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Edward Snowden  (Source: wired.com)
Snowden is releasing more details about the NSA's tactics

The National Security Agency (NSA) was called out by its former contractor -- Edward Snowden -- for its various efforts to spy on American citizens and abroad. Now, Snowden has leaked new details about the NSA's ability to tap into communications and even bypass almost any encryption.

According to an article by The New York Times, Snowden revealed that the NSA will go to far lengths to subvert most types of encryption, including court orders, supercomputers, technical stunts and even by working with tech companies to gain back-door access to security methods. 

For instance, both American and British spy agencies pushed to gain back-door access to tech giants like Google, Yahoo, Facebook, and Microsoft. This went on for at least three years, and by 2012, Government Communications Headquarters had created new access opportunities with Google.

An international standards group had a fatal security flaw pushed into it by the NSA.
Microsoft engineers found the flaw in 2007. 

Snowden went on to say that there is even a small group of intelligence officials around the globe that have full access to decoding technologies. This is a group of analysts from the Five Eyes, which consists of the NSA and its equivalents in Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

However, Snowden did say that "strong crypto systems" couldn’t be decoded by the NSA. 

To top it off, Snowden said that the NSA spends about $250 million USD to diminish international encryption standards (as well as products) so that it can decode what it wants. The NSA has also said, according to Snowden, that decrypting messages from Syria and al-Qaeda leaders are critical for national security. 

Edward Snowden uncovered the spying methods used by U.S. intelligence agencies earlier this year, which included collecting data from phones. This was used to fight terrorist attacks, but the public feared for their privacy after such revelations.

Last month, reports said that the NSA admitted to touching 1.6 percent of total globe Web traffic. Its technique was to filter data after harvesting it, which led to over-collection on a major scale. 

Days later, an internal audit showed that the NSA broke the law nearly 3,000 times from 2011 to 2012. More specifically, the May 2012 audit revealed that the NSA had abused its power to either accidentally or intentionally spy on Americans and green card holders 2,997 times in that time period. 

Source: The New York Times



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RE: Correct me if i am wrong
By Reclaimer77 on 9/7/2013 8:43:41 AM , Rating: 2
Full disclosure, I'm a gun owner and licensed for concealed carry.

What disturbs me is that they keep chipping away at that right. We've seemed to lose the importance of that word - right - in modern society.

The Second Amendment grants us absolute rights to firearms. No if and's or buts. Gun control has been infringing on that right for so long it's just become accepted.

States have many rights, but the Constitution is clear. A State, while having some sovereignty, cannot pass laws that run afoul of the Constitution.

What's happening in Colorado is the worst kind of anti-gun fascism. This representative Fields is an out of control Liberal wacko with an anti-Constitutional agenda, and must be stopped.


RE: Correct me if i am wrong
By Piiman on 9/7/2013 12:10:13 PM , Rating: 2
"The Second Amendment grants us absolute rights to firearms"

Now show us where it says ANY TYPE of firearm? Do you draw no lines? How about Tanks, bazooka's, short range Air to Air missiles? Do you also support any person owning a gun. ie felons or the mentally ill? It is their right after all, right?

No where in the constituion does it say you can have any and all arms you so disire. If it does feel free to point it out.


RE: Correct me if i am wrong
By Reclaimer77 on 9/7/2013 2:01:42 PM , Rating: 2
I'm afraid you don't understand much about the Constitution. You're right, it doesn't say which weapons. That's the entire point. If it said "firearms such that is deemed necessary by the Government", well I wouldn't be able to say anything.

And no, calling an air-to-air missile a "firearm" is stupid and you know it.

quote:
Do you also support any person owning a gun. ie felons or the mentally ill? It is their right after all, right?


Well no, when you commit crimes you give up certain rights.

I'm not suggesting that there should be no limits at all. What I'm talking about is States that have made laws that clearly prohibit it's citizens from gun ownership, or place outrageous barriers in place. That's clearly Unconstitutional.


RE: Correct me if i am wrong
By M'n'M on 9/7/2013 5:11:40 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Full disclosure, I'm a gun owner and licensed for concealed carry.

As am I, in MA no less <weep>
quote:
What disturbs me is that they keep chipping away at that right. We've seemed to lose the importance of that word - right - in modern society.

You'll get no argument from me re: this. I'm constantly amazed how people misinterpret the very essence of the US Constitution, that it somehow grants rights instead of putting forth the limited powers of the Fed Govt. They seem to have the whole concept reversed.


RE: Correct me if i am wrong
By Ammohunt on 9/7/2013 8:24:19 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
What's happening in Colorado is the worst kind of anti-gun fascism. This representative Fields is an out of control Liberal wacko with an anti-Constitutional agenda, and must be stopped.


The worst part is they are backed by outside money and influence e.g. Joe Biden. With any luck I will be living in the new state of North Colorado soon ;-)


RE: Correct me if i am wrong
By M'n'M on 9/8/2013 12:22:27 AM , Rating: 2
And within days after Sandy Hook various "organizers" were in Newtown doing their thing. There was an interesting PBS program on the shootings which, accidentally, showed the gungrabbers plying their trade. I'm not against emotion perse but it's no substitute for clear reasoning. And emotion rather than reason plays a huge part in laws like CO's


RE: Correct me if i am wrong
By ClownPuncher on 9/9/2013 12:00:30 PM , Rating: 2
Most of that was manipulation of emotion, not emotion itself.


RE: Correct me if i am wrong
By Reclaimer77 on 9/8/2013 10:03:55 AM , Rating: 2
Biden is a freaking idiot. "Just buy a shotgun" and fire "warning blasts". Which is actually illegal in most places as it violates safety laws, so you get arrested.

Great advice Mr. Vice Prez!


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