So these ragtag "combatants" were all big encryption users? Hmm? Or are you just worried that someone, somewhere might use encrypted communications someday, even though there's not much evidence of that.
Sounds like the new one-size-fits-all excuse from the Bureau has become "because encryption."
You know how law enforcement includes an exploding dye marker in ransom payments? That's intended to show that the person trying to spend the stained cash is actually a criminal, and that there's only one way they could have obtained the loot. And it clearly, unequivocally, indicates guilt.
When the Senate Majority Leader can repeat only one claim or charge about a technology he wants to disparage, and that untrue claim is so bizarrely unique to a lobbyist organization, it's like the dye marker -- it's a clear indication that there's only one place it could have originated. And for corrupt politicians in the pocket of lobbyists and their clients, it clearly, unequivocally, indicates guilt.
Add to the "informal nickname" idea the simple fact that this is wordplay... and is based on the beverage name. "Oh, I get it... the team color is orange, and they crush people, and that sounds just like the famous soda." Since the team has already informally (and without risk of confusion) purloined the name, shouldn't they just be happy and walk away?
"... had learned from his revelations with heavens knows what consequences..."
In addition to denying reality, Hanningan's not so hot with the idioms, either, pluralizing "heaven". Unless GCHQ's extensive surveillance extends into the otherworldly, and they've documented a plurality of heavens.
It would be interesting to require Ms. Kelly to produce all the contracts and agreements granting interviewers and media outlets permission to use Gene's (so-called) IP... after all, without these, none of his words could ever have seen the light of day.
What's that? No responsive documents? Wonder why...
And let's not forget that a frequent deployment method is aerial... a small plane circles a targeted area for hours and hours. So... add fuel and airframe charges to the Stingray cost. And something for that agency pilot, who's not really drawing anywhere near the minimum wage.
I heard a small plane circling my northern NJ town last week, which is unusual; and thanks to Flightradar24, confirmed not only that it had been there for hours, parked several thousand feet above the very busy Newark approach, but that it was a Cessna 172 known to be registered to a bogus FBI shell corporation. Busy day, too... I spotted two more active FBI spook planes circling Long Island and central Jersey.
Wish they'd stop... if this keeps up, I'll need a bigger roll of heavy-duty Reynolds Wrap for hat-making...
"And, of course, having Congress get involved just makes Congress look like a joke."
This is the real crux of the story. Someone made an unsubstantiated claim... not news, happens every day -- sometimes hourly.
But it's laughable -- no, make that sad -- that the same crumb of innuendo, so clearly unsubstantiated, can cause Sen. Thune and his caped crusaders to swing into action, something they clearly can't manage in the name of passing legislation or, I don't know, approving a Surpreme Court nominee. Stand and deliver, Facebook... respond to those rumors tout de suite or risk contempt of Congress charges.
Rep. Blackburn of Tennessee..., oh, yes, of course! That's the state that keeps the Internet free by outlawing municipal broadband. Natch. It's important to protect jobs, especially those of the cable lobbyists who feather Representatives' nests.