this from a national US poll that is organized yearly
Second is the the influence of spy-themed entertainment, or “spytainment.” I have been researching for some time whether spy-themed entertainment (particularly on television and the big screen) has become adult education for intelligence. Last year, I found a strong correlation between frequent spytainment viewing and approval of aggressive counterterrorism tactics, including rendition, assassination, and harsh interrogation methods. In fact, support for torture was higher in 2012 than it was during the Bush administration. The influence of spytainment, I posited, helps explain why. Here are some of the statistically significant findings from my 2012 national poll:
- 38 percent of frequent spy TV watchers believed that waterboarding terrorists was the right thing to do, compared to 28 percent of infrequent watchers.
- 60 percent of frequent spy TV watchers thought transferring a terrorist to a country known for using torture was right versus 45 percent of infrequent watchers.
- 34 percent of frequent spy moviegoers said that they thought it was right to chain terrorist detainees naked in uncomfortable positions in cold rooms for hours. Only 27 percent of non-movie goers thought the naked-chaining-stress-position approach was right.
Nowhere in these films or series do you see that they have to consider legal and ethical considerations, they go immediately for action with a direct result phone directly with the President of the US to get permission who says they have to do what they have to do to stop the terrorists (and they always 'nearly or in the end finally' do)
Nowhere in these series it is shown that intelligence and investigations take hours, days, weeks, months, year of work looking at all kinds of details and dead-ends and having more office politics and budgetfights than direct calls to the President himself
Nowhere in these series it is shown that intelligence and antiterrorism don't depend solely on some rambo man or some small supersecretive totally paranoid team that can do whatever they want they way they want it
Nowhere in these series are the other effects shown of this kind of methods and mentality and that in the end it doesn't help a bit, on the contrary in the end you are facing a much bigger crowd of angry people and very tense diplomatic and political relations
it is time for some real intelligence people to show how intelligence is done the intelligent way and how this can be done within the democratic and legal framework we have and why this is better for the privacy and security of all of us
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for European tech firms this is important because the real crowdfunding money is not in Europe but in the US and so your lawyers and financial advisors should look this over because if you don't let yourself be heared, you won't be taken into consideration later. It is an open process - use it (idea for here no ?)
- Heightened Pleading: The bill requires patent holders to provide basic details (such as which patents and claims are at issue, as well as what products allegedly infringe and how) when it files a lawsuit.
- Fee shifting: The bill allows for a court to require the loser in a patent case to pay the winning side's fees and costs. This makes it harder for trolls to use the extraordinary expense of patent litigation to force a settlement.
- Transparency: The bill includes strong language requiring patent trolls to reveal the parties that would actually benefit from the litigation (called the real party in interest). Also, if the plaintiff is a shell-company patent troll, the defendant could require the real party in interest to join the litigation, forcing them to pay up if the patent troll can’t or won't pay.
- Staying customer suits: The bill requires courts to stay patent litigation against customers (such as a café using an off-the-shelf router to provide Wi-Fi) when there is parallel litigation against the manufacturer.
- Discovery reform: The bill shuts down expensive and often harassing discovery until the court has interpreted the patent, making it easier for defendants to dispose of frivolous cases early before the legal fees and court costs really add up.
- Post-grant review: The bill expands an important avenue to challenge a patent's validity at the Patent Office (known as the transitional program for covered business method patents).
and US patents are very important for the EU tech industry because there hasn't been enough investment in patents over here so EU firms have far too few patents to be able to negotiate deals or to be worth some billions more only because of the patents you have or may have
so if it is done by an organisation combating childtrafficking using virtual personae to attract pedo's and to film them while they are doing illegal things like promising money to see some childporn online - without even doing that last thing - than that is enough according to Belgian law (not sure if this is the case in other European countries but that is worth a research for private organisations to know in which countries they can transfer the information to the police services without any legal problems about the entrapment argument
Dat er ook Belgen betrokken zijn bij deze actie kon De Waele nog niet bevestigen. "Wij hebben nog geen gegevens gekregen van Interpol." Dat die gegevens door provocatie zijn bekomen, kan het onderzoek alvast niet belemmeren. "De provocatie is niet gebeurd door de politie. We kunnen de gegevens dus ten volle benutten", aldus De Waele
While making clear his patience was running out, Cameron told lawmakers his preference was not to get heavy-handed with newspapers that published such information and that he hoped they would change their behaviour instead.
