NSA Spying Scandal – An Analysis

NSA Logo
NSA Logo

Like a lot of people, I’ve been following the NSA Spying Scandal closely. In fact, I’ve been following it for several years, since before I first ran into Barrett Brown. Seriously. The leaks about go back a long way, and most writers appear to have missed the implications.

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Barrett Brown – Hurting the Government by Believing in the Constitution

Barrett Brown courtesy D Magazine
Barrett Brown courtesy D Magazine

I know Barrett Brown. Not well, but we’ve spent time chatting online, and he’s a nice guy. A damned nice guy. I wasn’t online the night he got raided, but I could have been.

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The Revolution Began in 1969…

Scene of the Battle of Vertières during the Haitian Revolution
Scene of the Battle of Vertières during the Haitian Revolution

It’s rather amazing how many Americans freak out about Marxists, and spend huge amounts of time thinking about Marxist plans for a revolution. What they don’t realize is that the revolution began in 1969, is still ongoing, and that it wasn’t the Marxists, or any of the other ‘ists’ who started it, and it won’t be any of them who wins it.

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Steubenville Update – Some Background for Outsiders

Steubenville Ohio, image courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Over 26,000 people were on the live stream of the feed from the rally today. Many are from outside the United States, and may not have the background to understand some of the events. I’m not an American either, but my interest in law enforcement means I know a bit.

If I’m wrong at any point, please comment. I’ll post links where possible.

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Faux Libertarians

The recent American election was troubling. Not so much for the results, which went as I predicted back in July, but for the aftermath, which is still playing out into the New Year.

What’s really interesting is that we are seeing the same complaints that we saw after the re-election of George W. Bush in 2004, just coming from the other party.

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A Primer for Law Enforcement: How To Tell if Someone is a Member of Anonymous

Guy Fawkes Mask
Guy Fawkes Mask

It has been hilarious watching Law Enforcement and the Mainstream Media trying to get a handle on Anonymous. After watching both demonstrate that The Peter Principle is alive and well, most especially Law Enforcement, which seems dedicated to out Pythoning Monty Python.

As a public-spirited citizen, I’ve decided to help them out. There’s a set of  fairly simple indicators to help decide if the target of Law Enforcement might be a member of Anonymous. Use of this list can help Law Enforcement Personal prioritize their resources in the fight against Anonymous.

While the list is extensive, it is by no means complete. It does however offer a means to make an immediate decision.

  1. Person has carried out a DDOS attack
  2. Person has a copy of the Low Orbit Ion Cannon Software
  3. Person has ever spent time in Anonymous IRC
  4. Person has ever spent time editing Encyclopedia Dramatica
  5. Person has ever spent time in /b on 4Chan
  6. Person has more than one computer
  7. Person owns a smart phone and/or tablet computer
  8. Person owns more than one mobile phone
  9. Person owns more than one firearm
  10. Person has been involved in a real life protest(s)
  11. Person has an unusual interest in Law Enforcement
  12. Person has an unusual interest in Politics
  13. Person has an unusual interest in the Military
  14. Person is involved politically
  15. Person writes letters to the editor
  16. Person writes comments to online articles
  17. Person has a post-secondary education
  18. Person makes disparaging comments about the Government
  19. Person is opposed to Firearms registry legislation
  20. Person has an interest in Freedom of Speech issues
  21. Person has an interest in Freedom of Religion issues
  22. Person has an interest in Prevention of damage to the Ecosystem
  23. Person has an interest in Control of Money in Political Campaigns
  24. Person has in interest in Political Corruption
  25. Person has ever taken part in an on-line protest, like the web site blank outs protesting the American SOPA legislation
  26. Person advocates for registering Firearms
  27. Person uses Social Media Sites for communications
  28. Person shows no respect for authority figures
  29. Person is artistic (i.e. writer, singer/songwriter) and their publishers
  30. Person creates platform(s) for communications
  31. Person uses any form(s) of Intellectual Property Law

As I’ve said, the above list is hardly complete, but it should help Law Enforcement in their fight against Anonymous.


Wayne Borean

Thursday February 9, 2012