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Journal SPAM: FBI Raids Home of Suspected NSA Leaker 608

During the very time Congress was debating codifying the Bush administration's wiretap lawbreaking by revising the FISA law the Gonzales DOJ was raiding the home of a former Justice official to identify the person who first brought the illicit program to light.

As Newsweek details the FBI raided the home of Thomas M. Tamm, former official of the Office of Intelligence Policy and Review (OIPR) within DOJ.

The Courts

Submission + - Intelligence Czar Requests Expansion of FISA

An anonymous reader writes: The National Director of Intelligence has circulated a draft bill on Capitol Hill that calls for a "liberalization" of the FISA laws that provide oversight to spying in the United States, the AP and CNN report. Among increasing the lifespan of a warrant obtained from the FISA judge and providing immunity to telecom companies, the draft allows the intelligence agencies to wiretap an foreigner's phone without any authorization from the court.
The Internet

Submission + - Comcast Corks the Port

JPawlak writes: "Keith" from Comcast just informed me that Comcast is unable to reopen port 25 once they block it. When asked why it was impossible to reopen the port, he said that Comcast had received many complaints about spam and is gradually blocking port 25 for everyone on the Comcast network. All users are required to go through port 587 for the Comcast mail servers, but are left connectionless for mail servers that still use port 25. Although there are no public documents stating this company policy, he kindly told me that it is in an internal document.

Do you think Comcast should be able to block ports that they deem necessary and not unblock it for those that need it, or provide a reduced bill for the reduced functionality?

Submission + - New Australian laws will censor terror DVDs

An anonymous reader writes: Within a few weeks, Australia may introduce new laws to censor films and literature deemed by the government to be supportive of terrorism. This is not the first time material has been censored in Australia, which has previously censored films and banned publications, including one titled Defence of the Muslim Lands (censored in mid 2006 by Attorney-General Phillip Ruddock). The proposed laws are aimed to target material such as a DVD by Feiz Mohammad containing some of his past controversial sermons calling for jihad and comparing Jews with pigs. The Office of Film and Literature Classification previously classified this DVD as "PG", suitable for viewing by anyone under 15 years of age with parental guidance.

Submission + - Gates to Senate: Education Reform Now

eldavojohn writes: "Bill Gates appeared before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions last week and called for education reform. "We simply cannot sustain an economy based on innovation unless our citizens are educated in math, science, and engineering," he said. "As a nation, we should start with this goal: Every child in the United States graduating from high school." From the article, "A federal study released last month found that about a third of high school students fail to take a standard-level curriculum of at least four credits of English and three credits each of social studies, math, and science. Another recent federal study found that 40 percent of high school seniors failed to perform at the basic level on a national math test. And on a national science test, half the twelfth-graders who took the test lacked basic skills.""
The Matrix

Submission + - Yellowstone Supervolcano Making Strange Rumblings

Frosty Piss writes: "Supervolcanoes can sleep for centuries or millennia before producing incredibly massive eruptions that can drop ash across an entire continent. One of the largest supervolcanoes in the world lies beneath Yellowstone National Park. Yet significant activity continues beneath the surface. And the activity has been increasing lately, scientists have discovered. In addition, the nearby Teton Range of mountains, in a total surprise, is getting shorter. The findings, reported this month in the Journal of Journal of Geophysical Research, suggest that a slow and gradual movement of a volcano over time can shape a landscape more than a violent eruption."

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