We need mandatory disclosure of all Fisa warrants after 90 days. If they need it kept secret past that they can get a real judge to sign off on it. And any time the government asks a corporation for your data or meta-data you get notified unless there is a court order involved.
I LIKE the idea of outsourcing domestic spying. It means the people spying on us will filter out the irrelevant stuff. Like if you're a politician and your kids are sexting their friends, or if the mayor is sleeping with his secretary kind of stuff that's useless for intelligence work. It also means if your government gets out of control there will be someone out there who might intervene (in theory).
A strict reading of the Constitution looks to outlaw searching anyone anywhere without a warrant, not just searching Americans. Might want to watch that slippery slope there, fella.
If the (current) President of the USA is willing (and able) to ignore the Constitution of the USA, why do you think the next President would follow a mere law?
We already know this bill won't work. The executive branch can stop the spying at any time, just by giving an order. Therefore we know the executive branch LIKES the spying on everyone, and will work to keep it going. So if they are supporting this bill then this bill can't have any real limits on the spying.
Shooting back into Russia isn't an option, as the Russians would use it as an excuse to send in the army in "Self Defense".
The Ukrainian government told them it was safe to fly there.
It's an active war zone, you can assume everything flying is hostile.
5000 HD video channels, with a footprint of 1/3 the planet converted to a data channel (downlink only) works out to about 5,000 x 6 MB / 500,000,000 = 60 bytes per second. And that's why satellite internet sucks. With cell towers your individual bandwidth is a function of how many people are using that tower. If you aren't getting enough you add towers, simple as that. It just costs money and the cell companies find it's more profitable to throttle than upgrade their network. Throttling your internet/cellphone is free, so long as everyone does it to prevent competition.
The smaller the tower, the easier it is to hide it. The regulatory hurdles you must clear are proportional to the output power of the cell tower. So making them smaller and lower power means it's easier to install.
The NSA spends a lot of time and money "Defending America" by spying on everyone. But if the Copyright cartels drive everyone to use VPN's and crypto it will directly undermine all that hard work and money spent. As a matter of national security, the government of the USA needs to block the copyright enforcers from this path.
The second amendment is already gone. All they have to do is make a secret law banning guns, then they convict every gun owner of that, then take away your guns because you're all convicted criminals. The second doesn't apply to anyone convicted of crime, and the government can ban anything it likes.
For the people this is targeted at 100,000 dollars is a very large amount of money. Imagine the hacker computer rig you could build with that! And imagine the street cred in finding holes in TOR (and patching them).
Given the pathetically low level of security at the NSA (Snowden was just a sub-contractor!) it's likely that everything they get is forwarded to the Russians, and given what we know of the NSA it's likely they have compromised TOR. So this probably is misdirection to fool the dissidents.
One of the problems with computer games is people camping the spawn sites. Or knowing that the body armour is in the watch tower over the east gate. Once you know the rules of the system you can "Game" the system to give yourself an unfair advantage. The same tactic works with computer based intelligence analysis. You can "game the system" to get any arbitrary result you want.