Congress' Response To Leaks? Stop Contractors From Access To Classified Material Rather Than Stop NSA Spying

from the closing-the-wrong-door dept

Ah, Congress. It appears that it's moving fast in response to the revelations, leaked by NSA contractor Ed Snowden, that the NSA is scooping up a ridiculous amount of digital data about all of us. But that atypically fast response is not about stopping the NSA from this overaggressive collection of data. No, it's to try to ban contractors from having access to highly classified material. This is straight out of Senator Dianne Feinstein's playbook: focus on demonizing the action of whistleblowing, rather than what was revealed by the whistleblower. And, of course, as always, that's a really stupid move. It may generate some headlines, but it does nothing to deal with the underlying problem of abuse of the law (which has been done with full knowledge of Feinstein) or the fact that plenty of people have access to this information. Locking out contractors won't stop the next insider from leaking information -- and it will actually likely inhibit the NSA from using the best technical talent out there in building and maintaining its computer systems. Either way, it's a weak attempt at treating the symptom, rather than the actual problem.


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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 14th, 2013 @ 8:21am

    I'm glad the people have a say in this democracy.....oh wait.

     

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    That One Guy (profile), Jun 14th, 2013 @ 8:21am

    'Either way, it's a weak attempt at treating the symptom, rather than the actual problem.'

    No, it actually makes perfect sense when you look at it from their point of view.

    They don't consider any of the NSA's actions(with the exception of being caught anyway) to be wrong, whereas they do consider the people finding out what the government is doing a serious problem, so by making it harder for such leaks to occur in the future, while not impeding the NSA or other similar agencies in the slightest, they are indeed addressing the only 'problem' they care about.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 14th, 2013 @ 8:23am

    Dear Congress

    Dear Congress,

    This is why the vast majority of Americans think you suck - it's because you clearly DO.

    With as much respect as you seem to give us (read: none),
    The American People

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 14th, 2013 @ 8:33am

    Ah, Congress.

    I love it when you start an article with this "Ah, ______" nonsense. Nothing says, "I'm a chubby, dishonest douche nozzle" more than that.

    Milkity, Milk, Chubby. Bawk! Bawk! No one's more scared of honest, direct discussion than you, Mikey. No one. Biggest fake on earth! Congrats!

     

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    out_of_the_blue, Jun 14th, 2013 @ 8:35am

    The THOUSANDS of firms, with Google at top.

    As title of article you just linked to:
    "U.S. Agencies Said to Swap Data With Thousands of Firms"

    But hey, you missed a quip: could have called this the "Feinstein Play", and gotten a second Wikipedia entry! Too bad I've now pre-empted you. Past your (rather low) peak, I guess.

     

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    That One Guy (profile), Jun 14th, 2013 @ 8:38am

    Post link, hit report, and move on people, don't feed the troll

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 14th, 2013 @ 8:39am

    What Pedobear and the US government have in common?

    They are naughty peeping toms.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 14th, 2013 @ 8:41am

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    Ah, Joe. Nothing said.

     

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    TheLastCzarnian (profile), Jun 14th, 2013 @ 8:45am

    Re: The THOUSANDS of firms, with Google at top.

    OOTB gets one thing right: Feinstein. Every stupid move from Congress seems to revolve around her. What is it with her? She seems like the perfect "Conservative Liberal", with all of her stances going back to the 1980 liberals. You know, the type Regan trounced.

    Now I know how conservatives feel about Bachman.

     

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    Dan, Jun 14th, 2013 @ 8:46am

    Ah, ..

    OK. This one goes right over my head... what happens next time (there is always a next time...) the leak is from an employee and not a contractor? Stop giving access to all employees? Great going...

     

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    JJ Joseph, Jun 14th, 2013 @ 8:46am

    Spying

    Actually, I'm cool with the NSA linking up phone numbers from here to Yemen. That's what good spying is about. But then I'm not phoning Yemen every day.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 14th, 2013 @ 8:49am

    Re: Spying

    No. That is what lazy, invasive spying is about.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 14th, 2013 @ 8:49am

    Re:

    Dude you sound like a girl scorned.

