Tuesday, 29 October 2013

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Fwd: [I-S] U.S. Military Could Depose Obama, So He's Destroying It


 

 

 

 

U.S. Military Could Depose Obama, So He's Destroying It

By Gina Miller

 

For several years now, many of us have been wondering who will stop the anti-American, anti-freedom, lawless Barack Obama (or whatever his name is), his administration and the commie weasels in Congress.  As we watch the in-your-face criminal actions of Obama and his minions (the list of which seems interminable), it is clear that members of the other two co-equal branches of the federal government are either in agreement with him or are too scared of the shadowy powers behind Obama to lift a finger against him.  This strange, debilitating non-resistance to Obama can't be based solely on the fear of being falsely accused of "racism," so I conclude it is based either on agreement with Obama or fear of something much worse.

 

The courts and Congress rarely defy him, and Congress is too wimpy to bring articles of impeachment, so who is left with the power to depose this junior tyrant who's occupying our White House?  The military is the only force with that power, and Obama knows it.  So, what has been one of Obama's chief goals since taking office?  Destroy the United States military, remove the American patriots from it, and replace them with Obama drones—of the human variety.

 

We are regularly seeing stories of Obama administration outrages toward our military members.  The homosexualization of our military is a big one.  Obama has already packed his administration with homosexuals, and he has also shoved the radical homosexual agenda onto our military with his successful campaign to remove the already-misguided "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, which never should have been put in place to begin with.  Our military, from its founding, prior to President Clinton, forbade homosexuals from serving, period.  It should  have remained that way.

 

We have seen the repeated evil treatment Obama's tools have given Christians in the military.  We saw military chaplains being threatened with arrest by the Obama administration if they dared to do their Christian duties, or even simply pray with troops, during the "government shutdown."  We have seen Christian troops harassed and even punished if they don't support the sham of homosexual "marriage."

 

In the latest of a string of similar cases, news broke last week that soldiers attending a briefing at Fort Hood were advised that TEA Party and Christian groups like the American Family Association were "threats" to America and that any soldier who supports such groups could be punished.  The Army later back-peddled on the statements, but we know where these military Obamatons stand.  Obama clearly hates Christianity and Christians in the military (and anywhere else, for that matter), and he's making sure his people are pushing them out. 

Another outrage is the Obama administration's purging of top commanders in the military.  Don't tell me "this is old news," because it is ongoing, and it must continue to be made known.  Last Wednesday, Glenn Beck's The Blaze news site carried a piece by Sara Carter titled, "Blaze Sources:  Obama Purging Military Commanders," which outlines disturbing firings this year.  Ms. Carter writes:

 

Nine senior commanding generals have been fired by the Obama administration this year, leading to speculation by active and retired members of the military that a purge of its commanders is underway.

 

Retired generals and current senior commanders that have spoken with TheBlaze say the administration is not only purging the military of commanders they don't agree with, but is striking fear in the hearts of those still serving. 

 

... Retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely, an outspoken critic of the Obama administration, said the White House fails to take action or investigate its own, but finds it easy to fire military commanders "who have given their lives for their country." 

 

"Obama will not purge a civilian or political appointee because they have bought into Obama's ideology," Vallely said. "The White House protects their own. That's why they stalled on the investigation into fast and furious, Benghazi and Obamacare. He's intentionally weakening and gutting our military, Pentagon and reducing us as a superpower, and anyone in the ranks who disagrees or speaks out is being purged."

 

A Pentagon official who asked to remain nameless because they were not authorized to speak on the matter said even "young officers, down through the ranks have been told not to talk about Obama or the politics of the White House. They are purging everyone and if you want to keep your job — just keep your mouth shut. 

 

Naturally, there will be those who say our troops and officers should not be speaking out against their Commander-in-Chief, that they should just do what they're told without question.  But, these military members have sworn to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America.  At what point should they stand up against the anti-constitutional lawlessness of this administration?  Do they have a duty to defend the Obama regime in its criminal behavior?  Do they not have a duty to resist it? 

