May 5 Radio Guest Expert Warns of Privacy Intrusions, Danger

By Andrew Kreig / Project Director

William EyreOur guest on this week’s Washington Update radio show May 5 was information security expert William Eyre, Ph.D., left, author of The Real ID Act, a first-of-its-kind book describing government surveillance in the United States enabled by post-9/11 legislation. The book warns that federal laws and procedures disguised as anti-terrorism measures have far-reaching, sinister implications for ordinary citizens and for the nation’s democratic process.

The show broadcast live with my longtime co-host Scott Draughon may be heard nationwide by archive by clicking here on the My Technology Lawyer (MTL) radio network, and by archive. The interview began 17 minutes past the hour after host comments about the inside angle on national news. Among the topics were the curious choice as publicist for Republican Presidential candidate and brith certificate advocate Donald Trump, shown at right. As Trump makes news by raising a storm of questions regarding President Obama's birth certificate, his publicist apparently is Ari Emanuel, brother of longtime Democratic strategist Rahm Emanuel, who left his post as President Obama's chief of staff to become mayor of Chicago. See details below.

In a unique treatment of the question of Constitutional rights and rights destroying laws, the featured guest Eyre chronicled what he calls the government’s unconstitutional abridgement of individual rights in times of war and national emergency from 1798 to the present. The author emphasized the perpetual and Orwellian “Global War on Terror,” the war that will never end.  He examined also construction of privacy as a right and what he calls the ultimate in rights destruction: TSA’s molestation and naked picture-taking of citizens.  “The new surveillance system,” the author argued, “erodes personal privacy and creates a threat to privacy and autonomy from criminals, the government and (due to insider abuses of data) criminal members of the government.”

The book tracks an ordinary couple, apocryphally named Winston and Julia Smith, through the course of their daily routines, and illustrates the manner in which their activities can be monitored and catalogued for further use in myriad ways.  Eyre provides an authoritative and compelling account of the loss of American freedoms in the name of preserving such freedoms.

Eyre has spent his career in Information Technology, mostly as an independent consultant and most recently in computer security. He is the first interdisciplinary Ph.D. graduate in Information Security from the CERIAS center at Purdue University. At Purdue, his studies included international terrorism, biometrics, cryptography and computer forensics. He currently works in information security in the intelligence community. His book was published two weeks ago by LFB Scholarly Publishing. For more details and to order the book, kindly click: Details.

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Chicago Magazine / Felsenthal Files, Donald Trump and the Emanuel Brothers—What's the Deal? Carol Felsenthal, April 28, 2011. Within minutes of the White House’s release of Barack Obama’s Hawaii birth certificate yesterday, Donald Trump (right, in a photo by Gage Skimore via Wikipedia) took the credit, saying, “I’m very proud of myself”—only he could get the president to do what he should have done a long time ago. Trump’s campaign to vilify Obama is dominating headlines these days, so it’s worth a look to examine the real estate tycoon's ties to two of the president’s most energetic backers: Rahm Emanuel and his younger brother, Ari. “Deal” would be the best word to describe the relationship among Rahm, Ari, and Trump, who employs Ari as his agent and gave Rahm $50,000 for his run for mayor last December.

 


Below are significant articles on legal reform and related political, security and media factors. The articles contain a sample of news. See the full article by visiting the Project's home page and clicking the button News Reports at top right to find a link to the article.

 

Wired / Danger Room, Blackwater’s New Ethics Chief: John Ashcroft, Spencer Ackerman, May 4, 2011. The consortium in charge of restructuring the world’s most infamous private security firm just added a new chief in charge of keeping the company on the straight and narrow. Yes, John Ashcroft, the former attorney general, is now an “independent director” of Xe Services, formerly known as Blackwater. Ashcroft will head Xe’s new “subcommittee on governance,” its backers announced early Wednesday in a statement, an entity designed to “maximize governance, compliance and accountability” and “promote the highest degrees of ethics and professionalism within the private security industry.”

 

Law Professors Blog, Crime Results In Imprisonment, Disbarment, Mike Frisch, May 4, 2011. The Oklahoma Supreme Court has disbarred an attorney for conviction of child sexual exploitation.  The former Army Major was sentenced to 27 years in federal prison for a horrific crime: raping a baby. Federal authorities found 30,000 images and 100 videos of child pornography on the computer of 35 year-old Daniel Woolverton, a 1997 West Point graduate with a career as an Army trial lawyer that appeared to be on the fast track. Now, he’s behind bars after raping a boy as young as three months old, an act he videotaped.

Nieman Watchdog, What about drones now? What about Afghanistan? Barry Sussman, May 2, 2011. Here are a few questions from the Nieman Watchdog assignment desk for second-day stories on the departure of Osama bin Laden. With bin Laden gone, isn’t it time for serious discussion of an Afghanistan war pullout? And how much of a new honeymoon period does President Obama earn, if any, for the military’s incredibly precise 40-minute maneuver?

Examiner /KDKA-TV Pittsburgh, Wecht Wants Job As Medical Examiner Back, April 28, 2011. The illustrious forensic pathologist and medical school professor, Dr. Cyril Wecht, right, was the Allegheny County medical examiner before a federal prosecutor indicted him on corruption charges. But now that the charges have been dropped, and the term of the current medical examiner has expired, Wecht says he wants his job back.

Politico, Wiretapping leak probe dropped, Josh Gerstein, April 26, 2011. The Justice Department has dropped its long-running criminal investigation of a lawyer who publicly admitted leaking information about President George W. Bush’s top-secret warrantless wiretapping program to The New York Times — disclosures that Bush vehemently denounced as a breach of national security. They also stoked a congressional debate about whether the government had overstepped its authority as it scrambled to respond to the 9/11 terror attacks.  The decision not to prosecute former Justice Department lawyer Thomas Tamm means it is unlikely that anyone will ever be charged for the disclosures that led to the Times’s Pulitzer Prize-winning story in December 2005 revealing that, after the Sept. 11 attacks, Bush ordered the interception of certain phone calls and email messages into and out of the U.S. without a warrant — a move many lawyers contend violated the 1978 law governing intelligence-related wiretaps.

Salon / Unclaimed Territory, Newly leaked documents show the ongoing travesty of Guantanamo, Glenn Greenwald, April 25, 2011. The documents reveal vast new information about these detainees and, in particular, the shoddy and unreliable nature of the “evidence” used (both before and now) to justify their due-process-free detentions. Given that multiple media outlets have just published huge amounts of classified information, it is more difficult than ever to distinguish between WikiLeaks and, say, the NYT or the Post under the law. How could anyone possibly justify prosecuting WikiLeaks for disseminating classified information while not prosecuting these newspapers who have done exactly the same thing?

Harvard Law School, Former Swedish Justice Minister offers a view of the Assange case and the relevant laws, April 25, 2011. Thomas Bodström, former Swedish Minister for Justice, discussed several key pieces of legislation implicated in the legal actions taken against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, at an event hosted by the Harvard European Law Association and the Center for European Studies on Friday, April 8, 2011. Bodström, who served as Minister for Justice from 2000 to 2006, highlighted the importance of trust among European governments in negotiating the European Arrest Warrant in 2001. Swedish authorities issued an arrest warrant in December to extradite Assange from the United Kingdom to Sweden for questioning. Assange, the target of the ongoing investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct, has appealed the decision to extradite him.  “Trust is the key word for the European Arrest Warrant,” Bodström said. “You have to have trust in each other and trust in the system, so that means when a prosecutor says we want this person because he is accused of something, the second person should trust this is correct.”