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James Crockett’s new book, a look at Scruggs, DeLaughter and the gang: Power Greed Hubris

University Press of Mississippi has a new look out at the Minor – Scruggs – DeLaughter bribery cases, titled Power Greed Hubris: Judicial Bribery in Mississippi.  This one is by James R. Crockett, a professor emeritus at the University of Southern Mississippi and adjunct professor of accountancy at the University of Mississippi. He wrote Hands in […]

Beware: PayPal might secretly ask you for a Power of Attorney!

I had someone send me money via Paypal.  It obviously does me limited good in Paypal, so I wanted to transfer it to my bank.  I put routing information for an account into Paypal, and it said it now needed to verify the account, something I though I’d already done with that account, some […]

New York Times: “Edward Snowden, Whistleblower,” exposing government crimes

I’ve been saving links for weeks about the NSA revelations.  Will still post more, but in tomorrow’s New York Times, there’s a great summing up.

The New York Times editorial makes the case stated in the headline.  They state:  Snowden “may have committed a crime to do so, but he has done his country a great service.” Here’s all of it:

Seven months ago, the world began to learn the vast scope of the National Security Agency’s reach into the lives of hundreds of millions of people in the United States and around the globe, as it collects information about their phone calls, their email messages, their friends and contacts, how they spend their days and where they spend their nights. The public learned in great detail how the agency has exceeded its mandate and abused its authority, prompting outrage at kitchen tables and at the desks of Congress, which may finally begin to limit these practices.

The revelations have already prompted two federal judges to accuse the N.S.A. of violating the Constitution (although a third, unfortunately, found the dragnet surveillance to be legal). A panel appointed by President Obama issued a powerful indictment of the agency’s invasions of privacy and called for a major overhaul of its operations.

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