If the US Government sees it appropriate to charge Dotcom with 'conspiracy to commit copyright infringement', they should come up with more serious charges against a public overseer who abused his role to protect the guilty and covered up serious, possibly criminal activities at one of the most sensitive agencies the US of A operates.
If the Russian FSA faxes a warrant signed by a Russian judge over to the State department, will the FBI close the investigations on the Russian hackers? Following DOJ's rule book, they'd have to: the hacking would be perfectly legit as long as any Judge anywhere in the world agrees it is necessary based on local laws.
Two points: a) The diagram is wrong: Mainstream news were fake, too. Hillary lead in the forecasts? Russian hackers? WTF? b) Never mind Facebook. The real threat are fake news created from the Pentagon's $5 bn PR-budget. The propaganda spread by 'economists'. And the 'news' created by media who find it easier to just copy everybody else without much fact-checking. Printing a lie today and a correction tomorrow means two great stories for the price of one.
After the next terrorist attacks, a scapegoat will need to be sacrificed.
The obvious choice will be Comey, for 'not doing enough'. His only way out is to ask for more support than congress and government are prepared to give him. 'If only you had given me the money/people/encryption breaking powers I told you I need, the massacre would not have happened.'
Refusing Comey's request is not really an option, though: 'If only congress had allowed the FBI to crack terrorist phones, those people would not have died.' So their only choice is to give in, however ridiculous the request may seem.
At which stage Comey has to ask for more powers his base, and the circle begins again ...
Such activity is not new to [Washington]—the [Americans] have used similar tactics and techniques across Europe and Eurasia [- in fact, across the entire world], for example, to influence public opinion there. We believe, based on the scope and sensitivity of these efforts, that only [America]'s senior-most officials could have authorized these activities.
It is not exactly a vote of confidence into their Ultra-HD 4K Superquality formats if the Sony/Disney folks see Handy-cam copies of half a movie as a threat worth fighting with high-tech weapons and rent-a-cops ...
Maybe the committee did not think this through before writing their report: The report tells us a lot more about the state of the American security apparatus thsn about Snowden. Imagine what a qualified hostile hacker could do if a Highschool failure, army dropout and unreliable employee can walk away with the nations secrets, and the worst the United States of America can do to him is have some clueless politicians write a petty report.
While the University of Manitoba is happy to charge overseas students $17 - 30 K in tuition fees, they do not seem to be prepared to have one of their law professors or the legal department stand up to the trolls and refuse to forward the letters unless their comply with both Canadian and international law.
Supporting the extortion tactics of the trolls, and then have a 'copyright strategy director' explain that probably, they are safe (but take this at your own risk) is nothing less than siding with the extortionists.
>> Publishers might have legitimate concerns about their decreasing revenues.
Indeed they might. On the other hand, their job has changed. Before the internet, it could take millions of Euros and a lot of skill to produce and launch a new album or book in the form of physical copies in every retail outlet in Europe.
Now, Youtube and other have taken over the job, and eliminated most of the upfront investment. What's wrong with Youtube taking a part of the publisher's share in return?
Government needs to do more. Congress needs to pass laws to outlaw accessing screener databases, password protected or not. ISPs need to monitor users who access Hollywood stuff without paying. AG Hood must prosecute Chris Vickery. And don't get me started on Google.
How come all these fools fail to do their part in protecting America's future?
If Microsoft and other tech companies were to encrypt customer data with a key handed over to the customer, electronic data would be protected just like paper data in the old days: The warrant would need to be served to the customer to access the data.
The US has turned copyright into a global internet tax payable to Hollywood and Disney - helped by courts who give themselves jurisdiction over the entire world and a USTR with a sole mission to ratchet up copyright and patent terms. Destroying innovation and creativity seems to be seen a bonus rather than a problem - Hollywood and Disney have the deep pockets, not the newcomers.
Can we really blame the French, or the Germans, or Spanish, or the EU for playing the same game and grabbing for their share of the cake, when meaningful discussions about copyright reform are torpedoed by the US before they even start?
If the government considers any and all communication data as fair game, why do they get all upset when the Russian or Chinese government take the same view, and help themselves to data the US would rather not share?
Google's Book project has been compared to the Library of Alexandria, an attempt by the ancient Greeks to collect all the world's knowledge in one place. With the difference that Google books can be accessed by anyone, anywhere. And it is as futureproof as Google's computer network.
As for more personal communication: Between Facebook, NSA and Gmail, it is probably more difficult to delete the more embarrasing parts than retrieving what's interesting ....