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Submission + - Journalist burnt to death in India for facebook post exposing corruption (bbc.com)

arnott writes: Journalist Jagendra Singh used a facebook page to expose the corruption in the state of Uttar Pradesh in India. He was burnt to death by the cops on the order of the minister accused. More journalists get assaulted in this state. What can facebook or other companies do, to help these journalists, may be provide support for posting anonymously ?

Submission + - New law permits data on U.S. citizens to be held longer (washingtonpost.com)

arnott writes: "The Obama administration has approved guidelines that allow counterterrorism officials to lengthen the period of time they retain information about U.S. residents, even if they have no known connection to terrorism.
The changes allow the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), the intelligence community’s clearinghouse for terrorism data, to keep information for up to five years. Previously, the center was required to promptly destroy — generally within 180 days — any information about U.S. citizens or residents unless a connection to terrorism was evident.

“Total Information Awareness”. How about TIA for the people about the government ?"

Submission + - Blocking WikiLeaks emails hinders prosecution of Bradley Manning (politico.com)

arnott writes: "The federal government's vigilance at preventing anything relating to WikiLeaks from appearing on a government computer has tripped up military prosecutors, causing them to miss important emails from the judge and defense involved in the case. Yesterday's Manning hearing also revealed that the U.S. claims that Manning aided al-Qaeda by allegedly giving documents to Wikileaks. What about the New York Times, which also posted the Wikileaks documents?"

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