Archive for June, 2013

soft totalitarianism : self-censorship and acceptance of corporate surveillance

soft totalitarianism : self-censorship and acceptance of corporate surveillance

by Patrick Devlin The revelation from one of the world’s few remaining independent press organizations, the Associated Press, that, subsequent to the federal government’s attempt to criminalize the act of reportage, its traditional sources regarding governmental wrong doing (or just plain government doing) are choosing to keep mum should be of no surprise to the AP, and also to us, the citizenry. When confronted with the specter of rulers who make the game up as they go along their merry way committing both immoral and illegal acts (and also, immoral illegal acts) who then claim that they have self-created authority […]

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FBI use of unmanned drones constrained by unwritten rules

FBI use of unmanned drones constrained by unwritten rules

by Patrick Devlin The Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Robert Mueller, told the Senate Judiciary Committee that the FBI owns and operates unmanned surveillance drones that have been used by the agency for surveillance purposes. Mueller, responding to a question asked by Iowa senator Chuck Grassley, advised the committee that the FBI surveillance drones have been used in surveillance operations on American soil. Mueller, in an attempt to assuage the concerns of the congressional overseers, assured that the FBI’s use of unmanned surveillance drones to spy on Americans was “very seldom” and only in “particular instances.” Mueller further […]

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reprise : verbatim 36.4

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Mueller leaks confirmation of leak investigation

The head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation said today that the Department of Justice has “an on-going investigation” into the disclosure of protected information regarding the spying activities of the National Security Administration. Information published last week by the Guardian UK revealed that the NSA has been collecting and storing billions of digital communications, from phone conversations and email communications to social networking postings and the records of private commercial transactions for at least ten years. Mueller told members of the House Judiciary Committee that the DOJ is “taking all necessary steps to hold the person responsible for these […]

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gots to choose…apple, google or NSA ‘cloud computing’?

gots to choose…apple, google or NSA ‘cloud computing’?

by Patrick Devlin Every time I have recently attempted to update my apple internet phone software I have been offered to accept a free-of-charge service by that same wonderful company (which appears to have the capacity to know exactly what types of products me and mrs.acmerecords want desperately to purchase to define our personal natures by) : to have a cloud named after me, where all of my ideas and schemes and dreams (as revealed in the haphazard and unfocused and advertising driven and mostly out of either sheer boredom or out of shameless consumerist instincts google.industrial.complex searches that I […]

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them sparkleponypoopmunchers will just have to get used to the ‘trade offs’

them sparkleponypoopmunchers will just have to get used to the ‘trade offs’

by Patrick Devlin >> ahhh..the inexplicablity to regular dullards of the complex nature of constitutional protections that have no meaning or application “if you only knew what we know and how much we are protecting y’all” its just those plain ‘ol super human thought processes only accessible to the humans.who.used.to.be.partisan.hacks but now are super.humans because lesser party hacks voted for them gwbush : “I asked the White House counsel’s office and the Justice Department to study whether I could authorize the NSA to monitor al Qaeda communications into and out of the country without FISA warrants…Both told me I could. […]

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