What The American Orwell State Can and Can’t Secure
What a society can and cannot protect speaks volumes about its underlying values. America has increasingly degenerated into a nation that indulgences in over the top, bullying security theatre while proving itself increasingly unable to protect things that are actually important. Congressman Jeff Duncan recently toured an IRS facility and saw agents firing AR-15s. He couldn’t help but wonder what these were for.
“I think Americans raise eyebrows when you tell them that IRS agents are training with a type of weapon that has stand-off capability. It’s not like they’re carrying a sidearm and they knock on someone’s door and say, ‘You’re evading your taxes,’” Duncan said
UVA student Elizabeth Daly will think twice about ever reaching for the cookie dough and bottled water at Harris-Teeter in Charlottesville, VA. It seems the crack para-military agents of the VA Alcoholic Beverage Control Gestapo were concerned that somehow that bottled water was more than just bottled water.
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Congressional Black Caucus Beclowns Itself Again, Wants Sheila Jackson Lee for SecDHS
No, this is not a joke. With Janet Napolitano leaving the office of Secretary of Homeland Security at the end of August, the search has been on for her replacement. One of the early candidates to replace her was rumored to be Congressman Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, the ranking member and former chair of the House Homeland Security Committee. As a black Democrat on the | Read More »
A Recap of Important Amendments to the DHS Appropriations Bill
Earlier this week, the House voted on the first appropriations bills of the FY 2014 budget process. So far, leadership has kept their promise to allow an open amendment process on the bills. As such, members have been able to offer some good and some not so good amendments. Unfortunately, none of this will make a difference because they will cave on the final budget | Read More »
Will Republicans Reassert the Rule of Law?
In June 2011, Obama announced that he would suspend our immigration laws and grant administrative amnesty to those who qualify for the DREAM Act – a bill that never passed Congress. This was just one of the many egregious steps taken by the administration to subvert the rule of law and threaten our sovereignty. Yet, unlike with the IRS scandal, Republicans were largely silent. Obama | Read More »
Tech at Night: I don’t see how MFA passes the House with this rhetoric. Cybersecurity waffling by Team Obama.
Even as I’ve said the bill is a good idea, Senate conservatives overwhelmingly voted against the Internet Sales Tax. The whole Tea Party era gang is there in the NAY column. It’s easy to see why too: guys like Mike Enzi are coming out and saying their purpose for the bill is to pick winners and losers in the marketplace. I can’t see this passing the House with the cloud of toxic rhetoric around it.
As Team Obama wavers between a bureaucrat and an actual expert for its DHS Cybersecurity head, insecure accounts are getting hammered by foreign attackers. Use good passwords. Never give the actual answers to ‘security questions.’ Keep software updated. And don’t approve random “Who unfollowed me/How much time am I wasting/Which President am I” Twitter apps!
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, America Invents Act
, glenn greenwald
, Internet Sales Tax
, Mike Enzi
, Net Neutrality
, Patent Trolls
, Sales tax
, Tech at Night
On Monday night, President Obama pointedly refused to use the word “terrorism” in connection with the Boston Marathon bombings, but he got around to deploying it on Tuesday morning. ”Any time bombs are used to target civilians, it is an act of terror,” the President declared. Then why not call it an “act of terror” on Monday night? It was perfectly clear that bombs had | Read More »
Another Scandal by Obama Adminstration
Amidst ongoing questions concerning the potential cover-ups by the Obama Administration of Fast and Furious and the Benghazi attack, another scandal is coming back to light for the White House. The U.S. Secret Service made the news last April when a number of agents were suspended after being accused of consorting with prostitutes while in Cartagena, Columbia for the Summit of the Americas attended by | Read More »
Tech at Night: Illegal Amazon Taxes fail, DeMint modernizing cable, thorny copyright issues
Monday night, as promised, we still have some catch up work to do. So let’s start with those Amazon Taxes, those Internet sales taxes of dubious Constitutionality. Colorado’s got tossed in federal court and Illinois’s didn’t raise any money. Obeying the Constitution counts, folks. Pass a true interstate compact through the Congress first. Also as promised, there’s the matter of the Next Generation Television Marketplace | Read More »
, amazon tax
, Chuck Grassley
, Do Not Track
, Dutch Ruppersberger
, Internet Sales Tax
, Jim DeMint
, Joe Lieberman
, mike rogers
, Next Generation Television Marketplace Act
, Safe Harbor
, Susan Collins
, White Spaces
Eye In The Sky. DHS to Monitor More of the Internet.
I am the eye in the sky Looking at you I can read your mind I am the maker of rules Dealing with fools I can cheat you blind – “Eye In The Sky” – Alan Parsons Project (HT:Sing365.com) There was a point pretty soon after the 9-11 attacks, where I used to get in a lot of arguments with other Conservatives. Something about the | Read More »
Tech at Night: After Thanksgiving Catch Up Edition
Hello! The big story that we’ve been following with Tech at Night since the beginning has been Net Neutrality, but right now we’re still stuck waiting on this issue. Republicans aren’t going to act on it until January at the earliest, and we aren’t going to know what (if anything) the FCC will do on the issue in December until they tell us. So we | Read More »
, Droid Pro
, Net Neutrality
, Pirate Party
, Sonny Bono
, Steamboat Willie
, The Pirate Bay