Monday, March 27, 2017

London terror attacker used WhatsApp before rampage- is encryption a problem

Encryption messaging apps continue to be used to assure the privacy of messages between two or more users of the app.  The huge question continues to be whether the use of such applications is a threat to national security.  The answer continues to point to the purpose for the use.

The laws of many countries also focus on purpose.  Using a firearm during the commission of a crime is very different from the use of the same firearm for hunting or personal protection.  Locking a house or car to protect personal property similarly affords the owner protection against intrusion as long as the owner is not engaged in criminal activity.

We hope that companies continue to be able to provide law abiding citizens the tools they need to protect their property, ideas, and messages as long as they are being used for lawful activities.

London terror attacker used WhatsApp, the encrypted messaging app, before rampage

Thanks to USA Today

Monday, March 20, 2017

Masking identity, protecting privacy, wiretapping, leaking, and other curious tactics

Watching the House Intelligence Committee televised public testimony of NSA chief Michael Rogers and FBI chief James Comey today provided yet another glimpse of the theater that has recently become confused with governance and the rule of law.  Discussions of "privacy" have become even more complicated as the private details of ongoing NSA/FBI investigations and the "masking" of the identities of suspects and others incidentally mentioned in investigations are being withheld as a matter of procedure.

The National Security Agency investigates suspicious and/or allegedly illegal activities that threaten US national security abroad.  The FBI investigates similar activities in the US.  The agencies mutually share information that overlaps during the conduct of an investigation whenever domestic and international subjects overlap.  The protection of the identities of the individuals involved are normally assured by statutory protections that guide each agency in the conduct of its duty.  Whistle blowing and information leaks occasionally occur, but are also deterred and discouraged by sanctions that can lead to long prison terms for convicted violators - Edward Snowden notwithstanding. 

In spite of the operational details of the agencies and the "trust" of a common citizen that the agencies are honoring their missions and discharging their duties faithfully, the current post Trump election climate replete with political operators, party biases, and news media zeolots continues to cloud the truth of the matters being investigated. And Privacy again may be the loser.  We'll see.

The fact that ABC chose to carry the CSpan broadcast as a "Special Report" may also be of interest to the curious as well while "Fake News" epithets abound.

ABC News
Fox News

Thanks to the House Intelligence Committee

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Wiretaps and other serious allegations about privacy

 President Trump has challenged FBI Director James Comey to investigate allegations that illegal wiretaps were conducted by the Obama Administration.  The curious part of the charge is that there seems to be no proof - at all.  Is this another of the Whie House's attempts to deflect attention by launching their own "Denial of Service" attack instead of patiently waiting for clarification.

Curious climate for governance these days.

 FBI - Privacy - Trump -Comey

Thanks to The New York Time

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Gibb's Rules - NCIS

Ran across this today.  Just a change of pace from all the strange and mysterious stuff from the news and other world events on the last day of January 2017.

Gibbs Rules

or for those of you who like to read lengthy posts:

Gibbs' Rules
To be obeyed at all times. Consequence is a slap to the back of the head.
The rules should be listed as they are heard on the show.
This page is for Gibbs' rules only.
See other links below for other Team Member rules and fan rules!

See also: NCIS: Team Rules || NCIS: Unofficial Fan Member Rules ||

Rule #Rule:Actual Character Quote:Episode(s) Mentioned In:
1Never let suspects stay together.Gibbs (to Kate): "Rule number one: Never let suspects stay together."1.01 Yankee White
1Never screw (over) your partner.Gibbs: "Number one supersedes all of the others."
Jenny: "Never screw your partner?"
Gibbs: "Never screw OVER your partner."

