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@abulsme tweets from 2013-08-21 (UTC)

  • .@imbou I know that was your point, I just think the implications to oversight or lack thereof are more important than anything abt Snowden. in reply to imbou 00:00:38
  • .@imbou And I still say they would have figured out it was him before too long. :-) [I just don't think it matters much.] in reply to imbou 00:02:11
  • My fitbit #Fitstats for 8/20/2013: 8,456 steps and 6.2 km traveled. http://t.co/yvGq0OoOT9 00:02:12
  • RT @imbou: @abulsme I agree the oversight sucked! The problem all were talking is Miranda, his lawyers, yeah I am sure there were no contr… 00:05:02
  • RT @imbou: @abulsme at the same time I don't think there was a programmatic effort to break the law either 00:05:11
  • .@imbou I believe there was no programatic effort to break the administrations twisted interpretation of the law. in reply to imbou 00:06:06
  • .@imbou But more & more I am agreeing with the notion that the whole program may be illegal if you don't buy the odd use of "relevant", etc. in reply to imbou 00:07:09
  • .@imbou Not to mention whole 4th amendment concern, although courts so far have gone other way on that, slowly eroding all meaning from 4th. in reply to imbou 00:08:17
  • RT @imbou: @abulsme no because there were no controls!!!!!! 00:08:48
  • RT @imbou: @abulsme every law has an interpretation, well educated people will always differ, I was going over a few legal points today and… 00:12:26
  • .@imbou Of course, always room for reasonable disagreement. But not when you just redefine words arbitrarily to get the result you want. in reply to imbou 00:13:46
  • .@imbou Should not have cases where the "interpretation" is so far from the plain reading of the text as to be unrecognizable. in reply to imbou 00:14:39
  • RT @imbou: @abulsme which is why I hated the law as written in the first place the whole thing should be scrapped 00:14:48
  • .@imbou At least on that we agree. :-) in reply to imbou 00:15:54
  • RT @imbou: @abulsme that's your opinion and you are very literal usually 00:16:20
  • .@imbou I give you that I can be pretty literal, but don't have to be all that literal to think that "relevant" doesn't mean "everything". in reply to imbou 00:17:11
  • .@imbou Or that you aren't "collecting" when you save copies of things, as long as you don't look at it. in reply to imbou 00:18:07
  • RT @imbou: @abulsme the laws were way way way too broad, there was no advocate for privacy or the other position it was a bad set up all ar… 00:18:15
  • .@imbou You always expect vague laws 2b applied in the broadest way possible, but in this case even law's authors stunned by interpretation. in reply to imbou 00:19:28
  • RT @imbou: @abulsme the whole is probably unconstitutional but the court has failed to see it that way 00:19:35
  • .@imbou Yup. Unfortunately. in reply to imbou 00:20:05
  • RT @imbou: @abulsme you have always had this complaint as far as I remember but this what happens when bad laws get written 00:20:09
  • .@imbou If you allow admin to define words however they want, no law is safe, admin can make any law mean whatever they want. in reply to imbou 00:21:22
  • .@imbou The interpretations should have to at least somewhat resemble the plain reading. Otherwise, might as well just get rid of congress. in reply to imbou 00:22:49
  • .@imbou Although actually… now that I mention that possibility… they ARE pretty useless, so maybe… in reply to imbou 00:23:28
  • RT @imbou: @abulsme this is what happens laws are crappy, Clinton really believes he didn't have sex with Monica according to his interpret… 00:23:33
  • .@imbou At least in that case, a good deal of the population DOES use the word sex in a way that does NOT include what Clinton/Lewinski did. in reply to imbou 00:24:22
