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Comment Re:Then what do you do then? (Score 1) 107

What I mean is that poverty and lack of education makes for many people being willing to blindly follow these idiots and be bullied by "peer pressure" into staying quiet and accepting extremism. For exactly the same reasons that religion is very much on the decline in modern, educated countries. When you're educated you tend to take fanaticism with a pinch of salt. Of course there are highly educated, manipulative people who are more than willing to take advantage of their less fortunate bretheren. It's called politics.

Comment Re:Definitely... (Score 2) 719

Yeah. You know where you saw a lot of hunger strikes in PoW camps? In the post war Soviet Union. Of course they hadn't signed the Geneva conventions, so technically they could get away with it and weren't breaking the law. But even the Soviets would give in after a few weeks of hunger strikes, and improve prison camp conditions. Of course I am making the assumption that the prisoners of PoW camps are not "prisoners of war", because even though the US wants to portray them as "enemy combatants", they really don't fit the definition as described in the conventions at all. A correct description would be "kidnapped partisans".

Comment Re:Then what do you do then? (Score 2) 107

Violent extremism is a ideological disease that spreads in the same way as a infection through society.

[citation needed] Violent extremism is not a "virus" at all. It's a product of poverty and lack of education, making the masses exploitable by unscrupulous individuals who seek quick wealth and power. Educate your people and extremism disappears. Do you think it's because of the TSA and the DHS that the US suffers relatively little "terrorism" (both before and after 9/11)?

As for specificity and sensitivity of the "tests" for terrorism, I mentioned this problem oh, 10 years or so ago. I guess it's about time people start catching on.

Comment Does anyone remember? (Score 1) 193

I know we're bashing Microsoft, but this kind of reminds me when Apple was caught sending huge files home with an OS upgrade on their portable devices. They released a patch that "fixed" it (ie encrypted it). I wonder if that data was also being forwarded to the NSA. That would just leave linux. I hope.

Comment Re:No shit (Score 5, Insightful) 491

There is less proof of god's existence. I don't see him chasing around people who say stuff about him. The US government, on the other hand, seems to be extremely eager to get their hands on him and shut him up. That in itself is an implied admission of guilt, or they'd write him off as a crackpot just like all the other crackpots. When did you see a 9/11 truther get their passport revoked, get stuck in a foreign country's airport, and have presidential planes diverted just because of the possibility he could be on board? Never. Because those are real crackpots. But Snowden is dangerous to the government. That's proof enough.

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