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Monthly Archives: March 2012

20120322 – Tommey Reed Project Update

Segment #1:  This week in free energy

Presenter:  Sterling Allan, CEO, founder of New Energy Congress
Estimated Time:  20 minutes

http://freeenergynews.com/SmartScarecrow/2012/03/22/

Segment #2:  Scarecrow’s News Rant – Do you feel secure yet?

Presenter:  SmartScarecrow
Estimated Time:  20 minutes

Tonight we will have a special guest via audio Skype during the News Rant segment.

Karen Quinn-Tostado of United We Strike would like to give a quick presentation on how and why YOU should get involved and support the United We Strike cause.

UNITED WE STRIKE MISSION STATEMENT:
 

The mission of UNITED WE STRIKE is: Personal Accountability, Education, Preparation and resistance to tyranny through well organized global Peaceful Non-Compliance. We advocate channeling anger into withdrawal of  support from corruption of government, and self empowerment through organized global boycotts and Peaceful Non-Compliance.
Justice, Freedom and Peace can be ours when we begin to hold ourselves and our mis-representatives accountable.Don’t Buy, Don’t Comply, Ask Why…!
 


Pretty Much All Bodily Movement is an Indicator of Potential Terrorism
The Intel Hub
By Madison Ruppert
March 21, 2012

http://theintelhub.com/2012/03/22/homeland-security-pretty-much-all-bodily-movement-is-an-indicator-of-potential-terrorism/

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According to a document entitled “Terrorism Awareness and Prevention: Participant Guide” distributed by the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security & Preparedness (which you can see embedded below), almost every single action should be treated as suspicious.

These include glances, wide open eyes, cold penetrating stares, trance-like gazes, exaggerated yawning when engaged in conversation, protruding or beating neck arteries, repetitive touching of face, tugging on or covering ears, increased breathing rate, panting, excessive fidgeting, clock watching, head turning, pacing or jumpiness, trembling, unusual perspiration, goose bumps, and/or rigid posture with minimal body movements and arms close to sides.

In other words, if you’re late for something or in a rush (“excessive fidgeting, clock watching”), you might be a terrorist. If you’ve been exercising (“increased breathing rate, panting,” “protruding or beating neck arteries”), you might be a terrorist.

On the other hand, if you’re tired (“trance-like gaze,” “exaggerated yawning”) you also might be a terrorist. Yet, if you’re energetic or perhaps drank too much coffee (“wide open ‘flashbulb eyes,’” “pacing or jumpy,” “trembling,” “unusual perspiration,” “excessive fidgeting”), you might also be a terrorist.

You’d better not be too energetic, too tired, in a rush, plagued by a wide range of medical conditions, returning from exercise, or generally display almost any bodily behaviors as someone might consider you a suspicious person and report you for possible terrorist activity.

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What is being discussed in this article is “probable cause”.  “Law enforcement” officers these days are not known for their imposing intellect.  They need clear guidance to follow in their activities.  Guides like the one published by Homeland Security are intended to provide with clues to look for when assessing behavior of suspect individuals.  And to provide them with cover when challenged about abuse of authority.  After all, the suspect displayed a number of characteristic signs as laid out in the guide book, so that means there was probable cause.

Radiation Found To Be The #1 Cause of Tobacco-Related Cancers
Sayer Ji, Contributor
Activist Post

http://www.activistpost.com/2012/03/radiation-found-to-be-1-cause-of.html

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A recent review published in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research summarized this disturbing fact of history as follows:

…[T]he industry was not only cognizant of the potential ‘cancerous growth’ in the lungs of regular smokers but also did quantitative radiobiological calculations to estimate the long-term (25 years) lung radiation absorption dose (rad) of ionizing alpha particles emitted from the cigarette smoke. Our own calculations of lung rad of alpha particles match closely the rad estimated by the industry. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the industry’s and our estimate of long-term lung rad of alpha particles causes 120-138 lung cancer deaths per year per 1,000 regular smokers.

These findings indicate that the tobacco industry’s relationship to their consumer base was (and still is) homicidal, in the worst, premeditated sense of the word. Moreover, the industry actually knew how to mitigate the problem, but realized it would interfere with the addictive power of their product (and therefore profitability) to do so:

Acid wash was discovered in 1980 to be highly effectively in removing (210)Po from the tobacco leaves; however, the industry avoided its use for concerns that acid media would ionize nicotine converting it into a poorly absorbable form into the brain of smokers thus depriving them of the much sought after instant ‘nicotine kick’ sensation.

