the exception for naming the driver of a vehicle went to the european courts in ~98. they said you had no right to silence or protection from self-incrimination then.
Then RIPA came in, and they can demand the password for any crime, failure is 2 years. for terrorism its 5. So one of the first things people did when it passed, was commit a minor crime, write a file about it, then encrypted it and sent it to the Home Secretary (or maybe the deputy PM, I forget which) then told the police that politician had evidence of a crime. As you might expect, plod didn't really care, because of who it was (this was before plebegate) but it might be something people will try again.
I used to machine (many years ago I was a robotics guy ,was even one of the tech advisers/safety inspectors on BattleBots), and I'll tell you one thing about modern machining. The low-end stuff today, is worse than the low-end stuff from the 40s.
Second, 90% of all mills and lathes come from China.
Third - there are a NUMBER of conversion kits, to turn regular mills and lathes into CNC machines, and has been for a long time. I remember the battleBot builder association SORC buying and installing a conversion kit in 1999.
Fourth -mills and lathes and CNC machines are not that complex. In fact they're a lot simpler than atomic weapons to construct. So, if you're worried about constructing a bomb, and don't want them to do it, trying to den them a much simpler tool used for it, aint going to work. Especially not when there are even open source kits out there. After all, how well did the Ban on CNC machines hamper the Manhattan project? (I know the ban was temporal, in that they hadn't been invented at that point, but the US made them without needing a CNC)
There are potentials for effectively acting otherwise than in the best interests of the client when a layer accepts money from a third party. Thus the referenced rules make it clear that such things are to be done with the clients informed consent, and with the people funding being unable to direct the litigation, or obtaining information that's privileged.
Not going to be too hard to prove there were no professional standards violations.
It was a kinda emotional day. I had major butterflies in my stomach and I barely said a word the entire hearing. Also the computer Blair was using to display documents to the court was running Ubuntu, not Windows, so he was flustered by the switch as well.
And yet earlier this week his own lawyers said he wasn't involved in any of this and joined at the end of it all. Those who know Hammond know he's a liar. This is one of them. If he had anything to back these claims up, he'd not have plead guilty, especially when he 'wasn't even there'.
Nate Anderson (deputy editor, Ars Technica) is writing a book covering this and other things. I've been speaking to him about my dealings with Hammond, including logs from the time. I've no problems providing evidence (I also provided some of the logs to Al Jezeera before the panel discussion with his lawyer I was on Tuesday) Hammond's the one claiming he had nothing to do with the credit card stuff, and the FBI was giving him a hit-list, and yet pled guilty without contesting any claims. I don't know about you, but it sure sounds like he has nothing to back his claims.
Hammond hardly has the best reputation in the world for telling the truth. I've had extensive dealings with him back to 06 (before he went to prison for Protest Warrior) and every time he did something, he'd start off by boasting about it. And then a few weeks later, when called on his boasts, he'd change the story.
When he did the mob action in Daley square, he told people at the time he wanted to mess things up for the politicians and cause as much trouble as possible. When it came time in court, it was 'youthful exuberance'.
I had things I was working on targetted by him, and a variety of lies given as to why, and then threatened that I'd better not talk to his parole officer, because 'snitches get stitches'. (The irony of what he claims to do never seemed to hit him)
It's also funny that he claims others stole the CC numbers and made charges, especially as he said it was his aim with the protest warrior hack. And if they were stolen before he was even involved (as one of his lawyers told me point blank tuesday), that should have been easy for him to prove. So for him to plead guilty to it shows knew they had evidence.
He's not an activist, he's an anarchist that wants to cause trouble, trying to cover things as activism, as a 'get out of jail' card. Because as a thug and vandal and thief, he has no support; as a poor maligned political activist being targeted by the Gov, he has a story people can get behind, despite it being a lie.
I'd much rather have a nuc plant here. As it is, within 25 miles of me, I have the biggest coal-fired plant in the US, and a hydro-plant. BTW, guess where the only cases of uranium poisoning of residents in the last 10 years in the state of Georgia happened? 2 years ago, within 5 miles of the coal plant.
Of course, yes, this is a tea-party district (I don't live here by choice) being covered by both Austin Scott, and Paul Broun.
The real problem most people have with nuclear power though is one of ignorance, and I partly blame superheros. Hulk, invisible man, fantastic 4, Spiderman, Sam Beckett, Alex Mac, Dr Manhattan etc... They all give the idea that 'radiation does things and changes you', and so people get afraid, because they don't know the reality. And unfortunately, in this area, people cherish their ignorance (my landlord is PROUD of the fact he's 84, and has got through life with only a 4th grade education)
That's actually the wider problem now. People in the US think that education means elitism, and that it's somehow 'wrong'. At least, that's the impression in the south.