The first screenings were to stop hijackings not terror plots. In the early to mid 70's there were many hijackings to Cuba. I do not remember any passengers or crew being harmed it was a major nuisance. So the goal was to prevent a hijacker from smuggling guns and grenades on to the planes. This goal was met because it was more difficult to hijack a plane to Cuba.
Expanding the program to stop terrorism was a knee-jerk reaction to 9/11. Terrorists do not care how they kill only that they kill many innocent victims. Also, trying to prevent all terrorist attacks is impossible because they are attacking and they can choose the time and place of any attack. No matter how vigilant one is unfortunately successful attacks will occur.
AC, I suspect most of the planning for these attacks was probably done in face-to-face meetings. The meetings minutes, if they existed in a written form, were not distributed electronically. Thus there was very little electronic trail to follow.
The fallacy of the NSA's spying methods is it assumes all communications and plans will be set by email and discussed over the phone. Anyone with any sense knows this is stupid even without any knowledge of the NSA's efforts. As much as possible the planning will be done in a manner so that SIGINT is useless. One of the reasons the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was a success was that the actual plans were never sent by radio to the units involved. Thus, the SIGNIT from reading the diplomatic codes did not indicate the attack targets only that war was imminent. Any terrorist who has read the history of SIGINT would know to avoid sending any plans, etc. in a manner that could be easily intercepted.
I suspect the origin was the NSA had difficulty uncovering any terrorist activity by targeted monitoring of various groups. So they assumed if they monitored all communication they would find the activity. Two problems need to be addressed: the assumption that the terrorists needed to always communicate via electronic means and adding more chaff is going to make finding the needle easier. The first issue assumes the terrorist planning cannot occur mostly in person or via letters and packages. Most terrorist attacks are not planned like military operations or use large numbers of people. So coordination is much easier and less likely to need extensive electronic communications. Adding more noise only makes it harder to find the signal since the vast majority of all communications has absolutely nothing to do with any threat to the anyone.
I submit the most likely way a plot would be discovered is not by monitoring electronic communications Other activities such as purchasing usually large amounts of fertilizer or other chemicals not typically purchased in the quantities needed or at all by the average person for any innocent purpose are more likely to the tip-off. Often these weird purchases are reported by suspicious store clerks.
The only value publishers provide is organized editorial review and organized peer review for authors. Neither is insurmountable for an online publishing. One could organize the online equivalent and probably charge much less and publish more articles with much greater access.
I almost certain there some degree of cooperation between various US IT companies and the NSA. Also, this would be true with other countries. The key is the degree of cooperation. Is it deliberating creating backdoors or allowing the NSA to use zero-bugs before they are fixed or generally known? Or is it more at arms length were the company cooperates when forced to by FISC orders?
Since all government produced works are public domain why did the LofO not notice this was a government document. I can understand someone who rarely deals with copyright issues not being aware that government works are public domain. But the LofO should know what is not eligible for copyright.
T-bone accidents are usually very nasty but how common are they? Red light cameras may be solution in search of a problem. If safety is real reason there are other methods to increase safety by changing the light timings especially for yellow and red lights. Also, one should realize if human stupidity will be involved there is no way to prevent all accidents only reduce the rate. It does matter what method is used to reduce T-bone accidents they will never be completely eliminated.
The real reason for the cameras is revenue illegally obtained because often the ticket is issued to the owner not who was actually operating the vehicle. Vehicles do not commit traffic violations; people do. So ticketing owners without proof they were operating the vehicle is a violation of their rights.
There seems to be something missing. I doubt a few accidental or deliberate searches will trigger close monitoring by the Feds. I would not be surprised when the Syrian chemical weapons were in the headlines that many searched for information. Most, if not almost all, were only interested in learning general information about them. What would get someones interest is if you bought parts.
Also, did he click on any of the returned links or did he immediately redo the search with the correct terms?
Your thesis is not really true. Good teachers (or other professionals) stay in the field because they want to. They care about their profession. I have seen statistics, I forget where, that indicate 5 years seems to be the break point for the attrition.
There are many problems in US education. One that is overlooked is the attitude of the parents; do they demand their children study, do homework, etc. or blame the school or teacher when it is not done.
I wonder how much of this is nothing more than the electronic version of actions that have been occurring earlier. Some of the comments in Gawker link mentioned the cosmetic industry as will known practitioners of this.
Also, the so-called SEO optimization firm appears to prey on the lack of sophistication of the client. There are several very cheap or free steps one can take to improve SEO results. Also, search engines are aware or these methods and probably have methods to discount the supposed positive effect.
There probably is a statute on the books that can be used to nail people operating revenge porn sites. Which law can be used would probably depend on the state. However what will probably happen instead is a moral panic will ensue and several badly written laws will be passed to criminalize this when it probably already is a criminal violation.
Most people do not realize the people behind the Enron fraud were convicted on the basis of various fraud statutes on the books before the collapse of Enron.
After several non-fatal runs with UA incompetence with family members or personally, I do not fly UA. Delta is another on my list to avoid because of the sleazy customer treatment. I am at point of considering Amtrak rather flying.
The problem is the Administration is upset over leaks showing them in a bad light. This is nothing new and like previous administrations they would like to shoot the messenger who printed the leaks. Almost never to do they look at themselves to see if they are the source of the problem.
A related problem is the tendency to overclassify documents either by putting them in a more restricted category or by classifying them initially to prevent embarrassment. This is a longstanding problem. Other than the time wasted on Wikileaks, this administration is not much different than previous on this issue.
The FDA is run by incompetent morons who can not explain why knowing my genome is bad for me or why one needs a prescription for medical devices such as a CPAP machine. Their only recourse it to a schoolyard bully.
The issue is the FDA does not trust you and your doctor to make intelligent use of the information. Their attitude is you are too stupid to even have the information. But your story points out that a little more information was key to treating your husband; information that could only come from a genome analysis.
Everyone has a list of retailers they refuse to do business with because of very poor service they received. Smart retailers try to minimize if not eliminate bad customer experience knowing a satisfied customer will be a repeat customer. In any business, sales to repeat customers are always easier and cheaper than obtaining new customers.
For example I have 4 companies I regularly buy computer parts from because I have gotten good value and service (in my opinion) from them in the past. So if I am looking for a new part I will visit their websites for selection, price, and availability.