Comments on: Militants will always get through for one reason: Money Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 By: Laster Sun, 01 Mar 2015 16:40:55 +0000 This doesn’t strike me as being a comprehensive assessment of our current surveilance capabilities.
Of course the author wouldn’t be at will to disclose all the means available to the intelligence community
or he too would be living in an Russian airport lobby with Edward Snowden.
The old hardboiled gumshoe narrative may have been more accurate ten or twenty years back, but state
of the art technologies render this less than informative.
What might have been included are security cameras positioned at street intersections, facial recognition
techniques, and facilities like those at the Lower Manhatten Security Coordination Center.
It may well be the FBI isn’t funded sufficiently to cover the exponenetial growth in terrorist threats, which leads
to a conversation we should be having about our contribution to the growth in terrorism, and not have this
conversation as a rally cry for more destructive policy, funding, and the institution of more police state

By: Yvo_Kerwar Sun, 01 Mar 2015 14:48:53 +0000 Well said. In the interest of “security” our constitution is being shredded. We have lost, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom from unreasonable search and seizure, freedom to be presumed innocent, trial by jury, freedom to face your accusers, freedom from being kidnapped and tortured or murdered by your government, freedom from unconstitutional laws.

George W. Bush said “They hate us for our freedoms. What freedoms do we have left?

By: AdamSmith Sun, 01 Mar 2015 14:33:31 +0000 Well said comments.

By: brotherkenny4 Wed, 25 Feb 2015 17:42:11 +0000 Good comments.

By: MirkoVisco Tue, 24 Feb 2015 08:47:08 +0000 Nice

By: Heretic50 Tue, 24 Feb 2015 01:52:22 +0000 “[T]he high cost and difficulty of maintaining a continuous surveillance on a suspect may not be entirely bad in a democracy.”

Agreed. The problem is that America is not a democracy. It’s a police state in which the lawless government doesn’t follow the Constitution. The law is used as a weapon against the people. Harmless individuals who commit victimless “crimes” are locked up in hellish prisons, while violent felons (many police), perjurers (like James Clapper), and other official criminals are given a pass.

The other problem is that continuous surveillance is neither expensive nor difficult. Just about all US citizens are subjected to continuous, automated surveillance by electronic means. Everyone’s Internet activity is monitored. Everyone’s cell phone calls are recorded. Everyone’s driving is tracked to some extent by automatic license-plate readers and probably by in-car electronics as well. Aerial and even satellite surveillance is also used to spy on the American people. Basically, any technology that CAN be used to spy on Americans IS being used to spy on Americans by the domestic enemies of the Constitution.

Mass surveillance and freedom CANNOT coexist. A country whose government practices indiscriminate surveillance is a police state. A well-armed population, freedom of speech, and PRIVACY are absolutely essential to freedom. Without these things, a corrupt government has too much power to be forced from office, and its minions can do as they please to any citizen they choose to target.

There is no such thing as perfect security. No government can protect anyone from death. Everyone dies, one way or another. It may be from a bullet, from cancer, from a heart attack, or from falling furniture (all of which kill far more Americans than terrorism). Knowing this, you have a choice: Do you spend your finite time on this planet in freedom and dignity, or under the thumb of rulers and their enforcers?

We don’t need a “balance” between liberty and security. We need strict adherence to the Bill of Rights, the very foundation and meaning of America. When the Bill of Rights dies, America dies. Many would say this has already happened.

By: symonjaz Mon, 23 Feb 2015 18:54:44 +0000 I do not understand the flawed logic of Americans. They are willing to spend TRILLIONS of dollars in a hole like Afghanistan, another Trillion in Iraq, spend BILLIONS chasing around crazy dudes in Yemen, Somalia and God knows where else. And then Americans simply die out of an outbreak of obesity, diabetes, cancer, poor health. yet Iraq is haywire, Afghanistan is a mess and Terrorists like ISIS show up.

You will drown in your own distorted patriotism