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Little Caesar's in Portage Robbed, Chief Williams Issues Statement

19 Dec interstate 80 94 accident

Gazette Staff

A police report indicates that there was a robbery at the Portage Little Caesar’s restaurant located at 6321 Central Avenue on Wednesday night. No weapon was brandished during the robbery. Police seek help from the public in finding a white male, 6 feet tall with a thin build. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Portage Police Department at 219-762-3122

PUBLIC SAFETY ALERT: We are actively following leads and working diligently to bring this person to justice. Unfortunately, across the region recently there have been a number of Robberies, some related, some not. Please know that these Police Agencies communicate with each other and share information to help bring a resolution to these cases as quickly as possible. Chief Troy Williams

Facebook Post Warns Miller Residents of Rash of Burglaries

9 Dec

Reader Submitted

There have been a rash of burglaries and attempted burglaries in the area. The police have not released information to the public. The suspects are 3 black males that drive a white trailblazer. They approach houses and knock on the door to see if anybody is home. If they are, they take off running. If nobody answers then they break in. Most break ins are occurring around the sides of the houses. The police do not believe they’re armed. If you see these suspects, use caution, but please notify the police.

Tech Giants Ask Government to Reform Spy Program

9 Dec

by Ken Davidson

Rarely do we see tech giants Google, Apple, Microsoft, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Yahoo join forces.  That is exactly what has happened today.  In a seething letter, the respective CEO’s of the above companies all sign on to a plea to standardize government intrusions into the digital lives of citizens.  The statement begins:

The undersigned companies believe that it is time for the world’s governments to address the practices and laws regulating government surveillance of individuals and access to their information. . . .We understand that governments have a duty to protect their citizens. But this summer’s revelations highlighted the urgent need to reform government surveillance practices worldwide. The balance in many countries has tipped too far in favor of the state and away from the rights of the individual — rights that are enshrined in our Constitution. This undermines the freedoms we all cherish. It’s time for a change.

Apparently, the risks and costs associated with complying with endless government information requests has taken its toll on these corporations.  The real question for me is where are the cellular phone companies on this issue?  Where are the people on this issue?

This report comes on the very day that the Indianapolis Star reports that Indiana State Police have purchased a piece of equipment that will allow them to monitor cell phones without a warrant.  According to the Indy Star, the Stingray device can be mounted on a police vehicle and can monitor all cellular communications in the area. State police refused to comment on the system. http://www.indystar.com/story/news/2013/12/08/indiana-state-police-tracking-cellphones-but-wont-say-how-or-why/3908333/

The full text of the Tech Giant letter is as follows:

An open letter to Washington

Dear Mr. President and Members of Congress,

We understand that governments have a duty to protect their citizens. But this summer’s revelations highlighted the urgent need to reform government surveillance practices worldwide. The balance in many countries has tipped too far in favor of the state and away from the rights of the individual — rights that are enshrined in our Constitution. This undermines the freedoms we all cherish. It’s time for a change.

For our part, we are focused on keeping users’ data secure — deploying the latest encryption technology to prevent unauthorized surveillance on our networks and by pushing back on government requests to ensure that they are legal and reasonable in scope.

We urge the US to take the lead and make reforms that ensure that government surveillance efforts are clearly restricted by law, proportionate to the risks, transparent and subject to independent oversight. To see the full set of principles we support, visit ReformGovernmentSurveillance.com


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Government Wants Passwords Reports CNET

26 Jul


In Imageyet another blow to privacy, CNET reports that the government has been pressuring major internet companies to provide “encryption keys.”  CNET quoted sources who spoke on condition of anonymity including service providers and government employees.  

“The government is definitely demanding SSL keys from providers,” said one person who has responded to government attempts to obtain encryption keys. The source spoke with CNET on condition of anonymity.

The person said that large Internet companies have resisted the requests on the grounds that they go beyond what the law permits, but voiced concern that smaller companies without well-staffed legal departments might be less willing to put up a fight. “I believe the government is beating up on the little guys,” the person said. “The government’s view is that anything we can think of, we can compel you to do.”

As reported by The Northwest Indiana Gazette yesterday, a proposed amendment to the 2014 defense budget would have curtailed funding for NSA collection of user data except in cases of an actual investigation.  Intelligence officials have not disclosed exactly what information they collect, but it is widely assumed that the NSA collects every email, metadata from phone calls which include location, time and caller, every text message and much more.  Proponents of the programs claim that there are safeguards in place to protect the use of the data and dispute some issues regarding collection.  No one disputes that there is in place a program to collect massive amounts of information regarding US Citizens who are not suspected of any crime.  It remains to be seen whether the defeat of the so called Amash Amendment yesterday will embolden intelligence officials.

205 Congress Members Say Don’t Collect Our Phone Records . .

25 Jul

The issue:  An amendment to stop funding for the collection of electronic data without a direct link to an authorized investigation.


217 voted to allow the NSA to continue to collect phone records of US Citizens.  In one of the most heated battles ever televised in the House, the Amash Amendment, was defeated today.  The Amendent was placed in the National Defense Authorization Act, which funds military operations, and stated that no funding could be used for the collection of cell phone data from US Citizens.  

The stage was set on Tuesday when The White house weighed in  with a release from Press Secretary Jay Carney:

. . .  we oppose the current effort in the House to hastily dismantle one of our Intelligence Community’s counterterrorism tools.  This blunt approach is not the product of an informed, open, or deliberative process.  We urge the House to reject the Amash Amendment, and instead move forward with an approach that appropriately takes into account the need for a reasoned review of what tools can best secure the nation.


Rep. Amash quickly tweeted back: 

When’s the last time a president put out an emergency statement against an amendment? The Washington elites fear liberty. They fear you.


The exhanges in the house were similarly terse.  Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-CA, eloquently argued that the Constitution and statute are not being following.  Rep. Lofgren pointed out that business records, which are currently collected could include phone records, internet records, credit card records, medical records and more.  Opponents of the Amendment argue that, although the government collects the data, the data is not actually reviewed until their is an investigation.  They further argue that terrorist attacks have been and will continue to be thwarted by the use of electronic monitoring.

What are your thoughts on the NSA collection of citizens information?  Are you comfortable with the government collecting your records if it does not use them, absent an investigation.