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"I don't think the report is true, but these crises work for those who want to make fights between people." Kulam Dastagir, 28, a bird seller in Afghanistan

Ex-NSA chief jokes about putting Edward Snowden on kill list - The Hill's Hillicon Valley
Topic: Miscellaneous 11:25 am EDT, Oct  3, 2013

"I must admit, in my darker moment over the past several months, I'd also thought of nominating Mr. Snowden, but it was for a different list," Hayden said during a panel discussion on cybersecurity hosted by The Washington Post. 

The audience laughed, and Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee who was also on the panel, responded, "I can help you with that." 

Ex-NSA chief jokes about putting Edward Snowden on kill list - The Hill's Hillicon Valley


Seymour Hersh on Obama, NSA and the 'pathetic' American media | Media | theguardian.com
Topic: Miscellaneous 4:33 am EDT, Sep 29, 2013

The Obama administration lies systematically, he claims, yet none of the leviathans of American media, the TV networks or big print titles, challenge him.

"It's pathetic, they are more than obsequious, they are afraid to pick on this guy [Obama]," he declares in an interview with the Guardian.

Seymour Hersh on Obama, NSA and the 'pathetic' American media | Media | theguardian.com


The Importance of Voting
Topic: Miscellaneous 10:06 am EDT, Sep 22, 2013

Every year I give late night remarks at Phreaknic in Nashville, TN, usually about politics and civil liberties. As this convention is also a party, the tradition has evolved into a "drunken rant" in which I'm expected to be intoxicated and people actually bring alcohol for me to drink while I'm speaking. While it makes for good fun, by the end of the talk I'm usually not so good at answering questions that people have. Thinking back on last nights remarks, there are a couple of questions that I think I could have responded to more clearly.

First, Hardwarez asked me why I didn't vote for Romney. I prattled off something about "47%" but it wasn't a good answer to his question.

By 2012 it was clear that Obama hadn't done much to support civil liberties while in office, in spite of all of the statements that he had made over the years to the contrary. He did visibly order the military to stop torturing detainees. Furthermore, based on the information that was available at the time of the election, I thought that Obama had at least not continued to engage in the same sins that the Bush administration had engaged in. This wasn't enough to make me a big Obama fan, but on the balance he appeared to be a better friend to civil liberties that Romney.

Romney has called for suspicionless surveillance of muslims, on account of their religion, as well as foreign exchange students. He explicitly endorsed illegal wiretapping by the Bush Administration. His campaign privately planned to reverse the one useful thing that Obama had accomplished - they planned to rescind the prohibition on torture. Furthermore, they also announced that they would increase enforcement of obscenity laws.

As someone who is concerned about civil liberties, Romney's campaign was not attractive.

Now, in light of what Edward Snowden has revealed, it is clear that my reasons for support Obama in 2012 have largely been invalidated. Obama has actually committed at least two of the three civil liberties sins that I accused Bush of committing in the blog post that I wrote prior to the 2012 election. He has engaged in illegal surveillance and promoted expansive interpretations of the PATRIOT Act that stretch it to the breaking point. Whats worse, he did these things in spite of having campaigned on the idea that he was a friend of civil liberties. At least with Romney, you knew what you were going to get.

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NSA's biggest nightmare: Kids of tomorrow - chicagotribune.com
Topic: Miscellaneous 8:44 pm EDT, Sep 15, 2013

To Generation Z's eyes, the boomers and their institutions look like parasitic aliens with incomprehensible values who make irrational demands for absolute loyalty without reciprocity. Worse, the foundational mythology and ideals of the United States will look like a bitter joke, a fun house mirror's distorted reflection of the reality they live with from day to day.

NSA's biggest nightmare: Kids of tomorrow - chicagotribune.com


The NSA’s work to make crypto worse and better | Ars Technica
Topic: Miscellaneous 10:59 am EDT, Sep  6, 2013

Neither The Guardian nor the New York Times is specific about exactly which spec was weakened by the NSA, but it's widely believed to be one called Special Publication 800-90.

The NSA’s work to make crypto worse and better | Ars Technica


ACLU v. Clapper Amicus Brief | Electronic Frontier Foundation
Topic: Miscellaneous 10:30 pm EDT, Sep  4, 2013

Sensenbrenner quoting Scalia: "Congress does not hide elephants in mouse holes."

ACLU v. Clapper Amicus Brief | Electronic Frontier Foundation


Episode 77- Malware and hacking techniques used in Syria | The Loopcast
Topic: Miscellaneous 4:00 pm EDT, Aug 30, 2013

Eva (@evacide) discusses the malware and hacking techniques used in Syria.

Episode 77- Malware and hacking techniques used in Syria | The Loopcast


Kim Jong-un's ex-lover 'executed by firing squad' - Telegraph
Topic: Miscellaneous 11:35 am EDT, Aug 29, 2013

Hyon Song-wol, a singer, rumoured to be a former lover of the North Korean leader, is said to have been arrested on Aug 17 with 11 others for violating laws against pornography.

All 12 were machine-gunned three days later, with other members of North Korea's most famous pop groups and their immediate families forced to watch. The onlookers were then sent to prison camps, victims of the regime's assumption of guilt by association, the reports stated.

Kim Jong-un's ex-lover 'executed by firing squad' - Telegraph


Obama's Syria Bluff Has Been Called - Forbes
Topic: Miscellaneous 1:44 pm EDT, Aug 27, 2013

By George Friedman, Founder and Chairman of Stratfor, a geopolitical intelligence firm

Obama's Syria Bluff Has Been Called - Forbes


My Dinner With NSA Director Keith Alexander - Forbes
Topic: Miscellaneous 3:09 pm EDT, Aug 22, 2013

I think Gen. Alexander believes that history is made by great individuals standing against evil.  I believe that brave people can make a difference, but that larger inexorable forces are often more important: history, economics, political and social systems, the environment. So I believe that power corrupts and that good people will do bad things when a system is poorly designed, no matter how well-intentioned they may be.

My Dinner With NSA Director Keith Alexander - Forbes


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