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Activist decries CISPA as ‘a Patriot Act for the Internet’

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According to Internet activist Aaron Swartz, the proposed Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), which passed the House of Representatives this week, is even worse than the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) that was sidelined by a public outcry last winter.

Swartz told Russia Today that whereas SOPA was exclusively “about giving the government the power to censor the Internet,” CISPA has the same kind of censorship provisions but “is more like a Patriot Act for the Internet.”

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“It sort of lets the government run roughshod over privacy protections and share personal data about you,” he explained, “take it from Facebook and Internet providers and use it without the normal privacy protections that are in the law. … It’s an incredibly broad and dangerous bill.”

“The thing about this bill is it doesn’t really have any protections against cyber threats,” Swartz added. “All it does is make people share their information. But that’s not going to solve the problem. What’s going to solve the problem is actual security measures, protecting the service in the first place, not spying on people after the fact.”

Swartz is a well-known programmer and blogger, as well as an activist with a particular interest in open information. He was investigated by the FBI in 2009 after he released 20% of the PACER database of U.S. federal court decisions and is currently facing criminal charges for having downloaded four million academic journal articles with the alleged intention of making them publically available via peer-to-peer filesharing.

Swartz foresees a hard fight over CISPA but does have hopes that it can be defeated. He also believes that the Obama administration may be serious in its threat to veto the legislation. “I think there are some people in the White House who really do care about privacy,” he stated. “The fact is, when they looked at this bill and investigated it, they saw how incredibly bad it was and that forced them to speak out.”

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This video is from RT.com, April 27, 2012.


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Watch judge’s priceless reaction when she learns DA jeopardized case against cop who killed black neighbor

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Dallas County District Court Judge Tammy Kemp went above and beyond the call of duty on Monday after the district attorney jeopardized the murder trial of a former police officer accused of killing her black neighbor.

At a hearing on Monday, defense attorneys for Amber Guyger argued that her web searches and cell phone records should not be brought into her murder trial for the death of Botham Jean. Guyger shot Jean to death on Sept. 6, 2018 after allegedly entering his apartment instead of hers.

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White woman caught on video lecturing Hong Kong protesters: ‘Safety is more important than freedom’

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Video captured in Hong Kong shows a white woman lecturing protesters about why "safety is more important than freedom."

The video clip was posted on Twitter by the Passion Times.

In the video, the woman is confronted by demonstrators as she takes down protest posters.

"Why don't the universities get involved instead of protesting?" she asks. "What a waste of time for everybody. You guys should be enjoying your Sunday."

"Violence breeds violence," she lectures. "Find me one case where violence led to a solution."

The woman goes on to tell the protesters, "You guys value freedom more than safety. I think safety is more important than freedom."

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Officer won’t face charges after killing black man who didn’t have bicycle light

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A Wisconsin police officer will not face charges after he chased and killed a black man who did not have a bicycle light.

According to WITI, Police Sgt. Eric Giese of Mount Pleasant will not be charged in the killing of 18-year-old Ty'Rese West.

Racine County District Attorney Patricia Hanson said that she determined that Giese actions "fall under the privilege of self-defense."

Dwight Person, West's father, father demanded to see a "thorough investigation done, and also to see Eric Giese locked up."

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