Americans use the Internet to abandon children adopted from overseas
Russia has earlier warned its citizens against adoption in the US
‘Nicole and Calvin Eason, an Illinois couple in their 30s, saw the ad and a picture of the smiling 16-year-old. They were eager to take Quita, even though the ad warned that she had been diagnosed with severe health and behavioral problems. In emails, Nicole Eason assured Melissa Puchalla that she could handle the girl.
‘”People that are around me think I am awesome with kids,” Eason wrote.
‘A few weeks later, on Oct. 4, 2008, the Puchallas drove six hours from their Wisconsin home to Westville, Illinois. The handoff took place at the Country Aire Mobile Home Park, where the Easons lived in a trailer.
‘No attorneys or child welfare officials came with them. The Puchallas simply signed a notarized statement declaring these virtual strangers to be Quita’s guardians. The visit lasted just a few hours. It was the first and the last time the couples would meet.
‘To Melissa Puchalla, the Easons “seemed wonderful.” Had she vetted them more closely, she might have discovered what Reuters would learn:
• Child welfare authorities had taken away both of Nicole Eason’s biological children years earlier. After a sheriff’s deputy helped remove the Easons’ second child, a newborn baby boy, the deputy wrote in his report that the “parents have severe psychiatric problems as well with violent tendencies.”…’
‘Right to be Forgotten’ Law: Bad Idea?
Fight over sex video shows why “right to be forgotten” laws are a bad idea
‘The “right to be forgotten” on the internet is an appealing idea. But a court controversy over Max Mosley’s hooker video shows any such law would likely lead not to more privacy, but to more censorship.
‘At its base, the case is about the “right to be forgotten” – the idea that our mistakes should not automatically haunt us on the internet for the rest of our lives. The idea is attractive (who among us hasn’t made a mistake we’d like back?), but the Mosley case shows how such a “right” would likely work in practice.
‘If Mosley gets his way, the case will be less a triumph for privacy than a “right to purge history” for the rich and connected. Recall that the racing executive is not a shy private citizen, but a very public figure whose behavior the press has a legitimate right to scrutinize. This includes his German-themed hooker romps…’
A Journalist-Agitator Facing Prison Over a Link
‘…According to one of the indictments, by linking to the files, Barrett Brown “provided access to data stolen from company Stratfor Global Intelligence to include in excess of 5,000 credit card account numbers, the card holders’ identification information, and the authentication features for the credit cards.”
‘Because Mr. Brown has been closely aligned with Anonymous and various other online groups, some of whom view sowing mayhem as very much a part of their work, his version of journalism is tougher to pin down and, sometimes, tougher to defend.
‘But keep in mind that no one has accused Mr. Brown of playing a role in the actual stealing of the data, only of posting a link to the trove of documents…’