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Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents

Trachman If Sony keeps doing it (250 comments)

If Sony keeps doing it, their documents will be forever alive in the form of magnet links, formerly torrent file sharing technology.

They do have the the army of trained lawyers to harass mass audiences, except that newspapers have seen much badder boys coming to them with the threats.

Now, assuming Sony documents will survive, will be available for everyone, and will be commented, how exactly SONY will know which newspaper has caused an actual harm?

I think that their litigation budget will be fully depleted for several years in the future.

about a week ago

In Iowa, a Phone App Could Serve As Driver's License

Trachman Why do police need papers anyway? (207 comments)

Why it is a burden of the tax payer not only to pay taxes, which are used for the systems for human and property databases, but, also, burdened with the need to have the old copy of the database record?

Papers are the relict from medieval and industrial, pre-computer and internet era.

Currently one only needs to identify himself and that should be enough data for any cop to pull all the databases and photos of the individual that is being detained.

Somehow it is always the additional burden on the taxpayers that are always imposed and very rarely, if ever, bureaucratic requirements are eliminated.

Abolish plastic driver's license ID, paper insurance and paper registration.

about two weeks ago

FISA Court Extends Section 215 Bulk Surveillance For 90 Days

Trachman The power to spy is like any addictive substance (83 comments)

Once one start using, one needs to continue doing.

The same thing with those kangaroo courts. They will stick to whatever "their legal opinions" are, because the moment you stop all predecessors will be questioned. They have to remember that Nurnberg defense, "we just followed orders" does not work all the times. They KNOW what they are doing and, rest assured, they do not have clean conscience and do sleep well even if they say they do.

Expect this to be election issue. Rand Paul's maximalistic approach will earn a lot of political capital, and Hillary Clinton will look like a big sister from 1984 Apple commercial. Perhaps this thing along will win former Obama's voters.

One would be a fool to believe that anything in substance will change even when Rand Paul will stop renewal, but at least there will be a debate.

about two weeks ago

French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

Trachman AdBlock is doing something right (698 comments)

AdBlock is clearly doing something right, and for every google action there will be equal and opposite reaction.

If internet is called an ecosystem, then we, the small fish, have every right to the cloak of invisibility.

The big fish forgot that the the right to spy should be consented. Of course, there are certain type of fish that does not give a damn and use all kind fishing tools, starting from targeted baits, evolving to infections and ending to the 100% filtering.

If AdBlock will be drifted to playing both sides against each other, get the funding from both marketing companies as well as from the small fry being fished, alternatives will appear.

about two weeks ago

Civil Case Uses Fitbit Data To Disprove Insurance Fraud

Trachman Will activity of the cat and couch potato differ? (99 comments)

The next time wrist band activity will be used as an evidence that someone does not go out and I lives only a passive live, that someone can buy a cat.

Use that wristband as cat's collar. In fact cat and sedentary people are almost indistinguishable, from computer's point of view.

So, what is next? Surveillance cameras corroborating that the disabled owner is truly sitting home. 365/24/7 surveillance and records prior to the potential insurance accident just to prove that in the past the owner was active and outdoorsy person?

about two weeks ago

Uber Banned In Delhi After Taxi Driver Accused of Rape

Trachman Re:Using the same logic (180 comments)

There a reason certain speech is protected. Popular speech does not need protection.

Argument that the word is not black and white is as accurate that statistically you are 10,459,000 times more likely to die from cancer or heart disease than will end up assaulted by the taxi driver.

The are a lot of control freaks on this site, and nobody is calling to ban them.

about two weeks ago

Uber Banned In Delhi After Taxi Driver Accused of Rape

Trachman Using the same logic (180 comments)

Police needs to be disbanded when policeman makes a violent crime.
Army needs to be disbanded when army people kill a person.
The medical profession and regulations need to be disbanded, when malpractice occurs, for it takes only one mistake to cause harm.
All the regulations need to be disbanded, because they do not make the crime disappear.
Most of the males need to be aborted, using the same logic, for all the males are statistically potential rapists. The remaining pool for the purposes of procreation should be kept all locked in the "Male camps" and used during scheduled conjugal visits.

