I am generally supportive of Anonymous' message, but if they permit this form of jamming, who is to say that I can't use a radio jamming arrangement to block out signals I don't like from my neighborhood?
Maybe I think cell phone users are annoying. Maybe they don't work within a quarter mile of my location until they disable my jammer.
It goes from funny to seriously disruptive awfully fast.
They think we need them, because they built it, but the Internet community has more knowledge and resources than every government combined, and we act out of love for the technology, not slavish rulelust. They can't stop it. They can barely slow it down.
What troubles me most is the inability to opt-out. I'm under the impression that once they choose you, there is no out, even if you decide not to board your flight, until they check you. This is understandable from their POV, as it would allow trouble makers to test the defenses without being detected, but they need to make it clear when you have been detained by a federal agency.
A big sign and a red line explaining the rights they are about to give up would settle this for me. I will avoid flying until they knock it off. I feel for people who are forced to travel for work, though.
Natch, some terrorist is working on a taint cannon right now, if only to prevent the TSA from becoming rational.
Ben Franklin said it best with the old "liberty\security" blather.
Could this be an attempt to keep things murky, as a legal strategy? U.S. Federal agencies will seize domains without much of an excuse, though I'm not clear on how this would prevent that from happening.
Perhaps accepting this offer creates some potential liability, or places them in an unfriendly jurisdiction?
I don't beleive there was a lobby in the normal sense. I believe that some combination of the White House and the intelligence community decided this would be worthwhile, and the telco's demanded this as the price of cooperation. This was cloak and dangersecret executive order stuff.
I hate the telcos in general, but I don't see them as the culprit on this one, and I don't see the new administration dedicating the next couple years to untangling a mess that will only embarrass the Bush White House, regardless of how unpopular, incompetent, illegal, and dangerous their policies may have been.
The Pirate Party can potentially succeed specifically because they are unlike any other party.
Their base IS the Internet community, and that demographic has certain expectations, like any other, which includes cynicism and irreverence. Other parties can only wish they were tapped in to such a powerful, global group of like-minded people.
It does not make us any less serious on issues. It is simply a way that we are meaningfully different from your normal run of politico.
Whether that translates into meaningful policy is another story.