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NY City Settles Lawsuits Over Muslim Surveillance by Police

X-posted from Latest Breaking News:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10141306522

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/nyc-settles-lawsuits-muslim-surveillance-police-36145432

NYC Settles Lawsuits Over Muslim Surveillance by Police

By Tom Hays, Associated Press

NEW YORK — Jan 7, 2016, 2:58 PM ET

The New York Police Department will strengthen safeguards against illegal surveillance of Muslims in investigations of terror threats and install a civilian representative on an advisory committee that reviews the probes under the terms of a settlement of two high-profile civil rights lawsuits, lawyers said Thursday.

The announcement of a deal following months of negotiations formally ended litigation over accusations that the nation's largest police department cast a shadow over Muslim communities with a covert campaign of religious profiling and illegal spying.

"We are committed to strengthening the relationship between our administration and communities of faith so that residents of every background feel respected and protected," Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement.

The suits were among legal actions that followed reports by The Associated Press that revealed how city police infiltrated Muslim student groups, put informants in mosques and otherwise spied on Muslims as part of a broad effort to prevent terrorist attacks.
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Thu Jan 7, 2016, 04:11 PM (0 replies)

NYC Settles Lawsuits Over Muslim Surveillance by Police

Source: ABC News

The New York Police Department will strengthen safeguards against illegal surveillance of Muslims in investigations of terror threats and install a civilian representative on an advisory committee that reviews the probes under the terms of a settlement of two high-profile civil rights lawsuits, lawyers said Thursday.

The announcement of a deal following months of negotiations formally ended litigation over accusations that the nation's largest police department cast a shadow over Muslim communities with a covert campaign of religious profiling and illegal spying.

"We are committed to strengthening the relationship between our administration and communities of faith so that residents of every background feel respected and protected," Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement.

The suits were among legal actions that followed reports by The Associated Press that revealed how city police infiltrated Muslim student groups, put informants in mosques and otherwise spied on Muslims as part of a broad effort to prevent terrorist attacks.

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/nyc-settles-lawsuits-muslim-surveillance-police-36145432
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Thu Jan 7, 2016, 04:07 PM (0 replies)

"Clearly, all of us have done more.." More of what, exactly? Wearing out keyboards? Posting pics?

Reposting someone else's cartoons and op-eds?

What you do, and what the vast majority of your fellow gun control advocates do,
can be described with one word:

Slacktivism

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slacktivism

Slacktivism (sometimes slactivism or slackervism) is a portmanteau of the words slacker and activism. The word is usually considered a pejorative term that describes "feel-good" measures, in support of an issue or social cause, that have little physical or practical effect, other than to make the person doing it feel satisfied that they have contributed. Slacktivism can be defined as the act of showing support for a cause but only truly being beneficial to the egos of people participating in this so-called activism. The acts tend to require minimal personal effort from the slacktivist. The underlying assumption being promoted by the term is that these low-cost efforts substitute for more substantive actions rather than supplementing them


Granted, you might have developed carpal tunnel syndrome scraping photos from the Web...
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Sun Jan 3, 2016, 06:24 PM (1 replies)

NSA's biggest congressional apologist is outraged that the NSA spied on him and Israel

https://boingboing.net/2015/12/30/nsas-biggest-congressional-a.html


Rep Pete Hoekstra calls spying "a matter of fact," he attacked a bill that would impose oversight on the NSA, and he "laughs at foreign governments who are shocked they’ve been spied on because they, too, gather information" -- except when the targets of the NSA's surveillance are Congress and Israel's leaders.

Then Hoekstra is "outraged" and wants "NSA and Obama officials... investigated and prosecuted."

This happens literally every time a Congressional spying apologist gets spied on: they freak out about privacy and the Fourth Amendment, and forget all about spying as a "fact of life" and "nothing to hide, nothing to fear."

What happened to all the dismissive lectures about how if you’ve done nothing wrong, then you have nothing to hide? Is that still applicable? Or is it that these members of the U.S. Congress who conspired with Netanyahu and AIPAC over how to sabotage the U.S. government’s Iran Deal feel they did do something wrong and are angry about having been monitored for that reason?
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Sat Jan 2, 2016, 12:42 AM (8 replies)

Not only is your claim utter bullshit, it's hypocritical. I'm a host of DU's Civil Liberties Group:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=forum&id=1168

...and these are the titles of the OP's that I've posted there, in reverse order, over the
past year or so
(BTW, these do *not* include posts I've made regarding civil liberties in other groups and fora)


Florida Supreme Court Rejects Cell Phone Tracking by Police

The TSA Wants To Read Your Facebook Posts And Check Out Your Purchases Before It Will Approve You...

I Was Arrested for Learning a Foreign Language. Today, I Have Some Closure.

x-post from LBN: "Millions of cars tracked across US in 'massive' real-time DEA spy program"

FBI really doesn’t want anyone to know about “stingray” use by local cops

NY Civil Liberties Union: Erie County Sheriff Records Reveal Invasive Use of “Stingray” Technology

Police can’t delay traffic stops to investigate crimes absent suspicion, Supreme Court rules

Justice Department contradicts Attorney General Loretta Lynch's claims about Patriot Act

Laura Poitras Sues US Government To Find Out Why She Was Detained Every Time She Flew

First Library to Support Anonymous Internet Browsing Effort Stops After DHS Email

Library’s Tor relay—which had been pulled after Feds noticed—now restored

SCREW YOU, FEDS! Dozen or more US libraries line up to run Tor exit nodes

DEA bought millions in cell phone trackers and training, payment data shows

Your browser history, IP addresses, online purchases etc all up for grabs without a warrant

Prosecutor And Cop Lose It Over Idea Of Over Idea Of Needing A Conviction To Take Property


YOU, on the other hand, appear not to have posted *anything whatsoever*
(OP or reply) there in the entire history of DU3.

