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May 22, 2020

A question

Filed under: Legal,Politics — dknights @ 8:36 am
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Shouldn’t the FBI and CIA be concentrating on preventing this type of stuff?  Seems like they’ve been a bit distracted of late.

June 4, 2015

The FBI Air Force

Filed under: Legal,Technology — dknights @ 12:03 pm
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Turns out the FBI has its own air force.  Police have used helicopters and planes to track suspects for years.  Nothing new in that.  However, if they are routinely circling over cities and using sensors to sweep up cell phone data and track large numbers of citizens, then this is a worrying development.

October 8, 2010

Movie review: The Town (2010)

Filed under: General — dknights @ 6:57 am
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I am not a fan of Ben Affleck.  I really don’t like him as either an actor or a director.  So, it was with great reluctance that I went to see The Town.  I had heard a review by Michael Medved which gave the movie 3 1/2 stars out of 4.  Still, I was surprised at how good the movie was.  It is the story of a crew of bank and armored car robbers in Charlestown, MA, across the bay from Boston.  This working class suburb supposedly has the highest concentration of bank and armored car robbers in the country.

The movie follows the leader of a bank robbery crew as they commit robberies.  During one of these robberies they temporarily take a female bank manager hostage.  A love story ensues.  The love story is pretty typical and isn’t really the strong part of the movie.  The action sequences, however, are well acted, well directed and well written.  The movie keeps its pace going.  Jon Hamm of Mad Men fame does an excellent job as the FBI special agent pursuing Affleck and his crew.  This was a good movie and well worth the discounted $6 price I paid to see it.

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