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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RE: it's modern fascism
by ilovebeer on Wed 31st Jul 2013 20:07 UTC in reply to "it's modern fascism"
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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.

Why would anyone question you over that? Also, there's no gain in chasing down common criminals. To be clear, by "gain" I mean financial or political gain.

Clearly the biggest concern people have is privacy. They simply don't like the idea of absolutely everything they do being recorded/documented. Nobody likes their secrets revealed even if their secrets are lame or cause no harm. Nobody likes feeling like they're being spied on, which IS what's happening by definition. Nobody likes being lied to. Nobody likes the idea that the biggest enemy to freedom, rights, and the constitution, is the government itself. What's actually done with all this information, documentation, records, logs, etc. is secondary and can only make an already horrible situation worse. And the most scary thing about all this is that neither you, I, nor any other citizen can do anything to stop it.

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