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Revealed: US Government Has Cracked Most Worldw... - Politix

Revealed: US Government Has Cracked Most Worldw... - Politix | AP US Government | Scoop.it
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The NSA, using the program "Bullrun," has been compromising all online communication. Bullrun is aimed at decoding online security protocols allowing a "backdoor" for the government to have access to consumer data. Security experts are horrified and a few have even gone so far as to call it immoral. Experts warn that if encryption systems are weakened for the NSA, then they might also be weakened for hackers.

The government has always been in the consumers business, so this is no surprise to me. I feel that this is being blown somewhat out of proportion because if one has nothing to hide, then they have nothing to fear. Besides, the NSA has too much information to actually look through so they use key words to find that which may be suspicious. Should the NSA be doing this? Quite frankly, I believe that is what my tax dollars are paying for.

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Isaac Marolt's comment, February 18, 2014 11:30 AM
they should not be violating our privacy rights. There is a point where too much information is not needed.
Alex Salazar's curator insight, February 19, 2014 2:21 PM

This I about how the NSA, a United States agency, has cracked most if not all secured messages and the such online, and how this is dangerous.

Luke French's comment, February 22, 2014 6:04 PM
I found this article disturbing in the extreme. This goes beyond what the NSA should be able to do. I especially agreed with the comment about how the NSA isn't adhering to the checks and balances it's supposed to.
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Closed until further notice

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BACK down, or shut down? America would probably have preferred the former. But Republicans and Democrats in Congress are so entrenched in their positions that it got...
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The government was shutdown due to no compromise by both parties. Both parties failed to give up their point of view. In some cases this is admireable, however, when it comes to the already shakey economic state of the US, then it is better to compromise. Not all government employees were furloughed, just those deemed non-essential. Most National parks are closed until the shutdown is over. Many Republicans chose not to pass a budget in order to insist that Obamacare should be defunded or delayed.

It is rediculous that neither party will compromise. Both parties have their reasons, but many people will go unpaid and this risks the economic quarter for the government (which needs all the help it can get). With the debt ceiling to be hit on the 17th, both parties need to start compromising with each other in order to avoid defaulting.

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Support for legalising marijuana reaches an all-time high in the US

Support for legalising marijuana reaches an all-time high in the US | AP US Government | Scoop.it
A majority of Americans would, for the first time, support the legalisation of marijuana, the Gallup organisation reports, suggesting a cultural shift across the country on a scale similar to that seen on gay marriage.
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Cultural shifts in America can be seen by the new majority of Americans supporting the legalisation of marijuana and, on a lesser scale, gay marriage. According to the author, David Usborne, 58% of Americans favor decriminalisation as compared to 50% asked in 2011 and 12% asked in 1969. In response to these polls, Mason Tvert, a spokesman for Marijuana Policy Project, said,"I think it’s time to regulate marijuana like alcohol and most Americans appear to agree." The poll showed that younger Americans have the most support. However some are angered by the polls, such as the president of the International Association of Police Chiefs who said that "We are disappointed with the decision....(and) we think we’ve opened the floodgates to people who want to fully legalise all drugs." 


Personally, I would never use marijuana, but I do see the potention money to be gained for the government. Marijuana has shown to not be addictive and is less harmful/impairing than cigarettes and alcohol. Marijuana is a great drug to help those who have cancer, who are in pain, or those with no appetites. I think government funds could be better used for other crimes than catching those who smoke pot.

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Bolivian President To Sue US Government For Crimes Against Humanity - Huffington Post

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Bolivian President To Sue US Government For Crimes Against Humanity
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Bolivian President Evo Morales said Thursday that he will file a lawsuit against the US government for crimes against humanity.

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After being denied access to fly over Puerto Rican airspace the Bolivian President Evo Morales is planing to file a lawsuit against the US Government for "crimes against humanity." He says it is time for the US to stop using fear tactics and went so far as to call it "criminal."

I believe that although we had not let him fly over Us airspace, there must be good reason that the common person does not know. It is rediculous for President Morales to go so far as to call it criminal and to sue the government. In more colloquial terms, President Morales needs to chill.

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US shutdown: A dangerous cliffhanger

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Hysterics over the US fiscal crisis threaten not only the world economy but the basic principle of democracy, the BBC's Mark Mardell says.
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Republicans and Democrats are close to coming to terms on a deal that will raise the debt ceiling, and immediately open the US Government until New Year Day. Should this be passed, there will be a budget meeting sometime before Christmas on it. Many people, like the author of this article, question if Democracy is doing its job or if it is disgracing itself. Also, Mark Mardell, the author, points out that the US Government shutdown not only affects the US, but also the rest of the world.

I think it is about time that the parties work together and compromise to come up with a deal to break the shutdown. I realize that a quick fix to the ever-raising debt is to raise the ceiling, but the long term fix is to cut spending across the board and to raise taxes. We can't keep expecting to get out of trouble by merely raising the debt ceiling.

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U.S. Government Blew $321 Million on Redundant IT Programs - AllThingsD

U.S. Government Blew $321 Million on Redundant IT Programs - AllThingsD | AP US Government | Scoop.it
U.S. Government Blew $321 Million on Redundant IT Programs
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GAO_duplicative When you have an information technology budget as large as that of the United States government, monitoring expenditures can be tough.
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A GAO study shows that the US government has wasted $321 million over 5 years in taxpayer's money due to duplicate programs. Not only was this money wasted, but the federal programs were the Department of Homeland Security, the Departement of Defense,and the Department of Health and Human Services. Although these 12 were out of 590 investments, "things could have been worse."

Although $321 million is a almost nothing in the eyes of an $82 billion dollar budget each year over 5 years, it is still a lot of wasted taxpayer's dollars. The article states that, "the federal government has achieved little of the productivity improvements that private industry has realized from IT," and I agree with this. Government programs tend to be lackluster due to the fact that there is no competition.

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