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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

Agripa Re:Justice (772 comments)

So why did this prosecution for war crimes never happen? The most charitable explanation I have been able to come up with is that Obama thought the unrest this would cause in the USA would be unacceptable, but I admit it is a weak explanation.

Professional courtesy. Politicians, prosecutors, judges, and law enforcement officers generally do not turn on each other either.

What happened just reminds me that neither party and none of the branches of government at any level can be trusted ever.

yesterday
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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

Agripa Re:Justice (772 comments)

If you actually read TFA, you'd see that it also indicates that Bush had little to no knowledge of the specifics of the interrogations or their brutality, and in 2006, upon his learning of it, it was ramped down.

Either he knew or he should have known. In the later case, I am sure he arranged "not to know" for reasons of plausible dependability and it was ramped down when it became apparent that what was happened would be discovered.

yesterday
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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

Agripa Re:Justice (772 comments)

Being that the treatment of prisoners continued under the current administration, would you agree to wholesale prosecution of everyone in the executive since 2001?

Absolutely. I would include everybody that knew or should have known.

yesterday
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FISA Court Extends Section 215 Bulk Surveillance For 90 Days

Agripa Re:Hope and change (83 comments)

That said, if it ever came down to it; a million citizens revolting against their government with hand guns and rifles isn't even going to make a dent in armor of a fleet of tanks, jets, drones, long range missiles, lasers, rail guns, and whatever else they have cooking up at DARPA.

Then I guess it is a good thing that tanks, jets, drones, long range missiles, lasers, and rail guns cannot be elected to office.

yesterday
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Is Enterprise IT More Difficult To Manage Now Than Ever?

Agripa Re:Cloud (241 comments)

When you outsource your services to a data center provider you are trusting there security, there hiring practices, and there employees.

And you are trusting the NSA and any law enforcement agency with a subpena or national security letter and whoever they trust. At least if you host in house, you will have legal notification when they seize your data.

2 days ago
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Congress Passes Bill Allowing Warrantless Forfeiture of Private Communications

Agripa Re:PRIVATE encryption of everything just became... (379 comments)

Don't forget it is the NSA who approves what type of encryption are legal for citizens to own.

NSA controls and sabotages industry standards but there is current nothing to stop the use of other encryption algorithms including Blowfish and Twofish.

3 days ago
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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

Agripa Re:*yawn* (772 comments)

I consider this the swan song of the democrats who are taking a scorched earth policy in their forced retreat. Their leaders knew all about this when it was happening and said almost nothing to stop it. Then, when they where in power, allowed the administration to use the same techniques without so much as a peep, but are all so willing to take credit for killing OBL who's location was discovered though such techniques. It's just political posturing, and not much more.

I blame both sides which are the same party anyway.

The really sad part though is that it is highly possible that the release of this report will cost Americans their lives. The world is a dangerous place, but it's stupid to poke the enemy or hand them such a public relations win as this will be. We will be lectured by Iran and North Korea for human rights abuses and you can bet ISIS will be happy to use this to recruit/conscript more help.

It is too bad that did not dissuade them from torturing people in the first place. We deserve what is going to happen because of this.

3 days ago
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Canadian Supreme Court Rules In Favor of Warrantless Cellphone Searches

Agripa Re:Blame Canada! (105 comments)

I can go wander into a crowd and shoot a machine gun. If I happen to kill all drug dealing murderers, does that make it right? Of course not.

Law enforcement shootouts often end up with the police shooting bystanders and they are covered by qualified immunity.

3 days ago
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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

Agripa Re:Ancient idea. Not news at all. (567 comments)

Monitors, and scopes, were 4x3 because TVs were 4x3.

All of my oscilloscopes except the round ones use 5x4 CRTs.

3 days ago
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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

Agripa Re:View angles (567 comments)

This is why I have not used portrait mode. The problem is made worse because manufacturers often obscure what type of panel is used.

