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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

Surprising
Topic: Miscellaneous 10:23 am EDT, Nov  2, 2013

Gregory Clark:

The surprising thing about the National Security Agency spy scandal reports oozing out of Washington is that people are surprised.

Kelly Burdick:

Is it possible that these people just weren’t paying attention?

Professor Ed Felton:

It is not surprising, then, that intelligence and law enforcement agencies often turn first to metadata. Examining metadata is generally more cost-effective than analyzing content.

September, 2003:

Section 215 is one of the surprising lightning rods of the Patriot Act, engendering more protest, lawsuits, and congressional amendments than any other.

The DOJ argued to Congress that 215 is no big deal, since grand juries could always subpoena private records in the past.

To be sure, the ACLU is doing a bit of fearmongering when it says the DOJ can rifle through your records if they don't like what you're reading. If you're a U.S. citizen and not otherwise suspicious, you're probably safe, so long as all you do is read.

DOJ: 2007 - from A Review of the FBI's Use of Section 215 Orders (emphasis mine)

This standard, referred to as the relevance standard, permits the FBI to seek information concerning persons not necessarily under investigation but who are connected in some way to a person or entity under investigation...

As part of this review, Congress directed the OIG to identify "any noteworthy facts or circumstances concerning the use of business records requests, including any illegal or improper use of the authority..."

In the second instance of improper use, the FBI inadvertently collected certain telephone numbers pursuant to a pen register/trap and trace order because the telephone company did not advise the FBI that the target had discontinued using the telephone line until several weeks after the fact. The FBI identified the improperly collected information, removed it from its databases, and provided it to OIPR.

DOJ: 2013

Unlike ordinary criminal investigations, the sort of national security investigations with which Section 215 is concerned often have a remarkable breadth—spanning long periods of time, multiple geographic regions, and numerous individuals, whose identities are often unknown to the intelligence community at the outset. The investigative tools needed to combat th... [ Read More (0.5k in body) ]


We Are All Foreign Nationals — Even Orin Kerr : Just Security
Topic: Miscellaneous 7:59 pm EDT, Nov  1, 2013

In short, there’s a reason Article 17 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights says “No one shall be subjected to arbitrary or unlawful interference with his privacy.”  It doesn’t say “no citizen.”  It says “no one.”  We need to do a lot of work if we are to begin to honor that commitment.

We Are All Foreign Nationals — Even Orin Kerr : Just Security


How Edward Snowden Escalated Cyber War - Newsweek
Topic: Miscellaneous 4:52 pm EDT, Nov  1, 2013

"Certainly no one cares anymore about our whining about Chinese espionage. The time we had for making the case on that is long gone. Internationally, I don't see how we recover.''

This article argues that Snowden's focus on International espionage has undermined diplomatic efforts to address Chinese spying. The unstated subtext is that the Snowden affair might be a response to Mandiant's APT1 report.

How Edward Snowden Escalated Cyber War - Newsweek


My letter to my Senators regarding the FISA Improvements Act
Topic: Miscellaneous 10:33 am EDT, Nov  1, 2013

Mr Senator, I am writing to urge you not to support the FISA Improvements Act that recently cleared the Senate Intelligence Committee. The text of the Act would authorize the bulk collection of Internet meta-data, and not just phone records. Internet meta-data does not just record who I have talked to, it also records what web sites I have visited. This sort of meta-data is not normally stored by Internet Service Providers for extended lengths of time and doing so would be a significant change. People do much of their consumption of news and information via the Internet today. If the government begins keeping records of everything that everyone is reading, this will have negative consequences down the road.

Respectfully, Tom Cross


Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s New NSA Bill Will Codify and Extend Mass Surveillance of Americans | Electronic Frontier Foundation
Topic: Miscellaneous 10:32 am EDT, Nov  1, 2013

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee and one of the NSA’s biggest defenders, released what she calls an NSA “reform” bill today.

Don’t be fooled: the bill codifies some of the NSA’s worst practices, would be a huge setback for everyone’s privacy, and it would permanently entrench the NSA’s collection of every phone record held by U.S. telecoms. We urge members of Congress to oppose it.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s New NSA Bill Will Codify and Extend Mass Surveillance of Americans | Electronic Frontier Foundation


New FAA PED Regulations are being misreported by the press
Topic: Miscellaneous 12:56 pm EDT, Oct 31, 2013

The new FAA guidelines regarding PEDs are an improvement, but unfortunately they are being misreported by the press.

The actual guideline is that PEDs can be left on in good visibility conditions, but pilots can ask people to shut them off in fly-by-instrument situations when electromagnetic interference could be catastrophic. Under the circumstances thats a good balance as reported incidents of interference are rare, but unfortunately most of the news media reports aren't mentioning that detail, and are instead spewing technically inaccurate nonsense about airplanes being impervious to interference, thus setting the stage for inevitable arguments from passengers in the future when people are asked to turn PEDs off on a rainy day.

Here is what the FAA's FAQ about the new reg says. (You can read the whole FAQ by clicking through the link below.)