    Doubt, issue this on your terminal

    Linux - Festival TTS usage:
    echo 'Milkity, Milk, Chubby. Bawk! Bawk!' | festival --tts

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 14th, 2013 @ 8:50am

    Re: Post link, hit report, and move on people, don't feed the troll

    ROFLMAO!!!!! I fucking love it when you guys post that link.

    Mike is such a dishonest scumbag that all he has are excuses, excuses, excuses as to why he can't have even one honest discussion about even the simplest topic.

    Post that link all you want. Nothing makes me laugh more than that. Well, Mike's dishonest nature makes me laugh pretty damn hard too. Not sure if it's more though.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 14th, 2013 @ 8:51am

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    I'm here all day, every day. I'll discuss any issue with Mike on the merits and without weasel words. I'll answer every question to the best of my abilities and without dodging anything. Funny how Mike can't even be 1/100th that honest. Nobody is more dishonest than Mike.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 14th, 2013 @ 8:52am

    Re: Re: Post link, hit report, and move on people, don't feed the troll

    How does it feel when your posts get collapsed because, well, they suck so badly?

    Do you fucking love that?

    POS troll. Your mother would be so proud...if she could read.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 14th, 2013 @ 8:53am

    Re: Spying

    well, who are you calling?

    we'd all like to know and obviously you have nothing to hide

    also, i'm pretty sure good spying is about not getting caught.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 14th, 2013 @ 8:54am

    Re: Post link, hit report, and move on people, don't feed the troll

    If you be so kind to point me where in the source code is the link to report I would be happy to obliged, is it in an iframe somewhere, because I couldn't find it directly bellow the comment code.

    Even better, care to show a sample of how the reporting URL is constructed so I can get just the cid's for it and report those.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 14th, 2013 @ 8:55am

    Re: Re: Re:

    "I'm here all day, every day."

    Well...that's sad and pathetic.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 14th, 2013 @ 8:55am

    Re: Re: Re: Post link, hit report, and move on people, don't feed the troll

    I actually love how you guys are so desperate and stupid that you must immediately hide anything that challenges your Chubby Leader. It cracks me up how you censor me and then argue until the end of time that it's not censorship. It's the icing on the cake that is TD. I fucking love it. Nothing proves what a bunch of clueless dipshits you guys are better than when you "report" anything you don't like. I fucking live for it.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 14th, 2013 @ 8:56am

    I would expect no less from Senator Dianne Spystein

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 14th, 2013 @ 8:57am

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    Not even 1/100th as pathetic as the fact that Mike is the most opinionated, biggest mouthpiece on earth, yet he's completely unwilling and unable to defend anything he posts. I fucking own him. Look at how scared he is to discuss anything with me. It's awesome.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 14th, 2013 @ 8:58am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Post link, hit report, and move on people, don't feed the troll

    I'll just say this:

    In most of the "copyright loving" websites, your posts are moderated and often don't even show up unless they sing the song.

    Here at least you get to assault our senses until we report you for being waaaaaayyyyy off-topic...also obnoxious as hell.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 14th, 2013 @ 8:58am

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    Funny I was thinking the same thing.

    I hope Mike lives forever or at the very least longer than AJ cause if he goes first AJ will suffer horribly.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 14th, 2013 @ 8:58am

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    "fucking own him. Look at how scared he is to discuss anything with me. It's awesome."

    Let me guess: COD player?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 14th, 2013 @ 9:00am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Post link, hit report, and move on people, don't feed the troll

    That is the anger talking.
    Don't waste your life on it dude.

