Updates on Terrorist Attack in London, Split House Republicans Delay Healthcare Bill Vote, 19-Year Old Jewish Man Arrested in Connection to Bomb Threats Against JCC, US Senate Passes Resolution to Allow ISPs to Share Your Internet Usage Data, Utah State Governor Signs Bill to Change “Hearing Impaired” to “Deaf and Hard of Hearing,” and Deaf Man Selected to Serve on FCC’s Disability Advisory Committee
Hello, welcome to the Daily Moth! It is Thursday, March 23. Ready for news?
Updates about the terrorist attack yesterday in London:
There was only one attacker — identified as Khalid Masood, 52. He was the person who drove a rented SUV on the bridge near the Parliament — killing two people and injuring 40 people before crashing into a gate outside of Parliament. He then ran on the Parliament grounds and stabbed and killed a policeman before being shot — he later died at the hospital.
ISIS put out a statement that accepted responsibility for the attack, saying it was a response to the airstrikes that killed ISIS people. But it was not clear if Masood was in direct communication with ISIS to do this attack or if ISIS just “honored” Masood as one of their own.
Masood was born in Britain — he was not a refugee or an immigrant. He was a British citizen. He was known to police and had a criminal history including assault and weapons, was previously under “watch,” but was not under any terrorism-related investigations. He had a wife and a young child.
An American was one of the people who died on the bridge. His name was Kurt Cochran, age 50, and he was from Utah, visiting London with his wife to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. His wife was seriously injured and is in the hospital.
The UK police officer who died when Masood attacked him with a knife is Keith Palmer, age 48. He was wounded in the head, arm, and under his rib cage. He is hailed as a hero for standing his ground and stopping Masood when he ran to him. Unfortunately he did not have a gun with him — more than 90% of police in the UK are unarmed, but that might change in the future. There were tributes to honor him with flowers.
A Spanish woman was one of the people who died on the bridge. Her name was Aysha Frade, 43, and she lived and worked in London as a teacher. She left work and was crossing the bridge as she usually does when she was hit by the SUV. There was a memorial to honor her in Spain.
The French high school group who were on the bridge — there were 36 students visiting and three of them were injured from the SUV, two of them seriously.
The woman who fell into the river after being hit by the SUV is a 29-year old architect from Romania. She is in critical condition and had brian surgery to remove a blood clot.
The rest of the injured were from several different countries. 29 people are still in the hospital.
There was a moment of silence in Parliament and at the Scotland Yard (London police HQ) to honor the victims.
The UK Prime Minister Theresa May said in a speech that the terrorist act tried to silence “our democracy” but that they would continue to meet as normal to send a message that we are not afraid.
London’s Mayor, Sadiq Khan, who is himself Muslim — said “we must not allow terrorists to succeed and destroy our way of life. He announced a candlelight vigil tonight in UK.
President Trump said on Twitter that his prayers and condolences are with the family and friends of Kurt Cochran (the American who died). He has offered full cooperation and support to the UK.
There was a planned vote today in the House to repeal/replace Obamacare, but it was postponed because there were not enough Republican Congressmen who would support the bill.
It is a big setback for House Speaker Paul Ryan, who pushed this bill — and for President Trump, who visited Capitol Hill to try and persuade Republicans to pass the bill.
There were conservative Republicans who felt the proposed bill did not do enough to repeal things from Obamacare. Other Republicans feel that the new proposal will increase healthcare costs for their people, mostly senior citizens.
House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) said that President Trump and House Republicans were too eager to pass this bill today — on the 7th anniversary of Obamacare’s passage — that they failed to make sure they had enough agreement within their own party. She called it a “rookie error” by Trump.
But Senate Maj. Leader Mitch McConnell (R, Ky) said there would be an amendment process to allow necessary changes in the bill.
A 19-year old man was arrested in connection with the many recent bomb threats against Jewish Community Centers (JCC). The young man is himself a Jewish person — a dual American-Israeli citizen. His name has not been released.
He was arrested in Israel after a joint FBI/Israeli police investigation. They believe many of the calls were from other countries — not from the U.S. The caller used technology to change the sound of his voice to a woman’s.
It appears this person was responsible for most of the threats — over 100 of them in 33 different states and some international threats.
A JCC leader, Doron Krakow, said he was happy a suspect was arrested, but was troubled by the fact that the person was Jewish.
It is not clear what the motive/reasons why this person made those threats.
Earlier this month a person was arrested for making bomb threats — a fired reporter, Juan Thompson — made the threats to scare a woman who Juan used to be in a relationship with.
Juan was responsible for around 8 of the calls, while the majority of the calls seems to be the young man who was just arrested. We’ll see what more we can learn from the investigation.
