Site change: A Week in Review - July 3rd, 2015
Changes made to the International Traffic in Arms (ITAR) regulations included a ban on posting schematics for 3D printed gun parts online, classifying anything posted to the internet to be an "export." This could easily be interpreted to mean that posting articles instructing people on data privacy methods could be considered an export "providing aid to terrorists," leaving the poster open to detention under NDAA and asset forfeiture under the Patriot Act.
Oregon bakers embroiled in same-sex wedding cake refusal have now been issued a cease-&-desist order, banning them from discussing their side of the lawsuit.
The federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced plans to monitor, data mine and track "95% of all credit card transactions" by 2016.
New documents show that, despite assurances to the contrary, NSA data collection also include "pictures, documents, voice calls, webcam photos, web searches, advertising analytics traffic, social media traffic, botnet traffic, logged keystrokes, computer network exploitation (CNE) targeting, intercepted username and password pairs, file uploads to online services, Skype sessions and more." Further, the database this was written to is easily queryable by intelligence analysts and "that analysts can query the database for information on people based on location, nationality, and previous web traffic."
NY Mayor DeBlasio has committed to paying "health-advocacy groups $9,000 apiece to pressure landlords and developers to prohibit smoking in their apartment complexes...." This "pressure" will then be passed along to residents renting their apartment homes.
Sir Nicholas Winton passed away at the age of 106. His selfless acts just prior to the outbreak of WW2 saved 669 Czech children from Nazi death camps.
A federal judge ordered the return of $167,000 in cash seized from a motorist - a man who was not arrested, who committed no crime, and who had no criminal history - by Nevada deputies through civil asset forfeiture laws.
The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court ruled the NSA can resume bulk collection of American citizens' phone records courtesy of the Freedom Act, applied for by the Obama administration hours after the expiration of Patriot Act provisions, and ratified the next day.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking to close over 1,400 miles of trails in Mesa County, Colorado, against the wishes - and economic benefit - of the local populace there. For now, the BLM will "defer action" for 200 miles' worth - but are moving forward with their policy of area denial.
The Supreme Court ruled that the EPA unreasonably interpreted the Clean Air Act when it decided to set limits on the emissions of toxic pollutants from power plants without first considering the costs of the industry to do so.
The Supreme Court also ruled that voters have the right to establish independent commissions to draw electoral district lines rather than rely on state legislatures, which have abused their role to gerrymander districts for partisan advantages.