Daily Archives: July 11, 2006

Football Players Accused of Raping an 11-year-old

As Many as 10 Men Allegedly Attacked the Girl
In a crime that the police chief in Fresno, Calif., calls “disturbing,” as many as 10 men, most of whom are community college football players, are accused of raping an 11-year-old girl. Detectives have two of the men in custody and say they have evidence to prove the involvement of the others. The girl, a runaway from a group home, claims she was raped multiple times by the men on Saturday night at a Fresno apartment complex. She told police she was at the complex to visit an acquaintance. After the rape she said she fled the apartment and asked a couple on the street to call police.


Japan mulls pre-emptive strike against N Korea

Japan has flagged the option of a pre-emptive strike against North Korea’s missile sites to prevent more launches. They believe such an attack would be within Japan’s constitutional right of self-defence.

Japanese officials want debate on right to pre-emptive strike
In their toughest comments to date on North Korea’s missile tests, Japanese officials called for debate on whether their country’s pacifist constitution would allow Japan to pursue military capabilities to pre-emptively strike at North Korean missile bases. Japan currently does not possess such technology.

MI5 has secret dossiers on one in 160 adults


The Government was accused last night of hoarding information about people who pose no danger to this country, after it emerged that MI5 holds secret files on 272,000 individuals – a staggering one in 160 adults.
MPs and civil-rights campaigners said resources should be concentrated on combating genuine threats – such as Islamic terrorism – rather than storing personal and political data about innocent citizens.


Americans let right of privacy slip away

The recent disclosure of a secret databank operation tracking international financial transactions has caused renewed concerns about civil liberties in the United States. But this program is just the latest in a series of secret surveillance programs, databanks and domestic operations justified as part of the war on terror.


Defense Department To Fund St. Mary’s Study of Altering Freedom of Information Act

Advocates of open government said the project is troubling.
“It seems like we’re just losing all our freedoms in the name of homeland security, and I just wonder where the real threat is,” said Randy Sanders, president of the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas and retired editor of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. “We’re not going to keep terrorists from finding out about power plants and water supplies by tightening the Freedom of Information Act,” he said.