Polonium 210 is extraordinarily toxic when ingested or inhaled. In fact, it is 4,500 times more toxic than radium 226  — a startling fact considering that during the Manhattan Project (1944), the “tolerance dose” for workers was set at 0.1 microgram of ingested radium.

When incorporated into the body, radioisotopes like Polonium 210 emit alpha particles, which are the radiobiological equivalent of howitzers on a cellular level, profoundly damaging, mutating and destroying DNA, as well as causing other forms of irreparable damage to the cell. Because of the fact that the dominant radiation risk model does not acknowledge the profoundly detrimental effects of low-dose, internalized radioisotope exposure (largely because it was developed before the discovery of DNA in the early ’50s, and was based on external exposures to the type of gamma-radiation associated with atomic bomb blast), the true dangers associated with Polonium 210 have been largely concealed or discounted.

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Ok, so if you are a smoker, it turns out you are exposing yourself to more than 36 times the level of ionizing radiation that workers at nuclear power plants, nuclear weapons facilities and crews of nuclear naval vessels might be expected to receive.  And this information has been known since the late 50’s, well documented since the 60’s and was available to the public since the 80’s.

Smoke ’em if you got ’em boys!

Plume-Gate Tales from the Script: Inside the NRC FOIA Documents Part 2
The Intel Hub
By Tony Muga
March 21, 2012

http://theintelhub.com/2012/03/21/plume-gate-tales-from-the-script-inside-the-nrc-foia-documents-part-2/

You can read part 1 of the article here -> http://theintelhub.com/2012/03/17/plumegate-tales-from-the-script-inside-the-nrc-foia-documents-part-1/

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In the U.S. study titled: ‘An Unexpected Mortality Increase in the United States Follows Arrival of the Radioactive Plume from Fukushima: Is There a Correlation?’ a period of 28 weeks of mortality rates were examined- 14 before and 14 after the disaster.

What authors Joseph Mangano and Janette Sherman discovered was that:

“Deaths rose 4.46 percent from 2010 to 2011 in the 14 weeks after the arrival of Japanese fallout, compared with a 2.34 percent increase in the prior 14 weeks. The number of infant deaths after Fukushima rose 1.80 percent, compared with a previous 8.37 percent decrease. Projecting these figures for the entire United States yields 13,983 total deaths and 822 infant deaths in excess of the expected. These preliminary data need to be followed up, especially in the light of similar preliminary U.S. mortality findings for the four months after Chernobyl fallout arrived in 1986, which approximated final figures.”

Is it fair to compare Chernobyl with Fukushima? And if so, can we extrapolate from that comparison an idea how much worse the latter is with the former?

Chernobyl                           Fukushima

Number of ‘source terms’:             (1) one                               (6) six (4 reactors + 2 spent fuel pools)
Fuel type:                                       Mox                                   Uranium-235
Distance from the U.S.:                 5,417 miles                        5,029 miles
In direct path of Jetstream:            No                                      Yes
Government/Industry cover-up:    Yes                                     Yes
Fatalities:                                       985,000+                            40,000+ and counting

The phrase ‘source term’ indicates any source emanating uncontrolled radiation. In the case of the Fukushima Daiichi facility, the NRC FOIA documents reveal that authorities were considering a possible six source terms for their modeling: the #1 through #4 reactors and the two spent fuel pools of Units #3 and #4.

Compounding the problem, the controversial plutonium-containing ‘MOX’ fuel was being used at Fukushima. How dangerous is MOX fuel?

Consider this quote from author Praful Bidwai’s article ‘Warning Signals’ found in a March 2011 issue of India’s ‘Frontline’ magazine:

“…Reactor 3 uses mixed uranium-plutonium oxide (MOX) fuel in the core. According to Edwin Lyman of the UCS [Union of Concerned Scientists], ‘the use of MOX generally increases the consequences of severe accidents in which large amounts of radioactive gas and aerosol are released compared to the same accident in a reactor using non-MOX fuel….Because of this, the number of latent cancer fatalities resulting from an accident could increase by as much as a factor of five for a full core of MOX fuel compared to the same accident with no MOX.’ ”

Thanks to high-resolution photos available on the website pinktentacle.com, even the casual observer can see that the #3 reactor has sustained the greatest damage.

