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Your Private Information Is Now In The Public Domain

Oopsie. President Barack Obama approved a massive electronic spying program that could seize and search the content and metadata of people’s telephone calls, emails, movements, purchases and Internet activity without any search warrant. It’s now clear that the National Security Agency surveillance program was targeting prime ministers and presidents of many allied nations in Europe [...]

Oh, Bugger

Having an email address that begins “jcook@…” means I get a lot of misdirected e-mail meant to be sent to Jerry Cook, Jane Cook, Joseph Cook, Junior Cook, J. Whitney Bowles Pierpont Morgan Vanderbilt Cook, and all the other JCooks out there in the world. There are a lot of them.

This morning I received [...]

Should I Burn This Note Or Look Inside?

The envelope from my son says to burn it, not to look inside. Should I obey, or give in to temptation? [...]

Confidentiality Goes Out the Window With the FISA Amendments Act. What Will You Do Now?

Now that the FISA Amendments Act has been passed by both houses of the Democratic-controlled Congress and signed by President George W. Bush into law, a president’s administration can physically search or electronically spy on anyone, inside or outside the United States, doing anything, for periods of up to 67 days, without a warrant, without [...]