[Chugalug] Silk Road and Bitcoins

Rod rod-lists at epbfi.com
Mon Oct 7 17:47:44 UTC 2013

Being a gemini I see both sides. I hear Steven's complaint to some exent  
agree. However I seen the surveillance of political protests during the  
last admin.
Then there are stories like this.  
Last month I read a story about an american critic of policy who was  
blocked fro returning to this country.
This why I argued wih my consevatives friends about the patriot act. Once  
you go their it becomes the norm.

On Mon, 07 Oct 2013 11:38:03 -0400, Stephen Kraus <ub3ratl4sf00 at gmail.com>  

> No, you are still making false equivalencies. Comparing a flawed legal  
> system to a completely RIGGED legal system with kangaroo courts like was  
> on the Eastern half of the Iron Curtain >complete with torture, summary  
> executions, and 'state' witnesses that were basically told what to say  
> by prosecution.
> You lift on the Western side of the Iron Curtain, you still have very  
> little idea what it was like to live on the Eastern side. I actually  
> know people who lived on the Eastern side, trust me they'd like >a word  
> with you if you think that you can compare anything in the US to the  
> Stasi.
> Do we have a lot of broken legal systems in the US? Yes. Are the  
> comparable to the Stasi? HELL NO.
> On Mon, Oct 7, 2013 at 11:12 AM, Dan Lyke <danlyke at flutterby.com> wrote:
>> On Sun, 06 Oct 2013 21:10:58 -0400
>> William Roush <william.roush at roushtech.net> wrote:
>>> No, I meant that we're having a public discussion that includes a
>>> lot of ranting about the government and not having our doors kicked in
>>> over it.
>> I was born in Germany, my family was there because my father served in
>> the U.S. Army doing military intelligence work. When  he left the army,
>> for a while he worked for assorted three-letter agencies, or military
>> contractors/intelligence shell companies.
>> While I was growing up, my parents had a lot of friends who'd escaped
>> from behind the Iron Curtain. I grew up with stories of crawling under
>> concertina wire, or loading up the trunk with hopefully impermeable
>> things and driving fast through the checkpoints, hunkered down below
>> the windows while the glass exploded from the machine gun fire.
>> I have no idea if these two things are connected. I suspect at some
>> level that they were. At any rate, I grew up with a good dose of
>> stories from the Iron Curtain.
>> The security state is a continuum. It's not police on every corner,
>> it's the notion that you don't know if there are police on every
>> corner. You don't know who will twist something you say to get you
>> taken in front of a secret court. It's random enforcement, random
>> surveillance, which leads to a self-censorship and a generic fear.
>> Fear, not of doing anything wrong, but of making enemies of the wrong
>> people.
>> My sister just got permission from her parole officer to come visit me
>> for the weekend. I dropped her back at the airport shuttle this morning
>> at five for the flight home. The process by which she pled guilty in
>> order to minimize collateral damage against her husband and various
>> other friends, in which prosecutors and police officers flat-out lied,
>> and have a paper trail of lying, but there's no authority to bring these
>> complaints to, makes Kafka look like an optimist.
>> There are things that the family now does not discuss over electronic
>> communications, that we only talk about in person, and that's even with
>> me making it very clear that I do not want to know any details which
>> aren't public knowledge. But the case clearly consisted of metadata,
>> tapped electronics, fabricated telephone calls, and parallel
>> reconstruction. I don't know how high it went (he was charged as a
>> "Major Drug Offender", pled that way down, so recent revelations about
>> the DEA parallel reconstruction programs could mean the NSA snooping
>> was involved, but he was gone after by local authorities, so it's
>> unlikely it went that high).
>> Do we live in a hundred percent Stasi state? No. But it ain't zero,
>> either, and now we're quibbling where along the line we are. As the old
>> joke goes "we've established that, now we're just haggling over the
>> price".
>> Dan
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