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The father of Terri Schiavo, who became a national symbol in a closely watched right-to-die fight, has died, his son said Saturday. Robert Schindler was 71.
Schindler, a tireless activist through years of legal wrangling, died from heart failure at a hospital in St. Petersburg. Terri Schiavo, who courts ruled was in a "persistent vegetative state," died in 2005 after the feeding tube that had nourished her for years was removed according to her husband's wishes.
"I am heartbroken over the loss of my father and yet I know at this moment he is rejoicing with my sister, Terri," his son, Bobby Schindler, said Saturday in a statement.
Bush's Search Policy For Travelers Is Kept
Obama Officials Say Oversight Will Grow
The Obama administration will largely preserve Bush-era procedures allowing the government to search -- without suspicion of wrongdoing -- the contents of a traveler's laptop computer, cellphone or other electronic device, although officials said new policies would expand oversight of such inspections.
The policy, disclosed Thursday in a pair of Department of Homeland Security directives, describes more fully than did the Bush administration the procedures by which travelers' laptops, iPods, cameras and other digital devices can be searched and seized when they cross a U.S. border. And it sets time limits for completing searches.
But representatives of civil liberties and travelers groups say they see little substantive difference between the Bush-era policy, which prompted controversy, and this one.
"It's a disappointing ratification of the suspicionless search policy put in place by the Bush administration," said Catherine Crump, staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union. "It provides a lot of procedural safeguards, but it doesn't deal with the fundamental problem, which is that under the policy, government officials are free to search people's laptops and cellphones for any reason whatsoever."
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano yesterday framed the new policy as an enhancement of oversight. "Keeping Americans safe in an increasingly digital world depends on our ability to lawfully screen materials entering the United States," she said in a statement. "The new directives announced today strike the balance between respecting the civil liberties and privacy of all travelers while ensuring DHS can take the lawful actions necessary to secure our borders."
For instance, searches conducted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers should now generally take no more than 5 days, and no more than 30 days for searches by Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agents. The directives also require for the first time that automated tools be developed to ensure the reliable tracking of statistics relating to searches, and that audits be conducted periodically to ensure the guidelines are being followed, officials said.
Such measures drew praise from House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), who called the new policy "a major step forward," and from Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.), who introduced legislation this year to strengthen protections for travelers whose devices are searched.
But the civil liberties community was disappointed.
"Under the policy begun by Bush and now continued by Obama, the government can open your laptop and read your medical records, financial records, e-mails, work product and personal correspondence -- all without any suspicion of illegal activity," said Elizabeth Goitein, who leads the liberty and national security project at the nonprofit Brennan Center for Justice.
Goitein, formerly a counsel to Sen. Russell Feingold (D-Wis.), said the Bush policy itself "broke sharply" with previous Customs directives, which required reasonable suspicion before agents could read the contents of documents. Feingold last year introduced legislation to restore the requirement.
Jack Riepe, spokesman for the Association of Corporate Travel Executives, said the guidelines "still have many of the inherent weaknesses" of the Bush-era policy.
Between October 2008 and Aug. 11, more than 221 million travelers passed through CBP checkpoints. About 1,000 laptop searches were performed, only 46 in-depth, the DHS said.
Wonderful to hear from you again and I so very much appreciate your kind words. Hope all is well in Vermont. I believe the last time I saw you was in Detroit when Herb Peters was here.
Tried to join you but could not figure out how to find program or
even get anything to play.
add my url
Fr. Ashcraft covered both the New Age Movement and the Solana ones.
Thanks, Walt, for trying!
EU Foreign Policy Chief Solana arrives in Syria for peace talks
Ha'aretz - 11 hours ago
By DPA EU Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana arrived on Sunday in Damascus for talks with Syrian President Bashar al Assad and Foreign Minister Walid al ...
Asad meets Solana, stresses interest in Iraq security PRESS TV
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Assad meets Solana; two discuss resuming Mideast negotiations
Ynetnews - 6 hours ago
Syrian President Bashar Assad met with European Union Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana and the two discussed the possibility of resuming Middle East ...
Solana to visit Beirut during Middle East tour
Daily Star - Lebanon - Aug 28, 2009
BEIRUT: The European Union's foreign minister, Javier Solana, will arrive in Beirut on Monday as part of a tour of the region. A statement issued on Friday ...
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'No decision made yet on Israel settlement freeze'
Jordan Times - 1 hour ago
... on implementation of UN resolutions, Syrian President Bashar Assad said on Sunday at a meeting in Damascus with EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana. ...
Qassam rocket fired at Israel
Ynetnews - Ilana Curiel - Aug 28, 2009
Meanwhile, it was reported that EU Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana will travel to the region at the beginning of next week. Solana is scheduled to visit ...
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Solana: Situation on Ground Remains Calm
Civil Georgia - Aug 7, 2009
Javier Solana, EU foreign policy chief, said he had been reassured by EU Monitoring Mission (EUMM) on the ground in Georgia that situation remains “broadly ...
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Syria backs peace with Israel
The News International - 15 minutes ago
... implementation of UN resolutions, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Sunday at a meeting in Damascus with EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana. ...
Keep snoring away! 2010 is just about upon us! So's the Alliance of Civilizations and its machinery!
Isn't 2012 the year the "planetary shift" takes place, on earth?
Iran supreme leader tells Muslims worldwide to prepare for the coming of the "Saviour"
What ambitions for European defence in 2020
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Preface by Javier Solana
I leave this for those of you who better understand these things.
There are a couple of interesting leads. I then googled, "Wayne S. Peterson", and looked at his website, on which he praises and promotes the devil Maitreya.
Peterson states he was a diplomat, who met with Maitreya and his entourage of devils ("ascended masters"). Anyway, please check Peterson's website at: www.waynepeterson.com
there's quite a lot out there on Gorbachev and his connections to Maitreya, what do you think about this please, and can you tell me if Solana has supposedly met this Maitreya thing? Thank you, Rob.
if ted kennedy was really concerned with people and not just some poser ...
he would have given every dime he had away....
how many times do i have to tell you deeds are fruit and words are leaves???
or that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle that for a rich man to enter heaven???
ted was not saved... he was a murderer that we know about (who knows what else he hid) and made light of it... repentant murderers talk about never being able to wash the blood off their hands and to bring their old crime up never gave them guffaws, it sent them to remorseful tears, post traumatic shock for the thought of taking another hum an life off the planet and a humble waiting for God to punish them on the planet so they can go to heaven...
i don't see how teddy was that kind of a remorseful guy, he didn't go around lecturing people not to drink and fornicate and drive ...
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