Every time I think I can't get anymore disappointed with this administration something like this pops up. At least with the Cheney/Bush administration they couldn't disappoint me, only pleasantly surprise me. I'm not surprised that they never pleasantly surprised me.
When I was a public school bus driver one year I got a bus without a camera on it. I mentioned this to my supervisor every time I saw her until there was a camera installed.
Our job as I told the trainees I worked with was not to drive a school bus, but to get the children safely to and from school. They just let us use a bus because it would take to long to get them there one by one by piggyback.
My job was a public safety job (not as dangerous as a police officers) and since I was doing my job correctly and following the rules, I viewed that camera as protection for me if there was every any question about my performance.
"Basically, they say that there's a classified ruling about the interpretation of the law, which some in the government (including Wyden, Udall and Holder) are clearly aware of, but which likely interprets the law vastly differently than most in the public would."
So in other words we no longer have the rule of law, but instead the word of the king is the law. When the citizens no longer are allowed to know the laws of their country until they run afoul of them and then still aren't told what they did wrong (Puerto80), we truly are in danger of becoming a police state.
That's kind of the point. If a terrorist has a clean identity the checkpoint is not going to stop them. If they don't or they want to bring in contraband they can cross the border somewhere along the 99% the checkpoints don't cover.
All this is doing is interfering with trade and tourism between the US and Canada without making us one bit safer.
I was amazed and disgusted when we started requiring passports to go to and from Canada. All though it does make sense, seeing as how with a three thousand mile border terrorist would only use approved checkpoints.
"I have to admit that I have trouble understanding the minds of people who seek to hold back progress and prop up dead business models, but apparently it pays well for the time being."
It's the same mentality of a strip miner. I make lots of money, so what if someone else has to live with the consequences.
Or commercial fishermen objecting to reducing their harvest to keep the species from collapsing because it will hurt their livelihood. Of course instead of a little pain now and long term benefits, they would rather maintain things as they are now and have nothing in the future, cause you know that's the future.
Re: Yeah, but any yahoo can also make money off infringement.
And when the government seizes Puerto81? Oh, I know they go to Puerto82!
How long do you think this would go on before their audience got tired of looking for them? Or how about the expense and trouble of consistently changing domain names. It is possible to shut someone down by harassment and the only way to stop it is to fight back.