    :)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 14th, 2013 @ 9:01am

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    I don't know what COD is, so no. The fact is that Mike is surrounded by all his fans and sycophants. He's got all the back up. Everyone can all pile in to help him against me. He's on his own turf with every advantage. Yet, he's still too scared to discuss anything. He can't be honest. He can't be truthful. He can't discuss even the most basic issue. That's the actions of a man who is not honest. That's the actions of a man who is scared of the truth. TD is the fakest bullshit website on earth, and Mike knows it.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 14th, 2013 @ 9:02am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Post link, hit report, and move on people, don't feed the troll

    Censor away. I know how important it is for you guys to hide anything that challenges the Kook-Aid Gospel. Mike thrives on running from opposition. Of course he gives his legions the tools to do the same.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 14th, 2013 @ 9:03am

    Re: Ah, ..

    The employee will be Manned.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 14th, 2013 @ 9:04am

    And we all remember how Daniel Ellsberg worked for a private contractor

    And we all remember how Daniel Ellsberg worked for a private contractor. Why didn't the government do this sooner to stop leaks?

    (hint, Ellsberg didn't work for a private contractor, he worked for the Pentagon)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 14th, 2013 @ 9:05am

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    Ah, you want to have an honest conversation, and yet you can't spend two seconds to find out that COD is?

    Nice, nice.

    BTW, I'm done trolling you along. My project is done compiling :)

    Peace.

     

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    Zakida Paul (profile), Jun 14th, 2013 @ 9:07am

    So much trollish idiocy.

    Must keep reminding...

    "I may not agree with what you say but will defend to the death your right to say it".

     

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    Baldaur Regis (profile), Jun 14th, 2013 @ 9:08am

    Re:

    Milkity, Milk, Chubby. Bawk! Bawk!
    Are these the words of a man worth talking to? Or are they the crying of an attention-starved child?

    As you grow into reason, you may come to understand that the unformed ego which screams ME!ME!ME! throughout both your signed and unsigned comments is the wellspring of the MINE!MINE!MINE! which winds through the dreams of greedy men.

    Most children grow out of the puling stage of expressing their ego, to one degree or another. My sincere hope is that those charged with your upbringing will be capable of guiding you through this difficult time of your development.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 14th, 2013 @ 9:10am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Post link, hit report, and move on people, don't feed the troll

    Ground control to Kelper-belt ego, are you in need of Vicodin?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 14th, 2013 @ 9:14am

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    Wow, really? COD to me means cash on delivery. I can guess that you mean Call of Duty. If you want me to understand what you really mean by it, you can just tell me. But, yeah. Pretend like I'm not here for honest conversation because you use some term I'm not familiar with. That makes perfect sense. You're clearly the captain of the debate team, and I'm just so lucky you're sparing me the mental beating you're so clearly capable of. Run along, friend.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 14th, 2013 @ 9:16am

    Re: Re:

    These are the words of a man who has tried hundreds and hundreds of times to get Mike to have an honest conversation and who knows for a fact that nothing scares Mike more. All I have is contempt for him. He's a total fake. So much so that he lets me shit all over him on his own turf rather than simply confront me and show his minions that what I'm saying is untrue. Nothing scares Mike Masnick more than the thought of an honest and direct conversation with me. I fucking own him. Would an honest person let someone taunt him like this on his own turf? Nope. He's hiding because he's scared.

     

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    The Real Michael, Jun 14th, 2013 @ 9:19am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Not when you consider that he's likely being paid to troll, spread disinfo and distract from the topic at hand, similar to how the mainstream media has gone on its predictable crusade to demonize and ridicule Snowden as being a drop-out and (get this) an anime artist. Ooh, such the villain. It's kind of ironic in that it's self-demonizing on the NSA's part. After all, who was it that hired Snowden and gave him access to files requiring high security clearance? Uh-huh.

     

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    The Real Michael, Jun 14th, 2013 @ 9:22am

    Re: Re: The THOUSANDS of firms, with Google at top.

    Are you sure? I kind of think her stances have more in common with Nazi Germany rather than "1980 liberals."

