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Leaked docs: SOD squad feeds NSA intelligence to drug enforcement plods

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The Fourth Amendment was Mortally Wounded by the Drug War Long Before National Security Tried to Kill It

Lucy Steigerwald, July 26, 2013

In 1971, Richard Nixon declared a war on drugs and tested the waters with a DC bill that made no-knock raids legal on private homes. Some years later, Ronald Reagan stepped up that war, and unlike Nixon, most of the powers that Reagan claimed — and the Supreme Court frequently confirmed — were not ever taken away. The cop, court, and Constitutional drug war mess needs more detail than there is space here (check out Radley Balko’s Rise of the Warrior Cop, as well as Antiwar’s interview with him for more of that history) but really, once upon a time, when terrorism wasn’t keeping the paranoid up at night, a bunch of people decided that enemy number one was drugs. And no violation was too serious, no quarter was to be given in this fight. Sound familiar?

The effects of that decision to go to “war” can now be seen in the prison-industrial complex, militarized police and their mission creep, and our comatose Fourth Amendment.

Here are just a few figures: in 2012 87 percent of state and federal law enforcement wiretaps were over narcotics, with stats from the past decade showing similar numbers. ”Sneak and peak” warrants — legalized by the PATRIOT Act — between 2009 and 2010 were used for narcotics investigations 76 percent of the time. And what is the NYPD’s contentious “stop and frisk” policy if not a massive violation of the privacy of (mostly black and Hispanic) New Yorkers?

Previously at Antiwar I critiqued libertarian John Stossel’s bizarre refusal to admit that the NSA spying is dangerous. But Stossel did indeed have a point within the madness –the drug war started it. Not only are terror-fighting tools used to investigate drug crimes much of the time, but many privacy protections were already chipped away by the drug war decades before 9/11...

Recently Rand Paul pestered the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for clarification about their use of domestic drones. The FBI responded with a few details including that drones have been used for “eight criminal cases and two national security cases” since 2006. The most notable thing mentioned in their report is that the FBI did not see fit to get a search warrant for their drone use, since the targets of their investigations didn’t have an expectation of privacy. This isn’t particularly surprising, more a depressing confirmation of what we would already have suspected...

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Amazon founder Bezos snaps up Washington Post

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Make the Neocon Post readable again!

Frack the beltway consensus and imperial goodthink.

Fire those fracking AIPACing neocon reactionaries pumping out war drivel on the front page and in the commentary sections. In particular Robert Kagan and Charles Krauthammer

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Sergey Brin's 'test-tube burger' cooked, eaten, declared meat-like

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Cats falling down stairs and other Internet imagery, continued.

Are people getting dumber? Yes they are!

But critics of Post's approach say it would be better to convince people to eat less meat

This isn't meat.

"We have a situation where 1.4 billion people in the world are overweight and obese

Signs of progress and fructose.

and at the same time one billion people worldwide go to bed hungry

Signs of bad distribution, government intervention (going from subsidies in rich countries to export orientation in poor ones) and missing capital-intensive infrastructure (rampant collectivism, banditism, statism and other ills).

Professor Tara Garnett of Oxford University's Food Policy Research Network told the BBC

He should know.

That's just weird and unacceptable

Is it?

The solutions don't just lie with producing more food but changing the systems of supply and access and affordability, so not just more food but better food gets to the people who need it.

Being part of the central planning problem, I see.

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Posh potty owners flushed by dodgy Bluetooth password

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MUST ... NOT .... POST ... URL TO THE MANGA ABOUT THE EXPERIMENTAL BIDET FROM HELL....

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Microsoft cuts Surface Pro price by $100

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Re: offer says it expires on August 29th

No. That just means the price is right for the target group.

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Re: Firesale - best to wait

> Windows8 on a touch device is 100X better than any Linux distro on a touch device...

Market says no.

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Re: offer says it expires on August 29th

> Given the Pro is a fully featured x86 PC in a tablet form, it's not ever going to be sold that cheaply unless a newer version replaces it.

It's the customer who sets the price. Not the vendor.

