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Carrier IQ FOIA results in FBI blanket denial

Courtesy of Karl Duboist, an Opera developer

FBI: Carrier IQ files used for "law enforcement purposes"

A recent FOIA request to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for "manuals, documents or other written guidance used to access or analyze data gathered by programs developed or deployed by Carrier IQ" was met with a telling denial. In it, the FBI stated it did have responsive documents - but they were exempt under a provision that covers materials that, if disclosed, might reasonably interfere with an ongoing investigation.

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Watching Obama and wishing he were a Democrat

It was a so-so speech. Those of us confined to a gate waiting area for the prior five hours moved towards the CNN monopoly monitor (interrupted every 15m by the TSA "This is a special announcement" loop). The delay irritated important people used their cell phones to "just touch base" with some family or business contacts. For the rest of the gate area he had our complete attention for just about an hour.

I was waiting for a reference to the Glass–Steagall Act of 1932. It wasn't there.

Hillary in 2016

An interesting summary in le monde. She's planning on leaving Foggy Bottom in January, replaced by John Kerry (queue another electoral campaign in Mass).

Social Neutrio Works

Greenpeace has carried out a pervasive pentest of the commercial nuclear powered electrical generating stations in France. The government and the industry is disputing the extent of the pentest. Sarko is calling the action (which shows that a bunch of hippies can enter a future Fukashima equipped with a tsunami or a banner to the effect that Kilroy was Here) irresponsible, so the task should have been left to a responsible armed organ of a hostile state or non-state actor. Going non-linear, the spokes-creature for Young UMP, Maxime Buizard, twitted that the Greenpeace activists should be shot as terrorists. He's since recovered a modicum of sanity and may support arrest and trial before execution of critics of the party in power.

Links to le monde's coverage.

Neutrios pass though walls of lead and lies with ease.

Prince Turki bin Faisal Al Saud floats the symmetric counter-force balloon

At a regional conference, speaking as a private person. By way of context, see wikipedia.

The Dumb on War

What, other than limitless malice, was passing through the minds of Anglo-American targeteers when dumping a 1.8 ton mine at a random point in Koblenz? How is dropping a delayed detonation device of this size causally related to any lawful military end? The entire "strategic bombing" argument, the raison d'etre of the Air Force (which by the way, has been looking for another raison d'etre, along with the ballistic submarine fleet, since the departure of the Soviet Union / Warsaw Pact from the fields of budgetary folly), being that killing civilians will cause civilians to kill the military.

In other News of the Dumb on War a bright young thing in Tonopah Nevada has transfered a intact RQ-170 to the Islamic Republic. Because technology transfer to the OpFors is somehow better than memo transfer to the civilians (that's a Wikileaks reference).

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Paging Mr. Herman Cain

The "China doesn't have nukes" meme is something his campaign could turn on a dime and put him, and the PRC, and the evils of Communism / Yellow Peril / Trade Imbalance / Strong Yuan stories back above the fold.

He didn't know, but he was busy running a main street business. Newt and Mitt and Michelle and Rick and Ron however were not running main street businesses (except perhaps into the ground as lackeys of financial capital and banksters) and they were in a position to know, along with the evils/peril/trade/currency/tibet set of issues, but clearly don't either. So who's too dumb to be the one with the red phone as office decor?

Point and Klick

Out of no where Ha'aretz reports that one or more SS-N-26 have been delivered to Syria. As happy as moving 200kg of stored kinetic energy at 800m/s may make any targeteer, absent an OTH guidance capability, it assumes that some high value target, say an element of Carrier Strike Group Two, is carelessly driven by its cowboy command to within two, perhaps even one, super-sonic minutes from an aim point.

Not quite a fire-and-forget weapon when stripped from an integrated C&C context, a wicked fast and furious bottle rocket, with a credible bang at the end, but more a forget-to-fire for a red player engaged in a locally asymmetric contest with a poorly armed opposition while sophisticated counter-force is in the theater, but not yet authorized to commence defense suppression.

And in the same news cycle Ehud Barak says he's not going to start a hot war with Iran -- for now. A man between two fires playing with matches.

Echelon à Paris

I'm paralyzed (nearly) by a spinal injury (it will pass, and return, in turn) so this will be short.

IMHO, the most important bit about Wikileaks is that it has data about data. The _this_ of this thing we call the net. link (fr).

The next movement order ...

A month or so ago I remarked to my mom (a USN programmer and applied mathematician for 35 years of her life) that the diplomatic language from Turkey concerning the intensity of state violence in Syria was ... signalling the possibility of counter-force, at least sufficient to limit the territorial scope of state violence and allow refugee camps to exist in Syria, proximal to Turkey. Today a writer for a serious arabic language newspaper told a shocked colleague from Al Jazeera English -- on the record and on camera -- that he considered a movement order -- involving forces from Turkey, Jordan, and two of the Gulf Emirates, and possibly one or more European countries -- certain within the next 30 days.

Meanwhile, elements of Russia’s Northern Fleet, the heavy aircraft-carrying missile cruizer Admiral Kuznetsov (eight Sukhoi Su-33 all-weather fighters, two Kamov Ka-27 anti-submarine helicopters and several Mig-29K fighters), accompanied by the heavy ASW ship Admiral Chabanenko, are being routed from the Barents Sea, via the Strait of Gibraltar, to the eastern Med. The Black Sea Fleet frigate Ladny is being routed through the Bosphorus to the eastern Med. As Carrier Strike Group Two re-entered U.S. Sixth Fleet AOR last week, the eastern Med is getting crowded with symmetric naval forces.


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