 

I have no doubt that Obama fears a military coup against him and his administration.  He knows the U.S. military is likely the only earthly power that could remove him from office, and oh, if only it would!  Yes, I know Congress could move to impeach him, but do you see any hint of those people growing the guts to do it?  He's not worried about Congress or even the courts stopping him, but he is worried about the military, so he's doing all he can to commandeer it, to squash opposition, to rid it of those pesky patriots, Christians and any others who might question his communist sensibilities. 

 

Barack Obama desperately needs to be removed from office.  While we have certainly had bad presidents in the past, his lawlessness is unprecedented.  His disdain for our nation's Constitution is despicable.  His disregard for the limit on his power is breathtaking.  His systematic deconstruction of our once-free Republic is beyond vile.  How can he be stopped?  If not by the military, then how?  If he is not stopped, then by then end of his current term, his destruction of our freedoms, our economy and our American way of life will likely be complete. 

 

Again I ask, who will stop Barack Obama?

 

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Fwd: Back Door Gun Control Moves Forward (must read)








http://www.trevorloudon.com/2013/10/back-door-gun-control-moves-forward/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+NewZeal+%28New+Zeal+Blog%29

 

Back Door Gun Control Moves Forward

Posted: 29 Oct 2013 06:51 AM PDT

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By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

There are numerous alarming reasons why the US government and the military have been buying up all the ammo. Here's one of them. Obama and the EPA just shut down the last lead smelting plant in the US. They raised the EPA regulations by 10 fold and it would have cost the plant $100 million to comply. You can own all the guns you want, but if you can't get ammo, you are out of luck.

Remember when Obama promised his minions that he was working on gun control behind the scenes? Welcome to it. Now, all domestic mined lead ore will have to be shipped overseas, refined and then shipped back to the US. Not only will ammo now be even harder to come by, the demand and the process of supply will cause the price to skyrocket even more. And ponder this… there is an excellent chance that Obama will rig the market to where all ammo has to be purchased from a government entity instituting de facto ammo registration. So much for the Second Amendment. There has not been a peep about this in the major news outlets and it is done. With the US no longer producing lead, all supplies will now have to come from China, Australia or Peru, with the overwhelming emphasis on China. More redistribution of wealth; more economic and liberty crippling of the US on tap.

The asshats at the EPA (evil protection agency) had this to say:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said the company "made a business decision" to shut down the smelter instead of installing pollution control technologies needed to reduce sulfur dioxide and lead emissions as required by the Clean Air Act.

The Doe Run Co. announced last year that it had dropped plans to build a new lead processing facility in Herculaneum that would have used a new, cleaner lead production technology. The company cited the $100 million project as too financially risky.

The EPA is playing Mafioso I guess — we didn't make them shut down, they made a business decision. In other words, they couldn't pay the extortion, so the thugs shut them down. I'm pretty sure that Americans are getting ready to make their own business decision regarding the Marxists and I don't think it will be pleasant. But Marxists will do or die and are doubling down on the destruction of energy in America, our way of life and the Constitution.

The smelting plant has known since 2010 this was coming. They couldn't stop it and no one else rose up to stop it either. The business had been in production for 120 years and now goes the way of our auto industry.

The military's obsession with ammo was related to security and supply. They knew this was coming too, so they bought up all they could get before the plug was pulled. Screw the average American. It's as Chris Muir said, he's not as worried about where the bullets will come from, as much as how the government will deliver them and I'm right there with him on that one.

So, back door gun control is moving forward and while we are all distracted with shiny stuff, our Second Amendment rights are just about gone. Obama is one Marxist dictator who is savvy at political chess. He has flanked the Second Amendment. Now it's our move.

 

 



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Fwd: U.S. Military Could Depose Obama, So He's Destroying It






 

 

 

U.S. Military Could Depose Obama, So He's Destroying It

By Gina Miller

 

For several years now, many of us have been wondering who will stop the anti-American, anti-freedom, lawless Barack Obama (or whatever his name is), his administration and the commie weasels in Congress.  As we watch the in-your-face criminal actions of Obama and his minions (the list of which seems interminable), it is clear that members of the other two co-equal branches of the federal government are either in agreement with him or are too scared of the shadowy powers behind Obama to lift a finger against him.  This strange, debilitating non-resistance to Obama can't be based solely on the fear of being falsely accused of "racism," so I conclude it is based either on agreement with Obama or fear of something much worse.

