Completely aside of the this article's intent to focus on the governments obfuscation of the method it used to track the defendants, I find it utterly abhorrent and reprehensible that the FBI ran a child porn website for *ANY* length of time! Everyone involved in this, from the decision makers to the techs, should be brought up on distributions charges. Disgusting!
So if someone uses the prenomial characterization (i.e., "Idiot") followed by a proper noun (i.e., "LA Superior Court judge Mel Recana"), would that be a linguistic structure widely used to characterize people with shorthand factual information?
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."