In order to prevent the coming caliphate, we must imitate a pseudo-monarchical Islamic state. Further confirmation of my theory that from top to bottom, what our terror warriors really suffer is the silver medalist's envy.
Obviously, the U.S. government hasn't threatened to ban Blackberry because of its commitment to privacy and freedom. So i don't think there's anything to see here. But liquids, uh, via BBM, within the city limits,uh, that ain't legal either.
I mean, there's gotta be a Blackberry hack of some sort that you can use in to get by while in the UAE. oh let us lament the overwhelming and far reaching power of government. lol
But in the end, it is governments, not private industry, that rule the airwaves and the Internet.Rule the Internet? What is he talking about? Either that's a slip of the tongue, or some of the tin foil hat people are not looking so crazy anymore.
no provider of information services is exempt from the power of the stateIt's also frightening that they're not even trying to couch shit like this in positive and/or obfuscatory terms anymore.
From the op-ed:"In the United States, telecommunications providers are generally required to provide a mechanism for such access by the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act of 1994 and related regulations issued by the Federal Communications Commission. As a general principle, information-service providers here must provide a means for federal agencies, usually the F.B.I., to view the ostensibly private data of their subscribers when lawfully ordered to do so. The F.C.C. is not, however, a national security agency: it is an independent, bipartisan commission whose members serve fixed terms."(1) Note the lament in that last sentence. What we need is a co-dependent, one-party Star Chamber whose members serve at the pleasure of the Hegemon!(2) So, yes, it's been settled law for 16 years that the FBI has access to "ostensibly" private communications data whenever they "lawfully" order it from the telecoms. But that's not enough, see!Not cited in the op-ed: any actual government officials who envy the UAE (not even a name; just a rank will do); any actual terrorists who've been caught by telco monitoring (I know there've been a few, right? give us some names); the actual reason why the UAE is banning BlackBerrys ...
Richard A. Falkenrath, a principal of the Chertoff GroupSays it all
"Cher-tofff" screams the falcon, expressing its wrath.
By, for and of the Government
We've got to imitate the wog in order to defeat them!Off-topic: I've offended some [ex?]libertarians through my slander of "the good war" at Unqualified Offerings.
9 years ago we should've just ordered 350 million sets of plastic sheeting and then all the bedwetters can sleep worry free. Would've been a lot cheaper.
The plastic sheet lobby just doesn't have the pull it once did
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