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: it's modern fascism
by bnolsen on Thu 1st Aug 2013 05:13 UTC in reply to "it's modern fascism"
bnolsen
Member since:
2006-01-06

uhhhh ever hear of the IRS scandals going on? the NSA very very likely has been redirected as a tool of political repression and and intimidation. The "terrorist" threat is just an excuse and a cover.

fascist is right more than you know. My grandfather got shipped off to the russian front with zero training by a very similar regime.

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RE[2]: it's modern fascism
by Kochise on Thu 1st Aug 2013 08:30 in reply to "RE: it's modern fascism"
Kochise Member since:
2006-03-03

Ahhh, the virtue of patriotism that makes US citizens accept even the most inane laws against themselves ("patriot" act, prism and so on) in the name of fight against the 7 diseases (terrorism, pedophiles, pornography, ...)

Like general US citizens' scrutiny would do a better job than "specifically targeted surgical strikes" of threats, that just proves NSA are amateurs in their own country.

Good democracy you have there. Russian and Chinese citizens don't envy you.

Kochise

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RE[3]: it's modern fascism
by ricegf on Thu 1st Aug 2013 12:43 in reply to "RE[2]: it's modern fascism"
ricegf Member since:
2007-04-25

Hmm. I wonder why we have such a problem with people overstaying visas. And we don't even have a serious soccer team...

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