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Comment: Re:It's much more complicated than this... (Score 1) 825

by symbolic (#48953193) Attached to: Obama Proposes One-Time Tax On $2 Trillion US Companies Hold Overseas

Highest *marginal* tax rates...not only that, but a signification percentage of companies (especially the largest ones) pay only a small fraction of that due to subsidies, tax breaks, and other perks that the average citizen does not get. This is nothing more than a talking point with zero substance.

Comment: Re:Good (Score 2) 108

by symbolic (#47791567) Attached to: Judge Allows L.A. Cops To Keep License Plate Reader Data Secret

I personally think you've missed the point. The point is that the cops shouldn't tagging *anyone* unless they are currently under investigation. If the cops happen to get a false hit, that data should be expunged *immediately* - immediately in the sense that they never even get to see it, because there is no reason they need it.

Comment: Re:A number of countries?? Say it ain't so! (Score 1) 73

by symbolic (#47182129) Attached to: Vodafone Reveals Warrantless Wiretapping

Actually, I'm not so sure this is related to searching so much as the Third-Party Doctrine, which was created by the Supreme Court as part of a ruling in a drug case. It needs to be abolished. There is practically little we can do in our day-to-day lives that does not require interaction with a third party, and this will almost always leave some kind of data trail. Third party or not, the government should have no access to this information, and no reason to acquire it, unless a person is a legitimate suspect in an ongoing investigation.

Comment: Re:Free To Do What We Tell You (Score 2) 274

> We have no representation in congress,

That is our own fault. As long as we continue treating candidates like items on a fast food menu, nothing will change. Voters need to get involved during the primaries, and select and support candidates who are not there to perpetuate the status quo. Business as usual is *all* you're going to get from seasoned, incumbent, and party-endorsed candidates, especially those on the national level.

Comment: Re:No expectation of privacy (Score 1) 405

by symbolic (#46560853) Attached to: L.A. Police: <em>All</em> Cars In L.A. Are Under Investigation

> A police officer

Bingo. The fact that an actual human resource was required in order for this happen made it so that police departments *had* to be extremely judicious with how they allocated these resources. These built-in constraints forced departments into to maintaining a lawful and constitutional approach to searching. This is the same standard that *ought* to be applied to new technology - merely being able to accomplish the same thing much faster does not in any way diminish constitutional relevance.

Comment: Licensing? (Score 1) 44

Why should the government be licensing anything (the NSA no less)? It is not a commercial enterprise. Furthermore, it seems like the "technologies" at stake would be those that facilitate the kinds of illegal and unconstitutional activities that have been going on, unchecked, until Snowden exposed them.

Comment: Re:Normalization of the Police State (Score 1) 117

by symbolic (#46097359) Attached to: DOJ Announces New Methods For Reporting National Security Requests

Are we really that completely helpless? All of this was perpetrated by, and maintained by *congress*. It can easily be fixed by congress. Little will change, however, if we do not step up and hold our elected representatives accountable, by first and foremost, ensuring that the *right* people are serving in office. And by "serving" I do not mean "self-serving," which seems to be standard fare these days.

Comment: Re:Well, at least they are honest (Score 1) 510

by symbolic (#46020965) Attached to: Senator Dianne Feinstein: NSA Metadata Program Here To Stay

Funny thing - if you read the wikipedia page that covers the NSA, it's mind boggling how much money has been poured into that agency, and what little return we've seen on that investment. The headqurters look like someone's science fiction wet dream.

Feinstein recently commented something to the effect that the reason they collect all this information is because "immediacy is imperative" in order to foil terrorist plots. It's a hilarious statement, because it's something her little pet agency has yet to do. That being the case, how could she possibly know this? Her reasoning defies everything we've ever seen with respect to information and terrorism.

Comment: Re:My Question is (Score 1) 155

by symbolic (#45692643) Attached to: Indiana State Police Acknowledge Use of Cell Phone Tracking Device

> Bureaucratic overreach is hardly confined to the Federal government, and often occurs in conjunction with it.

Especially if it's funded *by* the federal government. It wouldn't come as a bit of a surprise if the acquisition of this Stingray device was funded by one of many federal grants the the national government has been handing out in an effort to militarize local law enforcement agencies.

Air is water with holes in it.