Sunday, January 9, 2011

BBC - Supernatural Science - Open to suggestion

This is a show which explores hypnosis, mind control, placebos, false memories, etc.

The third and last video is relevant, since it talks about false accusations, police interrogations, false memories of sexual abuse, etc.

Pay close attention to the end of the third video and the entire fourth video, which talks about a man falsely accused of murder and also false memories of sexual abuse.



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CO - E-mail addresses of registered sex offenders now harder to find

Original Article

01/09/2011

By Felisa Cardona

Sex offenders don't want the government to know what they are doing online or posting on news and social-networking sites and intend to challenge e-mail registry requirements to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Colorado and other states are taking notice of legal challenges to sex-offender registry database requirements and recently scaled back e-mail information that was previously available for the public to view.

In Colorado, felony sex offenders are required to submit their e-mail addresses and any identifiers they use before logging into Facebook, MySpace or making comments on newspaper websites.

On Dec. 6, the Colorado Department of Public Safety made it tougher to find the e-mail addresses and Internet identifiers of registered sex offenders on the public database.
- That is how it should be, otherwise people would be sending hateful emails, spam or possibly even child porn to get them into trouble.  So the email addresses, if collected, should be hidden and not online for just anybody to see.

Now when looking up a name, for example John Smith, the e-mail address no longer shows up. But if a searcher already has an e-mail address in hand, such as jsmith@domain.com, the database will reveal the identity of the offender.

Sex offenders say the registry requirements infringe upon their anonymous- free-speech rights.

"The government has no right to unmask a speaker unless they have probable cause," said John Doe, a registered sex offender whose case filed under the alias was heard at the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.

"If someone goes online and commits a crime, the government has a right to go in and find out who that is," he said. "But they do not have that power without circumstances arising and they are trying to get around that now."

In 2008, John Doe filed suit against the state of Utah, arguing the e-mail registration requirements violated his constitutional rights. A Utah federal district judge agreed and issued an injunction barring the state from collecting the Internet identifiers.

Utah then amended its statute in 2009 and restricted the Internet identifiers to law enforcement only, and the district court then determined the law did not violate Doe's constitutional rights.

Doe appealed his case to the 10th Circuit and lost.

His attorney, Elizabeth Eager, now intends to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear it.

"Thirty states (including Colorado) have these laws, and there is not much guidance out there about what states can and cannot do," she said. "There is a confluence of issues coming together and I'm hoping that would interest the Supreme Court in taking up this case."

States sell sex-offender registries to private companies such as Facebook, which has a policy of purging sex-offender accounts from the site. Colorado does not sell e-mail identifiers with the database, said Lance Clem, spokesman for the Department of Public Safety.

"We have been working proactively with states' attorneys general to run their lists of registered sex offenders against our user base," said Andrew Noyes, a spokesman for Face book. "If we find that someone on a sex-offender registry is a likely match to a user on Facebook, we notify law enforcement and disable the account."

Doe was 22 years old when he got a 14-year-old girl pregnant. They now share custody of the child and he is not on supervised release.

Because his crime did not involve the Internet and the law does not consider him a danger, he doesn't believe they need his e-mail address.

Doe called the state of Colorado to tell them about his lawsuit and he believes they took a look at his case and changed the database because of his concerns.

Clem said the changes were made after reviewing litigation, but also with the advice of federal guidelines, which caution how Internet identifiers should be displayed.

But the department did not want to completely stop parents from checking to see if e-mail their child received was from a predator.

"The feature available to the public online is there to help parents take a look at suspicious e-mail addresses," Clem said. "Not just parents, but anybody who has interest."