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Congress' NDAA Deal Could Make It Easier For Obama To Finally Close Guantanamo

Congress' NDAA Deal Could Make It Easier For Obama To Finally Close Guantanamo

Commented Dec 10, 2013 at 09:07:54 in Politics

“The President can do all sorts of things and congress can then throw a fit. Bush did it all the time in a bad cause with lots of lying and deception.

Bush opened the use of Guantanamo as this sort of extra legal zone for prisoners outside the USA. Obama could undo it with a wave of his hand.

He could order the prisoners moved anywhere he wants outside the USA, that is how this all got started. He could change the terms and practices at will.

Guantanamo could sit there technically open with no prisoners and a couple of guards.

Congress would have to go to a great deal of trouble to stop him. All they can do is not authorize the money to close the base. Am I incorrect?”
Congress' NDAA Deal Could Make It Easier For Obama To Finally Close Guantanamo

Congress' NDAA Deal Could Make It Easier For Obama To Finally Close Guantanamo

Commented Dec 10, 2013 at 09:01:18 in Politics

“Oh, I did not know that Obama actually got Congress to close Guantanamo.

I guess I missed that in my ignorance.”

saving1939 on Dec 10, 2013 at 11:52:15

“Yes you are. Congress has more than a little to do with closing G.”
Nobel Prize-Winning Writers Say NSA Surveillance Power 'Is Being Systemically Abused'

Nobel Prize-Winning Writers Say NSA Surveillance Power 'Is Being Systemically Abused'

Commented Dec 10, 2013 at 08:58:39 in Politics

“No, I am for myself and others and you are an apologist for an emerging  police state.

It is not human nature to have a giant state apparatus spy on everyone.

and realistic or unrealistic notions of privacy are to be determined by the people in a democratic nation, not the secret police.

I apologize for the lake comment. But you set me off with your willingness to accept this in any way.

It may be that we are stuck with this forever after. But why make it easy for "them"?

Probable cause and warrants and all that is still enabling spying on criminals. Spying on everyone is making everyone a suspect, Then what is a suspect?

If everything is probable cause, then what is a probable cause?

We are entering the twilight zone of logic and law and rights. It is more like a novel by Franz Kafka than the Constitution of the United States.

Again I apologize for the lake thing. Stay dry.”

ChasG on Dec 10, 2013 at 11:38:10

“Forget about the lake comment.  I'm not perfect, either.  We're only human.

I am no one's apologist; I do not advocate illegal spying.  I completely oppose warrantless wiretapping within the US.  That said, collection of metadata and other information about us in the public domain is not "spying" per se.

Spying is very much in our human nature.  However, I have seen no evidence of our giant state apparatus that our government is "spying" on everyone, as you repeatedly aver.  The collection of metadata (like phone company billing records), tracking location data of cell phones emitting GPS signals, following cars in traffic, are every day policing activities that do not require a warrant.  Generally, our privacy ends when we tell someone something we normally keep quiet.  When we sign the phone company or the credit card company usage agreements that when they keep track of our usage of their services, and we have agreed to let them use those parts of our personal data that do not enable identity theft, then we have surrendered any reasonable expectation of privacy to protection of that information by the Fourth Amendment.

How do you think police are able to establish probable cause to obtain a search and seizure warrant?  They do so with preliminary investigation that does not require a warrant, by looking at information that is not protected by the Fourth Amendment.

There is no evidence that NSA is spying on anyone in the US without a warrant.  That misconception comes from those who are not distinguishing between preliminary investigation by law enforcement, versus SUBSEQUENT investigation by search and seizure of our persons, houses, papers and effects (which do not include any information we have shared with third parties, with the possible exception of information specifically made private by law, such as medical records protected under HIPAA, subject to laws which even limit the privacy of HIPAA information in certain investigations (such as the eligibility of an individual for workers' compensation or disability benefits).  If we are collecting disability benefits, we are subject to investigation to determine if we are eligible.

