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+ - CIA Declassifies the "Family Jewels"

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An anonymous reader writes "The CIA has recently declassified some records relating to illegal spying, assassination attempts, and other goodies for afternoon reading. These are available from the CIA's FOIA portal
From the article:
Last week, CIA chief Michael Hayden announced the decision to declassify the records, saying the documents were "unflattering but part of CIA history".
The documents detail assassination plots, domestic spying, wiretapping, and kidnapping.
The incidents include:
* the confinement of a Soviet KGB defector, Yuriy Ivanovich Nosenko, in the mid-1960s
* attempts to use a suspected Mafia mobster, Johnny Roselli, in a plot to assassinate Cuba's Fidel Castro
* the wiretapping and surveillance of journalists, including in 1972 columnist Jack Anderson who broke a string of scandals"
Media

+ - No prohibition against adult content on Blu-ray

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An anonymous reader writes "In a recent Slashdot story it was reported that "No Blu-ray disk manufacturer would make their disks because Sony doesn't want porn on Blu-ray (just as with Betamax)." Reports now indicate that this is false. "'There's no prohibition against adult content,' Lisa Gephardt, a spokeswoman for Sony Corp. of America....""
Businesses

+ - Relocation Package Bait and Switch

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An anonymous reader writes "I got a R&D job offer with a large company in Philadelphia area last week. It includes a relocation package that they told me was standard for my position.

After I accepted the offer and made plans to terminate my current job, the recruiter handed me off to their relocation department, where I was told that my relocation package is significantly less than what I was promised. The relocation manager tells me that whenever there is conflict between their relocation policy and the offer, their internal relocation policy supersedes.

What I want to know from my fellow Geeks are : 1) Is this type of switch-and-bait common practice in corporate America? 2) If you have gone through this nightmare before, any advice on how to respond to it?"
Security

+ - Conn. Teacher "spyware" case in-depth comm

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boyko.at.netqos writes "Network Performance Daily has two interviews dealing with the case of Julie Amero, the Connecticut schoolteacher convicted of harming minors from porn pop-up ads that the defense contends was the result of a spyware infection. The first is from defense witness Mr. Herb Horner, the second from prosecution witness Detective Mark Lounsbury."
The Internet

+ - Hal Turner Threatens Prank Callers With Murder.

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lynzh writes "On December 20th, 2006, an internet raid was conducted on the radio show of white supremacist Hal Turner, known for his support of
violence against minorities. During the show, an unusually large amount of prank calls were made, loosely organized through
internet forums and IRC.

The following is a summary of events as described from a (now deleted) post at the VNN forums, as recorded here.
Thursday, Mr. Turner decided to go through the caller ID list he gets from his phone provider, Vonage, and post the numbers he
believed were the pranksters. Out of the 12 numbers posted, 8 were obvious caller ID spoofs, and 4 were actual minors who
didn't use online telephones like Skype, or were too dumb to hit *67. So Hal decided to pursue this as revenge by posting
the numbers on his site and going after the website that coordinated the radio prank by sending off e-mails to have
material on that site deleted and the IP addresses of the posters revealed. However, Mr. Turner claimed his lawyers did
the emailing, when actually the e-mail was so misdirected, it was obvious that Mr. Turner did it himself.
Friday night, Mr. Turner got an unwelcome surprise. The online pranksters purchased background information and solicited other
online databases to find Mr. Turner's house number. Yes, his actual house number, and decided to call him up for extra laughs.
Mrs. Turner answered the phone and she wasn't too excited to hear from these pranksters. She threatened to call the police
after the caller failed to identify his name and phone number for Mr. Turner to call back. She started to get angry,
threatened to post the caller's phone number on the Internet and claim Mr. Turner was not available to take the call, however
Mr. Turner got on the phone after a few minutes. The caller told Mr. Turner to remove all information on his website regarding
the pranksters, the caller ID lists, and the comments area or his personal information, including his house number, would be
posted online. At first, Mr. Turner acted like he would not submit to their demands, and hung up, however after a flood of
random phone calls from people on the Internet started, Mr. Turner gave into the harassment, removing all the information that
the caller demanded.
Mr. Turner got on his website and submitted to these pranksters demands, removing all the information they requested and replaced
it with MERRY CHRISTMAS.

..

On Christmas Eve, he reposted the caller information, pledging to "punish [the crank callers] with a fury [they] have never
encountered." Claiming the continued prank calling resulted in threats to his family, Turner issued his own threats:

The ONLY thing any of you are accomplishing is raising the level of brutality I intend to use when I take revenge.

Here is how I will mete out justice according to the action committed:

1) Some of you are going to get the shit beaten out of you.

2) Others are going to be beaten to death, and finally;

3) Others are going to have firebombs thrown through the windows of their houses WHILE THEY ARE HOME and when they — and their
families come out, their throats will be cut.

This is the price I will exact for :

1) Harassing my wife (who has nothing to do with my radio show)
2) Recording the harassment of my wife and putting it on the net and
3) Harassing my senior citizen mother.

I am so motivated to to physical violence to these people that I don't even care to state my intentions publicly. Neither cops,
nor Prosecutors, nor Judges will be able to stop me.
..

Using the legal system to get their identities is one thing, payback is quite another.

I don't have to win in court, I only need to win out of court.

Street justice. Get it?

..

I meant every word and I absolutely will carry out every word. Nothing on earth can prevent it.

You dare say I put myself in this position? Fuck you. You guys called MY show. You guys Crank Called and threatened MY wife.
You guys crank called and threatened my mother.

I didn't start this, but I will God Damned well finish it.

Laugh all you like. We'll see how hard you laugh when my hand is crushing your windpipe and you're drowning on your own blood.
..

Please provide a decent argument for wanting people KILLED, for PRANK CALLING your show and you.

Talk about overreacting.
IB | 12.23.06 — 8:17 pm



Sources:

http://turnerchan.blogspot.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hal_Turner#Feud_with_ prank_callers

http://www.haloscan.com/comments/halturner/Dec20Sh ow/

http://www.haloscan.com/comments/halturner/Retalia tionAgainstIRC/

http://digg.com/offbeat_news/lol_internet_war"

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