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ACTA Leak: EU pushes for criminalizing non-commercial usages

Friday, June 25th, 2010

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La Quadrature du Net
June 25, 2010

A document leaked from the Presidency of the EU reveals that Member States are pushing for new criminal sanctions into the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), a few days ahead of the next negotiation round. The proposal stated in this document reveals how illegitimate and dangerous the whole ACTA process is, while exposing the scary position of the EU calling for more repression of non-for-profit usages… and their incitation.

The ninth round of negotiations1 of ACTA will begin in a few days in Luzern, Switzerland. A new leaked text, dated April 7th, proves that Member States, through the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, are negotiating the toughest parts of ACTA. The fact that the Presidency is negotiating along with the Commission 2 by itself shows that ACTA goes way beyond the scope of a regular trade agreement. Criminal sanctions (jail sentences!) being negotiated and not debated by elected representatives in democratic arenas, is more than shocking. Such a blatant denial of democracy justifies by itself a rejection of the whole ACTA process, whatever the agreed text might be.

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G20 law gives police sweeping powers to arrest people

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Arbitrary detention – a well-known tool of police states. And it’s not an isolated case; the incidence of these breaches have been skyrocketing in the West’s allegedly civil societies. Police are being globalized, and civil rights cannot survive in an environment where they’re simply removed by administrative whim. As of now, your legal charter Section 8 protection against unreasonable search and seizure is null and void. Gone. It’s absolute, or it’s not a right.

Update (2010/06/29): It gets worse. No such law ever existed. The chief of police lied to the people of Toronto. They never even had the molecule-thin legal justification they claimed for the hundreds of stop and search incidents that took place. Completely illegal. As one message on Twitter puts it, “…the class action suit is going to be huge”. Don’t forget to include the TAVIS detentions in the north end as well, people.

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Jennifer Yang, Toronto Star
June 25, 2010

The province has secretly passed an unprecedented regulation that empowers police to arrest anyone near the G20 security zone who refuses to identify themselves or agree to a police search.

A 31-year-old man has already been arrested under the new regulation, which was quietly passed by the provincial cabinet on June 2.

The regulation was made under Ontario’s Public Works Protection Act and was not debated in the Legislature. According to a provincial spokesperson, the cabinet action came in response to an “extraordinary request” by Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair, who wanted additional policing powers shortly after learning the G20 was coming to Toronto.

The regulation kicked in Monday and will expire June 28, the day after the summit ends. While the new regulation appeared without notice on the province’s e-Laws online database last week, it won’t be officially published in The Ontario Gazette until July 3 – one week after the regulation expires.

“It’s just unbelievable you would have this kind of abuse of power where the cabinet can create this offence without having it debated in the Legislature,” said Howard Morton, the lawyer representing Dave Vasey, who was arrested Thursday under the sweeping new police powers.

“It was just done surreptitiously, like a mushroom growing under a rock at night.”

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Judge Greenlights Sonic Cannons for Use on Civilian Protest, Further Court Tests Slated for Fall

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Note: This article was originally posted June 26, but mainstream media accounts (see ‘Alternate Coverage’ in the footer, below) were released June 25. In the interest of getting the extra detail it provides into the unfolding narrative, it’s been backdated to the 25th as well.

Related: Rights group files for injunction against G20 ‘sound cannon’ | Mounties shun ‘sound cannons’ in urban settings ahead of G20 | Toronto police buy four ’sound cannons’ for G20 | Vancouver police get military sound cannon just in time for Olympics | G20 protesters blasted by sonic cannon | American Citizens Attacked With Military Sound Cannons & Tear Gas At G20 | Sonic weapons used in Iraq positioned at congressional townhall meetings in San Diego county | For more, see the G20 Coverage page feature

Martin Lukacs, Toronto Media Coop
June 25, 2010

New weapon to make debut in Canada, with some constraints

They’ve been used to incapacitate Somali pirates on the high seas, cleanse areas of civilians and insurgents in occupied Afghanistan and Iraq, and fend off anti-whaling environmentalists. Now, sonic cannons will be coming to Canada, after a provincial judge green-lighted their use for the G20′s weekend summit in Toronto.

