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Mon Dec 24, 2012, 05:57 AM

The Spy State Tightens its Grip

http://www.alternet.org/civil-liberties/spy-state-tightens-its-grip



Ever hear of Presidential Policy Directive (PPD) 20? Bet not. The more you’ve never heard of something, the more worried you should be.

In mid-November, The Washington Post, the first media outlet to report on the directive, noted that it “enables the military to act more aggressively to thwart cyberattacks on the nation’s web of government and private computer networks.”

The Post’s revelation came at the same time that other stories broke pointing to deepening problems with electronic privacy rights in America. The most sensational story involved the FBI’s snooping the private e-mails of two of the nation’s leading security officers, CIA Director David Petraeus and Gen. John Allen, head of the U.S. Afghanistan war effort.

More disturbing but expected, the Supreme Court rejected the ACLU’s challenge to the National Security Agency’s (NSA) use of warrantless wiretaps. And Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, proposed the further loosening of e-mail privacy protection regulations.

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xchrom Dec 2012 OP
HiPointDem Dec 2012 #1
Fumesucker Dec 2012 #2
xchrom Dec 2012 #3
dixiegrrrrl Dec 2012 #4
ProgressiveProfessor Dec 2012 #5

Response to xchrom (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 06:03 AM

1. KR. I'd like to introduce the concept that maybe some of the tech companies were

 

*always* intelligence operations, too.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 06:07 AM

2. FISA vote, telecom immunity, bipartisan comity n/t

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Response to Fumesucker (Reply #2)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 06:08 AM

3. indeedy do. nt

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 04:46 PM

4. Leahy, who screamed so much about Bush and Attorneygate and "rights"

now comes out in favor of diminishng those rights????
Why do I have a feeling he is retiring soon to a cushy job in the security sector?

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 06:14 PM

5. There are monkey wrenching techniques that can disrupt much of this

Laser pointers disrupt cameras. Encryption makes the monitoring much less effective. Other techniques render computers bricks to investigators.

All of this depends on how much inconvenience you are willing to put up with. The easy way for you makes it easy for them.

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