This is another case where the government wants it both ways. It wants to hide the use of the stingray cell site simulator under the pretense that they have a contractual non-disclosure agreement with the provider. However; citizens are not allowed to keep their agreement with the provider or the "business records" mandated to be kept by the government kept private. We need AT&T and Verizon to step up and update the shrink wrapped totally incomprehensible to a non-lawyer EULA to say that users actually expect privacy and the records can not be turned over without consent because of this-here non disclosure agreement.
No, they did not steal a certificate, they issued their own certificate that tries to impersonate the identity of Google. They pretended to be Google. Along the lines of would you mind if I issued myself an ID that says I'm you and take it to the bank and take out your money? They issued themselves a certificate that says they are Google. Now, they can decrypt your ID and Password for your internet traffic. Who knows what else they will see and take while they are looking at your internet browsing? Identity theft is representing yourself (their business) as someone else (in this case, Google, another business). Why are you saying that it is OK?
So, he will never, ever face any repercussions of lying to the court. Only low court people would have to face repercussions of lying to the court. Holder and his DOJ cronies will retire rich and privileged and life will go on as this is quickly swept under the rug and forgotten. For the rest of us underprivileged sort, lying to the court would result in a trial and fine and/or jail time, just not for the head of the Department of Justice, he's allowed to lie to the court and get away with it.
One other point Comey seems to keep skipping is that a phone, encrypted or not, will NEVER help catch the alleged criminal. The FBI doesn't have the phone until after the criminal is caught. The lack of encryption just provides easier access to proof "after the fact" once the alleged criminal and said phone are in the possession of law enforcement personnel.
Now, if we could get the phone companies to stop allowing them to spy on us, and/or somebody implements an effective method of encrypting the call while the conversation is on the wire, then they would start having a real problem to complain about.
Can you imagine the outcry that is going to happen when the equivalent of HTTPS is available on phones. Each phone will have its own certificate for encrypting the conversation and the entire conversation will be transmitted in an encrypted form to be decrypted by the phone on the other end. They will still be able to track who called whom, but will not be able to listen in on the conversation unless they manage to acquire the decryption keys. Won't that be a hoot.
Why even bother with the effort to "redefine" broadband. Just produce the charts that show broadband speeds available by area. Here, only 4/1 is available. There 100/15 is available. Let people choose to look at the actual speeds, not a definition that will have to be revised again when the need for even more speed arrives.
The actual definition of "high speed" was a 2400 baud modem when I first got "online". What's that about .02 Mbps or whatever. The definition is going to keep changing.
In reality, 1 Gbps aka 1000 Mbps should be the definition of high speed broadband not 10 or 25 Mbps. Why doesn't the FCC look to the future instead of the past?
YOU ARE WRONG. I have been detained many times while an "explosives" test was performed on my briefcase because it had so many computer wires in it. Explosives leave a detectable trace. They could have just tested the artwork and let it go, had him check it, or let him mail it to himself. If he were really a terrorist, he could just blow up the screening area with as many people in it as an airplane carries.
This was a TRAVESTY. A huge mockery of even the security theater that used to be so entertaining.
I'm sorry, but you are so wrong with that statement. Even from the picture, the "fuse" is a steel cable. It will not burn. And please, there is a separate "explosives" detection capability. I have been frequently routed there for testing because my computer briefcase is full of wires. This "device" could very easily be tested and a determination made that it is non-explosive. There is no possible way this obvious toy could be concealing an explosive. A real terrorist would be better off filling 6 of those little 3 ounce shampoo bottles with nitro-glycerin (and "moo" in line while it goes through the scanner in a separate 1 gallon zip lock bag), than trying to blow up a plane with this obvious toy.
As a former frequent flyer having wasted hours of my time being "security" screened, this is an absolutely stupid move on the part of the TSA. They should be giving that screener more training, not boasting about discovering an ACME bomb toy.
The TSA seems to keep missing the point. They are supposed to be stopping threats. Not preventing obvious toys from being on the plane. Go ahead, screen it for explosives, it only takes a couple of seconds. But what a waste of time and money to take away what is obviously a non-explosive souvenir. AND, then to brag about it like they saved the world. WHAT A FARCE.
and to help the cause, they are giving away $680,000 MRAPs. Man, I am so confused. I thought that when I'm short of cash, I stop spending money. No, to the Federal government, it means spend more and give away equipment to local police departments that they don't really need.
All of the politicians and administrators will be in the business of raising taxes forever because now instead of just wasting our money, they can give it away in big chunks to local PDs that will have no real use for the equipment it receives.
A big part of the problem that local police departments have adopted the "fix it now" mentality. It used to be that when there was a "shooter" the smart tactic was to just wait the situation out. Let the situation stand for a couple hours to a couple days and wait for the situation to resolve itself peacefully.
Now, the local "star" police department has to storm in on exorbitantly expensive equipment for the 5 o'clock news to "save the day", RIGHT NOW.
It's another aspect of the "do something" political mentality. It doesn't have to be the right thing, just do something.
Ahhh, now I understand. NSA is collecting all of the SIGINT, DHS is supplying every local PD with MRAPs. Now, when NSA determines where the introvert is in his basement sharing the next big Mickey Mouse movie on bittorrent, they can send in the MRAP with the local trigger boys with their bullet proof vests (fresh out of the mothballs) and grenade launchers and put that nasty file sharer away for the rest of his life (plus one day so that he never threatens society(/the legacy entertainment industry) again.
YEAH, we are all safe in our lifetime plus two more from every seeing a mickey mouse derivative work. Life is good...
What Taub seems to be missing is that the Internet is just the new form of sharing. It used to be, in the good old days (sorry I couldn't resist), that people stood around the water cooler, sat in the barber shop, in the town square or a local diner, deli, or watering hole and discussed the news. Now, it is "shared" over the Internet to friends near and far.
So something changed, something is always changing.
Now, the news business needs to adapt. Taub wants to make a change by putting all of the big legacy news organizations behind a big all-purpose great paywall of legacy news agencies. Somebody tell them good luck with that and good-bye.
Other "new media" organizations are organizing around the different "communities of interest" instead of just people who just happen to live near each other. It seems to be working well for them. Too bad (or good) the legacy players just want to live in the past.
It's time to queue the next "Major Crisis" so that the media forget about this report. Oh Look! Canada is invading the US. Where is President Alan Alda when you need him! (What was the name of that movie anyway?)
The very fact that this report is needed makes me ashamed of the US Government. The fact that they are trying to use "national security" concerns to hide their shameful acts is horrific. The fact that torture was ever even considered is too terrible to contemplate. Now, those responsible are hiding behind the "gallons of black ink" of redactions under the veil of "national security" to hide from the public the shameful acts that were done in our name.
THE HIGH COURT IS NOW IN SESSION AND WE ALL FIND OURSELVES INNOCENT. COURT ADJOURNED.
IMHO this is going to be a big "yawn" win for big pharma. As Techdirt has pointed out in the past, people don't type in BigDrugCompanyName.pharmacy. People open Google.com or it automatically opens as a home page and type in aspirin and look at the search results. It is going to take a long time for the "average internet user" to even notice that the name ends in ".pharmacy". The ".com" name is what people expect to see at the end of a "legitimate" company website. The other TLDs are the ones that get picked when the ".com" version is not available.