Governments asking Google for excessively broad search data
It seems to me that the core problem here is similar to that with certain types of DNA testing. It's entirely proper to identify a subject, gather evidence, seek a warrant, and then perform a DNA test to confirm that you have the right person, or at least that the person you have isn't ruled out by the DNA found at the scene of the crime. It's entirely improper to start with a DNA sample and then go looking for people whose DNA is similar to that sample. It becomes a massive fishing expedition against anyone who had cause to look up an address or a name.
FBI markets fake encrypted cell phone to criminals
I find this extremely troubling. The FBI here created an explicit expectation of privacy under false pretenses and then spied on their "customers", presumably without warrants. I do not care that their actions appear to have resulted in catching real criminals; this action by the FBI appears entirely inappropriate and unconstitutional.
... and they did it because of red flag laws. They are also refusing to share their bodycam footage, because of course they are. After all, that footage would expose them as liars who shot and killed a man while he slept peacefully in bed next to his pregnant girlfriend, who they also shot.
The police are keeping the survivors under surveillance and threatening them with arrest if they attend protests.
Everyone involved here needs to go on trial for murder and violation of civil rights. But they won't. Because they are police.
A blogger recounts his long-ago encounter with William Barr, Trump's nominee for attorney general. He thinks it's a positive story, but it's not.
If Barr actually said that, he's incredibly stupid and incompetent. Why? That's how the BATFE caused the problem in the first place. Sure, they didn't go in at 3am. But they used smoke, flash-bangs, "dynamic entry", even snipers in helicopters. The whole thing was meant to put on an exciting and violent show for the media they invited, and to overpower the unsuspecting people within through their use of immediate deadly force and overwhelming numbers.
He may give the impression of being calm and considerate and competent in his manner. But his actual expressed ideas demonstrate a complete failure to understand the problem he was discussing and how it arose in the first place.
So remember: those 10,000+ text messages between Strzok and Page that included the "insurance policy" against a Trump win and god only knows what else? Those are the ones they thought we should be allowed to have. The missing messages -- between Dec 14th 2016 and May 17th 2017 -- must be much, much worse.
Funny how government agencies have their records go missing whenever this sort of investigation pops up. I remember when Lois Lerner destroyed her hard drives, laptops, and cell phones. And of course there's Hillary, who wiped her server with a cloth soaked in Bleachbit.