Jul 172012

Via: www.itnews.com.au/News/308706,submarine-cable-operators-face-us-levy.aspx



The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is considering an expansion to the Universal Service Fund. Submarine cable operators with landings in the United States could face a 15.7 percent levy on quarterly revenues. Some history on US telco rates can be found at: http://www.commsday.com/commsday/2012/comment-bad-timing-proposed-undersea-cable-tax/

Jun 022012

Via:  www.salon.com/2012/04/04/the_memo_bush_tried_to_destroy/singleton/


A copy was kept by the State Department and can be found at www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/news/20120403/

The amazing question of “how the U.S. came to employ torture” is asked 🙂

May 302012

Via:  www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-18260914


The question of a “judicial authority” under the 2003 Extradition Act could get interesting over the next 14 days.

More at:  edition.cnn.com/2012/05/30/world/europe/uk-wikileaks-assange/index.html

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be in Sweden just after the Assange extradition ruling.



Apr 132012

Via:  delimiter.com.au/2012/04/13/us-slams-australias-on-shore-cloud-fixation/


Cloud providers in the US want to host Australian gov data.

All Australia noted was that Australian data might get “scrutinised by foreign governments” and health records have their own laws.


Apr 112012

Via:  www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2127453/M16-1m-bribe-silence-torture-victim-Spies-gave-dissident-Gaddafi-thugs.html


Can £1million stop a court case – keeping MI6, extraordinary rendition, torture and the hint of ministerial approval by a Labour minister?  The new ministers where “misled” ?

Mar 122012

Via:  www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/mar/11/gchq-staff-war-crimes-drones


All the small print about “lawful combatants” under international law is coming back to haunt UK civilian staff working on the CIA’s “targeted killing” strikes.

Feb 082012

Via:  independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/government-may-sanction-nerveagent-use-on-rioters-scientists-fear-6612084.html


Will the UK government allow the use of a nerve agents for British police?

Have UK government lawyers found weakness in the Chemical Weapons Convention that would allow for the use of nerve agents and other toxic chemicals for riot control?

Time for a new category:  Chemical Weapons and Exploit a loophole

More at royalsociety.org/policy/projects/brain-waves/conflict-security/?f=1