Obamacare security breach

Judicial WatchIn fact, just this week Judicial Watch obtained documents from the government that show a possible mass breach of the privacy of innocent Americans involving the disastrous Obamacare website ( The records, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), also reveal that top officials with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) knew of massive security risks with the healthcare website but chose to roll it out without resolving the problems.

You'll get your health care from the government, he said. It'll be secure, he said. You can keep your doctor, he said. You can afford it, he said.

He was lying.

Mon Jun 29 12:03:45 CDT 2015 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Treason or Blackmail

It seems that the new Senate Majority Leader failed to replace Senate Parliamentarian MacDonough when he "took control" of the Senate after the 2014 elections. Now, MacDonough claims that Obamacare, which the Democrats had to pass using a technique called reconciliation with less than 60 votes, cannot be repealed through the same mechanism.

CNS asked Cruz, “Given that the Senate enacted Obamacare in a reconciliation measure that required only 51 votes, would you support repealing Obamacare with only 51 votes?”

“Absolutely,” Cruz responded. “If it can be passed with reconciliation, it can be repealed with reconciliation. And we need to use every procedural means possible to fight to stop the train wreck that is Obamacare.”

But McConnell doesn't want to do it:

The Hill via The Other McCainShe was appointed to her post by then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) in 2012 and is respected by both sides of the aisle.
McConnell told The Hill in 2012 that it wasn’t necessary to replace MacDonough if Republicans won the majority.
The Kentucky Republican has also refused to commit to using reconciliation on ObamaCare. Last fall, McConnell appeared to downplay expectations on a 51-vote strategy, telling Fox News that it would take 60 votes and a presidential signature to nullify the healthcare law.

In other words, McConnell doesn't want to repeal it. He just wants to run on repealing it. Forever.

And that means he's either betrayed the people who elected him, or is being blackmailed with NSA intercept data. Or both; it could easily be both.

Not that this is news. It's just nice to point out the details occasionally.

Mon Jun 29 11:03:45 CDT 2015 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Judicial Watch files FOIA lawsuit seeking Lerner hard drive records

Judicial WatchJudicial Watch announced today that on February 18, 2015, it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) seeking “any and all records related to the destruction of damaged hard drives from IRS employee computers from January 1, 2010, to the present.” The suit was filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (Judicial Watch v Internal Revenue Service (No 1:15-cv-00237)). The lawsuit is part of an investigation into the Obama IRS’ claim that the emails of Lois Lerner and other IRS officials, who are being investigated for abuses of Obama’s political opponents, were contained on hard drives that were subsequently damaged and destroyed.

If Obama was a Republican, he would no longer be President. Judicial Watch deserves a big thank you for staying on this case.

Mon Jun 29 10:03:45 CDT 2015 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Our partners in peace for the middle east are really doing an atom-smashing good job

While Obama negotiates with Iran to remove economic sanctions intended to prevent them obtaining nuclear weapons, the Iranian Navy is busy firing on ships traversing in international waters near their country and Saudi Arabia has decided to purchase nuclear weapons from Pakistan.

Because the Middle East does such a good job getting along with each other before they acquired doomsday weapons. And it's not like half the nations there are run by insanely rich sponsors of terrorism or anything.

Mon Jun 29 09:03:45 CDT 2015 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Chicago police still running secret interrogation and detention facility

The GuardianAs three more people came forward detailing their stories of being “held hostage” and “strapped” inside Homan Square without access to an attorney or an official public record of their detention by Chicago police, officials and activists said the allegations merited further inquiry and risked aggravating wounds over community policing and race that have reached as high as the White House.

Let me just point out here that Chicago is Obama's home town and is currently run by Rahm Emanuel, one of Obama's chief henchmen. If there are issues of racism and community policing here, they can be laid squarely at the feet of the left. And while I can't speak to race, a secret detention center that doesn't allow those detained their normal civil rights is one hell of a "community policing" problem.

Sun Jun 28 12:03:45 CDT 2015 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Dem Rep Watson Coleman wants to pass ammunition control

The Trentonian“There are plenty of ways we monitor the purchase of firearms but when it comes to ammunition, regulation seems to stop,” Watson Coleman said at a press conference Monday joined by local leaders at the Serenity Garden in Trenton, the first time she has proposed legislation in her district. “There is nothing keeping an individual intending to commit a large-scale atrocity from rapidly and anonymously stockpiling the needs to do so.”