 

The courts and Congress rarely defy him, and Congress is too wimpy to bring articles of impeachment, so who is left with the power to depose this junior tyrant who's occupying our White House?  The military is the only force with that power, and Obama knows it.  So, what has been one of Obama's chief goals since taking office?  Destroy the United States military, remove the American patriots from it, and replace them with Obama drones—of the human variety.

 

We are regularly seeing stories of Obama administration outrages toward our military members.  The homosexualization of our military is a big one.  Obama has already packed his administration with homosexuals, and he has also shoved the radical homosexual agenda onto our military with his successful campaign to remove the already-misguided "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, which never should have been put in place to begin with.  Our military, from its founding, prior to President Clinton, forbade homosexuals from serving, period.  It should  have remained that way.

 

We have seen the repeated evil treatment Obama's tools have given Christians in the military.  We saw military chaplains being threatened with arrest by the Obama administration if they dared to do their Christian duties, or even simply pray with troops, during the "government shutdown."  We have seen Christian troops harassed and even punished if they don't support the sham of homosexual "marriage."

 

In the latest of a string of similar cases, news broke last week that soldiers attending a briefing at Fort Hood were advised that TEA Party and Christian groups like the American Family Association were "threats" to America and that any soldier who supports such groups could be punished.  The Army later back-peddled on the statements, but we know where these military Obamatons stand.  Obama clearly hates Christianity and Christians in the military (and anywhere else, for that matter), and he's making sure his people are pushing them out. 

Another outrage is the Obama administration's purging of top commanders in the military.  Don't tell me "this is old news," because it is ongoing, and it must continue to be made known.  Last Wednesday, Glenn Beck's The Blaze news site carried a piece by Sara Carter titled, "Blaze Sources:  Obama Purging Military Commanders," which outlines disturbing firings this year.  Ms. Carter writes:

 

Nine senior commanding generals have been fired by the Obama administration this year, leading to speculation by active and retired members of the military that a purge of its commanders is underway.

 

Retired generals and current senior commanders that have spoken with TheBlaze say the administration is not only purging the military of commanders they don't agree with, but is striking fear in the hearts of those still serving. 

 

... Retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely, an outspoken critic of the Obama administration, said the White House fails to take action or investigate its own, but finds it easy to fire military commanders "who have given their lives for their country." 

 

"Obama will not purge a civilian or political appointee because they have bought into Obama's ideology," Vallely said. "The White House protects their own. That's why they stalled on the investigation into fast and furious, Benghazi and Obamacare. He's intentionally weakening and gutting our military, Pentagon and reducing us as a superpower, and anyone in the ranks who disagrees or speaks out is being purged."

 

A Pentagon official who asked to remain nameless because they were not authorized to speak on the matter said even "young officers, down through the ranks have been told not to talk about Obama or the politics of the White House. They are purging everyone and if you want to keep your job — just keep your mouth shut. 

 

Naturally, there will be those who say our troops and officers should not be speaking out against their Commander-in-Chief, that they should just do what they're told without question.  But, these military members have sworn to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America.  At what point should they stand up against the anti-constitutional lawlessness of this administration?  Do they have a duty to defend the Obama regime in its criminal behavior?  Do they not have a duty to resist it? 

 

I have no doubt that Obama fears a military coup against him and his administration.  He knows the U.S. military is likely the only earthly power that could remove him from office, and oh, if only it would!  Yes, I know Congress could move to impeach him, but do you see any hint of those people growing the guts to do it?  He's not worried about Congress or even the courts stopping him, but he is worried about the military, so he's doing all he can to commandeer it, to squash opposition, to rid it of those pesky patriots, Christians and any others who might question his communist sensibilities. 

