I support digital freedom: free expression, security, privacy, creativity, and access to knowledge https://www.eff.org/EFA
Search This Blog
TechDirt: FBI Using Some GeekSquad Employees to Spy for Them?
Well this is certainly worrisome and most would probably consider this unethical and perhaps illegal? TechDirt, (great resource by the way, see previous post) is reporting that court documents seem to indicate that the FBI is skirting around the law, (not using warrants) by paying Best Buy Geek Squad techs to spy for them. Surely this is done with Best Buy's knowledge and approval? Read the entire story
Hundreds of Civilian Casualties in Western Mosul Blamed on Coalition Airstrikes -
On March 17, U.S.-led international coalition warplanes carried out airstrikes on a suspected ISIS location in the al-Jadida neighborhood of western Mosul. The airstrikes leveled multiple buildings, and likely caused the deaths of an estimated 101 to 263 civilians. Both Iraq’s Defense Minister Irfan Hiyali and U.S. Central Command have ordered inquiries into the incident. On March 28, Lt. General Stephen Townsend, commander of Operation Inherent Resolve, told reporters that “if we did it - and there is a fair chance that we did - it was an unintentional accident of war, and we will transparently report it to you when we’re ready.” A sharp rise in civilian casualties in Mosul has outraged several Iraqi politicians and members of the public - most of whom do not accept an alternative narrative circulating in…
As listed on the ISHM (Iraqi Security & Humanitarian Monitor) web siteKirkuk Reported to be Forcing Returns of IDPs without Explanation as Conditions in Hawija Worsen According to the UNHCR, officials in Kirkuk have pressed nearly 8,000 IDPs to depart the province since the beginning of September--allegations that the Kirkuk Provincial Council denies. At least 30 of these expelled families are living on the outskirts of farming villages north of Baquba in Diyala Province without access to adequate food, water, or medical care. The reason for the expulsions is under investigation after an agreement was reached between a Parliamentary Delegation and the Governor of Kirkuk, Najmaddin Karim, to allow the continued presence of IDPs in Kirkuk until the end of the year. Meanwhile, Iraqi Security Forces remain hesitant to clear Hawija (a city of about 100 thousand in Kirkuk Province) of ISIS militants despite deteriorating humanitarian conditions. ISIS Increases Restrictions in Mosul as …