Friday, July 25, 2014

Obama and Iran: Work Together to Crack Down on First Amendment Right to Acquire Information

Iran: mullahs’ plan to round satellite dishes in western province:

In the latest Iran crackdown plan, Manuchehr Amanollahi, head of Kermanshah Province police in western Iran, said there is a widespread plan to round up satellite dishes in this province.
“Any type of purchasing, selling, installing and using of satellite TV is considered a crime and the police will take measures based on the law and deal with the culprits of such crimes,” he said quoted by the state-run ISNA news agency.

“In some period these measures have been carried out in more severity and in some periods it has been very little. However, the police has the plan to take measures against the satellite TV road is on the police’s agenda,” Amanollahi added.

He went on to say 300 dishes were rounded up last week alone. “The priority in dealing with this issue is with the distributors and installers of this equipment, and also if any type of satellite equipment is installed inside homes.

In related news, President Barack Obama announced government plans to crack down on using drones in the US to acquire information.

President Barack Obama plans to issue an executive order to develop privacy guidelines for commercial drones operating in U.S. airspace, POLITICO has learned.

The order would put the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, an arm of the Commerce Department, in charge of developing the guidelines. NTIA would bring together companies and consumer groups to hammer out a series of voluntary best practices for unmanned aerial vehicles.