In 9.17 Need To Know; McGee tells Probie Dorneget about Gibbs Rules.
4.14 Blowback

9.17 Need To Know
2Always wear gloves at a crime scene.Gibbs (to Kate): "Rule number two: Always wear gloves at a crime scene."1.01 Yankee White
3Don't believe what you're told. Double check.Gibbs: "Rule number three: Don't believe what you're told, double check."
Kate: "Should I write these rules in my Palm Pilot or crochet them on pillows?"
1.01 Yankee White
9.01 Nature of the Beast
3Never be unreachable.Ziva (after trying to reach McGee): "Rule number three..."
Tony: "Never be unreachable."
3.13 Deception
4If you have a secret, the best thing is to keep it to yourself. The second-best is to tell one other person if you must. There is no third best.Jenny: "It's your fault you know."
Gibbs: "For what, leaving or coming back?"
Jenny: "For teaching me your rules. Best way to keep a secret, keep it to yourself. Second best, tell one other person if you must. There is no third best. (walking away) That's rule number four isn't it?"
4.14 Blowback
5You don't waste good.
8.22 Baltimore
9.01 Nature of the Beast
6Never say you're sorry. It's a sign of weakness.Gibbs (to Kate): "Never say you're sorry. (laughing) You don't have to crochet that one."

Tony (to Gibbs): I broke rule #6. Never say you're sorry.
Gibbs: It was covered by rule #18.
1.01 Yankee White

7.12 Flesh & Blood
7Always be specific when you lie.Gibbs (to Kate): "Rule number seven: Always be specific when you lie."1.23 Reveille
8Never take anything for granted.Abby (to McGee): "Rule number eight is gonna save you McGee!"
"Never date a co-worker? "
(to Tony): "Never go anywhere without your knife. "
(to Ziva): "Thought that was nine."
"Never take anything for granted."
(to Gibbs): "Correct El Jefe. But then again you did make up the rules."

Ziva: "I assume Gibbs would have checked that out last night."
Tony: "Rule number eight: Never assume anything."
Ziva: "To be precise it's, ah, never take anything for granted."

McGee: I assume it involved a girl?
Tony: He was nine years old.
Gibbs: Never assume, McGee.
McGee: Rule number eight. Got it, boss.
3.10 - Probie

3.17 - Ravenous

9.21 Rekindled
9Never go anywhere without a knife.
Gibbs (while handing his knife to Tony): "Rule number nine:"
Gibbs & Kate (in unison): "Never go anywhere without a knife."

Tony: "Rule nine."
Atlas: "What?"
Tony: "Ya know those rule they teach you guys in the Marine Corps."
Atlas: "What rules?"
Tony: "Huh, I always suspected the fact that Gibbs was making that stuff up. Well... rule nine is, ah
(undoing his belt), never go anywhere (pulling out his knife) without a knife."
Abby: Rule #9 'always keep a spare'.
Tony: I thought Gibbs said nine was 'always carry a knife.'
Abby: Not Gibbs' rules...mine.
1.13 - One Shot, One Kill

1.20 - Missing

3.22 - Jeopardy
10Never get personally involved in a case.Gibbs: You okay?
Tony: Not really. I broke rule number ten. Again. Never get personally involved in a case.
Gibbs: Yeah. That's the rule I've always had the most trouble with.

McGee tells Probie Dorneget rule #10 when he gets friendly with the model in custody.
7.21 Obsession

