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Police State



Poor Eric Holder. He might have saved himself a lot of trouble by simply looking up reporter James Rosen’s phone records among the records of all Verizon customers collected by the NSA, as reported in The Guardian.

That action occurred under a FISA court order and was an expansion of phone surveillance of suspected foreign terrorists which began under the Bush administration Patriot Act.

Catherine Herridge at Fox News reports that, in March, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper denied that NSA intentionally collects data on millions of Americans.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that police may take DNA samples from anyone they arrest. Here’s a piece by Jeffery (the other) Rosen about Scalia’s dissent in favor of the fourth amendment.

Update: It’s not just your  phone calls anymore. This morning’s Washington Post reports that the government mines your internet data too.


Leader of the Bandwidth

100816bokloresGoogle and Verizon have proposed a deal that would require cable and other wired internet operators to provide equal broadband access to all customers. Wireless on, on the other hand, would be free of regulation.  Here’s a WSJ editorial (You may have to be a subscriber. When I accessed this through a Google search I got the whole editorial – at no additional charge) that says it might be the beginning of a good idea.  And here’s a Seattle Times column in favor of net neutrality for for everyone.