Mote, meet beam...






Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Mon Dec 28, 2015, 09:55 PM (1 replies)

Happy Chrimble and a Gear New Year, DU! The Beatles complete Christmas records:

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Fri Dec 25, 2015, 12:51 AM (0 replies)

Researchers Solve Juniper Backdoor Mystery; Signs Point to NSA

Source: Wired

Security researchers believe they have finally solved the mystery around how a sophisticated backdoor embedded in Juniper firewalls works. Juniper Networks, a tech giant that produces networking equipment used by an array of corporate and government systems, announced on Thursday that it had discovered two unauthorized backdoors in its firewalls, including one that allows the attackers to decrypt protected traffic passing through Juniper’s devices.

The researchers’ findings suggest that the NSA may be responsible for that backdoor, at least indirectly. Even if the NSA did not plant the backdoor in the company’s source code, the spy agency may in fact be indirectly responsible for it by having created weaknesses the attackers exploited.

Evidence uncovered by Ralf-Philipp Weinmann, founder and CEO of Comsecuris, a security consultancy in Germany, suggests that the Juniper culprits repurposed an encryption backdoor previously believed to have been engineered by the NSA, and tweaked it to use for their own spying purposes. Weinmann reported his findings in an extensive post published late Monday.

They did this by exploiting weaknesses the NSA allegedly placed in a government-approved encryption algorithm known as Dual_EC, a pseudo-random number generator that Juniper uses to encrypt traffic passing through the VPN in its NetScreen firewalls. But in addition to these inherent weaknesses, the attackers also relied on a mistake Juniper apparently made in configuring the VPN encryption scheme in its NetScreen devices, according to Weinmann and other cryptographers who examined the issue. This made it possible for the culprits to pull off their attack.


Read more: http://www.wired.com/2015/12/researchers-solve-the-juniper-mystery-and-they-say-its-partially-the-nsas-fault/



Weinmann's post:

http://rpw.sh/blog/2015/12/21/the-backdoored-backdoor/


The NSA backdoor is known as FEEDTROUGH:

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Tue Dec 22, 2015, 04:17 AM (34 replies)

For Manny G: "You can't win, Darth. If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful...

...than you could possibly imagine"

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Sun Dec 20, 2015, 08:16 PM (0 replies)

The ACLU agrees with the NRA and Paul Ryan about terror watch/no fly lists

Reposted from GD:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10027439041

https://www.aclu.org/blog/speak-freely/until-no-fly-list-fixed-it-shouldnt-be-used-restrict-peoples-freedoms

Until the No Fly List Is Fixed, It Shouldn’t Be Used to Restrict People’s Freedoms

By Hina Shamsi, Director, ACLU National Security Project
December 7, 2015 | 5:30 PM

The No Fly List is in the news this week, just in time for the ACLU’s argument in federal court on Wednesday in its five-year-long challenge to the list’s redress process.

Last night, in response to last week’s tragic attack in San Bernardino, California, President Obama urged Congress to ensure that people on the No Fly List be prohibited from purchasing guns. Last week, Republicans in Congress defeated a proposal that would have done just that. "I think it’s very important to remember people have due process rights in this country, and we can’t have some government official just arbitrarily put them on a list," House Speaker Paul Ryan said.

There is no constitutional bar to reasonable regulation of guns, and the No Fly List could serve as one tool for it, but only with major reform. As we will argue to a federal district court in Oregon this Wednesday, the standards for inclusion on the No Fly List are unconstitutionally vague, and innocent people are blacklisted without a fair process to correct government error. Our lawsuit seeks a meaningful opportunity for our clients to challenge their placement on the No Fly List because it is so error-prone and the consequences for their lives have been devastating...

...We disagree with Speaker Ryan about many things. But he’s right that people in this country have due process rights. We want to see them respected.


No doubt this will cause consternation and/or cognitive dissonance in some.
The resulting logical twists should be quite amusing to watch...




Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Thu Dec 10, 2015, 05:14 PM (5 replies)

The ACLU agrees with the NRA and Paul Ryan about terror watch/no fly lists

https://www.aclu.org/blog/speak-freely/until-no-fly-list-fixed-it-shouldnt-be-used-restrict-peoples-freedoms

Until the No Fly List Is Fixed, It Shouldn’t Be Used to Restrict People’s Freedoms

By Hina Shamsi, Director, ACLU National Security Project
December 7, 2015 | 5:30 PM

The No Fly List is in the news this week, just in time for the ACLU’s argument in federal court on Wednesday in its five-year-long challenge to the list’s redress process.

Last night, in response to last week’s tragic attack in San Bernardino, California, President Obama urged Congress to ensure that people on the No Fly List be prohibited from purchasing guns. Last week, Republicans in Congress defeated a proposal that would have done just that. "I think it’s very important to remember people have due process rights in this country, and we can’t have some government official just arbitrarily put them on a list," House Speaker Paul Ryan said.

There is no constitutional bar to reasonable regulation of guns, and the No Fly List could serve as one tool for it, but only with major reform. As we will argue to a federal district court in Oregon this Wednesday, the standards for inclusion on the No Fly List are unconstitutionally vague, and innocent people are blacklisted without a fair process to correct government error. Our lawsuit seeks a meaningful opportunity for our clients to challenge their placement on the No Fly List because it is so error-prone and the consequences for their lives have been devastating...

...We disagree with Speaker Ryan about many things. But he’s right that people in this country have due process rights. We want to see them respected.





Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Thu Dec 10, 2015, 05:08 PM (5 replies)
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