 

Barack Obama desperately needs to be removed from office.  While we have certainly had bad presidents in the past, his lawlessness is unprecedented.  His disdain for our nation's Constitution is despicable.  His disregard for the limit on his power is breathtaking.  His systematic deconstruction of our once-free Republic is beyond vile.  How can he be stopped?  If not by the military, then how?  If he is not stopped, then by then end of his current term, his destruction of our freedoms, our economy and our American way of life will likely be complete. 

 

Again I ask, who will stop Barack Obama?

 



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Fwd: The U.S. Power Grid's Cyber War Games




 

http://blogs.edf.org/energyexchange/2013/10/28/the-u-s-power-grids-cyber-war-games/

 

The U.S. Power Grid's Cyber War Games

By John Finnigan | Published: October 28, 2013

In the 1983 thriller WarGames, Matthew Broderick plays a teen-age computer geek who unknowingly signs onto a Pentagon computer while hacking into a toy company's new computer game. Thinking that he's simply playing a game called Global Thermonuclear Warfare, Broderick launches the game and nearly starts a nuclear war.  The North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC) will hold its own war game next month with a simulated attack on the U.S. power grid.

The drill, called GridEx II, will take place on November 13-14 of this year. The participants will include 65 utilities and eight regional transmission organizations, representing most of the nation's electricity customers.  The drill will test how well the electric utility industry and the grid itself respond to physical and cyber attacks.

A NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection Committee (CIPC) working group will begin the drill by sending participants a series of simulated physical and cyber attacks, climaxing in a national security emergency.  Participants will then respond and interact with each other, just as they would in a real emergency.  The simulation will last 36 hours, and the CIPC working group will evaluate the participants' responses and provide feedback on how their actions impact the ongoing scenario.  After the drill, the working group will analyze the results and prepare a report on lessons learned.

The drill is timely.  Our nation's power grid is under constant cyber attack, according to a survey of electric utilities by U.S. House Representatives Henry Waxman and (now Senator) Edward Markey. James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence, described cyber attacks as a soft war that is already underway and a dire global threat in his April 2013 World Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community.  The Department of Homeland Security investigated over 200 serious cyber attacks against critical facilities during the first half of 2013, and more than half of these targeted the grid.

Adequate Investment

The U.S. has developed a number of cyber security protections for the grid, but we must do more.  Our country needs to make adequate investments in cyber security.  With the huge budget deficits that the U.S. has incurred in recent years, the proper level of government spending is often at issue.  Given the devastating consequences of a cyber attack on the grid, this is one area where we can't afford to cut corners.  Our leaders must ensure that federal budget cuts do not impair the Department of Energy's and the Department of Homeland Security's means to protect our nation's critical energy infrastructure from cyber attacks.

Broader FERC Authority

We also need legislation granting the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) broader authority to protect against cyber attacks.   FERC is charged with protecting the grid against cyber attacks, but it doesn't have the legal authority it needs to do so.  FERC has pleaded with Congress to fix this oversight.

The Federal Power Act grants FERC authority over the bulk power system, but most of the smart grid equipment that creates vulnerabilities is installed on local distribution systems beyond its jurisdiction.  As a result, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has put together a three-volume set of smart grid cyber security standards – but these standards are voluntary.  FERC is working with the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners to monitor whether utilities are following these voluntary standards, but this is not enough.  The threat of grid cyber attacks is too real, and the potential consequences too dire.  The NIST standards should be mandatory and FERC's authority should extend to critical distribution infrastructure that puts the bulk power system at risk.

Any new legislation should empower FERC to act proactively.  FERC should have the means to take timely actions to counter clear and present dangers as they arise.  Unfortunately, NERC's process for adopting cyber standards is slow and unwieldy.  Because FERC's present jurisdiction is passive in nature, it can only approve standards developed by NERC.  Congress should expand FERC's authority to act in case of emergency.

Coordinated Enforcement

The appropriate boundary between federal and state control over electricity service has been disputed for over a century, since Thomas Edison's day.  And, until recently, the manner of providing electric service had not changed much since Edison's era.  The smart grid is beginning to modernize our energy infrastructure by marrying the Internet to the electric grid.  Just as the Internet is a matter of interstate commerce, so are critical smart grid facilities that could disrupt the bulk power system.  We can ease jurisdictional tensions by following an existing model that uses a federal-state partnership to enforce federal standards – interstate pipeline safety.

