Saturday, February 21, 2009

PA - Teenage Girl Facing Child Porn Charges

Botnet Warnings

Off topic, but just some useful information for everyone to be aware of. Don't install anything unless you requested it!

AK - It's easy to miss what's in plain sight

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Well, this is all good, but I wonder if he actually practices what he preaches when reviewing the next sex offender punishment law.  If so, good, if not, then it's just another hypocrite preaching to the choir.  He should pass this on to all those in the House and Senate, maybe they can learn something for a change, but, I doubt it.  They have self-serving needs!


By REP. BOB BUCH (Email)

Last fall I signed up to take part in the Citizen's Academy at the Anchorage Police Department. On the first day of class, we were shown a video of a bunch of guys playing basketball. Jim Kaletka, our teacher, turned off the VCR.

"How many of you saw the gorilla?" he asked.

Nervous laughter rippled through the room. "Gorilla?" someone asked.

"That's right," he replied. "There was a gorilla in that clip. Didn't you see it?"

None of us had.

He turned the VCR back on and replayed the basketball game. And there it was. A guy wearing a gorilla suit walked right into the middle of the game and stood there. And then he turned and walked away.

I was flabbergasted. How could I miss something so obvious? How had we all missed it? It wasn't like we had been fooled by a magician's sleight of hand; this was a 6-foot-tall, 300-pound gorilla standing before our eyes.

We missed it, Kaletka said, because we hadn't yet learned how to see.

Being a policeman is all about learning how to see. It's about being on your toes and having the discipline to observe the whole picture -- not just a part of it. It's about learning how to see below the surface. But most of all, it's about making sure that your opinions, judgments and ideas don't blur your vision so that your eyes see only what you want them to see.
When the video started, we had been told that we were going to see a group of guys playing basketball. So that's all we saw. We had created a mind-set based on something we were told, which determined how we watched. That's how we missed the gorilla.

The Citizen's Academy is run by the Anchorage Police Department to educate local citizens about public safety from a police perspective. It's a nine-week class in all aspects of law enforcement that gives participants a bird's-eye view of what goes into policing and provides training in how to "see" like a cop. Two times a year, about 40 members of the Anchorage community participate, representing all walks of life: businessmen and women, educators, students, doctors, interested citizens and retirees.

Over the course of the nine weeks, we covered everything from the mundane to the murderous.

We were taught how to analyze a traffic accident. We were taught to look beyond the evidence of the car wreck in order to determine what had really happened -- which was often different than what we first thought. We were taught to see other factors not apparent to the untrained eye such as speed, turning ratios and skid marks and to figure out when people were telling the truth or covering their tracks.

We learned how to see the early signs of child abuse and sexual assault. We learned the signs of domestic violence and drug use and fraud. We were introduced to cyber crimes, too, and learned how to decipher the "codes" used in Internet chat rooms. (In fact, during our class we watched one of our undercover cops chat with a sexual predator, using the skills that had nabbed a predator at the Anchorage Airport several weeks before).

We also learned about the police department's efforts in the schools to reduce gang participation among our young people. It's working. Gang activity has decreased because officers know how to see the signs of gang culture and have been able to put a dent in gang recruitment activities as a result.

In short, we discovered that there are a lot of gorillas out there. Learning how to see them is the key to good policing. It's the key to being a legislator, too, I've discovered.

I find myself applying the lessons of the academy every day here in Juneau: I try to park my preconceptions at the door, reserve judgment, watch carefully and think long and hard before reaching any conclusions.

I'm glad I got to participate in the Citizen's Academy. It has helped to make me a better legislator.

Rep. Bob Buch represents Sand Lake in the Alaska House of Representatives.

UK - 13-Year-Old Dad Defiant Over Paternity Claims

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Kid is not the father (05/19/2009)



“[Alfie] should be able to live his life and return to school."

With those words, High Court Judge Mrs Justice Baron imposed a media ban on the story of 13-year-old dad Alfie Patten, expressing "serious concern about the level of media interest."

The Sun was the first newspaper that published Alfie’s story a week ago and, in its latest story, it shows the 13-year-old in a personalized sweater with the text, “Alfie Patten, I’m the daddy, and if I’m not, f--- you all, I’ll still be there.” The newspaper says it is not a publicity stunt but “a news story.”

