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The Apple Fight Isn’t About Encryption

Posted February 17th, 2016 at 3:53 pm (UTC-4)
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Those who think encryption protects their personal data from the government — or, for that matter, from anyone determined enough to invest the effort in a brute force attack — are naive. Any encryption can be broken.

Rating Obama’s War on Terror

Posted December 7th, 2015 at 3:30 pm (UTC-4)
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President Obama referred to the “evolving threat” of terror attacks during his address to the nation Sunday night in the aftermath of the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California. That attack and the Islamic State assault on soft targets in Paris symbolizes the president’s worries. Instead of highly sophisticated acts of terror like the September 11th attacks, now heavily armed individuals detonate explosives or fire at civilians gathered in public spaces. Last week, it was a work holiday party in San Bernardino; in 2013, it occurred during the famed Boston Marathon; four years prior, an army psychiatrist began randomly shooting colleagues at his base in Texas. While Obama’s critics condemn what they say is an incoherent and inadequate response to Islamic State militants, many experts agree there is no simple answer or strategy. The intersection of extremist ideology masking as religion, the availability of weapons, a flood of war-weary immigrants and those who might be inspired by Middle Eastern militants have made the war on terror far more challenging than ever before.

From September 11th On

Posted December 7th, 2015 at 11:59 am (UTC-4)
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In the aftermath of last week’s attack in San Bernardino, California, that killed 14 people, VOA has compiled a timeline of the deadliest terror attacks on United States soil.