In a most populous country with more than 1 billion people, statistically there will be all kind of mishaps, accidents and crimes. It is unavoidable.

If truly rapes and strangers are an issue, then most of the progress would be achieved in eliminating this type of crime closing all the night clubs and bar.
Also the night life is when a lot of crime happens, it is safer if all the people would be under curfew during the dark hours.

about two weeks ago

Trains May Soon Come Equipped With Debris-Zapping Lasers

Trachman Lasers should be rotated by 90 degree angle (194 comments)

Trains have more than 150 years of history of operations and the typical issues that the regular people hear about the trains is cost to tax payers. Remember the LIRR (Long Island Railway) scandal where 80% of retirees chose to be disabled and are drawing disability pensions http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L... , section "Pension and disability fraud scandal".

Railroad companies know how to handle snow and and dirt.

However, everyone here should talk to their friend policeman, fireman or ambulance worker and ask them what they think about railroads. They will tell you that the most frustrating thing about the railways is the suicides. Those (and I appologize for my language here) pussies who do not want to die home alone using tried and proven methods, without causing stres. Upon Rairoad suicide attempt, railway schedules gets disrupted, tens of thousands of commuters get stranded, service people need to collect remnants of people who leave the world in a "spectacular" way.

As such, rather than using superpowerful lasers to zap the leaves and dirts, it is a much better idea to rotate them by a 90 degree angle and to fry all those attention seekers. Lasers will cause pain and will give time to the attempters to change their mind.

about two weeks ago

Ron Wyden Introduces Bill To Ban FBI 'Backdoors' In Tech Products

Trachman Why only FBI? (109 comments)

All of this would not be necessary, if existing laws would be enforced the way they were intended to. What is here not to understand " ... secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects".

The moment you start slicing and dicing and qualifying, the next moment another interpretation will be drafted that allows to bypass any new law.

The truth is people were spied all the times, but when it became easier to do so due to the technologies and the scale of spying became difficult to hide, then the new laws were carved out, "while the freedoms are protected".

Key lesson: calling the the laws in a manner opposite to what it does.
    Patriot act is not patriotic.
    Affordable care is not affordable to most of the working people.
    FBI backdoor ban, will put more resources on another secret agency which is not banned.

Why FBI, why DHS, why not all of them?

about two weeks ago

Iranian Hackers Compromised Airlines, Critical Infrastructure Companies

Trachman What goes around comes around (61 comments)

There was a time Iran was an ally to USA.Iran is still an ally, but due to the interests of certain groups they are not allowed to be official ally and have to be in a role of the bad ones.

What would the country do if you realize, one day, that all your critical systems are infected/stuxneted by known and unkown malware?

about three weeks ago

Regin Malware In EU Attack Linked To US and British Intelligence Agencies

Trachman How will I explain this to my children (131 comments)

On NSA website, NSA states about their values: " We will protect national security interests by adhering to the highest standards of behavior".

So how NSA would be able to explain to a child that computer virus and malware represent the highest standard of behavior.

It is probably the same as stealing money on the street from slightly overweight person and telling him/her, that you need to lose weight anyway and that the robber cares about you. If questioned, street robber will counter stating that the victim should be thankful, because in other streets (countries) you could be shot for even questioning.

Is vulnerable and weakened by NSA encryption is also "highest standard of behavior", dear beavers from NSA?

about a month ago

Swedish Court Refuses To Revoke Julian Assange's Arrest Warrant

Trachman It was never about the costs (243 comments)

It was about keeping him (and others for that matter) in line. And making example of him being grounded, cuffed, locked, deported, tried and all of it televised.

If you let one disobey, more of those will appear, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Either way, system win. Assange's statue of limitations ends in 2022, which is, what, 10 years being locked in one room?

If he does survive, he will be an example for others. Actually he already was an example, which keeps giving.

about 1 month ago

Blowing On Money To Tell If It Is Counterfeit

Trachman Let me get it straight (114 comments)

If a crafty person prints $20 bill on the printer, he is a criminal and a counterfeiter.