The Alfie Patten story has become the most popular story in the history of The Sun’s Web site. More than 1 million people watched the video of Alfie and his girlfriend Chantelle Steadman, 15, cradling their newborn daughter Maisie.

The media frenzy became even worse after allegations that Alfie’s parents had sold his story to tabloid newspapers and claims from two other teenage boys that they were the father of little Maisie Patten.

According to the Press Complaints Commission’s editors’ code of practice, British newspapers are not allowed to pay minors or their parents for material about their children, unless it is in the child’s interest. The Press Complaints Commission is investigating whether The Sun breached that rule.

The Sun says it will cooperate with the PCC, adding that, “we think that the story is in the public interest. The Sun will not publish more stories about Alfie now that there is a media ban.”

But Alfie and Chantelle’s story is just one of many in Britain as the country’s teenage pregnancy rate is the highest in Western Europe. Jules Hillier, the spokesman for Brook, a national sexual health advice and services provider, says that “sex education is very important. We should start talking to our children and educate them as soon as they start asking questions, even before they go to primary school.”

Sex education is not provided in all British schools but it will become compulsory in 2011. Hillier says “it will make a big difference in preventing teenage pregnancies. We should tell children more about friendship and relationships, now all they learn is the biology of it.”

Little Alfie may take a DNA test to determine whether he is the father of baby Maisie. In the meantime, there will be no press for the first time in baby Maisie’s life, at least not until the ban is lifted on March 10.

GA - Dad Gets Life For Killing Daughter

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This is not sex offender related, but to show, once again, 90% or more of all child abuse cases, are the family or close friends, not some stranger, and yet, we don't have an online registry for these people. Why not? Why not put all criminals on an online registry, so it doesn't discriminate?  Where is the outrage?  You see, they do not want to protect children, they want to punish sex offenders.  If they did want to protect children, then ANYBODY who harmed a child, or had any criminal registry, would be on a registry for all to see.


HENRY COUNTY - Rodney Reaves was sentenced Friday to life in prison for murdering his 11-year-old daughter.

The jury recommended that Reaves be uneligible for parole until he serves 14 years.
- This is just insane!  You kill a child and get 14 years instead of being in prison until you die, but you get accused of some sex crime, whether you are innocent or guilty, and you get a longer sentence.  I personally would rather be alive than dead!

On Wednesday, a jury returned a split verdict, finding Reaves guilty of murder, but not guilty of the more serious charge of malice murder.

Prosecutors had said Reaves and his wife, Charlott, the child’s stepmother, beat Joella repeatedly with an umbrella, bat, wooden spoon, and a paddle in November 2003.

Jurors returned guilty verdicts on the charges of felony murder during the commission of aggravated battery, cruelty to children in the 1st degree, cruelty to children and aggravated battery.

Reaves was found not guilty on the most serious charge of malice murder.

Testimony during Rodney Reaves' trial indicated Charlott Reaves believed Joella had stolen some change and mouthwash.
- Killed, for stealing a little change and mouthwash!

Police said Rodney and Charlott Reaves tied Joella up with speaker wire and left her in the garage for days, until her body couldn’t take it anymore.

“She probably died in her sleep,” said prosecutor Jim Wright.

Reaves’ attorneys had said he was innocent and only Charlott Reaves was to blame. The defense told the jury that Rodney Reaves was out of town when his daughter died.

Rodney was gone when Charlott lost control and delivered that blow to Joella’s head,” said Morris during closing arguments Monday.

Prosecutors countered that Joella was beaten over several days and Rodney Reaves admitted he helped.

“The reason for Joella’s death began on Nov. 26 when he participated,” said Wright.

The jury began deliberating Reaves' guilt or innocence Monday afternoon. He faces the death penalty.

Charlott Reaves' trial is set to begin in April.
- Lets watch and see what she gets.  How much you want to bet it's less than 14 years, when like the male, it should be in prison until they die, if found guilty!

ME - HP-292 - An Act To Ensure a Uniform Comprehensive State Policy Regarding Residency Restrictions for Sex Offenders

Looks like Maine is tired of everyone making their own rules!