The Fourth Amendment does not protect us from being investigated without a warrant.”
Ralph Nader: Dollar General's Treatment Of Workers Is 'Shameful'

Ralph Nader: Dollar General's Treatment Of Workers Is 'Shameful'

Commented Dec 10, 2013 at 07:00:35 in Business

“Ah yeah. Nader was right.”
Nobel Prize-Winning Writers Say NSA Surveillance Power 'Is Being Systemically Abused'

Nobel Prize-Winning Writers Say NSA Surveillance Power 'Is Being Systemically Abused'

Commented Dec 10, 2013 at 06:54:57 in Politics

“"we have to understand the Fourth Amendment limitations and avoid unrealistic ideas of privacy rights that do not exist. "

That is an unmitigated surrender of our rights.

Change human nature? That's why I said the stupid rude comment. You think unlimited spying by the government is human nature. Maybe if you lived under Stalin.

We cannot go along with this and cal it anything but what it is a semi-police state. (Perhaps more later)

What is an unrealistic privacy right? Privacy?

So do not jump in water.... join the human race. That is my deal.

Sorry to be rude but come on, we do not need any apologies for this spying hysteria.”
Ralph Nader: Dollar General's Treatment Of Workers Is 'Shameful'

Ralph Nader: Dollar General's Treatment Of Workers Is 'Shameful'

Commented Dec 10, 2013 at 06:21:35 in Business

“No I was a Florida poll worker. And up close to it one could see two things. Neither of these things were Ralph Nader.

1. Bill Clinton and his girl friend Monica and his behavior was the biggest factor. I did not agree that it should have been important.......but it was to the old people who go to church in Florida. Who are the ones who vote. Voting precincts here tend to be in church auditoriums. Mine was. These people can find the churches they go to anyway every Sunday. The hugs and kisses at the door of our precinct demonstrated that amply.

2. The challenged of the votes in Palm Beach county was a Democratic challenge in one county they thought they would "win". A total recount of the State would have seen AL Gore as victor. By challenging only one cherry picked county it allowed Catherine Harris (Florida Secretary of State) and the Courts to push this vote count issue aside.

I promise you Al gore won the Florida election really. In my county (Duval) there were 22 thousand contestable votes that were at issue. Many more than the margin of win for Bush. The Nader vote was irrelevant.

What should third party candidates do surrender automatically ahead of an election? People have a perfect right to run for office. America needs a third and forth party today to shake off the corrupt Republicans and Democrat strangle hold.”

Graay Matter on Dec 10, 2013 at 06:46:34

“Your post is legit. There are other facets of that debacle too. Suffice it say that the Democtatic Party leadership has refused to come to grips that it failed its party but not activating its sum total. Their focus groups and PR blitzes turn into empty promises as they try to out flank their opposition to the Right. I'd say that Obama right now is a Reagan Democrat: hawk on defense, status quo economy, cater to the upper crust while ignoring the vast majority in terms of policy that benefits the most.

It is a sad day in America when we see our first black President adopt all the policies of his Republican predessors. And nobody seems that concerned that is sctually the case. Nader said in 2000 "there isnt a dimes bit of difference between the two parties."

Set aside the dysfunction, So true now its startling.”
Ben Affleck On Republican Actors: 'I Probably Wouldn't Like' Them

Ben Affleck On Republican Actors: 'I Probably Wouldn't Like' Them

Commented Dec 10, 2013 at 05:41:06 in Entertainment

“I have Republican friends but it does make me pause. I do not like to let politics get in the way of things but sometimes it does anyway.

John Wayne the film actor was a right wing guy. I read where some more liberal actor disliked him before meeting him on some project. When they did meet he was just a super person to be around . I think it was a style in the past to be more normal when political.

I used to debate right wing folks publicly in the 1960s and after we would go out for beer and a snack. It is a different environment today.

But my right wing friends today and I know one anothers politics and do still have a good time together. But I think it is rare.”

alumcreek on Dec 10, 2013 at 06:45:06

“The difference in the RW then and now is amazing. The GOP had liberals and moderates in the past but they have all been purged from the party. Saint Ronnie would not be acceptable to the GOP today nor would Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Ike Eisenhower or even Dick Nixon. Spiro Agnew would be because he was an unabashed thief and bribe taker and the current GOP appreciates people like that.”
Survey Of Aging Organisms Shows Not All Species Decline With Age

Survey Of Aging Organisms Shows Not All Species Decline With Age

Commented Dec 10, 2013 at 05:30:18 in Science

“No it's Mitch, without glasses, in armor.”

