Reading List: Criminal Robot Edition

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If one were so inclined, it is probably possible to infer how many extracurricular projects I'm involved in at any given time by measuring the frequency with which I post here. They do tend to compete.

Starting off with a quote that really speaks for itself: (from Bruce Schneier)

Technology such as cloned part-robot humans used by organised crime gangs pose the greatest future challenge to police, along with online scamming, Australian Federal Police (AFP) Commissioner Mick Keelty says.

I haven't said much about it, but don't think I haven't been paying attention to the Scooter Libby mess. While those presently inhabiting DC have behaved in a thoroughly compromised fashion (as usual), the money quote actually does come from a political elite; you just have to reach a bit farther back:

In the same convention George Mason argued that the President might use his pardoning power to "pardon crimes which were advised by himself" or, before indictment or conviction, "to stop inquiry and prevent detection." James Madison responded:
[I]f the President be connected, in any suspicious manner, with any person, and there be grounds to believe he will shelter him, the House of Representatives can impeach him; they can remove him if found guilty...

As Digby, Rick Perlstein, and others have pointed out, the present lawlessness doesn't exactly start with the present administration -- it's endemic to the nature of the Conservative movement, which from the very start has been about authoritarianism and trampling the freedom of the non-wealthy. Impeachment would be only the first real step in the long fight to discredit and dismantle the beast.

Actually, as Sam Boyd recently pointed out, living by the pirates' code would be a significant improvement. With their relatively egalitarian society, democratic organization, and even health insurance, you'd think they were European or something.

Did you know that the CIA is actually trying to make it easier to find out what they've been up to ... under other administrations, at least. Thank heavens for the Freedom of Information Act. There have been some interesting revelations coming out of the latest batch of releases, but most of the attention has focused on Fidel's cigars.

And speaking of spooks and spies and criminal robots, this article from the IEEE Spectrum reads like a techno-thriller. It describes the anatomy, at least to the extent of what is publicly known, of a recent scandal in Greece, in which persons unknown hacked into Vodafone's Greek infrastructure, secretly took over the wiretapping system and monitored numerous cell phones for a year or more. Including the Prime Minister's.

On a differently creepy note, Orcinus highlights a followup report on hate groups infiltrating the military to, I kid you not, "get training for a race war." The brass apparently doesn't see the problem.

Finally, another panorama experiment.

Thunderheads catch fire on the horizon as the sky goes gray.

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That panorama is the only pretty thing in that post. :(

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