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TX - Proposed law might make Wi-Fi users help cops

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Everyone wanted the "government" to protect them, so now, here comes the Internet Police.  I knew this was coming.  And MILLIONS of home users have wireless access points, and if you expect me to keep records for the Gestapo, you can go screw yourselves!  STOP STOMPING ON PEOPLES RIGHTS AND VIOLATING THE CONSTITUTION!  Email these jerks, and let them know what you think about this law, it is a violation of EVERYONE'S rights, and again, under the disguise of being "for the children," and "security!"  I'm sure next they will be saying "If you got nothing to hide, then what's the problem!"  If you value your freedom and privacy, I advise you to contact them, and raise hell about this.  If you want to go after child porn, fine, but don't step on people's privacy to do it!!!!!

"The man who trades freedom for security does not deserve nor will he ever receive either." - Benjamin Franklin
"Learned Institutions ought to be favorite objects with every free people. They throw that light over the pubalic mind which is the best security against crafty and dangerous encroachments on the public liberty." - James Madison


By Stephen Lawson, IDG News Service

A proposed U.S. law would require Internet service providers to store information about every user of their services and keep that data for at least two years, in a bid to crack down on Internet-based predators and child pornographers.

The language of the law may even apply to owners of home Wi-Fi routers, according to a digital rights attorney.

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (Contact) and Representative Lamar Smith (Contact), both Republicans from Texas, held a press conference Thursday to announce separate bills in the Senate and House of Representatives, both called the Internet Safety Act (Should be called the "Invasion of privacy act!). Along with sections stipulating stiffer penalties for activities related to accessing child pornography on the Internet, the law would require Internet and e-mail service providers to retain "all records or other information" about anyone using a network address temporarily assigned by the service. The provision about retention would apply to any provider of "an electronic communication service or remote computing service," as well as someone who receives the content and recipient list of e-mail messages that it "transmits, receives, or stores," according to the text of the Senate bill.

"While the Internet has generated many positive changes in the way we communicate and do business, its limitless nature offers anonymity that has opened the door to criminals looking to harm innocent children," Cornyn said in a press release.
- Yeah right.  Anything in the name of the children, right?  As long as something has "for the children" attached to it, everyone who is ignorant will be eager to pass it, not realizing, their freedom is being wiped out as well.

Cornyn and Smith said the law would require ISPs to hold on to subscriber records similar to those retained by telecommunications carriers. But civil liberties advocates pointed out that those phone records are not retained for use in investigations.
- Oh, I'm sure if they wanted to use the phone records for an investigation, they will, and I'm sure they probably do.  They look up phone records all the time!

"There absolutely is no data retention requirement for phone companies for the purposes of law enforcement," said Kevin Bankston, senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Both carriers and ISPs already are required to preserve any information related to specific communications on their networks that are involved in a criminal investigation, he said. Preservation requests last just 90 days but can be renewed, giving prosecutors as much as six months to obtain a court order to seize the information as evidence, Bankston said.

The Internet Safety Act would amount to service providers storing personal information about their customers just in case they are later accused of a crime, said Leslie Harris, president of the Center for Democracy and Technology.
- They will track everything you do.  You emails, IM's, which sites you visit, what videos you watch, who you associate with, and all in the name of security!

The law might impose a heavy burden on private citizens and enterprises with wireless networks, even ones that are password-protected, EFF's Bankston said. It could mean Wi-Fi routers would need hard drives to store data on every user who gets on the network.

"It's incredibly overbroad, and it doesn't just reach the AT&Ts and Comcasts of the world; it reaches your corner coffee shop, and even you at home," he said. "The current definition of electronic communication providers certainly reaches people who run wireless routers."

Because the bills are being pushed by Republicans, without any cosponsors from the Democratic Party, which controls the House and Senate as well as the White House, they are unlikely to make it very far. But Bankston said the Internet Safety Act won't be the last proposal of its kind.
- I sure hope so, but many bills, like the insane bailout, wire taps, and many others, we all thought would not pass, and look what happened.  The government is corrupt, and with that, they have the power now to do anything, and pretty soon, the Gestapo will be knocking on your door.

"Data retention proposals are sort of like zombies, in that they're kind of easy to knock down, but they tend to come back," Bankston said.