[identity profile] telemann.livejournal.com

The terrorist attack in Brussels that killed at least 26 people and wounded dozens in Brussels' airport and public transit system Monday morning is the second major attack in Western Europe in less than five months, after the deadly attacks in Paris in November.

And to mourn with Belgium, which borders France, the French newspaper Le Monde published an illustration this morning from the cartoonist Plantu that seems likely to become iconic. The dates below the image, November 13 and March 22, are the dates of the terrorist attacks in Paris and Belgium. People worldwide were tweeting the image, along with the hashtag #JeSuisBruxelles, or "I am Brussels," which echoes the tribute to yet another recent terrorist attack: the killings at the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and at a kosher supermarket in January 2015.

Source: Vox
[identity profile] telemann.livejournal.com

Source and more details here.

The government and police regularly use location data pulled off of cell phone towers to put criminals at the scenes of crimes—often without a warrant. Well, an appeals court ruled today that the practice is unconstitutional, in one of the strongest judicial defenses of technology privacy rights we've seen in a while. The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled that the government illegally obtained and used Quartavious Davis's cell phone location data to help convict him in a string of armed robberies in Miami and unequivocally stated that cell phone location information is protected by the Fourth Amendment.

"In short, we hold that cell site location information is within the subscriber’s reasonable expectation of privacy," the court ruled in an opinion written by Judge David Sentelle. "The obtaining of that data without a warrant is a Fourth Amendment violation." In Davis's case, police used his cell phone's call history against him to put him at the scene of several armed robberies. They obtained a court order—which does not require the government to show probable cause—not a warrant, to do so. From now on, that'll be illegal. The decision applies only in the Eleventh Circuit, but sets a strong precedent for future cases. The American Civil Liberties Union, who argued the case, said that the decision is a "resounding defense of the Fourth Amendment's continuing vitality in the digital age.

[identity profile] telemann.livejournal.com

One year after four people were killed and hundreds more injured in the Boston Marathon bombings, the city marked the grim anniversary Tuesday with a day of tributes amid preparations for a record number of entrants to this year’s race.

The day began with a group of dignitaries, including the family of the youngest victim, walking with an honor guard to the site of the April 15, 2013, bombings. Bagpipes played as wreaths were placed at the site of the tragedy and no public comments were made.

Around 3,000 survivors, first responders and dignitaries are expected to be in attendance at a ceremony later Tuesday marking the one year anniversary of the bombings. After speeches at the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center, by Massachussetts Gov. Deval Patrick, Vice President Joe Biden and others, survivors will walk to the finish line to observe a moment of silence from 2:30 pm to 3:00 pm, USA Today reports. Church bells throughout Boston will toll at 2:49 p.m., a year to the minute from the moment the bombs exploded.

Time's coverage

C-Span's coverage of the memorial and service
[identity profile] wbm.livejournal.com
Hey again.

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It seems the news has moved on to the WikiLeaks story. Admittedly, I have, too. But I needed to get the following strip out of my system.

We Won't Fly on Opt-Out Day
[identity profile] drunken-leper.livejournal.com

and in case you don't get the joke already, here's the clip

[identity profile] drivebyluna.livejournal.com

I will be the first to admit that I'm desensitized to the VA shootings as I am to everything else.


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