Their introduction into the Ontario and Toronto police’s arsenal will raise fears about the potential normalization of a weapon intended to deter and limit public protest.

On friday morning Ontario Superior Court Justice David Brown ruled Toronto Police could use the sound cannon or long range acoustic device (LRAD) so long as they conform to the protocol of the Ontario provincial police, meaning they will have to use the sound cannons from a distance of 75 instead of 22 metres, and use the ear-piercing “alert” function for two to four second bursts every 30 seconds.
The cannons have two distinct functions: a “communications” setting that blasts loud, pre-recorded messages telling crowds to disperse, and an “alert” function that directs a high-pitched piercing sound at a target.

Mainstream media, including the Globe & Mail, have inaccurately reported that the judge has prohibited the use of the “alert” function.

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How many Americans are targeted for assassination?

Friday, June 25th, 2010

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Glenn Greenwald, Salon.com
June 25, 2010

When The Washington Post‘s Dana Priest first revealed (in passing) back in January that the Obama administration had compiled a hit list of American citizens targeted for assassination, she wrote that “as of several months ago, the CIA list included three U.S. citizens.” In April, both the Post and the NYT confirmed that the administration had specifically authorized the assassination of Anwar al-Awlaki. Today, The Washington Times‘ Eli Lake has an interview with Obama’s top Terrorism adviser John Brennan in which Brennan strongly suggests that the number of U.S. citizens targeted for assassination could actually be “dozens”:

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Final two ‘Toronto 18′ terror accused found guilty of unwitting participation

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

And what they were found guilty of was participating in a terror group. Everyone, including the CSIS mole, agrees that they had no idea it was a terror group (the Toronto Star also has a good writeup, reporting Chand thought he was learning winter survival skills), but as the press has covered, intent doesn’t matter any more. No guilt or intent required, you are guilty.

The National Post crucially quotes Michael Moon, lawyer for the defence, as he put it so succinctly: “Given the broad expanse of the [terror] law, anything could be caught up by it. You don’t have to have done much to be caught for terrorism.” The way the laws are crafted, the jurors had little choice but to come to a finding of guilt. And that gets to the heart of the matter. Because for the four years this has been dragging on in headline after headline, Canadians have been marinating in the narrative that we must fear domestic terror. Never mind the fact you’ve more chance of being struck by lightning than being killed in a terror attack. Never mind the fact the police – and there were 700 of them assigned to this case – make it a point to shake the low-hanging fruit right off the tree, push the kind of hot heads wrapped in their own delusions of jihadi grandeur to reach higher, make it a point to help them set up training camps, practice with firearms, and purchase fertilizer.

It’s a well-known fact that in physics, measurement of a system changes outcomes. This is as true of electrons as it is of interacting with people. You simply cannot put two (or more) well-paid informants smack in the middle of a group of kids that couldn’t even open a tin can over a campfire properly and look for a conspiracy by pressing them on matters they otherwise may have simply grumbled about for the rest of their natural life without accepting some culpability for having a hand in creating one yourself. We need policing, but remote surveillance techniques backed by warrant would have minimized this risk. This debacle, this self-fulfilling prophecy that was seized upon with a showy media-staged takedown at a time when support for the war was flagging is a stain on the nation’s history. Hopefully some more enlightened generation will see it as such and repeal these destructive laws, reinstituting the legal principle of mens rea and removing the tool of entrapment from the hands of the state.

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Megan O’Toole, The National Post
June 23, 2010

Canada’s largest terrorism prosecution ended in a matter of minutes yesterday, with the final two accused in the “Toronto 18” terrorism case deemed guilty on all counts.

The verdict means all of the 18 men initially swept up by police in the 2006 counterterrorism operation have been dealt with by the justice system; seven were released early on, but the remainder have all either admitted guilt or been found guilty by a court of law.

Crown attorney Croft Michaelson said yesterday’s verdict marked a fitting end to the four-year ordeal.

“It was the result that we had always hoped for and expected,” he said outside court, flanked by his Crown colleagues. “It ends the saga.”