The U.S. Senate has passed a resolution that will allow internet service providers — such as Comcast or AT&T — to share/sell information of what websites you go to to third parties without asking for your permission.
Previously the FCC under the Obama administration required internet service providers to ask customers for permission before sharing it — with the aim to protect the privacy of people.
But U.S. Senator Jeff Flake (R - Arizona) proposed a measure to over turn it, and it passed 50-48 in the Senate. It will go to the House next, where it is expected to pass. This will remove the FCC’s rule.
Currently, websites you visit can “catch” your information and share it with others, but internet service providers can’t.
Now if this proposal passes the House, internet service providers can share your financial, healthcare, location, browsing data without asking for your permission first.
Republicans who supported this bill say it will help internet service providers and make it fair with other social media websites, who are already allowed to do this.
This is one of the many different regulations that are rolled back under the new Trump administration and new FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.
The Utah Association of the Deaf’s President, Stephen Persinger, just made an announcement that the Utah state governor, last Friday, signed into law HB 60.
This bill will change all mentions of Deaf people from “hearing impaired” to “Deaf and Hard of Hearing.”
Stephen said Utah is the first state in the U.S. to do this. Nice! Congratulations, UAD
A Deaf man, Isidore Niyongabo, was recently selected to be a part of the FCC (Federal Communications Commission)’s Disability Advisory Committee (DAC). The committee will make recommendations to the FCC on various disability issues. I asked him several questions — and let’s see his answers — and meet him.
Question: Can you explain what the FCC’s Disability Advisory Committee (DAC) does?
Isidore: The Federal Communications Commission’s Disability Advisory Committee (DAC) — what does it do? We represent many of you. We will collect your feedback and suggestions on things such as: videophone services — is it good technology? Clear for Deaf people? We will measure the talent and quality of VRS interpreters based on your feedback. We’ll discuss issues of access to emergency 911 services. Plus, there are hard of hearing people who use their voice to communicate and need technology to help with captioning. There are needs by people with visual limitations such as DeafBlind and Blind people. There is a multitude of issues that we collect information, discuss on it, and make recommendations to the FCC for them to make decisions on technology and services. We make sure all of you have equal access.
Question: How did you get the opportunity to be on the committee?
Isidore: How did I get this opportunity? I love to volunteer and give back to the community. I founded a nonprofit organization named IDEAL that is focused on worldwide advocacy for Deaf youth to have access to education. Later as I got involved with the U.S. community, I saw a posting on the NBDA National Black Deaf Advocates website for a position to be the Director of Advocacy and Public Engagement so I volunteered to serve on that. Then there was a need to for an representative to serve on the DAC and I stepped up to get involved. So it is my passion for volunteering and I work for a wonderful company, Convo Communications, who supports its employees to develop skills to give back to their communities and at the same time encourage us to grow. So I’m really lucky.
What impact do you hope to bring to the DAC?
Isidore: What impact do I hope to make on the DAC? I hope to bring a lot of perspectives from people of color, including black people and people with lower economic levels. It can be hard, most of them don’t have access to advanced technology and resources. So I want to make sure any proposals or policy made by the FCC will consider those needs — for people with limited economic resources to have the best technology. I will also bring my experience as a consumer who uses VRS and my experience with Convo. I see the interpreters’ perspective and the Deaf user’s perspective so I will bring those to the table. I will continue to collect feedback from the community and bring it to the DAC, so they can look at it and make the right decisions/recommendations that will benefit us all.
Question: Are you the first Deaf person to serve on the committee?
Isidore: Am I the first Deaf person? No, there were several other Deaf representatives serving on the DAC. However, I am the only Deaf Black person on the committee right now. To be honest, FCC can do better, and I’m going to advocate for this, but I’m also here to represent all of you, not just Black Deaf people, but all of you. Give us your feedback, feelings, or observations and we’ll bring it to the FCC. We don’t want to leave anybody with lower economic levels out — I’m here for all of you. So please bring me your concerns and I’ll be sure they propose the right solutions to develop fair access for everybody. Thank you!
Congratulations on your new position, and may you represent us well.
(Isidore is a native of Burundi and is Deaf since age 10. He is currently the HR Manager for Convo and is the Founder/President of IDEAL — the International Deaf Education, Advocacy, and Leadership. He recently joined the National Black Deaf Advocates as the Director of Advocacy and Public Engagement. He currently lives in Austin.)
*Clarification: There are several other Deaf people who are serving on the FCC Disability Advisory Committee, including representatives from DeafBlind Citizens in Action, Deaf Seniors of America, Gallaudet U, NAD, TDI, and Isidore's post representing National Black Deaf Advocates, Inc. (NBDA).
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