7. OS X
The America We Believe in Would Preserve Fair Trials and Humane Treatment #
"Recently the Supreme Court struck down the President's Military Commissions and restored minimum Geneva Conventions protections to people in US custody, but now the President has asked Congress to authorize military commissions proceedings similar to those that were struck down. In addition, the President has asked Congress to codify the indefinite detention regime and to provide immunity for the CIA, civilian contractors, and Administration officials who may have violated the War Crimes Act. Act urgently to tell Congress to uphold fair trials and ensure those involved in human rights abuses are held accountable."
/misc | Sep 30, 2006Letter From Intelligence and Military Professionals on Use of Torture #
(Original post from truthout)
Tuesday 26 September 2006 United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary 224 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Arlen Specter, Chairman The Honorable Patrick J. Leahy, Ranking Democratic Member Dear Senators: We write as experienced intelligence and military officers who have served in the frontlines in waging war against communism and Islamic extremism. We fully support the need for proactive operations to identify and disrupt those individuals and organizations who wish to harm our country or its people. We also recognize that intelligence operations, unlike law enforcement initiatives, enjoy more flexibility and less scrutiny, but at the same time must continue to be guided by applicable US law. We are very concerned that the proposals now before the Congress, concerning how to handle detainees suspected of terrorist activities, run the risk of squandering the greatest resource our country enjoys in fighting the dictators and extremists who want to destroy us ? our commitment as a nation to the rule of law and the protection of divinely granted human rights. Apart from the moral considerations, we believe it is important that the Congress send a clear message that torture is not an effective or useful tactic. As noted recently by the head of Army Intelligence, Lt. Gen. John Kimmons: No good intelligence is going to come from abusive practices. I think history tells us that. I think the empirical evidence of the last five years, hard years, tells us that. Our nation was created in response to the abuses visited on our ancestors by the King of England, who claimed the right to enter their homes, to levy taxes at whim, and to jail those perceived as a threat without allowing them to be confronted by their accusers. Now, 230 years later, we find our own President claiming the right to put people in detention centers without legal recourse and to employ interrogation methods that, by any reasonable legal standard, are categorized as torture. We ask that the Senate lead the way in upholding the principles set forth in the Declaration of Independence and affirmed in the Geneva Conventions regarding the rights of individuals and the obligations of governing authorities towards those in their power. We believe it is important to combat the hatred and vitriol espoused by Islamic extremists, but not at the expense of being viewed as a nation who justifies or excuses torture and incarceration without recourse to a judicial procedure. The US has been in the forefront of the human rights campaign throughout the 20th century, led by Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson. The end of World War II and the horrors of the Holocaust inspired the United States to take the lead in making the case that human rights were universal, not parochial. Until recently the policy of our country was that all people, not just citizens of the United States, were entitled to these protections. It is important that the world understand that we remain committed to these principles. In fighting our enemies we must wage this battle in harmony with the traditional values of our society that were enshrined in the opening clause of the Declaration of Independence, "We hold these truths to be self-evident...." Respectfully yours, CIA Officers: Milton Bearden, Directorate of Operations Ray Close, Directorate of Operations Vincent Cannistraro, Directorate of Operations Philip Giraldi, Directorate of Operations James Marcinkowski, Directorate of Operations Melissa Mahle, Directorate of Operations Paul Pillar, Directorate of Intelligence David MacMichael, Directorate of Intelligence Melvin Goodman, Directorate of Intelligence Ray McGovern, Directorate of Intelligence Mary O. McCarthy, DCI professional staff US Military and Department of Defense: W. Patrick Lang, (Colonel, US Army retired, Director Defense Humint Services, retired) A. D. Ackels, (Colonel, US Army, retired) Karen Kwiatkowski, (Lt. Colonel, USAF, retired) US Department of State: Thomas R. Maertens, Deputy Coordinator, Office of Counter Terrorism, US Department of State Larry C Johnson, Office of Counter Terrorism, US Department of State Federal Bureau of Investigation: Christopher Whitcomb, Hostage Rescue Team
/misc | Sep 30, 2006Finally! A fanless, silent NAS #
The Logitec HD-LANGE series of NAS devices:
/misc | Sep 27, 2006AFP over SSH #
or, How to Securely Access Your Mac's Files over the Internet can now be found in Docs. I hope it is the first of several guides on SSH as a VPN replacement.
