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Comment It's ok when they do it. (Score 5, Insightful) 452

When the executive decides that certain classified information is beneficial to them, they leak it and go unpunished. This happens on a weekly basis as a form of propaganda.

When the executive wants to retaliate against someone, they leak classified information and go unpunished, e.g. dick cheney revealing valerie plame.

If anyone else leaks classified information, the government goes after them with full force.

Given that the government has taken to classifying just about everything it does, this results in a propaganda machine where only information beneficial to the government tends to be revealed.

Comment Re: Government vs terrorists (Score 1) 395

This. Exactly. Terrorists are a sometimes-maybe-sorta threat. Government is much more terrifying because it is always there protecting itself rather than its citizens.

How do we fight this nonsense? It goes way beyond the role of groups like the EFF... What groups can I support to prevent nonsense like this?

Actually in America, you have a greater chance of being struck by lightning on the way to your car in the morning than being killed by a terrorist.
But the sheeple and government tyrant's response is a little disproportionate don't ya think?

Comment This will never work (Score 2) 321

This will never work because it assumes that the purpose of the surveillance state is to 'fight terrorism'.

This is incorrect. The purpose of the surveillance state is to consolidate power in the hands of the elite. The target isn't terrorists using keywords like 'bomb' etc. The targets are everyone, using whatever words they use and doing whatever they do in their normal life.

The real intention is to give those at the top, unlimited, total information surveillance powers against their enemies, WHOMEVER they may be at any time. You want that supreme court decision to go your way? Read the private email and listen to the private conversations of the swing justice to gain insight to his thinking and shape your arguments correctly. If that fails, use the information to blackmail him.

You want to influence the elections? Analyze the big-data you have on the entire population in the voting district to figure out their private thoughts on issues and advertise accordingly.

You want to start a war? Use the knowledge you have to leverage the actors you have creating mainstream news to shape the country's views.

There were already laws against bombing or shooting people. The terrorism is the slight of hand that allows you to target people who have not committed crimes.

Submission + - All Your Skype Belong to US -- lol NSA (arstechnica.com) 1

sl4shd0rk writes: Yep. That collective groan can mean only one thing. More NSA tinfoil turmoil coming. It may not surprise you that Microsft handed over it's encryption to the NSA for Email and chat, but it now appears that Skype video is also collected. When pressed on the issue, Microsoft at first stated "Skype produced no content in response to these requests” regarding requests from law enforcement. Microsoft doesn't quite mention however the non-content data which was turned over contained such things as SkypeID, name, e-mail account, billing information, and call detail records. Also, before you begin griping with "So, what? Stop with all the NSA stuff already!" at least educate yourself on why all of this exposure matters

Submission + - Microsoft assisting FBI and NSA in decrypting encrypted messages (guardian.co.uk)

Taco Cowboy writes: The latest scoop from Edward Snowden's release is how Microsoft has handed NSA and FBI access to email messages, files stored on SkyDrive, audios (telephone calls on Skype) and videos (also from Skype).

Nothing is sacred anymore, it seems.

Microsoft has collaborated closely with US intelligence services to allow users' communications to be intercepted, including helping the National Security Agency to circumvent the company's own encryption, according to top-secret documents obtained by the Guardian.

The files provided by Edward Snowden illustrate the scale of co-operation between Silicon Valley and the intelligence agencies over the last three years. They also shed new light on the workings of the top-secret Prism program, which was disclosed by the Guardian and the Washington Post last month.

Microsoft helped the NSA to circumvent its encryption to address concerns that the agency would be unable to intercept web chats on the new Outlook.com portal;

The agency already had pre-encryption stage access to email on Outlook.com, including Hotmail;

The company worked with the FBI this year to allow the NSA easier access via Prism to its cloud storage service SkyDrive, which now has more than 250 million users worldwide;

In July last year, nine months after Microsoft bought Skype, the NSA boasted that a new capability had tripled the amount of Skype video calls being collected through Prism;

Submission + - Snowden: Microsoft's NSA Cooperation Closer than Acknowledged

guttentag writes: Classified documents Edward Snowden has released to the Guardian newspaper show Microsoft helped the NSA circumvent its encryption on Outlook.com, worked with the FBI to allow Prism access to SkyDrive and to study how users create email aliases. The NSA documents claim that Prism tripled its collection of Skype video calls nine months after Microsoft bought the service, and that the NSA shares data from Prism with the FBI and CIA as a "team sport." Microsoft launched a new "Your Privacy Is Our Priority" marketing campaign just days before Snowden left Hawaii for Hong Kong. The NY Times also has a story on the release.

