Some of these bills were pending at the time of posting
Ron Paul wrote in his "Terrorism and the Expansion of Federal Power": " History demonstrates that the powers we give the federal government today will remain in place indefinitely."
At 73 years of age, for several years I have watched Hitler history unfold. Take a look and see what you think. Third Reich Pages Online. Much more Hitler history in Topics.
Terrorism and the Expansion of Federal Power - Ron Paul alerts us to the power grab danger.
Way We Were - the trashing of the Bill of Rights. Ed Steele says in right.
Cheney says Office of Home Security is permanent
Executive power grab on tap at White House? Sarah Foster at WND; on Bush; great expose'.
EPIC maintains a great list of pending bills with a description.
Uniting and Strengthening America Act (S. 1510)- pending on 10-12-01.
Senate anti-terrorism bill (S. 1510) is available at: http://www.epic.org/privacy/terrorism/s1510.html
House anti-terrorism bill (H.R. 2975) (PDF) is available at: http://www.house.gov/judiciary/hr2975terrorismbill.pdf
EPIC's analysis of the original Justice Department proposal (the
Anti-Terrorism Act of 2001) is available at: http://www.epic.org/privacy/terrorism/ATA_analysis.html
Epic describes both laws at Uniting and Strengthening America Act (S. 1510) - This is a tough on. Pending as of 10-16-01. The House version is PATRIOT Act (H.R. 2975) at the same link.
Identity Theft - California Senate Bill 168 - SSN
DEFRAUDING AMERICA - we are being had big time. Encyclopedia of Secret Operations by the CIA, DEA, and Other Covert Agencies
Much Ado About Nothing has been forthcoming from Congress on the subject of Airport Security. Nothing worthwhile has been seen thus for. Forest
Who Didn't See This Coming? "We have learned that 80 percent of the (airport) screeners in San Francisco are not citizens. If they were federal employees, they could not be fired. The reality is that we will have the same people in new uniforms with higher pay and job security. Their job descriptions and standards of performance will be set by the demands of their union rather than a desire to enhance airport security." - Stan Ames, Las Vegas Review Journal, 1/1/02
 International Coalition Urges EU to Safeguard Privacy
An international coalition of consumer and privacy organizations, organized by EPIC, wrote yesterday to Guy Verhofstadt, President of the European Union Council of Ministers, expressing their concerns about President Bush's recent letter requesting that the proposed EU Directive on the protection of privacy in the electronic communi- cations sector be altered to allow for data retention of telephone calls and Internet messages. EU lawmakers were scheduled to vote today on the issue.
Bush's letter contains a list of measures that he wants the EU to implement to fight terrorism. One of them asks that EU law enforcement authorities "permit the retention of critical data for a reasonable period." The proposed EU directive currently allows telecommunications companies and Internet service providers to retain data from phone calls and Internet communications for for billing purposes, for a period of time no longer than necessary. Bush's request is aimed at giving EU law enforcement authorities blanket retention powers on all communications data for hypothetical criminal investigations.
The coalition's letter emphasizes that many members of the European Parliament, EU Privacy commissioners, and the European Parliament Committee on Citizens' Freedoms and Rights, Justice and Home Affairs, had all condemned routine data retention as violating the fundamental rights to privacy and data protection, freedom of expression, and presumption of innocence. It further notes that such a proposal would be inconsistent with international conventions on human rights. The letter also argues that Bush's request is a threat to the privacy of Americans, since nothing would prevent U.S. law enforcement authorities from obtaining data held in Europe that it could not legally obtain domestically. Current U.S. regulations do not require data retention, even after the recent enactment of the sweeping anti-terrorism legislation known as the USA PATRIOT Act.
EPIC has filed requests under the Freedom of Information Act seeking the text of President Bush's letter, as well as other information concerning U.S. efforts to erode privacy protections in Europe.
The coalition's letter is available at:
http://www.gilc.org/verhofstadt_french.html (version française)
Information on EU lawmaker's vote (choose Strasbourg, "November 13"):
New York Times coverage of the issue is available at:
 EPIC Bill-Track: New Bills in Congress as of Nov 13, 2001
H.R.3162 Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate
Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism (USA PATRIOT ACT)
Act of 2001. To deter and punish terrorist acts in the United States
and around the world, to enhance law enforcement investigatory tools,
and for other purposes. Sponsor: Rep Sensenbrenner, F. James, Jr.
(R-WI). Latest Major Action: 10/26/2001 Signed by President.
