29 Dec 2005

Latest Bush Administration Civil Liberties Outrage

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Time to summon another special prosecutor and conduct a major Congressional Investigation. Under the Bush Administration, the dread National Security Agency has been caught violating federal law:

The National Security Agency’s Internet site has been placing files on visitors’ computers that can track their Web surfing activity despite strict federal rules banning most files of that type.

The files, known as cookies, disappeared after a privacy activist complained and The Associated Press made inquiries this week. Agency officials acknowledged yesterday that they had made a mistake…

Until Tuesday, the N.S.A. site created two cookie files that do not expire until 2035.

Don Weber, an agency spokesman, said in a statement yesterday that the use of the so-called persistent cookies resulted from a recent software upgrade.

Normally, Mr. Weber said, the site uses temporary cookies that are automatically deleted when users close their Web browsers, which is legally permissible. But he said the software in use was shipped with the persistent cookies turned on.

“After being tipped to the issue, we immediately disabled the cookies,” Mr. Weber said.

In a 2003 memorandum, the Office of Management and Budget at the White House prohibited federal agencies from using persistent cookies – those that are not automatically deleted right away – unless there is a “compelling need.”

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The level of coverage accorded this kind of triviality demonstrates, once again, the generalized dearth of minimal intelligence, technological savoir faire, and rational perspective among the bozos of the MSM.

(yawn)

For anyone who’s worried:

In MS Explorer, to eliminate all, including persistent, cookies, click on TOOLS, INTERNET OPTIONS, then DELETE COOKIES.

In Firefox, click on TOOLS, OPTIONS, PRIVACY, then the CLEAR button in COOKIES.

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