"I don't want to have to use injunctions or D-notices (publication bans) or the other tougher measures. I think it's much better to appeal to newspapers' sense of social responsibility," he said.
more trouble for the NSA : US supreme court will have to make a decision about warantless wiretapping
The Justice Department for the first time has notified a criminal defendant that evidence being used against him came from a warrantless wiretap, a move that is expected to set up a Supreme Court test of whether such eavesdropping is constitutional.
Prosecutors filed such a notice late Friday in the case of Jamshid Muhtorov, who was charged in Colorado in January 2012 with providing material support to the Islamic Jihad Union, a designated terrorist organization based in Uzbekistan.
Mr. Muhtorov is accused of planning to travel abroad to join the militants and has pleaded not guilty. A criminal complaint against him showed that much of the government’s case was based on intercepted e-mails and phone calls.
The government’s notice allows Mr. Muhtorov’s lawyer to ask a court to suppress the evidence by arguing that it derived from unconstitutional surveillance, setting in motion judicial review of the eavesdropping.
this means that their broad warantless tapping even for terrorist cases can be curtailed which would of course only increase its dependence on its intelligence partners like Enchelon and the need to have a comprehensive collaboration with the intelligence services of the EU based upon mutual respect and democratic oversight within a clear legal framework
this decision may take a few months or even years to be final, but it is a clear signal that the times for the NSA of being a nearly total independent state within the state (contrary to the CIA who after the Church Investigations got pressured back into a strict legal framework) are coming to an end
just as the WAR against terrorism is coming to an end as a WAR, which doesn't mean that the fight is over, but the WARlike powers and liberties (and the silencing of all dissident voices as if they are traitors) should be coming to an end
Despite repeatedly denouncing the CIA’s drone campaign, top officials in Pakistan’s government have for years secretly endorsed the program and routinely received classified briefings on strikes and casualty counts, according to top-secret CIA documents and Pakistani diplomatic memos obtained by The Washington Post.
The files describe dozens of drone attacks in Pakistan’s tribal region and include maps as well as before-and-after aerial photos of targeted compounds over a four-year stretch from late 2007 to late 2011 in which the campaign intensified dramatically.
Markings on the documents indicate that many of them were prepared by the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center specifically to be shared with Pakistan’s government. They tout the success of strikes that killed dozens of alleged al-Qaeda operatives and assert repeatedly that no civilians were harmed.
Pakistan’s tacit approval of the drone program has been one of the more poorly kept national security secrets in Washington and Islamabad. During the early years of the campaign, the CIA even used Pakistani airstrips for its Predator fleet.
so forget the grandstanding before the tv and the international press
they are all too pleased that somebody else is doing their dirty business because they have lost nearly all control over some whole (tribal) regions in the North of their country where there even is no real army presence anymore so the only way to destroy those bases and get back at some of the planners of the terror campaigns in Afghanistan AND pakistan is by air and the best way to do this without risk for your own miliary is with drones and the country who has the best drones and the best intelligence to chose the best targets at the best time is .... the USA
unless you don't want to do something against the AlQaide-Taliban alliance in your own (nuclear) country. Remember that with the last offensive of the Taliban in Pakistan they got as near as 100 km from where the nuclear weapons are based (and the US was already planning how to get them out of the country with or without the cooperation of Pakistan)
so how is this for a nuclear nightmare
if you take away the drone attacks, than you should also understand the bigger pictures and the consequences in the longer turn (and no, these guys are not into peace negotations - a truce maybe but not real peace negotiations)
just as the castles in the Middle Ages were destroyed by canons and traditional military lines of defense were broken through with the ease of new tanks and overflown by waves of planes
the US bunkerbuster in a very rare picture changes the bright idea of the Iranians to build their nuclear weapons building site under a mountain and deep into ground into a vulnerability and makes the prospect of being able to lose it all with one bombing even greater (and changes the negotiation positions at the table)
Finally, we can put a price of a sort on leaking state secrets: $1.7 million. That was the breathtakingly dismal box-office tally this past weekend for The Fifth Estate, a biopic of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Fittingly, that’s also the amount a different group of filmmakers tried—and failed—to raise on Kickstarter to make a feature film on National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden. Jason Bourque and Travis Doering, his aspiring chroniclers, have now moved their fundraising pitch to a new website in the hope they’ll make enough to start filming Classified: The Edward Snowden Story in early 2014.
