Earlier today, President Trump; perhaps as part of his on-going effort to undo any of Obama’s legacy, or his notion that the United States can “go it alone” internationally, or even that he thinks that his actions helped bring North and South Korea to the table, decided that the United States will leave the Iran Nuclear Deal. According to The Nation, there are potentially other factors at play; including Israel, and the Neo-Conservatives that make up so much of his National Security and Diplomatic Corps.
I can’t help but see this as yet another “bust” for the “Bernie or Bust” and “DemExit” crowd. There are likely more to come as it looks like at any time the Supreme Court may let Trump’s travel ban stand, and we have a potential blow to public sector unions and what could lead to rollbacks of other civil rights laws under the guise of religion. All of those are courtesy of Sen McConnell “going nuclear” to put Justice Gorsuch on the Supreme Court.
Gorsuch, Pompeo, Pruitt, DeVos, Carson, etc; all can be placed at the feet of the folks who insist they “voted their conscience”. I can only wonder if the feel any twinges of guilt when the read or hear about; children watching their parents be deported, or vice-versa, a forest being auctioned off for timber, drilling or a pipeline, or the United States withdrawing from another treaty.
And then the other question, what are they doing about it? Are they on the streets with the “boots on the ground”, are they providing financial, material, or other support?
Or do they still think that tweets, likes and shares are enough.
Some of you may remember that after the 2016 election, I expressed an interest in going to the DefCon conference is Las Vegas. Alas, Uncle Sam had other plans for me. So I went to B-Sides Rochester in April of 2017 and in December of 2017, headed to Philadelphia for that city’s B-Sides.
Well, this Summer, I will be heading to New York City for the bi-annual “Hackers On Planet Earth”, or HOPE, conference. It may seem like a step up for me, but not all of the presentations are purely technical, the 2016 edition included presentations on:
Stopping Police Surveillance:
Standing Up To Homeland Security:
Building an ISP:
The 2016 edition of HOPE is also where I got the video that became the basis for a post on how to run a “Crypto Party”
The major announcement from HOPE so far is that WikiLeaks leaker and Senate Primary Candidate Chelsea Manning will be appearing.