April 13th, 2006

Chris Keeley

AT&T built a secret room in its San Francisco switching station that funnels internet traffic data f

AT&T built warrantless wiretap rooms for the NSA

AT&T has asked a court to suppress documents leaked to the Electronic Frontier Foundation by an ex-employee detailing how the company indiscriminately diverted domestic and international traffic to the National Security Agency for warrantless wiretapping:
AT&T built a secret room in its San Francisco switching station that funnels internet traffic data from AT&T Worldnet dialup customers and traffic from AT&T's massive internet backbone to the NSA, according to a statement from Klein.

Klein's duties included connecting new fiber-optic circuits to that room, which housed data-mining equipment built by a company called Narus, according to his statement.

Narus' promotional materials boast that its equipment can scan billions of bits of internet traffic per second, including analyzing the contents of e-mails and e-mail attachments and even allowing playback of internet phone calls.

Link (via JWZ

Chris Keeley

In a potential conflict of interest, a legislative assistant to Sen. Gordon Smith (R-Ore.), who is c


Your Tax Dollars at Work ... for Viacom
April 11, 2006
The Washington DC legal newspaper, Legal Times, is reporting (sorry, subscription link) that Kevin Murphy, a legislative aide to Senator Gordon Smith (R-Ore.), has recently taken a job with cable and film giant Viacom. Senator Smith, you may remember, is one of the Hill's leading proponents of the broadcast flag. Smells fishy, you say? Legal Times thinks so, too:

In a potential conflict of interest, a legislative assistant to Sen. Gordon Smith (R-Ore.), who is currently sponsoring legislation limiting the use and distribution of digital broadcasts, has been hired by media giant Viacom Inc. Collapse )
Chris Keeley

Angola Radio

Andy Levin/Contact Press Images, for The New York Times

Sirvoris Sutton is a D.J. known on air as Shaq at KLSP-FM, the Louisiana State Penitentiary station where gospel wins out over gangsta rap.
Chris Keeley

The Washington Post Strikes (Out) Again

What was bad enough was a disgraceful lead editorial last Sunday
(April 9) entitled "A Good Leak" that praised President Bush's selective
declassification to defend his invasion of Iraq with false
"intelligence," and that in the same paragraph accused Joe Wilson of
"twisting the truth" when in fact Wilson exposed the truth about what
was subsequently revealed to have been based on crude forgeries. Now the
Post has today (April 13) published on its op ed page the following
piece of verbal garbage about Iran. Read the article first and then read
the identity of the author at the end.

*After Diplomacy Fails*
Think Imaginatively About Iran

By Mark Helprin
Thursday, April 13, 2006; A21

Even were one to believe that, despite its low and stagnant per capita
gross national product and having the world's second-largest reserves of
petroleum and natural gas, Iran would invest uneconomically in nuclear
power generation, one would also have to disbelieve that it wanted
nuclear weapons. But with an intermediate-range strategic nuclear
capacity, it could deter American intervention, reign over the Persian
Gulf, further separate Europe from American Middle East policy, correct
a nuclear imbalance with Pakistan, lead and perhaps unify the Islamic
world, and thus create the chance to end Western dominance of the Middle
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Chris Keeley

CNI to Publish a Full-Page New York Times Ad

For immediate release


Contact: Shannon O'Hara, 202-863-2951

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 13, 2006) -- The Council for the National
Interest Foundation will publish a full-page New York Times ad
this Easter Sunday, April 16th. The title of ad, which will run on the
back page of the "Week in Review" section of the Sunday Times, is
"America, Hamas and the Israel Lobby." It is the first in a bimonthly
series of such advertisements, which will explore U.S. policy in the
Middle East for the estimated 5 million readers of the Sunday Times,
published by the Council for the National Interest Foundation.

The advertisement addresses the need to create and maintain an American
discourse with Islamic nationalism, particularly with the newly-elected
Hamas government in Palestine. It makes the connection between lack of
progress on the Israel-Palestine dispute with our need for a positive
end to the American adventure in Iraq.
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