I suspect that they will just argue that not abiding by an ISDS settlement is equivalent to withdrawing from the trade agreement - something they say any country is free to do at any time.
If you believe there will be no negative repercussions from withdrawing - i.e. if you believe there will be no negative repercussions from asserting the laws of a country take precedence over the judgement of the ISDS tribunals - IOOW if you think withdrawing from a trade agreement will be "easy" or even "feasible" - then I want to also bring to your attention this great bridge you can buy....
I've done some serious thinking about this (and posted a reply to reddit's /r/privacy a few days ago). I don't think this is a good idea.
For one, I don't think it's logistically possible to add reasonable and meaningful oversight. For another, the potential for accidentally spying on innocent people seems too high. The difference between TAO and a traditional (gagged or not) search warrant is that a search warrant is limited to a specific time; once the warrant is "done" the search stops. TAO however breaks the security of a device for its entire lifetime, no matter who that device is owned/operated by in the future. Finally, my trust in my government, and any reasonably realistic future government, has been shattered in this respect. This is a powerful tool and I do not think we as a species are ready to handle it responsibly.
sure, a lot of sane people who think for themselves about most things in their lives don't care about exclusivity. we've heard about this story, and some people got burned by amazon on this, but disney is going to be advertising to millions of people "we have lots of your favorite holiday movies and no one else does!" who don't know about this. This drives some additional sales which disney can predict with marketing and advertising research which leads to much more money (not just in subscriptions but in selling more eyeballs to advertisers) than would be lost from few thousand pissed off people who swear off disney.
as if the republicans would have been any better. remember these programs were started under bush. remember that mccain wasn't upset about the nsa revelations until it came out that they were spying on the private artifices of the elite class - that is, other heads of state.
well from the looks of it, all they have to do is claim "oops, we meant the notorious outlaw band 'William Alsup Guerilla Terrorists', not 'William Alsup, Honorable Justice'. I guess someone made a mistake typing it in. Sorry about that."
you should do a tcptraceroute (or tracetcp for windows). regular traceroute uses ICMP which is a completely different protocol than what HTTP uses (TCP). I don't think BGP tables can be written to differentiate by the protocol that is layered on top of IP, but many firewall setups do treat ICMP and TCP differently. This will help determine if there's a bad firewall/gateway somewhere in your path.
Is there a way to hold them accountable beyond the ballot box?
No, not really. And the ballot box doesn't really work either. Remember, in order to vote one asshat out, you have to vote another asshat in. If we could do 2008 over again things might have been much worse. Remember that senator John McCain was only upset about the spying when it was directed at the "elites"
And, yes, elsewhere in the interview, McCain does complain about the extent of the NSA's spying... but not on ordinary Americans. No, the only thing that seems to upset him about it is when it impacts our relationships with "friends" in foreign governments.
Re: Re: Hmm. I regard this as grandstanding. Presumes wouldn't just sent a hit squad.
I disagree with your reasoning a bit; specifically
> Whatever short term gains such a PsyOp could have don't justify the long term damage it has caused.
The government doesn't always act it its best long-term interests. This danger can be exacerbated by secretive organizations enacting plans because they do not have the benefit of reasoned discourse among all relevant stakeholders, nor access to some of the most apt philosophical arguments (for or against) and strategic sociopolitical thinking. Or, in short, closeted committees conduce circlejerky conceptions.
It is impossible to create a tool that cannot be used against the dictates of any philosophy, good or evil.
Cash is good because it provides immediate liquidity for purchasing life's necessities. Cash is evil because it can purchase children for sex slaves.
Drones are good because we can monitor wildfires as they progress without endangering human lives that would otherwise be needed to pilot the planes close to the blazing inferno. Drones are evil because some secret governmental organization can apply explosive force against anyone, anywhere, without exposing themselves to retaliation, self defense, or even public scrutiny.
This pen in my pocket is good because I can use it to express ideas that will live beyond my fragile body, inspiring countless generations to the noblest heights of humanity, progressing the freedom and egalitarianism of untold civilizations. Or I can stab someone in the neck with it.
Please, dear congress critters, please; stop blaming the tools.