Big Brother wants your Google history

Aha! This guy's OK, he's just downloading porn and blogging about First Amendment issues, the sap. Next. ...

This guy's OK, he's just downloading porn and blogging about First Amendment issues, the sap. Next. ...

As a judge strikes down parts of an Arizona police-state practice excoriated by the feds, the feds seek to do what? Expand a police-state practice of their own.

The administration wants to add just four words – “electronic communication transactional records” – to a list of items that the law says the FBI may demand without a judge’s approval. Government lawyers say this category of information includes the addresses to which an Internet user sends e-mail; the times and dates e-mail was sent and received; and possibly a user’s browser history. It does not include, the lawyers hasten to point out, the “content” of e-mail or other Internet communication.

“Our biggest concern is that an expanded NSL power might be used to obtain Internet search queries and Web histories detailing every Web site visited and every file downloaded,” said Kevin Bankston, a senior staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which has sued AT&T for assisting the Bush administration’s warrantless surveillance program.

Lovely. As Kevin Drum said, “You know if I’d wanted Dick Cheney as president I’d have just voted for him.”

For real. This ain’t the change I was hoping for. C’mon, you guys — knock this shit off. Don’t make me stop this blog and come back there.


13 Responses to “Big Brother wants your Google history”

  1. khal spencer Says:

    Obama is turning out to be a real turncoat as far as staying true to his campaign promises. As you say, Patrick, if we wanted more Bush and Cheney, we would have voted for more Bush and Cheney. The North Mesa Mutts are utterly disgusted.

    What were those lyrics from The Who? “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss…”

  2. Larry T. Says:

    Obama’s doin’ an OK job if he’s got folks on both sides of the political spectrum mad at him — anyone that thought he was going to be some left-wing zealot must belong to the political mindset of Sarah Palin. The US of A gets governed from the center, with Dick and Bush it was a fair amount of right-of-center and now with Obama it’s a bit left.
    On another note, I’m back in the US of A but reading crap like this just made me wanna turn around on my way to the airport to fly home — only the rapidly expiring visa issue made me come back here.
    Regarding the DVD’s on the Giro d’Italia that some were asking about — they play just fine on my LiteOn gizmo that copies VHS tapes onto DVD’s. It will not play on our supposedly superior SONY disc player with the surround sound, etc. I bought this cheapo gizmo to copy my rapidly aging VHS collection of Giro tapes onto DVD’s after the World Cycling Productions folks told me there was not enough interest to ever offer DVD copies of those old races except the ’98 Giro. Only the ’97 tape was somehow copyright protected but I was able to copy all the rest for the CycleItalia library.
    The 2010 Giro d’Italia DVD has audio commentary in ITALIAN and ENGLISH and was sold along with the pink newspaper as part of their HALL OF FAME promo. You can probably get a copy shipped to the USA by visiting
    Another source may be the Bromley folks in the UK who’ve ponied up the rights fees for other Italian bike racing subjects WCP was uninterested in. Now I’m going to sit down and replay the infamous “strada sterrata” stage to Montalcino. I was there in-person during this mudfest and even saw myself and the CycleItalia car on the TV highlights later…though I didn’t look as mud spattered as I felt! Epic is way overused but for me this day was just that.

  3. khal spencer Says:

    Larry, as far as I am concerned, the civil liberties erosion in the USA under BushCo have gone waaaay too far since 9-11 and I expected President Obama to turn that around, not continue to chip away.

    It seems to me that Obama is letting himself be hijacked by the politics of looking soft on Terrorism just as LBJ let himself be hijacked by fears of being soft on Communism, thus doing things that were just plain wrong.

    We just had two cyclists up near Farmington, NM hit and nearly killed by yet another drunk driver. The DWIs stand to kill me long before Al Fido figures out how to do it. Frankly, Al Fido can stand around our bars and pay to keep drunks on the road and kill a lot more Americans before we ever figure out that is their plan.

  4. Larry T. Says:

    The political climate in the US continues to be one of FEAR. And I believe you are correct when you say Obama FEARS being branded with the inane “soft on terrorism” label. The entire idea of any sort of WAR on terror is absurd anyway, but the right-wing and the military-industrial folks are doing their best to keep up the scare tactics and sadly, the Obama folks are playing some political games themselves. If he gets another term and can wind down these wars I believe he’ll swing the civil liberties stuff back the other way though I doubt we’ll ever be back to the pre-Bush situation again.
    Here in the US, cyclists are barely above animals roaming in the roadways when it comes to hittin’ ’em. Just read the deal where the bozo killed the guy by running head-on into him while the poor cyclist was over on his own side minding his own business. Bozo gets a $100 fine and 100 hours of community service as a penalty? That’s it? I’m moving to Italy as soon as we can figure out how to pull it off now that we know we can live there pretty happily after our 6+ month experiment. At least if I get killed there, it’s likely to be after a great meal and great bottle of vino!

