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Anonymous Comrade writes: "Here's summary of the anti-terrorism bill that has been agreed upon by the
Judiciary Committee:

Detention of Illegal Aliens:
Immigration officials would be able to detain suspected terrorists up to
seven days before charging them with a crime or a violation of
immigration law. The administration had asked to be able to detain
suspected terrorists indefinitely.

Roving Wiretaps:
Law enforcement officials would be able to obtain a court order to
wiretap the telephone of a specific suspect rather than just a specific
telephone, eliminating the need to get new wiretap authority each time a
suspect changes telephones.

Statue of limitations:
For the most serious terrorist offenses, there would no longer be a
statue of limitations. Currently, the statue of limitations for many
terrorist offenses is five to eight years.

Electronic Surveillance:
Law enforcement officials would be able to get the addresses of e-mail
messages sent and received by suspected terrorists without a search
warrant, as they can now obtain telephone numbers called by suspects
without a search warrant.

Foreign Intelligence:
Law enforcement officials seeking a court order for electronic
surveillance of terrorists overseas would have to show that the
collection of foreign intelligence information was "a significant
purpose" of the investigation. Currently, they must show that it is the
"sole or primary purpose" of the investigation. The Bush adminstration
had favored a less rigorous standard.

cryptome.org has posted the Senate version of the Provide Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism
(PATRIOT) Act of 2001

The German government has sent a proposal for the creation of "Special Units"
to the European Union (EU) "heads of central bodies for public order and security" to
counter protests at EU Council meetings and other international meetings.

In a report dated 20 September, the German government has proposed to other
EU states that, in response to "events in Gothenburg and Genoa", each
should form and make available "special units" to implement:

"joint and harmonised measures against travelling offenders committing
violent acts"

and proposes that:

"the preconditions must be established to enable one Member State to
request the support of special units from other Member States"

Tony Bunyan, editor of Statewatch, comments: "We are living in very dangerous times in many senses. The use of armed and
specially trained para-military police units to counter protests in the EU
will tend to escalate violence not diminish it. But, more importantly, it
is part of a strategy to treat protestors as the same kind of "threat" as
terrorists. This can only lead to a curtailment of the right of free
movement and the democratic right to demonstrate."

The full text of the report and Statewatch analysis is on:

The Palestinian Society for the Protection of Human Rights and the
Environment (LAW) Special Report on the First Year of the Palestinian Intifada

678 Palestinians Killed

10,596 Palestinians Injured

384 Palestinian Homes Demolished

5103.7 Acres of Palestinian Agricultural Land Destroyed


Today, the ongoing Palestinian Intifada has entered its second year. A
year ago, on Friday September 29, 2000, Israeli troops stormed the Nobel
Sanctuary (Al Haram Al Sharif) and opened fire on Palestinian worshipers,
killing four and wounding more than 200. Consequently, clashes broke out
between Palestinians and Israeli occupation forces and a fifth
Palestinian was killed. On the following day, violent clashes broke out
between Palestinian demonstrators and Israeli soldiers and spread to all
main Palestinian cities. 11 Palestinians were killed. On the third day,
ten more Palestinians were shot to death by Israeli troops. On the forth
day, Palestinians living inside the Green Line clashed with Israeli
police and border guards and 16 Palestinians were killed, including seven
from within the Green Line. The Intifada intensified and more
Palestinians fell victim to the Israeli excessive and disproportionate
use of force.

iraradio.com, the web site which archives all Radio Free Eireann
broadcasts, has been taken down because the web service provider was
threatened with seizure of their assets if they continued to host
"terrorist" radio programs. Travis E. Towle, the Founder and CEO of Cosmic
Entertainment Company, which put up IRARADIO.COM, was told by their internet
service provider, Hypervine, that they had been "strongly advised" to take
the web site down.

A Hypervine representative read Mr. Towle a statement that, under an
Executive Order recently signed by President Bush, the newly created Office
of Homeland Security can seize all assets "without any notice and/or any
real un-reasonable evidence of any company or person that helps, supports,
or does anything that can be called or labeled terrorism or is found to be
connected to terrorism in any way or means possible." Hypervine is a
subsidiary of the New York based Skynet.

These threats have also caused Cosmic Entertainment to close the web
sites archiving two other WBAI radio programs, "Our Americas" and "Grandpa
Al Lewis Live." "Our Americas," hosted by Mario Murillo, is an acclaimed
news magazine covering Latin America. "Grandpa Al Lewis Live" features
commentary by the actor and political activist who starred in "The Munsters"
and "Car 54 Where Are You."

