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  •  Who is rationalizing it? (0+ / 0-)

    to start with, everybody I responded to in this diary who leaped in with attacks on the Constitution as racist crap, or unenforceable and therefore to be ignored, or or or.  Such patriots.  Patriots for their party leadership that is, not for the people of th US.

    A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves. ~Edward R. Murrow

    by ActivistGuy on Sun Jun 22, 2008 at 02:17:58 PM PDT

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    •  Trolls are trolls. Don't call them Kossacks. (0+ / 0-)

      Anyway, here are a few slightly more powerful options for fighting this than complaining about it or walking in circles with placards:

      1.  Start a telecom company with its own infrastructure and advertise (once you're reasonably established) that you will not tolerate warrantless access.  Most of your clients will be various species of gangster, but that's how freedom goes - and don't hedge on that fact if the media asks.  The government will, of course, spy on you anyway, but then your people will be expecting that - so the ball never leaves your court.  Very expensive and difficult, but that shouldn't matter if you're truly serious.
      1.  Buy or infiltrate existing telecoms.  If at all possible, ally with others and buy a controlling interest in an existing telecom, then proceed with item 1 above.  Much harder than just starting your own from scratch, but still a possibility.  Otherwise, form an organization, recruit or become experts in the technology, and get technical jobs at major telecoms where you can monitor and publicize what they're doing.  The fact that what they're doing is arguably illegal would give you cause to ignore nondisclosure agreements, although this would all take a long time to yield any useful information.
      1.  Set traps.  This requires either obtaining expertise yourself in telecom software, network security, and hardware or developing relationships with others who already have it.  Create a network designed to passively entice illegal scrutiny without drawing any legitimate investigation, and once they start biting (though I'm not an expert myself) I'm guessing you have some fun options.
      1.  Start or buy an encryption company.
      1.  Boycott telecoms known to be complicit, and extract legally binding statements from the remainder that they have not and will not provide or permit access without a warrant.
      1.  Scheme against complicit telecoms' stock value.
      1.  Study the laws (real ones, of course - not the Patriot Act) concerning espionage, agent exposure, and interfering with investigations, and spy back at the spies right to the edge of the law, publicizing everything you discover.  You'll want to provoke a prosecution without actually breaking any laws - make them go after you with the flimsiest possible case.

      If this is your be-all, end-all issue, then these are the least you should be trying to do.  

      Freedom is in the fight.

      by Troubadour on Sun Jun 22, 2008 at 04:05:42 PM PDT

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