I think the fact that she is proposing legislation in her district is an acknowledgement that it will never pass and that she is doing it for local political support rather than actually hoping it will pass Congress, or even for national media attention. This is strictly a pander-to-the-local-voters move.

That said, she's now on the record supporting:

The TrentonianThe legislation would require federally licensed ammunition dealers to confirm the identity of online buyers by verifying a picture I.D. in-person after a purchase is made. The bill would also require ammunition sellers to report sales of more than 1,000 rounds across five consecutive days to the attorney general if the individual is not a dealer, she said.

If she thinks this will actually stop mass shooters, she's nuts. Showing ID is easy and basically none of the people who have committed mass murder would have a problem doing that. (They might have a problem passing a background check, but her legislation would not require one, and there are ways of getting around the background checks for firearms that would work equally well for ammunition). Further, the only people she will catch with her 1,000-round notification requirement are serious shooters who go through that amount of ammunition regularly; someone planning a mass shooting can easily shock the nation and get on TV with under a hundred rounds. With careful aim they could do it with a 6-shot revolver and have a round left over for the suicide shot.

If it actually passes, the only thing this will accomplish is to provide the government with a list of people who shoot more than 1,000 rounds on a regular basis and don't mind the government knowing about it. The ones who do mind will be trivially able to stay off the list without breaking any laws.

Oh, and it will effectively shut down online ammunition says, which will create a whole new set of ways to annoy gun owners and make their hobby more expensive. Undoubtedly the data will also be fed into the government panopticon, too.

Sun Jun 28 11:03:45 CDT 2015 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Felon-with-a-gun case tossed out on gun rights

The judge reasons that the defendant was not a violent felon. He was convicted previously of carrying a concealed weapon (the felony charge), and has some violent criminal issues in his past that did not rise to felonies.

I think this is probably the right call in this case. Misdemeanors, even violent ones, do not result in a lifetime prohibition on firearms possession. This is appropriate, because denying someone their right to defend themselves is a big deal. It seems that the only felony conviction in this case is for carrying a concealed firearm, not doing anything violently illegal with it. As such, the felony conviction would amount to a catch-22; he can't possess a firearm because he was once caught carrying a concealed firearm.

The decision is as-applied, meaning that the law in general stays in place; only this specific individual's case is thrown out.

We should probably be wary of anti-gun judges trying to throw out some questionable cases to troll for negative PR.

Sun Jun 28 10:03:45 CDT 2015 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

2016: Why I oppose Mitt Romney for President

I sincerely believe that Romney is an intelligent, hard-working, and moral individual. In business he has experienced some success. In politics, particularly in Massachusetts, he has also experienced some success. If elected president, I believe he would do his best and, had he won in 2008 or 2012, we would not be facing the same problems today; in fact we would probably be much better off as a nation than we are now.

However, he did not win in 2008; he did not win in 2012; and running him in 2016 would be asking for the same result again.

Furthermore, while Romney may compare favorably to whoever the Democrats nominate, in his history and his campaigns he has repeatedly failed to inspire his party. Worse, he represents exactly the kind of establishment politics that will keep us on a steady course off the cliff. While I believe Romney is head and shoulders above Obama in terms of competence and moral virtues, his policies would likely favor gun control, expansion of government, and preservation of government control over health care and the economy.

Romney is well suited to be the Republican governor of a deep blue state. If the Democrats nominated him to run for President, I would applaud their return to some version of political sanity. If he chooses to run for Senate, as he has been rumored to be considering, he could do well depending on who and where. But he is the wrong man to run for President as a Republican in this environment. We need an inspirational change of direction, not a competent manager to continue the current trends.

Sun Jun 28 09:03:45 CDT 2015 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Geraldo claims he was fired for $200 donation versus Stephanopolous' $75000

Mediaite via Daily PunditGeraldo Rivera sees a double standard at work in ABC News’ decision to stand by George Stephanopoulos after the network’s chief anchor apologized for failing to publicly disclose $75,000 in donations to the Clinton Foundation over the last three years. In a Facebook post Friday morning, Rivera claimed he was fired by ABC News in 1985 for making a $200 political donation and wondered why Stephanopoulos isn’t getting the same treatment.

