• Arbusto commented on the blog post German Anger at US Spying Continues

    2014-07-19 11:35:18View | Delete

    While the good citizens of Germany may be outraged, I wonder if Merkel, and many in Government, consider this the cost of doing business with other countries and must show outrage to cover their pragmatic attitude to expanded and more intrusive intelligence agencies, foreign and domestic. Whether through pragmatism, fear or laziness, as practiced here in the good ol’ USofA, it seems the CIA, FBI, BND, MI5/6 and other alphabet intel agencies have gone off the reservation,with or without government approval, under the umbrella of homeland security and no one in any government seems to care about the natural result of intel illegal practices to a free and open government.

  • Holder will feel the heat of criticism, just as his boss, as he pushes the enter key for auto deposit. Hail to the 1% and the wannabes.

  • Arbusto commented on the blog post Kurds Of Iraq Ready For ‘Self-Determination’

    2014-06-24 11:11:50View | Delete

    Syria and Lebanon air forces have been attacking ISIS

  • It is truly remarkable that a President would knowingly do something to cripple his party’s election prospects that also produced zero policy results.

    As with all things Obama, this isn’t a bug, it’s a benefit, a benefit to his backers. In a hundred years, if the history isn’t expunged by the oligarchs, I wonder if Obama LLC will tie Bushco as the worst two presidents and administrations in history.

  • Arbusto commented on the blog post Come Saturday Morning: Counting Down To Solar Roadways

    2014-03-22 10:47:55View | Delete

    Living in a rural agricultural area in Sacramento county, my driving skills remain sharp, even in my dotage, as I dodge potholes in the tarmac so my tires don’t blow out or my suspension degraded even faster. I’d love this system as a side beni seems to be increased road longevity and easy(?) panel replacement.

    Hope this product works out.

  • Arbusto commented on the blog post CIA, Senate and a Constitutional Crisis (if you’ll keep it)

    2014-03-12 10:53:39View | Delete

    As Bill is wont to say: “With spectacles on nose and pouch on side;
    His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
    For his shrunk shank, and his big manly voice,
    Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
    And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
    That ends this strange eventful history,
    Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
    Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.”

    Does anyone really think this is going anywhere?

  • Arbusto commented on the blog post CIA Hacked Senate To Learn About Torture Report

    2014-03-05 11:14:46View | Delete

    With Holder as AG and Feinstein in charge of protecting the CIA and NSA, isn’t this referral a nonstarter?

  • To pick nit, why are progressives/liberals always behind the semantic power curve and the ReThugs have PhDs in its use? In this case SS is described as an entitlement, aka welfare paid by the government to the greedy, while in fact it is a benefit, repaid to the beneficiary proportionally to input. I guess with regards Dem politicians, it’s not a bug, it’s a feature.

  • What a bag of snakes. Was it CIA, ISI or some other entity that disappeared Khan. If it’s the ISI that reopens the question whether they came back under civilian control or remain outliers.

  • So if the CIA murders kills an American Citizen it’s a no no?, but if the DoD executes a Citizen by extra judicial means in or around a war zone, and based on the AUMF it’s OK? I wonder, if in pushing the legal bounds of the Constitution, AP and their reporters could be liable, either criminally or civil, for prior knowledge of a crime?

  • Arbusto commented on the diary post Introducing Facebook, Google+ Login at Firedoglake by Brian Sonenstein.

    2014-02-10 13:19:18View | Delete

    I’m with the tin hat crowd. Why does John the Baptist’s head on a silver platter pop in my head. Inquiring minds and all that.

  • Ditto. If you want inaction or an idea killed, unless of course it benefits Israel or AIPAC, Chuckles is the go to guy.

  • Arbusto commented on the blog post What You’re Watching on TV Tonight: “Sherlock”

    2014-01-19 23:31:43View | Delete

    I concur. Best Holmes ever and excellent period series. As an aside, not really, an offshoot of Doyle’s books is Carole Nelson Douglas eight book series on Irene Adler (from Doyles A Scandal in Bohemia). Real page turners.

  • Arbusto commented on the blog post NSA Using Radio Waves To Hack Into Computers

    2014-01-15 16:29:17View | Delete

    Well it is NSA double speak saying if it sucked up any conversions, meta data, email or web sites visited by on high (officials of any rank from Pres to city officials) they can’t search as it would be a breach of the law, unless ordered by a court. Since FISA, I believe, is the only court able to request such a retrieval, what mechanism is available to anyone to do a pig in a poke search?

  • Arbusto commented on the blog post NSA Using Radio Waves To Hack Into Computers

    2014-01-15 16:05:40View | Delete

    Maybe we all need a Faraday cage built around our computer area, or house better yet, and of course keep our aluminum hats.

  • Arbusto commented on the blog post NSA Using Radio Waves To Hack Into Computers

    2014-01-15 16:00:02View | Delete

    This is ready made for the FBI, DIA, DEA and CIA tool box. Just what we need, more data in an unsearchable (really?) database) for those of us above the law, or a law unto themselves.
    http://news.firedoglake.com/2014/01/15/nsa-says-it-cant-search-its-own-database-to-see-if-it-spied-on-congress/

  • Poor Obama. He hand picks a commission to deliver a predetermined investigation and preordained recommendations, only to have an Earl Warren moment and actually receive useful results. Well, just keep commissioning new commissions until you get the results you want.

  • Arbusto commented on the diary post Saudi Arabia: A Retrograde Rentier Dictatorship and Global Terrorism by GREYDOG.

    2014-01-12 11:56:07View | Delete

    eCAHN; Does it matter which country is more civilized when both the respective PTB are radical Islamists (even if the Saudi royals are wantabe Wahhabi) with a wide spread secret police and in Irans case a US equivalent of Block Watch, supplied with weapons and motor bikes or in Saudi, with 5000 Princes and hanger [...]

  • Arbusto commented on the diary post Senator to NSA: Are You Spying on Congress? by Elliott.

    2014-01-03 16:04:22View | Delete

    Has the NSA spied, or is the NSA currently spying, on members of Congress or other American elected officials?

    Gee, I wonder what the good General’s answer will be?

  • Arbusto commented on the blog post NSA Software Program Bugs iPhone

    2014-01-01 13:47:02View | Delete

    I ordered a new router for my home network on 12/27 in an effort to improve bandwidth/speed for gaming/video. I bought from Amazon with 2 day deliver I should have had it on the 31th at the latest. It didn’t ship until the 30th and will not receive until 1/2/14. I used to say BFD until I’d read that NSA/FBI intercept computer hardware and modify the bios/firmware. Not that I’m paranoid, much, but I’m going to re-install the firmware or use DD-WRT or Tomato open source firmware. After all, I am a radical progressive and viewer/participant on FDL and expect we radical citizens must be guilty of something that the Administration or NSA/FBI thinks illegal or unamerican. I might even take Jane’s route and install Ubuntu and it’s backdoor fix.

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