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US Lawmakers Continue To Prove Their Ignorance Regarding Sensitive Data Leaks (closed)

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Posted: Sun Dec 13, 2009 12:34
Author: Blocked
I found this on one of my good friend's news sites, ZeroPaid. This is a great site, and sometimes me and the editors here will collaborate or trade sources for the articles I write on ET or they write there. Good people over there, support them.


US Lawmakers Want to Criminalize Whistleblower Sites Over TSA Leak
Drew wrote:
After the embarrassing Transport Security Administration (TSA) leak where workers failed to properly redact documents related to screening procedures, three Republican lawmakers want to criminalize whistle blower sites that reposted the document. The question here is, if successful, could that set the stage for other documents such as the leaked ACTA documents?

It’s been a long and winding road for the leaked TSA document story and it all started with a blogger discovering that a TSA document failed to properly redact a document that was posted online by the TSA. Essentially, the TSA posted a screening document while drawing black boxes over text that was to be redacted. Unfortunately, even in PDF format, the redacted text is not erased and one can uncover that text simply by copying and pasting it in any text editors.

The story hit BoingBoing and several other sites, making it one of the most talked about stories this week. It turns out, not only was it bad that the documents redacted sections weren’t properly redacted, but it was bad that the document was posted at all. So it’s no surprise

By Wednesday, the TSA said that 5 workers were put on leave as a result of the incident. It seemed as though the issues were being worked out at that point.

Given the repressed nature of the documents, it’s no surprise that the documents wound up on whistle blower sites like Wikileaks and Cryptome. It seemed like the wisest decision was to not attract any more attention to the documents. After all, the TSA did say that the documents were “outdated” and thus suggesting that it’s really a non-issue. So you’d think the issue was pretty much over save for some behind the scenes issues that needed to be dealt with.

No, let’s remind ourselves that there are lawmakers in this country that don’t have a clue about how the internet works. According to Threat Level, three Republican lawmakers are gunning to regulate whistle blowing sites over this document. From the report:

In their letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano (.pdf) on Wednesday, Reps. Peter T. King (R – New York), Charles Dent (R – Pennsylvania) and Gus Bilirakis (R – Florida) asked, “How has the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration addressed the repeated reposting of this security manual to other websites, and what legal action, if any, can be taken to compel its removal?”

These Republicans are apparently seeking criminal repercussions for sites that repost the documents. Apparently, they have forgotten that even congress tried to intervene on behalf of record labels by tabling the DMCA in hopes that it would help stem the flow of file-sharing – which it did not. How can they expect a different result with this leaked document? After all, Wikileaks is hosted in at least a dozen counties, so how can congress even hope to stop the flow of this document?

Moreover, if this is an attempt to regulate whistle blowers, is that effectively trying to stop anyone on the inside from exposing corruption? Are these Republicans now, in effect, against corruption exposure? Let’s take in to account that ACTA was exposed through unauthorized repeated leaks. If sites are now criminally liable, given that the Obama administration has said that ACTA is a matter of national security and can’t release the ACTA documents officially, for exposing any documents deemed a national security issue, wouldn’t those sites simply move off shore if they still have ties in the US? Not only is this a futile attempt to stop the spread of the TSA leak, but it’s also an ill-conceived idea on many different angles – the Streisand effect being only one of those angles.

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Great story.

I am utterly amazed by this. If these congressmen (and women) are actually serious about this, then they must be the most ignorant trio of lawmakers that this “great” nation has ever seen step foot into the capitol. How can you even suggest, that if a website reposts something, that was leaked by incompetence, that they would be criminally liable? WTF kind of bullshit is that. Seriously. Bafoons indeed. These type of people are running the United States? No wonder we’re in so much shit, and the system is crumbling. It’s time we get these right and left wing nuts the fook out of office here in the states, and elect some representatives with three traits that these individuals are epic failures at, common sense, intelligence, and the ability to think before they speak. Jesus Christ I’m ashamed of this country.
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Posted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 02:09
Its the government and by now you think they would have learned their lesson right? Not even close. Unless you got to ask yourself are they letting this stuff get out on purpose or have they gotten that big that they no longer contain and monitor everyone like we believe they can. Either they wanted to let it get out because they didnt care about it or they are to big and they cant control anyone any more. Those are just my thoughts on it. Great story though, :D
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Posted: Wed Apr 11, 2012 06:12
where I live your water and sewage fees are $45.00 To $50.00 per month BEFORE you use ANY water, and there is a usage fee on top of that. They don't think Americans are dumb. THEY RELY ON IT!!!
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Posted: Wed Apr 11, 2012 21:15
Author: Blocked
this is a 2.5 year old post :D

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