May 3, 2006
by Chris Buell
The US Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday voted to require broadband and Internet phone companies to cover the costs of providing mandatory wiretap access to law enforcement authorities. The order will likely result in a wiretapping tax on service providers to cover the costs of the ...[read more]
May 3, 2006
by Chris Buell
The US government Commission on International Religious Freedom (CIRF) on Wednesday called for increased action to combat decreasing religious freedom in former Soviet republics Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan and for more monitoring of Belarus and Russia. In its annual report, CIRF reported that ...[read more]
May 3, 2006
by Chris Buell
US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has blasted recent suggestions that a watchdog post be created to oversee conduct of federal judges. Ginsburg said the judiciary was under assault and called for lawyers to defend judges against such changes in an appearance Tuesday before the... ...[read more]
May 2, 2006
by Chris Buell
The American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday released new US Army documents it obtained through a Freedom of Information Act action purportedly showing that officials had knowledge of reports of abuse at detention facilities in Iraq and Afghanistan before photos from Abu Ghraib prison first ...[read more]
May 2, 2006
by Chris Buell
No proof exists that the CIA used secret prisons in eastern Europe for terror suspects, EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana said Tuesday. Solana, the high representative for common foreign and security policy in the EU, also told the European Parliament that he lacked the power to investigate ...[read more]
May 2, 2006
by Chris Buell
The dominant Sunni Arab political party Iraqi Accordance Front (IAF) on Tuesday called for a leading role on a legislative committee that will consider possible amendments to the Iraqi constitution in upcoming months. Senior IAF official Iyad al-Samarrai said the IAF should lead the committee ...[read more]
May 2, 2006
by Chris Buell
Ten states sued the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on Tuesday over new fuel economy standards the agency adopted in March. The states, led by California Attorney General Bill Lockyer, are arguing that the new standards for 2008-2011 under the Corporate Average Fuel Economy... ...[read more]
May 1, 2006
by Chris Buell
Hundreds of thousands of US immigrants boycotted work and participated in protests across the country Monday as part of the Day Without Immigrants, a nationwide, day-long effort to influence the ongoing immigration reform debate in Congress. Those boycotting work mostly consisted of His... ...[read more]
May 1, 2006
by Chris Buell
The retrial of two Enron broadband executives on conspiracy and fraud charges is set to begin Tuesday, nearly a year after a jury acquitted five former executives on some charges and failed to reach a verdict on several others. Lawyers for former accountant Michael Krautz and former CFO Kevin ...[read more]
May 1, 2006
by Chris Buell
South Africa is considering how to handle the recent declassification of a 1992 report made by a top general to former South Africa President FW de Klerk detailing involvement by the South African military in unofficial violence during the final years of apartheid. According to the Steyn report, ...[read more]

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