James Duane, professor at Regent Law School, notes in his lecture<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wXkI4t7nuc>concerning legality/crime (the target and justification of supposed surveillance efforts):
Estimates of the current size of the body of federal criminal law vary. It has been reported that the Congressional Research Service *cannot even count the current number of federal crimes*. These laws are scattered in over 50 titles of the United States Code, encompassing roughly 27,000 pages. Worse yet, the statutory code sections often incorporate, by reference, the provisions and sanctions of administrative regulations promulgated by various regulatory agencies under congressional authorization. Estimates of how many such regulations exist are even less well settled, but the ABA thinks there are ”nearly 10,000.” >From such pov, federal government can’t even count *how many laws there are*. Do we still have to ask: Cui bono factoring in digital surveillance anyone? Supreme Court Justice Breyer elaborates<http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/98-93.ZD.html> : The complexity of modern federal criminal law, codified in several thousand sections of the United States Code and the virtually infinite variety of factual circumstances that might trigger an investigation into a possible violation of the law, *make it difficult for anyone to know, in advance, just when a particular set of statements might later appear (to a prosecutor) to be relevant to some such investigation*. What made me laugh recently was the following RT Interview of Putin featured in Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/06/13/vladimir-putin-defends-the-u-s-on-spying-programs-drones-and-occupy-wall-street/ While the article is dull to worthless, the video is surprisingly entertaining, with a ton of salt of course, after few minutes or so of the obligatory mucking about. Makes one wonder: "Guess who's come out of media hiding, helping the U.S. pick up the pieces of its shattered privacy dream at this moment?" Another odd sync: Snow's billboard platinum hit in the 90s, "Informer", with him behind bars in the music video, "Snowed-In" with all the sexy data girls floating around him, rapping about some secret thing and blame, white guy in Jail, Obama locked in White House reading sexy summaries of data mining and cyber penetration efforts; intelligence of power every morning served up on a silver plate by Keith. Putin is on the same page on this issue at least. Do empires ever step down gracefully or realize the effect of time? We've all seen this movie thousands of times, we just don't seem to get the ending bit. PGC -- > You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups > "Everything List" group. > To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an > email to everything-list+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. > To post to this group, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. > Visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list. > For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/groups/opt_out. > > > -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an email to everything-list+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. To post to this group, send email to email@example.com. Visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list. For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/groups/opt_out.