Committees: House Judiciary; House Select Committee on Intelligence;
House Financial Services; House International Relations; House Energy
and Commerce; House Education and the Workforce; House Transportation
and Infrastructure; House Armed Services
H.R.3181 To establish a temporary moratorium on the issuance of visas
for nonimmigrant foreign students and other exchange program
participants, to improve procedures for issuance of nonimmigrant
student visas. To establish a temporary moratorium on the issuance of
visas for nonimmigrant foreign students and other exchange program
participants, to improve procedures for issuance of nonimmigrant
student visas, and to enhance procedures for admission at ports of
entry to the United States. Sponsor: Rep Bilirakis, Michael (R-FL).
Latest Major Action: 10/30/2001 Referred to House committee: House
H.R.3205 Enhanced Border Security Act of 2001 To enhance the border
security of the United States, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Rep
Conyers, John, Jr. (D-GA) Latest Major Action: 11/1/2001 Referred to
House committee: House Judiciary; House Select Committee on
Intelligence; House International Relations; House Government Reform;
House Ways and Means; House Transportation and Infrastructure.
H.R.3221 To establish a temporary moratorium on the issuance of visas
for nonimmigrant foreign students and other exchange program
participants and to improve reporting requirements for universities To
establish a temporary moratorium on the issuance of visas for
nonimmigrant foreign students and other exchange program participants
and to improve reporting requirements for universities under the
foreign student monitoring program. Sponsor: Rep Roukema, Marge
(R-NJ). Latest Major Action: 11/1/2001 Referred to House committee:
S.1618 Enhanced Border Security Act of 2001 A bill to enhance the
border security of the United States, and for other purposes. Sponsor:
Sen Kennedy, Edward M. (D-MA). Latest Major Action: 11/1/2001 Referred
to Senate committee: Senate Judiciary.
S.1627 Visa Entry Reform Act of 2001 A bill to enhance the security of
the international borders of the United States.Sponsor: Sen Feinstein,
Dianne (D-CA). Latest Major Action: 11/1/2001 Referred to Senate
committee: Senate Judiciary.
EPIC Bill Track: Tracking Privacy, Speech, and Cyber-Liberties Bills
in the 107th Congress, is available at:
 EPIC Bookstore - The Future of Ideas
The Future of Ideas: The Fate of the Commons in a Connected World, by
"The Future of Ideas" is a highly readable and deeply engaging sequel
to Stanford Law professor Lawrence Lessig's "Code and Other Laws of
Cyberspace." In this book, Lessig, who is perhaps most famous for his
brief tenure as a court-appointed "special master" in the Microsoft
antitrust trial, also sees dominant players exercising control through
the law, technical standards and political might to resist the change
that might otherwise take place. He urges the Internet generation not
to forget what made the last 10 years exciting: an open platform that
did not discriminate among applications or content, an environment for
creativity and innovation, a public commons for an information age. In
a word: the Internet. And instead of calling for the removal of
regulation to encourage freedom, he recommends that there is a place
for some regulation, if we want to preserve liberty.
Lessig's argument is compelling at many levels. It is as good a
history of the development of Internet architecture as one is likely
to find in a book without pictures. It is also an extraordinarily
skillful interweaving of technical characterization and legal
argument. And it is a story well told, with a fair balance of clever
aside and clear purpose.
In time, companies such as Microsoft either acquired or drove out many
of the smaller players. But while the software industry shakedown
moved forward, the public was transfixed by the rapid emergence of the
Internet and a new era of creativity. It could be that in the steady
march today toward the cable companies' "walled garden" and the
software giant's ".NET platform," there are the early indicators of a
new revolution, what the business folks sometimes call "disruptive
technologies." But there is also reason to believe that the cycle of
innovation and consolidation may not continue endlessly. As more of
the commons -- as more of the intellectual material of innovation --
is controlled, the opportunity for new forms of production is
diminished. The monopolies of today sweep more broadly than the
monopolies of the past. Mr. Ford may have controlled the auto
industry, but he did not control the nation's roads. This is the
warning in Lessig's masterly exploration of the history of the
Internet and the future of innovation.
"Privacy & Human Rights 2001: An International Survey of Privacy Laws
and Developments," (EPIC 2001). Price: $20.
This survey, by EPIC and Privacy International, reviews the state of
privacy in over fifty countries around the world. The survey examines
a wide range of privacy issues including, data protection, telephone
tapping, genetic databases, ID systems and freedom of information
"The Privacy Law Sourcebook 2001: United States Law, International
Law, and Recent Developments," Marc Rotenberg, editor (EPIC 2001).