it is just a film that has nothing to do with wikileaks but is just a warmonering iran-nukes story that is using wikileaks based upon the stories of a disgruntled co-worker of wikileaks who sabotaged the backoffice of wikileaks, blackmailed the whole operation by encrypting all the data that was unpuliblished and got his five minutes of quickly lost fame by publishing a book and starting his own failing operation
so no one who has any interest in Wikileaks would go and watch the film because it is just crap and wikileaks has published tons of comments and facts why it is
and why would anyone who isn't interested in wikileaks or the activists go and watch the film, maybe for the actors or the story itself
well, probably even that aspect of the film isn't that convincing
so the film is failing, not because it is about wikileaks but because a bad story that abuses wikileaks to get at least some hype and interest has this strategy backfired and stays naked with only something very unimpressed to show for
this is a milestep advancement because you could much more with helicopters than with drones
Gunmen rob millions from Libya's central bank. Boatloads of protesters storm an oil terminal like pirates. Tribesmen block a port - and contradict the prime minister when he tells the nation it will reopen soon.
Libyans have become accustomed to chaos in a country flooded with weaponry where militias and tribes call the shots, two years after NATO bombing helped rebels topple Muammar Gaddafi.
But the daylight robbery of $55 million from a Central Bank van suggested that Prime Minister Ali Zeidan's cabinet is losing the struggle to provide security and build state institutions.
Ten gunmen intercepted the van on Monday when it left the airport in Sirte, a former Gaddafi stronghold, snatching the cash flown in from Tripoli for the local central bank branch.
"The security situation is very bad in Sirte. When I heard about the robbery, I thought I was reading a detective story," said Ali Dhau, a former head of the city's local council.
Sirte, a central coastal town near Gaddafi's birthplace, has escaped the violence rife in cities such as Benghazi in the east, where assassinations and bombings are part of daily life.
On Wednesday, rebel leader Bertrand Bisimwa fled into neighbouring Uganda, sealing a humiliating turnaround for the M23 rebels who briefly held the city of Goma last year. The rebels have occupied a string of towns in eastern Congo for the last 20 months.
The M23 is now clinging to a small patch of territory close to the border town of Bunagana. Aid workers say thousands of people have crossed into Uganda to escape fighting as Congo’s army, the FARDC, continues its advance.
The offensive began on Friday following the collapse of yet another round of peace talks between the M23 and the Congolese government in Kampala, Uganda.
With the help of the UN’s new Force Intervention Brigade, which has a more robust mandate to attack rebel groups, Congo’s army advanced on multiple fronts and stretched the M23 to breaking point.
The rebels retreated from a string of towns over the following days. The loss of a large military base at Rumangabo and the rebel capital Rutshuru were heavy blows to the M23. The precipitous collapse of the formerly strong rebel force has taken many by surprise.
and that we have seen time after time again in Bosnia and Rwanda
if the UN force has no real fighting and military power and trained troops, they are just observers to the war and the manslaugther and all the trials for warcrimes years after are just a big joke and theater because those crimes could have been prevented when the international intervention armies did their job any army should do and that is to defeat the opponent or to push him into real negotiations about a truce and peace because they know they can't win this by military means