Many good jokes today on Twitter about the iPhone 5S including biometric security features and the National Security Agency, of which my favorite was the image above from Dylan Tweney. Is there really a secret NSA backdoor built in the phone? Probably not. But how confident am I? Not as confident as I'd like to be.
And this I think continues to be the dog that hasn't yet barked as loud as it will in these stories. Spying on foreigners is at the core of the NSA's mission. With regard to people who aren't Americans, there's nothing illegal or improper about snooping on them without warrants or probably cause or really any kind of procedural checks. And the reason Edward Snowden is in Russia rather than enjoying celebrity status here in the United States, is that the federal government is very seriously committed to the principle that the exact foreign surveillance capabilities of the NSA should be kept secret. This just makes it inherently hard to trust any assurances American companies might try to give foreign customers.
TODAY IN SLATE
Black people’s disdain for “proper English” and academic achievement is a myth.
Alabama’s Insane New Abortion Law Gives Fetuses Lawyers and Puts Teenage Girls on Trial
Tattoo Parlors Have Become a Great Investment
A Jaw-Dropping Political Ad Aimed at Young Women, Apparently
Big Problems With the Secret Service Were Reported Last Year. Nobody Cared.
Beautiful, sexy, and fascinatingly mean.