prakslash writes: If you thought that at least your snail mail letters and packages are safe, think again. According to the New York Times, the US government has two snail mail surveillance programs in place — Mail Covers and Mail Isolation Control and Tracking. Together, the two programs show that snail mail is subject to the same kind of scrutiny that the National Security Agency has given to telephone calls and e-mail. Next time you order something from Amazon, ThinkGeek or Newegg, ask them to wrap it in tin foil!.
prakslash writes: Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that according to the diplomatic cables obtained by them, despite the denials by the US State Department and the Australian Foreign minister, the US investigation into possible criminal conduct by Mr Assange has been ongoing for more than a year. Further, the Australian diplomats expect that the US will seek to extradite Assange to the US on charges including espionage and conspiracy relating to the release of classified information by WikiLeaks.
prakslash writes: Although I am aware of the age-old adage that bedrooms should be reserved for sleeping and sex, I have managed to equip my bedroom with a few electronic devices. For example, my bedroom has a medium-sized TV, a set-top DVR box and a DVD player. I also keep a radio alarm clock and a cordless telephone on the bedside table. In addition, I sometimes bring in my laptop and my cellular phone in case I need to use them later in the evening. Because all these electronic devices possess a variety of LED indicator lights, my bedroom ends up being bathed in a significant bluish-green glow at night — a condition not very conducive to falling asleep. What have other Slashdotters done in similar situations to alleviate this kind of light pollution?
prakslash writes: "The Obama administration has begun a review that could spell the end of the color-coded terror alert system created in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. The five-tier system that goes from green, signaling a low danger of attack, to red, signaling a severe threat of attack, has long been criticized for being vague and ineffective. It was also portrayed by some Democrats as a tool used by Bush administration for political manipulation. As part of its review, the Homeland Security Department is inviting public comments on the system via e-mail."
prakslash writes: AP is reporting that new laws are being passed in various State Legislatures that will require every American flag sold in the USA be domestically produced. The law's sponsor, Democratic Rep. Tom Rukavina, said that the 'The biggest honor that you can give the flag is that it be made by American workers in the United States of America'. On the other hand, according to Peter Morici, a business professor at the University of Maryland, under World Trade Organization standards, the U.S. government can't treat foreign products less favorably than those produced within its boundaries.
prakslash writes: USA Today is reporting that the Canadian man with a black trench coat whose shooting rampage in a Montreal college killed one person and wounded 19 others liked to play a role-playing Internet game about the Columbine shootings. This incident could provide serious ammunition to groups supporting censorship of computer games.