Interstate pipeline safety standards are established by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), a branch of the Department of Transportation.  Although the PHMSA sets the standards, any state can assume responsibility for enforcing them within their borders.  The state simply needs to follow the federal standards at a minimum and apply the same enforcement penalties.  While not perfect, this federal-state partnership has generally succeeded in ensuring pipeline safety in a cost-effective manner.

Information Sharing

We also need legislation to enable better practices for sharing information about cyber threats.  At the moment, we have two venues where the government and utilities voluntarily share this information:

·         the Department of Homeland Security National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC); and

·         the NERC Electricity Sector – Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ES-ISAC).

Perhaps a better approach would be to establish a new, independent organization to act as a single clearinghouse for cyber security threats.  Today, government agencies share alerts and notifications about impending cyber threats.  But the information often fails to provide sufficient detail for the private sector to take action.

Government employees should be allowed to share sensitive details as necessary, to protect against a cyber attack.  As a matter of security, the utility personnel who receive this information should be screened for the appropriate level of national security clearance.  If electric utilities are required to share confidential information, it should not be disclosed beyond these groups.  Many of these concerns are addressed in the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2013. The House passed this bill on April 18, 2013 by a 288-127 vote.  The Senate should pass this bill too.

Electric Utility Commitment

Finally, utilities should commit to following cyber security best practices, rather than doing the bare minimum.  NERC publishes voluntary cyber security recommendations, but only 20% of electric utilities follow these recommendations. Utilities seek to provide safe, adequate and reliable service in a cost-effective manner.  They should add cyber security to this credo.  To facilitate this, state utility commissions should allow timely recovery of cyber security costs.

Hopefully, NERC's war game simulation will have a happy ending like the 1983 film.  If we don't do more to strengthen our vulnerable grid's cyber security, we could be writing our own screenplay for a disaster movie.

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Fwd: The Looking Spoon Blog






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You wont be surprised at what Google reveals about how much Obama doesn't know...

Posted: 29 Oct 2013 01:00 PM PDT

I saw this graphic and pinned it to my Pinterest. Then I thought I'd check into it and found the numbers aren't 100% right (maybe at one time they were).

In any case I thought I would provide visual clarity to this fun fact.

Obama could easily fix Obamacare's problems with simplification and being honest about it

Posted: 28 Oct 2013 08:30 PM PDT

This was posted a few months ago...it's worth repeating :-)

A Tea Party family tree for deluded liberals who think they're the same as the KKK...

Posted: 28 Oct 2013 04:00 PM PDT

Last week Alan Grayson (D(umbass)-FL) sent out an email comparing the Tea Party to the KKK, even liberals at MSNBC couldn't swallow that jagged pill and as a result Grayson accused them of being FOR the Tea Party!

I had a couple of responses here and here. But nothing beats what a leader of The North Texas Tea Party (Texas, you know, a state that seceded to preserve the slave system run by Democrats) had to say...

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Fwd: British man, 28, charged with hacking into computer systems of US army, Nasa and other federal agencies









 

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British man, 28, charged with hacking into computer systems of US army, Nasa and other federal agencies

  • Lauri Love from Stradishall, Suffolk was arrested by National Crime Agency
  • Love, 28, described in court documents as 'sophisticated and prolific hacker'
  • Charges follow a joint operation by a number of international police forces
  • He could be extradited to US where if convicted he faces 10 years in jail
  • Love is the son of a priest and a teacher and has previously been a leader in the Occupy movement

By John Stevens, Daniel Bates and Hugo Gye

PUBLISHED: 11:29 EST, 28 October 2013 | UPDATED: 04:48 EST, 29 October 2013

Arrested: Lauri Love, from Suffolk, is alleged to have stolen 'massive amounts' of confidential information, including details of military servicemen, by breaking into thousands of computers

The British son of a Baptist minister has been arrested and charged with hacking into the computer networks of the US military and Nasa, causing millions of dollars of damage.

