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Christopher Wray and the Myth Created by Parallel Construction

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emptywheel
FBI Director Christopher Wray claims reformers' belief that Section 702 data is used in criminal proceedings derives from our confusion about a myth. The real myth, though, is that created by parallel construction.

ShadowBrokers' Kiss of Death

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emptywheel
I really would have preferred that Shadow Brokers not give me a Kiss of Death during 702 negotiations.

Evidence the US Government Used Section 702 against Keith Gartenlaub['s Parents-in-Law]

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emptywheel
Some early documents from the Keith Gartenlaub case suggest the government used Section 702 as part of it.
[Photo: National Security Agency, Ft. Meade, MD via Wikimedia]
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The Slow Death of Neoliberalism: Part 3 The Phillips Curve and Critical Theory

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Ed Walker
The Phillips Curve isn't working, but it's still being used. The concept is gone. Only the formula is left.

How Trump Could Install a Mole in the Mueller Inquiry

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emptywheel
For six years, I've been working to raise attention to a 2002 OLC memo that authorized the sharing of grand jury information with the President with no notice to the district court. In the New Republic, I talk about how Trump might be able to…
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In Discussion of Unmasking Admiral Rogers Gets Closer to Admitting Types of Section 702 Cybersecurity Use

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emptywheel
In a description of masking and unmasking, Admiral Rogers public admits more about how NSA uses Section 702 on cybersecurity.

Let MalwareTech Surf! Status Report

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emptywheel
MalwareTech's lawyers are trying to alter the conditions of his bail so he can start surfing.
[Photo: National Security Agency, Ft. Meade, MD via Wikimedia]

Ben Wittes and Susan Hennessey Endorse Judicial Lawbreaking

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emptywheel
Ben Wittes and Susan Hennessey show that surveillance boosters don't understand the law and don't respect separation of powers.
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Spaced In Time Trash Talk

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bmaz
Welp, moving from KIller Trash Talk to the things that are this weekend takes a lot. Insanity abounds, and is all around. Your healthcare? Yes, that is getting screwed hard. JCPOA (the Iran anti-nuke deal) yes, that too. If it affects the world…
[Photo: National Security Agency, Ft. Meade, MD via Wikimedia]

On the Kaspersky Hack

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emptywheel
There are still some details public reports on the Kaspersky hack and counterhack appear to be missing.
[Photo: National Security Agency, Ft. Meade, MD via Wikimedia]

Ned Price Rebuts HPSCI's Ignorance on Unmasking with His Own Stupid Obfuscation

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emptywheel
Ned Price argues at Lawfare today that we should reauthorize Section 702 forever. But along the way, he misrepresents what it does and how it is used. More importantly, he demonstrates that the law's key overseers don't know how it works.
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The Latest CNN Scoop Doesn't Prove What Everyone Says It Does

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emptywheel
The takeaway from the new CNN scoop everyone is misreading should be, Breaking: Lawyer with past ties to Trump flew to Russia to coordinate stories with Natalia Veselnitskaya.

PureVPN Doesn't Need to Keep Logs Given How Many Google Keeps

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emptywheel
The affidavit many are pointing to as proof that PureVPN keeps historic logs instead shows that Google has a whole lot of information on its users.

Senator Feinstein Confirms the Public Steele Dossier Is Not the Whole Thing

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emptywheel
Back in July, Dianne Feinstein made it clear that the Steele dossier as we've gotten it is just part of the dossier.

Dear Bob Corker: Trump Has Also Been Starting Wars Here at Home

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emptywheel
Bob Corker said some nice things. But ultimately, he dodged his constitutional responsibility.
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Killer Trash Talk

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bmaz
Hi there! This will be a Trash Talk mostly absent the real world intrusions of the last few weeks. Mostly. But I had dinner a couple of days ago with a couple of people, both students, with a family and home in Puerto Rico. No, nothing…
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702 Reauthorization: The Anti-Leak Package

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emptywheel
The 702 reauthorization has what I consider an anti-leak package. It has some interesting features but I'm not convinced it will work as intended.
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Chuck Grassley Finally Shows Concern about Parallel Construction -- Affecting Trump

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emptywheel
After ignoring the issue of parallel construction as it affects less famous investigative targets, Chuck Grassley is now troubled that it is being used against Donald Trump.
[Photo: National Security Agency, Ft. Meade, MD via Wikimedia]

Five Reasons the 702 Reauthorization Transparency Provisions Are Bogus

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emptywheel
Once again, the transparency provisions in a surveillance bill don't do what they pretend to.