Sunday, February 28, 2016
Jeffrey Toobin starts off his article in the New Yorker with:
"Antonin Scalia, who died this month, after nearly three decades on the Supreme Court, devoted his professional life to making the United States a less fair, less tolerant, and less admirable democracy. Fortunately, he mostly failed."
Toobin goes on to say:
"His revulsion toward homosexuality, a touchstone of his world view, appeared straight out of his sheltered, nineteen-forties boyhood. When, in 2003, the Court ruled that gay people could no longer be thrown in prison for having consensual sex, Scalia dissented, and wrote, “Today’s opinion is the product of a Court, which is the product of a law-profession culture, that has largely signed on to the so-called homosexual agenda, by which I mean the agenda promoted by some homosexual activists directed at eliminating the moral opprobrium that has traditionally attached to homosexual conduct.” He went on, “Many Americans do not want persons who openly engage in homosexual conduct as partners in their business, as scoutmasters for their children, as teachers in their children’s schools, or as boarders in their home. They view this as protecting themselves and their families from a life style that they believe to be immoral and destructive.”
We need an open minded justice to take Scalia's spot on the court....
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I was surprised to read that Michael Hayden, former NSA and CIA Chief, and I actually agree on one thing - no back doors in technology. Note, we disagree on waterboarding and mass surveillance of American's phone records (he is for both and I am against both).
When Hayden said in an article in 9to5Mac by Ben Lovejoy titled:
Former NSA and CIA chief says Apple is right on the bigger issue of encryption back door
"Hayden said that while he would have loved a back door into encrypted devices while he was running the NSA, the problem – as I argued – is that others would inevitably gain access to it.
“When you step back and look at the whole question of American security and safety writ large, we are a safer, more secure nation without back doors,” he says. With them, “a lot of other people would take advantage of it.”"
We have seen this movie before with the Clipper chip. For those who do not remember - below is from wikipedia:
"The Clipper chip was a chipset that was developed and promoted by the United States National Security Agency (NSA) as an encryption device, with a built-in backdoor, intended to be adopted by telecommunications companies for voice transmission. It was announced in 1993 and by 1996 was entirely defunct."
The image below is also from the same wikipedia article on the Clipper chip. Where the text along with this image stated:
"RSA Security campaigned against the Clipper chip backdoor in the so-called Crypto Wars, with this poster being the most well-remember icon of that debate."
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