Furthermore, according to Amina Khan’s Los Angeles Times interview of Robert Alvarez, a former senior policy adviser for the U.S. Energy Department, the #3 reactor may have experienced something other than a hydrogen explosion:

“’They were irradiating Plutonium in Unit 3, which experienced the biggest explosion,’ he said. In fact, the explosion was so massive that investigators found fuel rod fragments a mile away, leading to speculation that a supercritical fission event may have also occurred, Alvarez said.”

All of this is bad news, but if the meltdowns had taken place at a nuclear plant in Australia, the effects of fallout on the U.S. would have been greatly reduced based simply on the actual physical distance between the two points and the location of the world’s jet streams.

The unfortunate reality is that the United States is in direct line with a powerful jet stream that flows from Japan, over Hawaii and to the West Coast.

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Segment #3: Feature Presentation – Project update from Tommey Reed

Presenter:  Tommey Reed
Estimated time:  30 minutes

Tommey Reed is a regular in the live chat room for the SmartScarecrow Show.  Sometimes a bit confrontational, he is none the less an aggressive builder who has many interesting projects to his credit.

Most recently he has been showing us his prototype of an external combustion rotary engine concept.  Some of the machining he requires to complete this prototype has forced him to design and build his own custom CNC machine.

Tonight we hope to get a look at how the work on his CNC machine is progressing.

As I write this, Tommey has not confirmed his scheduled appearance on the show.  I hope he has it on his calendar and shows up as planned.  If not, I may have to get out my dancing shoes to entertain the audience.

*****   UPDATE *****

Tommey Reed has confirmed that he will be making his presentation as planned this evening.  Tommey has become quite frustrated with the both the cost and quality of workmanship experienced in his attempts to have custom components fabricated for his rotary engine prototype.   So he has decided to build his own CNC machine and make these unique part himself.

Tonight we get to see his progress since he published this YouTube video …

Segment #4: Audience Q&A Session

Moderator:  SmartScarecrow
Estimated time:  10 minutes

20120315 – Zero labs update – New VizFact.com segment

Segment #1:  This week in free energy

Presenter:  Sterling Allan, CEO, founder of New Energy Congress
Estimated Time:  20 minutes

http://freeenergynews.com/SmartScarecrow/2012/03/15/

Segment #2:  Scarecrow’s News Rant – Something a little different

Presenter:  SmartScarecrow & VizFact.TheDude
Estimated Time:  20 minutes

Thought it was time to get another point of view.  So this week we will have a news segment featuring SmartScarecrow and VizFact.TheDude discussing trends and hot news items of the past week.  Be warned, sparks may fly and there may be some adult language.

To learn more about VizFact, visit the web site below …

http://vizfact.com

The VizFact Dot Com Network

The VizFact.com Network is rich with content and hopefully there is something on the network you can use for your own benefit, education, or entertainment.

Segment #3: Feature Presentation – An update from Zero Labs

Presenter:  ZeroFossilFuel
Estimated time:  30 minutes

I did not have a regularly scheduled guest for the evening so ZeroFossilFuel bailed me out and agreed to step in and give us an update on the many projects he has been working on recently.

Check on ZeroFossilFuel’s projects at
http://alt-nrg.org/ or his YouTube Channel http://www.youtube.com/user/ZeroFossilFuel

When Zero is in the lab, he often broadcasts live so you can look over his shoulder at http://www.justin.tv/zerofossilfuel

Segment #4: Audience Q&A Session

Moderator:  SmartScarecrow
Estimated time:  10 minutes

20120308 – Brian from www.energy-creator.com high efficiency DIY generators

Segment #1:  This week in free energy

Presenter:  Sterling Allan, CEO, founder of New Energy Congress
Estimated Time:  20 minutes

http://freeenergynews.com/SmartScarecrow/2012/03/08/

Segment #2:  Scarecrow’s News Rant – So you think the US Government is run “For and By the PEOPLE” ?

Obama Admin Will Seek “International Permission” To Attack Syria, Will “Inform” Congress of Plan
The Intel Hub
March 8, 2012

http://theintelhub.com/2012/03/08/obama-admin-will-seek-international-permission-to-attack-syria-will-inform-congress-of-plan/

US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta went on the record yesterday with the Obama admins plan to seek international permission for an attack on Syria.

That’s right, rather than get the legal Congressional approval needed for an attack on another country, Panetta has openly admitted that he plans to bypass Congress as long as the international community agrees.

