U.S. Must Charge Padilla With Crime or ReleaseHimA federal judge in South Carolina ruled yesterdaythat the U.S. government must charge Jose Padilla witha crime or release him in 45 days. According to theWashington Post, the judge rejected thearguments made by the government that Padilla, a U.S.citizen designated an "enemy combatant" for hisalleged ties to Al Qaeda, could be held indefinitelyunder that designation. In his ruling, District CourtJudge Henry F. Floyd, who was appointed to the benchby President Bush in 2003, said, "to do otherwisewould not only offend the rule of law and violate thiscountry's constitutional tradition, but it would alsobe a betrayal of this Nation's commitment to theseparation of powers that safeguards our democraticvalues and our individual liberties."For more details, read the full article in the WashingtonPost.Opera Beefs Up Browser to Thwart PhishersOpera software has added anti-phishing features tothe latest version of its Web browser, the second betaversion of Opera 8. According to a report in TheRegister, Web surfers will be able to obtaindigital certificate information by clicking on thepadlock icon that appears in the address bar thatindicates the security of the site. Users can then seewho issued a certificate. Carsten Fischer, VP DesktopProducts at Opera Software, explained that theapproach helps users decide about the validity of asite. "Before digital certificate information wasn'tpresented, now at least we're giving users someinformation to make a decision. Users need to be a bitmore educated," he said.For more details, read the full article in TheRegister.Clinton, Boxer Push E-Voting Bill in SenateSenators Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and Barbara Boxer(D-Calif.) have introduced the Every Vote Count Act, awide-ranging bill that would mandate a voter-verifiedpaper ballot for every vote cast in electronic votingmachines. According to a report byComputerworld (a sister company to CXO Media),the paper ballot would become the official ballot ofrecord in case of a recount. The bill also calls forincreased security measures for e-voting machines sothat they may not be tampered with. This bill iscompeting with another bill, the Voting Integrity andVerification Act, which also calls for e-votingmachines to generate a paper trail record of votes.For more details, read the full article in Computerworld.