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#MarchForScience Losers Leave Trash All Over The Streets Of D.C. After Their “Protest” Concludes…

April 24, 2017 Leave a comment

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#MarchForScience Losers Leave Trash All Over The Streets Of D.C. After Their “Protest” Concludes…

The Simple Reason Why a Second American Civil War May Be Inevitable

April 23, 2017 Leave a comment

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America has always had its divisions, and Americans have never really been a monolith. We’ve always been a nation of many nations. The culture of New England is different from the culture of the Deep South, which is different from the cultures in the West Coast or the Midwest. People living in the cities have different beliefs than people who live in the countryside. Within those areas, there are ethnic, linguistic, and religious enclaves. It’s always kind of been like that (probably to a lesser degree in the past), and somehow we’ve been able to find enough common ground to keep this country together for more than a century.

However, something has changed. You can feel it in the air. Our nation has clearly never been this divided since the Civil War. A lot of people noticed it after the last election, but the truth is that these divisions have been deepening for decades, and they’re just now reaching a very noticeable breaking point. That’s obvious enough when you look at how the left and the right have been going at each other. It used to be a war of words, but it’s turning into something very dark.

Consider what happened last week in Berkeley after Trump supporters and counter protesters clashed for the third time. 21 people were arrested and 11 were injured (that we know of), six of who had to be taken to the hospital. At least one person was stabbed. The police confiscated confiscated knives, stun guns, and poles. One Trump supporter admitted to being surrounded, pepper sprayed, and beaten with sticks by a mob of “protesters.”

But wait, that’s not the dark part. After these groups clashed, the leftist protesters took to Reddit and admitted that they lost this particular battle (I can’t believe I’m using the word “battle” to describe it), and that it was time for them to attain more combat training and better weapons, including firearms.

Do you see what’s going on here? Conservative demonstrations, which used to be placid affairs (remember the Tea Party protests?) are now turning violent as conservatives grow tired of restraining themselves, and are no longer afraid to hit back. Liberal demonstrators are responding by ratcheting up the level of force that they’re going to bring to the next street battle. It’s a tit for tat that keeps escalating, and I shudder to think of where it’s going to end up.

Honestly, I think we’re in the early stages of a second civil war. I can’t say what it’ll look like precisely, but I can tell you that our nation is on this path, and it’s not clear how we can get off of it. In fact, I fear that it may be inevitable, and there’s a very simple reason why.

It’s because Americans have been self-sorting themselves along geographic and political lines for a long time. A book titled “The Big Sort” made light of this trend back in 2008.

Basically what’s going on, is that Americans are moving to communities that align more with their politics. Liberals are moving to liberal areas, and conservatives are moving to conservative communities. It’s been going on for decades. When Jimmy Carter was elected in 1976, 26.8% of Americans lived in landslide counties; that is counties where the president won or lost by 20% of the vote.

By 2004, 48.3% of the population lived in these counties. This trend continues to worsen. As Americans move to their preferred geographic bubbles, they face less exposure to opposing viewpoints, and their own opinions become more extreme. This trend is at the heart of why politics have become so polarizing in America.

We’re also seeing the same trend emerge online with social media. Despite the fact that the internet allows us to be exposed to more opinions that ever before, people choose to follow online voices that they already agree with. They’re slipping into digital bubbles that are comparable to their geographic bubbles.

This trend is irreversible as far as I can tell. That’s because it’s tied to innovation. As our country became more interconnected with roads and Americans gained more mobility, we chose to move to like-minded places. We’re given the internet, the greatest source of information in human history, and we use it to seek out only the information that reinforces our current beliefs.

We’re self-sorting at every level. Because of this, Americans are only going to grow more extreme in their beliefs, and see people on the other side of the political spectrum as more alien.

You can see how this is creating the perfect breeding ground for a real, physical war. The polarization makes it easier to dehumanize the other side. The self-sorting creates definable geographic boundaries that are necessary for a war. It spawns two sides with beliefs that are so divergent, that they cannot coexist.

We’re becoming two distinct nations with two competing visions for what the country should be. Two visions that are diametrically opposed. We used to be a nation of many nations that was held together, because there was still some common ground on what it means to be an American above all else. Now we can’t even agree on that.

Once the last shreds of common ground and understanding dissipate, a moment that is rapidly approaching, another civil war will be impossible to avoid. I wish I knew what the solution is, but I don’t. All I can say is, unless Americans go out of their way to listen to people on other side, whatever that side may be, there’s going to be a lot of blood in the streets.