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 14th, 2013 @ 9:23am

    Re: Re: Re:

    "Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience." - Mark Twain

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 14th, 2013 @ 9:26am

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    The depths to which you have fallen are just sad. I wonder how long it will take you to grow up.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 14th, 2013 @ 9:26am

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    You're a child.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 14th, 2013 @ 9:30am

    When the rodents are everywhere in congress is time to call the cat.

    http://lovemeow.com/2013/06/morris-the-cat-runs-for-mayor-in-mexico/

     

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    Rapnel (profile), Jun 14th, 2013 @ 9:34am

    Re:

    I'm amused that your self-righteous nonsense is playing an especially challenging game of 'ignore the current events'.

    It must suck to be you to have your pathetic display of self-indignation constantly and consistently berated for the absolute farce that it is.

    And, to top it all off, you can't seem to recognize the difference between being censured and censored.

    Brav-fucking-o there captain idiot.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 14th, 2013 @ 9:38am

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    I know! If Pedobear gets busted he'll go to prison, but if the government get's busted playing Pedobear they'll classify it "for the children of course".
    After that they'll murder the people who may of handled the documents. After all they don't want another BM case on their hands now do they?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 14th, 2013 @ 9:41am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Post link, hit report, and move on people, don't feed the troll

    censor what?

    i can still read your idiocy in the reported posts.

    you trolls post such over the top stuff amidst so many others on the level that your posts stick out like sore thumbs even when they're not reported.

    but i don't believe any of it because i think you're all gimmicks just doin it for the lulz.

    on the other hand, maybe you're actually trolling to undermine Big Conent

    who can we believe? maybe the nsa knows

     

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    Atkray (profile), Jun 14th, 2013 @ 9:44am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Maybe you should spend more time on Urban Dictionary and less time here. It might expand your horizons.

     

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    Internet Zen Master (profile), Jun 14th, 2013 @ 9:45am

    Re: Dear Congress

    Seriously, Congress' approval rating is down to 10%. That's the lowest it's been... well... ever. (That said, Congress has never had an approval rating of over 50%).

    Gallup's poll has a 3% margin of error, so yeah... American really does not like Congress right now.

    Why do we keep voting these idiots in again?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 14th, 2013 @ 9:46am

    Re: Spying

    Everyday?

    What days do you call?

    We will be watching you!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 14th, 2013 @ 9:47am

    you've gotta be fucking kiddin' me!! even after this, the lazy fuckers still dont want to do the job they were elected to do!! i can see some serious shit happening here! mind you, as the military is at the beck and call of government, knocking off a few hundred civilians will soon stop any sort of backlash!!

     

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    John Fenderson (profile), Jun 14th, 2013 @ 9:53am

    Re: Re: Re: The THOUSANDS of firms, with Google at top.

    I agree. Feinstein doesn't even come close to looking like a liberal to me.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 14th, 2013 @ 9:59am

    Completely impractical idea. Most agencies run with a heavy amount of contractor support. Blocking access to most of the workforce just will ensure Nothing gets done anywhere.

     

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    Jay (profile), Jun 14th, 2013 @ 10:01am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: The THOUSANDS of firms, with Google at top.

    She's a neoliberal similar to Nixon. She maintains the status quo and her own paycheck through plausible deniability of government issues.

    I think people should be aware that even FDR would approve of her tactics until the public revolted against him. Liberalism is still a right wing ideology after all.

     

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    Not an Electronic Rodent (profile), Jun 14th, 2013 @ 10:02am

    Re:

    I'm glad the people have a say in this democracy.....oh wait.
    Did the "oh wait" refer to the say or the democracy? Could go either way...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 14th, 2013 @ 10:06am

    Re:

    "Blocking access to most of the workforce just will ensure Nothing gets done anywhere."

    So business as usual..

     

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    Not an Electronic Rodent (profile), Jun 14th, 2013 @ 10:15am

    Re: Post link, hit report, and move on people, don't feed the troll

    Might I add this, this and this?