  5. Patrick O'Grady Says:


    Here’s a fun fear story for you. There was a lot of this sort of thing going on in Crusty County when we lived there — militias disguised as search-and-rescue outfits, dingbats caching food and weapons agin’ “The Day,” that sort of thing.

    Hey, I can dig it. I bought my first firearm thinking I might one day be in the vanguard of the communist revolution that these folks think is under way. Now I’m thinking I need more of ’em to keep these dumb-ass peckerwoods out of my bacon and beans.

    Anyone who thinks the prez is a socialist ready to sell us out to the Blue Helmet Brigade probably thinks you dig potatoes out of gravy in a health-smart microwavable container. And there should be a stick-ass-dumb test applied to anyone who wants to purchase a firearm going forward. Unless that stick-ass-dumb sumbitch is me, of course.

  6. Charley Says:

    George Orwell and all the other science fiction writers of that time missed the communications, computer, and internet phenomena. insert words into the law, or not, we are fucked digitally!
    The upside is we can usually prove that these people? lie through their teeth..

  7. Larry T. Says:

    No arguments that idiots are out there — it’s kind of like the old bomb shelter idea. “Let’s see, when we get nuked I want to survive so I can die a slower death from radiation poisoning once I emerge from my bomb shelter?” These militia whackos like the fantasy of turning back some sort of invasion — but they’re the same guys denouncing insurgencies in Iraq or Afghanistan against the US invasion? Defending your beans and bacon? If it gets to the point where you have to fend off people willing to steal your food, just like the nukes, you’ll just croak later (and maybe a bit fatter) than your fellow citizen.
    Now the EXCITING part of LeTour gets going full-swing — the musical chair game of who will be where next time Le Beeg Shew goes off? I wonder now that it looks like Il Pistolero will be with Mr. 60%’s Specialized team, will those who hated him change their tune? Or will they hate the guy who stepped in to take over after the Schlecks took their whining to their own team (who will Andy and Frank complain to now?) which might be sponsored by a supermarket chain called Auchan, which I think has a cartoon bird logo sort of like the Fruit Loops cereal character. Wouldn’t THAT look great on their uniform?
    I’d think ASTANA will be riding something else next season rather than Specialized if it’s true they are the ones that made it possible for AC to bail out.

  8. khal spencer Says:

    I dunno, guys. I think far more attention is being paid to these guys running around the woods with their pop guns than is warranted. Far more perilous is the danger posed by those five right wing nutjobs on the high court in D.C., as in Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission.

  9. david Says:

    Right you are Khal, those five have ENORMOUS power and are wielding it in a fashion that will be detrimental to all but a very few in this country – very, very scary.

    The asshats running around in the woods with their guns drawn just frighten the livin’ hell outta me though. I can usually understand what drives the Supremes in their decisions, and most of the time I can see their logic, but what’s going in the minds of the military/vigilante types completely escapes me. I keep hearing myself repeat the line from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid when they’re trying to outrun the posse on their trail and Butch keeps asking himself, and Sundance: “Who ARE those guys?”

  10. Duncan Carter Says:

    I spent many of my earlier years in rural Livingston parish in Louisiana, the parish that was the political stronghold of David Duke. At one time, the local KKK had a cross factory about two miles from my house. I went to school with those guys who are now all staunch Republicans, assuming they haven’t become Tea Party purists because the Rs are too sane for them. They are RACIST, STUPID, and CRAZY and that includes my remaining brother-in-law who lives in the adjacent parish.

    I’m ever so happy that I escaped.

  11. Patrick O'Grady Says:

    Agree on the Supremes. As for David Duke and his lot, I actually interviewed him once, back in the late Seventies, when his flavor of the KKK was enjoying a resurgence here in Bibleburg (yeah, I know, surprise, surprise).

    Talk about a scary guy — instead of pointy hood and robes, full of bad noise about the “nigras,” you had a suit-and-tie kind of guy, smooth talker, coulda been any ol’ politician. Racism made reasonable. Ick. I had to wash my brain out with alcohol after that little chit-chat.

    I interviewed a few of his local adherents too; they were mostly from Fort Cartoon by way of Deliverance. That sort you can see coming a mile away.

  12. khal spencer Says:

    I spent many a year running around the woods with a gun in the company of friends and relatives, most of whom were Republicans. Some were Republicans not out of overall ideology, but because the Dems. from NYS were so anti-gun. At any rate, we were stalking deer, not human shaped targets.

    None of those folks were anything like the looney tunes who currently inhabit that party and run with the Sarah Palin et al crowd. Back then, Jack Kemp, once our Congressman from Western New York, was about as conservative as they got.

    It is scary, by the way. The more we dumb down education in this country, the greater chance that people will be stupid enough to swallow this crap.

    On to another topic. Pelkey wanted a catchy name for the Federal investigation of TCWSNBN. Something short and sexy like BALCO. Any ideas? DOPESTRONG?

  13. steve o' Says:

    How about “Uni-Ball-Co”?

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