Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 31st Jul 2013 14:12 UTC
Internet & Networking From The Guardian:

A top secret National Security Agency program allows analysts to search with no prior authorization through vast databases containing emails, online chats and the browsing histories of millions of individuals, according to documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The NSA boasts in training materials that the program, called XKeyscore, is its "widest reaching" system for developing intelligence from the internet.

This is not PRISM - but a different system. The slides are damning, as always.

It validates claims made by Edward Snowden, and makes it clear that US government officials have been lying all along. There's no court order required for any of this - in a supposedly modern democracy. Crazy.

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it's modern fascism
by ezraz on Wed 31st Jul 2013 19:44 UTC
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Reporting here from the usa. i've been online for over 25 years so I know "they" have plenty of info on me.

But i have to say, the thing that makes this threat to our lazy democracy unbelievable (or perhaps inert) is the amount of day to day crime that goes on in america - emailing about stolen goods, texting drug deals, scalping tickets, sex, guns, gambling, unlicensed everything, general tax evasion and business scams - so much badness!

If uncle sam really is listening to and reading everything we do, he doesn't seem to care much about our illegal activities. the number of crimes hinted at or outright admitted through texting, email, message boards, even facebook would lead me to think we'd hear about more people busted this way. i've never heard of anyone having seemingly private data thrown at them without their knowledge of even being investigated. conjecture i know.

I am not happy about this and will do whatever i can as a US citizen to get this shut down, but at the same time you have adjust for scale and general human incompetence. perhaps they are just looking for terrorist activities and ignoring other crime?

I know this can always change, just sayin. when i first heard about prism or whatever it was called in the 90's (from a buddy who ran a few regional ISP's) we would put a threatening string of text in our email sigs to try to expose the system. for a couple of years i put something like "it's not like I want to kill the president " in my email sig, and I have yet to be questioned by the men in black.

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