Oh look, the corporations I don't like are fighting the government I don't like. It's like Christmas had sex with my birthday!
"No, really, I don't look at furry midget porn on the internet! It's a plot by the NSA to discredit me!" Riiiiiiiight...
Nuclear launch codes. (Hint: the launch password is "p4ssword" DON'T TELL ANYONE!)
Still, you have to wonder what Snowden's got. I've always wondered what happens when the incoming president gets "The Briefing." You know, all the stuff that's for the President's eyes only that the new guy has to know. (Alternatively, when the Lizard Men from the Hollow Earth reveal themselves to the new Puppet in Chief as the true Masters of the Surface Dwellers).
However, that's gotta be stuff that they don't put on a networked computer Snowden would have access to, right?
But I don't think the NSA is stupid. That would mean breaking/weakening every lock, and that's a poor locksmith, indeed.
Good point, I left that out. Yes, also "suicide" and single vehicle "accident."
But he's guilty of the Worst Crime Possible in the United States: embarrassing politicians. They'll never just let him get away with it.
The threat of prosecution is at least a small comfort, because it sort of implies they might actually play by some rule book. But if prosecution is off the table, that leaves drone interdiction, indefinite detention, or torture as the only options.
If I were Mr. Assange, the words "no prosecution" would send a cold shiver down my spine.
"Welcome to my parlor," said the spider to the fly...
"Ignorance of the law is no excuse" is only valid when the laws are available.
In the Before Time, in the Long, Long Ago, back when legal principle meant something, the level of ignorance a person could show of the law and still be bound by it existed on a sliding scale. This was the difference between malum en se and malum prohibitum. For instance, you don't need to be aware of laws against beating a man to death in order to be found in violation of the specific law against beating a man to death. That act is malum in se. Evil in and of itself. However, if there's a law against walking your dog by the river on Tuesdays, that act is not evil in itself. It's just prohibited because, I don't know, maybe the local cat trade is huge, and new shipments of cats come in on Tuesdays, and it's really better for everybody if dogs are just kept away from the river that day. Then, you can be guilty of the act, but if it's not well publicized with signs posted saying "Illegal to walk your dog by the river on Tuesdays," but not have done so intentionally and be found not guilty of the crime. Particularly if the law is well crafted and has words in it like "willfully" and "knowingly." That is, you knew you were walking your dog in the dog free zone (because you were caught next to the 'no dogs allowed' sign) and you willfully did it anyway, you're busted.
That is no longer the case anymore, though. Today laws are rammed through congress completely without the mens rea components, which leads to things like the Lacie Act where there are literally people in jail for having possessed the wrong kind of crustacean in the wrong kind of package without having any idea that was a violation of some obscure law.
No, they all have no problem agreeing on stuff their corporate masters want passed. Crap like the number of indentured serv...sorry, I mean "H1B visa holders" allowed in sails through no problem.
They should kickstarter the money for it. I'll throw in $50. Flex goals: Stargate; flux capacitor; warp drive.
But the thing is, only bads ever got their talent builds wrong. They still won't know how to not stand in fire, but at least now you don't have to worry about them showing up in your LFR group with points evenly distributed in every tree.
Notice I said "modern times."
History is a blood-soaked mess. No one's hands are clean.
I have no idea what you're talking about. There are more and more of us every day. Especially since PRISM pulled the masks off Apple and Google (the malevolence of Windows was established in Genesis).
It takes everybody.
""I got thinkin' how we was holy when we was one thing, an' mankin' was holy when it was one thing. An' it on'y got unholy when one mis'able little fella got the bit in his teeth an' run off his own way, kickin' an' draggin' an' fightin'. Fella like that bust the holi-ness. But when they're all workin' together, not one fella for another fella, but one fella kind of harnessed to the whole shebang—that's right, that's holy."
- John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath"