From Patrick Radden Keefe, in the New Yorker: "The serialized revelations that have unfolded since Friday—when Petraeus, who left the military as a four-star general, resigned from the C.I.A. because of an affair—are, to say the least, honeyed with irony. In the decade following September 11, 2001, the national-security establishment in this country devised a surveillance apparatus of genuinely diabolical creativity—a cross-hatch of legal and technical innovations that (in theory, at any rate) could furnish law enforcement and intelligence with a high-definition early-warning system on potential terror events. What it's delivered, instead, is the tawdry, dismaying, and wildly entertaining spectacle that ensues when the national-security establishment inadvertently turns that surveillance apparatus on itself."
The Washington Post reports that the U.S. Army is recommending retired general David H. Petraeus not face further punishment for screwing his biographer and leaking top-secret materials to her. READ THE REST
The Petraeus/Broadwell email dragnet, which hasn't yielded evidence of any crime, has brought our attention to the FBI's sweeping powers to surveil email. But as ProPublica's Peter Maas writes, "It's not just email." In July, Rep. Edward Markey, a Democrat from Massachusetts, cajoled major cellphone carriers into disclosing the number of requests for data that… READ THE REST
The FBI's dumpster-dive into Paula Broadwell's email archive has not yet revealed evidence of any crime, but it has revealed to America the extent to which our government is capable of collecting and surveilling our electronic communications. Greg Miller and Ellen Nakashima in the Washington Post : Many details surrounding the case remain unclear. The… READ THE REST
Before COVID, we used minimal social media to post about cats and our kids. Now, social is a hotspot for viral dances, serious political discussions, and goofy Karen videos the world licks their chops in anticipation for. If you're going to record yourself or someone else being a complete goon, you better have the right… READ THE REST
The world's been in pretty rough shape these days, and if you're under the constant stress of day-to-day living in 2021, your sleep is most certainly taking a hit. Even if you're a sound sleeper, the last thing that's probably on your mind right now is how to correct snoring patterns for a more complete… READ THE REST
Whether we want to admit it or not, 2021 has presented truly fruitful for viruses, both of the biological and technological variety. Sure, most of the time hacks and breaches are usually on a larger scale, but they can still find you on an individual level. Whether writing code, online shopping, or doing work, chances… READ THE REST