Monday Maniacs


First, there’s the loud “we need to ban encryption” push that immediately spawned hundreds of articles and opinions strongly pushed by current and former intelligence officials the day or two after the attacks, despite the government quietly admitting there was no evidence that the attackers used encryption to communicate. It was a masterful PR coup: current and former intelligence officials got to sit through a series of fawning interviews on television where they were allowed to pin any of their failures on Edward Snowden and encryption – the bedrock of privacy and security for hundreds of millions of innocent people – with virtually no pushback, or any critical questions about their own conduct.

The entire encryption subject became a shiny scapegoat while the truth slowly trickled in: as of Tuesday, it was clear that American and/or French intelligence agencies had seven of the eight identified attackers on their radar prior to the attacks. The attackers used Facebook to communicate. The one phone found on the scene showed the terrorists had coordinated over unencrypted SMS text messages – just about the easiest form of communication to wiretap that exists today. (The supposed ringleader even did an interview in Isis’s English magazine in February bragging that he was already in Europe ready to attack.) …

As dishonest as the “debate” over encryption has been, the dark descension of the Republican party into outright racism and cynically playing off the irrational fears of the public over the Syrian refugee crisis has been worse. We now know the attackers weren’t Syrian and weren’t even refugees. It was a cruel rumor or hoax that one was thought to have come through Europe with a Syrian passport system, but that was cleared up days ago. But in the world of Republican primaries, who cares about facts? …

It doesn’t matter that the US has a robust screening system that has seen over 750,000 refugees come to the United States without incident – the Republican-led House has now voted to grind the already intensive screening process to a virtual halt (they were disgracefully joined by many Democrats). Chris Christie said the US should refuse widows and orphans. Rand Paul introduced a law to bar the entire Muslim world from entering the US as refugees. Donald Trump has suggested he would digitally track every Muslim in the country.



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14 Responses to Monday Maniacs

  1. Den says:

    There ya go, 1:36 and no one around to see if I was still alive. 😦

    And yes, where is Doc?


  2. º¿carol says:

    I haven’t been able to get on the computer all day until now, 5:16. p.m. Other than boot it up this morning, look briefly at my email, no time to spend here. But here I am, and I see Doc is still M.I.A. Geez, finally find one of the missing “geezers” and another one disappears.


  3. º¿carol says:

    Snow started melting. Yesterday, I was talked into taking our new RAV4 out of the garage and because of it’s 4 wheel drive, convinced to drive up and down the driveway to tamp it all down so Jill wouldn’t get stuck Monday morning. I am now a fan of 4 wheel drive! The car had zero trouble tamping down the 8 to 11 inches of snow. I’ll NEVER bother with the snow blower on the drive again, I’ll just use the car. The snow blower will be for trails around the ranch so Quincy and I have places to walk.

    I’ll be back later. It’s time to go out, dusk is upon us.


  4. David B. Benson says:

    I missed noticing the Sunday post. Put my Sunday comments on the Friday post.


  5. David B. Benson says:

    @ the Tokyo Seoul. Hard to believe that snow is coming.


  6. Den says:

    😮 Yawn!


  7. David B. Benson says:



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