Freed Egyptian American prisoner returns home following Trump intervention

April 22, 2017 Leave a comment

An Egyptian American charity worker who was imprisoned in Cairo for three years and became the global face of Egypt’s brutal crackdown on civil society returned home to the United States late Thursday after the Trump administration quietly negotiated her release.

President Trump and his aides worked for several weeks with Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi to secure the freedom of Aya Hijazi, 30, a U.S. citizen, as well as her husband, Mohamed Hassanein, who is Egyptian, and four other humanitarian workers. Trump dispatched a U.S. government aircraft to Cairo to bring Hijazi and her family to Washington.

Hijazi, who grew up in Falls Church, Va., and graduated from George Mason University, was working in Cairo with the Belady Foundation, which she and her husband established as a haven and rehabilitation center for street children in Cairo.

The couple and their co-workers had been incarcerated since May 1, 2014, on child abuse and trafficking charges that were widely dismissed by human rights workers and U.S. officials as false. Virtually no evidence was ever presented against them, and for nearly three years they were held as hearings were inexplicably postponed and trial dates canceled. Human rights groups alleged that they were abused in detention.

The Obama administration unsuccessfully pressed Sissi’s government for their release. It was not until Trump moved to reset U.S. relations with Egypt by embracing Sissi at the White House on April 3 — he publicly hailed the autocrat’s leadership as “fantastic” and offered the U.S. government’s “strong backing” — that Egypt’s posture changed. Last Sunday, a court in Cairo dropped all charges against Hijazi and the others.

What the White House plans to celebrate as vindication of its early diplomacy comes at the end of a week in which the administration has combated charges of foreign policy confusion. Although the president received wide praise for his decision to punish Syria for its presumed chemical weapons attack with a barrage of cruise missiles, the administration has been criticized for contradictions over policy toward Syria and Turkey, and misstatements on the U.S. response to North Korea’s weapons activity.

A senior administration official said that no quid pro quo had been offered for Hijazi’s release but that there had been “assurance from the highest levels [of Sissi’s government] that whatever the verdict was, Egypt would use presidential authority to send her home.” The official said the U.S. side interpreted that to mean that a guilty verdict and sentencing would be followed by a pardon from Sissi, but they were pleasantly surprised.

The dropping of charges set in motion the release of Hijazi and Hassanein from custody and their journey to the United States, which was personally overseen by Trump and detailed Thursday by the senior administration official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the national security sensitivities of the case.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and deputy national security adviser Dina Powell, who were already planning to visit Egypt this week, met with Sissi on a range of topics. Meanwhile, Trump also sent his military aide, Air Force Maj. Wes Spurlock, to escort Hijazi and her family on the plane home to Washington.

Hijazi and Hassanein reunited with the Hijazi family in Cairo this week, and as Mattis traveled on to Israel, Powell, who was born in Egypt and has helped smooth relations between the two countries, stayed behind to accompany the group, the senior administration official said.

The travelers touched down at Joint Base Andrews about 10 p.m. Thursday. Hijazi and her brother, Basel, are scheduled to visit the White House on Friday to meet with Trump and his daughter, Ivanka, and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who had followed Hijazi’s plight, the senior administration official said.

“It’s been a roller coaster of emotions the past couple of days,” Basel Hijazi said in a telephone interview Thursday from aboard the plane. “We’re crying with relief to have them out.”

He added: “We’re very grateful that President Trump personally engaged with the issue. Working closely with the Trump administration was very important for my family at this critical time. It let us be reunited as a family. We’re so grateful.”

Since Sissi came to power in a 2013 coup, his authoritarian government has presided over a lurching economy, with massive debt, high unemployment and allegations of corruption. A $12 billion loan last year from the International Monetary Fund and strict austerity measures have led to slow improvements, but Egypt still needs major outside investment and favorable financing.

During his U.S. visit, Sissi met with the heads of the IMF and the World Bank, along with the chief executives of Lockheed Martin and General Electric. Sissi has sought billions of dollars in financing from the U.S. Export-
Import Bank for massive infrastructure investments.

During his campaign, Trump suggested that the United States could “do well without” the Ex-Im Bank. But last week, he reversed himself by nominating former Republican lawmakers Scott Garrett and Spencer Bachus to vacant positions on the bank’s board.