9.17 Need To Know
11When the job is done, walk away.Gibbs: "Rule number eleven, DiNozzo."
Tony: "I would never date a co-worker boss. Trust me. I mean, why would you even—that's twelve. Eleven... when the job is done, you walk away."
6.24 Semper Fidelis
12Never date a coworker.Kate (to Tony): "Not my style, Tony. I would just shoot you."
Gibbs (just walking in): "That would be the reason for rule number twelve."
Kate: "Rule twelve?"
Gibbs: "Never date a co-worker."
1.15 Enigma
13Never, ever involve lawyers.
Tony: "Which means you've been here one day and already broken Gibbs' rule number thirteen."
Dwayne: "Rule number thirteen?"
Tony: "Yeah, rule number thirteen: Never, ever involve lawyers. Things are bound to turn nasty."
6.07 Collateral Damage
14Bend the line, don't break it.
11.04 Anonymous was a Woman
15Always work as a team.Jenny: "I heard your agents are pitted against each other. Wasn't that Gibbs' rule number fifteen? Always work as a team."
Gibbs: "Not on this one."
5.05 Leap of Faith
16If someone thinks they have the upper hand, break it.
8.24 Pyramid
18It's better to ask forgiveness than ask permission.Jenny (to Gibbs): "Number eighteen: It's better to seek forgiveness than ask permission."3.04 Silver War
20Always look underBishop (to Tony + Gibbs) "Rule 20: Always look under"12.17 The Artful Dodger
22Never, ever interrupt Gibbs in interrogation.Tony (to Ziva): "Rule number twenty-two: never, EVER bother Gibbs in interrogation."4.10 Smoked
23Never mess with a Marine's coffee if you want to live.Kate (to Tony): "Maybe next time you should remember rule... twenty-three..."Marine (laughing): "Never mess with a Marine's coffee if you want to live."2.09 Forced Entry
27There are two ways to follow someone.
  • 1st way - they never notice you;
  • 2nd way - they only notice you.

7.15 Jack Knife

7.24 - Rule Fifty-One (on a piece of paper in Jethro's home)
28If you need help, ask!Ellie (to Gibbs): "You're asking me to talk about my feelings?"Gibbs (to Ellie): "Rule 28 If you need help, ask!"13.10 Blood Brothers

Always watch the watchers.

If it feels like you're being played, you probably are.
McGee (to Gibbs) "Boss he's a computer tech. That means he could have hacked out servers and got Ducky's report."
Abby ( to Gibbs) "How on earth did you...?"
Gibbs (to both Abby and McGee) "Rule 35"
Abby and McGee (together) "Always watch the watchers."
8.22 Baltimore

9.01 The Nature of the Beast.
38Your case, your lead.Gibbs (to Tony): "Your case, your lead. I think it's a rule."
6.16 Bounce
39There is no such thing as coincidence.
7.21 Obsession
40If it seems like someone's out to get you, they are.Gibbs (to Abby): "Rule forty."
Abby (to Gibbs): "If you think someone is out to get you, they are."
7.22 Borderland
42Don't ever accept an apology from someone that just sucker-punched you.Gibbs (to Dr. Samantha Ryan): "Yeah, well I got some rules of my own, too. Rule number 42. Don't ever accept an apology from someone that just sucker-punched you."
"I didn't apologize."
9.16 Psych Out
44First things first, hide the women and childrenGibbs (to Camila Charo to tell Mike Franks): "Tell him Rule 44"
Shannon (to Gibbs): "Forty-four. First things first, Hide the women and children. You're actually writing these down?"
7.23 Patriot Down
7.24 Rule Fifty-One

45Clean up your messes.Tony (to Gibbs): "Where are you gonna be?"
Gibbs (to Tony): "At the mess I gotta clean up."
Tony (whispers to Ziva): "That's 45 ... basically."
Tony(to Gibbs): Rule 45 (and hangs up)
CIA Teague(to Tony): What's Rule 45?

Tony(to CIA Teague): Clean up your own mess
7.24 Rule Fifty-One

13.01 Stop the Bleeding
51Sometimes - you're wrongGibbs (written after reminiscing about his wife and his rules)7.24 Rule Fifty-One
62Leave room for someone exiting the elevator.Gibbs: (to Abby) "Abby!"
Abby: (to Gibbs) "Sorry Gibbs, I know rule 62 is to always give people space when they get off an elevator, but this is important I don't wanna waste anytime."
11.13 Double Back
69Never trust a woman who doesn't trust her man.Gibbs (to Fornell about their mutual ex -wife)9.07 Devil's Triangle
70Keep digging till you hit bottomMcGee (to Abbey and Bishop) in the team room
Abbey: "McGee! There is no rule 70!"
McGee: "Well, I'm..."
Abbey: "You just made up a rule!"

Gibbs (to McGee in the final scene): "Really? Rule 70, McGee?"
12.05 The San Dominick

Thanks to NCIS Fan website

Monday, December 26, 2016