     

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    PRMan, Jun 14th, 2013 @ 10:21am

    Re: Re: The THOUSANDS of firms, with Google at top.

    "Dianne Feinstein...demon"

    There you go, Mike. It's a lot more accurate now.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 14th, 2013 @ 10:26am

    And besides, contractors never had that kind of access, anyhow

    Locking out contractors…


    ‘And besides, the contractors never even had that access to begin with…’

    NSA leaker Snowden is lying, say leaders of House Intelligence Committee”, by Mike Lillis, The Hill, June 13, 2013
     . . . Emerging from a hearing with NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander, Reps. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), chairman of the Intelligence Committee, and Dutch Ruppersberger (Md.), the senior Democrat on the panel, said Edward Snowden simply wasn't in the position to access the content of the communications gathered under National Security Agency programs, as he's claimed.

    "He was lying," Rogers said. "He clearly has over-inflated his position, he has over-inflated his access and he's even over-inflated what the actually technology of the programs would allow one to do. It's impossible for him to do what he was saying he could do." . . .

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 14th, 2013 @ 10:29am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Post link, hit report, and move on people, don't feed the troll

    I don't think he knows what censor means. He has said similar things in the past articles.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 14th, 2013 @ 10:31am

    Re:

    i'm cool with that.

    i used to be concerned that the government operated at such a snails pace with red tape and bureaucratic nonsense, but i've since come to realize this is a good thing. i prefer an government that can't can't get anything done and is employed by inferiors. it keeps OUR freedoms safe

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 14th, 2013 @ 10:32am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    If you mean owning him by trash talking yes. Mike has been completely respectful when he argues. You, on the other hand, do not understand what a civil discussion is.
    http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20120818/01171420087/funniestmost-insightful-comments-week-tec hdirt .shtml#c1210

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 14th, 2013 @ 10:35am

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    I will help. He had an honest discussion with you. You were just to immature to understand it.

    http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20120818/01171420087/funniestmost-insightful-comments-week-t echdirt .shtml#c1210

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 14th, 2013 @ 10:55am

    Maybe there needs to be a push to have Feinstein indicted for treason against the general public. Afterall, these sorts of actions are a betrayal of the trust of the public that elected her.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 14th, 2013 @ 11:15am

    Assange's strategy seems to be working exactly as planned

    I recall reading that this is the desired outcome of these kinds of leaks, according to Julian Assange. If I recall correctly, he wrote that leaks make secretive organizations more paranoid, so they cripple themselves while trying to prevent more leaks. Less secretive organizations are less affected, so they end up gaining the upper hand.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 14th, 2013 @ 11:42am

    Re: And besides, contractors never had that kind of access, anyhow

    So the FBI and DoJ aren't going to charge him with treason or espionage? Can the United States Government charge Snowden with lying?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 14th, 2013 @ 11:43am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Post link, hit report, and move on people, don't feed the troll

    and don't you just love how upset they get, and how defensive they become, but never come back with a viable counter argument, no, but they will insult you for hurting their precious cult leaders sensibilities.

    It's not his fault he's bald and chubby, he's think boned. Why his skull goes all the way through !!!! just one solid lump of bone.. honest.. !!!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 14th, 2013 @ 11:45am

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    am glad they collapse your posts, I know straight off they are worth reading..

    TD censorship !!! no better way to promote your post..

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 14th, 2013 @ 11:47am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    "Never argue with stupid people"

    you must never argue with anyone then, if that rule apples to all people. you are stupid after all.

     

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    John Fenderson (profile), Jun 14th, 2013 @ 11:51am

    Re: Re: And besides, contractors never had that kind of access, anyhow

    If, in fact, Snowden was lying about this -- and there is very little reason to think he was at this point -- then, no. It's not illegal to lie unless you are under oath.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 14th, 2013 @ 11:52am

    Re: Assange's strategy seems to be working exactly as planned

    Oh so intentionally CRIPPOLING your security services in not aiding the enemy ?? so if it's not treason is sabotage !!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 14th, 2013 @ 11:53am

    Re: Assange's strategy seems to be working exactly as planned

    I wonder if the DOJ has that statement from Assange, it would be powerful evidence against Manning, and very damning.

