NSA deletes call data

Saturday 30 June 2018

The US intelligence organization NSA deletes call data from 685 million phone calls, collected since 2015.

Congress in the United States set foot for NSA’s practice of retrieving call data after American defector  Edward Snowden revealed the scope of business in 2013.

Snowden, who previously worked for the CIA and NSA, leaked documents that showed that NSA daily received nearly 5 billion registrations from base stations worldwide.

The data showed, among other things, hundreds of millions of mobile phones at all times, as well as who called each other. The information went straight into a huge database and was then analyzed using a tool called Co-Traveler.

Telecommunications companies

US telecom giants like AT & T have for several decades assisted the NSA with the collection, but in 2015 Congress adopted a law stating that the intelligence organization could no longer automatically retrieve such call data. The law instead instructs telecommunications companies to store these data for a period, but opened the NSA in certain cases to request access.

This has been done by the NSA, and the data they have retrieved has been stored in their own database. The NSA database finally contained call data from 685 million calls, but must now be deleted. The job of erasing began in May, NSA announced.
Had to go

Just a few months after Snowden’s revealing, the NSA chief Keith Alexander left the job, and in 2016, the scandal also cost the US National Intelligence Manager James Clapper the job.

During a hearing in Congress some months before Snowden’s disclosure, Clapper refused oath to receive call data from US telecom companies.

The NSA has over 30,000 employees and is the largest of the United States 16 intelligence organizations. The organization has facilities for collection and analysis in countries like UK, Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand and Germany.

Poland’s reluctance to accept asylum seekers from Muslim countries

Saturday 30 June 2018

Poles would rather drop the EU than to accept Muslim asylum seekers

WARSZAWA (VG) Poland’s reluctance to accept asylum seekers from Muslim countries has led to a deep divide in the EU, and a tough day for the country’s Muslim minority.

The building located on a small hill of Warsaw is bright and modern in the design, inviting and atypical of a mosque.

“We wanted a glass facade with full-blown insight to show people that we are open to everyone,” says Director at the largest Islamic Cultural Center in Poland, Abdul Jabbar Koubaisy, to VG.

The idea was good, but on the grass outside the house of God there is evidence that many people are not interested in insight into Koubaisys culture. In fact, they want both him and built away. Seven large windows were broken this time, to a total of 100,000 kroner. It’s far from the first time it happens. A total of 27 glass windows have been destroyed by vandalism in the past.

“It used to be not as bad as this, but the last couple of years hated Muslims here has become far more prevalent,” says Koubaisy from a mosque bath in the evening light.

Only two men have come to pray this evening.

Migration conflict puts the EU in crisis

Together with Hungary and the Czech Republic, Poland has torn the EU by refusing to accept asylum seekers from Muslim countries. The three countries have been appealed by the European Commission for their failure to comply with the EU Agreement, which aims to allocate 160,000 new arrivals between countries within the Union.

The agreement is from 2015, the same year as the Law and Justice Party (PiS) made a bracket election. The country’s very conservative authorities say that they, and not the EU, will have full control over who they may accept in the country.

“The government so openly puts Muslims up against the Catholic, has awakened instincts in Poles, as we have not seen in the same way before,” said Culture Center Director Koubaisy.

Migration is at the top of the agenda when the heads of state from all EU member states come together for the summit Thursday and Friday this week.

Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary boycotted the preparatory extraordinary meeting on migration and asylum. The fragmentation within the Union is now so serious that it can lead to a collapse in Angela Merkel’s coalition.

Almost only poles

Poland is one of Europe’s most ethnically homogeneous countries. As many as 98 percent say that they are ethnic Polish, according to World Atlas figures from June 2018.

A majority of the poles, 51 percent say they are willing to let go of membership in the EU and all the subsidies that come with it, if they had to choose between the union and to receive more Muslim asylum seekers, a survey conducted by IBRiS for the newspaper Polityka. It is despite the fact that 71 percent of Poles think it is positive that the country is a member of the EU.

On the train on the way to the mosque in Warsaw, VG meets more people who openly say they are skeptical of immigration from Muslim countries. Cezary Dziukka and Monika justify the resistance to what they describe as incompatible religions.

“The Catholic Church says quite correctly that it is important to help. But it is difficult with Muslims because it is such a different religion. Your religion is dangerous, we see television reports from there. Islam leads to terrorism, means the middle-aged dressed man Cezary Dziukka.

Few Muslims

While the Juni River falls into Warsaw, it is warm and warm inside the Al Badia Restaurant, located at the back of the Muslim Cultural Center.

