Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Canada kills controversial internet surveillance bill, US should follow suit

Original Article

Now the USA needs to follow suit, and stop trampling on peoples privacy, freedom of speech, and other constitutional issues, but, the US government doesn't care what the American people think.

02/12/2013

The Conservative Canadian government is abandoning its much-criticized internet surveillance bill, which would have allowed the government to keep tabs on its citizens and was disguised under the cloak of fighting child pornographers.
- Any time the government wants to pass a bill to "protect the children," you'd better read the bill, because you can almost always guarantee that it will affect you.

Justice Minister Rob Nicholson announced that Bill C-30, which caused public ire over privacy, is dead.

We’ve listened to the concerns of Canadians,” Nicholson told reporters. “We will not be proceeding with Bill C-30 … including the warrantless mandatory disclosure of basic subscriber information, or the requirement for telecommunications service providers to build intercept capabilities within their systems”.

Bill C-30 or otherwise known as the Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act was introduced in Parliament less than a year ago, and it was presented as a choice that Canadians must make: to either support the bill or be on the side of child pornographers.
- It's called "For the children politics," and has been used by America and others for many years, and needs to stop, things are not always black or white!

"He can either stand with us or stand with the child pornographers," argued Public Safety Minister Vic Toews in Parliament while attacking the opposition last February.

This comment led to public outrage, raising privacy concerns across the nation.

What made the legislation dangerous was that it forced Internet service providers to have systems that allowed police to intercept and track online communications.

Also, it would have permitted authorities to have warrantless access to Internet subscriber information, including name, address, telephone number, email address and Internet protocol address.

But, activists viewed the proposed bill as a huge infringement on privacy.

This is a great day,” critic of the bill, Ontario Privacy Commissioner Ann Couvukian told The Globe and Mail, “This is a victory for privacy and for freedom.”

International hacktivist movement Anonymous also hailed the killing of the bill.

The killing of the bill in Canada is a major win for Canadians supporting privacy and internet freedom.

But, the battle over internet surveillance and wiretapping continues inside the country, with Bill C-12 still remaining before Parliament and if passed it would allow Internet service providers, email hosts and social media sites to voluntarily share personal information about their clients with the police.

Also, as was announced on Monday, Canadian authorities will be permitted to tap people’s phones without warrants in emergency circumstances or imminent harm such as in bombings or kidnappings.

Nicholson said that under the new guidelines, people whose phones were tapped in emergency situations would be notified within 90 days.

US’ similar privacy concerns still stand

The US is facing similar privacy debacle with the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA).

The bill is supposed to help the US government investigate cyber threats and ensure the security of networks against cyber attack.

Opponents say it would allow companies to hand over a user’s private browsing information to the government, allowing authorities to spy on American citizens rather than simply track down cyber threats.

Unable to reach a deal with Congress, President Obama plans to use his power to exert executive actions against the will of lawmakers.
- Of course he will, that is what dictators do.

The order is a direct response to Congress’ refusal to pass CISPA last year, as members of Congress who opposed the legislation cited serious privacy concerns over giving the government greater access to Americans’ personal information that only private companies and servers might have access to.


MO - Treatment, accountability help most sex offenders

Original Article

02/10/2013

By Jill Patterson

I want to commend the News-Leader for highlighting the proposed bill regarding changes to the sex offender registry (“Sex offender registry has proved to be helpful: Changes could raise dangers,” Feb 6).

The issue of how we respond to sex offenders in our community is important to all of us.

As someone who worked for many years prosecuting sex offenders, I wanted to offer my perspective.

First, a tiered structure is not a novel approach. In fact, this model has been used in several jurisdictions from the origin of the registration laws.

The primary complaint about such a model historically has been that it was an “unfunded mandate” and required the prosecutor’s offices to return to court upon the release of an offender, or release from probation, to prove in court what level of registration was appropriate.

The concern I have with the proposed tiered system in Missouri is that it appears to rely on what the original offense was. This factor is a very small part of the equation.

All sex offenders in Missouri are required by statute to participate in a treatment program tailored specifically to sex offenders. I have long contended that treatment and accountability are the two factors that produce the most safety for a community and the least amount of re-offending. Any tiered system should focus primarily on successful participation in such treatment and the input of the treatment provider — a trained professional with expertise in dealing with the multifaceted issues of sex offenders.

This measure is far more telling than the title of the underlying offense. In fact, I have prosecuted some offenders who were only convicted of a misdemeanor who are far more dangerous than some felony sex offenders.

Often it comes down to what proof is available in terms of the final outcome, rather than what level of danger an offender poses. Further, there are many offenders who are never held accountable for their sex offenses.


CO - Douglas County Sheriff's deputy (Robert "Mike" French) fired after child sexting allegation

Robert "Mike" French
Original Article

02/11/2013

By Laurie Cipriano

DOUGLAS COUNTY - A Douglas County Sheriff's deputy has been fired after being tied to a child sex exploitation investigation, 9Wants to Know has learned.

The sheriff's office said investigators received information about inappropriate text messages involving a juvenile last week. Investigators determined a deputy was alleged to be involved.

The investigation does not currently involve the direct involvement of other deputies, 9Wants to Know has also learned.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office identified him as Robert "Mike" French. He was taken into custody and posted a $50,000 bond.

On Monday, French's employment with DCSO was terminated for department policy violations and alleged criminal conduct.
- So much for innocent until proven guilty in a court of law!

French faces two charges of sexual exploitation of a child. The first arresting charge is for causing, inducing, enticing or permitting a child to engage in, or to be used for, any explicit sexual conduct for the making of any sexually exploitative material.

The second arresting charge is for possessing or controlling any sexually exploitative material.