During the hearing Panetta was asked a question by a sitting Congressman whether or not he plans to get permission from Congress.

    Senator Jeff Sessions:“We spend our time worrying about the U.N., the Arab League, NATO and too little time, in my opinion, worrying about the elected representatives of the United States. As you go forward, will you consult with the United States Congress?”

    Panetta: “You know, our goal would be to seek international permission. And we would come to the Congress and inform you and determine how best to approach this, whether or not we would want to get permission from the Congress.”

This is an open admission that the US government now openly works for and answers to the international community.

BREAKING NEWS: Rep. Jones Puts Obama on Notice
Posted on March 8, 2012

http://laroucheirishbrigade.wordpress.com/2012/03/08/breaking-news-rep-jones-puts-obama-on-notice/

Yesterday Rep. Walter Jones, republican of North Carolina, introduced H. Concurrent Resolution 107, which calls on the House, the Senate Concurring, to do the following:

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
March 7, 2012

Mr. JONES submitted the following concurrent resolution; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

Expressing the sense of Congress that the use of offensive military force by a President without prior and clear authorization of an Act of Congress constitutes an impeachable high crime and misdemeanor under article II, section 4 of the Constitution.

Whereas the cornerstone of the Republic is honoring Congress’s exclusive power to declare war under article I, section 8, clause 11 of the Constitution: Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That it is the sense of Congress that, except in response to an actual or imminent attack against the territory of the United States, the use of offensive military force by a President without prior and clear authorization of an Act of Congress violates Congress’s exclusive power to declare war under article I, section 8, clause 11 of the Constitution and therefore constitutes an impeachable high crime and misdemeanor under article II, section 4 of the Constitution.”

Can the President Kill You?
by Andrew P. Napolitano, March 08, 2012

http://original.antiwar.com/andrew-p-napolitano/2012/03/07/can-the-president-kill-you/

Can the president kill an American simply because the person is dangerous and his arrest would be impractical? Can the president be judge, jury, and executioner of an American in a foreign country because he believes that would keep America safe? Can Congress authorize the president to do this?

Earlier this week, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder attempted to justify presidential killing in a speech at Northwestern University law school. In it, he recognized the requirement of the Fifth Amendment for due process. He argued that the president may substitute the traditionally understood due process — a public jury trial — with the president’s own novel version of it; that would be a secret deliberation about killing. Without mentioning the name of the American the president recently ordered killed, Holder suggested that the president’s careful consideration of the case of New Mexico–born Anwar al-Awlaki constituted a substituted form of due process.

Holder argued that the act of reviewing al-Awlaki’s alleged crimes, what he was doing in Yemen, and the imminent danger he posed provided al-Awlaki with a substitute form of due process. He did not mention how this substitution applied to al-Awlaki’s 16-year-old son and a family friend, who were also executed by CIA drones. And he did not address the utter absence of any support in the Constitution or Supreme Court case law for his novel theory.

<snip:  read the full article at http://original.antiwar.com/andrew-p-napolitano/2012/03/07/can-the-president-kill-you/ >

If the president can kill an American in Yemen, can he do so in Peoria? Even the British king, from whose tyrannical grasp the American colonists seceded, did not claim such powers. And we fought a Revolution against him.

COPYRIGHT 2012 ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO. DISTRIBUTED BY CREATORS.COM.

$1B of TSA Nude Body Scanners Made Worthless By Blog — How Anyone Can Get Anything Past The Scanners
http://tsaoutofourpants.wordpress.com/2012/03/06/1b-of-nude-body-scanners-made-worthless-by-blog-how-anyone-can-get-anything-past-the-tsas-nude-body-scanners/

This video is here to demonstrate that the TSA’s insistence that the nude body scanner program is effective and necessary is nothing but a fraud, just like their claims that the program is safe (radiation what?) and non-invasive (nude pictures who?). The scanners are now effectively worthless, as anyone can beat them with virtually no effort. The TSA has been provided this video in advance of it being made public to give them an opportunity to turn off the scanners and revert to the metal detectors. I personally believe they now have no choice but to turn them off.

Segment #3: Feature Presentation – Brian from http://www.energy-creator.com high efficiency DIY generators

Presenter:  Brian from www.energy-crator.com
Estimated time:  40 minutes

Finding a  decent generator for your project on the internet is not that easy!  You can use  dc motors? Rip apart a washing machine? convert a ceiling fan? And rebuild car  alternators? or build your self a expensive and difficult to make Axial flux  Alternator what haves a poor efficiency!  Where are the decent generators??!!  So we  design our own PMG generators now!

