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U.S. President Barack Obama   (Source: Reuters)
The order targets nations that use certain technologies like cell phone tracking and Internet monitoring/bans to impose an unnecessary level of authority on its citzens

U.S. President Barack Obama will allow sanctions to be imposed on foreign companies and individuals that use technology to aid autocratic nations in oppressing their citizens.

Obama will issue this executive order today at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. The order targets nations that use certain technologies like cell phone tracking and internet monitoring/bans to impose an unnecessary level of authority on its citizens.

The executive order is specifically meant for Syria and Iran, where cells phones and the internet had been used by democracy advocates to organize the Middle East. However, security services in Syria and Iran have started to use such technology to track citizens and block access to the Internet.

The sanctions imposed on Syria and Iran will include financial restrictions and a visa ban on one Syrian individual, two Syrian "entities," and four Iranian entities. The word "entities" refers to either government agencies or private companies in Syria and Iran.

The Middle East isn't the only area where cell phone/internet tracking and bans are a problem. Earlier this month, the Chinese sector of hacker group Anonymous defaced and stole information from nearly 500 government and corporate websites in China. Anonymous China did this to rebel against its government for the amount of censorship it imposes on its citizens when it comes to social networking sites, news sites and file-sharing sites.

In the U.S., there are issues with law enforcement using cell phone tracking regularly on citizens, which is sometimes warrantless, according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). In addition, employers and educational institutions are closely monitoring social networks of employees and students in order to learn more about applicants and current workers/students.
 
For instance, the Maryland Department of Corrections had asked applicants and current employees to provide their Facebook email and passwords for complete access. Corrections officer Robert Collins complained to the ACLU, who stopped the practice. However, the Maryland Department of Corrections simply started asking applicants and employees to log onto their Facebook accounts themselves right in front of the employer for access.

A proposed bill back in March aimed to stop employees from asking for such information and access, but it was rejected in the U.S. House of Representatives. Another bill, which applies to Maryland only and aims to stop employers from asking for social media passwords, passed unanimously in the Senate and by a large number in the House of Delegates earlier this month.

Source: Reuters



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Solution
By Ristogod on 4/23/2012 11:15:44 AM , Rating: 4
Ron Paul 2012




RE: Solution
By TSS on 4/23/2012 3:17:48 PM , Rating: 2
Right, vote for the guy that advocates returning to the gold standard while at the same time, advocating a audit of fort knox because he doesn't belive the gold is all still there, or atleast something's up.

Not to mention the insane deflation of turning a ~9 trillion dollars supply back into a 500 billion dollar supply, or the amount of gold the treasury says it still has in todays dollars. Or the fact that your GDP will by divided by 18 as well, or drop from ~$15.5 trillion to $861 billion, but your debt will still be $15.7 trillion, as debt is not affected by inflation or deflation (which is why hyperinflation is one of the ways to get out of debt). And even hyperinflating your way to a gold standard will be economical hell. After that you're left with an incredible shortage of credit as that's now based on the supply of gold rather then fiat currency, which means no economical growth what so ever.

Of course somebody like ron paul who's invested heavily in precious metals (not just owning gold, owning gold mine stocks) would get immensely richer, as the gold price would spike while the dollar regained it's purchasing power, causing a double win (gold being worth more in dollars and dollars being worth more vs other currencies).

I'd wish there was a sensible economical candidate for you guys to chose from, but there isn't. Obama's the least harmfull with his $1 trillion dollar deficits, the rest will be worse (which is insane, i know, but there ya go). But you've got to remember, every president after this will just run higher budgets, or lay the hurt on the people even more. It's what happens when the gravy train finally runs out of tracks.


RE: Solution
By Reclaimer77 on 4/23/12, Rating: -1
RE: Solution
By Ringold on 4/23/2012 10:17:22 PM , Rating: 5
Thats a mischaracterization of how a transition to a gold standard would take place. Greenspan, actually, wrote several papers worth reading that cover various options to make a smooth transition. One option would be a slow conversion by slowly replacing traditional treasury bonds with gold-backed ones.

quote:
now based on the supply of gold rather then fiat currency, which means no economical growth what so ever.


