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[2]: Comment by kwan_e
by Ravyne on Thu 1st Aug 2013 19:44 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by kwan_e"
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Primitive by comparison, yes. Ineffective, I doubt.

If we're talking machine-gun vs. semi-auto, then machine-guns are really only more-effective at two things: keeping heads down, and chewing through ammunition.

As for jeeps, tanks, helicopters and the like. All could be stolen if you've got firearms.

Missiles and bombs? If you think the government is unpopular now, wait until they start dropping munitions on the homeland. That assumes enough of the military sides with the government to actually man those jets and bombers, and that those left will actually comply with orders to bomb their countrymen.

This is somewhat hypothetical, but every time someone says "Herp. Derp. Don't bring a gun to a tank fight!" -- well, I'd like to remind then that a loose collective guys in caves with AKs and cold-war-era RPGs have been resisting the entire, unbridled might of the American military for... 12 years now.

Now add to that the fact that if even 10 percent of American gun owners actually felt strongly enough to start shooting over it, that's still an army of over 3 million -- literally larger than any standing army in the world today.

Given that the government's response would be with tied hands, defection of military and civilian security forces, and facing an overwhelming, distributed force, I bet Washington would fall faster than Baghdad did.

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