Source: The Washington Post
quote: I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.
quote: Economists Luigi Zingales and Adair Morse of the University of Chicago and Alexander Dyck of the University of Toronto estimated conservatively that in any given year a fraud was being committed by 11 to 13 percent of the large companies in the country.
quote: Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.
quote: Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.
quote: When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.
quote: To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.
quote: Never spend your m-ney before you have earned it.
quote: Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.
quote: The spirit of this country is totally adverse to a large military force.
quote: Our country is now taking so steady a course as to show by what road it will pass to destruction, to wit: by consolidation of power first, and then corruption, its necessary consequence.
quote: The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
quote: An enemy generally says and believes what he wishes.
quote: I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.
quote: One man with courage is a majority.
quote: Even quantum computers have limits
quote: My two cents but I believe its time to recognize the NSA as a rogue group that has levied war against America and it no longer limited to violating our rights as citizens.
quote: Hypothetically: let’s say a presentation classified as top secret by the Federal Government was leaked in which the government claims that with 100% success rate it can unlock any Qwikset branded front door lock without leaving any trace of the intrusion. There could be any number of public reactions ranging from complete apathy to abject terror. Though if the real world example this analogy is based on is any indication it would skew towards the former. A common rational for such reaction would be "If the government wishes to search my premises without my knowledge I have nothing to hide; I am not a terrorist, nor do I make a habit out of breaking the law." That rational may seem sound. That is until you consider that the same technique that the government can use to open those Qwikset branded front door locks can also be used by malicious parties such as burglars. In fact by the government not disclosing this information to Qwikset (so that they can improve their locks) an untold number of people are left vulnerable to burglary. Worse still many of the leaked documents suggest that the government itself may be responsible for the design defects in the affected locks. In case you haven’t realized; the government really doesn’t have a backdoor for Qwikset branded front door locks (that we know of). I was using that as a stand in for the products and technologies being targeted by the NSA including smartphones, routers, firewalls, and operating systems. In this actual classified slide the NSA indicates that it has the ability to remotely push/pull files, retrieve text messages, retrieve contact lists, voicemails, geolocations, remotely listen into the microphone, capture pictures using the camera, etc of an iPhone. In another slide the NSA also claims that it can do this with a 100% success rate. Though these slides are notably dated (10/01/08), we really don’t know how these techniques have progressed and if they can be exploited by malicious parties. It’s ironic, but in the name of securing our physical beings the National SECURITY Agency may have left us more vulnerable to electronic attacks. To add insult to injury: Apple has repeatedly denied giving NSA access, but even the suggestion of cooperating with the NSA hurts their brand image and undermines their credibility worldwide. In this way the NSA makes US technology companies less competitive in a global market.
quote: In case you haven’t realized; the government really doesn’t have a backdoor for Qwikset branded front door locks (that we know of).
quote: Military leader claims nation emergency, economic turmoil, only solution is allocating them supreme power to carry out a campaign of warfare against the rest of the world.
quote: Now that Snowden has blown the cover on the program and the public doesn't like it one bit, the politicians are in full CYA mode, shifting blame for the problems they created onto the NSA. The most you can blame NSA for is failing to stand up to their masters (the politicians) and refusing to do unconstitutional things.
quote: Jason is clearly biased. This is a blog, but atleast show the facts.
quote: he NSA are simply following the industry. They are not leading anything here, nor are they doing anything differently.
quote: Also, NASA and Google also have Dwave's quantum computers. Are they inherently evil and trying to take over the world just because of that?