FBI Alleged to Have Planted “Back Door” in OpenBSD Encryption

Do you use Unix? Do you think your computing is secure due to the powerful encryption built into this platform by OpenBSD cryptographic framework? Well think again. It appears that the FBI is alleged to have paid some open-source developers to create exploitable holes in that cryptographic framework that...

Possible Terror Attack Disrupted, and Guess What?

ABC News reports on an FBI raid that disrupted a possible terror attack. I would like to draw your attention to one sentence, which I have bolded: Authorities raided properties in New York City today in an effort that was intended to disrupt the plans of a terror suspect whose travels had been tracked by...

Count the Strawmen

I count five, stated in various ways (listed under video). [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AaPzaYlPyP8[/youtube] 1. The Democrats still want to blame the Bush administration for the economy. 2. The Democrats want to dismantle the CIA. 3. Nancy Pelosi is looking for political cover. 4. It’s not...

The IG Warrantless Surveillance Report

Here is a roundup of commentary about the report (h/t Glenn), which came out on Friday. First, what it is — and is not: The 2008 legislation that “amended” the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) — which in reality simply codified all of the illegal activity that the Bush...

Thomas M. Tamm, American Hero and Patriot

This is the guy who blew the whistle on the illegal NSA wiretap surveillance program: Thomas M. Tamm was entrusted with some of the government’s most important secrets. He had a Sensitive Compartmented Information security clearance, a level above Top Secret. Government agents had probed Tamm’s...

Torture and Warrantless Surveillance Are the Same Issue

Via Glenn, the Washington Post has a write-up on Jane Mayer’s new book, The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on America’s Ideals. Here is what Mayer reveals in that book, which is due out this week: A CIA analyst warned the Bush administration in 2002 that...

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