Rand Paul says Apple should not be compelled to hack San Bernardino terrorist’s cell-phone

As the U.S. Department of Justice seeks to force Apple to comply with an FBI order to help the agency crack an encrypted iPhone used by one of the attackers in the San Bernardino, Calif., massacre, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul says the tech giant should not have to comply.Apple has strongly opposed the court-ordered request from the FBI to open the phone, which is linked to the attack in California that killed 14 people Dec. 2.“What’s extraordinary about this warrant, or this court order, is that they’re asking Apple to devise a way into the phone when no such system exists currently,” Paul said. “So this would be an extraordinary warrant because they’re compelling Apple to become part of the police force and think up something new.”Paul warned that some think that the move would be a violation of First Amendment rights, and he said that “we ought to think twice before we decide we’re going to be compelling phone companies to come up with things like this.”Kentucky’s junior U.S. senator also warned that “weakening” the codeware by creating a backdoor into the phone would make more people vulnerable to attack by “hackers and thieves.”“One of the main reasons things are encrypted is so people can’t steal your stuff,” Paul said.

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Police union calls for law enforcement labor to boycott Beyonce’s world tour

It’s shocking that law enforcement has become so unhinged. Do these jackasses think they are going to win this fight? Or maybe they don’t care. Doesn’t this union realize that will further destroy any public relations they have with the African-American community. It shows completely indifference to the perception that law enforcement in this city is hostile to blacks. The total lack of judgement on the part of the union mind bogging and frightening at the same time. Where are politicians denouncing this shocking display of poor judgement? As usual they are awol.

NSA Spying on Americans would not have been Curtailed without Edward Snowden

Does anyone believe NSA’s bulk collection spy program would have been curtailed without Edward Snowden? If you do I have a bridge to sell you. Obama lied when he said that he was working on legislation to limit spying on Americans. It just so happens that the legislation came to be right after Snowden blew the whistle. But that hasn’t stopped the same people who gave this unconstitutional program from falsely accusing Snowden for the terrorism we saw 2 weeks ago in Paris. Even defenders of the NSA spying can’t point to an instance in where a terrorist act was prevented through this program:

The U.S. intelligence community on Sunday will cease its bulk collection of telephone metadata.

The government will move to a more “focused and targeted” approach in gathering intelligence, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said in a statement. The shift comes more than two years after details about the program were leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

President Barack Obama in June signed a reform measure that took away the National Security Agency’s authority to collect in bulk the phone records of millions of Americans.

Here is Why Edward Snowden Couldn’t Have Gone Through ‘Proper Channels’

Reason.TV does a great service in debunking the myth that Snowden would not have been prosecuted if he told his higher-ups about the criminal/unconstitutional acts of the NSA:

Would Edward Snowden be better off if he had gone through official channels to expose multiple National Security Agency programs that violated the privacy rights of Americans? Snowden’s lawyer, Jesselyn Radack, says no and points to the track record of whistleblowers who have faced criminal investigations over speaking out officially.


AP sues over access to FBI records involving fake news story

The Associated Press sued the U.S. Department of Justice Thursday over the FBI’s failure to provide public records related to the creation of a fake news story used to plant surveillance software on a suspect’s computer.

AP joined with the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press to file the lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.


Source: News from The Associated Press

NSA Will Continue Mass Surveillance Program For 180 Days With Court Approval

The NSA’s mass collection of American cell phone metadata was halted on June 1st with the expiration of the Patriot Act, which was put in place post-9/11 to give the government surveillance powers to fight terrorism. The next day, Obama signed a new law, called the USA Freedom Act, which gave the government more limited surveillance powers. Under the Freedom Act, phone companies would hold their customers’ metadata and the NSA would have to gain permission from FISA before accessing the data.But included in the Freedom act was a provision to reinstate the NSA’s mass collection of data for six more months, during a time of transition. As soon as the law passed, the government asked the surveillance court for permission to resume its mass collection of American cell phone data, a move opposed in court by a libertarian group called FreedomWorks.

Source: NSA Will Continue Mass Surveillance Program For 180 Days With Court Approval – Forbes