Another Attempt To Backdoor Encryption

Three of our worst Senators, Marsha Blackburn, Tom Cotton and the ever-awful Lindsey Graham yesterday introduced the Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act, a “bill to bolster national security interests and better product communities across the country by ending the use of warrant-proof' encrypted technology by terrorists and other bad actors to conceal illicit behavior." First, I can’t...

50+ Security & Cryptography Academics Write Open Letter to Government

Over fifty academic cryptography and network/computer security experts from such institutions as UC Berkeley, Stanford, Brown University, Yale, Princeton, Harvard, Cornell and many others today implored the Obama administration in an open letter to rein in the practices and capabilities of the NSA, arguing that weakening cryptographic standards and inserting backdoors makes everyone less safe...

Priorities

Do you ever stop and wonder whether our nation’s security priorities are a little out of whack? Maybe need to be re-adjusted or given a reality check every so often - at least more often than they currently seem to be? Just a bit ago, we learned that the TSA missed a fully-loaded Glock that sailed right through the scanners at Houston airport. Remember that as you get “randomly selected for...

Investors Business Daily Puts Its Thumb On The (Medical) Scale – Again

Investors’ Business Daily is out with a new editorial, crowing that their much-maligned 2009 survey of doctors (which trumpeted the alarming headline that 45% of doctors would consider quitting practice if health care reform passed) has now been vindicated by a new survey showing very similar results to IBD’s conveniently-timed 2009 poll. During the white-hot war in the fall of 2009 over...

Daniel Ellsberg on WikiLeaks

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? - Juvenal, ca 100 CE (also, Alan Moore, 1985)Things are moving fast in the story of large government and financial interests’ moves against WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange. First came the unprecedented international arrest warrant for sorta-unspecified sex crimes charges in Sweden. Then came news Assange had turned himself in to the British bobbies. Then...

Check Out WikiLeaks’ New Digs!

After Joe Lieberman (I-DroopyDawg) leaned on Amazon to remove Wikileaks from their servers (though Amazon denies Liebertool’s phone calls had anything to do with their decision), Julian Assange and the WikiLeaks crew decided to go Full Metal Dr. Evil. Check out where WikiLeaks' servers are located NOW: Additional mind-blowing pictures of the Bahnhof server facility (via LA Times) can be found...