3 days ago
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Eric Schmidt: To Avoid NSA Spying, Keep Your Data In Google's Services

Agripa Re:Hmm.. (281 comments)

Except for the part about knowing or not knowing and the part about an administrative subpena versus a warrant, sure, the outcome is the same.

3 days ago
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California Sues Uber Over Practices

Agripa Re: Go California! (139 comments)

Yeah, but what about Comcast? They're the most hated company in the country. They screw their customers and no one wants to do business with them. So everyone exercised their power as consumers and sued Comcast or simply took their business elsewhere. Eventually Comcast went out of business because they provided such terrible service.

Isn't that how it happened?

The difference is that Comcast pays the politicians to protect them from their consumers.

3 days ago
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California Sues Uber Over Practices

Agripa Re: Go California! (139 comments)

Consumers are terrible at protecting themselves.

And politicians are great at protecting the rent seeking industries that pay them.

3 days ago
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Govt Docs Reveal Canadian Telcos Promise Surveillance Ready Networks

Agripa Re:Encryptorama (74 comments)

But where do you start encrypting? You have to secure your PC against keyloggers and screen-grabbers even if your disk drive and communications are encrypted.

But even opportunistic encryption would make interception much more costly. Right now it is next to free because everything is being sent over the equivalent of postcards for anybody to read. The evil doers also run the risk of being detected.

And how would be sure that no man-in-the-middle intercept didn't have the processing power to crack the encryption?

The same way you know now. If the authentication does not match, then a man-in-the-middle attack has occurred and if that does happen, then you have proof. Do you remember all of the court cases which were thrown out because the plaintiff lacked standing because they could not prove their communications were intercepted? Now they have an easier burden.

4 days ago
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Eric Schmidt: To Avoid NSA Spying, Keep Your Data In Google's Services

Agripa Re:Hmm.. (281 comments)

A third party does not have to notify you when this happens and the legal protection is less not even requiring a court order. At least your own hardware will allow you to know when this happens.

4 days ago
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FAA Report Says Near Collisions With Drones On the Rise

Agripa Re:Avionics (115 comments)

The government could but delaying a standard or making sure it is expensive is a way to prevent legal UAV use.

about two weeks ago
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Every Weapon, Armored Truck, and Plane the Pentagon Gave To Local Police

Agripa Re:Why only to police? (191 comments)

I think the Swiss stayed neutral by keeping everyone's money for them and allowing them to make secretive transactions for arms, oil, and to hide fortunes amassed by individuals in times of war (the spoils of war). Without banks like these, you can't wage wars effectively so the banking states/havens are always safe and secure.

Germany intended to invade Switzerland and continuously updated their plans for doing so during World War 2 but the task was made difficult by the Swiss defensive posture which included large militia, dug in regular army, mining of the bridges and tunnels (especially the tunnels which carried traffic between Germany and Italy), and standing orders not to obey surrender commands from the government in the event of capture. All of these things together made Switzerland too expensive to invade before the war ended.

http://www.amazon.com/Target-S...

about two weeks ago
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How the NSA Is Spying On Everyone: More Revelations

Agripa Re:Standard M.O. (148 comments)

Technically the people of the United States have the authority.

Since the people of the United States are not represented by the single party with two asses, they lack this authority unless they choose to revolt.

about two weeks ago
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Tor Project Mulls How Feds Took Down Hidden Websites

Agripa Re:IPv6 as a help? (135 comments)

Automatic configuration normally uses the Ethernet MAC address to form the IP address but IPv6 also allows the address to be generated randomly.

about a month ago
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Tor Project Mulls How Feds Took Down Hidden Websites

Agripa Re:IPv6 as a help? (135 comments)

I will not bet that you are wrong but IPv6 requires allocations of /64 or larger for automatic configuration to work.

As far as security and privacy, the lack of NAT will help with encrypted connections and large endpoint address space allows randomization of IPs and prevents brute force searches.

about a month ago

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