Tech at Night: How not to NSA-proof your email. ECPA reform doesn’t hinder FISA. Ajit Pai on E-Rate Reform.
Update on ECPA reform: Last time I commented that it was problematic to give such strong protections to terrorist emails on American corporate-run servers. Well, it turns out ECPA reform backers are listening, and have pointed out to me that FISA will work just fine in those cases. Fair point. I still don’t think the law makes sense, but at least it’s not too terribly harmful.
This tutorial to “NSA-proof your email” is all wrong. All wrong. You NSA-proof your email by using end-to-end encryption, not by using transport level encryption. Hosing your own email is a great idea, mind you (it makes the ECPA-related issues moot), but NSA can still spy on you all they want if you follow that webpage’s instructions.
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US and Marxist Brazil: What Not to Do with an Economy
We just had another couple of installments in the long, inglorious anti-free market saga that is the United States Farm Bill. First there was: (Democrat) Senate Passes Farm Bill A huge cacophony of Food Stamp welfare spending: Farm Bill Follies: 80% of $955B for Funding of Food Stamps And farm market protectionism: US Farm Bill Gives Generous Subsidies to Agribusiness The Republican House then took | Read More »
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Tech at Night: Catching up after a cold.
Woof. This week I had my worst cold in years, the worst I had since the first CPAC I attended. Boy was that a miserable trip home, let me tell you, sick as a dog, with insufficient Claritin Ds to get me through it. I was lucky the middle seat was empty for me on both flights I had to get home! At least this week I could stay home, and sleep.
I’ve got a ton to cover, and I’m not really at 100% yet, so apologies for making this a bit scattershot tonight. Especially since the victory in Texas distracted me from finishing this promptly! (Edit: It’s also help if I remembered to hit Publish…)
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Liberals, GOP Establishment, and Conservatives Agree The World Is Going To Hell For Different Reasons
If you are a liberal then you think the world is going to hell. If you are a part of the Republican party establishment you think the world is going to hell. If you are a conservative or member of the Tea Party you too think the world is going to hell. The thing is each of these groups has different reasons to reach the | Read More »
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Tyranny is as Tyranny Does
During the recent 4th of July celebration of America’s independence, Hillsdale College, a bastion of constitutional education and a powerhouse in the promotion of liberty, announced a “Read the Declaration” campaign. This campaign encouraged people who were gathered to celebrate the victory of freedom over tyranny to read the Declaration of Independence in its entirety. Many of our fellow citizens have never read this foundational | Read More »
WHAT DOES IT TAKE PEOPLE?
WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO WAKE YOU UP PEOPLE? Dr Jim Gschwind The Despondent Correspondent Talk about me, the “Despondent Correspondent”……oh I know everyone before the election got used to my tirades and rants (but based on fact….not emotion….That’s a liberals “tool”) and then I got even more despondent fighting my disability with the government and got sidetracked like many of us | Read More »
The Liberal Agenda and Conservative Answers
Liberals are obviously quite happy about the Supreme’s Court most recent decision regarding DOMA and gay marriage. But, they realize also that the Court did not go as far as they had hoped. As one website described it, they could pop a good bottle of California Riessling, but no Dom Perignon yet. In short, what they wished for and really want is a federal declaration | Read More »
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Ed Snowden continues to betray America.
I went off on this on Twitter last night, and I am no less disgusted today: Ed Snowden does not, in fact, care for the United States of America. The German magazine Der Spiegel reported Saturday that the NSA had bugged European Union offices and gained access to EU internal computer networks where it was able to read documents and emails. United Nations offices were | Read More »
Obama, NSA Make the Case for a Conservative Mobile Phone Company
Earlier this month, James Risen and Eric Lichtblau of The New York Timeswrote something truly astonishing. That it came in the liberal-leaning Times may be the reason not enough conservatives took notice. Read it. Then read it again. (Emphasis added.) “In Virginia, a telecommunications consultant reported, Verizon had set up a dedicated fiber-optic line running from New Jersey to Quantico, Va., home to a large military base, allowing government officials | Read More »
The CFPB is Gathering Your Financial Data
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by John Berlau to discuss the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, their new administrator and why the bureau’s information gathering is just as scary as the NSA.
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Lovers of freedom know that a limited government is the only way to achieve it. Limiting our government in the modern age means also limiting how it uses our personal data. If you want to keep a secret, don’t tell anyone. The only way to be sure data is not used improperly is not to allow them to collect it.
Ed Snowden flees Hong Kong, goes to… Russia.
This isn’t civil disobedience, by the way: civil disobedience is when you tell the cops to go ahead and arrest you, the legal system to go ahead and convict you, and the government to go ahead and actually put you in jail. Civil disobedience is about doing what you think is right and accepting the consequences. Otherwise, it’s presumption, arrogance, and the arrogant presumption of | Read More »
Sacrificing Liberty for Free Nights and Weekends
In 1759, Benjamin Franklin wrote in his Historical Review of Pennsylvania, “They that give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Since 9-11 and the Patriot Act, politicians and pundits have batted Old Ben’s quotation back and forth so much that we risk it becoming a cliché. Today, however, it deserves re-examination. What Franklin knew, nearly two and a | Read More »
A Minor Issue with the NSA
We’ve come to the point where it has been more or less established that the NSA is collecting gobs of data on Verizon customers. And, if anyone has half a brain, we can most likely extrapolate that number to include to millions of customers that belong to the other telephone carriers. In short, our government is spying on us. Over the past two weeks I’ve | Read More »
Peter King Claims Domestic Spying Would Have Prevented 9/11
Rep. King spoke with Jake Tapper: First, there’s no way agencies would have shared information as one of the most glaring mistakes gleaned from the 9/11 Commission’s report is that bureaucracy prevented such agency cooperation. Lastly, King presupposes that 9/11 was solely a terror problem. As I’ve addressed previously, 9/11 began as an immigration problem: You didn’t need NSA or its surveillance system to thwart | Read More »