Highly recommend it:
How was part 1 by Claudio Gaurnieri (@botherder) and Morgan Marquis-Boire (@headhntr)?
Crypto is great, but if the population as a whole doesn't care then it's more an exercise in keeping your journal entries secret (possibly).
We need to foment public anger over this, and have a clear course of action to channel that anger.
Crypto will help, and it will put a dent in dragnet surveillance, but it is dangerous to think we can "just put SSL in everything" and be done with it.
Only laws could rein them in. There's simple no computing platform that can be trusted to do your encryption on.
"We can use a hammer."
"A hammer is a tool, not a solution."
Hammers may be a part of the toolset, but they won't solve issues like siting it on the edge of a sand dune, or that the septic tank is currently in the master bedroom.
Do you use a hammer to right them all?
Technology is not, and has never been, a solution to the concentration of power.
I say that as someone who would absolutely love for this not to be true by the way.
They then just subvert those implementing the crypto like Hushmail, Skype, or iMessage.
The America of 2013 is absolute bullshit. I can't even fathom how corrupt this country is.
Yes, what he did clearly meets the statutory definition of perjury. He's still employed by the government because our officials, elected and appointed, are almost completely unaccountable to the public due to the political process being broken down by a corporate-controlled media and corporatocratic (see: Mussolini) system of government. The law is no longer equally applied - wealthy, important, and powerful people are "too big to fail", while even the most urgent concerns of average proles is generally beneath notice of those in charge. The only exception to this is when the proles' concerns become so widespread that a movement forms and majority demand for democratic change might result. In these cases a number of pacification strategies are adopted, like co-opting the proletariat movement with well-spoken placebo change agents who offer strong messages of hope, and have absolutely no intention of following through with them, or discrediting the movement by airing the dirty laundry of those movement leaders who cannot be corrupted or co-opted.
Conversations with History: Glenn Greenwald - https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=-qlF... ~2011
Glenn's "Frequently Told Lies" page - http://web.archive.org/web/20131007002618/http://ggsidedocs.... (it's currently down, both on archive.org and the original page)
The American columnist who can't live in America - http://amanpour.blogs.cnn.com/2013/06/10/the-american-column... (this is before the striking down of the gay marriage law in question, I think)
How Glenn Greenwald Became Glenn Greenwald - http://www.buzzfeed.com/jtes/how-glenn-greenwald-became-glen...
Believing oppression only happens elsewhere - https://theoldspeakjournal.wordpress.com/2013/01/16/believin... (the original blog is down)
Endless War, Radical Presidential Power, and a Rotted Political Culture: A Talk by Glenn Greenwald - http://translationexercises.wordpress.com/2013/03/28/endless... [28 Mar 2013]
specifically here: http://subtitles.pads.ccc.de/5622
It would be nice if you could contribute back, by making any corrections, as these are the transcripts that are linked to from the CCC's website and probably most people will find.
It's a sad era indeed when we have a whole network of American journalists living outside of U.S. borders for fear of imprisonment and other reprisals from their own government.
I don't like it, and I don't agree with it, but I acknowledge that if a 2nd 9/11 level event were to occur after the government relented and imposed reasonable limitations on data collection that the party out of power at the time could easily scream bloody murder and take all 3 branches of government in a single election cycle. I'd previously only expected this from the party of Kang, but Obama's stance on drones and NSA surveillance has revealed the party of Kodos is no better.
Which is to say I think the surveillance state is a symptom more than the disease. America has lost all sense of perspective.
~30,000 automotive deaths (of which ~10,000 resulted from drunk driving) annually.
~11,000 gun deaths.
~6,000 deaths from falling off ladders.
~3,000 people died on 9/11.
Ergo we should ban ladders, guns, alcohol, and cars: it's the only way to be sure, no?
As you wrote yourself, terrorism is a minor issue in the US. Most of the fear is fueled (and some of it created) by the government, because it's so convenient for manipulating the population. Therefore the government itself cannot be driven by the fear of being accused of going soft in this matter, because if that was the case, it'd simply stop perpetuing this fear of terrorism.
I'm sorry, but there is no cheap way out for this goverment. It's fundamentally evil and corrupt, it uses terrorism to keep a certain elite in power and to channel taxpayers' money to the pockets of the military-industrial complex. That's the only logical explanation I've seen so far.
The surveillance state was never intended to stop terrorism, it is the true terrorism.
This malice cannot be explained by incompetence.
I REALLY dig doing this via github as well. I submitted a pull request with some spelling changes.
Just let the user select a media file and provide keyboard controlled playback controls plus a text editor. I think some software like this is available for subtitle editing.
So you're basing your skepticism on what? That he used the word salary instead of income? That's why he has lost all credibility? Not to mention this personal detail has nothing to do with the actual allegations.
Congratulations, you swallowed this textbook hit piece hook, line and sinker. Its entire purpose was to make people "skeptical", of course, and it obviously worked.
However, a variety of people over the years (Drake & others) have also remarked on the over-the-top surveillance. It's also true that the NSA has admitted certain of Greenwald's accusations. So at least in principle, Greenwald has been confirmed.
Of course, it would be nice if Congress forcibly opened the archives and let the truth out into open air - then we could see clearly and make educated decisions! Until then, we have to rely on the somewhat foggy environment of leaks, whistleblowing, and journalists.
I even wonder if the NSA actually tried to DDOS the skype call conference.