Friday, December 2, 2016
On Friday, Trump announced the creation of a “Strategic and Policy Forum” that will serve to advise him on domestic economic matters. The list of advisers is a who’s-who of corporate elites.
Here is the full list:
Stephen A. Schwarzman (forum chairman), chairman, CEO, and co-founder of Blackstone;
Paul Atkins, CEO, Patomak Global Partners, LLC, former commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission;
Mary Barra, chairwoman and CEO, General Motors;
Toby Cosgrove, CEO, Cleveland Clinic;
Jamie Dimon, chairman and CEO, JPMorgan Chase & Co;
Larry Fink, chairman and CEO, BlackRock;
Bob Iger, chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company;
Rich Lesser, president and CEO, Boston Consulting Group;
Doug McMillon, president and CEO, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.;
Jim McNerney, former chairman, president, and CEO, Boeing;
Adebayo “Bayo” Ogunlesi, chairman and managing partner, Global Infrastructure Partners;
Ginni Rometty, chairwoman, president, and CEO, IBM;
Kevin Warsh, Shepard Family distinguished visiting fellow in economics, Hoover Institute, former member of the board of governors of the Federal Reserve System;
Mark Weinberger, global chairman and CEO, EY;
Jack Welch, former chairman and CEO, General Electric;
Daniel Yergin, Pulitzer Prize winner, vice chairman of IHS Markit;
Disney CEO Bob Iger co-hosted a Hollywood area fundraiser for Hillary
Thursday, December 1, 2016
Among the many unpleasant things in the Investigatory Powers Act that was officially signed into law this week, one that has not gained as much attention is the apparent ability for the UK government to undermine encryption and demand surveillance backdoors.
As the bill was passing through Parliament, several organizations noted their alarm at section 217 which obliged ISPs, telcos and other communications providers to let the government know in advance of any new products and services being deployed and allow the government to demand "technical" changes to software and systems.
WIKILEAKS RELEASE: 90 Gigabytes of exhibits and other information from inside Germany's ongoing BND-NSA inquiry
Police across Canada are using civil forfeiture laws to seize everything from houses and cars to small amounts of cash from people who sometimes haven’t been convicted of a crime. Some of this money is paying for cutting-edge surveillance equipment, a practice that critics say keeps the public in the dark about police capabilities.
“We are very suspect about what is being purchased [with forfeiture funds],” said Micheal Vonn, policy director for the BC Civil Liberties Association, in an interview. “We have very little public insight into the kinds of equipment that police are using.”
The archive, a nonprofit online library, has disclosed that it received another NSL in August, its first since the one it received and fought in 2007. Once again it pushed back, but this time events unfolded differently: The archive was able to challenge the NSL and gag order directly in a letter to the FBI, rather than through a secretive lawsuit. In November, the bureau again backed down and, without a protracted battle, has now allowed the archive to publish the NSL in redacted form.
AS OF DEC. 1, it is considerably easier for the FBI to hack into computers during investigations.
Thanks to a federal rule change, which passed through several judicial panels before being approved by the U.S. Supreme Court in April, FBI employees can now seek warrants from magistrate judges to remotely access computers even when targets might be outside those judges’ districts, including when the targets’ location is disguised by anonymity software like Tor. Additionally, FBI employees can now search computers infected by malware that makes them part of a botnet— a method used by criminals to disrupt Internet service, distribute spam, or spread viruses on a mass scale.
The Center for Disease Control's proposed new rules, when implemented, will constitute an expansion of federal powers under the Federal Public Health Service Act; the Commerce Clause of the US Constitution; The Model State Emergency Health Powers Act, elements of which have been adopted by many states; National Health Freedom Action; the ACLU; the Pandemic Response Project; the World Health Organization; hospital public/private partnerships; the US Emergency Preparedness Policy that involves the Strategic National Stockpile; human micro-chipping; Dr. Richard Pan sponsoring The Children's Bill of Rights in California; the primary battleground over health freedom is in the legislatures.