/mac | Sep 27, 2006Two wardriving apps for Mac OS X #
/mac | Sep 21, 2006Two open source, CLI apps for testing network throughput #
/windows | Sep 20, 2006Bounce unwanted email #
/misc | Sep 20, 2006Create a virtual lab with Virtual PC 2004 #
If you've downloaded the recently freed Virtual PC 2004 and are wondering about fun things to do with it (besides intalling BeOS), don't miss: How to Create a Lab Environment with Virtual PC 2004.
/windows | Sep 18, 2006A DIY SSL VPN with SSL-Explorer #
Tom's Hardware has an excellent two-part guide to SSL-Explorer, "the world's first browser-based, open source SSL VPN". Part 1 - Setup server and router, Part 2 - Connecting from client / Tunneling TightVNC
/windows | Sep 17, 2006fSekrit - Tiny encrypted notes app #
f0dder kindly informs us of fSekrit, a tiny encrypted notes app he coded for DonationCoder. It never stores un-encrypted data on disk, and uses 256-bit AES/Rijndael in CBC mode.
/windows | Sep 17, 2006Securing Remote Desktop / Terminal Services #
2X SecureRDP for Windows Terminal Services allows you to accept / deny incoming RDP connections by IP, MAC address, computer name and more. A very clean and well-made app from the team who crafted DOSRDP (a DOS Client for Windows Terminal Services). Formerly $49, now freeware. Direct download page
/windows | Sep 17, 2006Getting BGInfo to work for all users in Terminal Services #
A new page has been added to the Docs section: Getting BGInfo to work for all users in Terminal Services.
/windows | Sep 16, 2006Cobian Backup looking for new developer #
Luis Cobian (creator of Cobian Backup) is looking for a Delphi developer to take over this excellent application.
/windows | Sep 15, 2006Viewing registry files from other computers #
I was looking for an app to view registry files from other computers. Google quickly turned up Alien Registry Viewer, whose blurb read, "Alien Registry Viewer is similar to the RegEdit application included into Windows, but unlike RegEdit, it works with standalone registry files. While RegEdit shows the contents of the system registry, Alien Registry Viewer works with registry files copied from other computers." That sounded swell, but $69 seemed a bit steep for this type of app.
A little more digging turned up the freeware Windows Registry Recovery, "The best tool for crashed machine registry recovery". In addition to the raw registry data, it provides a host of information:
/windows | Sep 15, 2006Open source BMP to ASCII art app #
Jeevan John kindly informs us of his open source ASCII Artist application, which turns bitmap images into color or b&w ASCII art. An older, installer-free version (just 90k zipped) is also available.
/windows | Sep 15, 2006Stand-alone malware removal tool #
BugHunter runs on everything from DOS to Windows 2003 Server and does not require any sort of installation. However, it primarily detects executables, and does not address registry keys, cookies, etc. (via Jim)
/windows | Sep 14, 2006Goodbye mouse and keyboard? #
Will Jeff Han's multi-touch interface replace the keyboard and mouse? Check it out and decide for yourself: QuickTime | YouTube | Entire presentation on YouTube
/misc | Sep 14, 2006Ultrafunk's Popcorn email client freeware again #
Cesar kindly informs us that Ultrafunk has re-released Popcorn as freeware. Installer-free 7z file here.
/windows | Sep 13, 2006Dana 1.3 - IRC client #
Dana 1.3 [121k] + Simple, skinnable IRC client (via Red)
/windows | Sep 11, 2006When was my Mac made? #
Find out when and where your Mac, iPod, or other Apple product was made, either online or with the freeware coconutIdentityCard 2.1. Devices made in the last few months may not be supported due to the new serial number format.
/mac | Sep 11, 2006VirusTotal - Scan individual files for malware #
VirusTotal offers free scanning of uploaded (or emailed) files using over 20 antivirus and antispyware engines:
/misc | Sep 10, 2006Delete in-use files #
Several apps for dealing with locked files. Use at your own risk (and joy):
/windows | Sep 06, 2006
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