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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 Piiman on 9/7/2013 11:54:41 AM , Rating: 2
There are many laws that are later ruled unconstitutional.

As for your Gun, what part of the constitution did they violate? Have they taken away all your guns? Or just restricted you from some (sorry not up on this new CO law)

So Show me were in the constitution it says what type of gun you can carry or even that it says you can carry any type?

On top of that since this is a law, much like the ones that allows the NSA to spy on us, then isn't it also now legal and thus constitutional as you claim the NSA spying orders are? So I summit to you that if this gun law can be unconstitutional then so can, and are, the ones that allow spying and warrantless wiretapping.

You just seem to pick and choose which are unconstitutional and which aren't based on how you feel they effect you and that’s wrong.

Heck just having a secret court should worry you much less supporting its rubber stamping whatever the government ask of it. I case you don't know they have Never turned down a request from the Government and they don’t even allow counter arguments, scary to say the least.


RE: Correct me if i am wrong
By M'n'M on 9/7/2013 5:58:00 PM , Rating: 2
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As for your Gun, what part of the constitution did they violate? Have they taken away all your guns? Or just restricted you from some (sorry not up on this new CO law)

My guess is that there's a new "high" capacity limitation. I'm not sure if it would pass SCOTUS muster, I'd think they'd ignore any suit and pass the buck to the state. The state of course makes nonsensical laws like magazine limits, as if that were a real response to the Aurora shootings. The one where the killer used a shotgun at first, switched to his AR with 100 round mag, which then jammed about 20 rounds later, and then used 2 handguns to shoot the rest of the crowd trying to hide btw the seats. When any fool can swap magazines in under 2 sec w/o trying hard, tell me how a mag limit to XX rounds makes any real public safety difference.

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So Show me were in the constitution it says what type of gun you can carry or even that it says you can carry any type?
Unless there's some specific clause given in the Constitution that allows the Govt to restrict the item, or it can logically be derived from some clause, then the Govt has no legal ability to make any restriction. The Constitution does not grant rights !!! At best the BoR enumerates some specific rights so as to ward off laws restricting them.


RE: Correct me if i am wrong
By ebakke on 9/9/2013 4:06:45 PM , Rating: 2
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Unless there's some specific clause given in the Constitution that allows the Govt to restrict the item, or it can logically be derived from some clause, then the Govt has no legal ability to make any restriction. The Constitution does not grant rights !!!
Bingo. It grants specific, limited powers to the government. The assumption is that we're free to do as we see fit, not that we're "free" to do what the government says is allowed. How/why is this not common knowledge?


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