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Comment: Re:The sad part is... (Score 1) 153

by cold fjord (#47941319) Attached to: Snowden's Leaks Didn't Help Terrorists

Are the new communication methods adopted by jihadists since Snowden's disclosures more effective against surveillance?

Yes.

If you can't show the superiority of these new methods over the old, then Snowden's disclosures didn't really cause any harm in this area.

It's demonstrable.

How Al-Qaeda Uses Encryption Post-Snowden (Part 2) – New Analysis in Collaboration With ReversingLabs

Comment: Re:The sad part is... (Score 1) 153

by cold fjord (#47939833) Attached to: Snowden's Leaks Didn't Help Terrorists

Terrorist groups ... The United States National Security Agency, the US Military, and other terrorist operations ...

I'm pretty sure that nobody from the US National Security Agency is going to come and detonate a suicide vest while you are in a shopping mall or buying groceries whereas Isis will do that if they can.

The report is a lie.

Well, it certainly doesn't discuss all the facts, it's basically a white wash on Snowden's behalf.

Washington Post: The Volokh Conspiracy - As evidence mounts, it’s getting harder to defend Edward Snowden

Comment: Re:The sad part is... (Score 1) 153

by cold fjord (#47938945) Attached to: Snowden's Leaks Didn't Help Terrorists

No matter how conclusively this is proven, these idiot officials will continue to use Snowden as their scapegoat.

No matter how conclusively it is proven that Snowden caused harm there will be people that continue to proclaim Snowden their hero.

Washington Post: The Volokh Conspiracy - As evidence mounts, it’s getting harder to defend Edward Snowden

Comment: Re:I have a nasty, cynical mind (Score 1) 114

If I was a member of a spy/security agency who wanted more than anything to wipe away the last, feeble laws protecting the privacy and freedom of my country's sheeple, this is precisely the kind of operation I'd set up. All it would take is a few words whispered in the right ear.

The problem is that there is no shortage of extremists around the world that actually want to do this sort of thing, and they actually have caused enormous problems for many governments.

One of the problems with "cynicism" is not knowing where to stop, or when you've gone too far. Then you end up being a kook.

Comment: The view from Recorded Future (Score 2, Interesting) 153

by cold fjord (#47938593) Attached to: Snowden's Leaks Didn't Help Terrorists

How Al-Qaeda Uses Encryption Post-Snowden (Part 1)

Analysis Summary

Since 2007, Al-Qaeda’s use of encryption technology has been based on the Mujahideen Secrets platform which has developed to include support for mobile, instant messaging, and Macs.

Following the June 2013 Edward Snowden leaks we observe an increased pace of innovation, specifically new competing jihadist platforms and three (3) major new encryption tools from three (3) different organizations – GIMF, Al-Fajr Technical Committee, and ISIS – within a three to five-month time frame of the leaks.

Washington Post: The Volokh Conspiracy - As evidence mounts, it’s getting harder to defend Edward Snowden

Comment: Re:Moot point... (Score 1) 199

by cold fjord (#47914613) Attached to: New Details About NSA's Exhaustive Search of Edward Snowden's Emails

Like every other part of the Constitution and the law the 4th Amendment has specific meanings. Unfortunately many people here fail to understand that and think it has unlimited scope and whatever meaning they can dream up and ignore the actual law. You aren't going to get it right like that.

Comment: Re:When the cat's absent, the mice rejoice (Score 1) 286

This particular fact is rife for abuse, because as far as the Courts are concerned it's very hard to be unsuspicious and black at the same time.

What a pity, I thought you had more on the ball than going there, especially since it is nonsense. Well, ... it's worse than nonsense.

The Check that keeps this power from being abused isn't that some third party with unique legal knowledge (ie: the Courts) safeguards the people's rights, it's that there's a paper trail and any officer who has a habit of arresting people for no damn good reason is gonna have to explain himself to his superiors.

I guess you haven't heard of the JAG corp, military judges and magistrates, military courts, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, review of sentences, or much else involving military justice. Would it surprise you to learn you might be missing out on some inportant details?

None of that comes from the Constitution proper. It comes from statutes. And the rights granted under the statute are much more limited.

Members of the mlitary have Constitutional rights.

Comment: Re:Moot point... (Score 1) 199

by cold fjord (#47914339) Attached to: New Details About NSA's Exhaustive Search of Edward Snowden's Emails

If the NSA and federal government didn't change after the info was released publicly, why are they acting like an internal complaint might have made a difference?

If Snowden had actually identified a genuine legal problem it probably would have. The problem is that he didn't, and that is why nothing really changed. Snowden compromised the national security of the United States and its allies (UK, UK, AU, NZ, CA, FR, GE, SE, ES, IT, others) because of his personal vendetta based on faulty ideas.

Comment: Re:Good luck with that (Score 1) 892

by cold fjord (#47914267) Attached to: Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

You can play with punctuation all you want, but you are stuck with two clauses joined by an and. You're just traveling terrain we've already passed over, and nothing has changed.

I don't think you can identify what constittues honest discussion. What I bring to discussions is typically unwanted facts to puncture the BS coming from people like you. You are blinded to this by your fringe poiltics.

If I had only known, I would have been a locksmith. -- Albert Einstein

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