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Comment: Re:And no one cares (Score 1) 185

by epyT-R (#49154605) Attached to: Google Taking Over New TLDs

Well, then that's their limitation, not mine. I am tired of this trend of dumbing things down to the lowest possible. In this case, it puts the search engine in control of who gets to find your site. Also, having sites memorized removes the search step from the process which is a net win for people who actually have brains.

Comment: Re:Actually, ADM Rogers doesn't "want" that at all (Score 1) 406

by epyT-R (#49121331) Attached to: NSA Director Wants Legal Right To Snoop On Encrypted Data

If we're essentially saying that it was only okay for the US and our allies to, for example, break the German or Japanese codes during WWII simply because Americans weren't also using the same codes, and therefore that is the only reason that the government could be "trusted" to not misbehave or abuse its powers, then we have a serious problem on our hands.

nope. The constitution doesn't apply to citizens of other countries.

What he "wants", when US-based companies hold data that still can technically be accessed for legitimate foreign intelligence purposes supported by our system of law, is that a legal framework should allow for it. When it can't be, it's up to NSA to determine other mechanisms to access that data.

and that data should be subject to constitutional protections, same as mail and other forms of communication that are. This whole idea of 'on the internet' not having the same status is just dirty reach around tactics. If anything, the government's behavior in this area is proof of why we need those protections in the first place. Regardless of how the data was acquired, if it is associated with an american citizen, he is owed due process and the right of presumed innocence. Things the NSA enables like secret watch lists and indefinite incarceration (gitmo) are NOT constitutional, regardless of whether the data acquired was digital or not.

If these threats you speak of are so dire as to require the suspension of constitutional rights, then it's time to declare war on the countries that house/fund/maintain these threats. It is NOT ok to use it as an excuse to clamp down on your own citizens.

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