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Doctors and dentists tell patients, "all your review are belong to us"
Informative article on this issue; I've read several very general discussions about this practice, but this article really lays out what's happening, and pulls in plenty of supporting info.
copyright  medicalethics  legal  4blogpost 
may 2011 by kkennedy
Doctors and dentists tell patients, "all your review are belong to us"
Informative article on this issue; I've read several very general discussions about this practice, but this article really lays out what's happening, and pulls in plenty of supporting info.
copyright  medicalethics  legal  4blogpost 
may 2011 by kkennedy
Supreme Court OKs Warrantless House Search | Threat Level | Wired.com
VERY disappointing. I agree with Justice Ginsberg (the sole dissenter) here: "The court today arms the police with a way routinely to dishonor the Fourth Amendment’s warrant requirement in drug cases..." 
legal  civlib  scotus 
may 2011 by kkennedy
FCC’s Warrantless Household Searches Alarm Experts
FTA: 'You may not know it, but if you have a wireless router, a cordless phone, remote car-door opener, baby monitor or cellphone in your house, the FCC claims the right to enter your home without a warrant at any time of the day or night in order to inspect it.'
privacy  fcc  legal  government 
may 2009 by kkennedy
Michelle Singletary - Revealing the Hidden Cost Of Credit Cards
FTA: ' Effectively, the most financially vulnerable consumers have subsidized the low interest rates and rewards programs that the more financially secure enjoy.

I know what some of you may be thinking: "Good for me; too bad for them. That's how capitalism works."

Right you are. That is how capitalism works. And at times it's a selfish system.

