Historical Political Events for October 25

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Year Event
1854 Charge of the Light Brigade.
1967 The Abortion Bill is passed in Britain, permitting abortion on medical and psychological grounds. (From The Encarta® 2000 New World Timeline © Copyright 1998, Helicon Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.)
1971 Taiwan expelled from UN to allow Communist China to join.
1978 The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) becomes law. The statute governs interception of electronic communications for purposes of protecting national security. This type of snooping was greatly expanded by the USA-PATRIOT act. Did Bush (R) violate FISA to spy on Americans?
1983 The US invades Grenada after a coup kills that nation's leaders. [Temporarily satisfies our need to whip somebody -- even if they are really tiny!]
1994 "Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act of 1994", Pub. L. 103-414 ("CALEA"), becomes law. Requires telephone companies to ensure that new technologies (and some old technologies) do not impede law enforcement interception of communications.
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Quote of
the Day
As soon as men decide that all means are permitted to fight an evil, then their good becomes indistinguishable from the evil that they set out to destroy.
    — Christopher Dawson (1889-1970) The Judgment of the Nations [1942]
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