, and we appreciate the serious work done on this bill in the Senate Intelligence Committee,” spokesman Dean Boyd said. “We appreciate that the bill has strong liability provisions.”

The Senate bill overrides every other law, including state laws, criminal laws and privacy laws, when saying that lawsuits against companies must be “promptly” dismissed, as long as the attorney general certifies that the cooperation was authorised.

The definition covers any company that has “access” to “electronic communications” that are stored or in transit. It would almost certainly pull the plug on the 9th Circuit lawsuits, including the one brought by the Electronic Frontier Foundation last year.

While some information has dribbled out regarding how companies like AT&T allegedly worked hand in hand with the NSA, less is known about how much cooperation might take place with e-mail and instant-messaging providers.

Some companies, including Yahoo and Google, refused to comment in a survey conducted by ZDNet Australia sister site CNET News.com last year that asked: “Have you turned over information or opened up your networks to the NSA without being compelled by law?” Others, like Comcast and BellSouth, did reply in the negative.

During an appearance before a congressional committee last year about Chinese Internet censorship, Yahoo was pressed by Brad Sherman, a California Democrat, about whether it would cooperate with the NSA in the absence of legal authorisation. Yahoo’s general counsel, Michael Callahan, said the company would not provide law enforcement with e-mail without “proper legal process.” But when asked whether Yahoo’s requirements would be lowered if the NSA requested e-mail, Callahan refused to comment.

Still, there’s no evidence that any extralegal cooperation has ever taken place, and some of the same companies have taken very public steps to protect their customers’ privacy in the past. Google fought the Justice Department’s subpoena for excerpts from its database, and an EarthLink attorney was the first person to publicly disclose the existence of the FBI’s Carnivore surveillance system.

The Senate bill’s immunisation would extend to companies involved with surveillance beyond that requested by the NSA. It says Internet companies cannot be held liable for secretly cooperating with the CIA, the Defense Department, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the State Department, the Treasury Department, Homeland Security and other intelligence-related organisations that may be even more shadowy.

One type of immunisation would extend from September 11, 2001, to January 17, 2007, the day the Justice Department announced that the secret NSA program would be revamped and brought under the scrutiny of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. The other immunisation grant would continue into the future.

The next stop for the Senate bill is the Judiciary Committee. It’s unclear exactly when that panel will take up the bill, but it’s not going to be this week, a Democratic committee aide said on Monday.

That uncertainty exists largely because members of that panel have requested–but still have not received — sufficient information about how the Bush administration’s spying programs worked and what involvement telephone companies had, the aide added.

In addition, Christopher Dodd, a 2008 presidential hopeful, has vowed to take a procedural step that would prevent the bill from going to a vote, as long as it cloaks corporations with legal protections.

“I will do everything in my power to stop Congress from shielding this president’s agenda of secrecy, deception and blatant unlawfulness,” he said in a statement last week.

Democrat Patrick Leahy and Republican Arlen Specter, the top senators on the Judiciary Committee, both have expressed scepticism about retroactive immunity.

Under existing law, electronic communications providers already are exempted from all liability — as long as the attorney general has delivered a “certification in writing that no warrant or court order is required by law.”

Other sections of the Senate bill permit the attorney general and the national-intelligence director to sign off on wiretaps without court approval. They could authorise such snooping for up to a year, provided that the target is “reasonably believed to be outside the United States” and a US person isn’t being “intentionally” targeted in the process.

Written by Krypt3ia

2007/10/23 at 12:53

Posted in Uncategorized