    Thanks for bringing it to light.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 14th, 2013 @ 11:56am

    Re: Assange's strategy seems to be working exactly as planned

    so the truth comes out, it's not about informing the public or any such bullshit, it's about inflicting damage, and crippling defence and national security.

    ok, at least we know the motives, (as if we did not already).

     

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    The Real Michael, Jun 14th, 2013 @ 1:13pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: The THOUSANDS of firms, with Google at top.

    We need to stop playing the right-vs-left political game and start looking at things from a Constitutional stance. Both sides are working to undermine our rights, polarizing the country through the illusion of choice. We must stand together as one people, indivisible, and demand that the government stop violating our rights. No other issue is more pressing than this one.

    If we cannot even maintain our liberties, our rights, our privacy, if we allow the government and their goon squads to walk all over us for the sake of 'national security,' we have no right calling ourselves the land of the free, home of the brave. Our Constitution will be erased and we'll fall under authoritarian rule. And we'll deserve it.

     

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    The Real Michael, Jun 14th, 2013 @ 1:21pm

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    Like hell it would! Nothing would set off a firestorm faster than the government openly killing Americans. I wouldn't be sacred, I'd be PISSED.

     

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    The Real Michael, Jun 14th, 2013 @ 1:22pm

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    *scared

    I tend to type too fast.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 14th, 2013 @ 1:39pm

    Their talking past the "riff raff" to a certain type of people, those that dont question the "old guard"

     

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    nonfer, Jun 14th, 2013 @ 2:18pm

    Re: Re: lack of enlightenment... post age of...

    boilerplate isn't poetry or literature. by
    boilerplate i mean your lack of a life.
    development my butt.

    that you don't get irony/sarcasm is ironically
    reinforced by boilerplate. paraphrasing here-
    a rat will keep pushing a button that stimulates
    the pleasure center of it's brain until it dies.

    we all do it, one way or another. condescension
    should always be original and deserved... with
    an eye for constructivism not malicious, smug,
    joy.

    ad slows red button game link below
    http://www.bored.com/game/play/151368/The_Red_Button.html

     

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    Anonymous, Jun 14th, 2013 @ 5:35pm

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    Pedobear! Yeah, baby, yeah!

     

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    Anonymous, Jun 14th, 2013 @ 5:38pm

    Well, once data is handed over to a third party, the original holder has lost control of that data. Aren't there court decisions that say essentially that?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 15th, 2013 @ 3:39am

    Re: Re: Re: And besides, contractors never had that kind of access, anyhow

    If he was the IT guy he had access to (essentially) everything. He shouldn't have been reading it all, but he'd have access to all the networks & computers he was responsible for.

     

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    Jay (profile), Jun 16th, 2013 @ 6:31am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: The THOUSANDS of firms, with Google at top.

    We need to stop playing the right-vs-left political game and start looking at things from a Constitutional stance.

    There isn't really a "right vs left" game here. If you look at the political spectrum, it's neoclassical ideologies battling it out, ie conservatives vs liberals. If we were to actually have left wing politics, you would have communists vs conservatives and that isn't happening.

    We must stand together as one people, indivisible, and demand that the government stop violating our rights. No other issue is more pressing than this one.

    And there's plenty of ways to do that. In particular, I'm a fan of Constitutional amendments banning the electoral college, instituting proportional representation, and allowing people to form into unions or other businesses that they enjoy.

    If we cannot even maintain our liberties, our rights, our privacy, if we allow the government and their goon squads to walk all over us for the sake of 'national security,' we have no right calling ourselves the land of the free, home of the brave

    If we understood that political inequality leads to economic inequality, I'm sure that we'd have a much better system than now. Sadly, until more people decide that they've had enough austerity, this problem will continue.

     

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