NEWS & ANALYSIS

Cartoon Cops Patrol Chinese Web Users

Chinese Government creates cartoon cops to police Web.

Does Cyberwar Violate Human Rights?

Over at Reason, Michael Weiss has an intriguing argument in relation to the cyberattacks on Estonia this spring: Cyberwar violates human rights.

Everything is Not Terrorism

If terrorist motivation cannot be found, arson should be prosecuted under the normal criminal code.

New DHS Rules Will Hurt Farmers, Industry Says

Vermont farmers fear new Department of Homeland Security rules will unnecessarily penalize them for hiring foreign workers found to have inauthentic identification papers.

Spies in the Sky: Spy Satellites Need Proper Oversight

The Washington Post carefully endorses the use of domestic satellite images in domestic defense.

RFID Tags for Animals

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that its Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service "is reviewing several proposals for the production and delivery of 1.5 million radio frequency ear tags that are compliant with the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) standards.

"These ear tags will be used to uniquely identify U.S. livestock that are part of current animal disease programs, in particular within geographic regions where bovine tuberculosis testing and the brucellosis calfhood vaccination program are most active."

New Details on Surveillance by Government Revealed

 "National Intelligence Director Mike McConnell pulled the curtain back on previously classified details of government surveillance," wrote the AP.

"McConnell confirmed for the first time that the private sector assisted with President Bush's warrantless surveillance program," it said. "Offering never-disclosed figures, McConnell also revealed that fewer than 100 people inside the United States are monitored under FISA warrants. However, he said, thousands of people overseas are monitored," the story further noted.

CIA: Poor Pre-9-11 Performance, Report Says

The recently declassified executive summary from the Central Intelligence Agency's own inspector general report confirms the intelligence failures documented by the 9-11 Commission: the CIA made critical mistakes leading up to the terrorist attacks of 9-11.

MySpace for Spooks

This December, the U.S. intelligence community will unveil a new  peer-to-peer social networking site modeled off of MySpace.com for its intelligence analysts and spies, according to MSNBC.

Pentagon Pulls Controversial Database Site

"The Pentagon said Tuesday that it will shut down an antiterror database that has been criticized for improperly storing information on peace activists and others whose actions posed no threat," says an Associated Press report on MSNBC.

 




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