"Yes" and "no" are the only ways you get to vote on a bill. They point out quite clearly what needs to be addressed in the bill in order for it to be acceptable to them. They also actively lobby to suggest new legislation and amend in-process legislation. You don't see that here, because that's not what this story is about, because this bill is up for vote.
They are part of the process. They're a pretty influential lobbying organization.
Well, the police should be operating exclusively within the U.S. Anyone within the U.S. has 4th Amendment rights, regardless of whether they are a citizen, a resident, or a foreigner. While there is a foreign-intelligence exception (per court findings, not per the text of the amendment), that exception only applies when the intelligence-gathering is directed against a foreign entity reasonably believed to be located outside the US.
I'd love to see the justification someone gins up for tracking individuals that must be physically located within the US for the purposes of gathering intelligence on individuals that are required to be located outside the US.
It's almost like you don't know that Cops has been on the air for 25 years.
You know that's a TV show, where they edit out all the interactions that are boring, right?
held in contempt of court
That's not the route they seem to usually go.
much less charged by a DA
In national-level news (i.e., in a serious or well-publicized case), a couple of weeks ago.
much less convicted
About a month ago (same caveat as above).
Sure, because they don't already do that with most-wanted lists, just less accurately.
This sound like pretty clear evidence that police think they can get away with bending the law as long as no one (except the victim) sees them.
This is the LAPD we're talking about. I think that fact was already pretty well-known.
You do know that it's possible to criticize bad things done by the US government
Sure it is. How's that working out for Assange and Snowden?
Making public a ton of classified documents is not criticism. It might be right, it might be wrong, it might be some of both, but it's not accurate to describe it as "criticism".
How's criticizing the government going for all the people who criticize their handling of Manning? For the people who are criticizing the NSA now?
I get the same thing on some browsers/devices. The color difference ends up being almost undetectable. (Then, on other browsers, it's perfectly clear.)
The holdover of calling it "metadata" is a little odd.
All metadata is, naturally, data. That's not the odd part; people should know that.
It's reasonable to call it "phone call metadata". That's what it is. That indicates that it is not the content of the calls, but it's other data about the calls. So in the context of phone calls, it's metadata, because it's not the phone call content itself. Once it's separated from that context, it's just "data".
Saying "it's just metadata" makes no sense at all, since the "meta-" part give you no information about the data's value.
Only if they actually do it, and only if someone with authority ends up considering it illegal.
If you're backing up a collection of movies and music, what does it matter?
You want cheap backup and information security? This is one case where encryption is actually magic fairy dust that will solve your problem.
I think the angle they are trying for here is suggesting that they were not confronted about editing articles about themselves because they were donors. That is implying that others who are not donors were confronted about editing articles about themselves. In other words, the donation is buying them out of the policy against editing articles about yourself.
I don't think the article actually presents any evidence to support that insinuation, but I think that's what they're aiming for.
That is particularly complicated.
The third party (e.g., Verizon) does have some degree of protection.
I suppose the ugly version is that they're less motivated to protect your data than you are (or, equally, than they are to protect their own data).
You already get random audits.