I don't "WANT companies to have First Amendment rights" I'd like to have companies without such things, such that MY RIGHTS EQUAL SOME SOCIOPATHIC CEO'S RIGHTS. As it sits at present, they actually have more rights than I do, and don't even have to conform to the same laws as I do, so my protections aren't even equal. I might want it, if I were a FASCIST, but I'm not. What are you, Mr. Masnick, Fascist or American?
I disagree. Government fails when it does exactly opposite its responsibility to serve and protect its citizens. When it becomes so busy with trying to make the average citizen pay money to those in power that it cannot serve and protect, it seems inevitable that it will become overbearing and criminalize everyone to extract that money in some way shape or form. America went down the tubes when it allowed congress to change the law to keep income tax after the end of WWI.
What? Do you think that with all the surveillance that he had being done, that he'd start a business for banks without sufficient coercion material? Get real. He's gonna make his own "bank," so to speak. You don't really think the banks would pay him his asking price of $1 Million/month for security purposes do you? Hell, they send sensitive information over the wire unencrypted, they don't need no shteenking security.
You're short sighted, then. These kids now have a record for something even you might have done as a kid, "you show me your's and I'll show you mine." Don't be so naive or worse glib about kids having their lives ruined by idiots who forgot what it was to be a kid.