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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This is the real problem
by Lennie on Wed 31st Jul 2013 17:26 UTC
Lennie
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2007-09-22
RE: This is the real problem
by vitae on Wed 31st Jul 2013 18:40 in reply to "This is the real problem"
vitae Member since:
2006-02-20

Yep. We have to find a new way to do campaigns that don't involve bribes (ie. donations). It's scary. When Al Capone bought Big Bill Thompson, it was organized crime. When every elected official of the executive and legislative branches allow themselves to be bought, it's government.

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RE: This is the real problem
by bnolsen on Thu 1st Aug 2013 05:10 in reply to "This is the real problem"
bnolsen Member since:
2006-01-06

wrong angle. politicians are too heavily invested in the system as is. they have their own special health care system, amazing benefits, they are a special class of nobility via "the vote". Why rock the boat and loose their special status? They just need to keep on attracting votes no matter what.

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