Friday, December 27, 2013

Haven't I been saying this?
Alan Dershowitz rips Edward Snowden: ‘We have an absolute right’ to spy on other countries
… In particular, Dershwoitz slammed Snowden for bringing to light the agency’s surveillance activities against other countries, saying they “raise some questions, but [were] not unconstitutional.
“We have an absolute right under our Constitution to listen to the prime minister of Israel, to listen to the chancellor of Germany,” Dershowitz said. “That is not a constitutional issue, and yet he disclosed — or people working on his behalf — the fact that we are using surveillance abroad, outside the country, where the Constitution does not apply.”

Interesting. Are we back to the same “anti-Iran” agreements we had before Sadam invaded Kuwait?
U.S. sending missiles and surveillance drones to Iraq to help combat Al-Qaeda-backed violence: NYT
The United States is sending Iraq dozens of missiles and surveillance drones to help it combat a recent surge in Al-Qaeda-backed violence, the New York Times reported on Thursday.
The weapons include a shipment of 75 Hellfire missiles purchased by Iraq, which Washington delivered to the country last week, the Times reported.
The daily wrote that 10 ScanEagle reconnaissance drones — smaller versions of the larger Predator drones that once were frequently flown over Iraq — are expected to be sent by March. [Meanwhile, they can hand deliver the missiles Bob]

Looks like telecom is in the contraction phase already.
Report: Owners of Sprint in final stages of deal for T-Mobile
Sources say that SoftBank will make a $19 billion bid for 70 percent of T-Mobile.
On Wednesday, the Nikkei news agency cited unnamed sources who said that SoftBank, the company that owns a majority of Sprint, was “in the final stages of talks with T-Mobile's German parent, Deutsche Telekom.” News of a merger between Sprint and T-Mobile hit in early December, with the Wall Street Journal reporting that Sprint’s parent company was wary of trying to merge with T-Mobile like AT&T had years earlier, only to see its efforts thwarted by the Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission.

I'm not sure my students plan over much, but if they do, this looks interesting.
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