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@abulsme tweets from 2013-06-07 (UTC)

  • Reading – The NSA Violates The Batman Standard (Oliver Willis) http://t.co/bPhwmOkjiF 12:31:06
  • Reading – President Obama Doesn't Welcome Debate, He Actively Thwarts It (Conor Friedersdorf) http://t.co/8vZvhw9t4L 12:35:28
  • Reading – These programs might well have been legal. That’s almost worse. (Klein/Soltas) http://t.co/NTu3Ot6jEE 12:45:45
  • Reading – Is This Who Runs Prism? (Josh Marshall) http://t.co/IbheFCqUTP 12:48:03
  • Reading – Welcome to the Bush-Obama White House: They’re Spying on Us (Ron Fournier) http://t.co/rm2Ftrj0qT 13:06:09
  • The argument for -> Minimization and the “Collection First” Surveillance Model (Stewart Baker) http://t.co/kvSiY25ATS 13:12:27
  • Reading – The US Government is mad at Bradley Manning for doing to it what it is Doing to All of us (Juan Cole) http://t.co/CbupTip2Vi 13:24:18
  • Reading – Verizon and the N.S.A.: The Problem with Metadata (Jane Mayer) http://t.co/UDqghgeFCY 13:31:08
  • Reading – Young Americans More Likely to See Being Gay as a "Choice" (Eli Sanders) http://t.co/JuIRGGEcvw 13:33:45
  • Reading – Admit It, Rep. Sensenbrenner: You Were Wrong About the Patriot Act (Conor Friedersdorf) http://t.co/0TNSrodDSl 13:40:45
  • Reading – Three unoriginal thoughts on the NSA revelations (Daniel W. Drezner) http://t.co/6gEZDgB2zE 13:45:52
  • More justification -> Why the NSA Needs Your Phone Calls… (Stewart Baker) http://t.co/AhnRxz461k 13:50:35
  • [Abulpost] Congressional Velocity (June 2013 Update): In our annual predictions show for 2013 one of the… http://t.co/Hz8b0f1E8j 14:17:40
  • Reading – What We Don't Know About Spying on Citizens: Scarier Than What We Know (Bruce Schneier) http://t.co/tl7PXlXlXo 15:01:18
  • Reading – Is Prism Going To Harm US High-Tech Exports? (Matthew Yglesias) http://t.co/YS3nBUtuQ3 15:10:00
  • Reading – The FBI May Have Your Emails (The Dish) http://t.co/IqdMrXcT86 15:16:32
  • BINGO! -> Reading – All the Infrastructure a Tyrant Would Need, Courtesy of Bush and Obama (Conor Friedersdorf) http://t.co/lZQJjp4ZQt 15:23:40
  • Also remember the international precedents. If it is OK for us to do it, how can we say it is wrong for any other country to do it? 15:25:29
  • And even with the existing programs, are we really OK with the notion that ALL non-Americans should have no privacy expectations at all? 15:26:35
  • Also note that 2 deg of separation from about 1M people on various watch lists probably gets most US citizens despite “protections”. Sigh! 15:28:28
  • RT @intelwire: Regardless of your view on the NSA program, defending it with "it doesn't collect content" shows you don't have a good grasp… 15:33:26
  • Watching – Ask Fareed Zakaria Anything: Stay Out Of Syria (The Dish) http://t.co/2Drigkm0yr 15:39:38
  • Corps too of course -> Reading – Schneier: Internet is a surveillance state (Bruce Schneier) http://t.co/keO4MzcsCu 15:47:12
  • .@conor64 on a roll -> Reading – Secrecy Undermines the Ability of Congress to Function (Friedersdorf) http://t.co/mxJOsg3mvy 15:52:36
  • Reading – Why Does a Terry Standard Apply to Querying the NSA Call Records Database? (Orin Kerr) http://t.co/VkgXGXpg3N 16:16:24
  • RT @mikeyang: I don't think there are enough engineers at Google willing to work on Prism as it is alleged to be. Let alone go through clea… 16:18:19
  • Tech Speculation -> Reading – Prism and NSA Spying: why I don't (entirely) believe it. (Michael Brunton-Spall) http://t.co/QYeoSHb9Pn 16:28:18
  • Uh huh MT @BostonGlobe: "When you look at the details, I think we've struck the right balance." -President Obama on NSA data mining program. 16:29:20
  • Um… RT @gerrycanavan: uh oh RT @lrozen: RT Obama: If ppl dont trust Congress, judges or exec branch, then we are going 2have some problems 16:29:39
  • Actually @BarackObama, that’s the whole point of rules and checks and balances. You can’t base a system on trust and good intentions. 16:32:19
  • You need to assume people will have bad intent sometimes, and other times people with good intent will overreach. 16:33:13
  • Systematic protections have to be strong enough to restrain bad guys if they get in power, and prevent the good guys from overreaching too. 16:33:55
  • Sometimes (often) the good guys should be restricted a lot more than they want to be, because the same rules will apply to the bad guys. 16:36:22
  • This is not a design flaw to be worked around or eliminated. It is a critical aspect of a good society. 16:36:56
  • I have no doubt that massive surveillance and data mining helps thwart attacks and more. That isn’t the question. It isn’t worth it. 16:40:05
  • Ha! MT @ggreenwald Awesome! So they'll be no leak investigation then? RT @mattyglesias Obama welcomes debate on secret surveillance programs 18:03:13
  • RT @owenthomas: I don't understand why the government doesn't just offer a premium tier of citizenship with no monitoring. 18:07:07
  • RT @emmagkeller: Obama passes the buck to us the American people, saying we voted for the Members of Congress who have oversight. 18:09:19
  • RT @Chris_Moody: Obama consistently appears perplexed as to why Americans are generally suspicious of their government's motives. 18:16:07
  • Reading – Congress all but silent on surveillance of Internet records (Aaron Blake) http://t.co/jXQbua6Bat 18:19:04
  • Reading – UK gathering secret intelligence via covert NSA operation (Nick Hopkins) http://t.co/Z8RhKYOTss 18:21:13
  • [Abulpost] Curmudgeon's Corner: That Kind of Smell: In the latest Curmudgeon's Corner Sam and Ivan talk… http://t.co/D3Hb5Z9CfT 18:25:41
  • Reading – Despite Naming Coincidence, Palantir Says It’s Not Part Of PRISM Program (Alexia Tsotsis) http://t.co/QLJ6OEQKrP 18:27:01
  • No, not surprised. Sigh. -> Reading – Obama is Bad on Civil Liberties But That Shouldn't Surprise Anyone (Kevin Drum) http://t.co/6OQXxdlU5p 18:29:40
  • RT @studentactivism: I do a double-take every time someone suggests that because something the govt does is legal, it means it's not scanda… 18:30:34
  • MT @DennisDMZ: Obama just announced he's replacing "Hail to the Chief" with "Every Breath You Take" by the Police…the band that is. 22:40:38
  • Reading – Was President Obama the leaker? (Ezra Klein) http://t.co/SsYy0SthuH 23:25:14
  • Reading – In Which Mr Gallup Eats Some Crow Pie (Andrew Sullivan) http://t.co/Ul7E4udBcH 23:30:31