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Jerusalem Police commander Moshe (Chico) Edri made a decision on Thursday evening to reopen the holy site, which had been closed in response to the shooting of a prominent right-wing activist, Yehuda Glick, a day earlier, reports the Haaretz newspaper.
Some restrictions remain in place, and men under 50 will not be able to visit Temple Mount for Friday’s Muslim prayers.
The police said the partial ban is designed to prevent Palestinian youths from staring disturbances in the area.
Security remains tight in Jerusalem, especially its eastern parts and around Al-Aqsa, as Israel deployed additional forces on Thursday. Israeli media said the police presence had tripled in the heart of the Old City.
Meanwhile the funeral of Mutaz Hijazi, a Palestinian teenager killed by Israeli police, who said he was responsible for the deadly attack on right-wing activist Glick, passed without incident.
Hijazi's killing on Thursday sparked violent clashes between Palestinian youths and Israeli police in Jerusalem.
The city has been in turmoil since July, when Israel launched a military campaign against Gaza in response to the kidnapping and killing of three Jewish teenagers.
The incident also triggered retaliation by a group of right-wing Jewish radicals, who kidnapped and killed a Palestinian teenager.
Al-Aqsa is Islam's third-holiest site and is located at Jerusalem's Temple Mount, which is also a Jewish holy site.
Israel controls access and this is one of many grievances the Arab residents of Jerusalem have been complaining about for decades.
Polanski, known for directing films like Rosemary's Baby and the Pianist, fled the US in 1978 after facing a prison term for having sex with a minor. He was visiting Poland, his country of birth, to attend the opening of a Jewish museum in Warsaw.
The request to detain Polanski was received by Polish authorities on Wednesday. The 81-year-old appeared before prosecutors in the southern city of Krakow on Thursday, and they ruled there were no grounds to hold him in custody.
"Mr Polanski gave the address of his residency and his telephone number, and said he was putting himself at the disposal of the prosecutor's office," said Mateusz Martyniuk, spokesman for Poland's prosecutor general.
"After the hearing finished, prosecutors concluded there was no reason to detain him while extradition procedures proceed," he added.
In an interview to Polish broadcaster TVN24, Polanski declined to comment on the legal complications, but said he hoped the issue of extradition had now been settled in Poland “once and for all.”
Polanski, who has dual Polish-French citizenship, lives in France, but wants to shoot a film in Poland next year. The movie would be about the Dreyfus Affair, the anti-Semitic scandal that shocked 19th-Century France. His lawyers said they would seek a guarantee that Polanski's freedom would not be endangered before shooting starts.
The old sex case has previously affected Polanski’s plans. In 2009, he was arrested in Switzerland and placed under house arrest. He was released the following year after a Swiss court refused to extradite him.
Polanski was tried for having sex with 13-year-old Samantha Geimer in Los Angeles in 1977, when he pleaded guilty. He served 42 days in jail as part of a 90-day plea bargain. His self-exile came as he suspected that the judge hearing his case might overrule the deal and sentence him to a long prison term.
With little public debate and congressional oversight on the issue, the FBI appears set to make the fourth amendment to the Constitution wholly redundant, which protects Americans against “illegal searches and seizures,” The Guardian reported.
The Department of Justice will present its case on November 5 to the Advisory Committee on Criminal Rules.
“This is a giant step forward for the FBI’s operational capabilities, without any consideration of the policy implications. To be seeking these powers at a time of heightened international concern about US surveillance is an especially brazen and potentially dangerous move,” Ahmed Ghappour, an expert in computer law at the University of California, who will participate in next week’s meeting, told the Guardian.
Ghappour warned the passage of the new legislation would represent the greatest expansion of “extraterritorial surveillance abilities since the FBI’s inception.” He told the British daily that “for the first time the courts will be asked to issue warrants allowing searches outside the country.”
Concerning the threat of damaging America’s diplomatic relations, already wobbly following the Snowden revelations, Ghappour went on to add that in “the age of cyber attacks, this sort of thing can scale up pretty quickly.”
Presently, the FBI is reasonably restricted in its power to hack into domestic computers, requiring it to be granted court approval by judges working in the region where the surveillance will occur. The amendments that the domestic spy agency is seeking, however, would give judge’s the legal authority to issue a warrant to the FBI in a “district where the media or information is located has been concealed through technological means.”
Moreover, the amendments – something internet watchdog groups have been warning might eventually happen – would apply to all criminal cases, not just those related to “terrorists.”
In euphemistic terms, the new surveillance powers the FBI is seeking are known as “network investigative techniques,” which allows malware to be exported to a targeted computer, thereby giving agents nearly full control over the machine – even allowing it to conduct surveillance on any other computers within the user’s social group.
“This is an extremely invasive technique,” Chris Soghoian, principal technologist of the American Civil Liberties Union, told the Guardian. “We are talking here about giving the FBI the green light to hack into any computer in the country or around the world.”
Just this week, Soghoian obtained documents from the Electronic Frontier Foundation that in 2007 the FBI had planted a bogus Seattle Times/Associated Press story on a criminal suspect’s computer as a ploy to export the spyware onto the computer.
Soghoian underscored the feelings of many watchdog groups when he emphasized that next week’s hearing “should not be the first public forum for discussion of an issue of this magnitude.”
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