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May 13, 2006

NSA Call Record Analysis

I have heard enough about the NSA Call Record Analysis program reported by USA Today, and have finally decided to dig into it some more myself. (Is there a -gate meme for this one yet?)

Here's a snippet from the AT&T / SBC Privacy Policy:

We must disclose information, when requested, to comply with court orders or subpoenas. We will also share information when necessary to prevent unlawful use of communications services, when necessary to repair network outages, and when a customer dials 911 and information regarding their location is transmitted to a public safety agency.

Notice that second sentence that says "We will also share" ... the key word there is will. This continues as "information when necessary to prevent unlawful use of communications services." This is at AT&T's discretion. It could be easily argued that sharing this data is necessary to prevent unlawful use of communications services. What does this mean? This means that as a customer of AT&T, according to this policy, you have -*given*- AT&T permission to share the data. It says they will share information.

And if that's not enough, read the ruling in Smith v. Maryland 1979, US Supreme Court:

Held:

The installation and use of the pen register was not a "search" within the meaning of the Fourth Amendment, and hence no warrant was required. Pp. 739-746.

(a) Application of the Fourth Amendment depends on whether the person invoking its protection can claim a "legitimate expectation of privacy" that has been invaded by government action. This inquiry normally embraces two questions: first, whether the individual has exhibited an actual (subjective) expectation of privacy; and second, whether his expectation is one that society is prepared to recognize as "reasonable." Katz v. United States, 389 U.S. 347 . Pp. 739-741.

(b) Petitioner in all probability entertained no actual expectation of privacy in the phone numbers he dialed, and even if he did, his expectation was not "legitimate." First, it is doubtful that telephone users in general have any expectation of privacy regarding the numbers they dial, since they typically know that they must convey phone numbers to the telephone company and that the company has facilities for recording this information and does in fact record it for various legitimate business purposes. And petitioner did not demonstrate an expectation of privacy merely by using his home phone rather than some other phone, since his conduct, although perhaps calculated to keep the contents of his conversation private, was not calculated to preserve the privacy of the number he dialed. Second, even if petitioner did harbor some subjective expectation of privacy, this expectation was not one that society is prepared to recognize as "reasonable." When petitioner voluntarily conveyed numerical information to the phone company and "exposed" that information to its equipment in the normal course of business, he assumed the risk that the company would reveal the information [442 U.S. 735, 736] to the police, cf. United States v. Miller, 425 U.S. 435 . Pp. 741-746.

Given the fact that the details of the NSA program leaked thus far contain -*less*- data than gathered in the case above, I don't see an argument against it's legality prevailing in a court of law.

Am I missing something here? This seems way too simple.

May 5, 2006

Now It's Rumsfeld Lied, People Died

These moonbats just don't get it. There was credible evidence that Saddam had WMD's, and we've even found some. That's not to mention that a condition of the cease-fire from the first Iraq war (anyone remember that? We had UN permission to depose Saddam that time) was that Saddam stop all WMD programs. That means, all he had to do to be in violation was to have one WMD capable scientist on staff. Oh, and Iraq signed that one. Let's not forget the other conditions of surrender ... like the moonbats favorite one "human rights." It boggles my mind how such bleeding heart liberals would stand up for such a vile person as Saddam Hussein, and the terrorists he supported. Michelle Malkin has more on the latest heckling of Rumsfeld. Give 'em hell Rummy!

May 2, 2006

National Boycott, the Aftermath

As I look over the desolate landscape that Texas has become. The rolling hills littered with beer cans and Taco Bell wrappers. I reflect on what the boycott was all about. My Neighbors never made it to any rallies. Instead they could have spent the day playing at the park with their children. Can't really fault them for that can I? Well except they did send their children off to school and spent the day drinking in their back yard. My job sites were vacant of labor. I guess my subcontractors were raising awareness of laborers rights down at the capitol, except I noticed several of them had boats attached to their trucks as they drove by.

I wonder if the illegals remember why they snuck across the border in the first place. Mexico was such a fun place to live, work and raise a family. They only came over here for the money, is what I have heard time after time on the television. So I have an idea....now follow me on this one.

A National Day of Boycott of Social Services

This will only apply of course to the illegal aliens. Basically if you are not a citizen and cannot provide REAL proof of citizenship you get nothing. Your children cannot attend class which means someone will have to stay home with the kids missing yet another day of work. If you show up at a hospital and you don't have insurance then tough noogies. Bleed quietly please. All Spanish translations will be removed from any government building and you can forget about any government funding. I think we should do it on the 1st or the 15th of the month just to make it more interesting.

While we rely on your labor you have Benny's too.


Now don't get me wrong I am all about the rights of citizens. Its the illegals that by definition should have no rights. I am not a racists, I am an equal opportunity offender. Just one voice in the masses that thinks the world should lighten up and people should just shut the hell up and quit bitching. Get a sense of humor. Walmart has them on sale this week and now that Pablo is back to work he can help you find them.

May 1, 2006

National Day of Boycott

God Bless America where even those who come to this country illegally are allowed to express their opinions in non-violent demonstrations. Stand up for your rights...er or what would be your rights if you joined instead of tagged along. On this memorable day as I sit in my office attempting to build houses and improve our economy lets thank those who really are doing well today, or better yet tomorrow. The Press. I guarantee that newspapers around the country will be sold out tomorrow as Pablo and Paco attempt to find their picture on page 11B where they were flipping the bird at the camera.

How does this boycott affect me as a business man? It has no more affect then Cinco De Mayo which incidentally is Friday. It may be a slow week at work but I have a peaceful couple of days without Tejano music.

How does this boycott affect me personally? Well my neighbors started their protest last night at about 8pm. After a couple of hours though I had enough of their loud protesting via Tequila and Tejano and asked them (nicely) to turn it down and continue with their protest today. They were more then willing to comply because they think I am a "Loco Gringo". Speaking of Tequila, out of curiosity I stopped by the local grocery store and noticed that the cheap beer was completely sold out. That will show the beer industry. I also had to forgo my morning breakfast taco. I stopped by a fast food place instead and the person on the microphone actually spoke English. Imagine my surprise. My wife will have to mow our lawn today, I will supervise from my easy chair. I know that it will not be as good a job, but she needs the practice.

Enjoy your day of protest my down trodden, Hispanic Brothers. Stick it to the man. However, don't expect any overtime on your check this week and don't bitch about not getting paid for taking a "personal day". See you on Tuesday when you get your @$$ back to work.

Viva La Mexico