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Date: 2001-04-17

CALEA: Die neuen Dreiweg-Handys


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Statt Dreiband-Handys bewirbt die American Civil Liberties
Union in einer Inseratenkampagne im New York Times
Magazine nun "Dreiweg-Handys." Dritter im Bunde der
mobilen Kommunikation ist in Zeiten von "Lawful Interception"
bekannter Maßen immer öfter Big Government.

Das Inserat
http://www.aclu.org/privacyrights/
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ACLU Advertisement Highlights Massive U.S. Government
Electronic Surveillance NEW YORK--From using a cell phone
to sending e-mail over the Internet, Americans' right to
information privacy is in peril, the American Civil Liberties
Union said today in its latest national advertisement.

The ad, appearing in the April 15 issue of The New Yorker
and the April 16 issue of The New York Times Magazine,
features a large photo of a cell phone, with the headline:
"Now equipped with 3-way calling. You, whoever you're
dialing, and the government."


The latest ACLU advertisement targets government threats to
our right to privacy. The statement, the ACLU said, is no
exaggeration. Through surveillance programs with ominous
names like "Echelon" and "Carnivore," government agencies
are violating the Fourth Amendment, which was adopted for
the express purpose of protecting Americans from
unwarranted government surveillance.

"The same technological advances that have brought
enormous benefits to humankind also make us more
vulnerable than ever before to unwarranted government
snooping," said Barry Steinhardt, Associate Director of the
American Civil Liberties Union. "Through this advertisement,
the ACLU hopes to increase awareness of the privacy threat
and mobilize our lawmakers into action."

The advertisement urges readers to visit a special ACLU
website [www.aclu.org/privacyrights] to learn more about
these invasions of privacy rights and to send a free fax
message urging their Members of Congress to stop the use
of Carnivore and to hold hearings on the secretive Echelon
program.

According to the ACLU ad, five nations (the U.S., England,
Canada, Australia and New Zealand) are members of a spy
network -- dubbed Echelon -- that aims to intercept virtually
all forms of electronic communications. Its purpose:
worldwide surveillance, not just of other intelligence agencies,
but of civilians.

Meanwhile, through the FBI's Internet wiretap system,
dubbed "Carnivore," U.S. Internet service providers are forced
to attached a black box directly to their networks -- a
powerful computer through which much of their customers'
communications may flow.

"Congress must cage Carnivore and determine if the Echelon
program is as sweeping and intrusive as has been reported,"
said Gregory T. Nojeim, Associate Director of the ACLU's
Washington National Office. "Congress must ensure that our
government does not intercept Americans' conversations
without a court order. That is why the ACLU has called upon
Congress to embark on a national legislative program to
shore up the information privacy rights of this and future
generations."

The creative minds behind the ad series, DeVito/Verdi
Advertising, also developed last year's ACLU advertising
series, which included messages on racial profiling, juvenile
justice and the death penalty.

The ACLU advertising campaign will be featured on the
organization's website, www.aclu.org, with links to relevant
documents and news about each issue. The next
advertisement, on the subject of asset forfeiture -- police
seizure of innocent people's private property -- is scheduled
to run in the April 29 issue of The New York Times Magazine
and in the May 7 issue of The New Yorker.

The ACLU is a nationwide, non-partisan organization
dedicated to defending and preserving the Bill of Rights for all
individuals through litigation, legislation and public education.

Headquartered in New York City, the ACLU has 53 staffed
affiliates that cover every state, more than 300 chapters
nationwide, and a legislative office in Washington, DC. The
bulk of the annual $40 million budget is raised by
contributions from members -- 275,000 strong -- and gifts and
grants from other individuals and foundations.




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