Will this require trigger warnings to Australians on all TechDirt articles containing ANY information about terrorism (such as this very article)? We don't want them to automatically lose their citizenship simply for becoming educated about their government's stupidity.
For all the the 'stupid' and 'dumb' adjectives being heaped on the Cardinal's perpetrators of this heinous 'hack' from their own home, let's add a hefty dose of 'are-you-f***ing-crazy!' to the Cardinal-turned-Astro GM who (a) put a highly sensitive database where someone outside the organization could get to it, and (b) used the SAME GODDAMN PASSWORD that he KNEW his old team was in possession!
No amount of law (CFAA or new knee-jerk-enacted ones) can make up for negligent IT practices.
"The Appeals Court ruling is meaningless. We have ruling after ruling from the true adjudicator of 215, the FISA courts, who have ruled consistently in favor of the Government's interpretation. Of course, we cannot disclose the text of those rulings .... National Security, and all that."
You know who else is "facilitating access"? Web browsers!
Every single web browser can take that simple string of letters and numbers and turn it into an actual page of information, and that information infringes on somebody's copyright! And since it's by design, it's willful! The RIAA needs to eliminate web browsers to save the "artists"!
"Congressman?! Congressman?! You and your colleagues have been equating radio stations not paying artists as the artists being slaves; a position the RIAA has publicly taken as well. Given the similarities of that argument and you're presentation of it today, are you (and by extension, your colleagues) being paid by the RIAA or are you slaves to the RIAA? Congressman?! Where are you going, Congressman?!"
Considering the length porn copyright-trolls are going to now to extort money from downloaders claiming the criminality of the act, think how badly they are going to twist the thumbscrews with a new law banning "nonsconsensual disclosure of sexually explicit images".
No, the most ridiculous part of the above pull quote is that it took four goddamned officers to respond to this request, and they still reached the conclusion that a citation was warranted.
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Not that this makes one iota of difference in the monumental stupidity of the situation, but it was only TWO 'officers' responding to a 'request' made by two MALL COPS (Portland Patrol Inc.). Therefore, for all of the (well-deserved) ration of shit you are heaping on the city's legal system, a big old helping of "Fuck You!" needs to be placed on the assholes who called the cops to begin with.
Hey, Portland Patrol Inc.! You are the first in a long string of assholes in this story! Even Paul Blart would be ashamed.