Radio Free Eireann, which broadcasts Saturday afternoons at 1:30
p.m. on WBAI 99.5 FM has covered the conflict in Northern Ireland for over
twenty years. Guests have included Bernadette Sands, the sister of IRA
hunger striker Bobby Sands; Rauri O'Bradaigh, the President of Republican
Sinn Fein; Sinn Fein chief negotiator Martin McGuinness and Irish Prime
Minister Bertie Ahern.

update: it seems that this (mostly) is not a hoax. www.iraradio.org and www.allewislive.com have been taken down, although www.ouramericas.org is still running with no notice of this event.

The New York Times has apparently adopted a policy to "not engage"
any of the eleven writers listed on an internal memo circulated by Times staffer Michaela Williams. All the writers are co-plaintiffs in a well-known class-action lawsuit by the Authors Guild and the National Writers Union against the Times over electronic rights and royalties disputes.

Three key documents in the dispute are reproduced here verbatim.

Missouri School of Journalism Associate Professor and previous Times freelance writer Mary Kay Blakely, one of the eleven blacklisted, has responded to the Times action in a letter to Publisher Arthur O. Sulzberger, reproduced below:

Anonymous Comrade writes: "This article is from todays newsday... a long island activist has been charged with terrorism, stemming from bullshit charges in relation to the Earth Liberation Front actions on the island... this is obvious a desperate attempt by the state to prevent the rising tide of radical youth activism on long island!


More info from the Long Island Radical Activist Community to be posted soon!

Click on the link for the article from Newsday

Producers at National Radio Network Banned from Discussing the
World Trade Center Tragedy over New York Airwaves

New National Program Director Utrice Leid Issues Edict

Two-hour Daily Specials Broadcast from Ground Zero Blocked

NEW YORK (Sept. 27) -- The new Director of National Programming at the Pacifica Radio Network banned discussion of the attack on the World Trade Center and its aftermath from the airwaves of New York station WBAI.

National Program Director Utrice Leid, on the eve of her departure as interim station manager at Pacifica station WBAI (99.5 FM) in New York City, instructed local public affairs producers this past weekend that they were to refrain from broadcasting the programs they had prepared and instead play music and poetry.

The Herald in London writes: "CIA paid Saudi to poison bin Laden

Ian Bruce

THE CIA paid a Saudi intelligence agent £140,000 to poison Osama bin Laden in 1998 after the failure of a missile attack on his Afghan bases in retaliation for the bombing of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

But the world's most wanted man survived the assassination attempt by a hairsbreadth, suffering acute kidney failure in the process. He still walks with the aid of a stick and has not fully recovered.

The man chosen for the task was Siddiq Ahmed, an agent working for Saudi Arabia's external intelligence agency who was already operating covertly on behalf of Prince Salman bin Abdul-Aziz, the governor of Riyadh, the Saudi capital.

Roping the Saudis into the act circumvented the US congressional ban on state-sponsored assassinations. The money paid to Ahmed, posing as a mujahideen volunteer, was also ostensibly Saudi, although intelligence sources say Prince Salman was reimbursed from CIA "black funds".

Former President Bill Clinton admitted at the weekend that he had authorised a special forces' operation to seize or kill bin Laden the same year. This had been called off at the last minute by the State Department, the US Foreign Office equivalent, on the grounds that any attempt to storm the terrorist leader's mountain lair in the Hindu Kush would result in "unacceptably heavy American casualties".

Full story at http://www.theherald.co.uk/news/archive/25-9-19101 -1-4-59.html"

nomadlab writes: "I just saw this on slashdot.org. Microsoft's user license for the new version of frontpage puts legal limitations on what you can publish on the web if you use frontpage to author your site.

In the box was the "Microsoft Frontpage 2002" license on a four-page folded sheet, titled
"End- User License Agreement For Microsoft Software." Under Section #1, Grant of License, the second paragraph
headed "Restrictions" states in part: "You may not use the Software in connection with any site that disparages
Microsoft, MSN, MSNBC, Expedia, or their products or services, infringe any intellectual property or other rights of
these parties, violate any state, federal or international law, or promote racism, hatred or pornography."

Maybe the next version of Word will add criticism of the current government?"

Louis Lingg writes: "Preliminary draft copies of the Mobilization Against Terrorism Act (MATA) have been bouncing around the internet. Discussion site wartimeliberty.com has posted a US Justice Department analysis of the proposed legislation."


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