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Judge Allows L.A. Cops To Keep License Plate Reader Data Secret

symbolic Re:Good (108 comments)

I personally think you've missed the point. The point is that the cops shouldn't tagging *anyone* unless they are currently under investigation. If the cops happen to get a false hit, that data should be expunged *immediately* - immediately in the sense that they never even get to see it, because there is no reason they need it.

about 2 months ago
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850 Billion NSA Surveillance Records Searchable By Domestic Law Enforcement

symbolic Re:admission of guilt? (207 comments)

Why do we accept this argument that they must have and abuse the haystack so that they can find the needle? It was discredited the day that it became known. Now what we have is a completely corruption of our justice system.

about 2 months ago
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Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data

symbolic Re:Same lie, two people, different outcome (560 comments)

This is absolutely a plausible scenario. Just because someone has an encrypted partition (or two, or three, etc), does not, without exception, mean that these partitions are accessible. A forgotten key is not beyond the scope of reasonableness.

about 4 months ago
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Vodafone Reveals Warrantless Wiretapping

symbolic Re:A number of countries?? Say it ain't so! (73 comments)

Actually, I'm not so sure this is related to searching so much as the Third-Party Doctrine, which was created by the Supreme Court as part of a ruling in a drug case. It needs to be abolished. There is practically little we can do in our day-to-day lives that does not require interaction with a third party, and this will almost always leave some kind of data trail. Third party or not, the government should have no access to this information, and no reason to acquire it, unless a person is a legitimate suspect in an ongoing investigation.

about 5 months ago
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NSA Confirms It Has Been Searching US Citizens' Data Without a Warrant

symbolic Re:Free To Do What We Tell You (274 comments)

> We have no representation in congress,

That is our own fault. As long as we continue treating candidates like items on a fast food menu, nothing will change. Voters need to get involved during the primaries, and select and support candidates who are not there to perpetuate the status quo. Business as usual is *all* you're going to get from seasoned, incumbent, and party-endorsed candidates, especially those on the national level.

about 7 months ago
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L.A. Police: All Cars In L.A. Are Under Investigation

symbolic Re:No expectation of privacy (405 comments)

> A police officer

Bingo. The fact that an actual human resource was required in order for this happen made it so that police departments *had* to be extremely judicious with how they allocated these resources. These built-in constraints forced departments into to maintaining a lawful and constitutional approach to searching. This is the same standard that *ought* to be applied to new technology - merely being able to accomplish the same thing much faster does not in any way diminish constitutional relevance.

about 7 months ago
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Spinoffs From Spyland: How Some NSA Technology Is Making Its Way Into Industry

symbolic Licensing? (44 comments)

Why should the government be licensing anything (the NSA no less)? It is not a commercial enterprise. Furthermore, it seems like the "technologies" at stake would be those that facilitate the kinds of illegal and unconstitutional activities that have been going on, unchecked, until Snowden exposed them.

about 6 months ago
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Obama Nominates Vice Admiral Michael Rogers New NSA Chief

symbolic Re:The only acceptable solution... (138 comments)

What exactly would stop Congress from doing this (other than a lazy electorate that doesn't care enough to make it an issue)?

about 9 months ago
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DOJ Announces New Methods For Reporting National Security Requests

symbolic Re:Normalization of the Police State (117 comments)

Are we really that completely helpless? All of this was perpetrated by, and maintained by *congress*. It can easily be fixed by congress. Little will change, however, if we do not step up and hold our elected representatives accountable, by first and foremost, ensuring that the *right* people are serving in office. And by "serving" I do not mean "self-serving," which seems to be standard fare these days.

about 9 months ago
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RNC Calls For Halt To Unconstitutional Surveillance

symbolic Re:That's not what I see. (523 comments)

It should be noted that this comes from the same Old Testament they conveniently ignore day in and day out.

about 9 months ago
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Senator Dianne Feinstein: NSA Metadata Program Here To Stay

symbolic Re:Well, at least they are honest (510 comments)

Funny thing - if you read the wikipedia page that covers the NSA, it's mind boggling how much money has been poured into that agency, and what little return we've seen on that investment. The headqurters look like someone's science fiction wet dream.

Feinstein recently commented something to the effect that the reason they collect all this information is because "immediacy is imperative" in order to foil terrorist plots. It's a hilarious statement, because it's something her little pet agency has yet to do. That being the case, how could she possibly know this? Her reasoning defies everything we've ever seen with respect to information and terrorism.

about 9 months ago
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Indiana State Police Acknowledge Use of Cell Phone Tracking Device

symbolic Re:My Question is (155 comments)

> Bureaucratic overreach is hardly confined to the Federal government, and often occurs in conjunction with it.

Especially if it's funded *by* the federal government. It wouldn't come as a bit of a surprise if the acquisition of this Stingray device was funded by one of many federal grants the the national government has been handing out in an effort to militarize local law enforcement agencies.

about 10 months ago
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NSA Head Asks How To Spy Without Collecting Metadata

symbolic It's like asking, "What is due process?" (509 comments)

Seriously - for the entire history of this country, we've had laws that say, "first you suspect someone of committing, or conspiring to commit a crime, THEN you spy on them." What's not to understand?

about 10 months ago
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Tor Now Comes In a Box

symbolic Re:Wow Black helecopter syndrom (150 comments)

It might also behoove us to remember that much of this spying is done by *third-party contractors*. This means that it's not only the government with access to this information, hired hands as well. God only knows where the information might end up.

about a year ago
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Microsoft Reportedly Seeks To Put Windows Phone On Android Devices

symbolic Re:how about them... (182 comments)

> So what about Apple kept them from screwing up as bad as M$?

Two things:

"Shiny" and "Marketing"

1 year,16 days
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In Praise of Micromanagement

symbolic Is this the next fad? (136 comments)

Micromanagement is every bit as good as open space.

1 year,19 days
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US Lawmakers Want Sanctions On Any Country Taking In Snowden

symbolic Re:Naming Names (650 comments)

I don't see how it is possible to make any conclusion with respect to whether or not we have a say in matters, UNTIL we actually say something. By this, I mean that a large number of voters stop feeling sorry for themselves, take a serious look a candidates that do not receive corporate funding, and then VOTE for them.

After this, it is incumbent on the electorate to monitor the performance of their new representative - if the key issue is not being addressed, recall them.

about a year ago
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Lincoln's Surveillance State

symbolic Re:Except, in that case there was an actual war (343 comments)

Unfortunately it has become a bit more complex than that because the definition of terrorism keeps changing. For example, in Maury County, Tennessee, Sherwin Smith, a deputy director for the state's Department of Environment and Conservation told a group of residents that complaints about water quality that department deemed unsubstantiated, could be considered an act of terrorism. Protesting something like the XL Pipeline? Terrorism.

about a year ago
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Teenage League of Legends Player Jailed For Months For Facebook Joke

symbolic Re:So much for... (743 comments)

There's a legal term for this: due process.

about a year ago
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Google Files First Amendment Challenge Against FISA Gag Order

symbolic Re:Still Hypocritical (163 comments)

I think this is exactly what Google is afraid of.

about a year ago

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