If the world wants protection under the Bill of Rights and Constitution they should start paying US taxes. And I think the other poster was talking about foreign intelligence operatives not the people visiting for vacation, education, or other such mundane reasons.
"Nothing in the Bill of Rights inherently limits these rights to only US citizens." Only because the idea is so ludicrous that nobody gave it a second thought.
"They care about locking up people"
This is the FBI organizational mandate and their reason for existing.
"give up more and more freedom and the courts seem willing to help it happen in the name of social justice, political correctness or even the judge's personal feelings... "
I think the judgment in the article refutes your opinion. Nobody has giving up or lost any of their constitutional rights. Even child pornographers still have their rights. If the suspects in this case are guilty the law enforcement agencies will just have to find and rely on other evidence to prosecute the offenders. If that isn't possible then the suspected child pornographer is free to go on their merry way. Maybe some more evidence will be found after their next offense.
Totally remove Snowden from the argument and there is nothing wrong with any US President putting the US native workforce ahead of foreign workers. And complain all you want about Trump, and there is a lot to complain about, there is nothing wrong with any US President putting US interests ahead of any other countries.
And how can anyone be surprised that Russia is more than willing to put Snowden on a plane back to the US to cultivate favor with the US government? In our cynical world that is just politics 101. There is no downside for Russia handing him over to the US. There would be no Russian protestors storming the Kremlin to protest the decision. There will be no impassioned speeches in the Russian legislature imploring Putin to change his mind. As far as Russia is concerned Snowden's propaganda value has been used up so why not hand him over.
I didn't mean to imply all administrators are idiots. There are a lot of very good administrators out there but at the same time there are also a lot of not so good administrators.
"If a system/domain/network administrator needs a class or a book to setup a stable basic system, they are in the wrong line of work"
Maybe they are just entry level newbies that do need books and classes to supplement their real world experience.
Crashing all day? I suggest getting a book or taking a class on how to install and configure 2012 servers. Or maybe just get someone who knows what the hell they are doing to setup your server(s). The #1 cause of server exploits in both Windows and Linux OS's are the idiot administrators.
"It's doubtful they understood the risks of nuclear back in the 70s"
I am pretty sure they started learning about the dangers of nuclear processes starting back in the 1940's.
"It took a Fukushima accident... "
Have you ever heard about the 3 Mile Island incident back in 1979? The Chernobyl accident was in 1986. The Fukushima accident didn't happen until 2011.
Those proclaiming themselves conservatives or liberals both lost the election and that is not a bad thing. People on both sides of the political divide wasted billions of dollars trying to get their chosen candidates elected.
If someone wanted to "disappear" him they had all kinds of time to do so before he retreated into the Ecuadoran embassy. He is a known entity who has alienated more people than he has attracted with his behavior.
The only thing Assange worried about is fading into obscurity and losing his cherished martyr status. The US has not even filed an extradition request and since he is not a US citizen he hasn't broke any law that the US could realistically prosecute. He didn't steal anything and publishing the information delivered to him is not a crime. That being said this guy is still a narcissistic drama queen.
Almost all of the money the US has given to Israel over the years could only be used to purchase US military tech. The most recent deal with them is the first time they are allowed to spend a higher percentage on non-US weapons.
"The entire country functions on favors and shady backroom deals"
Can you name one other country on the planet who doesn't do the same thing?
Close to 45% of US citizens do not pay federal or state income taxes. Instead they get yearly refunds that cover any federal or state taxes deducted from their pay check. And paying taxes does not mean you get a line item veto on the government budgets.
The biggest investors in alternative energy research are the major oil companies. The people controlling the fossil fuel based markets are not stupid. They know alternative energy usage will continue to grow in the future. They know all the money they spend on alternative energy development can be recouped by the tax credits the government hands out to companies investing in alternative energy related projects. They all have enough cash and political power to make sure they can eventually control and profit from the emerging alternative energy markets the same way they control the fossil fuel markets.
"Would that have a chilling effect on free speech?" No. At least not in the US. Some of the most incendiary public speech in the history of the country has been documented in one format or another and distributed to the widest audience possible. Today the Internet has made capturing a large audience easy and fast. The people testing the limits of their 1st amendment rights go out of their way to draw attention to themselves and their statements.
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