Price: $40. http://www.epic.org/bookstore/pls2001/
The "Physicians Desk Reference of the privacy world." An invaluable
resource for students, attorneys, researchers and journalists who need
an up-to-date collection of U.S. and International privacy law, as
well as a comprehensive listing of privacy resources.
"Filters and Freedom 2.0: Free Speech Perspectives on Internet Content
Controls" (EPIC 2001). Price: $20.
A collection of essays, studies, and critiques of Internet content
filtering. These papers are instrumental in explaining why filtering
threatens free expression.
"The Consumer Law Sourcebook 2000: Electronic Commerce and the Global
Economy," Sarah Andrews, editor (EPIC 2000). Price: $40.
The Consumer Law Sourcebook provides a basic set of materials for
consumers, policy makers, practitioners and researchers who are
interested in the emerging field of electronic commerce. The focus is
on framework legislation that articulates basic rights for consumers
and the basic responsibilities for businesses in the online economy.
"Cryptography and Liberty 2000: An International Survey of Encryption
Policy," Wayne Madsen and David Banisar, authors (EPIC 2000).
Price: $20. http://www.epic.org/crypto&/
EPIC's third survey of encryption policies around the world. The
results indicate that the efforts to reduce export controls on strong
encryption products have largely succeeded, although several
governments are gaining new powers to combat the perceived threats of
encryption to law enforcement.
EPIC publications and other books on privacy, open government, free
expression, crypto and governance can be ordered at:
"EPIC Bookshelf" at Powell's Books
 Upcoming Conferences and Events
Fifth Annual Cato Institute/Forbes ASAP Technology & Society
Conference: The Future of Intellectual Property in the Information
Age. November 14, 2001. Washington, DC. For more information:
Information Operations: Applying Power in the Information Age. Jane's
Information Group. November 14-15, 2001. Washington, DC. For more
Information Gathering in the 21st Century. Seton Hall Law School.
November 16, 2001. South Orange, NJ. For more information:
The 2001 Freedom of Information and Privacy Awards. BC Freedom of
Information and Privacy Association. November 19, 2001. Vancouver,
British Columbia. For more information: http://www.fipa.bc.ca/
Managing Privacy of Health Information. The Canadian Institute.
November 19-20, 2001. Vancouver, British Columbia. For more
CPO and Privacy Practitioners Workshop. Privacy & American Business
and Privacy Council. November 27, 2001. Washington, DC. For more
First Privacy Expo 2001. Privacy & American Business and Privacy
Council. November 27-29, 2001. Washington, DC. For more information:
Eighth Annual National "Managing the NEW Privacy Revolution"
Conference. Privacy & American Business and Privacy Council. November
28-29, 2001. Washington, DC. For more information: email@example.com
Privacy Law: New Developments & Issues in a Security-Conscious World.
Practising Law Institute. November 29, 2001. Satellite Viewing
Locations. For more information: http://www.pli.edu/
Call for Papers - December 1, 2001. 11th Annual EICAR & 3rd European
Anti-Malware Conference. European Institute for Computer Anti-Virus
Research (EICAR). June 8-11, 2002. Berlin, Germany. For more
Privacy By Design 2001: Building Privacy for Better Business.
ZeroKnowledge. December 3-5, 2001. Montreal, Canada. For more
Get Noticed: Effective Financial Privacy Notices. Federal Trade
Commission. December 4, 2001. Washington, DC. For more information:
Call for Papers - December 10, 2001. Workshop on Privacy Enhancing
Technologies 2002. April 14-15, 2002. San Francisco, CA. For more
17th Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC). Applied
Computer Security Associates. December 10-14, 2001. New Orleans, LA.
For more information: http://www.acsac.org/
Call for Content - December 15, 2001. INET 2002 - Internet Crossroads:
Where Technology and Policy Intersect. The Internet Society. June
18-21, 2002. Arlington, VA. For more information:
Future of Music Coalition Policy Summit. January 7-8, 2002.
Washington, DC. For more information:
Chief Privacy Officer Skills Development Workshop. PRIVA-C and Select
Knowledge. January 14-16, 2002 and February 18-20, 2002. Dallas, TX.
For more information: http://www.priva-c.com/cpoworkshop/
CFP 2002: The Twelfth Conference on Computers, Freedom & Privacy.
April 16-19, 2002. San Francisco, CA. For more information:
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