Holder Salim Shihada Alhamdane (33) is a rare success story. Just over ten years ago, Alhamdane came from the war-fought homeland of Iraq, and has built up the restaurant that has become a focal point for Muslims in Warsaw.

He says there have been unpleasant episodes, but he would rather focus on the good. “I think it’s just a phase,” he says about the current anti-immigration flows in Poland.

His three young dinner guests from Oman disagree.

“It’s almost impossible to make friends here. The poles do not want to talk to us, especially young men and the oldest, and as an Arab you can only forget to rent an apartment. It often happens that I’m called shells or pushed into the subway, says Saud Alriyamy (23) to VG over a plate of rice and chicken.

More attacks

Muslims make up less than 0.1 percent of Poland’s nearly 40 million inhabitants. Surveys show, however, that poles believe there are far more. On average, people say that believing Muslims accounted for 7 percent, showed a survey from Open Democracy last year.

After the law and justice party gained power in 2015, the number of attacks on Muslims rose from 192 to 362 the following year, according to AlJazeera.

The refugees that the EU will allocate between Member States is largely from Muslim countries in North Africa and the Middle East.

At a joint press conference with Polish Heads of State in May, Hungary’s Prime Minister Victor Orban said that “we are a Christian people and we know what it means to help. But we can not

Åse Andersen (88) will attend her first homo parade

Saturday 30 June 2018

Åse Andersen has never participated in the homoparad. It will end on Saturday. Then she sets up to support skepticism.

Paul’s nursing home in Oslo is decorated for a party. The pride flag is hoisted and banners to Saturday’s Pride parade are spread out over the floor of the common room.

Åse Andersen is 88 years old and for the first time holds his own pride-flag in his hand.

She moved to Oslo from Hurum 60 years ago. Currently she is a resident of the nursing home. Alf Einar Strømsnes (61) is her gay practitioner.

Tomorrow she will attend the Oslo Pride parade for the first time. It will be with Strømsnes by its side.

“I asked if she would join,” says Alf Einar Strømsnes, assistant at the nursing home.

“I said yes right away, Åse Andersen breaks in.

– Must accept love

What she’s wearing is not the duo yet thought.

“At least, it will not be leather. I’m honored to look nice, says the nurse.

– Why do you choose to attend now when you have been 88 years old?

“For love, it’s strange. And I want to say to parents that they must accept love, says Åse.

She has known people who were gay, but lived in heterosexual relationships. Until 1972 gay practice was punishable in Norway.

– When I was younger, the word was used as a word of words. Then I wondered what it was. I did not know that time, “said the 88-year-old.

When she understood what it was, she felt it was wrong that gays were punishable.
The older experience

Paul’s nursing home, together with Romsås nursing home, attended the Pride parade for the first time last year. At that time, only employees attended, this year 88-year-old also joined.

– We want to show that with all of us are welcome. That we cry about diversity, says Anette Borg Smestad, Head of the Attitude at Attendo Paul’s Nursing Home.

The staff tells about older gays who have never come out of the closet. That they must meet with respect for their experiences.

– Gays are being harassed today, but the older generation has had a lot worse. We need to be aware of how we approach these, what kind of language we use, “says Tina Skjønhals, team leader at Romsås Nursing Home.
– It will be fun

Åse Andersen is excited on Saturday, but says she is ready for the most part.

– I’m pretty tough. I like to experience something that I have not experienced before. I am prepared for the impressions tomorrow, she says.

Everything Einar Strømsnes tells about the meeting with older gays in his work as auxiliary assistant.

“It was an 85-year-old who told her about her life as a lesbian about how she kept it hidden. But I have also met elderly who have disliked gays, but we ended up being very good friends.

Åse believes she may inspire other elderly people to participate in the homoparad.

“We are all different. It would have been boring if everyone was alike. That would not have been good, “concludes Åse Andersen.

My comment on this is:

Homosexuality is a sin according to the Bible. It has always been so that God loves the sinner but hates sin. All people are not worth much in this world, but in God’s eyes we are alike. But active sinners will not experience eternal life. Those who live in and are active in homosexuality are excluded from Heaven. It’s too bad that many embrace gay people today.

The police will not respond to the use of millions for gang crimes

Saturday 30 June 2018

The police have received 30 million extra to clean up on Holmlia, but can not answer how the money blows into the police on the ground.

In autumn last year, the Oslo police received 30 million extra in the state budget to clear up the negative developments in Holmlia and the district Søndre Nordstrand.

VG has revealed how Oslo’s biggest gang of threats have grown in the city for more than 10 years – without the police having managed to stop them.

