IPBFacebook



POSTS MADE TO THIS FORUM ARE THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE AUTHOR AND DO NOT NECESSARILY REFLECT THE VIEWS OF PILOTS FOR 911 TRUTH
FOR OFFICIAL PILOTS FOR 9/11 TRUTH STATEMENTS AND ANALYSIS, PLEASE VISIT PILOTSFOR911TRUTH.ORG


DIGITAL DOWNLOADS

WELCOME - PLEASE REGISTER OR LOG IN FOR FULL FORUM ACCESS ( Log In | Register )

 
Reply to this topicStart new topic
Judge Strikes Down Part Of Patriot Act,, Russian Bombers Chased, And More

artinser
post Sep 6 2007, 11:58 AM
Post #1





Group: Newbie
Posts: 136
Joined: 26-July 07
Member No.: 1,512



NEW YORK - A federal judge struck down parts of the revised USA Patriot Act on Thursday, saying investigators must have a court's approval before they can order Internet providers to turn over records without telling customers.

U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero said the government orders must be subject to meaningful judicial review and that the recently rewritten Patriot Act "offends the fundamental constitutional principles of checks and balances and separation of powers."

The American Civil Liberties Union had challenged the law, complaining that it allowed the FBI to demand records without the kind of court order required for other government searches.

The ACLU said it was improper to issue so-called national security letters, or NSLs -- investigative tools used by the FBI to compel businesses to turn over customer information -- without a judge's order or grand jury subpoena. Examples of such businesses include Internet service providers, telephone companies and public libraries.

Yusill Scribner, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney's office, said prosecutors had no immediate comment.

Jameel Jaffer, who argued the case for the ACLU, said the revised law had wrongly given the FBI sweeping authority to control speech because the agency was allowed to decide on its own -- without court review -- whether a company receiving an NSL had to remain silent or whether it could reveal to its customers that it was turning over records.

In 2004, ruling on the initial version of the Patriot Act, the judge said the letters violate the Constitution because they amounted to unreasonable search and seizure. He found that the nondisclosure requirement -- under which an Internet service provider, for instance, would not be allowed to tell customers that it was turning over their records to the government -- violated free speech.

After he ruled, Congress revised the Patriot Act in 2005, and the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals directed that Marrero review the law's constitutionality a second time.

The ACLU complained that Congress' revision of the law didn't go far enough to protect people because the government could still order companies to turn over their records and remain silent about it, if the FBI determined that the case involved national security.

The law was written "reflects an attempt by Congress and the executive to infringe upon the judiciary's designated role under the Constitution," Marrero wrote.

http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/na...0,4159236.story
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
artinser
post Sep 6 2007, 11:59 AM
Post #2





Group: Newbie
Posts: 136
Joined: 26-July 07
Member No.: 1,512



Jets intercept Russian bombers

Fighter jets from Norway and Britain have been scrambled to intercept Russian long-range bombers over the north Atlantic, military officials have said.

Eight Russian Tupolev-95s were detected in international air space over the Barents Sea on Thursday, Wing Commander Jon Inge Oegland, a spokesman for Norway's general staff in Stavanger, said.




"We sent up two F-16s [fighters jets] to mark out Norwegian air space. The Russian planes were close to Norwegian air space but they did not enter," he said.

Four British Tornado F3 aircraft were also sent to shadow the Russian aircraft.






Russia's defence ministry published a statement on Thursday which said 14 Russian strategic bombers had started routine patrol operations on Wednesday evening over the Pacific, the Atlantic and the Arctic.

"The planes flew only over neutral water and did not approach the air space of a foreign state," the statement said.

"Practically all the planes were accompanied by fighters from Nato countries."

Nuclear weapons

Russia's TU-95s are long-range strategic bombers that date back to the Soviet era. They can be equipped with nuclear weapons.

Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, announced the resumption of long-range flights in international air space at military exercises on August 17.
Such flights were common during the Cold War standoff with the United States and its western European allies, but were abandoned in 1992 amid the financial difficulties that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Last week, General Pavel Androsov, Russia's head of strategic aviation, said that the aircraft were not carrying nuclear weapons and that the main aim of the flight was to improve training for pilots.

But the flights come against a background of increasing tension between Russia and the US over plans for a missile defence system in eastern Europe.

Ties with the European Union have also deteriorated recently over issues such as energy policy, Kosovo and Moscow's treatment of European firms operating in the Russian capital.

Some observers also see them as a sign of Moscow's renewed self-confidence on the international stage.

http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/1C8...55202FB037E.htm
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
artinser
post Sep 6 2007, 12:00 PM
Post #3





Group: Newbie
Posts: 136
Joined: 26-July 07
Member No.: 1,512



Syria says Israel bombs territory as Israel silent

DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Syria accused Israel of bombing its territory on Thursday and said it could respond to its neighbor's "aggression and treachery."

Israel refused all comment on the report, which said no casualties or damage were caused.

Oil prices were up more than $1.40 a barrel, in part on concerns over the reported attack.

After months in which talk of reviving long-stalled peace negotiations has been mixed with speculation on both sides that the other was preparing a surprise attack, Syrian officials hit out.

"This shows that Israel cannot give up aggression and treachery," Syrian Information Minister Mohsen Bilal told al-Jazeera television.

Another Syrian official said: "They dropped bombs on an empty area while our air defenses were firing heavily at them."

