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onion writes: "The Guardian (London) Friday November 30, 2001
John Vidal
Mexico's GM corn shocks scientists

Researchers baffled as ancient variety of maize tests positive for
modified organisms in area where no engineered crops are grown

One of the world's oldest varieties of maize has been "contaminated" by
genetically modified organisms, say US researchers who have had their work
confirmed by the Mexican government.

DaaaihLoong writes: "The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, which runs the largest jail in the country, has quietly begun
distributing condoms to gay inmates at its downtown jail, joining
just six other jails and prisons in the country in an effort to stop
the spread of AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases:

http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/asection/ la-000095450nov30.story?coll=la%2Dnews%2Da%5Fsecti on."

Ethel Rosenberg Betrayed, Her Brother Now Admits

Philip Delves Broughton

The Daily Telegraph

NEW YORK - The brother of Ethel Rosenberg, the only woman executed in the
United States for espionage, has admitted he lied under oath to protect
himself and effectively sent his sister to the electric chair in 1953.

David Greenglass, now 79, said he feels no remorse over his actions in the
Rosenberg case, which remains one of the most controversial events of the
Cold War. ''As a spy who turned in his family ... I don't care,'' he said.
''I sleep very well.''

hydrarchist writes: "According to yelah.net, Swedish Police have been accused of copyright infringement by two national television stations. The allegations arose subsequent to a documentary screened last week on the alteration of evidence in a trial against a demonstrator who was shot and seriously injured during the European Union Summit in Gothenburg this summer. The 19 year old youth, Hannes Westerburg, was prosecuted for rioting offenses and convicted last month.

The incident was captured by a number of video cameramen on the scene. Both prosecution and defense received the materials on tape. As the video footage documenting the shooting of Hannes Westerberg did not adequately support the police's version of events, they manipulated the evidence, creating a montage which made it appear that a sole rioter was in fact part of a mob. They also replaced the sound track with audio recorded elsewhere to once again give the impression that Westerberg was part of a large and threatening crowd. State justification for the shooting rests upon the claim that it was necessary in order to protect an injured policeman from further attack, a claim squarely refuted by the evidence.

DaaaihLoong writes: "A divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that a private firm that runs a correctional facility for the U.S. government cannot be sued in federal court for damages under a precedent allowing federal officials to be held liable.

The case involved John Malesko, who was convicted for federal securities fraud and sentenced to 18 months in prison.

He was diagnosed with a heart condition, and in 1994 was transferred to a halfway house in New York City to serve out the rest of his sentence. The facility was operated by Correctional Services Corp. for the Bureau of Prisons.

He said a guard prevented him from using the elevator to go from the lobby to his room on the fifth floor. While climbing the stairs, he suffered a heart attack, fell and injured himself. He also claimed the company failed to replenish his medication 10 days before the heart attack.

The number of prisoners housed in private facilities nationwide has skyrocketed to more than 141,000 from 15,476 in the last 10 years, Correctional Services Corp. has told the court.

Bureau of Prisons statistics show that about 10 percent of its total population of sentenced prisoners were held in privately operated facilities.

For the full story, go to:

http://news.findlaw.com/business/s/20011127/courtp risonsdc.html"

Anonymous Comrade writes: "The online journal of "technology and culture from the trenches" Kuro5hin has a report from one of the operators that a poster who speculated about how to attack politicians was visited by the Secret Services as a result of his comments. Unconfirmed expect by Inoshiro's personal statement on the Kuro5hin page and Lee Malatesta's post on /."

Anonymous Comrade writes: "An exciting example of the extensibility of the opensource model is
Openlaw from the Berkman Center for Information and Society at the Harvard
Law School: http://eon.law.harvard.edu/openlaw/

"Openlaw is an experiment in crafting legal argument in an open forum.
With your assistance, we will develop arguments, draft pleadings, and edit
briefs in public, online. Non-lawyers and lawyers alike are invited to
join the process by adding thoughts to the "brainstorm" outlines, drafting
and commenting on drafts in progress, and suggesting reference sources.
Building on the model of open source software, we are working from the
hypothesis that an open development process best harnesses the distributed
resources of the Internet community. By using the Internet, we hope to
enable the public interest to speak as loudly as the interests of
corporations. Openlaw is therefore a large project built through the
coordinated effort of many small (and not so small)
contributions."....Building on the model of open source software, we
believe that an open development process best harnesses the distributed
resources of the Internet community. What we lose in secrecy, we expect to
regain in depth of sources and breadth of argument."

From Juan Gonzalez

Coordinator, Pacifica Campaign

Dear Friends,

It's been two weeks since the Washington National Board meeting
approved by unanimous vote a plan to end the crisis now crippling the
Pacifica Radio network. Even though some in the Pacifica reform
movement were unhappy with the accord, the 5-5-5 deal promised to mark
an imperfect but important turning point in the history of the network.

We now learn that this second agreement is now being renegotiated by
the board majority and is not at all settled. This is outrageous.

US Assumes Global Cyber-Police Authority

By Mark Rasch, theregister

Posted: 27/11/2001 at 10:32 GMT

Much has been written about the new anti-terrorism legislation passed by Congress and signed by President Bush, particularly as it respects the ability of the government to conduct surveillance on email, voice-mail, and other electronic communications. However, too little attention has been paid to other provisions of the legislation, particularly a significant change to the definition of the types of computers protected under federal law.

An amendment to the definition of a "protected computer" for the first time explicitly enables U.S. law enforcement to prosecute computer hackers outside the United States in cases where neither the hackers nor their victims are in the U.S., provided only that packets related to that activity traveled through U.S. computers or routers.

This remarkable amendment is to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, which Congress enacted in 1984 to prohibit conduct that damages a "Federal interest computer," defined at the time as "a computer owned or used by the United States Government or a financial institution," or, "one of two or more computers used in committing the offense, not all of which are located in the same State."

Full article is at theregister


R.I.P. Cypherpunks

Once the online haunt of top cryptographers, the Cypherpunks list was
characterized by its mix of revolutionary politics and advanced
mathematics. This week, a founder pronounced it dead and buried

By Will Rodger
Nov 29 2001 10:15AM PT

The Cypherpunks list, an online forum that in many ways defined Internet
activism, was booted unceremoniously from its original home, toad.com,
earlier this week.

In an open posting to several mailing lists, Cypherpunks veteran John
Gilmore all but dismissed the computer-security and privacy forum he
co-founded in the early 1990s. It had, he wrote, "degenerated a long time
ago to the point where I have no idea why more than 500 people are still
receiving it every day."

Yet, for all the irrelevant comments, vicious infighting and radical
libertarian politics that flourish on the list, Cypherpunks has chronicled
every important event in the short history of modern cryptography, as well
as the cyber-rights movement that grew out of it.


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