Category Archives: CIA Spy Shit

Targetting the Wrong People for the Wrong Reasons

I know I beat this drum often, but once again, we learn that our surveillance apparatus is directed at non-violent political opposition (boldface mine): Other centers distributed information about the [Occupy] protests, sometimes describing arrests or disruptive tactics, but often … Continue reading

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The Only Thing More Ridiculous Than a National Security State Is a Privatized Security State

As we’ve discussed before, the oft-repeated canard of the tradeoff between security and liberty is fundamentally flawed, since the ‘security’ apparatus is typically aimed at non-violent economic and political dissent, while missing those who perpetrate violence. The only thing dumber … Continue reading

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Questions Still Unanswered

It’s good to see that the Boston Globe is finally catching up to the Dirty Fucking Hippies and asking hard questions about why federal agencies never passed on relevant information about Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Kevin Cullen (boldface mine): “Why would they … Continue reading

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The Heartbleed Hack and Misunderstanding the State of Our Tech Infrastructure

The state is bad. Before we get to the Heartbleed security hack, which was exploited by the NSA, it’s worth revisiting our usual plaint regarding the state of science infrastructure: One of the ridiculous things about many depictions of science … Continue reading

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Nearly Thirteen Years After Sept. 11, 2001, Nothing Has Changed

In spite of all the ‘never again’ that occurred after Sept. 11, 2001, the Boston Marathon bombings show that we have learned nothing since then (boldface mine): A sharply critical congressional report on Wednesday said federal officials suffered multiple communication … Continue reading

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At Last Count, We Spend Over $65 Billion Per Year on ‘Intelligence’

We might want to rethink how all that money is spent. From an article written on Feb. 27 (boldface mine): U.S. intelligence estimates conclude that Russia has no intention of invading Ukraine. This, despite the launch of a massive, new … Continue reading

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Snowden Is a Rorschach Blot For Something, But For What?

I imagine over the next year, every time there’s a new disclosure about the Snowden documents or something about Snowden himself, there will continue to be arguments over whether Eric Snowden Is a Good or Bad Person (one of the … Continue reading

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Boston Traffic Cameras: A Microcosm of the Failure of the Security State

Boston has suspended the use of scanners that check drivers’ license plates for infractions. Why? For starters, the Boston Police Department doesn’t seem to have adequate data protection measures (boldface mine): The police inadvertently released to the Globe the license … Continue reading

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The Establishment Has Learned Nothing From Iraq: The Syrian Chemical Weapons Edition

Does this sound familiar? Boldly rushing forward to the past, our intelligence agencies are (boldface mine): The NSA would of course monitor Assad’s office around the clock if it could, the former official said. Other communications – from various army … Continue reading

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First, They Came For the Porn-Watching Radicals…

…and I said, “Really. I have no idea how that wound up in my browser cache.” For anyone who doesn’t think our intelligence agencies won’t use the information they receive to blackmail people, think again (boldface mine): The National Security … Continue reading

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