This is the epistolary equivalent of appearing in court and saying "Your Honor, our opponent's case is so laughably weak we won't even address it, and instead show you some cool card tricks we learned at a poker game last night."
Affidavit of John Steele re CV-12-2396 EMC paragraph 10:
Since I have had at least two different Internet Service Providers during the time in question, and given that my accounts have always had dynamic IP addresses, I believe it would be impossible for me to have the same IP address during the timeframe of Mr. Neville's analysis.
Even though a close reading shows this says absolutely nothing, this is a COMPLETE repudiation of the basis of every single BT copyright infringement case, written by an expert in the art. Lawyers, take note, and govern yourself accordingly.
Your phone bill IS a record of the metadata associated with your physical phoneline. For each call made from your line, there is is typically a record of: date of call, number called, length of call.
Steele et al asserted (in some depo or other, I disremember which one) that Gibbs had minimal supervision, the implication being that he was a bad doggie what with all the suing and everything. 4,500 minutes of documented evidence casts a likelihood of doubt that Gibbs was acting without orders.
Metadata, like any other information, is neutral in and of itself and has value only when put in context.
Executive Summary: In addition to being aesthetically unattractive, the traditional 'black bars' used to obfuscate documents consume massive amounts of ink - in many cases, up to six times more than the unredacted document. Advercation replaces these black bars - deserts of non-information - with targeted advertising relevant to the document requester.
Example: An FOIA request is received from the EFF. Unredacted document:
On 6 Jan 2009, 13,529 koala bears were mistaken for terrorists, and were inadvertently rendered inert by friendly fire.
Traditional redacted document:
On [REDACTED], 13,529 [REDACTED] were [REDACTED] for [REDACTED], and were [REDACTED] by [REDACTED].
Adverdacted document - modified exclusively for the EFF:
On [Viagra for lawyers!], 13,529 [Legal transcriptions by Vivian] were [Eat at Maury's - by the courthouse!] for [Boodles Gin], and were [Scripto Pens] by [Ribbed for HER pleasure!].
If only this were true. Mr. Miranda was detained for political reasons, which means schoolyard rules apply, not legal reasoning. Ultimately, the British government will issue the standard excuse for its naked thuggery: "Because fuck you."
"I'd like to just show that classified letter, if I might. It's classified, so I can't read it to you. I don't happen to have it here, but as soon as someone brings it, I will wave it for a moment so that you see it."
Joseph McCarthy, 1950:
during a highly controversial speech at a Lincoln's Birthday luncheon, he waved around a list of 205 names of supposed active communists holding jobs in the State Department.
Channeling Joe McCarthy, even unconsciously, is like calling the devil's name three times - sure it's flashy, but you might not like the results.
Scenario 1: During the interview, Mr. Delong passed out so much confidential information that a review determined that NONE of the information was permissible. Conclusion - Mr Delong, the NSA director of compliance, is a moron who can't keep his mouth shut.
Scenario 2: The White House and the NSA used Mr. Delong as a cats-paw, never intending his remarks to made public and relying on vague statements to generate reader burnout or apathy to make the whole thing go away. Conclusion - The U.S. government perceives its citizenry as morons who are easily distracted.
Mr. Obama, the internet is filled with OCDs who WILL pay attention, who WILL dig into every attempt to use the 'Look, Squirrel!' ploy. Try the truth sometime - you may be surprised to learn most citizens are mature enough to realize that HOW mistakes are handled is often more important than the mistakes themselves.
1. Companies retaining audio data (re customer service) long enough to be subpoenaed is...disturbing.
2. Note to self: find program outputting/modding all metadata hidden in pdfs, docxs, exifs &tc.
3. Re John Steele: The first criminal act is the hardest - impersonation, knowingly fleecing innocent citizens, all get easier with practice.
What do these 3 points have in common? Privacy, in the sense of being unobserved. Steele is being caught out by the traces he leaves on other people's hardware. If he was a better crook, he wouldn't be so laughably obvious. But consider - if an ordinary person wishes to live a life unobserved and unmolested, the same tools and mindset a criminal employs would have to be obtained. To an investigator, would there any difference?
So if AG Bonjean interprets this no-eavesdropping law ("an outdated statute meant to ensure privacy by requiring both parties to consent to recording") so strictly, what are his views on police dash cams?
A point continues to get overlooked in this debate: the actions taken as a result of data collection. Grant the assertion that tech companies collect and process data on their customers; let's not even quibble about calling it 'spying'.
The purpose of government spying is to identify and kill enemies of that government.
The purpose of corporate spying is to sell you products and increase shareholder value.
Conflating the motives of governments and corporations is disingenuous.
Actually, fuck the economy. USians make up only 5% of the world population. You may not be able to sell many Hummers (or $100+ crappy OSes) outside the US, but how many microtransactions with 95% of the planet would it take to allow you to live comfortably?