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Civil Liberties vs. National Security in a Post-9/11 World

- The book has six parts, with writings ranging from the historical to the latest in current thought. A discussion of civil liberties during wartime leads off the book. Selections from the U.S. Constitution and a federal habeas corpus statute round out the first chapter and provide a legal context for the subject.

Police Power

- Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, has introduced a bill (H.R. 3199) that would make the controversial provisions of the Patriot Act permanent. (These parts of the bill are set to expire at the end of the year.) For example, the bill would allow the FBI to obtain, without seeking a warrant, the financial records of individuals. It would also maintain the power of law enforcement to carry out secret warrants and covert surveillance as part of terrorism investigations. However, the bill does not provide law enforcement as much latitude as S. 1266, which was approved by the Senate Intelligence Committee in June. For example, S. 1266 would make it easier for police to issue subpoenas without judicial approval in terrorism cases.

FISA Primer

- National Public Radio offers the nuts-and-bolts of the FISA debate.

Senate Agrees on Terms of Domestic Surveillance Legislation

- Bill to include immunity for telecoms participating in warrantless wiretaps and a review of the law after six years.

France Eyes CCTV

- France to triple the number of CCTV cameras by 2009.

Alarm Monitoring

- A bill (formerly S.B. 453) signed into law by Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen will require that, when responding to an alarm, monitoring companies attempt to contact the property owner twice—by telephone or other electronic means—to determine whether an alarm is valid before dispatching police. Tennessee is the second state to enact such a law. Florida passed a similar measure last year.

IP Surveillance Cameras Can Be Hacked

- Researchers say cameras which stream their images over an IP address can be hacked and used to attack the network behind the camera.

Surveillance Legislation Expected

- A bill to overhall the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) has reportedly been drafted by the chairmen of the House Intelligence Committee and the House Judiciary Committee.

Digital Cameras Protect a Local Utility

- A rural electric cooperative gets wired to a state-of-the-art security system

Part of Patriot Act Struck Down as Unconstitutional

- FISA, as amended as part of the Patriot Act, violates the Fourth Amendment, rules judge.

Bright Lights, Blind Cameras

- Thwarting spy cameras, security for competitive advantage, pandemic resources, female suicide bombers, and laptop lessons

Olden Days, New Technology

- A 1950’s-style diner goes modern when it comes to CCTV technology.

Casinos Strengthen Their Security Hand

- A survey of casinos finds that many extra security measures implemented in the wake of 9-11 are being kept in place.
 




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