This is what you get when you outsource the running of the government to for profit companies. Of course those companies are going to put profit before anything else. It is their entire reason for existing.
Sure government is bureaucratic and slow, but for some things, like background checks and security clearances, that is exactly what you want. The old school, cold war era security agency guy must either be cringing or spinning in their graves.
Don't even bother with a DVD rip. Have a legitimately downloaded video. They won't even realize it is legit until well after you are arrested and charged, and your lawyer points it out. Then you sue them.
The really funny thing about security clearances, is that a lot of people have them. From the reported numbers in 2010 over 1.1 million people have TS/SCI. About 45% of them being contractors. The other 55% being actual employees of the federal government. At a place like the NSA I would think something like 90%+ of the people there would have TC/SCI clearance.
So pretty much anyone at the agency had access. Unless you were maybe the dishwasher in the cafeteria.
The big difference is that the guys at GCHQ likely had the general idea before Diffie, but they didn't do much with it. Diffie went the few steps further to make a useable method/process, instead of an interesting idea.
One of the problems this shows is that the government has turned too much over to outside contractors. Who really thinks it is a good idea to have a for profit company doing security checks? Not to mention allowing a company that does security checks to vet their own employees.
Almost makes you long for the cold war days when the intelligence organizations actually took this stuff seriously. Probably too seriously back then, but at least it wasn't about profits.
I think part of the difference with Kickstarter, and many "indie games", is that customers get a look at some of the details long before they would in a regular development cycle.
So yes you need the quick response time of the internet to make this happen, but it is not the cause.
Even with the internet around we don't know much about any game from a big publisher until shortly before release. We never get to give input before the overall design or requirements are finalized, like you can with a Kickstarter or something like a Minecraft during alpha/beta.
If they are doing a border search they DO need at least some reason to believe that the person actually left the country.
Actually the CBP doesn't need this at all. Oddly enough their jurisdiction is only limited by you currently being or having passed within 100 miles of the border. If either condition is met they can stop you without any real cause and do whatever they like. The CBP is the least regulated law enforcement agency in the country, because they do not need a warrant in order to do searches.
The date/time on the web page may not matter in this case. Most, if not all state legislative bodies have a single clock that represents the official time. Usually this is within the voting chamber and visible to all members. By either law or parliamentary ruling this is the only clock that counts.
Based on the videos it would seem that the big clock in the chamber is the likely official time and that indicated it was past midnight.
As far as recorded dates and times on bill passages fudging has been a relatively common place thing for as long as the USA has been around. It has become much harder to do without notice since legislative proceedings have become televised.
Given the number on minutes that people in the US spend on the phone it is unlikely that it is all recorded and saved for any length of time. Mobile phone use alone is something like 200 billions minutes per year. Even if you build petabyte arrays as cheap as BackBlaze does, it would take something like 20 trillions dollars worth of hardware to store a single years worth of mobile calls. That's almost an order of magnitude greater than the US budget, just for cell phone calls.
Regarding Kickstart, most coffee people buy from places like Starbucks has 2-4 times the caffeine per ounce. This drink doesn't even have all that many calories, 80, relative to other breakfast drinks such as orange juice.
It looks like the messages are in iMessage on an iPhone. iMessage keeps everything by default. I can see message on my iPhone all the way back to 2010 when I got it. SO no need to save anything, it is done by default.
That still doesn't give any context or prove who sent the messages.