When central banks create money by simply changing the numbers in the computer, it is called quantitative easy.

Oh, wait. We are being told that cash is getting unpopular, and paying with electronic means is so hot right now.

about a month ago

Tor Eyes Crowdfunding Campaign To Upgrade Its Hidden Services

Trachman People have short memory (106 comments)

These were US agencies that have funded creation of TOR; CIA and NSA, you name it.

Obviously, the decision has been made that if encryption and anonymity cannot be controlled, then it needs to be led, and there are many ways to stay on top:
a) controlled nodes b) code flaws

about a month ago

Toyota Names Upcoming Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car

Trachman Hydrogen is a nice alternative (194 comments)

Toyota is currently considered as one of the best companies and great strategic planners. Pioneers too. I did follow the development of this innovation and it is worth saying that Toyota has invested billions of dollars into this project. The same way they have invested in gas-hybrid prototype currently known as Prius.

There will be Hydrogen energy skeptics, the same way there was a reasonable skepticism towards electric cars. Most of the skeptic comments coming from the opponents of electric cars are actually, valid. Such as electric cars are being charged with the coal burned electricity.

The key risk will be mentioned that Hydrogen is extremely volatile and combustive. BMW has developed hydrogen powered cars long time ago. Toyota has actually solved the issue by developing fuel cell. Fuel cell basically is a sponge of certain minerals which chemically absorbs hydrogen so that it is not that volatile.

I am taking a risk and predicting that in ten and fifteen years there will be marketed systems that will convert photovoltaic energy to hydrogen, which will be used to fill Hydrogen cars.

Do not listen too seriously to those who say that there will be no hydrogen refill stations. A decade ago there were not too many electricity recharge stations (though you could recharge your car home). I am sure Toyota has a plan in their sleeve to be in the hydrogen business.

While former criticism for current EV cars was valid, there will be valid complains for Hydrogen cars, let's not forget the key thing: competition is actually a good thing. Embrace it, because even if you are driving a gas car, hydrogen cars will keep the price of gas down due to lower oil demand. Win-win.

about a month ago

Facebook Planning Office Version To Rival LinkedIn, Google

Trachman All tech companies move on each other (91 comments)

However I doubt that I would like my colleagues and Linkedin business contacts to know about my: racing hamster, gunpowder musket and jedi religion hobbies.

There is a reason people keep certain professional distance at work, distance about personal and private life.

As an employer I would like to know how many children, how many husbands my new prospective employee has, something that is not even an option at Linkedin.

about a month ago

Canadian Police Recommend Ending Anonymity On the Internet

Trachman Too much red tape for police? (231 comments)

In order to get information on specific request, police now needs to submit requests, fill paperwork, get approvals. Too much red tape! Police also wants easy access to all the data.

When police does get data using "black channels", they need to waste time to find (or make up) some sort of flaws or errors so that to present that flaw as a reason why data was identified and collected to begin with. It is just damn too complicated. More importantly, even police officers need to go through dozens of all kind of certifications, because only certified specialists can handle the evidence.

For example, police officers have to go through period "trainings" to use radar and alcohol tester. Using computer will also need to be certified, because a good attorney can defend in court that the data was not handled by certified specialist.

Internet ID, fortified with fingerprinting, face and eye retina scan will surely make CRMP work easier and would reduce administrative burden, eh?

about a month and a half ago

Judge Says Public Has a Right To Know About FBI's Facial Recognition Database

Trachman Yes and No (79 comments)

Every time you leave an electronic imprint, such as the image of your face, tagged with your ID, it goes to the DATABASE.

People live with the understanding of intelligence gathering of the middle of last century. There has to be a building, it has to belong to some agency, the information is accumulated to the the files.

Everything is now gathered in DATABASES, accessible to all the thousands of agencies and is being analyzed and will be analyzed in the future to figure out relationships between elements of the database records.

about a month and a half ago

Florida-Based Magic Leap Builds Its Team With Bay Area Hires

Trachman Perhaps the answer is taxes (161 comments)

While Florida is not the most attractive and friendly place to do business, but it surely beats California, which has for several years been elected as the worst place to do business, in the same bucket with New York and New Jersey.