This sort of thing is exactly why we have a written code of laws. People are expected to know the rules in order to behave according to those rules, and expect punishment with those rules when they are broken.

If the friends of the king are allowed to escape punishment, or face lesser punishment for the same (or worse) acts, then the system breaks down. Or, in our case, has already broken down.

ABC's internal rules may not have force of law, but the principle is the same.

I'm not particularly worried about the donation itself. I'm worried about the lack of disclosure while reporting on the Clinton Foundation. Not to mention attacking its critics and defending its donors.

Sat Jun 27 12:03:45 CDT 2015 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Iran has been assisting Al-Qaeda for years

Gateway PunditAccording to a letter signed by terrorist leader Ayman al-Zawahiri that was intercepted in 2010, the Iranian regime was providing “monetary and infrastructure assistance” to Al-Qaeda.

And Obama thinks this country should be allowed to develop a nuclear weapon.

Sat Jun 27 11:03:45 CDT 2015 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The media bias never stops

The latest case to assault the deniers in the audience is the matter of George Stephanopolous. Those who were alive under the last Democrat president will remember him as a Clinton political operative who spent a lot of his time appearing on network news shows to defend his bosses against scandals and do his best to spin the news to minimize the political damage-- and, make no mistake, his best was pretty damn good considering the material he had to work with.

When ABC News hired him in 1996, after Bill Clinton lied his way to reelection, they promised to keep him out of political reporting. They broke that promise almost immediately.

In 2012, while Mitt Romney was running for President, Stephanopolous dropped a condom question out of the blue that would set up Obama's War on Women campaign theme for birth control.

In 2015, he was slated to moderate one of the Republican presidential debates... until he was caught conducting a hostile interview with the author of a book exposing corruption in the Clinton Foundation without disclosing that he had donated $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation over the last three years.

Sat Jun 27 10:03:45 CDT 2015 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

ISIS is armed and funded by the US

Gateway PunditOne of the main western-backed rebel groups announced on Sunday that it had dissolved itself and joined a larger Islamist alliance, weeks into a battle which saw it lose ground and men to more powerful al Qaeda insurgents.

Obama bought into the lie that there are "moderate" Islamic terrorists who are willing to fight other Islamic terrorists. He was wrong. If you are a terrorist, you are by definition not a moderate. And while you may not be friends with other Islamic terrorists, you have a lot more in common with them than you do with the United States. And so now, the arms and funding we provided to "moderate" terrorists is in the hands of the "extreme" terrorists.

Sat Jun 27 09:03:45 CDT 2015 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

5-4 decision imposes gay marriage in all states

I don't have a problem with gay marriage as a general policy matter. I have, at most, a few quibbles on the margins of how the law should treat a relationship that cannot naturally produce children compared to one that does. But I have a major problem with the idea that gay marriage can be imposed upon everyone in the country based on the votes of 5 justices overriding the will of the people in most of those states. If there was an amendment to the federal constitution made over this issue, that would be one thing. But there was not. Spuriously claiming that an earlier amendment, put in place to address a different issue over a hundred years ago, suddenly requires that we destroy millenia of custom, tradition, and law in favor of the latest social craze on the left and perhaps at most 5% of the population is insane.

I doubt this decision is going to significantly impact my life in any way. But it is another brick removed from the legal wall that protects us from tyranny by those who think they rule us.

UPDATE: Ace sums up my feelings on the topic pretty well. And more good thoughts in another post. My favorite quote: "No social transformation without representation" (Scalia).

And there's a strong hint in the decision that churches which refuse to recognize same-sex marriages may lose their tax exemptions. The question of whether a church should be tax-exempt or not is a tricky one, but it seems obvious to me that the government cannot -- as a First Amendment matter -- pick sides in theological disputes. The court may disagree in the near future.

The only response to that tactic that has a chance of winning in the long run: "I can't wait to force the local mosque to marry gay couples."

Fri Jun 26 12:15:26 CDT 2015 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

2016: Why I oppose Jeb Bush for President

The first reason, and the absolute disqualifier, is dynasty. In America, we do not have noble families with divine right to rule. Political positions are not inherited, nor passed from father to son or daughter like property. Two Bushes serving as president in living memory of one another is somewhat acceptable; three Bushes starts to look more like an undesirable pattern. I admit this is somewhat unfair to Jeb Bush as an individual; however, for the good of the nation, he should not run and must not win.