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ProfitBricks budget cloud in SECURITY FAIL

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Cats falling down stairs and other Internet imagery.

White found that the 6.3 CentOS image had apparently been built on a public internet-facing computer.

"The fact that the equivalent of a trusted 'gold master' OS image was originally built on a public-facing box is unfathomable to me," White said via email. "Imagine if you put a naked Windows XP/WIn 7 box on the internet and *then* ran Windows update, over the course of two days. Would you trust that build to hold your sensitive data?"

1) "Building" the CentOS image on a public-facing box is a problem? How much public-facing is it?

2) "Building" the CentOS image is the same as leaving a naked, unpatched Windows XP on the Internet?

3) The fact that a "build" was performed lets one conclude anything about the OS on said public-facing box and its security lockdown or lack thereof?

RETARDED. SECURITY "RESEARCHER" FAIL.

Kenneth White

Who he?

after it revamped its prices to undercut Amazon Web Services

This business plan is made of fail and pain

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Bad timing: New HTML5 trickery lets hackers silently spy on browsers

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Re: Inevitable?

> Just turn off js

This is 2013. Turning off JavaScript is going to make VERY LARGE chunks of meaningful stuff disappear. And it's not going to get better.

Just try, oh I dunno... this

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Upgraded 3D printed rifle shoots 14 times before breaking

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Re: inevitable

> A cheap gun costs about the same as a cheap 3D printer, which is still quite an investment to many people.

Buy cheap Mosin Nagant for USD 100 or lower.

Use metal saw to transform it into the Obrez configuration.

Fire at enemy to make hole into him and put his clothes on fire at the same time.

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South Korea: We're 'concerned' that Obama saved Apple from ban

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Re: Typical American behaviour

Indeed. Also, a French ship cunningly retconned from a US ship for Hollywoodian purposes treacherously attacked Captain "Lucky" Jack Aubrey's "HMS Surprise" out of the fog in "Master and Commander". Les bâtards!

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Obama did what?

Yeah, micromanagement of trade now, good idea.

Are we out of Iraq yet?

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Lumpy milk and exploding yoghurt? Your fridge could be riddled with MALWARE

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Re: Silly fancy fridges

Yes, these were the times when we discussed Yeltsin, the War on Chechnya, how many Clinton Generals made medals doing liberal intervention in Yugoslavia, the size of the hand of O.J. Simpson, Ramen Worm attacks, what was found on Monica's dress, The Matrix, the Alpha Processor, whether Windows 2000 was worth it, and I don't know what else.

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SAP boss cops jail time plea after Lego barcode bust

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Re: Wake me up

Too big to do time!

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Qualcomm exec on eight-core mobile chips: They're 'dumb'

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Re: "Dumb" until Qualcomm are able to produce an 8 core chip

> Better not tell that to the HYPErvisor people, as they and their followers have built their world around reinventing the timeslicing concept.

LOLNO. You seem to be new to this "Computer" thing.

Virtualization is not about timeslicing. It is about configuration management.

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NASA's cloud strategy panned by NASA auditors

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Re: Translated from management waffle ..

Your translation is not correct at all and it doesn't help to ask the Morlocks if you are moving to Contract Universe at hyperspeed.

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Step into the BREACH: HTTPS encrypted web cracked in 30 seconds

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Re: what is he saying?

The supersymmetry of cryptography!

"Maybe soon, possibly!"

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Re: "post cryptography?"

The fear of RSA brokenization has nothing to do with NP. You really just need fast factorization, which is not an NP-complete problem (it can be solved in polynomial time by the magically-well-guessing nondeterministic turing machines, so is in NP). You apparently need a quantum computer though (this being an exercise for the engineer), or a mystery polynomial-time algorithm that does factorization, if it exists (compare PRIMES is in P)

Now if you reduce NP-completeness or even NP-hardness to P, hell, you will be the master of the universe before sunset, and not in a metaphorical way either.

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Mystery object falls from sky, area sealed off by military: 'Weather balloon', say officials

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Paris Hilton

Michael Moore was in the saucer?

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Re: At some Space exploration unit on the homeworld of Alpha Centauri...

