Eavesdropping 101: What Can The NSA Do?
Use of these statistical fishing expeditions has been made possible by the access to communications streams granted by key corporations. The NSA may also be engaging in "geographic targeting," in which they listen in on communications between the United States and a particular foreign country or region. More broadly, data mining has been greatly facilitated by underlying changes in technology that have taken place in the past few years (see below).
This dragnet approach is not only bad for civil liberties – it is also a bad use of our scarce security and law enforcement resources. In fact, the creation of large numbers of wasteful and distracting leads is one of the primary reasons that many security experts say data mining and other dragnet strategies are a poor way of preventing crime and terrorism.
Bush waves his magic wand and says make it so, regardless of whether its effective.
As The righties of blogville have taken up the cause of freedom of speech and expression in regards to cartoons that depite what some consider a holy figure in a way that offends many people. Pardon me if I doubt that the right has discovered the wonderfulness of the right of free expression for anyone but themselves. Can we expect some intellectual consistancy. Will they also be defending the rights of cartoonists to lampoon Jesus or Dick Cheney ?
Iraq war is costing $100,000 per minute which I'm sure modern conservatives are all too happy to pay. I just can't figure out why they think its a big deal that a couple pennies of their tax dollar goes for food stamps to fed the poor and elderly. I know, Cons heart Iraqis or at least Halliburton more then poor Americans.
Lies About Blowjobs, Bad. Wars? Not So Much.
Oddly, given the many obvious and quite consequential differences between a blowjob and a botched war effort, the Washington press corps appears to have reached a consensus that the former is a far more serious matter. Pundit "dean" David Broder, who whined that Clinton "trashed the place, and it's not his place," has declared himself uninterested in the question of whether Bush & Co. deceived Congress and the nation into its ruinous Iraq adventure. "This whole debate about whether there was just a mistake or misrepresentation or so on is, I think, from the public point of view largely irrelevant,"
As much as we who center our blogs on politics would like to think that its the high minded subjects of gravity, the future of the nation that is what's important and interesting. For a large segment of the population , which includes reporters, BJ's are far more interesting and they're easier to report on. If you report that the Big Dog lied about an intern you're likely to get less hate mail and grief then if you report that Bush distorted information that lead to an unnecessary war. Sex scandals are safe ground in the world of journalism and too many, though not all modern journalists, prefer to play it safe. Ideals don't buy you a big house in the burbs.