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Obama Administration apparently asking SCOTUS not to take up NSA case.

20 October 2013 - 02:27 AM


AFP - President Barack Obama's administration is urging the Supreme Court not to take up the first case it has received on controversial National Security Agency cybersnooping.


US government attorneys argue that the Supreme Court does not have the jurisdiction to take the case, filed in July by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC).


EPIC believes the NSA overstepped its authority by carrying out broad communications monitoring and surveillance worldwide, and demanded the program be stopped.


A US Supreme Court decision to take the case would be "a drastic and extraordinary remedy that is reserved for really extraordinary causes," argued Donald Verrilli, an administration lawyer, in a statement released late Tuesday.


The US administration also believes the EIPC suit cannot move forward because it argues the court lacks authority under the 2001 Patriot Act to weigh in on the legality of NSA activities.


"This court lacks jurisdiction to issue a writ of certiorari to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court," the secret intelligence affairs court, Verrilli added.


7/30 Camp observations from reddit

30 July 2013 - 06:42 PM

Once again, I come with gifts from the internet.


Reddit user Iamostrich posted his observations, figured I'd post it here for you guys. 




First of all, Cam was just off. Smitty and Kalil weren't practicing and the offense looked somewhat lost without them. Part of this was our defense just being good (they are gonna be really good), but Cam for sure didn't look great.

Usually Cam having a bad practice would be my big takeaway, but not today. Greg Hardy was incredible. I highly doubt Jordan Gross forgot how to play LT in the past 6 months, but Hardy pretty much had his way with him. I mean literally had his way with him, it was impressive. I only saw maybe 15 plays with Hardy in, but he my have had 4-5 sacks in a real game and almost picked off a screen pass. Oh, and he was limping through most it (he's fine, but he tweaked something). I'm just gonna put my money on Hardy being our best player this year, and if we wait to sign him after this season it's gonna be way more expensive.

On the brighter side for the O-line, Byron Bell didn't get destroyed by CJ from what I saw, and the interior of the line pass protected pretty well against Short and Star (Dwan Edwards didn't practice). Where Star and Short shined was against the run, and without Kalil the D was getting in the backfield pretty well on runs. Short for sure would have had a nice tackle for no gain or a loss on one play, and Star was taking on 2 blockers and holding his own. I do wish I'd had a chance to see them go against Kalil. Amini did hold down his spot pretty well from what I saw and was probably the best guy on our line.

The LB's were Blackburn - Luke - Klein, and honestly I thought they played well enough to be a solid starting unit for most teams. Luke was clearly the leader, but those two guys looked like they knew exactly what they were doing the whole time and I'm not worried at all if one of them has to start for us this year. The secondary was CB Captain - SS Mitchell - FS Godfrey - CB Florence, and I'd be surprised if that's not our lineup week 1. They looked really good, especially Captain and Mitchell. Granted they didn't have to cover 89, but they looked really solid. Captain should have had 2 picks (apparently he had 1 before I got there), and Blackburn picked off Cam on a play that the D had everyone blanketed and Cam made a bad read. There was really only one pass I saw, a nice 15 yard crossing route to Hixon, were they coverage wasn't right on top of everyone.

A few other notes, Armanti was running with the starters quite a bit and looked good (he did drop one pass I saw though). Barner was also getting a lot of reps with the starters and backups, but it was hard to tell anything about him with the line getting pushed back and no one really trying to tackle him. He looks the part though, and moves like an NFL back. Overall my main impression was that the defense looks way better than the offense right now. I'm very interested for the preseason to start because I don't think our offense is THAT bad, but they got their ass kicked today. I'm 100% of the opinion that Wharton is damn near a necessity at this point, and Greg Hardy needs a new deal.



It was brought it up in another thread, but with the D line we have, it's hard to gauge our O line and vice versa. We'll really have no clue till preseason. Love what 

Camp Observations from Reddit

28 July 2013 - 07:47 PM

So, I frequent Reddit quite a bit, and spend a good deal of my reddit time on /r/panthers. A user there by the name of Sinestro1982 was cool enough to post his observations and I figured you guys would like to read them - here's a snippet of what he said. Nothing particularity "new", but still, camp write ups are always cool to read.


