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Comment: Re:Anonymous on the internet? (Score 1) 164

by Midnight_Falcon (#46773689) Attached to: Snowden Used the Linux Distro Designed For Internet Anonymity

No, actually, and the hubris of your "Next" comment is telling about how you summarily dismissed this without doing any actual research. Have you ever actually tried to do a traffic correlation attack? Do you even know how Tor works?

Tor, in order to defeat traffic correlation attacks (or at least make them much more difficult), re-negotiates its connection to use a different circuit every ten minutes. The NSA themselves in the leaked "Tor Stinks" document even pointed to this as being extremely difficult, if not impossible, to track users through. The NSA admits that even with manual analysis, only a small fraction of tor users can be exposed. Reference.

Comment: Re:NSA boogeyman (Score 1) 164

by Midnight_Falcon (#46763265) Attached to: Snowden Used the Linux Distro Designed For Internet Anonymity
Regardless of this (and please enlighten us to what they are called rather than just dismiss), common parlance is to refer to NSA employees as Agents. Just google "NSA Agent" to see countless journalistic reports about NSA Employees referred to as "Agents" (outside of the context of covert operations video game nonsense)....same is true with other agencies. And yes, they do have "Special Agent" etc ranks. However, they will not permit ex-employees to use such designations on their resumes and force them to use other titles like "Clerk" or "Analyst."

Comment: Re:What a shame (Score 1) 164

by Midnight_Falcon (#46761969) Attached to: Snowden Used the Linux Distro Designed For Internet Anonymity
Yes, it matters a lot and renders the use of OpenSSL in Tails being a security issue moot -- any client would have this issue. Additionally, Tails' security practices also enforce use of things like Perfect Forward Secrecy when available. Also, most Tor nodes utilize PFS between nodes. Again, Tails' security architecture helps defend users against zero-day exploits.

Comment: Re:Tails is awesome (Score 1) 164

by Midnight_Falcon (#46761867) Attached to: Snowden Used the Linux Distro Designed For Internet Anonymity

Former CIA agents are not current CIA agents.

As the Cambodian situation became worse, the Cambodian government sought military assistance from the United States and South Vietnam.

-- Across the Border: Sanctuaries in Cambodia and Laos

This is an official military source that misses the point that the "government" of Cambodia was not de facto sovereign at the time, nor legal..the request came from Lon Nol, a pro-US general who was just installed in a coup d'etat.

The US was out of South Vietnam in 1975. That is nearly 40 years ago. I doubt there are many CIA agents that were working in Vietnam still working at the CIA.

They'd be 60-70 years old but it's still quite possible. The CIA doesn't really publish lists of employees so this can be checked.

Iran Contra is also well into the past. And once again, a former Director of CIA is not a current Director or employee.

The internet certainly did exist in the 1980s.

Yes, but mostly as U.S-only network, it would be more accurate to say the "Internet did not exist in the way we know it today". CERN and Europe didn't largely uplink into the TCP/IP-based internet until 1989..post-Berlin Wall.

The real contributor to freedom was the CIA, not the small Tails project only a few years old.

If you think that the CIA contributed to "freedom" then you speak propaganda only. The CIA contributed to realpolitik, and only came to create "freedom" in places that mattered to the U.S.'s strategic interests. In the same way the KGB helped enforce a "prison of states" around Eastern Europe, the CIA helped foster a similar situation in South America. See Guatemalan Coup . Let's not forget also about Chile and Grenada. Also, the CIA helped stifle dissent in America and reduce American political freedoms during thist ime. Reference: Operation CHAOS

Comment: Re:Tails is awesome (Score 1) 164

by Midnight_Falcon (#46761449) Attached to: Snowden Used the Linux Distro Designed For Internet Anonymity
Actually, many present CIA employees were around for Vietnam and Iran-Contra..notably, a recent director, Porter Goss -- who was a career CIA employee. Those who were low-level agents at the agency are now in higher positions, and they were around for that time -- albeit it is unkown whether they were involved with those operations. You didn't fact check your statement at all before making it. The reason my statement is true is because of time disparity -- 70 years since the Nazis fell means that any CIA agent would have to be 90+ years old to have been around for that.

Now maybe you can tell me, how much did the Tails project help dissidents against the Communist governments of Poland, USSR, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and many others? What did the Tails project do to defeat Communist takeover attempts in free European countries like Greece? Nothing.

It didn't exist then and neither did the internet. Today, it would help bring down the "Iron Curtain" and be a valuable instrument in these areas. The CIA also didn't do this out of the goodness of their heart or do defend "freedom" -- they were doing it to expand U.S. power and influence in Europe and check the influence of Russia.

Are you claiming that Cambodia was outside its rights to ask for assistance against the North Vietnamese occupation of its territory?

Cambodia never did this. Can you find a source that says that? And I don't mean their powerless government-in-exile asking for military assisntace, if that was legal, then the Dali Lama could authorize the U.S. to invade Tibet.

The CIA was involved and Nixon's men were former CIA agents.

Heres' a reference

What I wrote has the irritating quality of being true.

No, everyone is entitled to their own opinion, not their own facts. You've invented your own facts for the purposes of rebuttal, which is quite irritating.

Comment: Re:NSA boogeyman (Score 1) 164

by Midnight_Falcon (#46761053) Attached to: Snowden Used the Linux Distro Designed For Internet Anonymity

NSA Agents

NSA agent is the name given to most employees of the NSA, same as other federal bodies like FBI, CIA, DEA, etc. You start as a "Special Agent" typically and then move up to Assistant-Special-Agent-in-Charge...Special-Agent-in-Charge etc..it's the default term. No one said anything about night vision and silenced weapons etc, AFAIK it was a plain ol stakeout. Sounds like you're the one playing too many video games.

some dolt

A rather accomplished and well-known individual who's been at the core of many privacy-related projects and founded a major hackerspace in San Francisco..and happens to be connected with Assange, Poitras, Snowden etc and in the NSA's radar..

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