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    In November of 2012, TJ posted this about the Patriot Act:

    https://www.democratichub.com/posts/7943/patriot-act

    He is absolutely right. There IS cause to be concerned about our privacy.

    The Act, which is still in force today, is incredibly complex. In its simples terms, it designates 10 separate areas of control. It has been modified slightly over the years, and has been authorized several times.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patriot_Act

    The Patriot Act was enacted in direct response to the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, as well as the 2001 anthrax attacks, with the stated goal of dramatically strengthening national security. On October 23, 2001, U.S. Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) introduced House bill H.R. 3162, which incorporated provisions from a previously-sponsored House bill, and a Senate bill introduced earlier in the month. The next day, October 24, the Act passed the House by a vote of 357–66,[4] with Democrats comprising the overwhelming majority of "no"-votes. The three Republicans voting "no" were Robert Ney of Ohio, Butch Otter of Idaho, and Ron Paul of Texas. On October 25, the Act passed the Senate with a vote of 98–1. Russ Feingold (D-WI) voted "no".

    Due to the fact the Act was passed one day after it was introduced, many members of the legislature did not have time to read it. That fact was very troubling to Michael Moore, who incorporated that fact into his movie , "Fahrenheit 9/11".

    Public officials are required to defend against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Lately, there have been a lot of the latter

    One minor example occurred just the other day.

    Yesterday, a man apparently drove a car into a barricade near the White House, injuring two Capitol Police officers before hitting the barrier. He got out of the car with a knife, and police officers shot him when he did not respond to their commands. He died. So did one of the Capitol Police officers, an 18-year veteran of the force, Officer William “Billy” Evans. The assailant has been identified as 25-year-old Noah Green of Indiana, and he appears to have feared that the CIA and the FBI were targeting him with mind control.

    Not everyone who stormed the capitol is as crazy as Noah Greene, but when individuals get caught up in a mob, rational thought goes out the window.

    Fortunately, our law enforcement agencies have become very efficient at identifying threats.

    Yesterday, the Washington Post published an article on how a married couple got caught.

    Their case is among the more than 1,000 pages of arrest records, FBI affidavits and search warrants reviewed by The Washington Post detailing one of the biggest criminal investigations in American history. More than 300 suspects have been charged in the melee that shook the nation’s capital and left five people dead.

    The federal documents provide a rare view of the ways investigators exploit the digital fingerprints nearly everyone leaves behind in an era of pervasive surveillance and constant online connection. They illustrate the power law enforcement now has to hunt down suspects by studying the contours of faces, the movements of vehicles and even conversations with friends and spouses.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2021/04/02/capitol-siege-arrests-technology-fbi-privacy/

    The 300 people arrested so far theoretically could claim that their privacy has been invaded, but law enforcement, and the general public, are not going to be sympathetic, since the symbol of our democracy was attacked.

    To quote an old phrase, "it you don't want to do time, don't commit the crime".

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    No one looks at the "why" ; start at "a" and end at "z". The cause is the "system" and "education" here, let alone an system which does not help the "weak" and "mental" part of the country. Mentally sick people here have nowhere to go or there are not enough institutions to help these people. Lately I see more and more of these people on street corners begging for "money'. However "money" does not help them. In Europe at least they do something about that. Also the education at schools do very little about "mental" health. Sorry to say it is an"lost" country, which only cares about "money". Everything has an"price". The weak and easy manipulated people are neglected and only the "crooks" rise to the top. It is time the education curriculum contains "mental" training" and teaches survival in this brutal world. A lot of the cause is that this "island" stays isolated from the rest of the world in their thinking and arrogance promoted by their leaders and the media.

    Seldom the leaders here accept something from the "outside" which works, but continue stubbornly in their own "island" ways just like the Brits do. It is obvious that the biggest portion of people here never had any worldwide experience, let alone have been working outside this country, so they have no idea how the rest of the world are doing things.

    Since WWII this country has only become more stubborn in their ways, especially in "governing" due to adhering to the British way of life. An "two" party system is bound to fail, especially if "winning" via lots of money and "bullying" is the only goal; certainly not any priority in the well being of the "people" who elected them.

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    A story in the Washington Post this morning again illustrates how vulnerable we all are to invasions of our privacy.

    The top administrator of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops resigned after a Catholic media site told the conference it had access to cellphone data that appeared to show he was a regular user of Grindr, the queer dating app, and frequented gay bars.

    Some privacy experts said that they couldn’t recall other instances of phone data being de-anonymized and reported publicly, but that it’s not illegal and will likely happen more as people come to understand what data is available about others.

