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Yahoo, PRISM and short-term memories

pew terrorism pollIn early September, it was revealed that Yahoo had been threatened with a fine of $250,000 per day for failing to hand over information to the federal government. Details of the threat became public after 1,500 pages worth of documents were unsealed in the case, stemming from a 2007 order from the FISA Court. Wired reports, “Yahoo applied to appeal the [FISA] decision and requested a stay in the data collection pending the appeal. But the FISA Court refused the stay, and beginning in March 2008, Yahoo was forced to comply with the request for data in the meantime ‘under threat of civil contempt.’
Five months later, in August 2008, the FISA Court of Review found that the data request, undertaken for national security reasons, qualified for an exception to the warrant requirement under the Fourth Amendment and upheld the original court’s order to comply.” see more…

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Gary Johnson urges pullout after embassy attacks

From a campaign release today:

It is tragic when Americans serving their country are murdered, and we both mourn their loss and honor their service.

Part of honoring that service is to ask the obvious question: What U.S. interest is being served by putting our people – and our money – in places where U.S. personnel can be killed by extremists over a video? We launched millions of dollars worth of missiles to bring down Gaddafi, and this is what we get. We hail and encourage the outbreak of an Arab Spring in Egypt, send them billions of dollars we can’t afford, — and our embassy is breached and our flag desecrated.

In Afghanistan, we continue to put our troops in harm’s way 10 years after our post-9/11 mission was complete. Why?

The airwaves are filled today with political chest-pounding and calls for decisive action. The most decisive and prudent action we can take today is to stop trying to manage governments and peoples on the other side of the globe who don’t want to be managed, get our people out of impossible situations that have no direct U.S. interest, and immediately stop sending money to regimes who clearly cannot or will not control their own countries.

Protecting America with a strong national defense and a rational foreign policy is our leaders’ most basic responsibility. But let us not confuse national security with senseless intervention where our interests are clearly not being served.

Or you know, just let tweedle dee or tweedle dum keep putting people in harm’s way, while also stoking the fires of hatred on both sides.

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Ice T throws down libertarian wisdom on gun control

During an interview with a news station in London, rapper and actor Ice T was able to coolly and calmly explain the fundamental reasons not to knee-jerk towards gun control every time some idiot gets it in their mind to kill a bunch of people for attention (which they get, in spades). The kicker: Ice T was being filmed while news of the shooting was just breaking across the pond.

I’m a bit conflicted on Ice T, because on one hand he’s had a rich history of criminal activity with guns (a lot of which he escaped earthly judgement for), on the other he seems to have a great deal of expertise to share on the subject of guns and terrorism psychology because of it.

“I’ll give up my gun when everybody else does.” Agreed.

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