Monday, July 15, 2013

"Outsourcing national security": Comments I hear when playing on the road

Maybe there's a road advantage sometimes.  Oh, remember how kids used to yell "first up" when playing backyard baseball, unaware of the idea of a walkoff win.

You get into interesting conversations on the road.  Last year, I heard about Chick-fil-a and gay marriage in a diner away from home.  So it is, I hear a family restaurant waiter in a company town of sorts talk about "outsourcing national security".

Well, Edward Snowden proved that we do that.

And most of our domestic power transformers are made out of country.  That makes recovery from a olar super storm or possible EMP terror attack even more problematical.

I don't think the laxness about controlling national security in house started with President Obama, but it hasn't gotten better.

It's odd to hear this discussion when at the same time we're all the more concerned about metadata surveillance (of citizens' "pen register" data).

I'm reading a book by law professor Daniel Solove, and one comment that comes to mind is that there is no constitutional limitation in taking surveillance data from third party providers -- ironically, an advantage to the government from "outsourcing".  There's not a lot to stop the deputizing of their parties as posse. It can give the government a way to go after individual people with legal contrivances for political purposes.   

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