The senior Trump administration official said the agreement for Hijazi’s release was the product of Trump’s “discreet diplomacy” — meaning the president’s efforts to cultivate warm relations with strongmen such as Sissi and Chinese President Xi Jinping, in part by avoiding public pronouncements on human rights that might alienate the foreign governments.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), who said he recently advocated for Hijazi’s release in his own talks with Sissi and was briefed on the latest negotiations, said Trump “handled it the way things like this should be handled.”

“The United States can sometimes lead with things, and do it publicly, [in ways] that are offensive to people and likely not get the kind of result that we’d like, whereas working it quietly and making it a priority, but doing so in a way that is not a public embarrassment to the other party, that’s the way they worked this,” Corker said in an interview Thursday.

Former Obama administration officials, who were at times criticized for not making a more public case out of Hijazi’s imprisonment, expressed skepticism that Sissi got nothing from Trump in exchange for Hijazi’s freedom.

“The robust praise and support the president has given to Sissi, which stands in some contrast to what we did, had to have some price, and maybe this is it,” said Antony J. Blinken, who worked on the Hijazi case as deputy secretary of state. “At least it’s a positive development in which everyone can take some satisfaction.”

At the same time, Blinken warned, such support could “have the opposite effect of simply reinforcing [Sissi’s] crackdown at home, in a way I think someday is going to rebound against him, and probably rebound against us. . . . You can try to repress your problems away, but at some point, they will explode.”

During Sissi’s visit to Washington, Trump made no public mention of Hijazi’s imprisonment. Nor did he appear to pressure the Egyptian leader on his record of human rights abuses.

But the senior administration official said Trump had been following Hijazi’s case.

“I want her to come home,” Trump told his top aides and deputized them to work directly with the Egyptian government to secure her release, according to the senior administration official. Officials at the State Department and at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo helped facilitate Hijazi’s departure from Egypt, while attorney Wade McMullen and other leaders from Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, a nonprofit advocacy organization, also worked to free her.

Kerry Kennedy, the group’s president, said in a statement that her team had worked with the administration, and “we are deeply grateful to President Trump for his personal engagement in resolving Aya’s case.”

Sissi, a former army chief who led the coup that overthrew Egypt’s elected president, had been barred from the White House by the Obama administration for human rights abuses. Sissi’s post-coup crackdown has been particularly severe against civil society groups, especially those receiving money from abroad. They are frequently denounced by the government and pro-government media as trying to destabilize the country. Thousands of people remain imprisoned.

While President Barack Obama was uneasy with the elected government of Mohamed Morsi, whose political organization was tied to the Muslim Brotherhood, his administration rejected Sissi’s charges of terrorism ties. After the coup, Obama withheld aid from Egypt — for decades, the second- largest recipient of U.S. military assistance, after Israel, at more than $1 billion a year.

During his presidential campaign, Trump expressed admiration for authoritarian leaders he felt were tough on terrorism and derided what he called Obama’s “weak” leadership.

This month, as Sissi smiled beside him in the Oval Office, Trump said warmly: “We agree on so many things. I just want to let everybody know, in case there was any doubt, that we are very much behind President al-Sissi.”

Schools Sued For Spying On Students Via Webcams At Home

April 17, 2017 Leave a comment

Pennsylvania school caught spying on students via laptop webcams

Teachers in Philadelphia have come under fire for spying on school children in their homes via laptop webcams. 

According to a lawsuit filed by a student and his parents, the Lower Merion School District of Ardmore, Pa. were caught spying on up to 1,800 students and families in their homes without their permission.

As part of a federally-funded “one-to-one” student-to-laptop initiative, teachers would secretly remotely activate webcams on laptops and snoop on kids whilst in the privacy of their own home.

Computerworld.com reports:

Michael and Holly Robbins of Penn Valley, Pa., said they first found out about the alleged spying last November after their son Blake was accused by a Harriton High School official of “improper behavior in his home” and shown a photograph taken by his laptop.

An assistant principal at Harriton later confirmed that the district could remotely activate the webcam in students’ laptops. “Michael Robbins thereafter verified, through [Assistant Principal] Ms. Matsko, that the school district in fact has the ability to remotely activate the webcam contained in a student’s personal laptop computer issued by the school district at any time it chose and to view and capture whatever images were in front of the webcam, all without the knowledge, permission or authorization of any persons then and there using the laptop computer,” the lawsuit stated.

The Robbins claimed that the district did not tell them beforehand that their son’s laptop webcam could be activated remotely, and added that there was no mention of the functionality in any of the documentation they received or on the district’s Web site.