The RCMP’s assistant commissioner, Gilles Michaud, said the collective outcome of the Toronto 18 cases “demonstrated Canada’s ability to respond to terrorist threats.”

The Superior Court jury deliberated for six days before reaching its verdict. Both Asad Ansari, 25, and Steven Chand, 29, were found guilty of participating in a terror cell that plotted to storm Parliament and detonate truck bombs in downtown Toronto. The participation offence carries a maximum 10-year sentence.

Chand was also found guilty of counseling the commission of fraud over $5,000 for the group’s benefit, an offence that could earn him life imprisonment.

Defence lawyer Michael Moon, who acted for Chand, said he was “very disappointed” by the outcome.

“Given the broad expanse of the law, anything could be caught up by it. You don’t have to have done much to be caught for terrorism,” Mr. Moon said, noting his client has not been doing well over the past week, which he has spent in a court cell.

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Australian Government to Force Use of State Firewall Package, Block ‘Unauthorized’ Programs

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

As Paul Joseph Watson over at PrisonPlanet points out, this is just the latest in a series of moves by the Australian government to lock its users down into a Chinese-style internet system rife with government censorship of websites wherein any knowledge or activity a mousy state censor deems inappropriate. Furthermore;

“Constant fearmongering about cyber attacks is the cover for a global assault on Internet freedom by authorities. The web is being overtaken by independent media outlets which are now beginning to eclipse establishment news organs. This has enabled activists and the politically oppressed to expose government atrocities and cover-ups at lightning pace, something the system is keen to curtail.”

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Andrew Ramadge, News.com.au
June 22, 2010

Australians would be forced to install anti-virus and firewall software on their computers before being allowed to connect to the internet under a new plan to fight cyber crime.

And if their computer did get infected, internet service providers like Telstra and Optus could cut off their connection until the problem was resolved.

Those are two of the recommendations to come from a year-long inquiry into cyber crime by the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Communications.

Results of the inquiry, titled Hackers, Fraudsters and Botnets: Tackling the Problem of Cyber Crime, were released last night in a 260-page report.

In her foreword, committee chair Belinda Neal said cyber crime had turned into a “sophisticated underground economy”.

“In the past decade, cyber crime has grown from the nuisance of the cyber smart hacker into an organised transnational crime committed for vast profit and often with devastating consequences for its victims,” Ms Neal said.

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No legislation, no precedent to limit G20 police powers

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

Actually, there is that little document called the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms – peppered so full of loopholes it’s clear it was written from the perspective that your rights are state permissions, which is not the case. The state exists by your permission and is beholden to your natural rights. Anyways, the Charter is all we’ve got at the moment and as a part of the Canadian constitution it supercedes the legislation described below. It is the supreme law of the land. Make sure you print a copy off and take it with you if you’re headed to Toronto to protest. It will be instructive to know how many of your statutory rights are being violated.

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Adam Radwasnki, The Globe and Mail
June 22, 2010

With neither legislation nor precedent to limit their powers, the rights of Canadians come off second best

It’s known as the “red zone.” But given the extent to which police are being left to their own devices in locking down a large swath of Toronto for the G20, the “grey zone” might be more apt.

The federal government did police and local residents few favours by sticking the summit smack in the middle of downtown. That it’s in an area more difficult to secure than other available locations, such as the city’s Exhibition grounds, forced more heavy-handed enforcement than should have been necessary.

But it doesn’t help that, as officers are expected to balance security with civil liberties, there’s neither legislation nor clear legal precedent specifying what they can and can’t do. From the handling of protesters to the requirement of identification to enter public spaces and private homes, it’s left to their discretion.

Since each summit is different, there’s no choice but to be somewhat ad hoc in handling them. But civil liberties experts argue that it didn’t need to be quite this ad hoc.

On that front, the responsibility seems to lie more with a past government than the current one.

