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"I don't think the report is true, but these crises work for those who want to make fights between people." Kulam Dastagir, 28, a bird seller in Afghanistan

NSA's biggest nightmare: Kids of tomorrow -
Topic: Miscellaneous 8:44 pm EDT, Sep 15, 2013

To Generation Z's eyes, the boomers and their institutions look like parasitic aliens with incomprehensible values who make irrational demands for absolute loyalty without reciprocity. Worse, the foundational mythology and ideals of the United States will look like a bitter joke, a fun house mirror's distorted reflection of the reality they live with from day to day.

NSA's biggest nightmare: Kids of tomorrow -

The NSA’s work to make crypto worse and better | Ars Technica
Topic: Miscellaneous 10:59 am EDT, Sep  6, 2013

Neither The Guardian nor the New York Times is specific about exactly which spec was weakened by the NSA, but it's widely believed to be one called Special Publication 800-90.

The NSA’s work to make crypto worse and better | Ars Technica

ACLU v. Clapper Amicus Brief | Electronic Frontier Foundation
Topic: Miscellaneous 10:30 pm EDT, Sep  4, 2013

Sensenbrenner quoting Scalia: "Congress does not hide elephants in mouse holes."

ACLU v. Clapper Amicus Brief | Electronic Frontier Foundation

Episode 77- Malware and hacking techniques used in Syria | The Loopcast
Topic: Miscellaneous 4:00 pm EDT, Aug 30, 2013

Eva (@evacide) discusses the malware and hacking techniques used in Syria.

Episode 77- Malware and hacking techniques used in Syria | The Loopcast

Kim Jong-un's ex-lover 'executed by firing squad' - Telegraph
Topic: Miscellaneous 11:35 am EDT, Aug 29, 2013

Hyon Song-wol, a singer, rumoured to be a former lover of the North Korean leader, is said to have been arrested on Aug 17 with 11 others for violating laws against pornography.

All 12 were machine-gunned three days later, with other members of North Korea's most famous pop groups and their immediate families forced to watch. The onlookers were then sent to prison camps, victims of the regime's assumption of guilt by association, the reports stated.

Kim Jong-un's ex-lover 'executed by firing squad' - Telegraph

Obama's Syria Bluff Has Been Called - Forbes
Topic: Miscellaneous 1:44 pm EDT, Aug 27, 2013

By George Friedman, Founder and Chairman of Stratfor, a geopolitical intelligence firm

Obama's Syria Bluff Has Been Called - Forbes

My Dinner With NSA Director Keith Alexander - Forbes
Topic: Miscellaneous 3:09 pm EDT, Aug 22, 2013

I think Gen. Alexander believes that history is made by great individuals standing against evil.  I believe that brave people can make a difference, but that larger inexorable forces are often more important: history, economics, political and social systems, the environment. So I believe that power corrupts and that good people will do bad things when a system is poorly designed, no matter how well-intentioned they may be.

My Dinner With NSA Director Keith Alexander - Forbes

New Details Show Broader NSA Surveillance Reach -
Topic: Miscellaneous 10:10 pm EDT, Aug 20, 2013

For the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, officials say, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and NSA arranged with Qwest Communications International Inc. to use intercept equipment for a period of less than six months around the time of the event. It monitored the content of all email and text communications in the Salt Lake City area.

Thats got to be a mis statement.

New Details Show Broader NSA Surveillance Reach -

RE: Greenwald's partner detained for carrying stolen classified docs
Topic: Miscellaneous 4:16 pm EDT, Aug 20, 2013

The authorities who detained Miranda do not understand why that is outrageous and probably underestimated the consequences of doing it.

The IC simply does not think that there are legitimate questions about either the legality of the programs that Snowden has revealed or the policy framework in which they operate. Furthermore, all of the professional political message men who write opinion pieces in various papers have been smearing Snowden and deflecting the discussion away from the policy questions for months. That is traditionally how issues like this have been managed in Washington and Washington expects those traditional mechanisms to work.

In other words, they very much believe their own bullshit, and they are used to operating in a world where their bullshit was the only kind of bullshit available.

Therefore, the IC does not see any legitimate policy discussion and they don't think that anyone else sees it either, at least not anyone of any consequence. They see traitors trading in stolen property. From their perspective, the publication of this material harms "sources and methods" and therefore aids terrorism. They literally think that people like Snowden are criminally liable for aiding the enemy.

So, in their perspective, Miranda is not far removed from a terrorist. He is a "loony" radical that is engaged in actions that undermine their ability to fight terrorism, which is not so different from actually being a terrorist.

Furthermore, they believe that they have an unlimited power to detain anyone at a border crossing under any circumstance and go through that person's data. If this loony radical who is engaged in actions that enable terrorism is going to appear at a border, they would be remiss not to exercise their powers to detain that radical and get as much out of him as they can. From their perspective, its all part of an appropriate anti-terroism program.

There are four problems with this perspective.

The first is that there are real policy issues that have been raised by the Snowden revelations. This has been repeatedly pointed out by independent policy experts who are largely sympathetic to the interests of the IC, but the IC has their fingers planted firmly in their ears about this. They are simply blind to it, and that lack of awareness of their own fallibility is itself a part of the danger that they pose.

The second is that lots of people know that there are legitimate policy issues that have been raised by this. People are not as reliant as they used to be upon oped columnists in newspapers to tell them what to think. People have access to raw material here and they can make their own minds up. Washington is not used to having to contend with situations where people aren't falling in line with the messaging that they are putting out. They don't expect it.

The third problem is that in a context where the public has a right to know something, classifyin... [ Read More (0.4k in body) ]

RE: Greenwald's partner detained for carrying stolen classified docs

Groklaw - Forced Exposure ~pj
Topic: Miscellaneous 2:42 pm EDT, Aug 20, 2013

I can't stay online personally without losing my humanness, now that I know that ensuring privacy online is impossible.

Groklaw - Forced Exposure ~pj

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