Jerry Day analyzes a sales video for a software program that enables utility companies to collect data on the minute-by-minute activities of their customers. It creates personal profiles on energy users to be sold to anyone willing to pay for it, which means anyone who can benefit from it. None of this is for the benefit of those being spied upon.
Paul Ryan’s bill to replace Obamacare failed last Friday, and the vote was cancelled. President Trump says that it will explode all on its own. Rand Paul says he wants to repeal Obamacare instead of replacing it. Premiums are too high because of the mandate and because people who already are sick are allowed to buy insurance at the same rates as healthy people, and that forces all rates through the roof.
In a US Congressional hearing, the FBI came under attack from both sides of the aisle for its use of facial-recognition software, because that violates citizen privacy and can lead to arrests of innocent people. An official says that only criminal mugshots are collected, but it is known that the FBI also collects images from driver’s licenses, passports, visas, and security videos. The agency now is seeking to access all state databases that have photos, and these contain images of about half the US adult population.
WikiLeaks documents show that the CIA has hacking tools to attack Apple Mac and iPhone firmware, which is that part of computer memory intended to remain unchanged and, therefore, not available for software applications. Spyware inside firmware is difficult to delete even if the operating system is reinstalled. The CIA can infect factory-fresh iPhones and operate them remotely, including taking files, address books, text messages, and call logs. [But don’t worry. This is to fight terrorism, right?]
An international investigation led to the arrest of a 19-year old with dual US-Israeli citizenship in Israel for making bomb threats over the phone to Jewish facilities in the US, using masking technology to hide his tracks. His lawyer says the young man suffers from a “very serious” medical condition that may have affected his behavior.
UK: Nigel Farage, the founding father of Brexit, says that the UK’s open-door immigration policy leads to terrorism. For the first time in history, the UK has people inside its borders who want to destroy its culture and even kill the native population. He projects that the US now is beginning to travel the same path to self-destruction.
London: British-born Khalid Masood was named as the suspect in the recent car and knife attack in which four were killed and twenty-nine injured. The attacker mowed down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge and then charged the gates of the British Parliament. Masood has a prior criminal record including assault with a knife. He is said to have worked alone, but eight other suspects also have been arrested.
Congressman Devin Nunes, leader of the House investigation into the NSA’s surveillance of the Trump presidential campaign, says that the FBI is not cooperating. In an explosive interview in front of the White House, he disclosed that private communications from the Trump team were picked up and disseminated within the government during the campaign. He says that he “cannot rule out” the possibility that Obama ordered the surveillance.