The generators we make in the movie are cheap and easy to build and have a high efficiency.  You can make them in any size you want, a small 100watt generator or a big 5KW generator is no problem in the way we make the generators.

The DVD “DIY-GENERRATORS”; gives you the knowledge to create any generator you desire.  In the Movie I show you how to make these generator by clear and easy to follow movie files and documentation.  The movie is 2 hours and 10 minutes long and we build 7 generators.  We give all the sizes in cm and inch when we build the generators.

The DVD is offered for sale at USD$35.00

http://www.energy-creator.com/

Segment #4: Audience Q&A Session

Moderator:  SmartScarecrow
Estimated time:  10 minutes

20120301 – Presentation by Mark Dansie

Segment #1:  This week in free energy

Presenter:  Sterling Allan, CEO, founder of New Energy Congress
Estimated Time:  20 minutes

http://freeenergynews.com/SmartScarecrow/2012/03/01/

Segment #2:  Scarecrow’s News Rant – Impact of new media on creative talent
A conversation with Ralph Engle of the band, This Flight Tonight

Presenter:  SmartScarecrow and Ralph Engle
Estimated time:  20 minutes

http://www.thisflighttonight.com/

Q:  You got a record deal or still working on it?
A:  We’ve been offered two record deals since embarking on the project in 2009. But I’m not ready to sell my soul, or get into what labels call “Recoupable Debt” – or want them owning my masters. One label wanted to sign us for 3 years and 3 albums. That’s a lot of pressure to come up with all that material. The other label wanted to exploit our masters to international territory but the term was a lengthy 7 years. Being independent you get much more creative control on how your music sounds and when you want to make a release. In saying that if the right deal comes I will sign, but that has not happened yet. But a record deal is not the end all or be all these days, you can do a lot on your own if you know how to. What TFT really needs are; great songs, a plugger and a touring manager.

Q:  Can I remix This Flight Tonight? Can you send me stems?
A:  That would be awesome! Use our contact form to tell me what song you want and what stems you need. Please also send me some of your current work. Want to make a start now? Here are the stems for Always Be Mine (stems pack 1) / (stems pack 2). You can listen to a whole bunch of TFT remixes here; http://soundcloud.com/ralphengle.

Q:  Do you have a CD out? I’d buy one!
A:  Currently TFT have 7 songs professionally recorded. My vision is to record at least 3 more. I am currently doing music full time, so every dollar counts! If you want a CD as much as we do, pre-orders can be purchased on http://www.sellaband.com/thisflighttonight.

Why pay for music?

Back in 1976 the influential Scottish television and music producer Donald MacLean wrote, ‘new media can enrich us, but if we exploit new technology without regard for the creative consequences they’ll impoverish us.’

That impoverished morning has now dawned. Thanks to the ease with which content can be copied from the internet, and shared with friends, the world’s creative economy is being undermined. Nowadays twenty music tracks are downloaded illegally for every one that is bought online. It’s a similar story for films and books.

As MacLean points out, if no one pays a copyright fee then an author or musician cannot afford to create another work with the inevitable consequence — the demise of creativity. So how can artists continue to work? One way is to raise the money themselves through fan funding via Sellaband.
Who pays for talent? In the new e-age, we do – by committing ourselves to help dynamic, innovative, sincere, young musicians to write and sing songs ‘that move people’s minds, that search for the sense of life, for happiness and the nature of human beings’.

– an article about Fan Funding
by Rory Maclean (Author).

Segment #3: Feature Presentation – Presentation by Mark Dansie

Presenter:  Mark Dansie
Estimated time:  40 minutes

The quest for real alternative energy solutions.  Keeping them honest!

Segment #4: Audience Q&A Session

Moderator:  SmartScarecrow
Estimated time:  10 minutes








Plan B:  Backup News Rant!

Probably will not have time to present this material, but just in case we do!

Report from Zero Hedge
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/next-leg-ponzi-revealed-central-banks-begin-buying-us-stocks-outright-starting-today

Next Leg Of The Ponzi Revealed – Foreign Central Banks To Begin Buying US Stocks Outright Starting Today

We were speechless when we read this from Bloomberg.

    The Bank of Israel will begin today a pilot program to invest a portion of its foreign currency reserves in U.S. equities.

