“People get used to anything. The less you think about your oppression, the more your tolerance for it grows. After a while, people just think oppression is the normal state of things. But to become free, you have to be acutely aware of being a slave.”—― Assata Shakur, Assata: An Autobiography (via florxdexrebeldiax)
“Recently 60 Minutes aired a segment where FBI Director James Comey described how he threatened to quit as acting Attorney General back in 2004 rather than reauthorize warrantless wiretapping programs. He also described an old Hoover-era memo that he keeps on his desk as a reminder of what not to do. The memo is a request by J. Edgar Hoover to conduct ‘technical surveillance’ on Martin Luther King Jr. The basic impression that 60 Minutes viewers come away with is that James Comey is a man who is ‘deeply skeptical of government power.’
This 20-minute biopic was likely timed in such a way as to prepare the public for Comey’s speech this past week at the Brookings Institution. Comey explained that in order to safeguard the public against terrorism he wanted U.S. companies to modify their encryption technology to offer a special backdoor for law enforcement. Strictly speaking Comey referred to this backdoor as a ‘front door,’ but either way what he’s describing is a mechanism for the authorities to bypass encryption.
The concept of a secret golden key for authorities is a zombie idea from the 1990s. I’m talking about what’s known in cryptographic circles as ‘key escrow.’ Under key escrow vendors create a built-in decryption password (also known as a decryption key) that’s held in escrow. When law enforcement agents supply a court order they can acquire the corresponding decryption key.
Key escrow died long ago and with good reason. This is because it’s impossible to create a backdoor that only the police can access. Once the escrow key finds its way out into the wild it can be utilized by crooks, spies, and oppressive governments for their own purposes. Key escrow puts everyone at risk.
In short, Comey suggests undermining digital security and privacy across an industry while concurrently asserting that he’s ‘looking for security that enhances liberty.’
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As corporations continue to look for ways to skirt government regulations and increase their profit margins, many will continue to hire intermediaries or misclassify workers as a way of outsourcing their responsibility and escaping liability.
This latest phase of terrorism is a product of the west’s disastrous foreign policies, endless wars and backing of barbaric regimes in the Middle East
1The way to defeat Isis is not by using the methods which which led to its creation. The wars and interventions in the Middle East for over a decade broke up exisiting states, destroyed their infrastructure and fostered sectarianism. This was the seed ground for the rise of Isis.
2The latest military intervention has returned to Iraq the powers who led the invasion in 2003 and the occupation that followed. This will do nothing to solve the problems of the region.
3The airstrikes by the US, Britain and their allies are not intended to save lives, but to strengthen the west’s domination of the Middle East region strategically and control its resources, most notable its oil. The British government’s aim is also to reverse the defeat David Cameron suffered in parliament last year, when MPs voted against an attack on Syria.
4Dealing with terrorism should start with stopping arms sales to Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain and other reactionary regimes in the region. US vice-president Joe Biden let the cat out of the bag when he said that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates had “poured hundreds of millions of dollars and thousands of tons of weapons” into Syria, which fell into the hands of Isis and other jihardi groups. Much of the Isis weaponry was seized from forces armed by the US, including from the Iraqi army and sections of the Syrian opposition.
5Shutting down the Isis sources of funding is essential. Isis has been funded by various powers in the region, most notably Saudi Arabia, which is one of the most reactionary states in the world, while remaining a very close ally of Britain and the US. Saudi Arabia was also the centre of support for al Qaeda. Cutting off financial support for Isis must include Turkey, a Nato member, which has kept open its border with Syria, allowing Isis to cross and sell lucrative oil.
6The issue of the Kurds is central to countering Isis expansion in the region. The Iraqi Kurds are close allies of the west, but there is a very different attitude to the Kurds in Turkey and Syria. The PKK, which has been struggling for Kurdish self-determination for decades, is still listed as a terrorist organisation by the EU and the US. This is despite the PKK and its allies being prominent in the battle against Isis. Turkey has oppressed the Kurds for many years and will not help those in Kobane, now under imminent threat of seizue by Isis. Turkey could open its border to the Kurds, but refuses to do so, in contrast with its support for Isis in the past. Instead the Turkish parliament has voted to create a ‘buffer zone’ at the Syrian border which will involve the disarming of the Kurds.
7Bombing will prove counter productive because it will do nothing to help the people already suffering, but will lead to far greater levels of death, injury and destruction. This has been the experience over the past 13 years, not only in Iraq, but in Afghanistan and Libya too.
8Iraq and Syria should be flooded with humanitarian aid, particularly for the millions of refugees who have been fleeing the wars. The refugees should receive the aid and support they need, and not be treated as potential terrorists within Europe.
9The brutal behaviour of Isis should not be used as a means to increase anti-Muslim racism in Europe and the US.
10It must be recognised that this latest phase of terrorism in the Middle East is very much a product of the west’s disastrous foreign policies, including the extension of wars and the backing of barbaric regimes in the region. The people of the Middle East have suffered enough. The west and Nato should get out of Syria and Iraq.
The video shows police choking Eric Garner to death. The medical examiner declared his death a homicide. Chokeholds have been banned by the NYPD since 1993. That looks like a straight-forward march to trial, but of course, the…
“Our justice system works. This case demonstrates that our justice system does work.”—
Judge Russell Healey speaking blatant bullshit at the sentencing of Michael Dunn, 47, who was convicted of killing Jordan Davis, 17, in November 2012 after he shot into a SUV of four teenagers 10 times when an argument broke out over loud music coming from the teens’ vehicle. Dunn was sentenced to 90 years in prison for three attempted murder convictions and another 15 years for firing into an occupied vehicle.
But sorry Judge, this system does not work. This case is proof of the writing on the wall. The shit is going to hit the fan and no last ditch effort is going to change that because it never attacks the fundamental issues of white supremacy. Sentencing one white guy to prison does not rectify a centuries-old white supremacist justice system which murders and imprisons black and brown people exponentially more than it does whites.