The sentence:

Be designated undercover agent for 10'000 rotations in an area called the "UK" where protein uptake is fraught with danger, chemicals and heavy metals, weather patterns are anxiety-inducing and locals are on a level with the standard inhabitance of the cantinas found on common sand planets.

Being in a particularly sadistic mood this rotation, we statuate that you shall man a one-person late-night kebab joint a bit south of something called "Thames".

Thus it has been decided etc. etc. etc.

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Re: If Occam was alive today ...

> behaves like a monkey in heat

> throws random insult

> gets downvoted

"this site is nothing if not predictable"

I hope summer is over soon.

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Re: If Occam was alive today ...

UGWONWOS: An "unidentified ground-wallowing object (not walrus or seal)"

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"One person told authorities it was making a strange noise."

The way things are going this just means the person calling hasn't heard that noise on TV yet. Not in the library of Skywalker Sounds.

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Ken Brill, 'the father of data centers', powers down at 69

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Pint

DRINK!

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Highway from HELL: Volcano tears through 35km of crust in WEEKS

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Re: Diamonds ...

WHY NOT?

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Re: I have one comment.

No need for tickets, you are Marshmallow.

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Re: I have one comment.

The SWAT team is under way. We have complete records.

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Re: Slight correction

Spoken with the voice of Sir Bedivere:

How come you know so much about volcanism?

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Ultimate Radio Deathmatch: US Navy missile-defence radar vs 4G mobile mast

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The radar and its associated weapons are sufficiently powerful that they can reach into space itself.

"Yes Admiral! We now have the weapons to fight WARS IN SPACE! Unfortunately our proud nation has not managed to build any spaceships as of yet, so we decided put the weapons onto a blue water hull instead. Looks nearly as good, but... you know."

"Intolerable! Get me one of those Japs on the phone!"

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Hundreds of UK CSC staff face chop, told to train Indian replacements

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Smoking the Marxist bong!

"Workers who are paying the ultimate price of their jobs" (says someone called Ian Tonks, a Unite national officer)

Just being full of it. The one who pays is CSC. It's called wages.

"WORKERS TRAPPED IN SALARY CONTRACTS! TRAGIC, UNACCEPTABLE!!"

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Did Linux drive supers, and can it drive corporate data centers?

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> Windows Server currently has a 75% market share in the enterprise server market:

Oh, look here, random stats.

Sounds plausible, but...

http://slashdot.org/topic/datacenter/the-enterprise-datacenter-os-war-is-over/

Windows is now deployed on 75 percent of all new servers shipped, according to IDC’s May 2012 forecast. Linux is now deployed on 25 percent of all new servers shipped, and is also stuck there.

So we have those numbers on "servers shipped with OS" ... how many servers are shipped "without OS"? Quite a lot probably. How many of these will be running WIndows? Probably none.

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Hackers induce 'CATASTROPHIC FAILURE' in mock oil well

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Re: Which

> air gap

Dontcha mean a firewall?

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Terror cops swoop on couple who Googled 'backpacks' and 'pressure cooker'

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You will probably find pot or a runaway dad. Than have the guy taken away in a black limousineblue van.

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People are like golden retrievers!

"Six gentleman in casual clothes emerged from the vehicles and spread out as they walked toward the house"

At that moment people should engage with their AR-15s.

Because if these guys happen to be cartel, then shit's gonna hit the fan. You better take down a few ASAP.

Do not forget to call 911. Apparently you can have "help", it's some sort of kool-aid.

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Google SELLS OUT the INTERNET HIPPIES! AGAIN!

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Re: Standard Terms and Conditions

This seems to be becoming standard. The obvious reason is to block spambots pumping the line full of shite. Reasonable.

If need be, tunnel out to your SMTP server at [random reasonably-priced physical or VM hoster].

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Re: Define: Server

"it's acting as an Internet server for which they require you to take out a commercial contract"

Acting as a bog-standard Internet node requires you to "take a commercial contract"?

Yeah right.

You are paying for an "Internet connection" (yeah look it up, where is the RFC describing Internet connections that have no services to the outrside?), not for a weird hose that spews content at you one-way.

