convicted terrorist released
Section Editor: Geena Cova
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Despite Lybia formally accepting reormer Libyan intelsponsibility for the attack over Scotland, many ligence agent, Abdel Lybians view al-Megrahi as an “innocent victim Baset al-Megrahi was scapegoated by the West.” A Scottish court’s reconvicted years ago view of the case had found grounds for an appeal of the 1988 airline in 2007. When al-Megrahi dropped his appeal so bombing that killed that he could be released, he continued to insist all 259 people on Pan that he was innocent. He and his lawyers blame Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland the attack on a Palestinian plot funded by Iran. and another 11 people on the ground. He More confusion was added when Gadhafi was supposed to serve a life sentence in thanked British Officials for the release of alScotland, until he was declared terminally Megrahi. British Officials continue to insist that ill of prostate cancer and released on comthey did not tell Scottish Officials what to do passionate leave, a common occurrence in because “the decision was not theirs to make.” Scottish justice. Business Secretary Peter Mandelson told reRobert Mueller, FBI director, atporters in London, “The idea that the British tacked Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny government and the Libyan government would MacAskill’s decision, saying, “Your acsit down and somehow barter over the freedom tion makes a mockery of the grief of the or the life of this Libyan prisoner and make it families who lost their own on December form part of some business deal .... it's not only 21, 1988.” Mueller also said that the deciPhoto Courtesy CNN wrong, it's completely implausible and actually sion “gave comfort to terrorists around the Convicted Terrorist Abdel Baset al-Megrahi was released despite his involvement in the Pan Am Flight incident (left). quite offensive." world.” During an interview for the Times of LonWhen al-Megrahi landed in Tripoli, don, al-Megrahi said that he “abandoned his appeal to spend what time he had left with his famMoammar Gadhafi, the de facto leader of Lybia, embraced him as al-Megrahi was welcomed as a ily.” He promised to release “evidence that would exonerate him.” al-Megrahi said,”There was a celebrity by the public with applause and flower pedals. David Miliband, British Foreign Secretary, miscarriage of justice.” “They believe I’m guilty, which in reality I’m not,” he said. “One day the called the actions of the public and Gadhafi “deeply distressing.” Adm. Mike Mullen said, "Well, truth won’t be hiding as it is now. We have an Arab saying: The truth never dies.” this is obviously a political decision, which is out of my lane. But I mean, just personally, I was Scottish Justice Secretary, Kenny MacAskill, was the only person authorized to make that appalled by the decision." decision, not the U.S., Britain, or Lybia. He obviously felt that it was the best decision available at Gadhafi’s son, Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, said that, “al-Megrahi’s release was a constant point of the time according to Scottish Law, which allows for the release of dying inmates. An anonymous discussion during trade talks.” Former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, told CNN that the LibyBuckingham Palace spokesman summed the situation up perfectly when he said that the release ans raised the issue of al-Megrahi’s release but he told them he did not have the power to release was, “entirely a matter for the Scottish government.” the bomber.