We live in a society where many people who do well can't sympathize with those who don't. We've created a culture in which people live by "I pulled myself up by my own bootstraps" or "I got mine; it's up to you to get yours." '
credit  politics  legal  finance  2008crash  capitalism  capitalism.abuses  greedisnotgood 
may 2009 by kkennedy
Obama's civil liberties speech - Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com
"...while his well-crafted speech can have a positive impact on our debate and contained some welcome and rare arguments from a high-level political leader -- changes in the terms of the debate are prerequisites to changes in policy and the value of rhetoric shouldn't be understated -- they're still just words until his actions become consistent with them."
politics  legal  gwot  terrorism  barackobama  salon 
may 2009 by kkennedy
Credit Card Industry Aims to Profit From Sterling Payers
FTA: 'Banks are not required to publicly reveal how much money they make from penalty interest rates and fees, though government officials and industry consultants estimate they constitute a growing portion of revenue.'
credit  finance  legal 
may 2009 by kkennedy
Why the Bush torture architects must be prosecuted: A counter-terror expert speaks out
FTA: 'Now, at long last, six years of denials can now be swept aside, and we can say definitively: America engaged in torture and legalized it through paperwork.'
torture  gwot  legal 
april 2009 by kkennedy
In Adopting Harsh Tactics, No Inquiry Into Past Use
FTA: 'The program began with Central Intelligence Agency leaders in the grip of an alluring idea: They could get tough in terrorist interrogations without risking legal trouble by adopting a set of methods used on Americans during military training. How could that be torture?' -- Please tell me that's not the new rationalization...by the people than RAN THE GOVERNMENT? Gah.
torture  gwot  legal  nyt 
april 2009 by kkennedy
Obama Open to Inquiry in Interrogation Abuses
FTA: 'Three Bush administration lawyers who signed memos, John C. Yoo, Jay S. Bybee and Steven G. Bradbury, are the subjects of a coming report by the Justice Department’s ethics office that officials say is sharply critical of their work. The ethics office has the power to recommend disbarment or other professional penalties or, less likely, to refer cases for criminal prosecution.'
torture  gwot  legal 
april 2009 by kkennedy
Strip searching students illegal? Supreme Court not so sure
Holy...hell. Lots of followup links going into delicious on this one. Plus, as Cory Doctorow (among others) notes, invasions of privacy and rights limitations often start in places where individuals are given less legal protection against it, like schools and prisons. Once their value is "proven", then there's pressure to make them more generally widespread. (cameras, backpack searches, etc.)
legal  school  privacy  scotus  civlib 
april 2009 by kkennedy
Groklaw - US District Court: Restoration of Copyright in Public Domain Foreign Works Is Unconstitutional
FTA: 'The US District Court for the District of Colorado has just granted a motion for summary judgment in Golan v. Holder you will want to know about. It is a very big deal. ... I read it as saying that nothing, not any treaty, not even the Berne Convention, can trump the US Constitution. That's what I love about it.' -- woot.
copyright  publicdomain  legal 
april 2009 by kkennedy
iPods, First Sale, President Obama, and the Queen of England
FTA: 'Of course, no one thinks that copyright owners are going to send lawyers after either President Obama or the Queen over this. But none of us should want a world where even our leaders--much less the rest of us--can't figure out how copyright law operates in their daily lives.'
eff  copyright  barackobama  music  media  legal 
april 2009 by kkennedy
URAA Held Unconstitutional | Stanford Center for Internet and Society
FTA: 'It is the first time a court has held any part of the Copyright Act violates the First Amendment and the first time any court has placed specific constitutional limits on the government's ability to erode the public domain.'
copyright  legal 
april 2009 by kkennedy
OpenCongress - Read the Bill - GPO Text Available to Consideration
Nice. FTA: 'This is a list of bills in Congress for which the time of the full bill text being available to the time of the bill's initial consideration is less than 72 hours. OpenCongress and the Sunlight Foundation believe that Congress should change its rules to require that non-emergency legislation and conference reports be posted on the Internet for 72 hours before debate begins'
congress  legal 
march 2009 by kkennedy
Eroding the Exclusionary Rule
FTA: ' There's an interesting dichotomy on the right when it comes to the police. The same philosophy that distrusts the government when it manifests itself as bureaucrats and regulators (a sentiment I share) seems to put an unhealthy amount of trust in the government employees we call police officers. '
radleybalko  legal  scotus  scalia 
january 2009 by kkennedy
Be wary of using military as police
FTA: "Neither the terrorist threat nor the hazards of bad weather require rethinking our traditional reluctance to use standing armies at home. We need not fear a coup, but we should worry about misusing our busy military for civilian tasks and developing an tendency to rely on the troops to answer every scare."
military  legal 
january 2009 by kkennedy
The Virtual Company Project
The net has enabled the creation of markets (eBay) and altruistic community production (wikipedia). But it hasn't yet made it easy for a group of individuals, located around the globe, to create a persistent legal entity that has the ability to own property, open a bank account and enter into contracts with third parties. State limited liability company acts can be modestly amended to provide the flexibility necessary for transient online groups to enjoy limited liability, group-based decision-making and, collectively, legal personhood.
collaboration  distributed  management  legal 
november 2008 by kkennedy
In Blow to Bush, Judge Orders 17 Guantánamo Detainees Freed
“I think the moment has arrived for the court to shine the light of constitutionality on the reasons for detention,” Judge Urbina said.
gwot  guantanamo  legal  nyt 
october 2008 by kkennedy
Colleges: Drinking age 'not working'
I'm glad to see some colleges are finally paying attention to the issues here.
legal 
august 2008 by kkennedy
FORA.tv - Uncommon Knowledge: Andrew McCarthy
This was disturbing, but worth watching. I understand a little better where people like Giuliani and Mukasey are coming from now, and it scares me. Telling quote: "...we give people we capture enough justice so it doesn't look like a kangaroo court, so th
video  gwot  hooverinstitute  fora  legal  security 
july 2008 by kkennedy
Amendment Would Put Spy Lawsuits, Amnesty On Hold Pending Investigation
If Sen. Dodd gets shouted down this time, I say bring on Bingaman and this amendment!
privacy  legal  gwot  surveillance  nsa  security 
july 2008 by kkennedy
War Powers Act needs fixing, bipartisan panel says
Wow...they really don't miss a trick, do they? Your tax dollars at work.
legal  gwot  military  congress 
july 2008 by kkennedy
Senate Delays Vote on Immunity
Awesome! Now we have to get out there and talk about this...but I'm so happy that Dodd, Feingold and Bingaman helped get us a reprieve.
fisa  legal  eff 
june 2008 by kkennedy
Dodd, Feingold Statement on Senate Consideration of FISA
“If the Senate does proceed to this legislation, our immediate response will be to offer an amendment that strips the retroactive immunity provision out of the bill."
gwot  legal  congress  fisa  civlib 
june 2008 by kkennedy
Legal Lad :: Ex Post Facto
Decreasing punishment (ie, immunity) apparently not covered by the ex post facto clause as many hope. Though IANAL...we'll see how this plays out.
legal  fisa  congress 
june 2008 by kkennedy
Cato-at-liberty » Zeal
Andrew McCarthy: “If we are detaining such a terrorist, it is because we already know he is a terrorist.”
legal  gwot  security  torture 
june 2008 by kkennedy
Surveillance Bill Stirs Debate
Online NewsHour: Analysis | March 13, 2008 | PBS
security  civlib  gwot  legal 
march 2008 by kkennedy
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