Lauri Love, an activist in the Occupy movement, is alleged to have stolen 'massive amounts' of confidential information – including details of military servicemen – by breaking into thousands of computers.

The 28-year-old from Stradishall, Suffolk, is said to have bragged in messages with his co-conspirators: 'You have no idea how much we can f*** with the US government if we wanted to'.

Love was described as a 'sophisticated and prolific' hacker in court documents filed in New Jersey, where he is charged with one count of accessing a US department or agency computer without permission and another charge of conspiracy.

He was arrested on Friday at his parents' semi-detached home in Suffolk, from where he is thought to have hacked the computers.

The operation was carried out by the National Crime Agency, the new elite force known as 'Britain's FBI'.

Love could be extradited to the US, where if convicted he faces up to ten years in prison and a fine for twice the damage caused.

The US government said Love worked with two other people in Australia and one in Sweden – who have not been charged – 'to disrupt the operations and infrastructure' of the federal government.

From October 2012 until July this year it is claimed he hacked into thousands of government computer systems – including those of the US Army, US Missile Defense Agency and Nasa – and left behind 'back doors' through which he could return to get sensitive data.

The hacking 'substantially impaired the functioning of dozens of computer servers' and caused 'millions of dollars in damage' to government agencies, according to the indictment.

It includes pieces of instant message conversations Love allegedly had with his partners as the hacks took place. In one from July [2013], he seems to brag about infiltrating Nasa networks. He allegedly wrote: 'lol Nasa. Ahaha, we owning lots of Nasa sites … I think we can do some hilarious stuff with it.'

In another post, he wrote: 'This stuff is really sensitive. It's basically every piece of information you'd need to do full identity theft on any employee or contractor for the [government agency].' It is claimed that Love, who used the online pseudonyms 'nsh', 'route', 'peace', 'shift' and 'love', planned to use social media, including Twitter, to publicise the attacks.

Love, 28, photographed here during an Occupy protest at Glasgow University, has been charged with allegedly hacking into the computer systems of the United States army, Nasa and other federal agencies

In one message he planned to announce an attack 'so it rolls along the morning news in US and gets Europe for the afternoon and evening.'

Last night, at his parents' home, Love said after being released on bail: 'I can't say anything right now. I only just got home after being at government headquarters today.

'My dad is ill and my parents both work at the prison so it wouldn't be fair on them to talk about what's going on with all this just at this moment.'

Love's father Alexander Love, 60, a Baptist minister, works as a chaplain at HMP Highpoint North. His mother Sirkka-Liisa Love, 59, also works at the category C prison as a teacher. Last night neighbours in the small Suffolk village told of their shock at the allegations.

Kayleigh Streeton, 18, described seeing police officers take a computer from Love's home on Friday. Love's father, who is Scottish, was previously minister at the London Road Baptist Church in Lowestoft. A worshipper there said: 'Alexander was a very respected minister in the town.'

Raid: Love was arrested at his parent's home in the village of Stradishall on Friday from where he is thought to have hacked the computers

Love was a leader in protests at Glasgow University, where he was a student. He helped organise demonstrations including a sit-in as part of a protest against cuts to higher education.

He is also believed to have been a high-profile figure in the Scottish Occupy movement, part of the protests which swept throughout much of the world in 2011, and has been pictured at Occupy marches.

Love, who is believed to have studied physics, maths and computing, was apparently involved in 2011's 'Hetherington House Occupation', in which dozens of protesters took over an unused university building in Glasgow and stayed there for seven months.

The charges against Love were filed at the federal court in Newark, New Jersey, because he  allegedly used a server in the state as part of his activities. He also faces charges in Virginia for other alleged intrusions.

The National Crime Agency said Love had been arrested under the Computer Misuse Act and had been released on bail until February.

Daniel Andrews, director of the US Army's computer crime investigative unit, said: 'Computer intrusions present significant risks to national security and our military operations.'

In the past, convicted hackers and leakers have faced stiff penalties in the U.S. - former soldier Bradley Manning, now known as Chelsea, was this year sentenced to 35 years in prison for passing official secrets to WikiLeaks.