The Israeli military spokesman's office said in a statement: "It is not our custom to respond to these kinds of reports."

The office has typically commented on such reports, but a security source said the government had imposed a news blackout on the issue. A spokeswoman for Prime Minister Ehud Olmert also said there would be no comment beyond the military statement.

The White House also declined comment.

It is over a year since Syrian guns opened fire on Israeli aircraft and Israeli jets last struck in 2003 across a border that remains tense but largely quiet 34 years after the last war between the two neighbors ended in an edgy ceasefire.

Military analysts said Israel has conducted reconnaissance flights over Syria to probe its defenses. One suggested that an aircraft may have run into technical problems.

Turkish and Israeli officials denied a report from an Israeli military source that the Israeli air force had trained in friendly Turkey as recently as this week. The last exercises had concluded last month, officials in Ankara said. continued..........

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070906/ts_nm/syria_israel_dc
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
artinser
post Sep 6 2007, 12:00 PM
Post #4





Group: Newbie
Posts: 136
Joined: 26-July 07
Member No.: 1,512



U.S. audit slams Homeland Security

WASHINGTON, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- The U.S. Government Accountability Office said Thursday the Department of Homeland Security hasn't met half of its objectives in its four years of existence.

The report delivered to Congress and seen by The Washington Post in advance said the department failed to make even moderate progress toward eight of 14 internal government benchmarks and met fewer than half of its performance objectives -- 78 of 171 directives.

The 320-page document said the department has made the least progress in improving emergency preparedness; capitalizing on the nation's wealth and scientific prowess involving research initiatives and eliminating bureaucratic and technical barriers to information sharing.

However, the report acknowledged it would take more time for a Cabinet department with more than 220,000 employees and 22 agencies to become cohesive.

"Successful transformations of large organizations, even those faced with less strenuous reorganizations than (the Department of Homeland Security), can take at least 5 to 7 years to achieve," the report said

http://www.upi.com/NewsTrack/Top_News/2007..._security/6042/
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
artinser
post Sep 6 2007, 12:01 PM
Post #5





Group: Newbie
Posts: 136
Joined: 26-July 07
Member No.: 1,512



Interior Faulted on Global Warming

Earlier snowmelts, longer summer droughts and bigger Western wildfires on federal lands are being caused more by "climatic conditions than land management techniques," government investigators conclude.


They fault the Bush administration for not providing managers of national parks, wildlife preserves and marine sanctuaries with better guidance on how to address the effects of global warming.


A report Thursday by the Government Accountability Office found the Interior Department has "not made climate change a high priority," despite a 2001 order to include climate change in land management planning.


That order more than six years ago was issued by then-Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt on the last full day of the Clinton administration.


"Without such guidance, their ability to address climate change and effectively manage resources is constrained," the report says.


Sens. John Kerry, D-Mass., and John McCain, R-Ariz., requested the GAO's 184-page report on March 8, 2004, when both were running for the presidential nomination in their respective parties.


GAO investigators also found:


_Since 1850, the glaciers in Glacier National Park have declined from 150 to 26, and both summer and winter temperatures are increasing in the park. Some projections say the park's glaciers will be gone within 25 to 30 years.


_As much as 1.4 million acres of forests in Alaska, in the Chugach and the Kenai Peninsula, are dying off at higher rates than usual because of an infestation of spruce bark beetles attributed to climate-related insect outbreaks.


From oceans to deserts, more effects were apparent.


Low-lying areas in the Florida Keys have been hit by rising sea levels already, bringing more saltwater onto the land. Along with more hurricane activity, that is overwhelming fresh waters and areas that supported the region's plants and animals such as the Lower Key marsh rabbit.


The threat extends "not only to wildlife, but also to humans who live on the islands," the report says.


Bleaching of coral reefs in the Florida Keys, too, is being caused by the stress of warmer water which causes the corals to eject microscopic algae that live within their tissues. That could harm the fishing and tourism industries, because they are needed by fish and other marine species and are popular with snorkelers and scuba divers.


In the Mojave Desert, invasive grasses and drought are increasing the severity and frequency of wildfires: "If a fire starts, it burns much hotter due to the invasive grasses."

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?...L&type=politics
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
amazed!
post Sep 6 2007, 01:54 PM
Post #6





Group: Extreme Forum Pilot
Posts: 4,017
Joined: 14-December 06
From: Fort Pierce, FL
Member No.: 331



Good for the NY judge! The Unpatriot Act is an illegitimate travesty. No citizen has an obligation to obey unconstitutional laws.
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
heliweli
post Sep 6 2007, 03:51 PM
Post #7





Group: Private Forum Pilot
Posts: 177
Joined: 14-December 06
Member No.: 323



Finally, a judge has some b**ls.
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
amazed!
post Sep 6 2007, 09:38 PM
Post #8





Group: Extreme Forum Pilot
Posts: 4,017
Joined: 14-December 06
From: Fort Pierce, FL
Member No.: 331



Actually, I think the Unpatriot Act is about 0 for 4 in the various court challenges. I know it was 0-2 some years ago, and I think there have been 2 more challenges that have gone against the piece of $hit legislation.
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post

Reply to this topicStart new topic
1 User(s) are reading this topic (1 Guests and 0 Anonymous Users)
0 Members:

 




RSS Lo-Fi Version Time is now: 20th January 2020 - 08:13 PM