Submission + - Revealed: how Microsoft handed the NSA access to encrypted messages (guardian.co.uk)

7-Vodka writes: You can thank Glenn Greenwald for the astounding information below:

Microsoft has collaborated closely with US intelligence services to allow users' communications to be intercepted, including helping the National Security Agency to circumvent the company's own encryption, according to top-secret documents obtained by the Guardian.

The files provided by Edward Snowden illustrate the scale of co-operation between Silicon Valley and the intelligence agencies over the last three years. They also shed new light on the workings of the top-secret Prism program, which was disclosed by the Guardian and the Washington Post last month.

The documents show that:

  Microsoft helped the NSA to circumvent its encryption to address concerns that the agency would be unable to intercept web chats on the new Outlook.com portal;

  The agency already had pre-encryption stage access to email on Outlook.com, including Hotmail;

  The company worked with the FBI this year to allow the NSA easier access via Prism to its cloud storage service SkyDrive, which now has more than 250 million users worldwide;

  Microsoft also worked with the FBI's Data Intercept Unit to "understand" potential issues with a feature in Outlook.com that allows users to create email aliases;

  In July last year, nine months after Microsoft bought Skype, the NSA boasted that a new capability had tripled the amount of Skype video calls being collected through Prism;

  Material collected through Prism is routinely shared with the FBI and CIA, with one NSA document describing the program as a "team sport".

Submission + - MS handing NSA access to encrypted chat & email (guardian.co.uk)

kaptink writes: Microsoft helped the NSA to circumvent its encryption to address concerns that the agency would be unable to intercept web chats on the new Outlook.com portal. The agency already had pre-encryption stage access to email on Outlook.com, including Hotmail. The company worked with the FBI this year to allow the NSA easier access via Prism to its cloud storage service SkyDrive, which now has more than 250 million users worldwide. Microsoft also worked with the FBI's Data Intercept Unit to "understand" potential issues with a feature in Outlook.com that allows users to create email aliases. Skype, which was bought by Microsoft in October 2011, worked with intelligence agencies last year to allow Prism to collect video of conversations as well as audio. Material collected through Prism is routinely shared with the FBI and CIA, with one NSA document describing the program as a "team sport".

Comment Re:As usual. Stallman was right all along. (Score 1) 332

Yeah it's ok that the government killed a million people in illegal wars and is now guarding poppy fields in afghanistan and giving arms to al qaeda in syria. Who cares? It's over there and not here.
It's ok that they spy on us. It's only digital crap and "I" have nothing to hide.
It's ok that they get rid of all the rights and civil liberties that are ours by right. 1st ammendment, 4th and 5th ammendments. Hell even 2nd ammendment and habeas corpus. They're only doing it t certain people right, and it's not me so who cares?

Every single one of those views are held by people who aren't targets of people in power *right now*. What you don't realize is that allowing the government machine to do this to others just means they can do it to you to at any time of their choosing. You are not safe.

Comment Of course they are! (Score 1) 331

Of course the army is going to block access to the guardian. There have been several stories published there that prove the US government is listening to the private phone calls of the troops, including tape recording their phone sex and passing it around the office as entertainment.

Army officials are then quoted in the same articles as saying that the troops should know that their phone calls are not private.

I mean really, who wants the troops to know this and be all demoralized and shit, we need to spy on their sex lives in SECRET god damn you Glenn Greenwald.

Comment Re:As usual. Stallman was right all along. (Score 3) 332

Your post displays a naiveté so stunning that I would think you have never been around people.

For you to even say aloud that your stasi government is less of a threat than xyz really shows how ignorant you are of the fact that information is power and a monitored human is not a Free human.
Not to mention how you have no fucking concept that your economic Freedom is worse than a peasant in the 1300's.

A percentage of the harvest went to the lord of the manor (the land's lord, or landlord) the amount varied, but it was between 10% - 25% - an additional 10% went to the local church as a tithe. Compare that 20-35% tax rate to the combined 50-80% tax rate many in the developed world pay (the ones that don't suck on the government's tits).

How you doin' Eloi? is the food good? are you happy and eating well? Hey what do you care if we take some people away every now and again, it's not you!
Just keep grazing on your grass like a fat happy cow all the way to the slaughter, telling other people around you how it's not so bad after all, it could be worse.

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