Monthly Archives: November 2001

Vermont News Photographer Taken Into Custody, Released.

A newspaper photographer taking pictures of a nuclear power plant for a story in the Brattleboro Reformer was taken into custody by police under a 1917 Vermont treason law originally designed to protect potential targets after war was declared with Germany. Links: Associated Press story; Reformer article about the incident; story the pictures were [...]


“Still too close to call”

An election correction, from The Economist, Nov 15th 2001: “In the issues of December 16th 2000 to November 10th 2001, we may have given the impression that George Bush had been legally and duly elected president of the United States. We now understand that this may have been incorrect, and that the election result is [...]

Google digs too deep?

Paul Festa, writing at, wonders if Google is digging too deep. The article conflates two issues: 1) Google “finding” publicly available files, and 2) Google making it easy for people to download potentially virus-ridden files.
Issue #1 is not Google’s fault — the “security problem” is that the owner made the file publicly available. [...]

“We should not waste this investment…”

Hasan Al-Seraihi claims that he was there when Al-Qaeda was founded, but is now repentant: “No one else might have suffered like me from the deep mental agony over wasting the prime years of my life with young men who did not know the value of their lives. They will, no doubt, be answerable on [...]

Weak Link

Boston Globe, November 13: “College and university faculty have been the weak link in America’s response to the attack,” say leaders of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni in a report being issued today. The report names names and criticizes professors for making statements “short on patriotism and long on self-flagellation.”
ACTA has removed the [...]

Skunk works

From a 1931 Chicago Tribune editorial about ousted mayor William Hale Thompson: “It is unpleasant business to eject a skunk, but someone has to do it.”
Reminds me of terrorists.

Baby Bells Try To Re-Monopolize

Jonathan S. Marashlian, head of the Regulatory Law Practice at The Helein Law Group, presents a A Call to Arms to competitive telcos. Excerpt: “HR 1542, the ‘Internet Freedom and Broadband Deployment Act’… is based on the false premise that removing the legal prohibition on the Bells’ ability to provide long distance data services [...]

Goverment asks libraries to destroy sensitive documents

Too much information, now, not too many secrets. LATimes via

Unconfirmed report: civilians mistakenly bombed in Afghanistan

The Independent News provides an unconfirmed report that about 150 unarmed civilians were killed in an apparent bombing error. “Terrified refugees fleeing the town of Khanabad yesterday told The Independent that American planes had bombed the area a few miles from Kunduz daily since Thursday, seemingly oblivious to the fact that the buildings they [...]