Sinestro1982: I'm going to go ahead and open this post with something we all know, but you don't really fully understand until you see it. Ted Ginn Jr. is unbelievably fast. He was the stand-out at camp today. He'll fall under my WR category a little lower but he is the fastest person on our team. Yes, faster than Smitty.

QB: Cam looked good. He looked seasoned and naturally in tune with the flow in camp. He was looking to Lafell today as much as he was looking to Smitty. He also looked to Ginn Jr. quite a bit as well. I didn't get a good enough look at him to attest to what he has approved upon, or not improved upon in the offseason. Regardless, I'm not worried about him in the least. Clausen was garbage. Derek Anderson looked ok. He threw a pick that got comically returned through another drill by Drayton Florence. He'll, as always, be a reliable back up should (hopefully not) he be needed.

RB: Taking the spot for second fastest guy in camp goes to Kenjon Barner. He did some good work today. The O-line opened some good holes for him and he hit them naturally and he seems to have natural vision. His speed makes him so dangerous. He wasn't afraid to make contact, either. Stewart didn't practice since he'll be out for camp. Deangelo got all of the first team reps and looked fine. Tolbert blocked well and looked good in drills they ran with Cam and the running backs catching balls out in the flat. He broke a few runs, and he and Kuechly had a very nice collision in seven on seven drills in which Kuechly was the victor.

TE: Greg Olsen was the only guy that stood out to me. His routes were crisp as always. He dropped a couple of balls that would have been easy catches. None of the other TEs stood out to me at all. They weren't even looked at by Cam and they didn't run many two TE sets except for when they were on seven on seven and practicing a power run set.

WR: Like I said above: Ted Ginn Jr. is incredibly fast. I'd like to find out from Dolphins and 49ers fans if this guy is typically a camp star, because if not then I'm almost positive that he'll be our number three WR. I watched David Gettis as much as I could and I saw more bad than good. He didn't get many looks when he was on the field. He made a few catches, but dropped more than he made. He got two nice deep balls but couldn't pull them in and appeared to get injured on one. He was shaken up a bit, but fine shortly after. I'm not optimistic about him being used a lot which is disappointing. I hope he was just having a bad day. Hixon is a lazy route runner. His routes aren't crisp and he seems to lope during his cuts. He didn't catch much, but that's because there weren't many balls thrown his way. None of the other WRs on the roster stood out at all. Smitty was Smitty. Josh Thomas tried to lay the wood on Smitty when he caught a ball over the middle. He made contact, Smitty obviously was unfazed and maintained possession, and got up, looked at Josh Thomas, and spun the ball on the ground. Smitty was Smitty....



Rest of observations: http://www.reddit.co...ndays_practice/



No clue if he posts here under a different name or what, but yeah. Wish I could pie the man.


if you're ever having a bad day.

25 June 2013 - 09:43 PM

listen to this.


watch gif below. (this step is of utmost importance.)







my mock draftity draft.

21 April 2013 - 01:45 PM

this is more so what I wish we would do rather than what I think we'll do.

Trade our 1st for St.Louis' two firsts, read a thread that through out that idea hypothetically and though "hell, I'd like it"

1st - DeAndre Hopkins, WR

1st-Jonathan Cooper, G/Warmack, G or Warford, G if both Warmack and Cooper are gone.

2nd - Gavin Escobar, TE

4th- Akeem Spence, DT

5th - Ricky Wagner, OT

6th - Earl Wolff, S

*EDITED VERSION that's a little more on the plausible side.*

Trade our 1st for the Ram's 16th Overall and their second.

1st - DeAndre Hopkins, WR

2nd - Larry Warford, G/BPA G

2nd - Gavin Escobar, TE

4th- Akeem Spence, DT

5th - Ricky Wagner, OT

6th - Earl Wolff, S

the end.

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