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2013-07-31 13:53:17.001178+00 by Dan Lyke 3 comments

The Atlantic Wire: The NSA's Best Defense of PRISM Didn't Even Last a Week. When the AP, that bastion of rewording press releases in order to insert typos, is taking down your claims, it's time to wrap it up and go home.

Greenwald in The Guardian: Revealed: NSA program collects 'nearly everything a user does on the internet'. The program called "XKeyscore" allows analysts access to email content, not just metadata:

XKeyscore, the documents boast, is the NSA's "widest reaching" system developing intelligence from computer networks – what the agency calls Digital Network Intelligence (DNI). One presentation claims the program covers "nearly everything a typical user does on the internet", including the content of emails, websites visited and searches, as well as their metadata.

And it allows that access without prior authorization.

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#Comment Re: made: 2013-07-31 17:23:05.675616+00 by: Dan Lyke

hattifattener on MeFi points out the obvious:

What email address doesn't already get a constant stream of messages from dodgy foreign addresses?

#Comment Re: made: 2013-07-31 22:25:17.875561+00 by: Dan Lyke [edit history]

How to Decode the True Meaning of What NSA Officials Say: A lexicon for understanding the words U.S. intelligence officials use to mislead the public. A good run-down of how words that you and I probably attach some pretty specific meanings to appear to have entirely different meanings when used by members of the U.S. intelligence community:

No. When James Clapper was asked at a March Senate hearing whether the NSA was collecting information about millions of Americans, he answered, "No," and then, after a pause, "not wittingly." As Clapper has now conceded, the correct answer was simply "yes."

#Comment Re: made: 2013-07-31 23:26:53.744248+00 by: Dan Lyke

MeFi user deanklear: "I think I am on a list. Here's what happened to me"