And the privacy of non-students has been violated, the Robbins said. “By virtue of the fact that the webcam can be remotely activated at any time by the School District, the webcam will capture anything happening in the room in which the laptop computer is located, regardless of whether the student is sitting at the computer and using it,” the lawsuit charged.

The suit accuses the school district of violating the federal Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), and other federal and state statues, including the Pennsylvania Wiretapping and Electronic Surveillance Act.

Mark Haltzman of the law firm Lamm Rubenstone, and the Robbins’ attorney, did not return a call for comment. A spokesman for the Lower Merion School District said early Thursday that the district had only found out about the suit hours before, and so was not able to immediately comment on the case.

If the lawsuit is granted class-action status, other students in the district and their families would be able to join the action.

The Robbins family has asked for unspecified compensatory and punitive damages, and demanded that the court issue an injunction barring the district from activating students’ laptop cameras.

Judge Napolitano Gets Revenge After Fox Fires Him From Show: His Claim On Obama Just Proven

April 16, 2017 Leave a comment

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When Judge Andrew Napolitano of Fox News said on air that there were ties between Great Britain and Obama in terms of spying, it would have been easier finding a real Easter Bunny than it would’ve been to find those at the station who did not think that he had gone mad. The United Kingdom is our greatest ally, even more so than our two border mates, in some instances. For “America’s Judge,” the man not only popular with the people but even the White House in the age of retiring Justices, to say such a thing caused Fox to let him go.

The station then brought him back quite rapidly and all that was said by the Judge regarding the matter when asked was that he stood by his story. No one knows what swayed Fox or if anyone was ever shown the facts concerning the three sources that Napolitano had, but it is doubtful. Well,  now his statements (posted beneath this article) have been proven accurate. The man who called Rice’s part in this scheme “espionage” has, according to CNN and Zero Hedge, been vindicated. It’s reported that the British AND OTHER nation’s within the E.U. intelligence gathering spy houses “intercepted communications” sent between Trump’s team and Russian officials. Some of the contact was between Russian officials and others (who are only listed as “Russian individuals“) during the campaign and the information WAS passed onto ” US counterparts, US congressional and law enforcement and US and European intelligence.

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These communications are said to have happened during “routine surveillance ” of officials from Russia (how it is “routine” to spy on anyone is not made clear and is worrisome in its absence). “Western intelligence” is said to have known these officials and “individuals” who were, in essence, being spied upon. The spooks, “including GCHQ, the British intelligence agency responsible for communications surveillance,” were not targeting Trump, it is said. The data is called “incidental collection,” CNN claims, which is basically a justification for them spying on Russians.

What is problematic isn’t why the U.K. felt that it was acceptable to spy on them, as that is between Putin and Britain. What is far worse is that England would be willing to help Obama cheat like this, knowing fully how fair play is vital to a free nations election, at least on paper. We are seeing “the hidden hand” ungloved and exposed in this finding. England, a “free nation” knowingly helped the leftist Democrats cheat a populist who was surging. While Trump is not thought to have done anything illegal with these communications (it is not against the law for Trump or anyone to talk to Russians unless something nefarious was happening and that has been debunked), it would be very interesting to know just what was said between the President and those Russians, just the same.

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Since the information was said to have been “deleted” by England, nothing captured amounted to anything more than casual talk and standard daily conversations, but it was still passed onto the U.S. To be clear, while there was NOTHING illegal in the conversations had, the fact that Obama, Rice, or anyone else would be able to see that data in order to even make that assessment is a matter of international espionage; 110% as Napolitano declared. For this reason, he called Susan Rice a “serial liar” and feels that she should be thrown in the clink. Prison time is NOT unusual for federal offenses, and snooping on an incoming White House administration while digging for illegal activity without authorization is about as high on the list of crimes as one can go without hurting someone.

One could argue that this whole story is nothing more than a way to get the average man or woman in the West to embrace being spied on as “normal.” After all, if Trump can be a target and no one goes to jail, then it is “OK” to do it to us all, right? Even if Rice sees a cell, it is reported on the Gateway Pundit that “The US and Britain are part of the so-called “Five Eyes” agreement (along with Canada, Australia, and New Zealand), which calls for open sharing among member nations of a broad range of intelligence.” What this means is that no one reading these words are any more respected in their rights within free nation’s than those Russian “individuals” were. Welcome to the start of the police state that shreds the Fourth Amendment (or other nation’s versions of it) which we were told was only “conspiracy theory.”