BannedInBoston on Dec 10, 2013 at 16:13:49

“He sometimes takes them off for photo ops like this....”
Nobel Prize-Winning Writers Say NSA Surveillance Power 'Is Being Systemically Abused'

Nobel Prize-Winning Writers Say NSA Surveillance Power 'Is Being Systemically Abused'

Commented Dec 9, 2013 at 20:31:21 in Politics

“go jump in a lake.”

ChasG on Dec 9, 2013 at 20:43:40

“You first; I'll watch and decide based upon your results.  Deal?”
Into The Woods

Into The Woods

Commented Dec 9, 2013 at 20:27:36 in Parents

“Oh real life in the Swiss forest. How horrible. Much better to sit in a chair and listen to a programmed teacher spout nonsense for hours and hours.

The US way gets kids ready for a life of horror better.”
Antarctica Hit Record Cold Temperature So Ridiculously Low It Hurts Just Hearing About It

Antarctica Hit Record Cold Temperature So Ridiculously Low It Hurts Just Hearing About It

Commented Dec 9, 2013 at 20:06:17 in Green

“How cool is that?”

teapeach on Dec 9, 2013 at 20:10:53

“Way cool!”
Congress' NDAA Deal Could Make It Easier For Obama To Finally Close Guantanamo

Congress' NDAA Deal Could Make It Easier For Obama To Finally Close Guantanamo

Commented Dec 9, 2013 at 19:53:43 in Politics

“Well wrap up Iraq and Afghanistan, close Guantanamo and then spy on us here.

Let's forget the terrorists and concentrate on creating an American police state at home. Bring all the soldiers back and give them jobs with the police state.

Obama needs a deal to close the prison? He should get the President of the United States to help him do that, you know someone with some authority.”

Gate Of Pluto on Dec 9, 2013 at 21:33:03

“Only Congress can make this happen. Obama worked diligently on the behalf of Gitmo Detainees and Congress flatly refused to cooperate.”

saving1939 on Dec 9, 2013 at 20:20:54

“ignorant comment.”
eBay CEO Calls Amazon Drones A 'Long-Term Fantasy'

eBay CEO Calls Amazon Drones A 'Long-Term Fantasy'

Commented Dec 9, 2013 at 16:39:44 in Technology

“It was a marketing joke, not serious not going to happen.

A drone could deliver things in a remote island setting or something like that only. Deliver meds to an isolated place not much else.”
Largely White Audience Turns Out To Hear Rand Paul Speak At African-American Outreach Event

Largely White Audience Turns Out To Hear Rand Paul Speak At African-American Outreach Event

Commented Dec 9, 2013 at 14:17:32 in Politics

“Why have outreach?

There are already three or four black Republicans already.”
A Pair Of Gloves Could Save Your Life

A Pair Of Gloves Could Save Your Life

Commented Dec 9, 2013 at 13:44:47 in Technology

“I know another good bike thing seldom used. At boating stores they have reflective tape. Put it all over you bike on every surface and you nearly glow in the dark. It makes your bike look like crap also, so people would not want to steal it so much.

Does not show turns ....but with lights it makes one super visible.

I have had people yell at me..."hey you glow in the dark mother"”
Sarah Palin To Host Outdoors Show On Sportsman Channel

Sarah Palin To Host Outdoors Show On Sportsman Channel

Commented Dec 9, 2013 at 13:39:53 in Politics

“Sounds good. I hope they have a survival episode where they drop her off without anything in the arctic.”
NSA And CIA Spied In 'World Of Warcraft' And Other Online Games

NSA And CIA Spied In 'World Of Warcraft' And Other Online Games

Commented Dec 9, 2013 at 09:30:13 in Technology

“Yes Sl is compromised”
NSA And CIA Spied In 'World Of Warcraft' And Other Online Games

NSA And CIA Spied In 'World Of Warcraft' And Other Online Games

Commented Dec 9, 2013 at 09:29:14 in Technology

“....and it will not work. There is one cyber defense which is to disconnect from the Internet entire.

