You are aware that no sitting members of Congress are up for re-election next week right? There are a couple special elections to fill vacant seats (deaths and people moving to other political office) but no re-elections. That's a major reason that the shutdown was able to happen, it's not an election year so members of Congress didn't feel that their jobs were in as much danger.
I have the feeling that certain critical infrastructure systems are connected to the internet for the purpose of remote administration or monitoring. If a person who needs to have access is on the other side of the planet when you need them to have access, how else do you plan on getting them connected?
He's not running for re-election this time. NYC limits their mayor and city council members to three terms and he's about 90 days away from the end of his third term as mayor so he can't legally run again. That's probably why most of the worst crap cropped up since he began his last term in January 2010, he's not running for re-election again so he doesn't need to work as hard to hide it anymore.
B. It shall be an affirmative defense that the person communicating the information provided for in Subsection A of this Section was not involved in the commission of a crime of violence or creation of a circumstance dangerous to human life and reasonably believed his actions were necessary to protect the welfare of the public.
The emphasis is mine. Since they believe that it's in the welfare of the public, no law was broken.
So, since sniffing unencrypted packets in the 2.4GHz range has been declared 'wiretapping', will sniffing unencrypted packets in the 430–790 THz range be considered the same way? After all, I don't know if I want the visible light that I'm broadcasting unencrypted being seen by anyone.
While I do agree that, in the United States at least, corporations have enough power that if any major industry were seriously ticked off by a segment of law they could probably publicly flout it and get away with it; do we really want them to realize this?
If a few major tech companies decided to just leak the NSL's and got away with it, it could seriously bite the public in the butt in the future. What happens when the interests of the corporations and those of the people don't coincide (as is normally the case)?
That's a can of worms that I don't want to see opened. Let's hope that the courts rule in favor of governmental transparency on this one so we don't have to find out.
As long as the goods are properly declared and any customs duties paid, then there's no problem. The issues with customs start when you buy a large amount of stuff for personal use but they think you're going to resale it.
Don't give them any new ideas! Next thing we know, they'll be saying that since it takes time for the sound to travel from your mouth to the guy listening at your door, that they're not spying in 'real time'.
So, correct me if I'm wrong but, don't the publishers generally sell books (e-books included) to retailers at a specific wholesale price? If that's the case, why does this guy care what a particular retailer charges for the book? He's already gotten his cut and set the MSRP. If the retailer wants to sell the book for a different amount then that should be up to them.
Once, back when I was a Charter customer, my bank screwed up my automatic Charter payment. I found this out after I had an HTTP request redirect to a Charter website informing me that my bill had not been paid. Even with a text based browser, I still would have been redirected. All they have to do is redirect the next HTTP request after the Bittorrent transmission is detected to whatever page they wish. When you're supposed to be the man-in-the-middle, a man-in-the-middle attack is very easy.
You do realize which group is in charge of impeaching federally elected or appointed officials right? Just in case you didn't know, the House of Representatives has to vote to impeach the individual, then the Senate has a trial, if the Senate comes back with a two-thirds majority of guilty votes, then the individual is removed from office. Therefore, it is Constitutionally impossible to impeach the entirety of Congress since no one is going to vote to have themselves removed from office.
On another point, certain members of Congress did try to, within the framework of the confidentiality documents that they agreed to, inform the people of what was really happening. Senator Wyden comes to mind here. He said that we would be angry when we found out what was being done and it looks like he was right.
Wouldn't an ISP simply be able to refuse to provide service to anyone who doesn't choose to opt out? Make choosing to opt out of the filter one of the forms that one must sign when they acquire service. At least I'd hope that's possible.
Re: Yeah, because the US can't get to the servers elsewhere
If I remember correctly, MegaUpload's servers were in the United States. The problem was that Kim Dotcom wasn't in the US to be prosecuted and has a government/judiciary that, eventually, decided to stand up for its citizens against pressure from the US to extradite him.