President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act into law today, despite “serious reservations” outlined in his official statement.
The act allows for some pretty bad things, like the Gitmo-style indefinite detention of American citizens by the military as terrorists or enemy combatants, or for simply “aiding” terrorists in some pretty unspecific ways.
This shit is a hypothetical mess that sends my brain scrambling to Little Brother and other works of speculative fiction. Because right now it’s impossible to see how this will play out or what normal people can do about it.
The old lady sued the dead guy. Like ya do. A sane judge dismissed the case. I’d like to imagine that he dined out on the story for a weekend. Or even 3 years. But apparently that judge was wrong, and you can sue dead people for freak accidental damage. Haley Joel Osment’s got nothing on this lady.
Douglas Rushkoff’s Life Inc runs with the tagline: “How Corporatism Conquered the World, and How We Can Take It Back”. The book itself spends lots of time on the former, and only a little on the latter. But you don’t have to read any of it, because there’s a video:
Article I, section 9 of the United States Constitution:
The Privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases or Rebellion or Invasion the public Safety may require it.
No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed.
Before the Bill of Rights was even really a thing, when there was just the Supreme Law, those were the specific and only secured rights of the People. Well, that and this:
Congress shall… promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.
IP law aside, before there was a Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, or Seventh Amendment, it had already been established that no one would ever be punished for a crime without trial, and that everyone would be allowed the right to a public trial in a timely manner, unless the country was at war, quashing a rebellion, or being invaded.
I’m not sure if this is a story about how you should be very careful about the contracts you write or about domestic instability and crime or about how if your heart’s not really in it, hilarious shit happens that just may change your life for the better.
Bruce Schneier’s a security specialist with his own Internet meme. And while most people believe that technology elevates, improves things, Schneier holds that technology magnifies, makes things bigger, good and…