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Thu Aug 22, 2013, 06:33 AM

13 Things the Government Is Trying to Hide from You

http://www.alternet.org/civil-liberties/13-things-government-trying-hide-you



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1. The government seizes and searches all Internet and text communications which enter or leave the US.

On August 8, 2013, the New York Times reported that the NSA secretly collects virtually all international email and text communications which cross the US borders in or out. As the ACLU says, “the NSA thinks it’s okay to intercept and then read Americans’ emails, so long as it does so really quickly. But that is not how the Fourth Amendment works…the invasion of Americans’ privacy is real and immediate.”

2. The government created and maintains secret backdoor access into all databases in order to search for information on US citizens.

On August 9, 2013, the Guardian revealed yet another Edward Snowden leaked document which points out “the National Security Agency has a secret backdoor into its vast databases under a legal authority enabling it to search for US citizens’ email and phone calls without a warrant.” This is a new set of secrets about surveillance of people in the US. This new policy of 2011 allows searching by US person names and identifiers when the NSA is collecting data. The document declares that analysts should not implement these queries until an oversight process has been developed. No word on whether such a process was developed or not.

3. The government operates a vast database which allows it to sift through millions of records on the Internet to show nearly everything a person does.

Recent disclosures by Snowden and Glenn Greenwald of the Guardian demonstrate the NSA operates a massive surveillance program called XKeyscore. The surveillance program has since been confirmed by other CIA officials. It allows the government to enter a person’s name or other question into the program and sift through oceans of data to produce everything there is on the Internet by or about that person or other search term.

4. The government has a special court which meets in secret to authorize access for the FBI and other investigators to millions and millions of US phone, text, email and business records.

There is a special court of federal judges which meets in secret to authorize the government to gather and review millions and millions of phone and Internet records. This court, called the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA court), allows government lawyers to come before them in secret, with no representatives of the public or press or defense counsel allowed, to argue unopposed for more and more surveillance. This is the court which, in just one of its thousands of rulings, authorized the handing over of all call data created by Verizon within the US and between the US and abroad to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The public would never have known about the massive surveillance without the leaked documents from Snowden.

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Reply 13 Things the Government Is Trying to Hide from You (Original post)
xchrom Aug 2013 OP
cantbeserious Aug 2013 #1
Dustlawyer Aug 2013 #2
annabanana Aug 2013 #3
OnyxCollie Aug 2013 #4
RC Aug 2013 #5
Jackpine Radical Aug 2013 #10
pocoloco Aug 2013 #11
Jackpine Radical Aug 2013 #12
RC Aug 2013 #13
bvar22 Aug 2013 #15
RC Aug 2013 #16
bvar22 Aug 2013 #17
RC Aug 2013 #20
roody Aug 2013 #6
AnotherMcIntosh Aug 2013 #7
bvar22 Aug 2013 #14
Hotler Aug 2013 #8
xchrom Aug 2013 #9
enigmatic Aug 2013 #18
indepat Aug 2013 #19
awoke_in_2003 Aug 2013 #21

Response to xchrom (Original post)

Thu Aug 22, 2013, 07:44 AM

1. When First We Practice To Deceive ...

eom

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Thu Aug 22, 2013, 08:20 AM

2. Anyone wish to blame Snowden now for running from the U.S?

I'm sure there is, but I don't!

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Thu Aug 22, 2013, 08:45 AM

3. kicks required on a regular basis . . .n/t

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Thu Aug 22, 2013, 08:55 AM

4. K&R. nt

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Thu Aug 22, 2013, 08:57 AM

5. The drip, drip, drip, is becoming a steady stream.

 

I wonder how the 'NSA is doing nothing wrong' crowd will spin this?

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Response to RC (Reply #5)

Thu Aug 22, 2013, 09:27 AM

10. a) There is no proof that any of this is happening.

b) You have nothing to fear if you're not doing anything wrong.

c) Would you rather we just quit watching the terrorists & let them take over?

d) Why are you on a Democratic board if you hate Democrats?

e) Greenwald is a narcissistic pig.

f) Snowden defected to China & Russia. What does that tell you?

{{17 links to irrelevant threads}}

OK, that's a start.

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Response to Jackpine Radical (Reply #10)

Thu Aug 22, 2013, 09:37 AM

11. Who's feeding you this shit?

Who are you listening to?

They have shit for brains!
Wake up before you catch their disease!

Surely you are smarter than this?

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Response to pocoloco (Reply #11)

Thu Aug 22, 2013, 09:42 AM

12. Jeez--I'm getting good at this.

I nailed the Poe Effect right out of the box.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poe%27s_law

If you want to know my actual sentiments, try this thread:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10023503988

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Response to Jackpine Radical (Reply #10)

Thu Aug 22, 2013, 09:46 AM

13. I guess that response was obvious.

 

BTY, they seem to be sleeping in this morning. Or are most of them at an emergency damage control meeting at the moment?

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Response to RC (Reply #13)

Thu Aug 22, 2013, 03:14 PM

15. Its always quietest...

...just before the NEW Talking Points arrive.

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Response to bvar22 (Reply #15)

Thu Aug 22, 2013, 03:59 PM

16. Unless I am missing something, it is still quiet.

 

They must be having a hard time coming up with a new set of talking points to cover the latest revelations.

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Response to RC (Reply #16)

Thu Aug 22, 2013, 04:08 PM

17. Could be a scheduling mistake.

GOT to be getting tired with all the long hours lately.

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Response to bvar22 (Reply #17)

Thu Aug 22, 2013, 04:39 PM

20. That could be.

 

One would think there would be point where reality would intrude to such a point, where it would be just too much trouble to keep up the ruse. One can hope. Or is that change too much to hope for too?

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Thu Aug 22, 2013, 09:02 AM

6. I need them to find my lost car key.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Thu Aug 22, 2013, 09:13 AM

7. It's alright if we stay unified.

 

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Response to AnotherMcIntosh (Reply #7)

Thu Aug 22, 2013, 03:12 PM

14. ^^^A classic case of Party over Principle ^^^

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Thu Aug 22, 2013, 09:17 AM

8. I have no hope. I see no future. n/t

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Response to Hotler (Reply #8)

Thu Aug 22, 2013, 09:23 AM

9. hey hotler!

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Response to Hotler (Reply #8)

Thu Aug 22, 2013, 04:14 PM

18. The answer is this

Have hope (and push for) core ideals rather politicians; that should be the goal. Your core ideals as a human should be what drives you to make your life (and everyone's life) better.

You can lock up a man or woman, but you can't lock up an idea.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Thu Aug 22, 2013, 04:26 PM

19. We can all take comfort that neither this administration nor any future administration will

ever use any unconstitutionally obtained information to teach some unsuspecting individual a good lesson. No Sir!

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Thu Aug 22, 2013, 11:31 PM

21. Marking for later. nt

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