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[3]: Comment by kwan_e
by glarepate on Sun 4th Aug 2013 00:11 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by kwan_e"
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Ok, we know the government isn't run by machines. Other than political or economic machines anyway.

But what if the all too human government just uses machines? Would the gun nuts just wipe out any forces that they encounter because they have the 'advantage' of owning some guns? And maybe a few boxes of shells too?

Could body armor be considered a machine?

What about a helmet?

How about a machine gun?

Night vision goggles, drones, armored personnel carriers, satellites and cluster bombs can just be ignored by the gun nuts but that might not keep them out of harm's way.

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