Be Alert. America Needs More Lerts.
Bill Quick

Potential Holiday Threats Assessed With Focus on ‘Lone Wolf’ Terrorists – The New York Times WASHINGTON — Since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, American counterterrorism officials have increased security at national landmarks and large public events ahead of major … Continue reading

Was the OPM Hack China? Or Somebody Else?
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OPM Hack — How Obama Hack Katherine Archuleta Let OPM Get Hacked | National Review Online By now, it’s clear that hackers — believed to be tied to the Chinese government – stole files from the Office of Personnel Management that … Continue reading

Fat Head Sheep
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Voters Are OK With FDA Nixing Trans Fats – Rasmussen Reports™ The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced last week that food companies have three years to phase out partially hydrogenated oils, the main source of trans fat, and voters … Continue reading

It’s A Crisis! Let’s Institute Ubiquitous Surveillance of All Americans Immediately!
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Nunes: US Is At ‘Highest Threat Level We Have Ever Faced’ « CBS DC WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee warns that America is dealing with “the highest threat level we have ever faced in this … Continue reading

OPM Got Hacked Because It Handed Root to the People’s Republic of China Three Years Ago
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Encryption “would not have helped” at OPM, says DHS official | Ars Technica Look at what was buried near the very end of this long article: A consultant who did some work with a company contracted by OPM to manage … Continue reading

Boob Food For The Rubes
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Even former NSA chief thinks USA Freedom Act was a pointless change | Ars Technica The former director of the National Security Agency isn’t particularly concerned about the loss of the government’s bulk metadata collection under Section 215 of the … Continue reading

Skaters, Skateboards, and Scooters
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Skaters, Skateboards, and Scooters – Something for the kids or grandkids.  Or maybe you’d like to break a limb or two…? Remember – anything you buy from Amazon through any link on this site puts a commission in my pocket, … Continue reading

Oh My Gawd: The Third Undersecretary’s Administrative Assistant Intern Had His Performance Evaulation Hacked. We’re Doomed!
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Chinese hackers breach federal government’s personnel office – The Washington Post Hackers working for the Chinese state breached the computer system of the Office of Personnel Management in December, U.S. officials said Thursday, and the agency will notify some 4?million … Continue reading

Cynicism Is My Default Position
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Rand Paul’s dark vision – The Washington Post So maybe it was statistically inevitable that Paul would cover himself in the opposite of glory by declaring, during his Monday Senate speech against National Security Agency counterterrorism surveillance, that “people here … Continue reading

The Most Futile, Deadly Trade America Can Make
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From Jim Geraghty’s Morning Jolt today: A recent op-ed by Paul was titled, “The Patriot Act provides no security at the cost of our liberty.” “The issue is NOT whether there is a trade-off,” Deitz continues. “The question that we … Continue reading

I will gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.
Bill Quick

Victory! Senate Votes Against Patriot Act Renewal! | Conservative Daily Instead of keeping the Senate in session like he threatened to, Mitch McConnell conceded. Now, in all likelihood, the most atrocious parts of the Patriot Act will end! But not … Continue reading

Annals of the Security State
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Why National-Security Republicans Lost the Patriot Act Debate | National Review Online Seriously? A program that creates a database that does not contain personal identifying information, and that can be accessed only under a statutory process overseen by a special … Continue reading

Rubio: We Need Security Theater – Lots of Security Theater
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Paul commandeers Senate to protest Patriot Act As Paul made his case, a Justice Department memo circulated on Capitol Hill warning lawmakers that the NSA will have to begin winding down its bulk collection of Americans’ phone records by the … Continue reading

The Incompetent American Security Establishment
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Islamic State could soon execute 9/11-scale attack in U.S., analysts say – Washington Times Though much Islamic State rhetoric may be bluster, analysts say the terrorist group is sufficiently wealthy and has enough social media savvy that, if unchecked, it … Continue reading

Poor, Helpless NSA
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Dangerously Underpowered NSA Begging Legislators For Permission To Go To Cyberwar | Techdirt Cyber-this and cyber-that. That’s all the government wants to talk about. The NSA, which has always yearned for a larger slice of the cybersecurity pie, is pushing … Continue reading

TSA: The Security-Theater Agency
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TSA Waves Convicted Murderer With Explosives Experience Through Its PreCheck Lane | Techdirt The TSA’s PreCheck program also expedites security screening for “notorious convicted felons” and “former domestic terrorists.” Who knew? From the sounds of its in-depth pre-screening efforts, you … Continue reading