NSA, FBI, IRS and the 4th Amendment: Why freedom matters…
I remember once when I was in college I took a trip home to the DC metro area with my girlfriend. She and I went to the movies not far from where my mother lived in a rather rough part of town called Capitol Heights, MD. I have no idea what we saw. I do however remember that we had a terrible time, and it | Read More »
The Police State of Obamaville
When people think of a police state, they usually think of heavily armed, uniformed police kicking in doors and dragging out family members in the dark of the night. A police state doesn’t require police kicking down your door… at least not in the beginning, particularly when one is evolving from some other form of government, say for instance a constitutional republic. I’m not sure | Read More »
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The NSA analyzes our phone records for national security, so why didn’t the gnomes catch the Tsarnaevs?
The President has now come out and defended the NSA phone records and internet server data collection as necessary for national security. “Nobody is listening to your telephone calls,” Obama said. “That’s not what this program is about. As was indicated, what the intelligence community is doing is looking at the numbers and durations of calls. They’re not looking at names and they’re not looking | Read More »
Welcome To The American Orwell State
If we don’t end the emerging American Orwell State, Francis Fukayama and the Dead Kennedys both could be tragically correct. History may well end, and it could end with Bedtime For Democracy. What Fukayama got right is that Western governments would emerge with hegemony over the rest of the world due to their advantages in wealth, culture and technology. What he got wrong was that they would use these advantages to stifle their own citizenry through the formation of what George Orwell described as Oligarchical Collectivism.
To properly assure the uncontested hegemony of an Inner Party Elite, all information must be controlled and censored. How else can both Google and the noble, all-knowing state assure themselves that we’ll do no evil? Well, according to The Washington Post (and other officially official sources within the Ministry of Truth), we no longer need to worry about that.
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Scars and Stripes: The Boston Bombing Unfurled
Boston has always maintained a sense of autonomy. Annexed by America’s epic battles for self-governance, the city remains an industriousness co-mingling of old and new world identity. Gem of the sea Irish pride still pervades Southie, while Dorchester, as distant from rice fields wide enough for a flock of storks to spread their wings across, is home to a new generation of Vietnamese émigrés. On | Read More »
Tech at Sunday Morning: We now know why the MetroPCS / T-Mobile deal went through. What to do about Google Glass.
Had some work to do Friday night, so this this became Tech at Sunday Morning!
I still don’t see it passing the House after Mike Enzi’s winners and losers talk poisoned the well, but conservative governors want MFA passed for good reason. Ask Scott Walker.
Remember when the T-Mobile/MetroPCS deal flew through the Obama administration without a hitch? I think we now know why: it meant the end of the MetroPCS challenge to Net Neutrality. How convenient.
Stealth recording technology. What could go wrong? Of course, if you don’t like Google Glass, the real thing to do is to let property owners ban it on their own property. Problem solved.
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, mike rogers
, Mt. Gox
, Net Neutrality
, Sales tax
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, Tech at Night
The Feds Are Watching and Recording Everything You Do Online
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Francis Cianfrocca to discuss federal moves to force new technologies to include access for government spying, what they monitor already, and who has what information about you.
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Little Progress in FBI Benghazi Investigation: Suspects, Including a Former Gitmo Detainee, Still At Large
The day after the September 11, 2012 Benghazi attacks President Obama said: “Make no mistake. We will work with the Libyan government to bring justice to the killers who attacked our people.” But, more than seven months later, there are no indictments and no arrests. According to a House Republican Conference report on the Benghazi attacks, FBI investigators have made “very little progress.” In fact, | Read More »
Boston Marathon aftermath: feds warned by Russia about Tamerlan Tsarnaev in 2011.
Let me just put this FBI press release out there for you. It’s dated April 19, 2013, by the way: this will be important later. 2011 Request for Information on Tamerlan Tsarnaev from Foreign Government The two individuals believed to be responsible for the Boston Marathon bombings on Monday have been positively identified as Tamerlan Tsarnaev, now deceased, and Dzhokar Tsarnaev, now in custody. These | Read More »
The Watercooler ~ The Most Pertinent Questions in Boston Terrorism Case [Amended]
As we all continue to grapple with the who, what, where, when, how and why of the most successful terrorist attack in America since 9/11, two questions stand out as the most critical at this stage of the ensuing investigation. The first question — whether Boston terrorism suspect and naturalized American citizen Dzhokar Tsarnaev, if he survives his injuries, should be detained within the domestic | Read More »
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 »
FBI arrest one Matthew Aaron Llaneza for trying to blow up San Francisco bank.
Short version: the feds arrested one Matthew Aaron Llaneza for attempting to blow up a bank for the Taliban; as is the FBI’s wont, they got him via a sting operation that was kept up right up to the moment where Llaneza pulled the remote trigger on the ‘bomb.’ Which is, obviously, fine by me: I want the FBI out there actively trolling the fringes | Read More »
He was Once a ‘Good Guy’…Christopher Dorner’s Revenge Spree
Southern California law enforcement are currently on the track of a man who has allegedly killed a handful of people on a revenge-seeking killing spree. The spree began last week and shortly afterward Dorner posted what is purported by the LAPD to be his manifesto on Facebook. Entire manifesto as released by LAPD can be found here… During the first half of his manifesto Christopher | Read More »
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Obama’s Political Capital
President Obama blows through his own political capital just as fast as he blows through America’s financial capital. Neither case of over-spending is sustainable, and we will just have to wait to see which spending spree is forced to end first. But this further confirms my suspicion that President Obama’s brains are the most over-rated to occupy the Oval Office in generations. Take his recent | Read More »
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, Lindsey Graham
, President George W. Bush
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, President Ronald Reagan
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Bill Allows Over 22 Federal Agencies Access to Your Email…Without a Warrant
A Senate proposal, which was originally heralded as a measure of protection for Americans’ e-mail privacy, has been rewritten, giving government agencies more surveillance power than they possess under current law. According to CNET, Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Democratic chairman of the Senate Judiciary committee, has significantly transformed his original legislation in response to pressure from law enforcement. A vote on the bill, which | Read More »