I’m standing in the far corner of a mall parking lot, and I see the mall entrance erupt in flames. Then I see a massive explosion which I know is from a bomb going off. As I stand there watching, I see a full-size plane fly into the building. I think to myself, “Yeah, they wanted to do three separate things to show us this is no accident.”
The Justice Department is defending the government’s refusal to discuss—or even acknowledge the existence of—any cooperative research and development agreement between Google and the National Security Agency.
The Washington based advocacy group Electronic Privacy Information Center sued in federal district court here to obtain documents about any such agreement between the Internet search giant and the security agency.
The NSA responded to the suit with a so-called “Glomar” response in which the agency said it could neither confirm nor deny whether any responsive records exist. U.S. District Judge Richard Leon in Washington sided with the government last July.
A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit is scheduled to hear the dispute March 20.
Tommy Stinson (former bass player for Guns n’Roses) has a new solo album. I heard a live radio show today, he and his band were great: