Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 25th Jul 2013 16:32 UTC
Legal "The U.S. government has attempted to obtain the master encryption keys that Internet companies use to shield millions of users' private Web communications from eavesdropping. These demands for master encryption keys, which have not been disclosed previously, represent a technological escalation in the clandestine methods that the FBI and the National Security Agency employ when conducting electronic surveillance against Internet users." Well. "And where once you had the freedom to object, think, and speak as you saw fit, you now have censors and systems of surveillence coercing your conformity and soliciting your submission." When quoting a work of fiction befits the state of reality better than reality itself, shit has officially hit the fan.
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by vitae on Fri 26th Jul 2013 00:02 UTC
vitae
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2006-02-20

Bush gives us the Patriot Act and Gitmo, and that wasn't cool. Then Obama gave the impression he'd be different, but he's not been so much, and that's also not cool.

I swear, these guys must be getting into office, getting their secret terrorism briefing which is apparently telling them there's a guy with a dirty bomb under every rock, and thus they must have any and all communications available to them to keep track of these gazillion terrorists that infest our land, right? Or is there a chance, just maybe, they're blowing the threat out of proportion, maybe a smidge? And if not, is this heightened status of security supposed to be active until terrorism no longer exists? You really have to wonder.

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RE: So
by Morgan on Fri 26th Jul 2013 16:13 in reply to "So"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

is this heightened status of security supposed to be active until terrorism no longer exists?


Terrorism has existed since the first protohumans threatened each other over food and shelter hundreds of thousands of years ago. It is part of nature, and part of human nature, and it will never go away no matter how much we track and record and spy on one another.

The fact that the US government, my government, is using it as an excuse to poop all over the Constitution makes me sick. But there's nothing I can do about it except sit back and watch the whole ship slowly go down.

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