Stop Canadian Complicity in Torture: Interview with Birgitta Jonsdottir, Icelandic member of parliament and ex-WikiLeaks

Original post at CRYPTOME – March 2, 2011 http://cryptome.org/0003/jonsdottir-wl.htm “Birgitta Jonsdottir, ex-WikiLeaks, Crusades for Freedom of Information” De Standaard Online [Belgian news outlet] – March 2, 2011 – by Dominique Deckmyn in Ghent, Belgium OSC Translated Text [OSC is the CIA’s Open Source Center.] Icelander Birgitta Jonsdottir – poet, author,

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Nunc Scio: Racism all the rage in Orange County

In my weaker moments, I imagine that the arc of human civilization is sweeping gently upward, and we are all becoming better, more intelligent beings. And then I see something like this, and I am reminded that we are the same nasty and brutish things we have always been. City Councilors advocating murder, hysterical screaming, […]

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Pop The Stack: Go to the Dance

I’ve got an analogy for the Conservtive party’s stance over the possibility of a coalition. They’re just clever bullies, and they should be treated appropriately. Think back to high school. Lets say there’s this bully who likes the same girl (or guy) as you. They don’t want you to go to the dance because you’ll […]

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Informed on Information: U.S. Supreme Court: Corporations Do Not Have Personal Privacy Rights

““The protection in FOIA against disclosure of law enforcement information on the ground that it would constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy does not extend to corporations,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in a 12-page decision.

He added: “We trust that AT&T will not take it personally.””

“Corporations do not enjoy a right to personal privacy that would prevent disclosure of certain embarrassing documents under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the US Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday.

The unanimous decision came in a case examining whether telecommunications giant AT&T could claim an exemption from required disclosure under FOIA because government release of its documents to competitors would cause the corporation to suffer an “unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.”

Lawyers for AT&T argued that the company was a private corporate citizen with personal-privacy rights that protect it from government disclosure of embarrassing documents.”

Christian Science Monitor: Supreme Court: Corporations do not enjoy personal privacy rights

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While I haven’t been a fan (to say the least) of recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions regarding Corporate Rights ™, I am pleased that they got this one right.

Corporations are not persons. They should not have human rights. They should not be allowed to contribute to political campaigns (neither should unions in my mind).

Intelligent beings have “human rights” not the legal fiction we call corporations (this is where we veer into my personal feeling that a number of “higher animals” – thinking and self-aware species like dolphins, whales, and elephants [an example list, not a complete one] – should have essentially “human” rights).

Corporations are an economic and legal fiction created to allow people to pool resources in an ordered manner.

They have no more inherent rights than than a copy of valley of the dolls. They are a set of rules not a person, and should not be a vehicle to allow those who control them to use the benefits of asset pooling to further the narrow agenda of those very same people who control those corporations.

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