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Weaponizing Ridicule

Posted on September 3rd, 2017 at 21:07 by John Sinteur in category: News


Venezuelan women stripped off their pants and threw them at riot police, taunting the already demoralized young men to “man up” and put them on. Jeering crowds laughed at the confused paramilitary forces, chanting for them to “wear some pants” and side with the people against the tottering Maduro dictatorship. Suddenly, the truncheon-wielding, helmeted police and their armored vehicles didn’t seem quite so menacing. Once the public could make fun of the repressive machine, everyone knew the police state’s time was running out.

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Deputy AG Rosenstein calls for law to require encryption backdoors

Posted on September 3rd, 2017 at 19:07 by John Sinteur in category: News


The deputy US Attorney General said he wants legislators to force technology companies to decrypt people’s private conversations.

Rod Rosenstein on Wednesday told a crowd of over 600 police officers that software developers should be required by law to unscrambled end-to-end encrypted chatter on demand – and if the engineers refuse, they should be strong-armed into complying.

“Unfortunately, some companies are unwilling to help enforce court orders to obtain evidence of criminal activity stored in electronic devices,” Rosenstein told attendees at the Utah National Security and Anti-Terrorism Conference in Salt Lake City.

“I hope that technology companies will work with us to stop criminals from defeating law enforcement. Otherwise, legislation may be necessary.”

Rosenstein, who does not have any legislative power, did not elaborate on just what those laws might be or how they might be enforced.

By now I’m sure ass-hats like these know better. Yet they still spout their bullshit, so I have to stop assuming incompetence and start assuming malice.

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