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The Metadata Ghost is still lurking

When Congress passed the USA Freedom act and closed out the National Security Agency’s unwarranted data gathering the appropriate response was simple. Good riddance. The program, initiated under terms of Section 215 of the Patriot Act and revealed by Edward Snowden, lived… 681 more words

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I sometimes think about people who have had multiple bed partners.

How many have they had? Were they all solely for pleasure? For exploration? For adventure? 250 more words

Life

Barry Eisler's new novel is fascinating: "ripped from the headlines," more or less

But it also has a good thriller plot: intel plus DC bureaucratic infighting plus the usual assassination machinations. Plus it’s interesting to see the names of real people and read references to actual stories, though the detailed plot is fiction. 7 more words

Books

A Tangled Web

A nice pigeon-pair of posts from George Danezis, Reader in Security and Privacy Engineering (A.P) at University College, London. Well worth reading in tandem. The first being a bit of a ‘you are here’, overview of the state-of-art in cryptography and the security assumptions thereof. 92 more words

Snowden: Hero or Traitor?

“When legality and morality begin to separate, we all have a moral obligation to do something about that. When I saw that the work I was doing and all my colleagues were doing being subversive not only to our intentions but contrary to the public’s intent, I felt an obligation to act.”   – Edward Snowden                                                                                                                              (Xu, V.,2015) 912 more words

Surveillance

Freeing Julian Assange: the last chapter

by John Pilger

One of the epic miscarriages of justice of our time is unravelling. The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention – the international tribunal that adjudicates and decides whether governments comply with their human rights obligations – has ruled that Julian Assange has been detained unlawfully by Britain and Sweden. 1,013 more words

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Rational Security, Episode #54: The "Deck Chairs on the Titanic" Edition

The administration is revamping its efforts to staunch ISIS recruitment. The NSA makes the line between cyber attacks and defense even blurrier. And Ben has a plan to solve the going dark problem. 32 more words

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