    Monsignor Jeffrey Burrill has since last fall been the general secretary of the USCCB, a position that coordinates all administrative work and planning for the conference, which is the country’s network for Catholic bishops. As a priest, he takes a vow of celibacy. Catholic teaching opposes sexual activity outside heterosexual marriage. He is a priest from the La Crosse, Wis., diocese and was a parish priest and a professor before joining the administrative staff of the USCCB in 2016. Some USCCB staff and former staff said they were reeling and shocked.

    “A mobile device correlated to Burrill emitted app data signals from the location-based hookup app Grindr on a near-daily basis during parts of 2018, 2019, and 2020 — at both his USCCB office and his USCCB-owned residence, as well as during USCCB meetings and events in other cities,” the Pillar reported.

    “The data obtained and analyzed by The Pillar conveys mobile app date signals during two 26-week periods, the first in 2018 and the second in 2019 and 2020. The data was obtained from a data vendor and authenticated by an independent data consulting firm contracted by The Pillar,” the site reported. It did not identify who the vendor was or if the site bought the information or got it from a third party.

    The Pillar story says app data “correlated” to Burrill’s phone shows the priest visited gay bars, including while traveling for the USCCB.

    The report comes the same week as The Post and other organizations reported that military-grade spyware normally leased to governments for tracking terrorists and criminals was used in attempted and successful hacks of 37 smartphones belonging to journalists, human rights activists, business executives and others, revealing new concerns and issues around technology and privacy and democracy.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/religion/2021/07/20/bishop-misconduct-resign-burrill/

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    Yeah, that is what you get if the laws don't catch up with the times. Other countries are way ahead on that issues.

    A lot of people here live in another universe and just carry on like in 1800 because they don't know better. Blame the system here as well the GOP who only protects white national christian rich idiots. They really have shown their real "face" lately. Why not spy on idiots who have entered the government without any proper credentials?

    Why is this country always in turmoil? The reason is obvious; the base law was never adapted to the times. Letting the zillion lawyers roam and make the "norms", ends up in an guaranteed chaos. Such is noticed all over here; no solid laws but always with plenty of loopholes for the rich and the crooks. Just let the rich getting away with by not paying their fair share in taxes so they can with that saved money play with their "space dreams" is ridiculous.

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    that guy in AZ Wrote:

    A story in the Washington Post this morning again illustrates how vulnerable we all are to invasions of our privacy.

    The top administrator of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops resigned after a Catholic media site told the conference it had access to cellphone data that appeared to show he was a regular user of Grindr, the queer dating app, and frequented gay bars.

    Some privacy experts said that they couldn’t recall other instances of phone data being de-anonymized and reported publicly, but that it’s not illegal and will likely happen more as people come to understand what data is available about others.

    Monsignor Jeffrey Burrill has since last fall been the general secretary of the USCCB, a position that coordinates all administrative work and planning for the conference, which is the country’s network for Catholic bishops. As a priest, he takes a vow of celibacy. Catholic teaching opposes sexual activity outside heterosexual marriage. He is a priest from the La Crosse, Wis., diocese and was a parish priest and a professor before joining the administrative staff of the USCCB in 2016. Some USCCB staff and former staff said they were reeling and shocked.

    “A mobile device correlated to Burrill emitted app data signals from the location-based hookup app Grindr on a near-daily basis during parts of 2018, 2019, and 2020 — at both his USCCB office and his USCCB-owned residence, as well as during USCCB meetings and events in other cities,” the Pillar reported.

    “The data obtained and analyzed by The Pillar conveys mobile app date signals during two 26-week periods, the first in 2018 and the second in 2019 and 2020. The data was obtained from a data vendor and authenticated by an independent data consulting firm contracted by The Pillar,” the site reported. It did not identify who the vendor was or if the site bought the information or got it from a third party.

    The Pillar story says app data “correlated” to Burrill’s phone shows the priest visited gay bars, including while traveling for the USCCB.

    The report comes the same week as The Post and other organizations reported that military-grade spyware normally leased to governments for tracking terrorists and criminals was used in attempted and successful hacks of 37 smartphones belonging to journalists, human rights activists, business executives and others, revealing new concerns and issues around technology and privacy and democracy.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/religion/2021/07/20/bishop-misconduct-resign-burrill/

    It has often been said that karma's a bitch, and that phrase applies to Jeffrey Burrill as well.

    What Burrill has chosen to do with his private life might not have been a national story — if not for his recent, high-profile support for denying Pres. Joe Biden holy communion over the president’s support for abortion rights.

    In June, the USCCB, of which Burrill was the general secretary, approved a measure that could prohibit Biden, a devout Catholic and the country’s second-ever Catholic POTUS, from receiving the Eucharist. Burrill himself was a strong advocate for the measure.

    https://dailyboulder.com/top-church-official-who-refused-biden-communion-resigns-in-sex-scandal/