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As bombs fly in Syria, warships gather near the Middle East, China warms to U.S. concerns, and North Korea continues to be, well, North Korea, it remains to be seen how much attention this will get. It is hard to focus on Susan Rice or the former administration when nuclear mushroom clouds could be on the horizon line any second, but it needs to be fully looked into. America can not have this happening, something that those even on the far left would agree with. If the Democrats can do this to the GOP, then the opposite must also be true. Unless the progressives think that there are no Republicans who would ever do such a thing to them in 2020, the reason that they would agree with Rice’s prosecution is clear.

The #NeverTrump crowd will say that, sure, Rice and Obama broke the law by trying to find corruption (or ANYTHING) on Trump to stop him, but since he was “so evil like Hitler,” all means were for the greater good. This is the largest pile of rubbish ever uttered! Calling someone a “Hitler” who “must be stopped” will be the lie of everyone who wants to break the law, in that case. Trump is nothing at all like Hitler, and if he was, one would still need a warrant to prove it. Since there was no probable cause for that or anything else illegal, since Trump WAS honest, there was no cause, and no warrant could be obtained. So, they cheated. That, as America’s Judge said, is espionage and it can not be tolerated.

The Judge’s initial words on Fox were:

“Three intelligence sources have informed Fox News that President Obama went outside the chain of command. He didn’t use the NSA. He didn’t use the CIA. He didn’t use the FBI, and he didn’t use Department of Justice. He used GCHQ. What the heck is GCHQ? That’s the initials for the British spying agency. They have 24/7 access to the NSA database. So by simply having two people go to them saying, ‘President Obama needs transcripts of conversations involving candidate Trump, conversations involving president-elect Trump,’ he’s able to get it, and there’s no American fingerprints on this

US Successfully Test Drops New Nuclear Gravity Bomb In Nevada

April 15, 2017 Leave a comment

As Donald Trump unleashed the “Mother Of All Bombs”on  Afghanistan on Thursday, the US National Nuclear Security Administration announced the successful field test of the modernized gravity nuclear bomb.

The agency announced that the NNSA and the US Air Force completed the first qualification flight test of the B61-12 gravity nuclear bomb on March 14th at the Tonopah Test Range in Nevada.

The event was the first in a series that will be conducted over the next three years to qualify the B61-12 for service. The final design review is due in September 2018 and the first production unit scheduled for completion by March 2020.

Three successful development flight tests were conducted in 2015.

RT reports:

The test was intended to evaluate the weapon’s “non-nuclear functions” and the capability of the F-16 fighter to successfully deploy the bomb. An F-16 fighter from Nellis Air Force Base dropped the “non-nuclear test assembly,” the NNSA said in a statement.

“The successful test provides critical qualification data to validate that the baseline design meets military requirements,” said Brigadier General Michael Lutton, NNSA’s principal assistant deputy administrator for military application. The NNSA is part of the Department of Energy, which is charged with managing US nuclear weapons.

The B61-12 is a modernized version of the B61 gravity bomb, the mainstay of the Air Force’s nuclear arsenal and one of the legs of the so-called nuclear triad, along with the intercontinental ballistic missiles deployed from either ground-based silos or oceangoing submarines.

President Donald Trump has endorsed an ambitious – and expensive – plan to modernize the US nuclear triad, begun under his predecessor. The B61-12 is intended to consolidate and replace all the B61 variants currently in service.

Three successful development flight tests of the B61-12 were conducted in 2015. The March test was the first in a series scheduled to span the next three years, with the final design review due in September 2018 and the first production unit scheduled for completion by March 2020.

Pelosi Pressured Cable Companies To Support Obama Regs; Helped Her Donors

April 12, 2017 Leave a comment

(Daily Caller News Foundation) House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi implored cable companies last week to support a privacy measure that would vastly restrict their business, and would, consequently, give Pelosi’s own big-time donors a critical edge online.

Pelosi sought responses from businesses like Comcast, Verizon, Sprint and AT&T, to see if they support the repeal of pending Obama-era privacy regulations mandated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in October of 2016. Pelosi worried that undoing the new rules through the Congressional Review Act would allow internet service providers (ISPs) to package and sell people’s personal browsing data to advertisers.

Companies not mentioned in the the letter include Google and Facebook. Both not only make enormous amounts of money connecting ads to consumers, but also contribute financially to Pelosi.

Google is expected to make $72.69 billion in ad revenues in 2017, while Facebook is estimated to make $33.76 billion, according to market research company eMarketer. The two companies combined account for 90 percent of the growth in new ad revenue.

