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Freedom’s just another word for nothing

Posted by Charles II on November 20, 2014

Matthew Taylor, The Guardian:

Human rights experts and technology groups have launched a new tool allowing members of the public to scan their computers and phones for surveillance spyware used by governments.

Amnesty says Detekt is the first tool freely available that will allow activists and journalists to find out if their electronic devices are being monitored without their knowledge.

Detekt was developed by German security researcher Claudio Guarnieri after discussions with human rights activists. It will be launched on Thursday in partnership with Amnesty International, British charity Privacy International, German civil rights group Digitale Gesellschaft and US digital rights group the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Meanwhile, our freedom-loving Senate Republicans are blocking any limits on spying on Americans (although, paradoxically, this may possibly be good news). We can’t even get those radical leftist Senate Democrats to release the torture report even though 30 U.S. military generals have urged that it be released. Spencer Ackerman, The Guardian, from August:

Three of the Middle East’s most brutal and hated dictators participated fulsomely in pre- and post-9/11 renditions: Gaddafi, Hosni Mubarak of Egypt and Bashar al-Assad of Syria. Though the CIA cultivated robust relationships with their security services, cemented around counter-terrorism, the US would later abandon Mubarak, aid in Gaddafi’s overthrow and killing, and come within a hair’s breadth last year of attacking Assad.

Through those alliances, the US secretly permitted the architecture of rendition to encompass their partners’ enemies. Documents recovered by Human Rights Watch in the aftermath of Gaddafi’s overthrow showed the US capturing and interrogating Gaddafi’s opponents in the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, whose ties to al-Qaida were nuanced and transactional, and then rendering them to Gaddafi.

“Interrogation” entailed, among other things, being sealed inside a small “confinement box,” repeated beatings and waterboarding – all within CIA custody, and all before transference to Gaddafi’s prisons for even more brutal treatment.

2 Responses to “Freedom’s just another word for nothing”

  1. I actually like this bill:

    http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/11/utah-lawmaker-wants-to-shut-off-nsas-water-supply-for-good/

    • Charles II said

      Except for the minor problem that it opens up 10th Amendment extremism, yes.

      This is a problem in a lot of the red states. They want to preempt federal authority on a whole host of issues. As much as I sympathize with the goal. this is the wrong way to do it.

      Unless, of course, the Feds have failed to actually get the water rights properly. In the west, water rights are a constant topic of dispute, and I suspect that a truly neutral court would find that most of the water rights have been stolen from Native Americans, Hispanics, and some Anglo farmers.

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