Category Archives: CIA Spy Shit

Now, They’re Not Even Waiting to Retire Before Cashing In

This is stunning–and demoralizing–to any honest public employee (boldface mine): The former director of the National Security Agency has enlisted the US surveillance giant’s current chief technology officer for his lucrative cybersecurity business venture, an unusual arrangement undercutting Keith Alexander’s … Continue reading

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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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