So i would like your opinions as to how your browsing and Internet activity will change now that everyone is talking about the government collecting data on everyone from all companies?
for me i always knew that ultimately everything you say or do online will be somehow watched or someone will get access to it sooner then later, but for people who didn't know this (where to busy or too young) now, its a big deal for them ...
furthermore will peoples paranoia "of the government collecting data and if necessary using it against them " lead to less piracy in the US? feel free to drop your opinion in this post
It is don't you know? Our free speech allows us to talk about our dictatorship....
Let's apply a little logic here, rather than fear.
There's such a thing as signal-to-noise; when you blindly query an enormous mass of unrelated data for things like that, you're going to get 99%+ noise. Nearly every news story and current event commentary, recipes, and normal day-to-day conversations in enormous volumes. This thread is no different; criticizing the government in a discussion of a news story is the constitutional right of every citizen (and the very reason for the first amendment).
The bottom line is either they are:
- Watching everyone all the time, in which case the question is 'what do we do about it'? Because despite recent attempts to interpret ones writings 'on a computer' as something other than the 21st century equivalent than 'speech', 'peaceful assembly' and 'papers and personal effects', that is unconstitutional on its face.
- Only watching certain people/things that they have externally been tipped to (with warrants), and otherwise just have infrastructure in place to get at it (like they claim). In this case nothing you say or do will likely have any impact on it at all (to trigger it or to stop it), because the system is only used to filter data from a known subject, rather than to initiate.
Now, despite the (entirely justified) urge to distrust the official line, logically that makes the most sense because that is the only way a keyword-based system would even approach practicality. That doesn't mean that the system can't be abused, of course (which is one of many reasons to argue it be dismantled), but it does mean that one should not cower to exercise his first amendment rights because of it (not that you should in any case). Because if such a thing causes them to snoop you, it is they who are in the wrong, not you.
Well said in any case. It is what is.
You argue that is incorrect? What's illogical about that statement? My intention was to allude to the fact that a message might be contained in either the characters, duration of the 'lack of characters' or both. It might be in the noise, or it might be in pictures someone transmits.
You have no idea how their program works, and what it looks for yet you make the pronouncement there's 99+% noise. Not necessarily. If you mean that to find one itsy bitsy message in a huge volume of messages you have to be following that person first, I disagree. Perhaps there are other markers you and I know nothing about. Perhaps these 'markers' or flags work in an additive function with some being more important than others.
You say it's an "either/or". I say it's probably both and possibly more.
I also say I don't know how their program works. You believe you can reason it out. Perhaps. I say there might be possibilities which you and I haven't considered and that perhaps their program works in an integrative way, not just as a sieve. Maybe there are other surveillance programs which give it databases to work with as well. Who knows?
Perhaps they're giving you disinformation along with crumbs of truth or near truth about the programs?
They are amassing incredible amounts of data and increasing their capabilities all the time. That is certain. They can watch you actually make decisions, or so the leaker says. your connections, friends, etc. If they aren't actively looking at you, they are doing so passively. If you, one of your friends or associates goes haywire, they'll know very quickly who to approach and question about you (that's the figurative 'you' or 'one').
It is becoming the situation where you're watched. Period. No justification needed. The "Security State" isn't an Orwellian novel. What is clear is that it doesn't have a very high predictive ability. Certainly, the leaker held very sensitive positions yet managed somehow to elude any prediction about his pending actions in revealing what everyone knew was going on.
The leaker said something very correct. Either you work with your representatives to limit this, or watch whichever TV program/movie/game. There's no disagreeing there.
The watching and data accumulation have little to do with your constitutional rights...until a judge says it does. When he does, the data accumulators and who use/abuse it will employ the tremendous resources of the government to appeal that decision (ironic, no?) or have an end run around it, while they find another way to do it. That's just history.
In response to your implication that people should cow to 'the list' for fear of winding up under special observation by simple mention of particular words. If they are consuming all content from all of the major websites, application of those 'watch words' against the whole of it with no other filter would produce a useless mass of false positives, because all of those words are very common in innocuous news and commentary, etc. But I'm just a software architect, so what do I know about figuring SWAGs and feasibility from requirements.
Nobody is arguing that, or that it's an unnecessary overreach and should be stopped. The point of contention is simply the need for rational analysis and response, rather than FUD.
Nobody is arguing that either. But as with anything, you do yourself a disservice by giving in to paranoia and hyperbole, rather than applying critical thought. The simple fact is that what has been reported in official statements as to how it is used (including that very article about the watch words) makes a lot more logical sense to anyone who knows how databases actually work than do the exaggerated headlines. Sure, it may (and probably does) do other stuff, but the core function and architecture of the system still has to follow the same rules as any other data storage and analysis system does.
If they had made some spectacular breakthrough in data analysis such as people attribute to them, I have a very hard time believing they would be able to keep it to themselves for years. Because such a thing would be worth a very, very large amount of money in the private sector.
