Right on, John! We are spending WAY too much time saying "We gotta do this, because...terrorism" without ever asking what are we trying to accomplish? Because if it's "keep everybody safe" or "end terrorism", we might as well just tear up the Constitution, because you can't do that in a free society. Hell, I don't think you can do that PERIOD. But certainly not in a land of laws and civil liberties. But I think that if we quit murdering people in other countries because we think they might be terrorists, if we make a big show of it, it might start to make it so these countries hate us a little less. The fact is that we have SO lost the moral high road that we are every bit as bad as "our enemies". Until we change THAT, we really can't say or do anything ethically.
Re: "Hypocrisy is the tribute that vice pays to virtue."
If you didn't hate Google so much, you could have found out the source of that quote (Francois de La Rochefoucauld btw) as the top result of just typing the quote in. Or do you not want Google to know you can quote historical figures?
That would take too much time and money. It's simple. Just have people opt in or out of having their email scanned. If you opt out, then they can't be scanned. For anything. That would mean looking to see if the email is spam. So don't. And that will open the SPAM floodgates.
Give 'em what they ask for, then see how long before they cry Uncle!
Considering his (8th) district is pretty blended, why do you keep voting for this asshat? I would think he has pissed everyone off, except his contributors and the radical right. Can't you guys find ANYONE who can run against him?
"the government made it clear it believed air travel and international travel in any form were luxuries granted by the State"
There is no such thing. The State has nothing to give, it has NO inherent powers or ownership to withhold. It has no power at all except what WE THE PEOPLE give to it. So the State is saying the a privilege that we gave them they can keep from us? How did they even think this argument would work?
We have gone from "he's part of the rebel alliance and a traitor!" which they were unable to convince anyone but themselves of, to "he's a Bond villian!". Not sure they're gonna get any better traction with that one.
is actually possible. Of course, it's not quite as convenient as the unsafe varieties. And it probably won't be usable on any mobile devices. You just need to ensure that all data stored in the cloud is PIE (Pre-Internet Encrypted). It has to be encrypted by YOUR PC before it's transmitted. Any decent encryption package using a good 16+ digit truly random key will keep the NSA busy long after the data is useful.
Yeah, and since there is "No Spying On American Citizens" according to Obama, who can believe a single thing these guys say? I'd look twice and ask a second opinion if they told me that the sky is blue.