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October 1st, 2004

Stop This Insane Bill

Republicans in Congress are trying to insert language in bill H.R. 10 that would allow the US to deport terrorism suspects to countries known to use torture; this practice is known as extraordinary rendition. Not only is it morally reprehensible, it is also contrary to several conventions that the US has signed. It's just wrong. As Represenattive Ed Markey's press release says:
The provision Rep. Markey referred to is contained in Section 3032 and 3033 of H.R. 10, the “9/11 Recommendations Implementation Act of 2004,” introduced by House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL). The provision would require the Secretary of Homeland Security to issue new regulations to exclude from the protection of the U.N. Convention Against Torture and Other Forms of Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, any suspected terrorist – thereby allowing them to be deported or transferred to a country that may engage in torture. The provision would put the burden of proof on the person being deported or rendered to establish “by clear and convincing evidence that he or she would be tortured,” would bar the courts from having jurisdiction to review the Secretary’s regulations, and would free the Secretary to deport or remove terrorist suspects to any country in the world at will – even countries other than the person’s home country or the country in which they were born. The provision would also apply retroactively.
Links:Americans, contact your representative and stop this. It turns out that Markey is my representative, and I'm proud of that.

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Nifty New Little Feature for .Mac users

You can define aliases for your .Mac address. Giving out an alias instead your real .Mac account name makes it easier to turn off if others start abusing that mail address. It's not clear if there are limits on the number of aliases, or if these aliases are applicable to iChat/AIM authentication (my guess is no, but that could be a good idea).

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