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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.”

“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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‘Our police are protecting Nazis’: Detroit cops criticized for ‘marching’ with Nazis at Pride event

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Members of the Detroit Police Department are being criticized for accompanying a group of self-described Nazis over the weekend at the city's Pride parade.

Activists reacted in alarm on Saturday after being informed that the Nazi group had been given a permit to protest at the Pride event. According to The Detroit News, police were assigned "to keep the protesters and attendees apart as they marched through the festival."

"Our police, when they should be protecting us, are protecting Nazis," one protester could be heard complaining in a video on Twitter.

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Video catches white couple getting butt kicking on freeway after calling Latino family ‘beaners’

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A fight broke out on highway 118 in California after a white couple allegedly called a Latino family "beaners."

According to a Twitter user with the handle @PattyMonstercx, her parents were cut off in traffic by the white couple.

An included video shows the white couple getting out of their SUV to confront Patty's family. A fight soon breaks out, which the white couple appears to lose.

Members of the Latino family can be heard calling 911 emergency services before the video ends.

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Here’s a video of my parents fucking up an ugly ass racist couple who were trying to cut my parents off, and referred to my parents as “beaners” on the off ramp of the 118 today pic.twitter.com/W7wgRpgbXy

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Reproductive clinic worker faces threats of ‘murder’ after anti-abortion protester violates restraining order

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A staffer at an abortion clinic in Charleston, West Virginia is reportedly facing physical threats after an anti-abortion protester revealed her identity on Facebook, breaking a restraining order.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported that anti-abortion protester Derrick Evans broke a restraining order filed by Jamie Miller, who works at the Women’s Health Center of West Virginia.

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