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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ROI
by maxpower on Wed 31st Jul 2013 15:37 UTC
maxpower
Member since:
2010-09-03

My favorite line is that they arrested 300 terrorists. So take the cost of development, cost to maintain and divide it by the 300 terrorists. I'd be willing to be that those are some pretty expensive arrests.

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RE: ROI
by riha on Wed 31st Jul 2013 19:50 in reply to "ROI"
riha Member since:
2006-01-24

Then take the cost of the 9/11 terrorist attack and divide it with the amount of terrorists that performed it....

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RE[2]: ROI
by maxpower on Wed 31st Jul 2013 21:03 in reply to "RE: ROI"
maxpower Member since:
2010-09-03

Touche

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RE[2]: ROI
by jimmmy on Thu 1st Aug 2013 01:27 in reply to "RE: ROI"
jimmmy Member since:
2012-01-02

I think you'd be hard pressed to prove that the NSA has stopped an attack of 9/11 scale.

Perhaps if there were the slightest bit of transparency in that organization then we could actually say that they have.

Recount of the statements by the NSA (regardless of being under oath):
1. Lie
2. Lie
3. Lie
4. Lie
...
9953. We stopped 300 attacks.

Sure. Ok. Whatever.

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RE: ROI
by pandronic on Thu 1st Aug 2013 04:50 in reply to "ROI"
pandronic Member since:
2006-05-18

Those "attacks" are probably some kids that got arrested for joking around in a chat room.

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RE[2]: ROI
by glarepate on Sun 4th Aug 2013 00:18 in reply to "RE: ROI"
glarepate Member since:
2006-01-04

Or people that searched for pressure cookers or backpacks on their work computers.

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