Loss of Privacy

Keeping you informed on recent losses to privacy and civil rights worldwide.

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President Obama addresses the 67th U.N. General Assembly in New York with a focus on quelling violence spreading abroad.

I know there are some who ask why we don’t just ban such a video. The answer is enshrined in our laws: our Constitution protects the right to practice free speech. Here in the United States, countless publications provoke offense. Like me, the majority of Americans are Christian, and yet we do not ban blasphemy against our most sacred beliefs.

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Sean Faircloth is author of Attack of the Theocrats: How the Religious Right Harms Us All & What We Can Do About It. Faircloth describes what the US government, and you, must do to protect human rights violated by religion in remarks delivered before the Tri-City Freethinkers in Kennewick, WA Sept 16, 2012. Faircloth helps organize the secular movement as Dir. of Strategy & Policy for the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science US.

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At so-called cryptoparties, people are getting together to share tools to protect their own online privacy. By learning the basics of PGP, Tor and other tools, even just regular, run-of-the-mill computers users can learn how to protect their privacy when doing anything they’d like online, even if they might not think they have anything to hide. What does the need for cryptoparties say about the current status of digital privacy? Brian Duggan of the Open Technology Institute joins RT’s Meghan Lopez for more.

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The editor of the French magazine, Charlie Hebdo in an exclusive interview with Al Jazeera has defended the decision to publish cartoons of Prophet Muhammad.

Stephane Charbonnier told Al Jazeera his magazine has a problem, when it comes to Islam, by receiving an indignant or violent reaction.

He says nothing wrong has been done, his magazine has not infringed French law, as they have the right to use their freedom as he understands it.

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The White House asked Google to censor the recent film trailer for, possibly the worst film ever made, about Islam and its prophet Mohammad. Google naturally refused, but it did put a little warning page up that you have to click through first before you can see the video. If only Muslims would have watched the video before protesting, rioting, and killing people, they would have laughed and called American film making a joke instead of turning to violence and death.

WARNING: Painfully bad acting, horrible green-screening, and, quite possibly, the most awful film trailer ever made.

Reddit has two links to the story with many comments for you to read and ponder.

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