They can already do that by looking at public information on Facebook alone, for most people; they have already gladly waived any sort of privacy on that sort of thing. If anyone using Facebook weren't already assuming that were the case, then they're quite simply fools.
Which is an argument for it being not omniscient as you fear. And people who genuinely intend to do harm on a large scale know that well enough to discuss it offline (or not at all, like the leaker).
There's also the case of the Tsarnev brothers, on whom they were even given warnings by foreign intelligence... and still failed to stop.
TL;DR: We agree it needs to stop, but at least apply some critical thought instead of believing (and more importantly, spreading) all the hyperbole you read. If you can't assess and respond rationally, you can't effectively contribute to stopping it.
If that is the only one...but they probably aren't, and to some degree it's probably facetious...but the principle might, might be correct. Neither of us knows the parameters.
No FUD. My response was to those needless words put in responses.
You missed the point of my response, and I'll leave it at that.
Not at all. You commented that people should be concerned about deliberate posting of watchword-soup invoking special observation (per that sensationalized headline). I countered that such a concern is not supported by a reasoned, critical analysis of the available information. But beyond that, yes, there's no point in further argument if there isn't going to be an agreement on the matter.
Irony is often missed. The actual words are less important than the fact that wholesale harvesting and storage is going on.
However/whichever words/addresses, etc. are triggers is far less important than the fact that they exist (or not) and the methods how they are used.
In a toneless medium, there's little distinction between belaboring supposed irony and baiting. And I'd kindly point out that the latter is frowned upon here. There's no point in a forum if we can't have an honest discussion, so if you don't mean it, don't say it.
ok in all honesty if i was obama or someone high up the nsa chane of command i would totally do the same thing they are doing right now! some might say nooo we will never do that! we will stop them , but as you know with power comes great curiosities - you want to know more , you want to be able to know what an average joe is planning to due every weekend -
yes its safer on one hand but on the other the people high up in command forget they dont know all the stuff, but they want to feel more powerful (or they are planning for the future (who knows what they will cook up))- somehow i think there is more to this then meets the eye, there is an agenda, correct me if i am wrong but its supposed to be like this: if the majority of the people tell the government of a country "we dont want you to spy on us" - the way democracy is supposed to work is, that then the government will stop?!? and US is the most democratic nation - according to the media and image that they like to put out, so why not practice democracy?
im confused about this. if the whole world is watching america, how come the goverment is not following its own teachings?
(p.s. if there is some smarty pants nsa analyst reading this - nothing against the US, or any one else for that matter, just honest discussion )
For some reason, the US likes to portray themselves as a democracy, over and over, and they want to supposedly spread democracy, but the US is a republic. Just do a google search for Democracy vs Republic and a lot of what you get is ...
but a republic is also very open to corruption, just look at first republic, Rome, in its last days.
Rome wasn't a 'republic'...it was a city. Still is ...
Meanwhile...as this thread teeters on the edge of 'politics' it, too runs the risk of decay and decline into the bowels of the JU 'Politics' Forum....
And you'd be innocent of that, I'd suppose.
Whether or not that particular list was accurate or not is something you can argue with the author, the fact remains that entering those words in those responses was what it was.
Before this thread is 'disappeared' - you'd think They'd have had better intel on the Tsarnaevs if They really do listen to and read everything. Scarier thought is that They actually did. Have the intel, that is.
Here's an even scarier thought. A big what if. What if the PTB's deliberately ignored the Russian's warning on those brothers, devil's advocate, in order to stir things up a bit. Highly unlikely but conspiracy theorists would jump all over that. Fostering controversy keeps certain minds occupied elsewhere and off what's really going on. Kinda like the government's handling of the UFO controversy. Area 51 is thought to house the remains of downed UFO's. It's also where the US does the testing and development of new technologies. Have Blue aka the F-117, SR-71, U-2, Aurora among others. Misdirection works.
talking jobs my ass
"Don't you remember when I said we want to collect everything and spy on everyone and you all laughed and said 'sure', well..."
They had the intel. They did not look at it. As others indicate, they did not fit the profile (angry white male), so they were not followed up on.
The data may be there, and you may never pique an interest. But the patterns of the past few years indicate the data is not being used to find any terrorists, but to spy on those that do not agree with the administration.
That seems to be exactly right. There has been a pattern. In the early day of Obama's disastrous first term there was a memo circulated by the Dept. of Homeland Absurdity and Secretary Janet Incompitano stating that the Dept. was more interested in looking at right wing extremists and tea party types rather than jihadists. It seemed from the very outset that the Administration was more obsessed with the enemies of the Democratic party than it was with the enemies of the United States. We've already seen how expendable people are to Obama and the Clinton's after they did nothing to save their friend as he was being dragged around the streets of Benghazi and sodomized with a stick. They didn't even send the FBI until a few weeks later even though FOX's Greg Palkot and CNN were there the next day collecting Stevens diary and trying to figure out what happened.
Nothing new there, enemies of the state only give the psychopaths more power, enemies within can take it away.
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