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Comment: Re:And no one will go to jail (Score 1) 191

Imagine a government agency that knows which members of congress are pedophiles and let's say that that agency possesses data that proves such activity.
Now imagine that government agency's top dog lies to congress.

If you can imagine what happens next, please let us know.

Comment: Re:And no one will go to jail (Score 1) 191

U.S. Constitution - Article 3 Section 3
"Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court."

Is the CIA not an organization of war?
As such, are the tools and methods of the CIA not tools and methods of levying war?
Did the CIA not just admit to using those tools and methods of levying war against this country's government?
Then did the CIA not levy war against our own country by using the tools and methods of levying war against us?

Comment: Re:n/t (Score 1) 278

by Libertarian_Geek (#47474347) Attached to: The debate over climate change is..

The science is undebatable. Politicians and idiots are the only ones debating, but I guess that is redundant.

Please tell me that your being intentionally ironic with: "the science is undebatable".

Here are some more:
The math is incalculable.
The geometry is unmeasurable.
The philosophy is unfathomable.

The point at which any scientific study, especially one concerning complex systems with so many variables, is deemed "undebatable" by the masses is the point that politics have beat that area of study into submission and is a sad day indeed.

This is the point where replies (in subtext) compare me to holocost deniers by jumping to a conclusion and claiming that I'm a "climate change denier" for pointing out that science is not science without debate.

Comment: Re:don't drive with nobody in it? (Score 1) 435

by Libertarian_Geek (#47468147) Attached to: FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

How about stop trying to place restrictions on things just because they could be abused. We're supposed to be 'the land of the free,' for fuck's sake. This is just embarrassing.

Some of us have been saying this type of thing for a large portion of our lives.

Comment: Re:The Roman Empire? (Score 1) 348

by Libertarian_Geek (#47103083) Attached to: Why Snowden Did Right

Snowden would be a hero in my mind if he'd stopped at just revealing the illegal spying the NSA was doing on US citizens, but he went farther than that. He revealed a lot of the things the NSA does to spy on foreign powers. That is their job and I expect them to do it, and I do not expect a citizen of the US to reveal our sources and methods of intelligence gathering. I don't think he's an evil person but I do think he went too far.

4 Items in play.
The leak
The value (to protecting the US and the state of our constitutional/democratic republic) of the leak.
The cost (to protecting the US and the state of our constitutional/democratic republic) of the leak.
The effort and time to redact or to personally edit the material to improve the value or at least reduce the cost.

The value seems to be so much greater than the cost, I'm not sure if the effort that you suggest is warranted.

Comment: The Surveillance Singularity (Score 1) 284

I predict the "Surveillance Singularity" is near.

That will happen when the party in office reaches the capability to completely manipulate opponents, the media and citizens through intel gained via NSA surveillance tools like PRISM. At that point, the last party shift will occur at the presidency, then congress and the supreme court will align to whichever party holds that office.

Sad times are ahead if we cannot change this road before us.

Comment: Re:Parabellum (Score 1) 212

Hmmm. What message are they giving here? Parabellum, n Definition: a type of semiautomatic pistol or machine-gun; also called Luger, also written parabellum Etymology: Latin 'for war'

Wow... where to start...
Semi-auto machine gun. Semi-auto is one shot per trigger pull. Machine guns are capable of full-auto fire. Semi-autos are not.

No, Parabellum isn't a pistol of any sort. There's a pistol cartridge (9x19, 9mm Luger) that's also known as 9mm Parabellum. It's extremely common around the world.
Yes, parabellum is Latin. But the word pre-dated its use in ammunition. Obviously.
"bellum" is latin for war.
Antebellum (as in after the war) and Parabellum (as in "with" or "in a war").

The connections that you so poorly tried to establish are as bad as the guys that are trying to say that because the Nazi's used 9mm Parabellum in WWII, that this is a link between the GOP and Nazis. Either way, it's just bad politics when people try to make up any type of a connection imaginable to discredit the other team.
Before you try and guess, no, I'm not a fan of the GOP. I'm also not a fan of people adding mud to the murky waters of political debate.
Now, can't we drop the silly little kids games and the forget the my-team vs your-team while real issues get discussed?

Nobody's gonna believe that computers are intelligent until they start coming in late and lying about it.