Technically those lists exist, but due to the fact that "national security" is an extremely nebulous category and the prevailing notion that any bit of information could potentially be the final piece of the puzzle for an enemy people err heavily on the side of caution.
Because political promises and charisma aren't worth shit compared to actions to back them up. Frankly, Obama hasn't done even a minute fraction of what he promised to do, and has more often done the complete opposite.
Correction: The Marshall Plan had nothing to do with war, it was an economic recovery plan after WWII. Granted, it could be used as a way for the US to be involved in western European policies from thence forward, but nothing about it was war-related.
I must not be American then, because I do not accept the US government taking away my right to privacy and the expectation that my stuff, digital or otherwise, will remain unsearched and unseized without a properly served warrant.
We allow computers to be everpresent while not informing actual users of how to use them in anything but the most basic contexts. If someone who WASN'T CIRT (and preferably in EDA itself) had had a tech-inclined brain at all they would have thrown up a red flag about inconsistencies in this situation and dug up the same thing the IG did without the accompanying waste.
I am greatly irritated that the NSA is essentially using weasel words to cover up the fact that while obeying the letter of that executive order, they aren't obeying its spirit, or the letter and spirit of any higher laws (namely, the Constitution and its 4th Amendment). Classifying intelligence on known terrorists I'm fine with (because such things would require some form of probable cause that is establishable), but classifying everything IN CASE it deals with terrorists or terrorism in general is both sloppy and flaunting the spirit of the law.
Yes, we are. Capitalism by nature eventually consolidates into monopolies and only intelligent government regulation and destructive breakups (read: the original intention of breaking apart Standard Oil and Ma Bell) can keep that in check.
The problem is that government is lured by money just as much as any properly self-interested capitalist is. So instead of being the dispassionate arbitrator to stall the ultimate ends of human greed (and capitalism is harnessing human greed to society's end gain), they are enhancing it.