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Feds to Supreme Court: Allow Warrantless GPS Monitoring | Threat Level | Wired.com

Feds to Supreme Court: Allow Warrantless GPS Monitoring | Threat Level | Wired.com: "The Obama administration is urging the Supreme Court to allow the government, without a court warrant, to affix GPS devices on suspects’ vehicles to track their every move.

The Justice Department, saying “a person has no reasonable expectation of privacy in his movements (.pdf) from one place to another,” is demanding the justices undo a lower court decision that reversed the conviction and life sentence of a cocaine dealer whose vehicle was tracked via GPS for a month without a court warrant.

The petition, if accepted by the justices, arguably would make it the biggest Fourth Amendment case in a decade — one weighing the collision of privacy, technology and the Constitution."

Michigan: Police Search Cell Phones During Traffic Stops

Michigan: Police Search Cell Phones During Traffic Stops: "The Michigan State Police have a high-tech mobile forensics device that can be used to extract information from cell phones belonging to motorists stopped for minor traffic violations. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan last Wednesday demanded that state officials stop stonewalling freedom of information requests for information on the program.

ACLU learned that the police had acquired the cell phone scanning devices and in August 2008 filed an official request for records on the program, including logs of how the devices were used. The state police responded by saying they would provide the information only in return for a payment of $544,680. The ACLU found the charge outrageous.

'Law enforcement officers are known, on occasion, to encourage citizens to cooperate if they have nothing to hide,' ACLU staff attorney Mark P. Fancher wrote. 'No less should be expected of law enforcement, and the …

Haaretz WikiLeaks exclusive / Netanyahu agreed to join Olmert's government if Israel attacked Iran - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

Haaretz WikiLeaks exclusive / Netanyahu agreed to join Olmert's government if Israel attacked Iran - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News: "Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed willingness to join Ehud Olmert's government in 2007 if Israel initiated an attack on Iran, a document from the Israeli WikiLeaks collection has revealed.

On July 20, 2007, Marc J. Sievers, the political counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, sent a telegram to the State Department in Washington on the matter. The telegram was classified 'Confidential,' the level between 'Unclassified' and 'Secret.'"

If you're a Bahraini, protesting in the UK can have 'grave consequences' | Suliman al-Bahraini | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk

If you're a Bahraini, protesting in the UK can have 'grave consequences' | Suliman al-Bahraini | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk: "Last month I participated in a protest of solidarity with my people, family, and friends in Bahrain. It took place in front of the BBC building in Manchester. The protest was peaceful, and most of the demonstrators were holding Bahraini flags. We were supporting the call for democracy, equal rights and constitutional reform that promotes basic human rights and peaceful coexistence between all religious and ethnic communities in the kingdom."

Hezbollah Challenges Bahrain Govt - IPS ipsnews.net

Hezbollah Challenges Bahrain Govt - IPS ipsnews.net: "BEIRUT, Apr 21, 2011 (IPS) - Hezbollah’s hardening stance in the Bahraini crisis has sowed discord between Lebanon and the Gulf island, currently home to about 5,000 Lebanese expatriates. As the situation escalates, many fear that the status of other Lebanese in the rest of the Gulf could come under threat."

AGI News On - 7 LIBYAN CIVILIANS KILLED BY NATO RAID SOUTH OF TRIPOLI

AGI News On - 7 LIBYAN CIVILIANS KILLED BY NATO RAID SOUTH OF TRIPOLI: "(AGI) Tripoli - According to Libyan media, 7 civilians died and 18 were wounded by a NATO raid in a southwestern Tripoli suburb. The official Jana news agency reported the coalition warplanes bombed the Khellat Al-Ferjan suburb and that the victims include women and children. Bir Al-Ghanam, 50 km southwest of the Libyan capital, was also bombed. . ."

Sudan: President concedes blame for genocide - Africa, World - The Independent

Sudan: President concedes blame for genocide - Africa, World - The Independent: "The President of Sudan has conceded full responsibility for the genocide in Darfur in which around 300,000 people died.

In his first interview with the Western media, Omar Bashir said: 'I am the President, so I am responsible about everything happening in the country.'

But he accused the International Criminal Court of 'double standards' and a 'campaign of lies'.

He added that Britain and other Western countries were pursuing a politically-motivated vendetta against him with the ultimate aim of forcing regime change in Sudan as well as in neighbouring Libya."

   Libya offers “verifiable” ceasefire, elections  :      Information Clearing House: ICH

   Libya offers “verifiable” ceasefire, elections  :      Information Clearing House: ICH

April 20, 2011 "The Hindu" -- LONDON: Libya's Foreign Minister Abdul Ati al-Obeidi on Wednesday offered a “properly verifiable” ceasefire supervised by foreign observers to pave the way for talks which could cover “any issue” including, he implied, the future of Colonel Muammar Qadhafi.