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My NSA-induced paranoia level:

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They could not care less about me
  6079 votes / 30%
They might be watching what sites I visit
  3776 votes / 19%
They have a detailed file about me
  5526 votes / 27%
Same as above, and they are out to get me
  892 votes / 4%
They're about to break down my door
  885 votes / 4%
Living off the grid with CowboyNeal
  2656 votes / 13%
19814 total votes.
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My NSA-induced paranoia level:

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  • by fearofcarpet (654438) on Tuesday July 23, 2013 @08:04AM (#44359751)

    Due to the nature of my job, I spend most of my time abroad and frequently communicate with "suspect" countries. I also engage in international communications involving the US on a regular basis. Given that Obama blows unidentified people up for a "pattern of behaviors" in so-called signature strikes, I say go ahead and laugh at my tinfoil hat. I will never know how my years of paranoia--using proxies, encryption, etc., on a regular basis--have influenced what data the NSA have been able to pin to whatever unique hash represents me in their secret databases, but I hesitate to call it paranoia now... more like prescience.

  • by a2wflc (705508) on Tuesday July 23, 2013 @08:16AM (#44359801)

    but, they are watching everyone and that includes a lot of people who's decisions affect me. If they are collecting information illegally, who's to say they won't use it illegally. For example to influence congressional oversight or even to tilt a campaign toward the congressman who is more likely to be pro-NSA.

    On a less 'conspiracy theory' line of thought, the CEO of my global company may decide that the US isn't the best place to do business.

    So, even though they don't care about me, their collection of my information can affect me in big ways since that collection is part of a big, poorly-targeted surveillance system.

  • Re:First and third (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Rizimar (1986164) on Tuesday July 23, 2013 @08:53AM (#44360013) Homepage

    I'm glad the NSA has an excuse to collect data on everyone. It's almost certainly harmless to Average Joe, so it is okay, apparently.

    Nevermind the fact that this "potential stuff" of the NSA using blackmailing tactics has actually been employed to attack individuals, even without an otherwise just cause. Or the fact that it's illegal for them to even do this to begin with. Or even the fact that the NSA is showing no disregard for anyone's right to privacy. It's likely not going to be used against you personally, so we might as well not even bother thinking about it.

  • by o2binbuzios (612965) on Tuesday July 23, 2013 @10:28AM (#44360777)

    A few years back I showed up at the airport without my ID (i'd taken it out to show ID at a bar, yadda, yadda) . Assuming I wouldn't be able to fly, I went to ask the TSA agent to be sure, and to my surprise, they said, go over to this desk over here and we'll ask you a few questions.

    The agent asked for my name and SSN, then in a matter of seconds called up a list of questions such as: The first car I ever registered, What my address was in 1992, when the last time I traveled internationally... I couldn't answer one of the questions and they simply added in a few more. This was probably 2008 and front line TSA agent had access to a voluminous profile on me. I can imagine an FBI agent would have access to a lot more and now with the BIG Data projects the NSA is - they probably could paint an accurate picture of my finances, travel habits and web/communications trends.

    So yes, I was able to fly - but I left with my head spinning about how well I was profiled even then.

  • Re:First and third (Score:4, Interesting)

    by csubi (950112) on Tuesday July 23, 2013 @12:16PM (#44361927)

    That's a good one, too.

    Personally I had enough experience with federal databases and tracking individuals. I'm in the US on a J-1 visa, my wife is a J-2 dependent. Now we had to have our drivers license renewed every year as my contracts were one-year each time and they did not want to give me a DL valid longer than my lawful status in the US.

    Renewing included checking with DHS if we are lawfully present - if my contract is valid. For me it was always OK right away. For my wife, it was 2-3 weeks before DHS gave the nod, the automated system never cleared her right away even though her visa was sponsored by the exact same program ( since she is a "dependent"). Why? We'll never know.

    The day they will link the NSA dabases up with DMVs, FBI, DHS, ..., now that will be a nice clusterfuck.

The confusion of a staff member is measured by the length of his memos. -- New York Times, Jan. 20, 1981

 



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