Sources: Aaron's Law (PDF), The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR) [PDF], Sen. Wyden, Rep. Lofgren on Wired
quote: To answer this question you would need to answer the following questions: has anyone planned such an attack? Has anyone been capable of executing such an attack? How close to executing the attack did they come? What prevented them from executing the attack? Was it prevented by the NSA program? I'm sure you'd have a damn hard time answer those questions for the time between 2001 and 2013, since almost all intelligence activity is classified.
quote: And i am glad of it! because in order to find out that information you have to give away methods and capability to any potential enemy!Frankly if you want those answers for your own piece of mind suit up get your clearance and go work for the NSA! hey you can be an evil civilian to back up evil government programs(its obvious to me that the civilians are the weakest link here).On a side note ask yourself why else would they collect this information? if they were truly evil do ya think the NSA would need legislation to spy on you? so far i have heard because they (the evil government) wants to create an Orwellian surveillance state...to what ends? Soviet Era citizen spying was unique to the culture and the paranoid government at the time it was used to suppress overall discontent with the state and is part and parcel to authoritarian rule. You think the soviets waited for the approval of the proletariat to start surveillance programs analogous to the NSA with the patriot act?Seriously people need to think rather than just emote the meme of the day.
quote: Originally posted by Fern (Anandtech forums super moderator):We just got caught spying on the entire world - and I'm referring here to spying on regular citizens (ethically if not legally violating their right to privacy) - and going into full 'bully mode' makes us look even worse.Russia? We don't even have an extradition treaty with Russia. We didn't want one and I think that's the right call. Trying to bully Putin just reveals our impotence. Probably gives him a good giggle too. We need to drop the 'bully crap' with them, it makes us look stupid.I also think there are many out there who, based on current evidence, are getting downright hysterical in there claims that Snowden is some kind of major spy, a traitor about to give up all kinds of damaging info on the US. Some are borderline apocalyptic in their predictions etc. How about chilling on that crap? Even it was true we look absolutely desperate etc. And maybe we shouldn't be alienating Snowden so much. It validates his fear of the US govt, and I think, makes him more sympathetic to people.And our intelligence service looks not only malevolent and stupid, but utterly incompetent. One low level who doesn't even work for the US govt bring down multi billion $ intel infrastructure?