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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by roblearns on Thu 1st Aug 2013 18:58 UTC
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It was the 70's when a group of Republicans became so fed up with Nixon's non-understanding of Democratic principle - that they broke off to form the Libertarian party.

I didn't join until the 80's - since that time for 3 decades I've been complaining about the ineffectiveness of the two-party flip-flop system.

Over and over again, in forum after forum, you have the two party flip flopper advocating, if we only throw out the party in power - and go back to the party out of power - that would solve everything.

It solves nothing. I've had to listen to countless people tell me I'm wasting my vote year after year - but I feel like the only wasted vote is when you cast one to continue the problem. I cast my vote third party - to help end the problem.

I don't really appreciate the joke about gun nuts and why didn't they do anything. It's almost like saying who cares. I care.

I'm a pacificist, I'm not going to grab a gun, but I exercise my sovereignty by not voting for these people but voting for people in third parties that I trust are not part of the problem.

I exercise my right to free speech. I think the best thing tech people can do, is explain to people that don't think monitoring has any impact - that it most assuredly does. And also - don't get caught up in promises from one party or the other.

I didn't care if Obama won the election versus John McCain - I didn't care if it was Romney or Obama.

People were sure I was a closet Republican, but one can come to an understanding that no matter what their rhetoric, both parties continue the same general policies on most issues. Don't vote for the lessor of two evils - stop voting for evil!

Edited 2013-08-01 18:59 UTC

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