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Al Gore Speech on Unlawful Wiretapping, Imprisonment, and Torture by US President Bush

Al Gore

Al Gore, former vice president of the US, has given a very, very interesting and impressing speech on Martin Luther King Day a few days ago.

He states very clearly a huge number of (unlawful, illegal, or immoral) things the current US president Bush and/or his administration have done. For example:

  • illegal wiretapping of American citizens
  • illegal imprisonment of American (and other) citizens
  • illegal torture by the CIA
  • illegal kidnapping of people
  • suppression of free speech by threatening NASA scientists
  • and lots more

A quote of Al Gore, from a small Reuters summary of the speech:

We still have much to learn about the NSA's domestic surveillance. What we do know about this pervasive wiretapping virtually compels the conclusion that the president of the United States has been breaking the law repeatedly and insistently.

Transscripts are available from The Raw Story and the Washington Post, and there's also a full audio recording of the speech (MP3, 48 MB).

Although I'm not very political usually (or at least I don't write too much about it), this is really something I highly recommend listening to. I cannot imagine why a president of a democratic country can still be in charge, after all these things have become publically known...

(via Tim Pritlove)

Security Risks of Street Photography [Update]

We live in really, really sad times. People are being increasingly harassed for taking photos of public buildings, bridges etc. (at least in the US).

There's quite a bunch of interesting comments in Bruce Schneier's blog. Basically, everyone seems to think that such measures are just plain stupid. I tend to agree.

I notice more and more misdirected efforts to "secure" our world. I'll tell you a secret: terrorists most probably won't publicly photograph any targets, they'll do it covertly, using cell phone cameras or very small miniature cameras, or whatever. Measures such as forbidding photography of public buildings simply annoy tourists, artists, or random people who like photography.

What's next? Forbid email, because terrorists could use it to communicate? Forbid planes, because terrorists could use them to destroy buildings? Forbid snail mail, because terrorists could send letter bombs? Forbid cars, because terrorists could crash them into shopping malls?

Can you spot a pattern here? You can't just forbid perfectly sound and non-malicious activities or technologies to "battle terrorism" — that's just plain stupid. You will piss off a lot of people. And it won't help anything to stop terrorists.

Update: Waaaaah! Now they try to abolish broadband Internet on planes (or at least they want to spy on you) — after all, terrorists could trigger bombs using the Internet. Yeah... I can't believe how fucking stupid some people can be.

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