GARY MCKINNON'S TEN-YEAR BATTLE TO AVOID FACING HACKING CHARGES

Gary McKinnon was not extradited to the United States to face hacking charges

Lauri Love's indictment for allegedly hacking into U.S. government computers has raised parallels to the case of Gary McKinnon, who fought a 10-year battle to avoid being extradited to America.

Mr McKinnon, from Wood Green, North London, was first arrested in 2002 after U.S. authorities told the police that he had hacked into military computer systems, deleting key files and leaving a message saying: 'Your security is c***.'

The American government insisted that the 47-year-old was a grave threat to national security - but Mr McKinnon, who has Asperger's syndrome, said that he was searching for proof that the authorities had covered up the existence of aliens.

In 2005, Mr McKinnon was placed on bail following the signing of a controversial new treaty which allows the U.S. to request the extradition of suspects from Britain without having to provide solid evidence of their guilt.

He would have faced up to 70 years in prison if convicted of hacking - and said he feared he could be sent to the terrorist prison camp in Guantanamo Bay.

Medical experts said that he would be very likely to kill himself if confined to an American prison.

Mr McKinnon fought a decade-long legal battle, backed by supporters including the Daily Mail, but was defeated in the House of Lords, the High Court and the European Court of Human Rights.

However, in October last year Home Secretary Theresa May blocked his extradition on the grounds that it would be 'incompatible with Mr McKinnon's human rights' due to the high suicide risk.

Two months later, he learned that he would not stand trial in Britain either.

Keir Starmer, the Director of Public Prosecutions, ruled that the chances of a successful conviction were 'not high' and that it was therefore not in the public interest to pursue Mr McKinnon further.



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Oct. 28, 2013/ 24 Mar-Cheshvan, 5774

This is way cooler than the decline and fall of the Roman Empire

By Mark Steyn

If you're looking for an epitaph for the republic (and these days, who isn't?) try this – from August 2010 and TechCrunch's delirious preview of healthcare.gov:

"We were working in a very very nimble hyper-consumer-focused way," explained Todd Park, the Chief Technology Officer of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, "all fused in this kind of maelstrom of pizza, Mountain Dew and all-nighters … and, you know, idealism. That kind of led to the magic that was produced."

Wow. Think of the magic that Madison, Hamilton, and the rest of those schlubs could have produced if they'd only had pizza and Mountain Dew and been willing to pull a few all-nighters at Philadelphia in 1787. Somewhere between the idealism and the curling slice of last night's pepperoni, Macon Phillips, the administration's Director of New Media, happened to come across a Tweet by Edward Mullen of Jersey City in which he Twitpicced his design for what a health-insurance exchange could look like. So Phillips printed it out to show his fellow administration officials: "Look, this is the sort of creativity that is out there," he said. "One thing led to another, and he left Jersey City to come to D.C. and helped push us through an information architectural process."

Don't you just love it! This is way cooler than the decline and fall of the Roman Empire: The only "architectural process" they had was crumbling viaducts. I think we can all agree that Barack Obama is hipper than all other government leaders anywhere, ever, combined. Unfortunately, the dogs bark and the pizza-delivery bike moves on, and, in the cold grey morning after of the grease-stained cardboard box with the rubberized cheese stuck to it, Obamacare wound up somewhat less hipper and, in fact, not even HIPAA – the unpersuasively groovy acronym for federally mandated medical privacy in America. Appearing before Congress on Thursday, the magicians of Obamacare eventually conceded that, on their supposedly HIPAA-compliant database, deep in the "information architectural process" is a teensy-weensy little bit of "source code" that reads, "You have no reasonable expectation of privacy regarding any communication of any data transmitted or stored on this information system."

Democrat members of the House committee professed to be bewildered at why anyone would be either surprised or upset to discover that his information can be shared with anyone in the federal government, including a corrupt and diseased IRS that uses what confidential information it can acquire to torment perceived ideological enemies. And, at a certain level, the more blasé of the people's representatives, such as New Jersey's Frank Pallone, have a point: if Obama thinks nothing of tapping Angela Merkel's cellphone (as she had cause to complain to him Wednesday, in what was said to be a "cool" conversation, and not in the hepcat sense), why would he extend any greater privacy rights to your Auntie Mabel?