massachusetts teen tinkers with technology
By Jenny Choi Staff Writer
By Alissa Medina Editor-in-Chief
assachusetts teen, Matthew We i g m a n , cracked the codes of online providers and phone communication networks in order to play with his victims in a cat and mouse game: calling them constantly, scaring them into oblivion on what his hacking talents can do. Otherwise known as “swatting” and “hacking”, teens today are tinkering with technology in a fearful matter. Many are committing harmful crimes against their peers, via the Internet and telephone services. Living in a generation dubbed the “Screenagers”, the Internet is literally at their fingertips. Many teens gaze at a digitalized box before their eyes for more than ten hours a day, according to MailOnline. This obsession with the Internet, telephone texting, and video game consoles has led a clear path to technological curiosity. In a recent RollingStones online preview, an FBI fraud investigator working with Verizon was abused by a blind fifteen-year-old boy, Matthew Weigman, from Boston. Weigman used his advanced hearing abilities to crack into telephone companies, using the pitches of dial tones to obstruct phone cables and hack into personal files. Not unlike the very first personal hacking experience at the fingertips of a blind seven year old in 1957, Joe Engressia, who stopped a telephone recording from the precise hearing of a telephone frequency. Commonly known as “Phreaking”, the term is made up from hacking personal information through the telephone for fun. Creators of the Apple Computer, who were teens at the time, Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs mimicked
more than 1.1 million children added into a DNA database
pitches of the telephone to hack into the Vatican, eventually harassing the Pope. Similar to phreaking, “Phishing” is another concept erupting through personal websites that store information for their customers, whether it be photos from Photobucket or credit card systems. Many criminals dig into personal information to blackmail their peers or steal personal information to grab hold of credit accounts. Weigman, now spending 11 years in jail for his curious alternative motives, is sitting alongside those who hack video games, credit cards, and music downloads for their own personal entertainment. Though many hackers land in jail, others are recruited by government agencies such as National Security and the FBI. In 1999 Mike Hudack caught the interest of NSA when his ultra-genius computer skills made a website offering advice to the government. NSA offered him “four years of college tuition, room and board and even a salary” according to CNN. Daniel Urenda, Senior at Los Osos said, “Hacking can be changing programs to make [the program] better.” Computer systems such as Mac PC restrict the use of Windows applications such as Word and Powerpoint, applications which the school heavily requires to use. Students must hack into the Mac PC system in order to turn in their homework properly. The question of computer-intellectual teens and their motives for the technology they use can easily be regarded as hacking, phreaking, or phishing. But as Urenda finalizes, “As long as you are not implementing files or compromising with security, I don’t see a problem with it.”
According to the Daily Mail, more than 1.1 million children in the United Kingdom between the ages of ten and seventeen have had their DNA stored in a nationwide database. Since 2000, police officers obtained the genetic information from young children who have been convicted of an offense. In this situation, prior to getting arrested, children were ordered to open their mouth, as the officers were able to swab their saliva. The Prime Minister of Great Britain, formally known as Tony Blair, first introduced this idea. According to the Daily Telegraph, Tony Blair reportedly stated that there should not be a limit for the number of DNA obtained. He believed that it was more important to the process of catching perilous criminals. To improve the nation’s crime problems, the DNA is stored to provide accessible information for future investigations. While others may agree on this DNA testing, other people viewed this as a stigma to the United Kingdom and its government. Jo Shaw, the Liberal Democrat parliamentary campaigner for Holborn & St Pancras, said: “Labour’s approach to tackling crime is unfair, heavyhanded and ineffective.” Throughout these proceedings, many officers were accused of unlawfully storing the DNA of innocent children. According to the National Policing Improvement Agency, more than 200,000 children were innocent. To the public, it was as if the police officers tried to purposely obtain the genetic information of every child. Jo Shaw, stated, “Storing the DNA of thousands of innocent young people as young as ten is unlikely to solve our crime problems, but is a costly way of stigmatizing young people. If
you’re innocent, you shouldn’t have your data on who you are kept for years.” Since the European Court of Human Rights fought against this unethical act, the power to detain DNA from innocent children were taken away from the police officers. As stated by the Daily Mail, children with or accused of minor felonies will have their DNA stored until the age of 18, while others with major offense can be stored without specified limits. As for those who are accused of a felony, they will have theirs stored for twelve years. According to the Daily Telegraph, Tony Blair’s thought on DNA testing of other people, with the addition of government ministries, was believed to be a personal matter.
