New TecWeek Article Up

My weekly tech column for LibertyNation is up; check it out.  I can’t help but wonder if the new sensor that automatically starts a body cam recording when a weapon is pulled would have been useful at Bunkerville, considering that BLM agents turned OFF their cams when things got hairy…

 

 

Encryption: Government Hypocrisy Round #34897

Look who decided they needed encryption: the US government. That’s not hypocritical at all. Of course, they claim it’s because of the big, bad Trump-monster and his fascism.

The core issue is this: the government, an entity that is supposed to serve the people, is fighting any and all accountability.  Even as officials balk at transparency, they simultaneously demand a litany of agencies have full, unfettered, and warrantless access to every detail of the lives of private citizens.

It’s a complete 180 from the way things should be, and in case you’re not really paying attention, it’s getting worse by the day.

Border Patrol Demands “Papers, Please” From Domestic Passengers

If this doesn’t make you livid, I’m not sure what to tell you.

On 24 February, Delta flight 1583 left San Francisco for New York City according to airline tracker Flight Aware, and a little over five hours later it landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport.  The passengers were naturally anxious to disembark, but such was not the case. This time, uniformed federal agents stood at the door of the aircraft. In order to leave the plane, passengers had to show their identification. Papers, please.

Here’s where it gets really screwed up (because it wasn’t already? I know.):

When Rolling Stone asked CBP to produce the law that gave them the authority to demand papers from domestic travelers on a routine flight, the Border Patrol spokesman sent them a link to a document called CBP Search Authority. It gives 19 CFR 162.6 as its reference within the federal law; the only problem is that nowhere in that law does it mention domestic flights. The entire clause is expressly about “entering or leaving the United States” from international locations.  When the Rolling Stone reporter asked the CBP spokesman to explain this discrepancy, the response was “at this time this is all I have.”

It gets worse. Read the whole thing at Liberty Nation.