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Monthly archive: August 2014

Free Press calls for Net Neutrality and anti-merger support, please respond by September 5

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Noelani Kamelamela, our candidate for the 27th Middlesex State Representative district, is looking for your help: Massachusetts citizens, do you have a fever and the only cure is net neutrality? Free Press needs 30 second to 60 second video clips of people telling the FCC and DOJ to protect the open Internet and stop the proposed Comcast merger. These clips will be used during outreach events happening in mid-September in D.C. If you can help, please email your videos (or links to them) to hilo@alum.mit.edu before September 5th.

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NSA: No, You May Not FOIA Your Call Detail Records

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Amid last year’s Snowden revelations, I sent the NSA a FOIA request for my home phone call detail records. At the time, I was a Verizon customer, I had seen the National Security Letter compelling Verizon to produce all call detail records (CDRs) where one or both parties were located in the United States, and I wanted to see what my collection of CDRs looked like. The NSA denied my FOIA request, and I filed an appeal in January 2014. The Appeal Letter Here is what my appeal letter said: January 5, 2014 NSA/CSS FOIA Appeal Authority (DJ4) National Security Agency 9800 Savage Road STE 6248 Fort George G. Meade, MD 20755-6248. Dear NSA/CSS FOIA Appeal Authority: I am writing in regards to FOIA request case number 75473, in which I requested telephony metadata for calls originating from 781-xxx-xxxx, my Verizon-provided home telephone number. The NSA responded on November 21, 2013, denying my request. I disagree with the reasons given for denial, and wish to file an appeal. NSA’s letter cited three statutes as the basis for my denial: Title 18 U.S. Code 798, Title 50 U.S. Code 3024(i), 50 U.S. Code 3605. I am appealing the denial because I believe that none of the cited statues applies to my request. 50 U.S. Code 3605 deals with disclosure of the organization or any function of the National Security Agency, or any information with respect to the activities thereof, or of the names, titles, salaries, or number of the persons employed by such agency. My request involve my personal telephony metadata — it does not involve the organization of the National Security Agency; nor does it involve the names, titles, salaries, or number of persons employed by the agency. Furthermore, my request was strictly limited to data already collected — I … Read more

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Video Interview with Noelani and James

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Last Tuesday, we had two media interviews. In the morning, First Officer Lucia Fiero appeared on Touch 106.1 FM. In the afternoon, 27th Middlesex State Representative candidate Noelani Kamelemela and Captain James O’Keefe appeared on the BNNTV’s The Real Talk Show. We do not yet have audio of Lucia’s appearance, unfortunately. The video from Noelani and James’ interview is embedded below. Many thanks to Charles Clemons, general manager of TOUCH 106.1 FM, and Lolita Kelsey, the producer and host of The Real Talk Show for having us on. You should support both organizations, especially Touch 106.1 FM’s fight to get back on the air. Touch 106.1 was a 100watt community radio station until recently when it was shutdown by the FCC. The FCC has not made any additional low power community radio licenses available since 2000. The airwaves are public property and should not be limited to only to a few large organizations that can pay. The FCC’s failure to open up the radio spectrum on a regular basis shows them to be yet another government organization captured by large corporations.

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Join us at Freedom Rally!

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We will be tabling at the 25th Freedom Rally on Saturday, September 13th and Sunday, September 14th. It will be on Boston Common and both days are currently scheduled from noon to 8pm. This is our fifth year at Freedom Rally and fourth year tabling at it. We hope you will help us make it a success. Please fill out the form below if you want to help out. You don’t have to table all day. An hour or two is great, though we would never turn you away if you want to help longer. Thanks! We are at space 18 near the Crafts Tent on the map below. It is right next to one of the entrances to the underground garage and on the path to Park Street. Or you can use this Google Map: View Mass Pirates Events in a larger map

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Gun Owners Action League should be ashamed of themselves

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In response to “Mass. Gun Law Seen As Solid Compromise” from WAMC This law is a complete sell-out and GOAL should be ashamed of themselves. It’s axiomatic that since the 2nd Amendment protects a fundamental right, then absent a serious, statutory disqualifier, you are entitled to an unimpeded equal right to as much firearms access as any other non-criminal (adjudicated mental defectives excluded); and at minimum, modern handguns and rifles at your home. But this new law makes random people subject to the loss of their FID card rights at the whim of a court – even if no crime, mental deficit or pre-specified transgression takes place. And not only that, but the hearing standard used is not high enough. Strict scrutiny ought to apply to any impediment to a fundamental right. But most importantly, any law which does not clearly spell out how one can lose their rights is bad law and will not survive the first proper court challenge. All persons are entitled to advance notice of the specifics of any law which, if enforced, burdens their fundamental rights. This law fails that test. Under this law, because “suitability” is still not defined, even the most responsible citizen who diligently seeks to protect their gun ownership prerogative, does not have sufficient notice as to what specifically must be avoided to prevent loss of gun rights. Such insufficient notice makes this law invalid on its face, in regards to the new ‘court challenge’ provisions aimed at FID cards. Guest post from Dan Gregory, Director, Milford Good Government Association

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Kamelamela moderates No Justice, Just Us net neutrality panel

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On July 12th, Noelani Kamelamela, our State Representative candidate for the 27th Middlesex seat, had the pleasure of moderating a net neutrality panel produced by No Justice, Just Us at SCATV‘s studio in Union Square. In attendance were Charles Clemons, general manager of TOUCH 106.1 FM, and Lolita Kelsey, the producer and host of the Real Talk Show on BNN TV. Also in the studio were several interested citizens who asked us interesting questions. The video clocks in at 43:37. It is embedded below, but if you cannot see it, you can find it here.

published under Main Topic, Net Neutrality | 1 Comment

Summer nearly over, Fall beckons

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The Summer, and what a short one it has been, is nearly over. We had a great time marching in this year’s Boston LBGTQ Pride Parade with sixteen people joining us including Lucia, Steve, Kit, Kate, Melanie, John, Jason, James and our two State Representative candidates Noelani and Joe. Three people jump aboard as we marched, and we happy to have them with us. Also in July, Noelani moderated a discussion about net neutrality with Charles Clemons, general manager of TOUCH 106.1 FM, and Lolita Kelsey, the producer and host of the Real Talk Show on BNN TV. In August, fifteen people attended the Pirate Picnic for food, exploring and even kite flying on Georges Island. It was the largest turn out of kids. The rest of August and September is going to be busy: We will be at the Stop Police Violence demonstration 2pm today, Saturday the 16th, in Copley Square Boston; First Officer Lucia Fiero will be on TouchFM at 9am on Tuesday, August 19th; Also, on Tuesday, August 19th, 27th Middlesex State Representative candidate Noelani Kamelemela and Captain James O’Keefe will be on BNNTV’s The Real Talk Show at 5:30pm; September 13th and 14th we will table at the Boston Freedom Rally on Boston Common; On Saturday, September 20th, we are doing a cryptoparty from 10:30am – noon at Software Freedom Day. Industry Lab 288 Norfolk Street, Cambridge; September 26-29 is the annual world-wide Freedom Not Fear action days.  We will participate in it locally. If you want to help us at any of these events, please email us at info@masspirates.org. We would like to fly a wifi-camera kite over Freedom Rally. Contact us if you want to help us with it. Thanks!

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