Hey, if you find the ban on unreasonable searches and seizures problematic try to repeal it constitutionally. Don’t try to make a sneaky end run around the Constitution through the courts with lawyers. We are supposed to be a free people. If that is inconvenient then too bad. As they say freedom isn’t free. Sometimes tracking down the bad guys is going to be harder because we have the rule of law in this country. Sorry.
The order on Yahoo from the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) last year resulted from the government’s drive to change decades of interpretation of the U.S.
This is where crony capitalism gets super creepy. The surveillance state is very profitable and Taser is about to provide a “solution” to police departments which is sure to fatten the company’s bottom line. Soon software may be able to identify “people of interest” just from a feed from a police officer’s body camera.
And guess what? Even if you aren’t “of interest” you will soon be in the facial recognition database. Then imagine algorithms running over this data.
This should not happen in the United States. Period. This is a crying shame and it appears to be a blatant violation of the 4th Amendment to the Constitution. This should not be tolerated.
Good. Let’s hope the Senate doesn’t wuss out.
Remember The Sheriff of Nottingham? He lives.
Call it a finder’s fee, or a commission. What’s the big deal? So the DEA told a TSA screener that he or she could keep a cut of any cash he or she was able to sniff out? What’s wrong with that? As we know, anyone carrying a significant amount of cash is a criminal. The DEA and the TSA agent were just doing what they could to keep us safe.
How is this in any way constitutional? It’s not. Your “papers and effects” are to be secure from the state without a warrant. But some in Vermont government think such warrantless searches are just fine.
Bit by bit, freedom dims as long as we let it. It’s not law yet.
Translation: Give up your encryption and any remaining privacy of your users. Or else. On the other hand you in Silicon Valley could work even more closely with us and we will make sure government’s benevolent rays shine upon your companies. Your choice.
Kind of weird how government is going after the 1st Amendment, the 2nd Amendment, and the 4th all in one go here.
The TSA is a show. All the lines, the screenings, the taking off of shoes and belts, the snarky indifferent attitudes, the government sanctioned groping, is all nonsense. But there is now a TSA lobby which has entrenched itself and we’ll likely have to deal with it forever.
And don’t forget the radiation doses.
Of course, alternatively, you can just “fly private” and stroll across the tarmac to your plane from your car. No TSA for those with private planes.
Again, as we have said before, we DO have a 4th Amendment. We are sorry if it gets in the way of the various alphabet agencies which would like to troll through our information, (not really) but the Amendment was pretty much created to keep the government from trolling through our information. Under the Constitution I don’t see how warrantless email searches are legal.
Government agencies always want MORE power. They are in a constant quest for more turf,
This is in reference to the NSA’s “bulk data” collection program.
You’re darn right that millions of people’s rights are being violated by this program. We have a Constitution. We have a 4th Amendment. Blanket searches are not constitutional this seems pretty clear. But it stands to the power of the agency that this is even still being discussed. The program pretty clearly should be gone, finito, adios. That is if we think the Constitution and the rule of law mean anything anymore.
(From The New York Times)
The National Security Agency’s ability to spy on vast quantities of Internet traffic passing through the United States has relied on its extraordinary, decades-long partnership with a single company: the telecom giant AT&T.
While it has been long known that American telecommunications companies worked closely with the spy agency, newly disclosed N.S.A. documents show that the relationship with AT&T has been considered unique and especially productive. One document described it as “highly collaborative,” while another lauded the company’s “extreme willingness to help.”
Crony capitalism comes in many forms.