Florida has no income tax, climate is subtropical and, more importantly, Florida is giving additional tax incentives to move jobs to Florida.

My own employer has opened office in Tampa and relocated 250 jobs from NJ; that is probably only the beginning.

about a month and a half ago

Photon Pair Coupled in Glass Fiber

Trachman Re:Naive optimism in headline (91 comments)

Privacy is dead? At the minimum, photons can have their privacy.

Look at the topic the other way: the world that we know does rely on the privacy of quantum unpredictability, the idea that the photon spin cannot be snooped without altering it. The same world that you know without privacy in what quantum particles are doing would be behaving very differently, no need to explain if one has some familiarity with quantum mechanics.

about a month and a half ago



Photon interaction has been created in the fiber

Trachman Trachman writes  |  about a month and a half ago

Trachman (3499895) writes "Austrian scientists discovered a way to couple photon pairs. During the coupling for two identical photons, under analysis, a phase is changed in one and, using the magic of the world of quantum mechanics, the phase of other photon also changes. Scientists predict that this can advance quantum optics, quantum computations and, in the nearest future, secure fiber networks from NSA and other self appointed nosy rulers of the world.

The question to the community is following: Is there anyone who can explain in simple terms the essence of the discovery and associated potential practical applications."

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For those who have nothing to hide, there is something you can lose

Trachman Trachman writes  |  about 3 months ago

Trachman (3499895) writes "Everytime there is a discussion about pervasive surveillance there is an undertone injected to the discussion: if you have nothing to hide then one has nothing to fear. We have learned about DEA using NSA capabilities for the parallel construction of the case. Washington Post has article about those who had nothing to fear and paid dearly — http://www.washingtonpost.com/..."
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Popular Science Magazine: About the Cell towers

Trachman Trachman writes  |  about 4 months ago

Trachman (3499895) writes "Popular Science magazine has published an article about a network of cell towers that are owned not by telecommunication companies but by internal US agencies that are, well... gathering, data of US citizens. Many of them are built in US military bases. The revelation states that individual users are being tracked without court order or any warrant nor the knowledge of cell service providers and are built with the sole purpose of .... data gathering (spying, monitoring)."
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Verizon Rewards Customers for Their Data

Trachman Trachman writes  |  about 5 months ago

Trachman (3499895) writes "Communication companies saw valuable data and have finally figured out how to monetize. For a token compensation (not even a cash money) of "10,000" points people will be giving away another source of information about themselves.

Should we expect that ISP's will soon start offering one or two percent discount in exchange for giving away your internet searches."

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Magnetic Field of Earth Weakening a Sign Poles Are Flipping

Trachman Trachman writes  |  about 5 months ago

Trachman (3499895) writes "The magnetic field of Earth is weakening more rapidly than many scientists thought it would, a sign that Earth’s magnetic poles might flip within a few hundred years as opposed to thousands of years. Data collected from Swarm, the collective name for three European Space Agency (ESA) satellites, confirms that Earth’s magnetic field is weakening, something which has led to many past switches in Earth’s magnetic poles.Deep ocean core studies have confirmed, according to NASA, that the Earth’s magnetic poles reverse on a relatively frequent basis. They usually switch anywhere from 200,000 to 300,000 years. As it has been 700,000 years or so since a flip has taken place, Earth is overdue for one. The weakening magnetic field might be a sign that the switch will occur sooner, rather than later. Scientists, according to a report by LiveScience, had thought that Earth’s magnetic field was weakening by about five percent every hundred years. At that rate, they calculated that a flip in the Earth’s magnetic fields would not happen for around another 2,000 years. However, the new data from Swarm indicates that Earth’s magnetic field is actually currently weakening at a rate of five percent every decade instead of century. That rate is 10 times faster than the scientists had allowed for in their calculations about when the next flip would happen. That being said, we know that the Earth's magnetic field is primary protecting shield from cosmic particles and, consequently, is a primary factor to the Earth's temperature.

