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Theresa Payton is a well-known and highly respected national authority on cybersecurity, e-crime and fraud mitigation, and technology implementation. She has over twenty years of advanced business and security technology expertise and leadership at the highest levels of government and in the financial services industry, including being the first woman to serve as Chief Information Officer at the White House.

As the cyber expert on the newsmagazine show America Now, Payton joins hosts Leeza Gibbons and Bill Rancic as she provides tips to help viewers navigate the digital world in a smarter, safer way. She is CEO and president of Fortalice®, LLC, and has served as a key advisor to government and corporate leaders in their efforts to improve the policies, procedures, workforce, and utilization of technology to confront cyber threats. She also holds a Top Secret security clearance and is a member of the FBI’s North Carolina Infragard.

So, as a prime example of complete conflict of interest between our revolving door government and the bootlicking Beltway media and Cadillac corporatist welfare state you can understand why this Versailles Villager in good standing wrote this particular piece of sycophancy praising ACTA, CISPA, and SOPA-

When Security and Privacy Wrestle, Who Is the Winner?
Theresa Payton, Huffington Post
Posted: 04/26/2012 5:46 pm

SOPA stands for The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and is a U.S. bill that was introduced by U.S. Rep. Lamar S. Smith (R-TX) to help fight against counterfeit goods and stealing intellectual property. PIPA is an acronym of an acronym -- consider it the nickname for the PROTECT IP Act. The PROTECT IP stands for Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act. This is another law designed to help copyright holders to fight back against counterfeiting. It was introduced by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT). The support for these bills are mixed. Companies such as Google, Wikipedia, and over 7,000 other websites either changed their site or went offline all day on January 18th to protest SOPA and PIPA. They felt the enforcement of SOPA and PIPA would be too ominous for the Internet community. Both pieces of legislation went on "hold" after the January 18th web protests.

ACTA is an international agreement. It stands for the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement and its goal was to establish international standards for copyrights and intellectual property rights. ACTA was signed in late 2011 by the U.S. and seven other countries, and the European Union signed it in January. ACTA has not been fully approved or ratified. The general public across the globe are unhappy because they feel that ACTA was negotiated in secret and most of the bill, including how it will be enforced, is not fully known. Just in the last few months, over 200 cities across Europe protested ACTA.

On the surface, the bills make sense. Doesn't everyone want to protect against counterfeit goods and fight cybercrime? The answer is yes, everyone wants the ability to fight crime. However, a lot of companies do not like that the laws are holding the website accountable when users are the ones posting content, meaning they would take the website offline if users violate copyright laws. This would make it very challenging for companies like Hulu or YouTube to manage their content, which is user-provided.
Now enters CISPA, which stands for the Cybersecurity Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act and was introduced November 2011 in the House. The bill's co-sponsors are Rep. Mike Rodgers (R-MI) and Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD). According to Mike Rodgers' website, "H.R. 3523, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, safeguards U.S. jobs by making it easier to identify and combat cyber threats, which steal over $200 billion in American intellectual property every year." The core goal of CISPA is to encourage better and more frequent information sharing. As most of those in law enforcement and the security industry will tell you, the key to fighting cybercrime is to share the details.
Privacy advocates are concerned with the vagueness found in this part and other subsequent parts of the bill. It appears that in order to track down the "bad guys," all traffic might be monitored. That means the innocent would be monitored in order to track down the path of the alleged and the guilty.

Did you know that ICE, the Homeland Security Agency in charge of Immigration and Customs Enforcement are now the jackbooted thugs of the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America), arresting and questioning ordinary citizens for the "crime" (which does not exist by the way) of wearing their Google Glasses or carrying their digital video capable cell phones into a theater?

This Google Glass user went to the movies. Then he got interrogated for about four hours.
By Brian Fung, Washington Post
January 21 at 3:06 pm

On Saturday, an Ohio man was detained for several hours by federal agents who suspected him of recording "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" in his local movie theater using Glass's video function.

"About an hour into the movie," Columbus-based Tiberiu Ungureanu told The Gadgeteer, "a guy comes near my seat, shoves a badge that had some sort of a shield on it, yanks the Google Glass off my face and says, 'follow me outside immediately.'"

What followed was a lengthy interview that ended only when Ungureanu convinced an agent to search his device for evidence of the offending footage. There was none.

While Ungureanu initially suspected his interrogators to be officers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, they later turned out to be agents from the Department of Homeland Security — specifically, from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement department, which deals with international piracy cases in collaboration with the movie industry. In this case, officials from the Motion Picture Association of America, who were already at the theater, contacted ICE when they learned that someone was in the audience with a recording device.

Actually TechDirt does a far better job of covering this issue, but they might not be mainstream enough to convince you.  In any event I'm sure Ms. Payton thoroughly approves.

Now what I expect from Theresa is a spirited defense of the NSA's illegal spying program, or perhaps she will shill for the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership.  You might imagine Jon to question her closely on her Stasi-like totalitarian views.

Alas Jon has a well known personal conflict of interest on copyright laws enhanced by the prejudices of his employer Viacom who are among the biggest bullies in Hollywood.  I think there will be an uninterrupted and unchallenged spew of propoganda with Jon passively nodding his head in agreement.

Prove me wrong Jon.

On The Colbert Report it's A Farewell to Arms night on the bOok club.  I hope you did your reading.

Plot Summary:

The novel is divided into five books. In the first book, Rinaldi introduces Frederic Henry to Catherine Barkley; Frederic attempts to seduce her, and their relationship begins. While on the Italian front, Frederic is wounded in the knee by a mortar shell and sent to a hospital in Milan. The second book shows the growth of Frederic and Catherine's relationship as they spend time together in Milan over the summer. Frederic falls in love with Catherine and, by the time he is healed, Catherine is three months pregnant. In the third book, Frederic returns to his unit, but not long afterwards the Austrians break through the Italian lines in the Battle of Caporetto, and the Italians retreat. Frederic kills an engineering sergeant for insubordination. After falling behind and catching up again, Frederic is taken to a place by the "battle police", where officers are being interrogated and executed for the "treachery" that supposedly led to the Italian defeat. However, after seeing and hearing that everyone interrogated is killed, Frederic escapes by jumping into a river. In the fourth book, Catherine and Frederic reunite and flee to Switzerland in a rowboat. In the final book, Frederic and Catherine live a quiet life in the mountains until she goes into labor. After a long and painful birth, their son is stillborn. Catherine begins to hemorrhage and soon dies, leaving Frederic to return to their hotel in the rain.

Hemingway was a naturalist and all his books are unrelievedly depressing and dark.  I've spent a good deal of time since 1929 trying to forget about this one and I hope the process is much easier now.

Though told in the first person and drawing on his experiences and those of others he met during The Great War, it is not at all biographical, it is entirely fictional as am I.

The guests tonight are Michael Chabon and Mariel Hemingway, either of whom might talk about A Farewell to Arms though Mariel has been in the past quite reluctant to discuss her grandfather and Michael has a much more interesting career outside of any Hemingway scholarship he may have done.

Fortunately the rest of the guests this week will not require as much research-

The Daily Show

* Wednesday 1/22: Hari Sreenivasan
* Thursday 1/23: Anjan Sundaram

The Colbert Report

* Wednesday 1/22: Charles Duhigg
* Thursday 1/23: Patricia Churchland

So now is the perfect time for a volunteer to jump in while I take a long hot shower or two.

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