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Barry Eisler
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Beautiful ride through the Stanford foothills. That’s my trusty steed, recently tuned to perfection by https://www.beelinebikes.com
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"Put the burden of proof on those who are attempting to scare us, march our men and women off to war, and line their private security firm’s pockets. Don’t demand 'FBI warning skeptics' disprove those in power; make those in power justify their own consistently discredited 'warnings.'"
http://fair.org/home/zero-for-40-at-predicting-attacks-why-do-media-still-take-fbi-terror-warnings-seriously/
A casual search reveals the FBI and DHS are a pitiful 0 for 40 warning of terror attacks—some of which were specifically about 4th of July threats, none of which materialized in any way.
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Because it matters. The next question would be, what would you say if they warned against an attack and it happened? The military will teach you to see each threat as credible. If nothing happens then great. They're always on high alert after 9/11 because they haven't forgotten. Have you? 

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By the January publication date, I'm confident the NSA will have rendered my latest thriller The God's Eye View entirely nonfictional
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/07/03/politics/germany-media-spying-obama-administration/index.html
An investigation by the German parliament is publicly raising questions as to whether the Obama administration not only spied on journalists in that country but interfered in the exercise of the free press under the guise of U.S. national security.
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"Even journalists?" Why should journalists be immune? Why is any worse spying journalists than political activists? Or carpenters? Or politicians? Or taxi drivers? And, as resources go, it could be sort of savy to spy on someone who, by profession, has his own network.

In general, I don't think widespread spying is worth it. But then, those resources that are being squandered are not mine. If your government wants to throw those resources it's YOUR business, as US citizens, to decide about it. Not mine. Do I like being spied by the US government? Not the slightest. But it's easier for me to deal with that, in whatever form I see fit, than it is to deal with TSA or CBP. And the outrage about those is minimal, if that.

Do I like being spied by the Spanish government? Or the local ["state"-level] one?

"Couldn't one as easily yawn at news of, say a terror bombing?"
There's a bit of a practical difference. Someone started Echelon/the NSA program. That someone's still likely out there, possibly a hero to those who know about it. A certain Saudi started a terror bombing; he doesn't.

As long as starting those programs only leads to Congress discussions and public outrage and business as usual, it becomes panem et circenses.

"But the cynical, savvy pose seems only to be adopted in the face of government transgressions. Why would that be?"

If you're talking about me, you're presuming, on several levels. But let's roll with it. The answer is that other organizations are punished, while governments are, basically, rewarded.

Has the outrage about Echelon/Guantanamo X-ray/NSA/Snowden... cost a single career? Beyond some poor schmuck in a cubicle. And I mean career, not job.

You do recall, I presume, Abu Ghraib. Who paid for it? Who actually pushed it forward? As long as that is not solved, this is idle.

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For the guest lecturers alone, this Dan Gillmor media literacy MOOC sounds so good.
https://www.edx.org/course/media-lit-overcoming-information-asux-mco425x
Take control of information overload and make media serve you better.
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Making Torture Illegal—Again
You might have read about the McCain-Feinstein
Amendment introduced last week—an attempt to prevent a recrudescence of the
torture that began with the Bush/Cheney administration and that was solidified
by Obama’s
decision to “ban” torture via executive orde...
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Imprisoned journalist Barrett Brown is the Courage Foundation’s fifth beneficiary. Here’s what you can do: 
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Imprisoned journalist Barrett Brown is Courage's fifth beneficiary. Courage is raising funds for Brown's commissary, restitution and legal costs; Brown continues to write from prison, for D Magazine and soon for The Intercept; Currently in solitary confinement, Brown needs continued support and ...
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Sometimes it just feels like only a Gahan Wilson cartoon can explain
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The Intercept​ has been doing great work covering political fiction. The latest:
https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/07/04/ghost-fleet-welcome-world-post-snowden-techno-thrillers/
If World War III were fought in cyberspace what role would Silicon Valley play? This is just one of the questions explored in Peter Singer’s and August Cole’s new book, Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War.
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Watch this 15-minute video on the results of drug decriminalization and try to argue for more prohibition, one of the world's costliest self-inflicted wounds
http://www.cato.org/blog/when-portugal-decriminalized-drugs
The Economist has produced a short film about Portugal's pathbreaking decriminalization policy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7LKfLxVtzE In 2009, Cato brought attention to Portugal policy when we published this paper by Glenn Greenwald....
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Ah, the taste of my misspent youth... :D
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Lol Reminds me of my hometown too. 
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Former CIA, Novelist, Blogger
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