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+ - Terrorist Watch List Hits One Million Names->

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TrumpetPower! writes "The nation's terrorist watch list has hit one million names, according to a tally maintained by the American Civil Liberties Union based upon the government's own reported numbers for the size of the list. The wire services have picked up the story. To help put the number in perspective, that's just shy of the size of Russia's army, and many times the size of any individual European army. Either we're in imminent danger from a literal vast horde of terrorists who would destroy us; that horde is exceedingly ineffective; or the list has vanishingly few actual terrorists on it."
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+ - Font Freedom Day->

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TrumpetPower! writes "On September 29, 1988, the Library of Congress Copyright Office issued a notice of policy decision (4 Mbyte coralized PDF) in the Federal Register “to inform the public that the Copyright Office has decided that digitized representations of typeface designs are not registrable under the Copyright Act because they do not constitute original works of authorship.” In observance of Font Freedom day, go ahead and share some of your favorite fonts with your friends — and do so entirely guilt-free!"
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+ - Gonzales denies Americans have habeas rights

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TrumpetPower! writes "This past Thursday, in response to questioning by Senator Arlen Specter (R, PA), US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales told the Senate Judiciary committee that ``The Constitution doesn't say every individual in the United States or citizen is hereby granted or assured the right of habeas corpus. '' The exchange between Mr. Gonzales and Senator Specter has received virtually no attention from the press; Google News currently has all of a dozen or so stories. Habeas corpus is the right, in America guaranteed by Article I, Section 9, of the Constitution, which ensures that people are not unjustly imprisoned and tried."
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+ - Font Freedom Day

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TrumpetPower! writes "On September 29, 1988, the US Copyright Office published a notice (4 Mbyte PDF) in the Federal Register (Vol 53, No. 189, pages 38110 — 38113) "to inform the public that the Copyright Office has decided that digitized representations of typeface designs are not registrable under the Copyright Act because they do not constitute original works of authorship." The four-page document is well-reasoned and thorough. It not only examines all the technical arguments in depth, but also considers various unintended consequences: "If copyright protection existed for the data representing a particular typeface design, a printer who innocently used an infringing electronic typefont to print a public domain book would presumably infringe the copyright in the data fixed in the electronic font." So, to celebrate Font Freedom Day, why not share some of your favorite fonts?"

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