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Comment Re:Strange (Score 1) 133

That's bullshit. He had a follow-up interview scheduled with the police before he fled Sweden

The Guardian understands that the recent Swedish decision to apply for an international arrest warrant followed a decision by Assange to leave Sweden in late September and not return for a scheduled meeting when he was due to be interviewed by the prosecutor. Assange's supporters have denied this, but Assange himself told friends in London that he was supposed to return to Stockholm for a police interview during the week beginning 11 October, and that he had decided to stay away. Prosecution documents seen by the Guardian record that he was due to be interviewed on 14 October.


Child Psychotherapist: Easy and Constant Access To the Internet Is Harming Kids 353

First time accepted submitter sharkbiter sends note that one of the UK's foremost psychotherapists has concerns that smartphones may be harmful to the mental health of children. "Julie Lynn Evans has been a child psychotherapist for 25 years, working in hospitals, schools and with families, and she says she has never been so busy. 'In the 1990s, I would have had one or two attempted suicides a year – mainly teenaged girls taking overdoses, the things that don't get reported. Now, I could have as many as four a month.'.... Issues such as cyber-bullying are, of course, nothing new, and schools now all strive to develop robust policies to tackle them, but Lynn Evans’ target is both more precise and more general. She is pointing a finger of accusation at the smartphones - “pocket rockets” as she calls them – which are now routinely in the hands of over 80 per cent of secondary school age children. Their arrival has been, she notes, a key change since 2010. 'It’s a simplistic view, but I think it is the ubiquity of broadband and smartphones that has changed the pace and the power and the drama of mental illness in young people.'”

Comment Re:What person thinks this is OK? (Score 1) 191

In this case, the email provider is the 3rd party, not blackberry, so it is analogous. You go to the blackberry system via their website or OS and you give them (blackberry) all your email username, passwords and servers so they can go and get your email from a 3rd party. It works the same way that collects account information from 3rd party sites, for example. You get the email from BIS directly, which in turn gets it from a 3rd party using the account info you provided.

Comment Re:US should follow its own rules (Score 1) 447

He doesn't need a passport to return to the US. Or any other country that decides to let him, like you said. It is simply a measure to make things more difficult for him. Regarding the extradition point, his passport was revoked while he was still in Hong Kong.

My point wasn't really whether or not the move makes sense, just that nothing in the regulations say he has to be in the country to revoke his passport (your original claim)

Comment Re:US should follow its own rules (Score 1) 447

You're conflating the two procedures described in that document. One is for active felony arrest warrants (Snowden's case), and the other is for when there is no active warrant, but leaving the country would result in one due to an existing court order. The actual regulation that the fact sheet is based on also distinguishes between the two:

(1) The applicant is the subject of an outstanding Federal warrant of arrest for a felony, including a warrant issued under the Federal Fugitive Felon Act (18 U.S.C. 1073); or

(2) The applicant is subject to a criminal court order, condition of probation, or condition of parole, any of which forbids departure from the United States and the violation of which could result in the issuance of a Federal warrant of arrest, including a warrant issued under the Federal Fugitive Felon Act; or

In fact, it goes on to list extradition proceedings as another valid reason:

(5) The applicant is the subject of a request for extradition or provisional request for extradition which has been presented to the government of a foreign country; or

Comment Re:A day late, but... (Score 4, Informative) 447

There is nothing extreme about it, it is entirely routine:

The principal law enforcement reasons for the U.S. State Department to deny
or revoke a passport are the existence of (1) a valid federal or state felony arrest warrant; or (2) a
criminal court order, condition of parole or condition of probation that forbids departure from the
United States (See 22 C.F.R. 51.60-51.62)

This pdf is about sex offenders, but that isn't relevant to the regulations they cite (and I'm just demonstrating that it is standard procedure). 22 C.F.R. 51.62 allows them to revoke a passport if the bearer would not be eligible to get a new passport:

51.62 Revocation or limitation of passports.

(a) The Department may revoke or limit a passport when

(1) The bearer of the passport may be denied a passport under 22 CFR 51.60 or 51.61 ; or 51.28 ; or any other provision contained in this part; or,

22 C.F.R. 51.60 allows for denying a new passport based on outstanding arrest warrants:

(b) The Department may refuse to issue a passport in any case in which the Department determines or is informed by competent authority that:

(1) The applicant is the subject of an outstanding Federal warrant of arrest for a felony, including a warrant issued under the Federal Fugitive Felon Act (18 U.S.C. 1073); or

Put together, they can and do revoke passports based simply on having an outstanding arrest warrant, without a specific court order

Comment Re:The USA representative does not understand the (Score 1) 377

I'm not arguing whether or not it is theft, but the contents of the act do make it criminal which the parent argues otherwise. I was additionally simply pointing out that while he argues it is not Theft simply because it is not a criminal offense, the very bill that does make it a criminal offense contains Theft in the title

Comment Re:The USA representative does not understand the (Score 1) 377

In the first paragraph this quote says:

The United States has accused Antigua and Barbuda of contemplating “government-authorized piracy” and “intellectual property theft” as the Caribbean nation ...

either deliberately misleading or is just plain stupid by saying that IP violation is theft. It is not. Theft is a criminal offense, IP violation is a civil one.

I take it you haven't read the No Electronic Theft Act? (Yes, Theft is right there in the title). IP violation can be a criminal offense in the US

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