Pundits Quick to Blame Snowden for Paris Attacks

If the aftermath of 9/11 taught us anything, it is that centralized governments slouching toward totalitarianism never let a crisis go to waste. And, in a corollary, citizens are far more credulous and trusting when they have just experienced a trauma. So, in the wake of the Paris attacks, it doesn’t surprise me at all that the intelligence community is calling for ever more lenient restrictions on their data collection and powers. And people are giving it to them. In fact, the intelligence Read more […]

Obama Doesn’t Want to Punish Whistleblowers?

In a recent speech regarding a $16 billion shot in the arm to the VA, Obama recently had these words to say about whistleblowers: If you blow the whistle, you should be thanked. You should be protected for doing the right thing. You shouldn’t be ignored and you certainly shouldn’t be punished. Great words. I guess. I don’t really know who he’s talking about as such. The Inspector General? It’s his job to make sure that bureaucracies are operating on the up and up. He’s not a whistleblower Read more […]

White House: We’ll Be Dealing with Snowden “Fallout” for Decades

Michael Daniel, the White House Cyber Chief, spoke recently to some Navy Academy midshipmen about the horrible consequences of Edward Snowden’s whistleblowing revelations. In Daniel’s own words: Make no mistake: We are going to be dealing with the fallout from that for all of your careers, and the impact that has had on our national security will reverberate for decades. You at least have to hand it to the guy—he does have a flair for drama. But what is he talking about? I honestly don’t Read more […]

US Falls to 46th in the World for Freedom of the Press

Paris-based organization Reporters Without Borders produces a list of which countries in the world they think enjoy the most and least freedom of the press. Given the fact that the US has enshrined freedom of the press in the First Amendment, it would make sense if we were near the top every year. But we’ve been sliding down the list precipitously. This year, we slid down twelve places to 46th, mostly because of the pending investigations that have hounded whistleblowers like Edward Snowden. Read more […]

Edward Snowden and the Difference Between Pirates and Privateers

Pirates and privateers engage in the exact same kinds of actions. In fact, the only difference between a pirate and a privateer is which side you’re on and which side is defining the law. Wikipedia points out the nice difference between the two: “The actual work of a pirate and a privateer is generally the same (raiding and plundering ships); it is, therefore, the authorization and perceived legality of the actions that form the distinction.” So, by analogy, is Edward Snowden a pirate or Read more […]

NSA Intercepting Computer Shipments to Implant Spyware

Oh, the NSA. What a pack of ghouls they have become. Among their myriad shady dealings, a recently revealed/purported practice should give all of us even further pause. In fact, you might just want to hit the stop button. The NSA is apparently intercepting shipments of computers and electronic devices and implanting surveillance hardware and spying malware before these devices reach their consumer destinations. I imagine the NSA would claim that the computers and devices they pre-tap are being Read more […]

NSA Collecting Information on Americans’ Porn Habits

The NSA is utilizing its extensive surveillance network and mind-boggling technological resources to collect data on your porn habits. It should probably go without saying that I don’t think you should have any porn habits. But if you do have any, the NSA knows about them. Aside from the fact that the NSA collects anything and everything at all, why would they want to find out about the porn usage of regular U.S. citizens? They have their reasons. One of the documents (dated October 2012) leaked Read more […]

NSA Admits Snowden Didn’t Need To Be Clever To Steal Secrets About Stealing Secrets

The NSA and their political allies have been making angry faces and expressing self-righteous indignation that Edward Snowden dared to search and find the spy agency’s private information and share it with the world. Obviously a moral person only steals secrets from other people, not the NSA. One of the mantras of this affair is that we are all safer with the NSA spying on us because they are only trying to protect us and they don’t abuse the information they have on us. Obviously, all unconstitutional Read more […]

Tech CEO’s Were Forced By Threats To Comply With NSA

The CEOs Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook) and Marissa Mayer (Yahoo!) are defending themselves for collaborating with the NSA spies. When I first saw the story yesterday morning, it read: “Yahoo CEO Mayer: We Faced Jail If We Revealed NSA Surveillance Secrets.” Now the headline has change to something much less dramatic and puts a different emphasis on the story, though it still mentions the threat of incarceration. But others are still reporting in full. Fox News: “Yahoo chief Marissa Mayer said Read more […]

Why Nitwits Defy Authority While You Obey The Speed Limit

Andrew Bacevich has an interesting editorial, “Are Manning and Snowden patriots? That depends on what we do next.” I find Bacevich too much of a statist though I often thinks he shows wisdom when probing US foreign policy. Others may disagree with his analysis of US power. But on the day that Bradley Manning has been sentenced to thirty-five years in prison, it is interesting to consider his personal character along with that of Snowden and others. Even Conservatives who think Manning was Read more […]

Why Obama Hates Russia (It’s Not About “Gay Rights”)

On Jay Leno, the President tried to give the impression that it was all about “gay rights”: “Obama told Leno that he was disappointed in Russian officials’ decision to grant temporary asylum to Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked U.S. secrets. Nor did he bite his tongue when asked about Russia’s crackdown on its gay community with a new law banning ‘propaganda’ regarding ‘nontraditional sexual relations.’ ‘I’ve been very clear that when … you Read more […]

What We’re Reading August 5, 2013

What We’re Reading August 5, 2013 We hope you’re having a great day wherever you are and that the news we dig up for you this morning helps you navigate the day more efficiently! It’s a busy world out there, and you don’t have a ton of free time to be doing Internet searches for the most important items of the day… lucky for you, we do. We drink gallons of coffee in an effort to stay awake long enough to scour the far reaches of the world wide web in an effort to bring you the most important, Read more […]