Just bought a bike (Gary Fisher Ex-Calibur in case anybody cares) and John has apparently been abducted by Martians. While I kvetch some more about how ridiculously busy I am, not counting when I’m out riding my bike, you can let me know what I missed.
Via email from a reader, this story seems particularly interesting: it appears that we already had a wide-reaching program to monitor domestic calling activity in America, codenamed thinthread, except that it had effective encryption and oversight mechanisms to guarantee the callers’ privacy. Naturally it was scrapped for what we have now. Not to conflate correlation with causation, but if the administration wanted to surveil specific Americans without the risk of getting caught by a pesky judge or congressional committee the current “system” would be much better. Or it could be just a case or ordinary cronyism involving a contractor whose political connections trumped the last guy’s. Who knows.