For four weeks, the Oslo police have repeatedly received questions from VG about what the 30 million additional grant in practice will mean “on the ground” at Holmlia and in the district of Søndre Nordstrand.

They can not answer that.

Beat alarm clocks already in 2016

In December 2016, a secret intelligence report triggered an alarm that Young Bloods in the future will be the biggest gang threat in Oslo.

Since then, people associated with the gang have been behind killing and been convicted of kidnapping. In 2018, Holmlia experienced several shootings on the open street.

Only in the autumn of 2017 was the extra grant of NOK 30 million to the district. And now – halfway through 2018 – there are few extra police officers on the ground to track the money.

The police announce that the money goes to 41 positions, but can not answer how many additional people who now work at Holmlia to any one – because of the new appointments.

“When it gets so secretive, I’m afraid that the poor dialogue between the police and residents is not improving, is the message from Sarah Gaulin (Ap).

Reacts: Sarah Gaulin (Ap) is a resident of Holmlia and says she has repeatedly asked how many more police officers now actually have to be at Holmlia at all times.

Gaulin is Holmlia resident and deputy leader in the district committee in Søndre Nordstrand.

“The people at Søndre Nordstrand deserve to know what the police do with prevention. The police should say more about how the new appointments should be used, “said Gaulin

Must have 41 positions – 10 are employed

An overview of the positions that VG has received shows that only 10 of the 41 positions are obsessed today. Only three out of ten have started working.

The ten will all work preventively in Søndre Nordstrand – something the residents of Holmlia are asking for. The police do not want to clarify what the ten preventive positions, with a possible shift and turnaround scheme, actually mean by crew at Holmlia at all times.

They answer:

“With these a total of 41 positions, we will follow up on vulnerable youth and prevent recruitment into criminal environments. This will contribute to better integration and safer living environment, police inspector Gray Lene Sem writes in an email to VG.

When VG points out that it does not answer the question exactly how many things this means on Holmlia, the police only write that the money goes to the entire city.

– The staff are not locked to specific places at all times, the police respond.

Labor Party Jan Bøhler points out that there is a strong wish for Holmlia for more police present in their daily lives.

“They must be able to answer in concrete terms what it gives in increased policy power in that area when the Parliament has granted 30 million,” says Bøhler.

“When the government says it is up to the police to dispense the funds, the police must be able to answer how they dispense them, more concrete. We need to get a concrete response to how much increased police effort we get for the 30 million, the Ap Representative.

Now it’s summer with a back injury

Saturday 30 June 2018

I’ve been fine until now. My feet are loose with Lyrica, and I sleep well with Nozinan and Immovane. So I felt good until today.

I have two slab caps in the back. They rarely cause me problems during the year. But now they have been re-activated. Now it’s murmur and a bit of pain, it’s getting worse during the day.

As soon as the shop opens, I have to shop for food. Can not carry big but I have to. I have had it since 2003 and it comes and goes two to three days in pain. Now I’m at the start.

Adam was not long in Paradise. Neither do I. Now I have to work on the few meters of the scooter. It will not be fun.

Doctors who have seen the rudder pictures say that it will calm down. That they said in 2004 and in 2012, it has not been my everyday life. So I’m a little fucked.

I have explained this to my doctor, but he says that he will calm himself too. So I get Paralgin Forte to lower the pain. They are quite hard against my stomach, so I only take them in the evening, so I get to sleep.

But I do not get the doctor until Monday, and then he writes out medications in the afternoon. So it gets tough until then.

Youth crime in Oslo

Friday June 29, 2018

– Juvenile punishment does not work well enough

Erna Solberg does not guarantee that Wara gets what he wants in the fight against young criminals. Measures that get the youngsters out of work can be the key, says the prime minister.

The Oslo police are concerned about juvenile delinquency. The police are powerless to young offenders. Dagbladet said Wednesday that ten children have been reported 187 times in Oslo city center. Children under the age of 15 are responsible for rape, robbery, gross violence and serious threats, according to the police. Justice Minister of Defense, Emergency Affairs and Immigration Tor Mikkel Wara claims that “Oslo’s streets are not safe”.

He will, among other things, expand the authority of child welfare and enable them to send out youth from the city or defend them. Prime Minister Erna Solberg (H) says she has talked to Wara. She thinks that his statement is not about all the streets in general, but some areas with youths who have created insecurity.

“There are many good ideas for how to fight youth crime. Getting youngsters to do something else and getting them out of the environment can be one of the forms of reaction in the future. In what way and on what purposes we will do it, we need to spend some time to find out, “says Solberg.

