weekend hacker wrote:I hate to go there but... you must be an American.
Every country in the EU has this, and every country that calls itself democratic pretends to aspire to this.
I think the problems mentioned in this video are that the US is moving away from the standard seperation of powers(legislature, an executive, and a judiciary). Shitty laws will not be apealed, you will not have the right to a fair trail(or any trail). All they have to do is use the T word and they can do whatever they want with you. The judiciary branch is being kept out of the loop for as many things as possible.
As for internet freedoms, ISPs don't want to block sites. They are being forced to block sites, thats quite a difference.(and a dick move)
But not as bad as the huge systematic privacy invasion thats going on. If you use a social network, there are plenty of words that you will often use that'll get you flagged(which means your conversation will get stored in some gov database). If you want to give me a call, our conversation will get recorded, transcribed and then stored for future reference(because I'm a foreigner, so you lose all rights). If you're traveling out of state and have your mobile phone with you, you will get flagged.
All those are automatic and already in place. Now if for some reason someone in lawinforcement wants to target you specificly(for instance if you broke up with his daughter) they can, they don't need a warent, and they don't ever have to mention that they did it. And if someone uses the T word, they can simply skip all that and shoot you.
These things seem like huge problems to me.
And I know you guys have never had fascism, or life under stasi rule. But those memories are still fresh enough here in europe to not want to go there ever again and to always watch out for those signs.
Then encourage other people to fix it! You don't run away (or secede, or start wars) when shit hits the fan, you stay in one place and fix it. There's plenty of brilliant minds that are truly dedicated to the cause, and hacking into/taking down government servers isn't going to help it. What's really going to help the cause is what's going on in the courts right now, or in congress right now. If people were really dedicated to the problem, that's where they'd start.
weekend hacker wrote:Lets all be happy for this. 10% of evil seems high though, I'd like to believe its lower then that. The problem in my opinion would be that it only takes a very small amount to have some serious consequences(ex: bossman sais spy on civilians, the 99 people working under them are simply doing their job. As seems to be the case in the NSA right now, only its a lot more then 99 people). And if I look at those injustices of the past as you say.. the US has been horrible at fixing those things. It seems to have taken decades if not more for it to correct itself. And right now it isn't moving forward but backwards.. I have no idea how they'll somehow change their backwards momentum. Add to that that the political scene has changed, money talks more then it ever has.
Lots of things went backwards before going forwards, for instance; a long time ago, slavery didn't exist. And if it did (in America (~1700)), there was a period of servitude, then the land owner would give the slave land, and the slave would be free. However, quickly it escalated (i.e. went backwards), to a complete shit storm of freedom oppression and abuse, and yet, we, as a country, powered through and stopped it. How? Did the war really help? Well, first off, the war wasn't actually started over slavery, it was started over an issue of counting slaves on the ballet in the south, so no, the war didn't really help. The way it was solved was in the court room and in Congress, which is why I'm advocating people stop thinking that a war would solve our problems, when it quite clearly wouldn't.
weekend hacker wrote:So yeah hate to say it, but you guys are doomed.
I beg to differ.