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An expensive "Google TV via Fiber Optics", then.

No thanks, keep your cancer, Google.

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Chubby-chasing SEX TROLLS ran me offline, says fashion blogger

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Re: Welcome to the real world, kid.

It's like that scene in "Generation Kill" where the hapelss female pogue gets the male treatment, really.

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Apple files patent for iPhone enabled auto-adjustable auto interior

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Abysmally dumb.

Yes, carry preferences for some device around on your *other* device.

Very ingenious. Very genius bar. With the bar configured to "very low".

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Boffins: We have FOOLED APPLE with malware app

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Re: Security hacks

> The only security you are concerned about is job security.

I hope summer is over soon.

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Re: Objective-C runtime

> if the person doing the testing doesn't do a good job then things will slip through

Let me state in no uncertain terms that finding out whether an app is malicious or has "Manchurian Voltron" powers to rearrange themselves into a malicious configuration at a later time is actually an undecidable problem. Not to mention ill-defined.

Apple just cannot find out that such maliciousness exists in general.

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Re: Now in the real world ..

'aple thnks charger iz putr lol'

Apple users talk like Dolan Duck?

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Police probe IDIOTIC Twitter bomb threats slung at journalists

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Re: The line between trolling and threatening...

It's as fine as Vallis Marineris.

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Re: Bomb Threats

Lots of johnny-come-lately internoobs who try to force-redefine what "trolling" is about, I see.

Yes, that is YOU, NomNomNom and Gav

The first rule of trolling is: If you notice it's trolling, then it isn't trolling.

troll /v.,n./

[From the Usenet group alt.folklore.urban] To utter a posting on Usenet designed to attract predictable responses or flames. Derives from the phrase "trolling for newbies" which in turn comes from mainstream "trolling", a style of fishing in which one trails bait through a likely spot hoping for a bite. The well-constructed troll is a post that induces lots of newbies and flamers to make themselves look even more clueless than they already do, while subtly conveying to the more savvy and experienced that it is in fact a deliberate troll. If you don't fall for the joke, you get to be in on it.

Some people claim that the troll is properly a narrower category than flame bait, that a troll is categorized by containing some assertion that is wrong but not overtly controversial.

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Happy 20th birthday, Windows NT 3.1: Microsoft's server outrider

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Turned me into a Newt..echnology

From the Hallowed Halls of the Troll TowersEl Reg Editing Room:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/06/10/openvms_death_notice/

The architect of RSX-11M and VMS was Dave Cutler, who planned a portable, object-oriented successor, Mica, running on hardware codenamed Prism. When DEC wasn't interested, he and some of his team decamped to Microsoft, where they were given the project of reviving the moribund OS/2 3 project after the IBM-Microsoft split. While OS/2 2 was the Intel 386 version, OS/2 3 was to be portable to non-x86 processors. Cutler drew upon his previous Prism and Mica work to bring Microsoft's OS/2 3 to the Intel i860 CPU, a RISC/VLIW chip Intel had hoped might be a successor to the x86 line.

There were two versions of the chip – the basic i860XR, codenamed the N10, and the enhanced i86XP, codenamed N11. Microsoft built its own i860 workstations for the development effort, based around the i860XTR and consequently nick-named the "N-Ten". The initials of these – NT – is where the eventual name for Cutler's finished OS: Windows NT.

Don't know whether true....

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China's army releases FPS trainer game

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I'm good with ArmA III

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Microsoft Surface sales numbers revealed as SHOCKINGLY HIDEOUS

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So why not go for the new SUBSCRIPTION TURD? Cheaper, faster, smoother!

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FIle in the same drawer as "the recession will be over ANY MINUTE NOW"

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"Ambergris" used be sellable at premium prices, man.

It is also as illegal as child pr0nz in the US, for all the wrong reasons.

This Microsoft stuff is not like that at all.

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New NSA tool exposed: XKeyscore sees 'nearly EVERYTHING you do online'

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DON'T LISTEN TO THIS.

THIS IS NOTHING NEW.

THERE ARE COOKIES IN THE KITCHEN!

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