  • RT @imbou: @abulsme well they are the morons that pushed this crap legislation without thinking the implications. I am not impressed by th… 00:24:30
  • .@imbou OK. You win on that one. :-) in reply to imbou 00:24:41
  • RT @imbou: @abulsme how about they write a law with good oversight and review and opposition advocacy instead of here do surveillance we tr… 00:24:47
  • .@imbou Ha! Like congress would ever do that! They don't WANT that responsibility! in reply to imbou 00:25:14
  • RT @imbou: @abulsme if you totally leave it to them of course they will fin the interpretation most beneficial to their view!!!! 00:25:19
  • .@imbou Congress should be hopping up and down and impeaching whenever an admin "interprets" their laws too broadly… But… in reply to imbou 00:26:26
  • .@imbou But of course, each party supports their own prez, and congress as a whole never stands up for congressional rights. in reply to imbou 00:27:40
  • .@imbou As a congressperson, I should be pissed at the pref violating law, even if I think the law is wrong and the prez right on principle. in reply to imbou 00:28:53
  • RT @imbou: @abulsme they need to their job and congress barely passes anything anymore which makes what gets through awful 00:29:33
  • .@imbou "Checks and Balances" requires congress & courts that are NOT deferential 2 executive branch and stand up 4 selves. Don't have that. in reply to imbou 00:31:10
  • RT @imbou: @abulsme so if you passed a law and let Clinton be the arbiter of what sex means, that's what you get!!! 00:31:16
  • RT @imbou: @abulsme ha! 00:31:53
  • RT @imbou: @abulsme not in a long time, no 00:31:57
  • RT @imbou: @abulsme I think the courts have proved more inclined to defend their turf but not congress, and every day they don't makes it w… 00:35:00
  • .@imbou The court does stand up sometimes, but has also shown a lot of deference to the executive and the expansion of presidential power. in reply to imbou 00:35:40
  • For more of this conversation between myself and @imbou, tune into the next Curmudgeon's Corner! :-) http://t.co/lT3e55Fr4V 00:35:45
  • RT @imbou: @abulsme agreed 00:38:03
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  • Fun Map! -> Reading – There are 21 counties in America where German is still spoken actively (Chris Cillizza) http://t.co/hrCRrBMRFv 00:46:25
  • Reading – Administration Can’t Let Go: Wants To Bring Back Felony Streaming Provisions Of SOPA (Mike Masnick) https://t.co/bThuq2AQUj 14:14:04
  • Reading – Experts see signs of nerve gas in deadly Syrian attack (Amar Toor) http://t.co/SB17oqueuL 14:18:58
  • RT @BreakingNews: Bradley Manning sentenced to 35 years for WikiLeaks disclosures – @verge http://t.co/8qFMoqLARQ 14:20:47
  • Reading – NSA Can Spy On Almost Anything, Gets To Set Its Own Filters ((Mis)Uses of Technology) [Mike Masnick] http://t.co/HeQKJkY3Mi 15:33:16
  • Reading – Manning Sentenced to 35 Years for Leaking Government Secrets (Savage/Huetteman) http://t.co/EH8mEFa2R9 15:36:14
  • Reading – The Guardian’s Computer Smash-Up Story Grows Increasingly Bizarre (Bob Cesca) http://t.co/VPpBVLMPFH 18:31:44
  • Reading – U.K. Government Ordered Official to Stem Guardian Leaks (Danica Kirka) http://t.co/rhmF2uO0Kl 18:40:05
  • Reading – Poll: Louisiana GOPers Unsure If Katrina Response Was Obama's Fault (Tom Kludt) http://t.co/HQeKOJKaON 18:46:57
  • RT @dangillmor: Even if you believe NSA works hard to minimize violations of its programs, the programs themselves are the larger violation… 20:27:25
  • For the record, I see there was a massive dump of NSA stuff a little while ago. Watching twitter, but @ work, so not looking at details now. 20:43:06
  • Reading – Concern over NSA privacy violations unites Democrats and Republicans, poll finds (Scott Clement) http://t.co/LkWxmRxOzj 20:43:28
  • Reading – A very mild defense of in-app purchases (John Moltz) http://t.co/NihxfOrdJs 22:56:16
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