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Comment This is Obama's way of telling Hilary she is...... (Score 4, Interesting) 534

This is Obama's way of telling Hillary she is under the bus.

Obama does not care about Snowen. By this time, Obama has probably bought the *IA's line that Snowden is the anti-christ, that should be shot on sight. Under normal circumstances, he would just say that he will not pardon Snowden because Snowden is bad.

Also, Obama has competent legal help, as well as being a lawyer himself. He knows he can pardon Snowden if he wants to. But the situation visa-vie Snowden allows Obama to state a principle that disallows a pardon for Hilary, without referring to Hilary or even admitting that he knows it might apply to Hilary.

This is a very elegant way to throw Hilary under the bus, without even mentioning she might exist. He can say to Hilary supporters when the question inevitably comes up "I must apply my principles without fear of favor."

Whatever you think about Obama you have to admit that he is a very smart fellow.

Comment It goes against the text (Score 3, Insightful) 215

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects,[a] against unreasonable searches and seizures

Nowhere does it say I have to rely on a governmental promise not to do an unreasonable search, it says I have a right to secure myself against such a search.

The proposal goes against the plain meaning of the fourth.

Submission + - FBI Drops Case Against Apple; May Have Way to Break Phone (threatpost.com)

msm1267 writes: The FBI has dropped its case against Apple less than a day before a scheduled court hearing and showdown over its demands that Apple help unlock a terrorist’s iPhone.

The government late Monday afternoon filed a motion to vacate its case, putting a halt to a saga that began in mid-February when a federal magistrate ordered Apple to help the FBI access a phone belonging to one of the shooters involved in last December’s attack that killed 14 in San Bernardino, Calif.

The motion also indicates that the FBI may have found a way onto the phone without Apple’s help. “On Sunday, March 20, 2016, an outside party demonstrated to the FBI a possible method for unlocking [shooter Syed] Farook’s iPhone,” the motion says. “Testing is required to determine whether it is a viable method that will not compromise data on Farook’s iPhone. If the method is viable, it should eliminate the need for the assistance from Apple Inc. (“Apple”) set forth in the All Writs Act Order in this case.”

Comment Re:sub-contrat signing offshore? (Score 1) 596

Right, because people of good character can never be coerced into becoming bad actors. Right. I guess, if you find someone with no remaining living relatives or friends and no addictions or unmet needs, you'll have found the one person in the world nobody can leverage in any way. Good luck with that.

Never is not available as an option. Like has there never been a failure of the legal system. Good character does not have to be perfect, it only has to be more reliable than the legal system. To increase reliability increase the number of signers of known good character required.

Comment Re:sub-contrat signing offshore? (Score 1) 596

So you just choose people of good character to do your signing for you. As government moves to outlaw good character by forcing everyone to be a stooge for the government, it means the rule of law will no longer be an effective way to enforce contracts. In such an environment, ancient concepts like character and reputation become even more important.

Comment sub-contrat signing offshore? (Score 2) 596

Could apple contract with a foreign person, outside the jurisdiction of any U.S. Court, to do all the key signing that apple currently does? The sub-contractor would work according to a contractually specified algorithm, that basically says to signs what apple wants it to sign, but refuses to sign anything coerced. The sub-contractor would store the signing key outside the jurisdiction of any US court. If this scheme is ruled illegal and apple is pushed to the wall, apple could move all of itself offshore, and the Justice department could take responsibility for the resulting job loss.

Comment Re:compelled speech. (Score 1) 259

Everything you do while working as a reporter for the New York Times is Commercial Speech? You clearly, do not know what you are talking about.

If it is non-political in nature yes. Because free speech is really about Politically based speech, not just any and all speech.

Great, your brilliance has revealed that first amendment protection for literary and religious speech does not exist! Nobody knew that before.

Riddle me this. If I write a script, and my boss

Hey idiot, the first amendment restricts the government and not your f*cking boss. You have once again proved that you do not know what you are talking about.

The first amendment applies to many aspects of civil society not just political speech, such as religion, taste, literature, philosophy. This has been settled law for as long as anyone can remember.

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