You are right, that is troubling. Because people were saying it was even happening with home movies, and on 3rd party applications. Which suggests the TVs were preloaded with advertisements to feed into whatever signal that hit the screen. And if they are preloaded with that, what else has been preloaded? Or what plans do they have for this in the future?
“The percentage of drone strikes that have hit American citizens is so small as to be negligible.”
It is concerning because it sets a scary precedent. “American Citizen”, should be enough for a drone strike to be questioned. Not calling into account your supposed affiliations, your feelings on religion. The gathering of unreliable metadata. Blowing up the location of your phone and not an actual identifiable target. Not to mention collateral damage. There are a hundred ways this operation can evolve unchecked into you getting blown up in front of your house because they saw you wearing a Muslimgauze t-shirt on Facebook.
“The idea that we have to win the hearts and minds of groups of people who are either actively plotting against Americans or harbor those people is silly.”
It is not a question of winning them over. It is a question of not exacerbating an already horrible situation. You can never defeat an enemy if your actions only serve to create more enemies. You drone strike a person of interest, or even still drone strike the phone of a POI, who happens to be carried by an aunt who is taking the POI kids to school. Now you potentially have made an enemy of everyone at that school, in the village/town. In that region. You kill one target, and create hundreds more that will begin to hate you. Especially if you hide or obscure the fact that it even happened. I am not saying Americans need to be likable- let's just begin with not having everyone hate us.
“Nor, mind you, has the terrorist groups' lack of explanation on why they so often hide among those that would end up being collateral damage.“
We sure like to talk about how we are better than them, or how we have things like freedom that they hate. Shouldn't we take the higher road and act like how we want to be treated? If we employ the same tactics as those we condemn. How are we any better at all?
Yes- that is a great point that too often gets glossed over. If security of these documents is so awful that a mid level contractor can access and copy them, and they STILL have no idea what Snowden took. How are they so certain the system has not be compromised in other ways? How do they know that other contractors are not using the system for their own purposes [cointelpro upgraded]. It looks to me that there only defense against this is fear tactics. A nefarious individual would work right through that nonsense.
I also cannot bring myself to agree with you. "Constitutional violations are just that". That statement does not work with a system, organization, or administration that picks and chooses how it interprets and adheres to the Constitution.
I don't agree. I think motivation is an important factor. If his motivation was self-serving, there are a handful of ways he could have exploited this situation to his benefit. Opposed to sacrificing himself, giving away classified info, and allowing journalists and the public to have a debate while the organizations in question are only concerned with damage control. Not improving their security or allowing oversight on their methods and results.
That was a great conclusion. Brings to mind what a masterful trap successful marketing is. When you forget what a device or product is named and start calling it by the company that created or manufactured it. You can go into any office in the US and ask to make a Xerox and they will understand you. Try going into an office and ask to make a Lexmark.
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