Jeb Bush supports raising taxes. He refuses to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio have all signed.

Jeb Bush supports amnesty for illegal aliens, lies to Americans in English about it while telling people in Spanish that he supports comprehensive immigration reform aka amnesty, and cannot be trusted to close the border. This is a complex issue, but it begins with closing the border, and saying one thing in English to Americans and promising to enact one of Obama's signature failed policies in Spanish to illegal immigrants demonstrates a calculated, deliberate choice to deceive the American people.

While Jeb gets points for transparency in releasing his official correspondence as governor of Florida, he loses even more points for failing to redact private information in the release, including social security numbers and personal email addresses of ordinary individuals. It is clear Jeb cannot be trusted to respect the privacy of citizens.

And if that wasn't enough, he's admitted that he doesn't understand the debate over the National Security Agency's collection of bulk telephone data. Anyone who doesn't understand why that program is a problem should not be anywhere near elected office, and has effectively admitted to being unfamiliar with the Constitution's limits on government, particularly the 4th Amendment. While not understanding the debate is bad enough, he has openly backed the surveillance programs.

In fact, he has praised Obama for keeping them in place!

The HillJeb Bush, a likely presidential contender, said Tuesday that President Obama’s greatest accomplishment was keeping in place controversial spying programs at the National Security Agency. “I would say the best part of the Obama administration would be his continuance of the protections of the homeland using the big metadata programs,” Bush said in an interview on the Michael Medved radio show.

This is absolutely a disqualifier. I will not, cannot, support a candidate who has said this. Not in the primary, not in the general. And he didn't just say it once, but keeps saying it.

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Fri Jun 26 12:03:45 CDT 2015 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

ISIS graffiti in Texas with image of bomb not considered a serious threat by police?!

KYFOThe words “Allah Ackbar” and “LBK, TX,” along with a cartoon-like bomb drawing spray painted near a rest area in Scurry County were cleaned up by the Texas DPS Tuesday (May 12).

Sounds like a threat to me. Surely after the recent attack on a Texas art show by two armed terrorists, and the ISIS threat for more attacks in 5 specific states including Texas, the government is taking it seriously, right?

KYFOAccording to Texas DPS spokesperson Tom Vinger, the graffiti is not being considered a serious threat. “We have looked into this with our law enforcement partners, including the FBI – and at this point in time, there is nothing to indicate that this constitutes a credible threat,” said Vinger.

But surely we can trust the military to keep us safe, right?

Gateway PunditSetting aside all the of the world’s major problems for a moment, NATO foreign ministers ended their meetings in Antalya, Turkey with a sing-a-long.
The NATO ministers hugged and sang, “We Are the World”


Fri Jun 26 11:03:45 CDT 2015 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Jindal vetoes license plate reader bill

Ars TechnicaIn a rare move against the advance of license plate readers, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R) has vetoed a plan to acquire the scanners in the Bayou State. It had previously passed both houses of the Louisiana legislature overwhelmingly.

A good move on his part. But: overwhelmingly? That's worrying.

Fri Jun 26 10:03:45 CDT 2015 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

IRS confirms illegal aliens will receive benefits and back tax refunds under illegal amnesty

Elizabeth Price FoleyTerrific–so the President can take executive action that not only transforms individuals whom our law classifies as “deportable” into “not deportable,” he can simultaneously confer upon them multiple benefits, including work permits and now, tax refunds, which will be funded by law-abiding individuals who are present in the country legally.

The conferral of benefits–now even more significant than previously believed–is a key indicator that President Obama’s executive actions on illegal immigration are not, in fact, mere “prosecutorial discretion,” as he asserts. Prosecutorial discretion allows the executive branch to prioritize enforcement given the reality of limited resources; it does not grant the executive branch authority to go further and grant benefits to lawbreakers.

And Koskinen minimized the issue before, but had to come back to Congress to correct himself:

Elizabeth Price FoleySen. Chuck Grassley, who had pressed Mr. Koskinen over the issue, released written responses Wednesday in which the commissioner admitted he’d botched the question earlier and, in fact, illegal immigrants granted the amnesty will now be able to claim refunds on tax returns they never even filed, thanks to the Earned Income Tax Credit.

And yet Congress isn't willing to do anything to stop this.

