The challenge that the US faces today is that citizens have been conditioned to a nanny state and to trust in the Governments ability to do what is best for them and never to abuse the powers they have been allotted. IN short, they fail to recognize that what the founding fathers experienced could and would ever happen to them, hence the things are different now analogies when giving up liberties that protect us from them to protect us from a faceless enemy.
I agree we need to change the system. The sad part is though the lack of consequence for those who deliberately defy the law. The current NSA apparatus is based nearly entirely off of Poindexter's TIA (total information awareness) program which was deemed unconstitutional and defunded by congress. Instead of dismantling they moved it sideways and implemented it under a different acronym. Was there ever a single arrest or trial regarding the legality of this information/system transfer?
If we want change the accountability apparatus needs to be vigilant. This should have been prevented about 10-12 years ago.
This list below is a short one of individuals in intelligence communities who penned an open letter in complete support of what Snowden did. MOst of them tried to go through the system and wasted years doing exactly that. The systems involved are to prop up the organization not to keep it in line with the laws and government that empower them.
Peter Kofod, ex-Human Shield in Iraq (Denmark)
Thomas Drake, whistleblower, former senior executive of the NSA (US)
Daniel Ellsberg, whistleblower, former US military analyst (US)
Katharine Gun, whistleblower, former GCHQ (UK)
Jesselyn Radack, whistleblower, former Department of Justice (US)
Ray McGovern, former senior CIA analyst (US)
Coleen Rowley, whistleblower, former FBI agent (US)
I'd argue point for point on your conjectural approach to this but why bother when you seem to choose to be deliberately ignorant of the facts. I'll put my trust in the the above list of people who have first hand experience with leaks, and the intelligence communities actions. If you don't trusty Snowden then why not Ellsberg Binney Drake or Wiebe who all did the same before him. Yes all these leakers are god complexed narcissists who just want to promote themselves...
Greenwald isn't the only person with the full set of documents. This is a non issue.
""before that it was possible to listen and read, what the suspects are SAYING and WRITING"
They couldn't read the letter without a warrant.
They couldn't listen to a phone call without a warrant.
They have no way of knowing what was being written without a warrant.
They also sure as hell do not have the authority to open all envelopes and scan the contents in case they found a future reason to want to read it. Likewise they could not record all phone calls and put them in a database just in case they want to listen to them at a later date. Another thing they couldn't do is put a GPS tracker on you to collect your personal "metadata" whereabouts in case it might prove to be useful in the future.
You can't listen to metadata. You can't read a letter without a warrant. Saying and writing are not meta-data.
These are your words not mine. Your argument here is shifted because now neither saying/writing apply.
The problem is the same here. You just moved the puck and made it another pile for analysis. They'd make the same argument for the new database
I know the data is in there judge but I can't connect the dots without querying it all...
So in order to save us all I need to see it all.
Except Obama already released a statement saying that there will be no such thing as Civilian leadership in the NSA and that they will not be separated from the Cyber command. So nothing is changing.
The NSA isn't charted with finding Drug smuggling rings inside the USA or outside the USA. Preventing civilians in the US from committing crmes in the US is not their charter either. They exist for sigint of foreign threats. No more no less. The fact is they have no right to be lookingat US communications to prevent crimes. If they do that is an illegal act.
"before that it was possible to listen and read, what the suspects are saying and writing"
Without a warrant they couldn't even open a letter because you had a right to privacy/unreasonable search and seizure, and that right still exists. That letter was encrypted by an envelope. To open that letter they needed a specific warrant for that person with a court approved reasoning. Your comment is completely and utter nonsense.
They aren't arguing that they have the right to decrypt here. They are saying you don't have the right to an envelope and or that they should be able to open all envelopes because envelopes contain evil missives. Which means innocent until proven guilty has become. Guilty until you can prove you have nothing to hide, which of course happens too late.
Cell phone call and location data is not part of the internet. Nor are your purchasing habits. Tracking GPS data and cellular location is also not part of the internet or communication. They take it none the less.
They are following much more than communications they are tracking your existence.
"Long term fantasies" is one term, the ten year and the five year plan is another for the same thing. Essentially ebay is so hamstrung together they haven't the slightest understanding of what drives someone to use a service. This is similar to when the Google founders went to Yahoo! and they were told it wasn't in Yahoos!'s interest to get people to their destination more quickly or at all.
This has been discussed in many places like toms hardware. Essentially they found the cards volting is determined in the bios and the fan speeds can be altered. change the bios which many have released and the undervolting which occurs at lower temps is solved. Sapphire already released a new bios for the card to make these changes to keep them consistent yet keeping them from going above 95 degrees.
I suspect it is about a cop who if he had seen someone charging a cell phone at the same outdoor outlet not have done a damn thing. In fact if he arrested someone for charging a cell phone he'd likely be laughed out of the court. But hey an electric car looks menacing and terrorist related. poor from on the guy charging his car there. but the cop was still being an asshat.
Sadly that is a repercussion of having liberties. Free speech means the right for people to say things you don't agree with. If free speech was easy, then everyone would have it.
Being critical of a government is considered devolution? This country was founded on distrust of government.