U.S. Rep Jim Jordan (R-OH), chairman of the ultra right wing Freedom Caucus, says President Donald Trump never lies

Anderson Cooper goes in with the question, “Do you think the President lies a lot, like James Comey says?”

Ohio U.S. Representative Jim Jordan agitated responds, “I do not! Jim Comey has leaked information through a friend, to the New York Times for the stated purpose of getting a special counsel. I think Jim Comey took over an investigation that never happened before, it had always been the Attorney General who had announced the findings whether they were going to prosecute or not, but I think; so I think, Jim Comey, as I said earlier His credibility is gone since how he handled the Clinton investigation.”

A incredulous Anderson rebuttal by asking, “But come on, you have got to admit this President has said some things that are just demonstrably not true time and time again, and the list is a very long one almost on a daily basis.”

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“What saddens me the most today is that the agency that is supposed to protect you is actually abandoning you.”

While not codified into law by the government until 2014 network neutrality was the underpinning of a gentlemen’s agreement at the start of the internet as a commercial venture after then Senator Al Gore helped write the legislation that took the military Darpa Net and Educations university network system into what would become the internet we know today. No provider of service would charge another service provide extra fees accept the basic usage costs of phone minutes, and connection access.

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Senator Ron Wyden and Senator Rand Paul bipartisan bill fights FBI’s one warrant hacking free for all rule change

Sometimes you must have moderation and people on the outside of their parties to fix things and to fix anything you have to meet in the middle. So it’s no surprise that digital freedoms, privacy, and protections proponents like Democratic Senator Ron Wyden and Republican Senator Rand Paul would undo the change, adopted by the U.S.Supreme Court in April, in a private vote, and without congressional involvement changed Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure.

The rule change, set to go into effect December 1st, would allow agencies like the FBI to use one warrant from any one state or federal jurisdiction to hack an unlimited number of computers in multiple jurisdictions using black hat hacking techniques of botnet hacking. This style of attack would open these compromised computers to attacks from third parties as well. It would also leave little oversight it seems to the FBI and other agencies who would now be able to do this if the rule change occurred. The bill spearheaded Wyden and Paul would block these overreach in powers by the FBI and other agencies.  Republican Senator Steve Daines and Democrats Tammy Baldwin and Jon Tester are co-sponsoring the Stopping Mass Hacking Act.  [Sen Wyden Post]

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State Apathy And The Death of an Open Rural Fiber Internet Dream

Plan8’s favorite telecom policy wonkette and all around badass telecommunications law maven Susan Crawford has written up a piece over at Backchannel about Western Massachusetts’s fiber fiasco. This report sheds light on the national failure to provide high-speed digital access to rural America as the story of a fiber optic network project by thirty-one (31) Massachusetts towns told as their community project is indefinitely delayed because of state apathy and delays in approval and funding.

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