he fact is, all the defenders of the NSA, from President Obama on down, believe they have an entitlement to lie in order to defend this program. I think that should be the first question asked of these people: “Do you folks believe you have an entitlement to lie in the defense of these programs?” “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” Amendment IV
The fact is, all the defenders of the NSA, from President Obama on down, believe they have an entitlement to lie in order to defend this program. I think that should be the first question asked of these people: “Do you folks believe you have an entitlement to lie in the defense of these programs?”
“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
frankBel commented on the blog post Snowden Has Shared Encoded Copies Of NSA Files In Case Anything Happens To Him
According to James Bamford’s article in Wired, published over a year ago, the data center the NSA will be capable of handling yottabytes (10^24 characters) while storing and managing exobytes (10^18 characters). Additionally, according to Jane Mayer’s article on Thomas Drake where she quotes Matthew Aid, the author of a heralded 2009 history of the agency, stating that they’re as interested in selection as well as collection.
So let’s start with a little math: 10^18 characters divided among approximately 10 billion people leaves about 100 megabytes for every human on the planet. What in the world do they plan to do with that capacity?
Point two:- They claim that the only data they’re looking at is the metadata, which only contains contact information, and not content. But the fact remains that they’re incorporating this data into searchable databases and that they can drill down and extract content any time they wished.
Once more:- What in the world do they plan to do with that capacity?
frankBel commented on the blog post Head Of NSA Claims He Doesn’t Know “Who Wikileaks Are”
If every word from NSA spokespeople are lies, then they’re not disclosing classified information. Conversely, if they’re not disclosing classified information, then what they’re saying are lies. Therefore, if their lips are moving, they’re lying.
frankBel commented on the blog post General Clapper Appears To Have Misled Congress And Public About NSA Program
A couple of points: The NSA data-collection capabilities were “classified,” which means that while no longer “secret,” they could not be discussed in public, and thus were beyond meaningful Congressional regulation and control;
Two, while they weren’t actively data-mining, they always had the capability to drill down into the database and extract whatever specific email, conversation, or errand an investigator might want. A difficult member of Congress, for example, or other “troublesome priest.”
frankBel commented on the blog post As New York Officials Deliver Damage Estimates, Prospects for Supplemental Funding Remote
No, those storm-damaged areas won’t be abandoned. Poor people will occupy them.
frankBel commented on the blog post Durbin Outlines Democratic Approach on Grand Bargain
One budget measure I would support would be to zero out all federal money spent on any Representative’s or Senator’s Secret Service detail that touches any of the social safety net, especially Social Security, Medicare Medicaid, Food Stamps. I’ll bet that would get their attention.
frankBel commented on the blog post Americans Oppose Voucherizing Medicare But Don’t Know It Is Paul Ryan’s Plan
The only reason Republicans want to privatize Medicare and Social Security is because, unlike our military, these two programs are living examples of government programs that work well and have worked well since their start. Between the two, over a century of successful government programs.
frankBel commented on the blog post Medical Marijuana Will Likely Make the Ballot in North Dakota
What are the 17 states that have approved Medical Marijuana?
frankBel commented on the blog post Medical Marijuana Rescheduling to Go Before D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals
I couldn’t read it because the typeface color is too close to the background shade. Perhaps your webmaster should take notice.
frankBel commented on the blog post Judge Temporarily Blocks Contraceptive Mandate in Health Care Law
Paying war taxes offends my religious beliefs, but evidently, it doesn’t offend them enough to be able to warrant an exception.
frankBel commented on the diary post The First Bank Has Been Criminally Indicted for Mortgage Fraud by Cynthia Kouril.
Would exposing the regulators to Obstruction of Justice prosecutions for not issuing the referrals be a path toward getting the necessary referrals? I vaguely recall one agency shredding documents pointing to criminal activity. I’ve always maintained that this was a clear and coherent Conspiracy to Defraud involving the regulators as well as the banksters, and [...]
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The wealthiest 535 Americans are at least 100 times wealthier than the 535 Senators and Representatives that make up the U.S. Congress. Maybe 500 times wealthier, even though our Congress is populated with multi-millionaires. Any dozen could easily fund a fatal primary against any legislator, and everyone knows this. In fact, it might not be [...]
As Sparky once commented, “A promise is a Delayed-Action, Time-Released lie.”
frankBel commented on the blog post Lack of a Straightforward Defense of the Individual Mandate
I don’t understand the objection to a federal “mandate.” Wasn’t the draft a mandate, and wasn’t the draft Constitutional?
frankBel commented on the blog post Texas Invokes Constitutionality of Voting Rights Act in Support of Its Voter ID Law
The rights of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude,
The Congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
The only wiggle-room in the XV is in the word, “appropriate.” However, if I (or much of the FDL community) were in the White House, I (we) would have the DoJ indict Clarence Thomas and his wife for conspiracy to falsify government documents.
That would certainly get their attention …
No, it means we need an alternative to the “We suck less” Democratic party.
frankBel commented on the blog post Condoleeza Rice Wants a Do-Over After Destroying Iraq
… but frankly, looking back, I don’t think we thought enough about how to build the provinces and use the tribal networks once Saddam was gone,” she said.
“We got bad advice.” Well they also got good advice. James Fallows details the “good advice” they had at their fingertips in his Atlantic article, Blind into Baghdad, and later in his book by the same title. The State Department had prepared a thirteen-volume study, covering all aspects of reconstructing Iraq including political, economic, and social tasks and goals. The reason the Sate Department’s study was willfully ignored was because the Cheney/Rumsfeld/Wolfowitz architects didn’t want to provide ammunition to its anti-war opponents.
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