My Scoop is following: At the risk of being not popular here at Slashdot I dare to ask: can magnetic field changes and climate changes be connected and analyzed in concert?"

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Airport Security will not allow to have discharged electronic device. What's nex

Trachman Trachman writes  |  about 5 months ago

Trachman (3499895) writes "Latest news to the travelers flying into the US: you will discover that getting through security will become even more time-consuming and stressful. The US Transport Security Administration revealed on Sunday that enhanced security procedures on flights coming to the US now include not allowing uncharged cell phones and other devices onto planes.

Let's think about it. In the next decade some perverted heads will announce anal and vaginal devices as the next transportation threat. How far Americans are willing to go, how many liberties to lose for the sense of security."

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Raging hockey fans destroed an LAPD drone last night. How?

Trachman Trachman writes  |  about 6 months ago

Trachman (3499895) writes "Multiple videos have been posted online showing what uploaders described as hockey fans destroying a Los Angeles Police Department drone outside the Staples Center Friday night after the LA Kings won the NHLâ(TM)s Stanley Cup. Riot police were called in to break up what the LA Times described as a âoemeleeâ outside the arena following the Kingâ(TM)s victory over the New York Rangers. In one clip posted online, a drone can be seen hovering over the crowd of hockey fans before it was knocked out of the sky by people throwing shoes and clothing. The question: what was the antidrone weapon?"
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So what and how exactly "big brother" is monitoring at work

Trachman Trachman writes  |  about 9 months ago

Trachman (3499895) writes "Many of us working in corporations of medium and larger size are accustomed to periodic reminders that there is zero privacy on what employees do on their computers. There is a usual clause that incidental (infrequent) use is OK.

So what exactly is being monitored: I know that emails stay for ever, that we all know. Same with company provided chats and phone calls. I know that files on the servers monitor various "meta-data", such as when accessed, modified and deleted and keeps versions of data (every company can have different holding period).

To further narrow and scope the question, let's excluding those clear cut cases where someone is working after official warning, or complained (for whatever reason) to HR, or was specifically reported after complain.

Let's also scope out the work specific applications where the user activity is logged for audit and accountability purposes.

That leaves browser, P2P software (such as Skype), music listened over the work computer.

So the question is what are the common practices of reviewing the internet browsing and internet activities?

P.S. Once I worked within the audit team in top notch institution in, let's put it that way, not a very friendly environment and 100% of the calls were listened. My girlfriend called to tell me to share some very intimate news. I still blush when remember and realize that there were additional ears listening my telephone conversation."

Karma is a bitch - Garbage disposed years ago is interfering with the search

Trachman Trachman writes  |  about 9 months ago

Trachman (3499895) writes ""Karma is a bitch" . That is a old and well worn cliche. But Malaysia airlines flight MH370 is a reincarnation and living proof of the principle. Garbage has been thrown away years ago, had it not been disposed into the ocean it, the Indian ocean, would have been much more pristine without distracting objects in the water and the plane would have been recovered and, who knows, maybe even rescued earlier."
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Obama to call for end to NSA's bulk phone data collection, version 2.0

Trachman Trachman writes  |  about 9 months ago

Trachman (3499895) writes "While we see the reports that current administration will have other than NSA organization collecting the phone, discussion completely leaves multiple other methods of data gathering in place (text messages, internet email, as well as phone data gathered by non-NSA agencies as well as "friendly" governments who are looking for "terrorists". In fact, NSA phone data gathering process has multiple redundant alternatives.

How about reaffirming people's rights to their privacy? Will it happen in our lifetime?"

