I think it is important to remember that those making the decisions to violate laws are people; often your friends and neighbors, who happen to be employed by a publicly funded organization. Let's start naming names and calling these people out instead of letting them hide behind the anonymity of the government facade.
His complete and total pretense that the harm was caused by Snowden is as untruthful as it is obvious. The harm was when people acting for the US Government (many of whom had sworn to uphold the Constitution of this great land at some point in their lives) decided to violate the Constitution with unconstitutional and illegal actions. In no way, shape or form is it justifiable to hack the personal cellphone of an allied leader or to collect information on all Americans without a warrant. The crime is re-committed daily by the administration and the three letter agencies. Snowden is a Hero and Kerry and McCain are old, angry men without honor.
The opening scenes of the TV show Profit (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0115323/) & (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Profit_%28TV_series%29) has the main character doing just this thing; committing multiple crimes, confessing to the crimes, and then saying that nobody would ever commit those very crimes.
As I pointed out above, their analogy is flawed because their software isn't a hammer or a gun. In fact, their argument is not necessarily true in every case and patently false in others because they will be collecting, transmitting and hosting the data - which could be illegal in some situations or which could cause them to break laws in other situations (re: c.p. content).
Also, even in the general case their argument falls apart because it neglects both manufacturer liability laws and federal/state/local laws regarding seller requirements (can't sell a gun to someone who declares they will use it in a crime, can't sell alcohol to someone who is visibly intoxicated, can't sell grow lights to someone who says they want it for wacky weed, etc.).
John Schindler PhD (Pompous Hackneyed Ass) sounds like an idiot with the mother of all inferiority complexes. His self loathing manifests itself as anger toward anyone he suspects of being either smarter than he is (which is probably pretty much everyone) or not an expert (in his very specific and narrow field) because they are probably able to function in the big world on their own and not color outside the lines.
He also doesn't appear to understand the definition of the word 'defamation' - which is funny to me. Looking forward to the Popehat smackdown.
Oh look at that, 1447 supporters now, and the EFF is almost 3x their fundraising goal - way to go Personal Audio! Please feel free to fly around the country and take our depositions about why we support those who stand up and fight patent trolls; I'll give you an earful.
Also, it is possible that the lawyers for Personal Audio are serial manatee molesters.
Exactly! There does not appear to have been a valid contract, and this is also clearly a warning about poor service - which is an opinion and therefore protected.
Both of those reasons let me say that I read somewhere that KlearGear.com has terrible customer service and is overly litigious. I wouldn't mind, of course, but I just can't stand it when I hear that sites such as KlearGear.com might be disreputable because they never delivered the merchandise and also have poor customer service.
Yeah, I thought the name was weird as well, very 70's porn star.
I have no ill will for this guy because he is certainly a patsy, but I will note that the website for his business (helping blind and visually impaired people) does itself not appear to have any additional accessibility options for visually disabled people.
Is downtown Minneapolis a pretty small place? In the HealthEast case I noticed that Paul (scum of the earth) Hans-looser is at 100 South Fifth Street while the dashing and noble Mark R. Whitmore is at 33 South Sixth Street. The fact that their offices are 443 feet apart just makes me laugh.