Every foiled plot I've heard about at any depth (not mainstream media) has been some kind of entrapment scheme setup by the FBI. Some of which I don't oppose, because it is good that the bomb dealers you do find are likely undercover agents but they've often been going too far in the ones cited as great successes. We have morons who lock themselves out of their faulty car bombs or can't set their crotch bomb off or can't even blow off their own leg with the tiny amount of explosive in their shoe that continue slip past Big Brother.
That is an even worse solution. It is NOT a partnership when one party bribes the other to not do their job. Exclusive contractors may get great monopoly deals but it is easy to find who to blame and a competent media and citizenry have a better chance at keeping things legit. When you distribute the contractors as "partners" and have them collude with each other to corrupt the process it is much harder to debug and to regulate it.
Remember, government overhead cost $ but so does the profit overhead of efficient contractors. Having the government do it with occasional small minor contractors will be more effective. If your gov is so bad this process fails or is costly it won't be any better at handling the 3rd parties. At least politicians become directly responsible when they are doing it; which is yet another reason they love to outsource their responsibilities because it mitigates the risk to their career. In addition the contractors have incentive to bribe the politicians who have an incentive to take the bribes. Punishment is uncommon and not severe enough.
So you have incentives by medium to large private parties, the media they advertize with or own, and the corrupt or risk adverse politicians. It is no wonder why the public thinks the government can't do anything, all the propaganda has been one sided for generations.
People today wouldn't think the government couldn't do all the things it has done successfully in the past and continues to do today.
Is he doesn't know how to do his job without violating all our rights then he should be replaced.
He doesn't even know what the job is, apparently - "connect the dots" is an absurd metaphor, and doesn't work in the real world.
It sounds like he's not even qualified. Metadata equals surveillance, and he's pretending that it's somehow strange that people don't expect their government to surveil their ever action.
This is just congress fucking off instead of doing what they are supposed to be doing, again.
Don't worry, the next election will change *everything*! At least, that's what I hear every two years...
Sorry but that is NO different than saying "Well blacks have their own schools and drinking fountains so its cool"...uhhh NO ITS NOT, because you look into it and you find that they get royally reamed when it comes to taxes, many benefits don't apply, just like separate but equal its anything BUT.
So I'm sorry but saying "they should just have a will" is like saying "there is nothing wrong with the back of the bus" because at the end of the day you have the law treating one group as lesser worth than the others.
Here's out of the box thinking. How about we all admit that even with near-total surveillance, something like the Boston Marathon attack can still happen, and that there is a finite limit to the safety even the most expansive surveillance regime can supply, and therefore stop pursuing goals whose ultimate destination is reduced liberties with little in the way of reduction in risk.
What support? Put a decent ROM on it and call it a day bro. I've been making nice extra Xmas money doing exactly that and the "support" consists of putting in their Gmail and showing them how to load ringtones (my personal fav is aura Ringtones as it has the sound effects most folks seem to want) and that is it. Thumbs up on dolphin BTW, I've tried over a dozen browsers and nothing beats the dolphin when it comes to android.
And while I 100% agree we shouldn't HAVE to as long as the press keeps sucking apple's dick and letting them get away with shit (not a single website pointed out killing flash helped their lock in? Really?) and the OEMs keep putting out bloated shitty Android versions what choice do we have? just stay away from AOSP and Cyanogen and you'll be fine, both of those are frankly too generic to be worth a crap. Best to do a search for your device and see who has the best ROM for that model, since Straighttalk and net10 are popular in my area its Area51 ROMs, they have flash preloaded on most along with Android Assistant and App2SD but YMMV, good luck!
No, it means he should be fired and NOT replaced.
If his job is to prevent terrorism, he's right... he can't do that without a substantial surveillance dragnet that tramples the 4th Amendment.
He can't do it with that dragnet, either. All this NSA dragnet shit was in place for YEARS at the time of the Boston Marathon bombing, and it wasn't worth shit.
If his job can't be done without violating the fourth amendment, then his job should be eliminated.
How funny that it's the left
Politics 101: outside of propaganda, there is no left and there is no right. There are only tyrants, wannabe tyrants and useful idiots who think those wannabe tyrants stand for anything besides becoming the new tyrants.
Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.
Also just because Obama is following the same play-book as Bush doesn't mean "everything" he says is a lie.
But it does mean nothing he says can be trusted, thus it should be simply ignored.
I think a much simpler explanation is that radio talk show hosts have audiences that don't care about what you think is most critical but do care about things that have direct and visible impact on their daily lives.
Or even simpler, radio hosts work for the same corporate masters who run the political show, thus they divert public attention into the irrelevancies that act as "flavouring" for each branch of the two-party system. Keep people thinking it's the current candidate that's tightening the bonds, and all will be okay if they can just switch their masters - and when they do, it takes time to undo the damage the other guys causes, and in fact things will get worse before they get better, and somehow they never do get better, and then it's time to start hoping the other guys will safe you if you just get them in power.
It is, in its own way, a brilliantly efficient way to excersize "soft" tyranny. A more competent set of masters could keep it going potentially forever; unfortunately or fortunately Corporate America lacks the ability to plan long-term, so peak oil and climate change double-teaming will likely collapse the whole house of cards. Oh well.