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US intelligence officials to monitor federal employees with clearances

Trachman Trachman writes  |  about 9 months ago

Trachman (3499895) writes "We are going to the next level. The people who are entrusted with the state secrets will now have be officially under automated surveillance. Sounds fair? Except that all those with the clearances have been monitored in the past albeit in less organized way. For decades employees have been taught to snitch on each other by reporting "suspicious" behavior in any self respecting organization, private or state funded. So it does not appear to illogical, in fact, quite a reasonable justifications for 5 million or so of people with clearance to completely and officially lose their privacy, right? So who knows, perhaps in ten years when federal employee tracking will be "accepted social norm", there will be a new push (under whatever the issue of the day) called "entrusted citizen and taxpayer". In order to be deemed to be trusted citizen and taxpayer one will be subjected to the scrutiny currently extended to the federal security apparatus employees. The icing of the cake is the comment made by the program leaders : “The system only works well, if it has thoughtful, educated, careful human beings behind it” . I am happy to remind that this a less romantic quote of Soviet Cheka (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%A7%D0%9A), who have described themselves as patriots with flaming heart and cold mind."
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How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive, and Destroy

Trachman Trachman writes  |  about 10 months ago

Trachman (3499895) writes "One of the many pressing and interesting stories that remains to be told from the Snowden archive is how western intelligence agencies are attempting to manipulate and control online discourse with extreme tactics of deception and reputation-destruction. It’s time to tell a chunk of that story, complete with the relevant documents.

Among the core self-identified purposes of (Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group) — JTRIG are two tactics: (1) to inject all sorts of false material onto the internet in order to destroy the reputation of its targets; and (2) to use social sciences and other techniques to manipulate online discourse and activism to generate outcomes it considers desirable.

Continued at:

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TSA wants to count your bitcoins

Trachman Trachman writes  |  about 10 months ago

Trachman (3499895) writes "Here is the nice youtube podcast at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... , where the passenger was detained because most likely TSA suspected him of the possession of physical Bitcoin coins.

Original 25 BTC coins are indeed worth approx $15,000 each now, and obviously TSA heard something about BTC, but they are clearly ill-informed about it.

If you carry a passport of the wrong nation, such as Cuba, Syria, Sudan, Algeria etc, you are then, automatically subjected for enhanced body search/pat down. It looks like there is a new "risk factor" — Bitcoin, even if it is a Bitcoin logo on your t-shirt or a Bitcoin pin.

We can only speculate on what will happen to the innocent passenger who will be the first one to bring a spent/used bitcoin: will TSA want check it?

What will happen if one prints out the bitcoin on paper and encrypts it? Will there be a requirement to report it?"

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Black hole in the layman's terms

Trachman Trachman writes  |  about 10 months ago

Trachman (3499895) writes "National Geographic in March 2014 edition has excellent article about black holes, authored by Michael Finkel. http://ngm.nationalgeographic.... . This is by far one of the best and clearest articles about the black holes, without confusing mathematical formulas or complicated concepts. One hypothesis is very logical " ... At the center of a black hole is a conundrum called a singularity". Article hypothesizes that singularity is a dimension-less point in space. "... Singularities are imagined to be extremely tiny. Beyond tiny: Enlarge a singularity a trillion trillion times, and the world’s most powerful microscope wouldn’t come close to seeing it. But something is there, at least in a mathematical sense. Something not just small but also unimaginably heavy. "

Nevertheless, black hole theories are full of contradictions (not that I am implying a lack of efforts to clarify them). For example, if photons do not have mass then how exactly mass-less photons are impacted by gravity and how come heavy objects bend light and why light cannot escape black holes?

Has anyone noticed any other logical dichotomies that beg for a clearer answer and that would, hopefully, will lead to new and ingenious experiments helping to understand the universe around us?"

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Nations Largest Cocaine Smuggler Revealed: The DEA

Trachman Trachman writes  |  about a year ago

Trachman (3499895) writes "An investigation conducted in Mexico found the American government allowed that country’s largest drug cartel, Sinaloa, to operate without fear of persecution, effectively making DEA the largest cocaine supplier in the USA, controlling 80% of the market. DEA/ATF working together have also supplied weapons to Sinaloa to reduce competition, as we remember from ATF gunwalking scandal http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ATF_gunwalking_scandal.

The business has been elevated to the next level when DEA has started working together with NSA to weed out competition by parallel construction of incriminating evidence http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parallel_construction."

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