French was arrested early Saturday morning, Hanavan said. Originally, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office said the deputy was arrested Friday night.

French is scheduled to be back in court March 15. He is expected to formally learn the charges against him at that court hearing.

French worked in Support Services for the sheriff's office. Support Services includes areas such as dispatch, information technology and civil, which serves court papers.

His current assignment did not include working with children.

The Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office confirmed French was housed in Arapahoe County Saturday as a courtesy to Douglas County.


MA - New Milford bylaw looks to restrict sex offenders

Original Article

02/12/2013

By Lindsay Corcoran

MILFORD - While a bylaw can’t prohibit sex offenders from moving into town, a new bylaw proposed by Police Chief Tom O’Loughlin may discourage them from moving here.

O’Loughlin told selectmen at their Monday night meeting that he wrote the bylaw after he heard from a couple of sex offenders registering in Milford that they had moved out of towns with a bylaw with sex offender restrictions.

It’s to manage their living here,” O’Loughlin said. “It manages where they can live in the community and on what conditions.”
- So he's basically admitting the law is for additional punishment?

There are currently 77 sex offenders who are required to register in Milford, including 15 registered at the highest level, Level 3, 44 at Level 2, 16 at Level 1 and two who have not yet been classified.

The issue we face is that the registry board is simply that, there are no restrictions on them at all,” O’Loughlin said. “They can live right next to an elementary school or right across the street from a town park.”
- As they should be able to, just like you and all other ex-felons!

Only parole or probation can prohibit sex offenders generally, but O’Loughlin said that’s rare.

Most of these people have served their sentence and they’re done,” O’Loughlin said.
- True, and yet you want to punish them even more?

With O’Loughlin’s proposed bylaw, sex offenders would be prohibited from living near, entering into or loitering near schools, day cares, libraries, recreation facilities, elderly housing units and facilities for people with an intellectual disability.

The bylaw would apply specifically to Level 2 and Level 3 sex offenders, since they pose the greatest risk of re-offending.
- This is not necessarily true.  People are placed into tiers based on a label, not their history.  So you could have some tier 1 offenders who are more dangerous than tier 3's.

O’Loughlin said he wrote the bylaw after looking at 21 other bylaws from Massachusetts cities and towns and six from outside the state.

There are exceptions and exemptions, including current sex offenders living in one of these areas that will be grandfathered in.

The law will allow Milford police officers to fine and otherwise penalize those sex offenders not in compliance. In some cases, O’Loughlin said they could be criminally charged.

It’s a very well written bylaw, I just want to be convinced that, in fact, we need it,” said selectmen Chairman Brian Murray. “Obviously it’s a very important issue…to me these blanket bylaws, while certainly well-intentioned and targeted at vast majority - also scoops up these other people that get placed into this category for various purposes. It’s very onerous.”
- Exactly, and they are not needed.  This is just some idiotic sheriff trying to make a name for himself.

Murray asked for more information about the numbers of sex offenders moving into the community and how many other communities have this bylaw before moving forward with it.

At their meeting Monday night, selectmen also approved going ahead with a bylaw that would prevent the sale of alcohol at venues with an adult entertainment license. For more on that bylaw, see tomorrow’s edition of the Daily News.

Both bylaws will be brought to the annual Town Meeting this spring for approval.


OH - Dublin Could Ban Sex Offenders From Parts Of Community Rec Center, Community Pools

Original Article

When will the insanity stop?  The people in most of the places mentioned below are adults, and they make it sound like ex-sex offenders are just waiting for any opportunity to sexually assault someone.  Give me a break!

02/11/2013

DUBLIN - Dublin City officials are looking at how to keep registered sex offenders from some areas of community recreation centers.

Currently, sex offenders are free to access all areas of the Dublin Community Recreation Center and the two Dublin community pools.

A new proposal looks to change that policy.

The new policy would require members to allow their personal information checked against the national sex offender database.

With that database checklist, we would be able to identify individuals with any kind of history,” said Matt Earman, the director of Dublin Recreation Services.

Under the new policy, sex offenders would be prohibited from entering pass-restricted areas of the facilities, including locker rooms, pools and weight rooms. They would still have access to public areas.

Earman stresses that no particular incident prompted the proposed policy.

The only event that we identify is the ability for us to minimize the risk; we want to make sure we are ahead of the game,” he said.

Earman said he’s aware of other communities nationally that have similar policies, but none in central Ohio.

City council is expected to vote on the proposed policy at Monday’s meeting.

Earman said if passed it could be implemented as early as next week.


The Truth Behind the Penn State Cover Up with Jim Clemente

Jim Clemente
Video Description:
Jim Clemente (retired FBI and current Criminal Minds writer/producer) goes in depth on the case of Jerry Sandusky and the extent of Joe Paterno's involvement in any cover-up. Confirming guilt is very tricky in sex abuse cases, and Jim discusses the factors that enable some predators to abuse for years.
- You don't need to confirm guilt these days, just an allegation is enough to ruin your life (See here).

Jim Clemente is a retired FBI agent and current advisor, writer and producer for the TV series "Criminal Minds." A graduate of Fordham University School of Law, Jim was the head of the Child Sex Crimes Prosecution Team in Bronx County for the New York City Law Department. As a result of undercover work that led to the imprisonment of a child sex offender, Clemente was recruited into the FBI. From 1998 until October 2009 he was a Supervisory Special Agent in the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit in Quantico, Virginia. He is an expert in the fields of Sex Crimes Investigations, Sex Offender Behavior, Child Sexual Victimization, and Child Pornography. Clemente has investigated and consulted on thousands of cases involving the violent and sexual crimes, sexual victimization of children, and he has interviewed hundreds of victims and offenders. He has also testified as an expert witness and lectured on these topics across the country and around the world.