Daily Archives: October 3, 2006

Architect arrested for using an iPod, going to the bathroom and having a good tan

Humiliation at 33,000 feet: Top British architect tells of terror ‘arrest’

Targeted because he was using an iPod, had used the toilet when he got on the plane and that his tan made him appear “Arab”.
To the applause of fellow passengers, the Jewish designer was escorted from a New York flight as a potential bomber. Because, he tells Sophie Goodchild, of his holiday tan
Seth Stein is used to jetting around the world to create stylish holiday homes for wealthy clients. This means the hip architect is familiar with the irritations of heightened airline security post-9/11. But not even he could have imagined being mistaken for an Islamist terrorist and physically pinned to his seat while aboard an American Airlines flight – especially as he has Jewish origins.
Yet this is what happened when he travelled back from a business trip to the Turks and Caicos islands via New York on 22 May. Still traumatised by his ordeal, the 47-year-old is furious that the airline failed to protect him from the gung-ho actions of an over-zealous passenger who claimed to be a police officer. He has now instructed a team of top US lawyers to act for him.

news.independent.co.uk

Teen with medical microchip dies in Fla.

A teen engineering prodigy who gained national attention in 2002 when he and his family received identification chip implants on live television was killed in a motorcycle accident, authorities said.
Derek Jacobs, 18, lost control of his motorcycle early Saturday and crashed into a guardrail and a pole, the Palm Beach County sheriff’s office said. He was wearing a helmet.
At age 12, Derek became certified by Microsoft as a systems engineer. He was qualified to run corporate computer networks.
Two years later, he and his family had identity chips implanted on live television. They were the first family to get VeriChip IDs, made by Applied Digital Solutions.
Derek pushed his parents to look into the chips as a way to help store medical information for his father, who suffered a host of health problems, including cancer.

news.yahoo.com

New breed of vaccines raises new ethical questions

The pressure to vaccinate children against addictions, just as they are now vaccinated against measles and other infections, is expected to increase

Though people who want to lose weight or break their addiction to cigarettes or drugs may welcome the new breed of vaccines, the breakthrough also raises ethical questions.
What if parents want their children to be inoculated in order to prevent them from getting fat or starting to smoke?
Should vaccination be forced on pregnant addicts to protect the developing fetus? Should judges make use of a cocaine, heroin or methamphetamine vaccine a condition for more lenient sentences for convicted drug addicts?
Would the obesity vaccine become the latest diet drug, used over and over by people wanting to lose a few pounds?
“I can envision a well-meaning parent who drives her 13-year-old to the pediatrician’s office and says inoculate him against nicotine and cocaine,” said Christine Hartel, director of the National Academy of Sciences’ Center for Studies of Behavior and Development.
“And since we don’t know the long-term effects of repeated injections of a vaccine, that would be a big problem. I don’t think the FDA would approve these vaccines for that kind of use.”
In a 2004 report, the academy lauded the development of anti-addiction vaccines but cautioned that “enthusiasm for the new medications should not obscure the fact that fully informed and voluntary consent is necessary under any and all circumstances.”
The pressure to vaccinate children against addictions, just as they are now vaccinated against measles and other infections, is expected to increase if the vaccines prove to be safe and get better at providing protection, said Laurie Zoloft, director of the center for bioethics, science and society at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

chicagotribune.com

Sri Lankan government imposes police state measures in Colombo

Armed soldiers and intelligence officers have been deployed at all main entry points to the city centre, as well as at checkpoints that have mushroomed within the city and on constant patrols.

Carrying a national identity card has become a must. Even with an identity card, Tamils, particularly youth, are often detained for questioning.

Frequent night and dawn house searches are being conducted,

As fighting has intensified between the military and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the north and east of Sri Lanka, the government has imposed drastic security measures throughout the country, including in the capital Colombo.

The measures are not simply directed at silencing criticism of the government’s war agenda. Capitalizing on a media-assisted atmosphere of fear, President Mahinda Rajapakse’s government is also intent on intimidating opposition to the continued deterioration of living standards, which has produced a wave of strikes.

Colombo is virtually under siege. Armed soldiers and intelligence officers have been deployed at all main entry points to the city centre, as well as at checkpoints that have mushroomed within the city and on constant patrols. Carrying a national identity card has become a must. Even with an identity card, Tamils, particularly youth, are often detained for questioning.

Frequent night and dawn house searches are being conducted, especially in areas like Kotahena and Wellawatte, traditionally known as Tamil areas.

Troops often block streets even during rush hours, subjecting workers and school children to aggressive questioning and causing lengthy delays. Committees for school security are being formed to check students and their bags. Anyone who resists or objects runs the risk of being branded as “uncooperative” and penalised.

Addressing the press in late August, government defence spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella said the public, together with the security forces, had to remain on high alert “when dealing with a terrorist organisation such as the LTTE, [because] we do not know what to expect.” In order to sustain the prevailing mood of panic, he further insisted, “[the] safety in Colombo city is not fully guaranteed.”

asiantribune.com

Downtown Columbus Turned into Police State to Protect Nazi Rally

Whatever their aims were, police clearly spared no expense protecting nazis and thwarting the attempts of counter demonstrators

Saturday September 23rd 2006 the National Socialist Movement held a rally outside of city hall. Their numbers were small, no more than thirty-five uniformed nazis, and one robed member of the Ku Klux Klan.
A counter-demonstration was planned against the rally. People from around the state gathered in ohio state’s main oval at 10am to voice their opposition to racism and nazi politics in general. With this in mind, the march down to city hall began. Once the march reached the short north district, two police cars, that had been waiting for the demonstrators, began to follow the march. It was not until they reached downtown that demonstrators realized what a mess the police had made of the city, in order to protect the nazis. Police erected an eight-foot high steel cage all around city hall; all around west broad street, just to protect some nazis. In order to enter this “free speech zone” demonstrators had to be patted down and spread out and scanned with a metal detector, at a security check-point; similar to the kind you find at an airport. Many demonstrators refused to enter the check-point at all. When demonstrators tried to evade the check point they were flanked by the police and surrounded at a stairwell by the bridge over west broad street. A helicopter was deployed as well as a small police pontoon boat! Whatever their aims were, police clearly spared no expense protecting nazis and thwarting the attempts of counter demonstrators; trying to get an anti-racist message across. The demonstrators were then herded in, and forced into an area, at the corner of the Curves property and the protest pin, trapped. More or less a protest pin of their own.
The rally went on and on. One dumb cracker-after-another regurgitating their racist rhetoric. The time of the event was about two hours long . On the walk home police made it a point to follow counter-demonstrators out of the city.

infoshop.org

Details of 2001 meeting shock 9/11 commission

Ex-CIA director reportedly warned Rice about likely al-Qaida attack


Members of the Sept. 11 commission said Sunday they were alarmed that they were told nothing about a July 2001 White House meeting at which George J. Tenet, then director of central intelligence, is reported to have warned Condoleezza Rice, then national security adviser, about an imminent al-Qaida attack and failed to persuade her to take action.

Details of the meeting on July 10, 2001, two months before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, were reported last week in a new book by Bob Woodward. The White House disputes his account.

chron.com

Hypocrite Foley on America’s Most Wanted: “If I were one of these sickos…”

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Hypocrite Foley on America’s Most Wanted: “If I were one of these sickos…”