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13 new prisons: New crime bill will cost feds additional $5-billion

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

That’s what the economy needs to give it a shot in the arm. Spending like the proverbial drunken sailor on more jails, massive globalist summits, new police hardware and new squadrons of high-tech fighter jets. What kind of new economy is it we’re building, exactly? A Globe and Mail editorial reads:

“If the government didn’t know what the new law would cost, its managerial incompetence is inexcusable. If, as is more likely, it knew but didn’t say, its stealth is unjustifiable. Why would Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who has been promoting government-wide restraint in the name of deficit control, allow jail budgets to go wild? Why would the government not tell the truth about the Truth in Sentencing Act?”

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Janice Tibbetts, Canwest News Service
June 22, 2010

OTTAWA – A new prison-sentencing law will cost the federal government an extra $5-billion over five years and the provincial governments even more, Canada’s spending watchdog estimated Tuesday in a report that predicts 13 new prisons will be needed to incarcerate 4,000 new offenders.

Kevin Page cautioned that his cost analysis is not an exact science, but rather a “high-level estimation” because he says he was stonewalled by the government in his efforts to secure the needed data.

“I knew incarceration was expensive, but when we actually did the calculation . . . you get big numbers in a hurry,” said Mr. Page, the parliamentary budget officer.

“It is a lot of money in a period of time when we’re generating deficits.”

Mr. Page, at the request of the Opposition Liberals, analyzed the cost of one piece of crime-and-punishment legislation, which came into force in February.

The new Truth in Sentencing Act ends a practice of judges handing offenders time credits, on a two-for-one basis, to compensate for time spent in pre-sentence remand.

The analysis estimates additional federal costs of $1-billion annually over five years, with two-thirds going toward extra operating and maintenance costs to house new prisoners and the remaining one-third being used for 13 new penitentiaries that would be needed to handle the prisoner influx.

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Experts Draft Document Critical Of ACTA: Signatures Wanted

Monday, June 21st, 2010

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Mike Masnick, Techdirt.com
June 21, 2010

With ACTA finally being officially “released” back in April, the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property, at American University’s Washington College of Law, brought together a ton of actual stakeholders and experts last week to discuss what the draft actually said — and found severe problems with it. Together, they put together a draft letter for signatures, which they plan on releasing on Wednesday of this week. The current draft reads as follows:

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US supreme court: Human rights advice, nonviolent aid to banned groups tantamount to ‘terrorism’

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Yes, that’s right – legal rights activism is now terror. Trying to get medical aid through to Palestine? Terror. ‘Giving aid and comfort to the enemy’ by questioning anything the state does? That comes next.

Terror terror terror terror terror terror everywhere, give up all your rights. Meanwhile as Professor Noam Chomsky points out in exhausting detail across his entire body of work, the US is the chief sponsor of international terror worldwide. And he’s not the only one by any means. Had enough yet? America is a one-party state. So wake up or practice your goosestep, choose one. Choose now.

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Chris McGreal, The Guardian
June 21, 2010

Decision means people could be prosecuted for offering assistance of any kind to terrorist organisations

The US supreme court has upheld a broad-ranging law that allows Americans who offer advice to banned organisations, including legal assistance and information on conflict resolution, to be prosecuted as terrorists.

The case arose out of human rights advice given by a California group to Kurdish and Tamil organisations that are listed as terrorist groups in the US.

The supreme court upheld the Obama administration’s argument that even advice intended to be used for peaceful purposes amounted to “material support” for terrorism.

That includes a lawyer submitting a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of a banned group or helping a proscribed organisation to petition international bodies to bring an end to a violent conflict.

“The supreme court has ruled that human rights advocates, providing training and assistance in the nonviolent resolution of disputes, can be prosecuted as terrorists,” said David Cole, a Georgetown university law professor who argued the case before the court.

“In the name of fighting terrorism, the court has said that the first amendment [on free speech] permits congress to make it a crime to work for peace and human rights. That is wrong.”

The ruling is likely to further complicate the work of activists in support of controversial causes that has already seen highly contentious prosecutions over other forms of support, such as fundraising.

Palestinian activists have been prosecuted and jailed for raising cash for social groups dealing with issues such as housing and welfare that have ties to Hamas, which governs Gaza.

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