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03July

Prop 8 Personal Injury

The Supreme Court ruled that the sponsors of Prop. 8 didn't have standing because they hadn't been harmed by same sex marriage in California.  I think some of those sponsors and their supporters would beg to differ.  Turns out it's very difficult to prove that you've been harmed by someone else getting married.  Go figure.

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26June

Wiretapping Saves



I hope you watch the cartoon before reading this blog post, or at least take this as your spoiler alert.  While awaiting the loads of important Supreme Court rulings this week (apparently, even Supreme Court justices wait until the very last possible second to do something, just like most of us), I decided to take one more look at the Snowden story.
 
This cartoon is an extension of an earlier blog post where I thought about my own metadata and how bad it could look to an NSA snooping program.  Rather than focus on myself, howabout we look at our pal Jesus' metadata?  Doesn't look good for the ol' Son of God.  He definitely hung with the wrong crowd and did some suspicious communicating.
 
Another worry with the NSA data-vacuuming programs is that there will be so much data, it will distract from real threats discovered the old-fashioned way.  Like, say, the Russians telling you to watch out for these guys!
 
Enjoy the cartoon, and be sure to comment, share and let me know what you think.
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26June

Wiretapping Saves

I hope you watch the cartoon before reading this blog post, or at least take this as your spoiler alert.  While awaiting the loads of important Supreme Court rulings this week . . . 
 
 
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19June

FISA: Now Hiring!

 
With Edward Snowden lying low, NSA surveillance secrets dribbling out and Obama on the defensive, the government snooping story is still front and center.  And while Snuggly the Security Bear is usually my go-to-guy for this sort of work, I wanted to give him a rest this week.
 
The Obama Administration and its defenders are emphasizing the fact that all NSA surveillance is subject to judicial review and the watchful eyes of Congress.  After the recent hearings in DC, seems like our legislators are (surprise), fairly clueless about what exactly is going on.  So that leaves us with "judicial oversight," which means the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.  The more I learn about this court, the creepier it seems.
 
All hearings and rulings are secret, there is no sort of "defense" like in an open court, judges can phone in their decisions and the FISA court approved 100% of the government's surveillance requests in 2011 and 2012.  Which led me to imagine what it would be like to work as a FISA judge.  How hard is it to say "yes" all the time?
 
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19June

FISA: Now Hiring!

With Edward Snowden lying low, NSA surveillance secrets dribbling out and Obama on the defensive, the government snooping story is still front and center.  And while Snuggly the Security Bear is usually my go-to-guy for this sort of work, I wanted to give him a rest this week.
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