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a message from mr. hollister
ear Students, Welcome to Los Osos High School and the 2009-2010 school year! In recent years, Los Osos students have created a standard of excellence in all of their endeavors and I am pleased to say that our students have surpassed our expectations in many areas. Los Osos is respected as being high performing in everything we do including academic achievement, athletics, and the performing arts. I anticipate that you will rise to the challenge and will strive to set the bar even higher in everything you do. I want to impress upon you that the time spent in high school is optimal for your self improvement and personal growth. The use of self discipline to consistently work hard coupled with quiet reflection upon your experiences can help you improve both intellectually and socially. These individual improvements, from student to student, become collective improvements for the school and the community; as a society, we all reap the benefits of the improvement of individuals. My goal for the year is simple: I hope that all students will work hard to improve themselves daily. Be passionately involved in your education! The faculty and staff will work to refine what we do well and improve our shortcomings in order to help students grow to their maximum potential. We have gone through and are continuing to encounter financial challenges because of reduced funding. But lack of funding is no excuse for the quality of education students will receive at Los Osos High School. Each teacher and staff member is committed to maximizing each student’s learning and achievement, and unequivocally, we expect great things from our students. Continual improvement, student learning, and high achievement remain as our top priorities. I am proud of the success we have had at Los Osos High School and this has created a deal of momentum. If we continue to strive to improve, what we accomplish together will be limitless. I hope you join me in making the most of our precious time together for the benefit of us all. Have a terrific year!
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atch out! As you are reading this, you are probably being watched; every second of every day you are being watched. Not by a ‘whom’ but by a ‘what’: security cameras. We notice them everyday but as Gabby Goymeric, freshman, puts it, “Yeah, I know about the [security cameras], but I’m not too familiar with them.” As reported by Associated Press, banks started using surveillance cameras in the 1960’s and 70’s. As stated on ESLI Surveillance’s website, the thought that some people would use these cameras for their own nefarious purposes prompted California and 18 other states to pass laws restricting the use of security cameras in private places. Which means that, no, you are not being recorded in the locker rooms or the bathrooms. Usually the term‘Security Cameras’ brings to mind the bulky, gray, drab cameras that we usually see. We all forget we have a surveillance camera in our pockets or backpacks all the time: cell phones. These devices technically constitute security cameras because one can record information with them. Naturally security cameras have raised an uproar over privacy concerns. Yet more and more crimes are either seen or solved by this method.
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A classic situation was referenced by the Rodney King case in which a police officer beat an unarmed civilian motorist for no reason at all, which was captured by the patrol car’s surveillance camera. One has to wonder whether or not the need for security might one day trump the need for privacy? We will not have to wait long for the answer, because according to Gadget Lab, the British government will spend approximately 668 million dollars to install cameras in private citizens’ houses. The purpose you ask? To make sure the children are eating their vegetables? So take heed when your parents to tell you to eat your vegetables.
county students reaching for independence at lohs
By Alissa Ascar Writing Coordinator
he county funded special education class has been collecting recyclables after lunch and exchanging them for cash to pay for extra activities inside and outside of class. Money obtained from plastic bottles is used towards feild trips, gas money for the buses, visits to the mall, class activities, and their very own graduation towards the end of the school year. Chris Hollister, Principal, spoke about how the actual classroom is being leased by the county for this specific class. In turn, funding is not run through Los Osos High School. When asked about the funding Debbie Cuellar, a teacher for the class, explained that not much money is given to this
group; therefore much of the funding is donated by parents or done through fundraisers such as: recycling. Meghan Mooberry, Senior and teachers aid for this class, said, “The students enjoy helping and recycling so much. They would definitely be saddened if they stopped doing their part in making the community a better place.” Todd Broaddus, Special Education teacher, said “The County takes students the district doesn’t have the resources to meet [the students] needs and puts them into this class.” Special needs students from any school within our district, including Valley View, who have more severe needs, are referred by the district to this County class. The class is run differently in a few ways. Teachers are employed by the County and the curriculum is
set to meet the student’s needs. The teachers emphasize a different kind of learning--building independence and everyday functions are the main focus of the class. Students can remain in the program until 22 years of age. After graduation from the County class, students are enrolled in a day program, workshop, or part time job depending on their abilities. “Our main goal is to have them be as independent as possible” Broaddus said. Class hours are 7:30-1:30 and students do not change classes such as district students do. Two classrooms are leased, and students are separated based on ability. Last year, the Los Osos cheerleaders raised over $1,000 on their own and donated it to the County programs. “Come volunteer!” Broaddus said when asked if there was anything else to know about the program.
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