The hole in our defense is the same one as others have.... it is the open nature of the net.

As for spying on gamers it will yield nothing. As they could see and hear gamers who are terrorists and not know one thing from it.”
Apple, Google And Others To NSA: 'It's Time For A Change'

Apple, Google And Others To NSA: 'It's Time For A Change'

Commented Dec 9, 2013 at 08:17:35 in Technology

“How about listening to tech citizens (peasants---to us)?

Is everything in the nation now about giants?

Ordinary citizens are supposed to be sovereign, not giants, not the NSA.

If we wanted to be ruled by giants we would all go live in fairy tale land. Which is where we do live now anyway.”
Is Dark Matter Made Of Tiny Black Holes?

Is Dark Matter Made Of Tiny Black Holes?

Commented Dec 9, 2013 at 05:54:41 in Science

“How about anti-Twinkies made of dark matter?

Less calories, tastes great!

Money well spent.”
NSA Staffers Feeling Neglected By Obama, Would Very Much Like Him To Stop By

NSA Staffers Feeling Neglected By Obama, Would Very Much Like Him To Stop By

Commented Dec 9, 2013 at 05:49:05 in Politics

“Obama and Bush and the rest of Washington "deciders" do not come near the results of their work nor have much to do with the people who carry it out.

It is called having "no skin in the game". Modern American leaders have never seen combat at any time. They seldom come close to the people who fly drones or go into battle on their orders, or torture prisoners.

I doubt Obama would even go near the people who messed up the ACA website. Which is how all this unfortunate stuff happens.

Without "skin in the game" (being corporal) the incentive to do things correctly is removed.

It is made worse by modern American leaders having not even had any real experience in the past doing anything at all. Effectively they have no experience with doing things.

Our leaders pose and pretend on TV, that is about all we really get from them.

The NSA staffers are just one set of ignored "workers". It is an important and controversial program now. It is just possible that some NSA worker beside the administrator might have something relevant to tell a President.

James Clapper of the NSA lied to congress repeatedly. Maybe some other person there might be better for Obama to talk to privately.

Obama and Bush and the 'Deciders" in Washington operate it long distance. Everything they do is filtered through a fantasy of their handlers..

It is possible that no one is in charge really.”

DoctorGreeves on Dec 9, 2013 at 07:38:43

“Clapper should be prosecuted. He committed a felony when he lied to Congress. He knew better and should spend some quality time in the nearest stockade.”
Obama Faces Backlash Over New Corporate Powers In Secret Trade Deal

Obama Faces Backlash Over New Corporate Powers In Secret Trade Deal

Commented Dec 8, 2013 at 19:07:16 in Politics

“He is a bit taller and complete a sentence also. Otherwise very similar.”
Obama Faces Backlash Over New Corporate Powers In Secret Trade Deal

Obama Faces Backlash Over New Corporate Powers In Secret Trade Deal

Commented Dec 8, 2013 at 19:06:16 in Politics

“He did not nationalize health care he enshrined corporate private insurance. I wish he had nationalized health care.”
Obama Faces Backlash Over New Corporate Powers In Secret Trade Deal

Obama Faces Backlash Over New Corporate Powers In Secret Trade Deal

Commented Dec 8, 2013 at 19:03:55 in Politics

“Hit job on who?

What is the distortion here? They did post your comment but I have no idea waht your comment is saying.

I guess you are thinking Obama is taking a hit of some kind.

And the distortion is that he is a corporate lackey.

Well I do not know the facts in this but the health care thing was screwed up plenty by his compromise with big insurance companies.

And he keep appointing Wall Street people to his administration.

His main contributor is the wonderful Goldman Sacs Wall street firm.

So I am not sure what the inconsistency would be if these leaks are true.

And the media is distorting his activities?

Now maybe you mean something else entirely but hard to tell.”
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