The US economy went from being primarily poor farmers to an industrialized global power under bimetallic and gold-based currency systems, so that's also not entirely correct.. Which is a nice way to say, that's absolutely false that economic growth couldn't take place. History proves otherwise.

quote:
Obama's the least harmfull with his $1 trillion dollar deficits


His denial ends in a Greek-style debt implosion, as has happened to many other countries in history, both modern and ancient. At least people on the other side of the isle recognize the problem and float ideas about entitlement reform instead of proposing red herrings like the Buffet Rule that Obama admits will barely put a drop in the bucket.

Anyway, the real problem statists have with hard currency is twofold. One, they can't print money and hyperinflate away debts that they were morally obligated to pay, and second, instead of being truly competitive and working hard to ensure economic vitality a central government in control of its own currency can, again, print money to tank the currency, aiding export industries and domestic competitors to foreign importers as importers become dearer.

If Ron Paul is heavily invested in precious metals, that just means he's got a few brain cells to rub together.


RE: Solution
By The Raven on 4/24/2012 4:31:50 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
Of course somebody like ron paul who's invested heavily in precious metals (not just owning gold, owning gold mine stocks) would get immensely richer...
Yeah so please explain how Obama is conversly a saint by taking other people's money and giving it to people who just indirectly throw more money at him? (When I say it that way it makes him sound like Bernie Madoff.)


RE: Solution
By Samus on 4/24/2012 6:59:19 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
Ron Paul 2012


Little late, unfortunately. We're stuck with this guy for four more years. I just hope someone takes away his credit card.


HOW F'IN
By seraphim1982 on 4/23/2012 11:53:45 AM , Rating: 2
Total hypocrite!




RE: HOW F'IN
By Reclaimer77 on 4/23/2012 3:04:42 PM , Rating: 1
Exactly. Going by the laws this President has signed and other backroom treaties that go against his own citizens, he might as well sanction himself while he's at it.


RE: HOW F'IN
By Ringold on 4/23/2012 10:22:56 PM , Rating: 1
Exactly. Not to mention, you KNOW the CIA, FBI and others probably snoop around through social media to track 'terrorists' or just anybody they don't like.

I love that even some on the left are calling Obama out on his hypocrisy here.

It goes back to having no balls, in my book. He has to try to nit-pick on an issue like this to whitewash the fact he talks a big game but at the end of the day isn't willing to take any action against human rights abusers, no matter how brutal they are or how much they ignore the precious UN.


RE: HOW F'IN
By Ytsejamer1 on 4/24/2012 9:06:42 AM , Rating: 2
I agree. While I tend to lean democrat and did vote for the guy, continuing the policies that Bush - sorry, Cheney created after 9/11 and those even he himself expanded under his presidency to me, is the height of hypocrisy.

This type of stuff is not a left or right issue...but a right or wrong one.


RE: HOW F'IN
By ekv on 4/23/2012 11:20:31 PM , Rating: 1
Did the buffoon actually say "technology abuse"? I mean, seriously? I'd laugh if it weren't so surreal. Obama's leadership quotient takes another nose-dive.

I was for the Patriot Act when it was signed into law. However, even a cursory hearing of Judge Napolitano will give anybody pause to reconsider. How come Obama hasn't rescinded the law? I mean, it's all "Bush's fault" (there'll be trademark real soon now), but even a "law" as poorly-written as the Patriot Act ... and BHO just can't force himself to lose one iota of power/control. There is something very disturbing about BHO, like there's some Soros-themed hidden agenda or something. Weird. (there'll be trademark real soon now), but even a


RE: HOW F'IN
By The Raven on 4/24/2012 4:58:43 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Did the buffoon actually say "technology abuse"? I mean, seriously? I'd laugh if it weren't so surreal. Obama's leadership quotient takes another nose-dive.
Yeah, there was a day somewhere early in the Dubya days when I would say,"Hey now, you gotta respect the office!" But after Bush and Obama (oh and don't forget Clinton, Nixon, etc.) and seeing how everyone who just looks at the president like a big sugardaddy (big business, big labor, voters, etc.) why am I expected to have any respect for an office that the president himself has no respect for? Buffoon. Well said.

For a moment there I wasn't going to say anything. I often get tired of trying to convince people that we need to get back to having a respect for freedom but they just say, "Oh come on, it isn't that bad." The problem is that if it was "that bad" then you would no longer have the power to change the gov't.


Technology abuse ?
By Gondor on 4/23/2012 11:51:24 AM , Rating: 1
Sanctions on Syria for technology abuse - have those buggers been torturing and executing VCRs and dishwashers again ?