 

 

Incidentally, do you think we need a congressional oversight committee to look into the effectiveness of congressional oversight committees? Every time I'm stuck at Gate 37 and glance up at the 24/7 Wolf Blitzer channel, there's somebody testifying about something: Benghazi … Lois Lerner … Obamacare … No one gets fired, no agency gets closed, nothing changes.

The witness who coughed up the intriguing tidbit about Obamacare's exemption from privacy protections was one Cheryl Campbell of something called CGI. This rang a vague bell with me. CGI is not a creative free spirit from Jersey City with an impressive mastery of Twitter, but a Canadian corporate behemoth. Indeed, CGI is so Canadian, their name is French: Conseillers en Gestion et Informatique. Their most famous government project was for the Canadian Firearms Registry. The registry was estimated to cost in total $119 million, which would be offset by $117 million in fees. That's a net cost of $2 million. Instead, by 2004 the CBC (Canada's PBS) was reporting costs of some $2 billion – or a thousand times more expensive.

Yeah, yeah, I know, we've all had bathroom remodelers like that. But in this case the database had to register some 7 million long guns belonging to some 2.5 million to 3 million Canadians. That works out to almost $300 per gun – or somewhat higher than the original estimate for processing a firearm registration of $4.60. Of those $300 gun registrations, Canada's Auditor-General reported to Parliament that much of the information was either duplicated or wrong in respect to basic information such as names and addresses.

Sound familiar?

Also, there was a 1-800 number, but it wasn't any use.

Sound familiar?

So it was decided that the sclerotic database needed to be improved.

Sound familiar?

But it proved impossible to "improve" CFIS (the Canadian Firearms Information System). So CGI was hired to create an entirely new CFIS II, which would operate alongside CFIS I until the old system could be scrapped. CFIS II was supposed to go operational on Jan. 9, 2003, but the January date got postponed to June, and 2003 to 2004, and $81 million was thrown at it before a new Conservative government scrapped the fiasco in 2007. Last year, the Government of Ontario canceled another CGI registry that never saw the light of day – just for one disease, diabetes, and costing a mere $46 million.

But there's always America! "We continue to view U.S. Federal Government as a significant growth opportunity," declared CGI's chief exec, in what would also make a fine epitaph for the republic. Pizza and Mountain Dew isn't very Montreal, and, on the evidence of three years of missed deadlines in Ontario and the four-year overrun on the firearms database, CGI don't sound like they're pulling that many all-nighters. Was the Government of the United States aware that CGI had been fired by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario (and the Government of New Brunswick)? Nobody's saying. But I doubt it would make much difference. Asked by Mother Jones to explain why Obama the candidate uses the Internet so effectively but Obama the government is a bust, his 2008 tech maestro, Clay Johnson, put it this way: "The first person that you need in order to start a web company would be a web developer; the first person you need to start a government contracting firm is an attorney." The problem with Obamacare isn't the website design, it's the nature of government procurement in an unaccountable bureaucracy serving 300 million people.

Despite the best efforts of President Obama and doting Tweeters in Jersey City, government isn't groovy. The standard rap on Obamacare is that it's turned America's health system into the DMV. If only. I had cause to go to the DMV in Twin Mountain, New Hampshire, the other day. In and out in 10 minutes. Modest accommodations, a little down-at-heel, nothing cool about it at all. But it worked just fine. Friendly chap, no complaints. Government can do that at the town level, county level, even (more sparingly) at the state level.

But a national medical regime for 300 million people? Not in a First World country. And, when you're mad enough to try it, the failure is not the insignificant enrollment numbers, but the vaporization of the existing health plans of 119,000 Pennsylvanians, 160,000 Californians, 300,000 Floridians, 800,000 in that tech Tweeter's New Jersey. That's the magic that happens when you disdain the limits of prosaic, humdrum, just-about-functioning government. Perhaps things will get so bad the coolest president ever will no longer seem quite so hip. But, alas, you'll have to wait three years for a hip replacement. That's government health care for you.

 



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