Ed Hasbrouck writes: For the first time ever, lawyers for the USA Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will appear in court tomorrow in Seattle to try to defend their (still largely secret) procedures for the compilation and use by the TSA, law enforcement agencies, and airlines of “No-Fly” and “selectee” watch lists. … I got word…Read More No Right To Be Free of Airport Searches?
On three occasions over the past five months, Tubiana said, outside judges assigned to review the vendor’s case have set deadlines for investigating magistrates to either indict or release him. The deadlines have passed, but his client remains locked up, court documents show. “There is in fact no control” over these magistrates, he said. “They…Read More Liberties Eroded
However, Engler thinks the security explanation should be taken with a grain of salt. His research in the late 1990s aimed to improve the reliability of software. Security analysis was part of the story, he says, but “basically, we just didn’t want stuff to crash.” (writes Jon Udell in Infoworld.) But Crispin Cowan has a…Read More Reliability and Security
As we go into the 54th Presidential elections under the US Constitution, two things , possibly related, have struck me. The first is the elections in Afghanistan. Millions of people ignored threats and went out to vote. Millions of them were women, given a say in their country’s government for the first time. The other…Read More What's a Free Election worth?
I recently blogged about Ted Taylor, and the book he inspired. He passed away recently: Thirty-one years ago, The New Yorker published a profile of nuclear weapon designer Ted Taylor, written by John McPhee. Published in book form as “The Curve of Binding Energy,” this was the first time the prospect of nuclear terrorism was…Read More "I am searching for the truth as long as I can"
The announcement suggests that Rehnquist is suffering from anaplastic thyroid cancer, a rare and aggressive form of the disease, said Herman Kattlove, an oncologist and medical editor for the American Cancer Society. The anaplastic variety is the only type of thyroid cancer that is treated with chemotherapy. “It’s not treatable by surgery, only by chemotherapy…Read More Rehnquist's Health
The New York Times reports: Lawyers for many of the detainees, including the ones named in the Supreme Court ruling, say the Bush administration is purposely ignoring the justices’ mandate and stalling. They cite the government’s refusal to acknowledge that detainees are entitled to free access to lawyers to make their cases before federal judges.…Read More Hello? Earth to Justice Dept…