Friday Night Links – 7 June 2013

June 7, 2013 § Leave a comment

Your weekly round-up from around the interweb, the “It’s Hard To Be A Hero” edition.

At Sequart.org, Mark Ginocchio questions the great responsibility that comes with Spider-Man’s great power.

During his initial trial as Spider-Man, Octavius has the astral form of Parker steering his actions as a pseudo-Jiminy Crickett, often preventing him from “crossing the line” and doing something “regrettable.” But the spirit of Parker is unable to prevent Octavius from doing what he believes is truly the responsible course of action to deal with the serial killing villain Massacre, in Superior Spider-Man #5…

In the real world, people are surprised that the government is mining through their phone records and email without any warrants.  (I took this for granted.)

The PRISM program allows the NSA, the world’s largest surveillance organisation, to obtain targeted communications without having to request them from the service providers and without having to obtain individual court orders…

The presentation claims PRISM was introduced to overcome what the NSA regarded as shortcomings of Fisa warrants in tracking suspected foreign terrorists. It noted that the US has a “home-field advantage” due to housing much of the internet’s architecture. But the presentation claimed “Fisa constraints restricted our home-field advantage” because Fisa required individual warrants and confirmations that both the sender and receiver of a communication were outside the US.

After the government has taken away our 4th Amendment Rights without asking, do we really want to give them our 2nd Amendment rights, too?  (Superior Spider-Man does not.)

Freedom is a responsibility.  What do you think will happen when you give all that responsibility to your government?

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