– Difficult to get a summer job

Together with Trine Skei Grande (V) and Per Sandberg (Frp), she visited yesterday ‘Job Project 2018’ at Lindeberg School in Oslo. The project will provide young people with work experience. “We see that there are many fewer who announce summer jobs because there are still greater demands on competence, age, HSE and professional knowledge, also in order to have easier jobs. And it’s a huge challenge for many youngsters because they never get the chance to try, “says Skei Grande.

Rebuid Alna

For two weeks, 40 young people aged 15 to 21 will work for two weeks on behalf of the municipality of Alna. The project is under the auspices of NAV Alna and Alna district. The purpose of the project is to contribute to the well-being of the district, and to create mastery in the youth.

“It’s important to rebuild the area, but also to give our youth a springboard to work. Many do not have contacts, or struggle to get a summer job, says project manager Magali Hytten, from NAV Alna.

To become part of the project, young people have applied in the same way as any job. The application process has helped them, and out of 100 applications 40 young people got the job.

Some of them have not completed high school and lack motivation. Being a part of the work project can also help them to finish, after a taste of work, with salary.

According to Magali Hytten, it is also important to learn about common rules for working life, such as meeting up to the right time. She adds that she is very pleased with the efforts of young people so far.

“They are very good and always on. Nor are they coming too late, so I will write good testimonials on them.

New in working life

The youth have been attending a job at Ellingsrud Nursing Home and as painters at Lindeberg School. It’s educational, says Hajira Khan, 15, who has never had a summer job before.

– It goes really well. What’s best is that we have fun and work at the same time. We can both gain experience in life and see what it’s like to be working, says Hajira.

Trump and Putin meet in Finland 16 july

Thursday 28 June 2018

President Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin will meet in Helsinki this summer, reports Fox News on Twitter.

Neither The White House nor the Kremlin have confirmed the information, but according to the Russian news agency Interfax, the Kremlin will announce at 14 Norwegian time a notice of time and place for the planned summit.

It was Wednesday it became known that the US and Russia had agreed that Trump and Putin should meet later this summer, probably in July.

The announcement came the same day that Trumps national security advisor John Bolton met Putin and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow.

Putin counselor Juri Usjakov said that time and place of the meeting will be announced Thursday. He stated at the same time that the meeting will not be held in the United States or Russia but in a third country.

Earlier, Putin mentioned Vienna as a possible venue for the meeting, but on Tuesday, several American media and Finnish Helsingin Sanomat experienced that Helsinki is likely to be the venue and that it will take place sometime in mid-July.

Crime among children

Thursday 28 June 2018

He wants more custody and adjust the power of attorney to the Child Welfare.

– Oslo’s streets are not safe

Tor Mikkel Wara will expand the authority of the Child Welfare to curb crime among children. Children under 15 years commit very serious offenses in Oslo city center.

Justice Minister Tor Mikkel Wara (Frp) is upset by the numbers of crimes among some children Dagbladet presents to him.

– This is a very desperate reading. I understand people are getting pissed, he says.


Criminal age in Norway is 15 years and Wara says it is not appropriate to lower this per today. Thus, there is little he, as a minister of justice, can do. Responsibility lies with the Child Welfare, according to Wara. It is the Children’s Act, not the Penal Code, which is the relevant legislation in these cases.

The Frp is nevertheless doing everything in its power to assist.

“What we as politicians can do is to ensure that the Child Welfare has all the legal measures and means they need,” Wara said.

The Minister of Justice specifically mentions two instruments that he wants to ensure that the child welfare has: custody and the opportunity to act without the consent of parents. According to Wara, it is obvious that society must be sheltered from children who commit many and serious offenses.

– Whether it’s a custody or a shipment out of the city; These children must be taken out of Oslo. If today’s legislation is preventing it, we should change the law. Obviously there are childcare reviews here, and they do not know me, but I think the goal is to get these criminal children out of circulation in Oslo.

“Oslo is not safe

Because young people under the age of 15 can not be punished, relationship building and involvement of parents are some of the measures taken by the police. The Justice Minister is aware that this is not always enough.

– Are Oslo’s streets safe today? Wara?

“No, obviously not,” said the Minister of Justice.

Last Friday, Wara had met Child and Equality Minister Linda Hofstad Helleland (H) and the police at Stovner, a district in Oslo. The state councils were then informed about challenges related to young people and young people recruited to crime in Oslo.

– Out of Oslo

The state councils and the police also discussed preventive measures for children, young people and families.

“Custody is a drastic tool, and you are talking about children here?

– Yes, and therefore, it is the child welfare service that will receive the legal measures and the means they need to take the children out of Oslo without the parents consent.

