ISP Snooping Law Revived by Republicans

Bad legislative bills don’t die they just wait a year.  Declan McCullagh reports at CNet:

All Internet service providers would need to track their customers’ online activities to aid police in future investigations under legislation introduced Tuesday as part of a Republican “law and order agenda.”

Employees of any Internet provider who fail to store that information face fines and prison terms of up to one year, the bill says. The U.S. Justice Department could order the companies to store those records forever.

“Law and Order” is legislative code for bend over and take it like a citizen.

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John McCain’s Double-Talk Express

Saw this over at CrooksandLiars. Priceless video of presidential hopeful Senator John McCain flip-flopping on various issues.

The FBI’s Vacuum Cleaner Approach to Internet Surveillance

Declan McCullagh at ZDNet reports on the FBI sucking down large amounts of internet traffic data and databasing it for later mining. This new method is even more indiscriminate and intrusive than the Carnivore system that stirred a backlash from privacy advocates years ago. The Carnivore system at least used a filter to try and limit data collection to interesting sources while the new system just takes everything on the pipe and archives it.

The FBI appears to have adopted an invasive Internet surveillance technique that collects far more data on innocent Americans than previously has been disclosed.

Instead of recording only what a particular suspect is doing, agents conducting investigations appear to be assembling the activities of thousands of Internet users at a time into massive databases, according to current and former officials. That database can subsequently be queried for names, e-mail addresses or keywords.

Such a technique is broader and potentially more intrusive than the FBI’s Carnivore surveillance system, later renamed DCS1000. It raises concerns similar to those stirred by widespread Internet monitoring that the National Security Agency is said to have done, according to documents that have surfaced in one federal lawsuit, and may stretch the bounds of what’s legally permissible.

Read the entire ZDNet article here.

Sam Harris on Stem Cell Research and Religion

A video excerpt of Sam Harris’ presentation at the Beyond Belief 2006 symposium. In it, Harris exposes the bizarre “arithmetic of souls” arguments forwarded by the religious in opposition to stem cell research as both intellectually and morally untenable.

Teapot Atheists

Richard Dawkins illustrates Bertrand Russell’s ‘Celestial Teapot’ argument with his usual clarity and brilliance.

Another Reason To Love Richard Dawkins

From the Beyond Belief 2006 Conference in San Diego, CA. Full-length videos from that event here.

George Carlin on Religion

Truth with hilarity the way only George Carlin can deliver it.