Remember The Patriot Act, Republicans (and Dems)? Remeber the small group of us jumping up and down urging caution? Remember that?
OK Freedom Caucus, it looks like a good number of you are ready to do the right thing here. Join with as many liberals as can be found on this issue and present a powerful coalition. This is supposed to be a free country.
Big Brother is sadly real.
This is not exactly a newsflash for our readers.
Yet more freedom and privacy slips away.
A review of the new Jason Bourne film which surprisingly has pro-privacy, and even more surprisingly anti-crony capitalism themes. Cool.
This might look like a mess to you and me. But for the right algorithm the data is clear as day.
It’s not just the elderly and it’s not just the Chinese.
We don’t agree with all of Senator Wyden’s positions but he is pretty darn good on most things privacy. We appreciate his protest.
The only way this sort of thing will stop is if everyday people get angry enough to make it stop. It’s death by a thousand privacy cuts. A little bit of our dignity and sovereignty taken every day.
Magnifying Glass Surveillance
If you don’t know yet, CISA, or “Patriot Act 2” was folded into the recently passed Omnibus.
This is an attempt at intimidation. The IRS has no business knowing your political affiliations. Especially in the wake of the Lois Lerner debacle at the IRS this move is just insulting. The IRS has been politicized, openly politicized by this administration, and now it is grabbing for even more power.
Seriously, whose country is this anyway?
Apparently a city councilwoman sees nothing wrong with the idea and she’s convinced some of her colleagues. She, she explains, is out to stamp out prostitution. So what if constitutional rights are violated and people’s lives are screwed up (pun intended) by such letters. Gol darnit we must use tax dollars and other resources to stamp out sex between consenting adults! This is absolutely vital to Los Angeles which with the exception of street prostitution is a deeply moral and upstanding place.
Oh cash, you are dying quickly. The machine wants you dead, and when the machine wants you dead, sooner or later you’re gonna be dead.
As we stated before, Rahm Emanuel isn’t the only one who believes that a good crisis shouldn’t be wasted. The attacks in Paris have galvanized much of Europe and as such politicians across the Continent (and here too) are trying to grab power while the climate is right. Case in point? That the EU now wants access to pretty much every bit of financial information flowing through the SWIFT system. Basically they want ultimate control over electronic transfers.
They need this information of course to “combat terrorism.”