What about the abuse of its population ?




RE: Technology abuse ?
By StevoLincolnite on 4/23/2012 12:02:43 PM , Rating: 4
The Syrian government used it's hard drive in a floppy drive, the end result was an SSD that infected the system.

Luckily a small mouse managed to get away, but with only one ball remaining.


RE: Technology abuse ?
By rocketbuddha on 4/23/2012 2:52:50 PM , Rating: 3
How about sanctions against Syria for co-operating with the US in the rendition & torture program of Maher Arar a Canadian citizen of Syrian origin mistakenly "treated as a esteemed guest" by Assad's regime with the CIA post 9-11 ;D


Persona non grata?
By drycrust3 on 4/23/2012 12:04:32 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
The sanctions imposed on Syria and Iran will include ... a visa ban on one Syrian individual, two Syrian "entities," and four Iranian entities.

I thought a country just needs to label a person as "persona non grata" and that was that: not allowed in.




RE: Persona non grata?
By Penti on 4/24/2012 4:31:20 AM , Rating: 2
As US has had total sanctions on any trade with Syria and Iran for years it already means no US companies can sell them any systems or services and that it's not trouble free to get a VISA to travel to US. US regularly denies visa to people traveling and working in the UN. Journalists from those countries are also another category that can't work in the US or face problems doing so. While a representative of an enterprise in Syria or Iran might be able to get a visa to the US via a third country (US embassy in Damascus is suspended) they haven't been allowed to negotiate any trade or transfers of tech for many many years. Both are listed as sanctioned states under IEEPA/NEA with few exceptions. Iranians can't even buy European Airbus planes for example. Even though France allows it.


RE: Persona non grata?
By The Raven on 4/24/2012 4:37:02 PM , Rating: 2
No, you just have to say,"Hey, stop illegally crossing our southern border! There that'll keep us secure from the Iranians/Syrians!"


When do we sanction ourself?
By tayb on 4/23/2012 11:45:59 AM , Rating: 1
That's cool. When should I be expecting self-imposed sanctions for exactly this kind of thing domestically? Obama is telling other countries not to do it... but in the states? Fogeddahboutit.




By ChugokuOtaku on 4/23/2012 1:25:27 PM , Rating: 1
A bit of a double standard here. I'm sure those aren't the only two countries doing it, but rather part of the few not-so-pro-west regimes that Obama can afford to impose such sanctions.

If he really had the balls, he should be taking this up with China, one of America's biggest trading partners. Yet he doesn't, cuz he can't afford to live by these so called "principles" here. I hardly here his administration say shit about China's human right's abuses these days. As long as they keep dishing out loans, I guess all is quite on the western front...


What more does Obama need to do?
By Akerans on 4/23/2012 3:03:04 PM , Rating: 2
The United States already has the 4th Amendment, so what more do people expect Obama to do?




Do as we say, not as we do
By superstition on 4/24/2012 4:06:10 AM , Rating: 2
"The order targets nations that use certain technologies like cell phone tracking and Internet monitoring/bans to impose an unnecessary level of authority on its citzens."

rofl

What was that about an AT&T closet in San Francisco? No, not that closet. Ask Mike Connell.

I wonder why the Supreme Court told the government to stop putting GPS devices surreptitiously into citizens' cars without a warrant. Hmm...

As for illegal domestic spying here, there's nothing a little retroactive immunity won't do to help us win the future.




Patriot Act
By IranTech on 4/24/2012 12:14:08 PM , Rating: 2
What an idiot. A country that has as its best friends Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, all the most backward regimes in the entire world faults Iran and Syria for blocking attempts at organizing acts of terrorism and sabotage through the internet.

Mr. Obama should first close Guantanamo, end the Patriot act and order the American police to stop using pepper spray on peaceful demonstrations in America and then resort to such silly acts and orders. America should really reconsider its relations with those little despots as well. These days it is being wholly represented by Qatar and Saudi Arabia in the international arena and forums.

I just cannot stop wondering how America got to be where it is now. What a waste. From the biggest promise in the history of mankind to the stooge of Israel, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.




By wannabemedontu on 4/24/2012 12:15:07 PM , Rating: 2
Hypocrites - Ever since the Bush era the same has been going on here it's just called something else.




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