Fri Jun 26 09:03:45 CDT 2015 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

2016: Why I oppose Marco Rubio for President

Rubio made an early splash as an attractive hispanic tea party Republican, someone who ran and won against a truly pathetic Charlie Crist (a man so staunchly Republican that he ran as an independent when he lost the primary, and has since joined the Democrats). Early in his Senate career, however, he signed on to a potential amnesty deal with McCain, Graham, and the other usual suspects. The deal failed, but his participation in it marked Rubio's shift away from the tea party values and towards a more establishment-friendly position.

He has since given interviews in which he moderated his position -- but his interviews, given in Spanish, tell a different story. In those interviews, he supports the Obama amnesty and continues to support immigration reform along the lines of the Gang of 8 Senate legislation that got so many conservatives feeling betrayed.

I do not support Rubio for president because Rubio cannot be trusted on immigration issues, and as he spends time in the Senate, he continues to damage his record by aligning with the establishment and even sometimes with the Democrats. Time after time, on issue after issue, he has reversed himself from a grass-roots position to the Establishment position. What this tells me is that he cannot be trusted. He will say what he has to say to get elected, and then do something else. The record of dishonesty continues today, using the cheap trick of Spanish language television to tell one audience one thing and everyone else something different.

As they say, he coulda been a contenda... but he ain't anymore.

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Fri Jun 26 03:24:03 CDT 2015 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Rubio and Graham want to ban internet gambling

Ars TechnicaSen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina reintroduced the Restoration of America's Wire Act and got rival GOP presidential challenger, Marco Rubio of Florida, to co-sponsor the package.

Disgusting. Hands off the internet, idiots.

Fri Jun 26 03:23:35 CDT 2015 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

House considering Koskinen impeachment

National ReviewHouse Republicans investigating the IRS’s targeting of tea-party groups are seriously considering an effort to impeach IRS commissioner John Koskinen or other agency employees for “culpable misdemeanors” pertaining to the destruction of e-mails written by Lois Lerner, the former official at the heart of the scandal.

I have mixed feelings about this. If it could be treated as an honest matter, I think the House should and would pass it easily and the Senate would decide to remove Koskinen from the IRS. However, the reality is that after the Clinton impeachment, the Senate will always consider impeachment a political matter and I do not see enough Democrats joining the GOP to remove Koskinen from office. And if Koskinen is impeached but not removed, it will hand the Democrats a tremendous PR tool for sweeping the remains of the scandal under the rug. They will say the GOP went on a partisan witch hunt and found nothing, citing the Senate's failure to vote a 67-vote majority as proof there was never anything to the whole thing all along.

Make no mistake. I believe Koskinen is guilty as sin of impeding the investigation by slow-walking document production at a minimum, and likely was complicit in ensuring that emails were not recovered or produced. There must be consequences, but I don't see this as leading to a realistically successful outcome because the Senate would inevitably treat this as a political question.

That said, if the House thinks they have a good chance of obtaining the necessary Senate votes, go for it.

Fri Jun 26 01:21:13 CDT 2015 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The black hole where IRS FOIA requests were sent

As we learn more about the results of the investigation into the Lerner emails, I think it's relevant to remind my readers of how the IRS was processing FOIA requests for the same information:

Daily CallerMary Howard, the IRS’s director of privacy, governmental liaison and disclosure division, told the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Wednesday she never saw any of the information requests because the requests were forwarded to the special committee. Howard is also the tax agency’s chief Freedom of Information Act officer.

Washington TimesMore than 150 Freedom of Information Act requests were filed related to the targeting, and multiple congressional committees began investigations. Mr. Howard said she’s not involved in responding to those requests, which were shuttled off to a special group, but she said despite two years’ time, 34 of the original 154 cases remain open.

That "special group" is run by IRS Chief Counsel and Obama appointee Wilkins. Until TIGTA got involved in the search for emails, all information provided to Congress and the public was funneled through that group.

Fri Jun 26 00:20:53 CDT 2015 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

BREAKING: Lerner backup tapes deleted AFTER Congressional subpoena

Town HallAccording to new information from the House Oversight Committee, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration [TIGTA] Russell George and Deputy Inspector General for Investigations Tim Camus, the IRS deleted hundreds of backup tapes containing thousands of emails belonging to former IRS official Lois Lerner, the woman at the center of the conservative targeting scandal. The tapes were destroyed nine months after a congressional subpoena was issued to the agency demanding they be preserved and turned over.

