Dan Froomkin notes the recent espionage conviction of ex-CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling, for the crime of talking to a reporter about a botched plan to give Iran fake nuke blueprints, and muses that our government will put you in jail for revealing our torture program, but not for actually torturing someone. The really bad news? It's going to take a long time to get people like John Brennan out of government, and thus a long time to change our government's attitude toward whistleblowers.
Suzanne McGee at the Guardian notes that several very famous, and very profitable, corporations are laying huge numbers of workers off this month. American Express is laying folks off even though its profits jumped 6.6% in one quarter -- but they promised their investors 8%, and their stock prices aren't as healthy as their profits. Seems to me the problem is making the stupid promises in the first place -- unless, of course, the stupid promises are how they justify getting rid of people. Anyway, ladies and gentlemen, your job creators!
L.A. Police Chief wants Google to disable a feature in its popular traffic-monitoring app that tracks the location of police. While I suspect Mr. Beck's fear that people will use Waze to kill police is a bit overblown, I also wonder whether the app's users really need to know where the police are at any given moment as a function of their oversight duty as citizens. If folks just want to communicate the location of police to their social network "friends" so they can all avoid traffic tickets, then they're not being grown-ups, and I don't think a privately-made app has to facilitate their actions.
Sens. Booker (D-NJ), Markey (D-MA), and McCaskill (D-MO) introduce a bill that would prevent states from blocking its municipalities from creating their own community broadband service. Which, again, the FCC already has the power to do, and I'm not a big fan of either strategy -- better we do the David and Goliath act with the big telecoms at the state and local levels, which battles we should never lose on the merits. But the bill also doesn't help fund such community broadband efforts, and does apparently go out of its way to push public-private partnerships, which is exactly the kind of pre-emptive compromising Republicans never respect.
Finally, Arizona judge throws out prostitution conviction for a transgendered woman who was arrested while walking down the street. That means her case goes back to trial, but with the most "damning" "evidence" (she had priors for prostitution, but evidence of past crime obviously isn't evidence of present crime) discredited. Project ROSE sure does sound like the kind of Big Gummint cronyism right-wingers profess to deplore, but I bet they say little about it.