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Not enough paranoia around here, I see.

Captain Splendid (673276) writes | about a year ago

User Journal 10

I think he gave away the whole game in that one sentence, and his meaning is clear: The interception, collection and storage (not to mention collation, reproduction, distribution, analysis and many other important sounding words I’m forgetting right now) of untold millions of petabytes is simply a byproduct of whatever it is that the NSA’s really been up to these last few decades.

I think he gave away the whole game in that one sentence, and his meaning is clear: The interception, collection and storage (not to mention collation, reproduction, distribution, analysis and many other important sounding words Iâ(TM)m forgetting right now) of untold millions of petabytes is simply a byproduct of whatever it is that the NSAâ(TM)s really been up to these last few decades.

It would be irresponsible to speculate at this juncture, but consider that whatever the NSA is truly doing, it is of such horrible provenance that theyâ(TM)re willing the coverup to be âoeWeâ(TM)re running some fairly comprehensive Police State shit on your ass.â

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It would be possible to speculate, actually (1)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | about a year ago | (#43991001)

Look, I've known for decades the spying that has been going on both in Canada and the US, and was even in the Yakima listening center that you all didn't know about until it just closed.

And, coincidentally, through my work at Boeing and local Seattle wireless and telephone providers, I also know how to use the metadata to figure out things about people.

But we do live in a Police State. It's just you all pretended we didn't.

The fun part for me is, as a result of the discussion on this topic, realizing that the data could easily be used (and probably is being used) to track who goes to gun shows and stores and what they are buying, or probably have.

Re:It would be possible to speculate, actually (1)

chill (34294) | about a year ago | (#44005205)

Ten years ago I was a network engineer and for Lucent, living in Spokane, WA and flying to customer sites weekly. Out on Monday, back on Friday. A serious frequent flier. With Spokane being so small an airport, and me frequently leaving on 5:30 a.m. flighs, I got to know the crews and airport people fairly well.

One morning I pick up my boarding pass and it was stamped *S*, which means extra security checks. The girl behind the counter said "that's really strange. You've been here every week for six months and this isn't the random screening, it is the targeted one from the new system. Let me check..."

She called her supervisor over and she'd asked WTF but he shushed her up and told her to keep her nose out of it, all while eyeing me nervously. She got a good talking to after i left for the probing.

This only happened once, and I don't believe it was a coincidence that it was the Monday after the Friday I bought my first gun in Washington State and turned in my application for a concealed weapons permit.

To me, the real gag is. . . (1)

smitty_one_each (243267) | about a year ago | (#43993221)

. . .the Lefty rubes who bought off on BHO's soteriological piffle.
I can take equal abuse for being insufficiently skeptical about Bush, sure.
Part of that had to do with ManBearPig's incessant whinging about being unable to steal the 2000 election.
But the overarching point here is that central banking has turned these United States into an oversized high school, featuring a non-stop bunfight.
As for NSA, well, yes: given the capability to do so, are we to be surprised it's not being leveraged for purposes both good and perhaps no' so good?
That's the kind of naivete that keeps sending idiots to Washington.

Re:To me, the real gag is. . . (1)

Captain Splendid (673276) | about a year ago | (#43994535)

.the Lefty rubes who bought off on BHO's soteriological piffle.

Find me some please. The only ones I've ever found are the usual mainstream idiots who live for thrills up their legs.

Re:To me, the real gag is. . . (1)

smitty_one_each (243267) | about a year ago | (#44034459)

How do you want the list sorted/grouped? There is the media, hollywood, the hipsters, the college students. Oh, academia, and half of social networks. Then there are the unions, and the bulk of the bureaucrats. Hmm. . .the unemployed, as well as Philly, with the ridiculously biased voting percentages.
Your feigned fog's funny. :-)

Re:To me, the real gag is. . . (1)

Captain Splendid (673276) | about a year ago | (#44060649)

Voting for =/= bought off.

Try again, or use your words more carefully.

Re:To me, the real gag is. . . (1)

smitty_one_each (243267) | about a year ago | (#44066119)

Re:To me, the real gag is. . . (1)

Captain Splendid (673276) | about a year ago | (#44070103)

ROFL. Just the one example? And Chris Matthews no less? Go home son, this ain't little league.

Re:To me, the real gag is. . . (1)

smitty_one_each (243267) | about a year ago | (#44075875)

Lovely, lovely non-falsifiable propositions. *smooch*

We're doomed (1)

Le Marteau (206396) | about a year ago | (#44028975)

As a country, we're doomed. "66% Believe Obama Administration 'Right' to Analyze and Collect Internet Data"

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/66-believe-obama-administration-right-analyze-and-collect-internet-data_735401.html [weeklystandard.com]

The American electorate is, by and large, comprised of jealous, vengeful, stupid, greedy, immoral jackasses... a fact that is endlessly exploited by demagogues such as Obama. The founders of our country never wanted a "democracy" but instead a republic, and this is the reason.

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