All these revelations about the NSA compromising hardware, corrupting firmware, and creating quantum-computer encryption busters is like waving a red flag in front of a bull. Not every computer or software wizard is a patriot willing to work for the NSA, and I'll bet there are some people out in the world right now hacking up the next new thing to see if they can beat the NSA. It might even become a medalist category at the next Black Hat 'hacker olympics'. If they NSA had any brains they'd stop now, because they're just encouraging more, better, and tougher opposition.
That's the really great thing about lawyers. Even if you are a truly worthless scumbag, as long as you can pay them a lawyer will defend you, stretching their mind to invent rationale for your heinous criminal actions. I wonder if there is *any* crime so terrible that even a lawyer would refuse to defend it. No doubt the lawyer will claim that this is the core of our system of justice - but I think its all about the Benjy's. Which is truly the core of our system of justice, now that I think about it...
It isn't about the law, and whether the police follow it or not. Its about whether, when they charge you, you have the resour$es to fight back to keep your rights, or whether you are a typical citizen, strapped enough that you have to roll over. The law is being ignored by the police, and charges are being used to intimidate the citizenry into yielding their rights without fighting back. Thuggery pure and simple - this is an extortion of rights through abuse of authority. There's crimes being committed, but not by the citizens.
Cell phones have location data because, by law, they must "in order to enable 911 services". That this also becomes a way for secret government agencies and police to establish whereabouts with a timestamp, and track locations of the cell phone (and presumably the phone's owner...) at all times, and that the current law allows police agencies to accesst this information without a warrant or any proof of probable cause is a grevious breach of our constitutional rights. Except that its not, because the courts are inside the pockets of the security/military/industrial cabal and the elites they protect. We're all screwed, and there's precious little to be done about it, because the laws *they* make are -designed- to enforce and increase their power over us. This can't end well.
I agree, Mike shows an obvious bias in favor of privacy and the rights of citizens. In this case, myself also not being a constitutional scholar (and your credentials are...?)it seems clearly unreasonable that once communications are inadvertently swept up as part of a targeted investigation it becomes 'reasonable' to be allowed to search them even though they clearly are not part of the original target is an overreach and violates the specificity required by the Fourth Amendment. There is nothing 'particular' about sweeping in everything then sifting it as you wish. We're building a security/military/industrial surveillance state designed to perpetuate the power and control of a small elite of political and economic influencers, and plutocracy of the few who will control the many ordinary citizens through fear, manipulation, and deceit.
NSA has lots of money, our money, and they're all true believers. As soon as they think they have a terrorist, they're going to want to go back in time as far as they can and listen to the contents of all the calls. They have to, to save us. After all, if they don't save America from terrorists, who will?! Safety before the Bill of Rights, that's the operating principle here. So, along with the storage, I am sure the NSA can afford to string all kinds of really really fast optical fibers from wherever to wherever... what's a few hundred million, or even a few billion when you're saving America from terrorists? Transporting large volumes of data is no problem when you can build data pipes out of billions of dollars.
Look at that. Oh, how foolish. If there were such a program or programs, which I can neither confirm nor deny due to national security, it would be made clear that any such program did not do what he says. But since I am unable to acknowledge that any such programs may exist, I can't deny these speculative and uninformed statements.
But it -could- be terrorists! And we have all this neat equipment the Feds gave us to fight terrorism... we might as well use it when we have an 'incident'. You don't want the terrorists to win, do you?!
What are the cops going to do when Google Glass and the knockoffs become commonplace? "Sir, you have to take -off- those glasses!" --? Is this ridiculous enough yet? I predict the glasses with the built-in camera will be the end of this. Free $100-million idea -- real-time streaming wifi or cellular link of computer-glasses video to a website (Youtube?) for the whole world to see. You might not get cash, but Google stock is nearly as good. Whoever runs with this, don't forget who thought it up first.
Correlation is not causality. Economics abounds in "all other things being equal..." assumptions, and those with a political dogma in mind will set the assumptions and end up wherever they want to. Then set the policy, and when the future doesn't happen as they wish (e.g. "these high deficits will trigger massive inflation...") its always a wrong assumption to blame, and not the underlying theory.
'Clearly, if we just give all the really wealthy people even more money they will create jobs.' Twenty years on of increasing concentration of wealth, and yet there are chronically less jobs than needed. 'Clearly the wealthy need even more income concentration and wealth disparity, its not been concentrated enough yet.'
I wasn't expecting this sort of thing for about another 15 years, until some of the many "home-schooled for ideological reasons" kids getting taught that evolution is a liberal conspiracy, that there's no science to support human-caused climate change, or that there's no reason not to literally believe every word written in (insert your religious dogma text of choice) were old enough to elect to Congress. It appears that there is no shortage of people natively stupid enough yet old enough to run for Congress to support this kind of ignorance and imbecility even without the benefits of an education aimed at preserving ignorant beliefs rather than teaching techniques for the application and use of intelligence. The sad thing is Gromert is probably in a 'safe' district and likely immune to removal by election due to the preponderance of 'low information content' voters carefully gerrymandered into the district.
Security theater is just like the movies - there's no reason why these gaping holes in logic should interfere with the illusion created by the movie. Just because this is 'reality' is no reason to be smart about anything.
If we keep insisting on all the provisions of the Constitution, the terrorists will have won. The only Constitutional provision that gets any respect from Congress is the Second Amendment. The rest of them, not so much.
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