Google and Facebook donated a combined $80,875 to Pelosi through the last three campaign cycles, according to OpenSecrets.org.

Some argue that the data such private companies like Google and Facebook have is way more detailed and personal than the one’s ISPs can use.

“Google’s Gmail system has very good access to personal data — it sees what you’re telling your friends, business contacts, and family and it knows who your friends are,” Richard Bennett, a tech consultant and one of the original creators of the Wi-Fi system, told The Daily Caller News Foundation (TheDCNF). He added that, on the contrary, Gmail is encrypted so ISPs cannot determine what is being said and to whom.

Bennett went on to say that Facebook is similar since, along with Google, they have tracking code embedded in ninety percent of the top 1,000 webs sites, meaning the two companies are able to monitor beyond their own platforms.

But the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit digital rights group, disagrees with Bennett’s contentions, and essentially says the opposite.

“Google and Facebook don’t see all your online behavior — only the traffic you send to them. But your ISP sees everything,” a spokesperson for the EFF told TheDCNF. “ISP spying is a much harder thing to fight than app spying,” referring to Google’s Android operating system.

Unlike Pelosi’s letter, the EFF says that it is still worried about Google, Facebook and other services violating people’s privacy.

“Both companies (and many more) should do more to protect privacy on a daily basis. However, the answer isn’t to lower privacy protections elsewhere — it’s for all services to do the right thing.”

After President Donald Trump signed the CRA repeal of the rules, Republican FCC Chairman Pai said the decision “appropriately invalidated one part of the Obama-era plan for regulating the internet,” according to Reuters. “Those flawed privacy rules, which never went into effect, were designed to benefit one group of favored companies, not online consumers.”

A representative for the Center for Democracy and Technology told TheDCNF that one of the main reasons Pelosi and the vast majority of Democrats voted against the repeal was due to their “understanding that the broadband privacy rules were fulfilling the Commission’s Congressional mandate to ensure that common carriers protect the confidentiality of their customers’ information.”

ISPs and cable companies often claim that the only information they want are related to preferences and tendencies for marketing purposes.

Companies are forbidden by the Telecommunications Act to collect and provide data to advertisers that is “individually identifiable,” or pegged to a certain person.

“We do not sell our broadband customers’ individual web browsing history. We did not do it before the FCC’s rules were adopted, and we have no plans to do so,” said Gerard Lewis, Comcast’s chief privacy officer, according to Reuters.

The Internet & Television Association (NCTA), a trade association that represents broadband companies and more than 90 percent of the U.S. cable market, says the repeal of the FCC’s rules does not mean ISPs will start selling “their customers’ ‘sensitive’ information — including financial, children’s, and health information, social security numbers, and precise geolocation data — without first obtaining the affirmative opt-in consent of their customers.”

As Mike Wehner writes for BGR, “Sorry, but nobody actually cares about your web browsing history.”

Phil Kerpen, a free-market policy analyst and president of a conservative organization called American Commitment, disputes the notion that Democrats like Pelosi voted against the repeal because they wanted to ensure privacy protections.

“Democrats have a very close relationship with Google, Amazon, and Facebook that benefit from draconian rules imposed on ISPs to keep them from entering the online advertising market,” Kerpen said, according to TheDCNF. “They also see the fake tech-left narrative about ‘selling your browser history’ — which of course is still as illegal as ever — as an opportunity to score political points.”

The former CEO of Google, Eric Schmidt, who now serves as the executive chairman of parent company Alphabet, is not shy about his affinity for liberal causes and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Schmidt was spotted wearing a “staff” badge during Clinton’s election night party.

Alphabet was also reportedly spearheading the funding efforts for the legal brief signed by nearly 100 companies that objected to President Donald Trump’s temporary immigration ban.

Kerpen claims that Republicans voted for the repeal of the FCC privacy order “to undo the corrupt gift given to Google.”

The final point Pelosi makes in the letter appealing to ISPs and telecomm companies purports that there is a connection between this measure and reports of Russian hacking.

“Americans learned last week that agents of Russian intelligence hacked into e-mail accounts to obtain secrets on American companies, government officials and more,” Pelosi writes. ” This resolution [repeal] would not only end the requirement you take reasonable measures to protect consumers’ sensitive information, but prevents the FCC from enacting a similar requirement and leaves no other agency capable of protecting consumers. Does your company support the enactment of S.J. Res. 34?”

Kerpen called Pelosi’s letter “naked political grandstanding.”

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