– But Child Welfare will act for the best of children?

“I think it’s absolutely best for the kids to prevent a criminal runway. We may have to change the law so that the child welfare authority gets the powers they need, both to take custody and to take action without the consent of parents, Wara answers.

Oslo rector turns the alarm: – Ability not to help the families

Children who have already committed serious or repeated crime can now be forced to child welfare institutions. The child welfare service may also impose various forms of relief and control measures.

– A serious procedure

The child welfare service has told the newspaper Dagbladet that they find that even with placements away from the institution’s environment for a year, the young people quickly return to the same gang when they return to Oslo.

“It is a serious effort to place a youth at the institution on duty, and it only happens in cases where it is absolutely necessary. Placement at an institution in the welfare office should not be based on society’s need for protection, but according to the youth’s need for treatment, says Eira Nybø, child welfare leader in Old Oslo, a district in Oslo with many criminals under 15.

Helleland promises more measures

The Minister for Children and Equality Linda Hofstad Helleland (H) also expressed concern about the development of young criminals. She has asked the directorate to make recommendations for measures or changes that may be relevant.

“The most important thing is good prevention. Therefore, we are soon setting up our own parental support strategy and will be able to provide child welfare better with early childhood and family help, “said Helleland to Dagbladet.

– Is increased use of child custody something you support, as Wara opens?

– The child welfare service will first and foremost provide the individual child with the necessary care and care. Custody is a criminal act and may be assessed by the Ministry of Justice. But we want to cooperate with the Ministry of Justice on good measures to prevent children from committing an offense, “says Helleland.

Trump Appoints New Judge

Thursday 28 June 2018

The election of a new conservative Supreme Court judge in the United States may be of great importance to a number of major issues.

The US Supreme Court judge Anthony Kennedy announced Wednesday night that he retires by the end of July. He met on Wednesday President Donald Trump in the White House, where he informed the president of his decision.

Kennedy was appointed to the Supreme Court of Republican President Ronald Reagan in 1987. Now Trump is able to appoint his second judge – and thus he can put his mark on the court for a long time to come.

Strife Cases

These are some of the issues that may be affected by the selection:


During the election campaign, Donald Trump promised to appoint abortionists to the Supreme Court. Now he has the opportunity to replace Kennedy with a judge who can help make dramatic changes in the United States abortion laws. The Supreme Court is today divided in the midst of this question, and the new judge may therefore have a decisive influence on the outcome of new matters, writes the Politico website.

The court will be able to decide when an abortion can be completed during pregnancy, but also the restrictions that the states may introduce.

Homosexual rights

Kennedy has long been known as the strongest defender of gay rights among the Supreme Court judges. Several times his voice has been crucial, among other things when the United States Supreme Court with five to four votes in 2015 decided that similar marriage would be allowed in all 50 states of the country.

Now the gay organizations fear a setback.

“We regret that a judge who has fought for the decent treatment of gay people chooses this time to hang away, thus giving the Trump administration the opportunity to undermine the laws to protect against discrimination,” said Rachel Tiven in the Lambda Legal organization to Politico .

Death penalty

Kennedy has not provided any signals that he has been prepared to declare the death penalty in violation of the Constitution. Nevertheless, he has repeatedly appeared as the only Republican judge who believes that the Constitution sets clear limits on the implementation of the death penalty. In 2005, his vote was crucial when the Supreme Court decided that people under the age of 18 can not be convicted of such a punishment.

The opponents of the death penalty fear that fewer death sentences who get their case processed by the Supreme Court will get through.

Associate Professor at Bjørknes College, Hilde Restad, believes the appointment of a new judge will be of great importance, and emphasizes that the election will mobilize voters both on the right and left sides.

– If the Republicans are not approved Kennedys replaces before the middle of November, both sides have a very good reason to meet in polling stations: to control the Senate where the judge is to be approved. The left side has been ready for battle since November 2016, but now all Christian conservatives on the right side will also have an incentive to meet up, says Restad to VG.
Has a list ready

Trump announced Wednesday night that the work of appointing Kennedy’s successor will begin “immediately”. The president already has a list of over 20 candidates ready, the same list used as a starting point before last year’s appointment of Neil Gorsuch.

The question is now whether the Senate will be convened to vote on a nomination before the middle of November, where there are 33 seats of the Senate’s 100 seats.

The republican leader of the Senate, Mitch McConnell, said Wednesday night that the Senate is prepared to vote for a nomination already in August. Democrat Senate leader, Chuck Schumer, said on his side that it had been “the top of hypocrisy” to vote before the middle election.

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