March 2014; 30 days after Obama says that there is not a smidgen of corruption at the IRS. The tapes were degaussed, which means magnetically destroyed rather than overwritten and reused for new backup information. The only reason to degauss a tape is to destroy the information on it. And this takes place over 6 months after a congressional subpoena for those emails was issued, with Koskinen assuring us the whole time that the emails had been archived and would be provided to Congress... right up until the time he told us the emails were lost.

The Inspector General testified that the IRS did NOT look for Lerner emails:
* On the IRS email server
* On Lerner's blackberry
* On any of the laptops that Lerner might have been loaned when hers failed
* On the backup tapes

So where did they spend millions of dollars and so much time pretending to look for Lerner emails?

Town Hall"As Ms. Lerner’s hard drive could not be recovered and the 422 tapes most likely to have contained Ms. Lerner’s e-mails from 2010 and 2011 were erased in March 2014, we were unable to recover all of the missing e-mails. Comparing the IRS e-mail transaction logs to the IRS production to the Congress revealed there could be as many as 23,000 to 24,000 additional missing e-mails. As a result of the investigative process, TIGTA was successful in recovering over 1,000 e-mails that the IRS did not produce to the Congress, DOJ,or TIGTA. The investigation also revealed that prior to our investigation and our efforts to recover Ms. Lerner’s missing emails; the IRS did not search for, review or examine the two separate sources of backup tapes, the server hard drives, or the loaner laptops that ultimately produced new, previously undisclosed emails,"

And so there are only 1,000 emails that could be recovered, a very small fraction of the over 20,000 emails that were logged by the IRS email servers to or from Lerner during the same period. The IRS destroyed -- degaussed -- those 23,000 emails rather than provide them to Congress. We will likely never get the vast majority of those emails from that period due to the IRS degaussing them.

Unless there is a solid bombshell piece of evidence in those 1000 emails, we will likely see the end of this investigation shortly. But we should not. We should be investigating the person who participated in both the targeting and the coverup operation, IRS Chief Counsel Wilkins.

Fri Jun 26 00:12:09 CDT 2015 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Ars Technica acquires automated license plate reader database

Ars TechnicaIn response to a public records request, we obtained the entire LPR dataset of the Oakland Police Department (OPD), including more than 4.6 million reads of over 1.1 million unique plates between December 23, 2010 and May 31, 2014. The dataset is likely the largest ever publicly released in the United States—perhaps in the world.

In other words, once the readers are deployed throughout a city, state, or nation, anyone driving within that nation can be tracked and their habits analyzed after the fact, once they have for some reason become a person of interest to law enforcement -- or to anyone willing to write a FOIA request for the information.

It is, quite literally, the end of privacy for the personal movements of individuals. The police will be effectively following everyone all the time. And so will everyone else -- remember, while the police have access to the registration data for the plates, the plates themselves are displayed publicly and so is your face when you are driving your car. Anyone who happens to see you in your car can get your license plate, file a public records request, and find out every time you have been seen by the automated reader system for as long as the data is retained.

And that's likely to be a long time.

Thu Jun 25 12:03:45 CDT 2015 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Completely out of control and abusing their imagined authority

Gateway PunditYork Comprehensive senior Peyton Robinson was recently told by school officials that he could no longer fly his American flag in his pickup truck. It was offensive... He told WBTV that at some point Wednesday, a school official unscrewed the bolts securing the flags to his truck and laid them in the bed “when I wasn’t even there.”

Call the police and report the incident as vandalism. Then sue the school for interfering with your First Amendment rights. Then set up a protest outside the school and invite all your local veteran organizations.

Thu Jun 25 11:03:45 CDT 2015 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Speaking of crimes with unknown motives

Free BeaconCellphone, Internet, and telephone services across half of Arizona went dark on Wednesday after vandals sliced a sensitive fiber optic cable, according to those familiar with the situation. The incident is raising concerns about the safety of U.S. infrastructure.

Were the vandals, perhaps, chanting "Allah Akbar" as they cut the cable?

If they were, how would we know?

So, how do we know they weren't?

Thu Jun 25 10:03:45 CDT 2015 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

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