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Comment Re:GB is doing it, China is doing it (Score 2) 83

'Note that China has an extremely flexible definition of "national security"."

Like any state doesn't. Pretty well almost anything that embarrasses the government or makes the state look bad is included, which is a pretty low bar.

It's sad when a social institution - whether it be a nation, the local society of hairdressers and aestheticians, or the church - is considered more important than people, particularly when justice is involved..

Submission + - Matt Taibbi: 'Washington Post' 'Blacklist' Story Is Shameful and Disgusting (rollingstone.com)

MyFirstNameIsPaul writes: From the article:

Most high school papers wouldn't touch sources like these. But in November 2016, both the president-elect of the United States and the Washington Post are equally at ease with this sort of sourcing.

Even worse, the Post apparently never contacted any of the outlets on the "list" before they ran their story. Yves Smith at Naked Capitalism says she was never contacted. Chris Hedges of Truthdig, who was part of a group that won the Pulitzer Prize for The New York Times once upon a time, said the same. "We were named," he tells me. "I was not contacted."

Hedges says the Post piece was an "updated form of Red-Baiting."

"This attack signals an open war on the independent press," he says. "Those who do not spew the official line will be increasingly demonized in corporate echo chambers such as the Post or CNN as useful idiots or fifth columnists."


Comment Re:"Hacked" another word for spyware? (Score 1) 57

I think the real question is: why had an HPE contractor (or anyone else for that matter) downloaded the stats from a Navy personnel db (or the db itself)?

The only thing that comes to mind is that he was employed to cross-check the stats against a very long paper list and decided to do it at home while enjoying a beer and watching Netflix.

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