At certain times — for example, a landing in reduced visibility — the Captain may tell passengers to turn off their devices to make absolutely sure they don't interfere with onboard communications and navigation equipment.

A few relevant facts:

1. All electronic devices emit electromagnetic fields. All. Even if they don't have a transmitter or the transmitter is off or the thing is in "airplane mode." There are other emissions at other frequencies. Digital electronics emit powerfully at their clock cycle frequency, for example.

2. Interference between a device and an airplane is some combination of the device malfunctioning and the airplane shielding being damaged. Both of these things can occur as devices and airplanes age, but the perfect combination is rare, which means that most of the time most devices don't interfere. This is why the plane didn't crash that time you left your device on accidentally.

3. It does not follow from that fact that your device didn't cause that plane to crash that time you accidentally left it on that no device could ever cause any plane to crash under any circumstances.

New FAA PED Regulations are being misreported by the press


Excerpts of Rumsfeld Testimony (washingtonpost.com)
Topic: Miscellaneous 5:42 pm EDT, Oct 29, 2013

We're functioning in a - with peacetime restraints, with legal requirements in a wartime situation, in the information age, where people are running around with digital cameras and taking these unbelievable photographs and then passing them off, against the law, to the media, to our surprise, when they had not even arrived in the Pentagon.

Abu Ghraib

Excerpts of Rumsfeld Testimony (washingtonpost.com)


SUPPLEMENTAL DECLARATION OF PROFESSOR EDWARD W. FELTEN (PDF)
Topic: Miscellaneous 11:06 pm EDT, Oct 28, 2013

Ed Felton's clear evisceration of the government's claims about the necessity of the NSA meta-data program is an example of the reason I like the judicial process - it enables a discussion of issues in a forum where there isn't as much room for bullshit as there is in the legislature.

SUPPLEMENTAL DECLARATION OF PROFESSOR EDWARD W. FELTEN (PDF)


Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall: Anna Funder
Topic: Miscellaneous 4:47 pm EDT, Oct 28, 2013

After a recent visit to Berlin, I picked up a copy of Stasiland by Anna Funder as a way of understanding the places I had just visited, and because understanding the Stasi may be a guide to thinking about the possible scenarios that could unfold over time as a result of domestic telecommunications surveillance in the United States. Funder travels through East Germany and interviews people who were part of the Stasi or who were victims of the GDR regime.

There were a few key themes that emerge from the book that are worth considering.

Partisans are dangerous. One of the people Funder interviews is the a former propagandist for the GDR regime, who still clung to his views about communism after the fall of the wall. His rationalizations were immediately familiar to me. I see them every day in Facebook memes and political oped pieces in newspapers.

The partisan starts with his conclusion, and weaves together a narrative by emphasizing facts that support the desired conclusion and ignoring or minimizing facts that complicate it. The worst part about partisans is that they are rarely self-aware of the abuse they are doing to the truth in weaving those narratives. They have a total emotional commitment to the conclusion they want to reach and they see the facts as just supporting structures that reenforce their position.

Its very easy for a person like this to see opposing points of view as epitomizing evil - literally a threat to everything that is good and decent. This is what happened in the GDR. Communist partisans were put in power by the Russians. They truly believed a warped version of reality - that people with other points of view were dangerous and evil. Those points of view were not suppressed directly - the GDR had multiple political parties and elections - they were subverted covertly. Networks of powerful people worked together to create bad consequences for those who stepped out of line or who held the wrong views. People were denied career opportunities or were more likely to find themselves in prison if they weren't of the right mind.

Some of this happens in America today. Partisans who own businesses hire likeminded employees. Various voter suppression efforts are engaged in - pamphlets giving the wrong election day are distributed in neighborhoods with particular political persuasions, the allocation of voting machines to different communities and the drawing of electoral districts biases results in favor of particular interests.

One difference is that in the GDR the state security establishment was responsible for pursuing this domestically through the use of surveillance and lots of funding was provided in order to enable it. In America we have many different kinds of partisans and control of the government is mixed between them and shifts back and forth. This prevents a significant effort by one faction to use the security apparatus of the state of maintain their power. However, it... [ Read More (0.4k in body) ]

Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall: Anna Funder


Congressional oversight of the NSA is a joke. I should know, I'm in Congress | Alan Grayson | Comment is free | theguardian.com
Topic: Miscellaneous 8:29 pm EDT, Oct 26, 2013

Members of Congress do not trust that the House Intelligence Committee is providing the necessary oversight.

I've requested classified information, and further meetings with NSA officials. The House Intelligence Committee has refused to provide either. Supporters of the NSA's vast ubiquitous domestic spying operation assure the public that members of Congress can be briefed on these activities whenever they want. Senator Saxby Chambliss says all a member of Congress needs to do is ask for information, and he'll get it. Well I did ask, and the House Intelligence Committee said "no", repeatedly. And virtually every other member not on the Intelligence Committee gets the same treatment.

Congressional oversight of the NSA is a joke. I should know, I'm in Congress | Alan Grayson | Comment is free | theguardian.com


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