    The investment, which in the initial phase will amount to 2 percent of the $77 billion reserves, or about $1.5 billion, will be made through UBS AG and BlackRock Inc. (BLK), Bank of Israel spokesman Yossi Saadon said in a telephone interview today. At a later stage, the investment is expected to increase to 10 percent of the reserves.

    A small number of central banks have started investing part of their reserves in equities. About 9 percent of the foreign- exchange reserves of Switzerland’s central bank were invested in shares at the end of the third quarter, the Swiss bank said on its website.

    The investment will be made in equity index trackers and will include between 1,500 to 2,000 shares, among them stocks like Apple Inc. (AAPL), Saadon said.

In other words, while the Fed’s charter forbids it from buying US equities outright, it certainly can promise that it will bail out such bosom friends as the Bank of Israel, the Swiss National Bank, and soon everyone else, if and when their investment in Apple should sour.

Luckily, this means that the exponential phase in risk is approaching as everyone will now scramble to frontrun central bank purchases no longer in bonds, but in stocks outright, leading to epic surges in everything risk related, then collapse and force the Fed to print tens of trillions to bail everyone out all over again, rinse repeat, until this chart becomes asymptotic. We say luckily, because it means that the long overdue systemic reset is finally approaching.

Constitutional showdown voided: Feds decrypt laptop without defendant’s help

By David Kravets
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2012/02/constitutional-showdown-voided-feds-decrypt-laptop-without-defendants-help.ars

Colorado federal authorities have decrypted a laptop seized from a bank-fraud defendant, mooting a judge’s order that the defendant unlock the hard drive so the government could use its contents as evidence against her.

The development ends a contentious legal showdown over whether forcing a defendant to decrypt a laptop is a breach of the Fifth Amendment right against compelled self incrimination.

The authorities seized the encrypted Toshiba laptop from defendant Ramona Fricosu in 2010 with valid court warrants while investigating alleged mortgage fraud, and demanded she decrypt it. Colorado U.S. District Judge Robert Blackburn ordered the woman in January to decrypt the laptop by the end of February. The judge refused to stay his decision to allow Fricosu time to appeal.

“They must have used or found successful one of the passwords the co-defendant provided them,” Fricosu’s attorney, Philip Dubois, said in a telephone interview Wednesday.

He said the authorities delivered to him Wednesday a copy of the information they discovered on the drive. Dubois said he has not examined it.

The development comes a week after a federal appeals court ruled in a separate case that forcing a criminal suspect to decrypt hard drives so their contents can be used by prosecutors is a breach of the Fifth Amendment right against compelled self-incrimination.

It was the nation’s first appellate court to issue such a finding. The Supreme Court has never dealt directly with the issue.

The decision by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said that an encrypted hard drive is akin to a combination on a safe, and is off limits, because compelling the unlocking of either of them is the equivalent of forcing testimony.

Judge Blackburn, however, was not legally bound to follow that precedent, because he sits in the circuit covered by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which had refused to review his decision.

The woman and her ex-husband co-defendant, Scott Whatcott, are accused of filing fraudulent documents to obtain home titles and selling the houses without paying the mortgage. Dubois believes Whatcott supplied the password to the police.

Dubois had suggested in an earlier interview that Fricosu may have forgotten the password, and faced potential contempt charges had she not decrypted the hard drive by Wednesday.

Facebook will Require Social Security Number for Member Log In

By Ronnie Morrow
http://www.freewoodpost.com/2012/02/29/facebook-will-require-social-security-number-for-member-log-in/?fb_comment_id=fbc_330663296985800_3787770_331184036933726

February seemed to be the month of Facebook, with new updates and new privacy settings. Today, Facebook announced a new procedure to address the recent wave of spam that has plagued the website. Starting April 2nd, users will be required to enter their social security numbers to log in to their Facebook accounts. Facebook’s media relations department released this statement.

    The new member log in format will be both safe and efficient for our users who fear having their Facebook identity stolen. The requirement for users to enter their social security numbers during log in, will completely take away the element of spam from unauthorized access. With cooperation from the United States government, we have compiled a database to verify that each person’s social security is accurate. Also, the last four digits of each users social will be displayed in their info section of their profile. Further upgrades to security are currently being planned, and will be announced as more information is given.

The announcement will for sure create outrage across the internet, where tensions are already high due to Facebook’s new privacy policies. Google has also hinted to a similar procedure to verify user identification.

Calls to the Facebook corporate offices have not been returned.