you should do a tcptraceroute (or tracetcp for windows). regular traceroute uses ICMP which is a completely different protocol than what HTTP uses (TCP). I don't think BGP tables can be written to differentiate by the protocol that is layered on top of IP, but many firewall setups do treat ICMP and TCP differently. This will help determine if there's a bad firewall/gateway somewhere in your path.
Is there a way to hold them accountable beyond the ballot box?
No, not really. And the ballot box doesn't really work either. Remember, in order to vote one asshat out, you have to vote another asshat in. If we could do 2008 over again things might have been much worse. Remember that senator John McCain was only upset about the spying when it was directed at the "elites"
And, yes, elsewhere in the interview, McCain does complain about the extent of the NSA's spying... but not on ordinary Americans. No, the only thing that seems to upset him about it is when it impacts our relationships with "friends" in foreign governments.
I disagree with your reasoning a bit; specifically
> Whatever short term gains such a PsyOp could have don't justify the long term damage it has caused.
The government doesn't always act it its best long-term interests. This danger can be exacerbated by secretive organizations enacting plans because they do not have the benefit of reasoned discourse among all relevant stakeholders, nor access to some of the most apt philosophical arguments (for or against) and strategic sociopolitical thinking. Or, in short, closeted committees conduce circlejerky conceptions.
It is impossible to create a tool that cannot be used against the dictates of any philosophy, good or evil.
Cash is good because it provides immediate liquidity for purchasing life's necessities. Cash is evil because it can purchase children for sex slaves.
Drones are good because we can monitor wildfires as they progress without endangering human lives that would otherwise be needed to pilot the planes close to the blazing inferno. Drones are evil because some secret governmental organization can apply explosive force against anyone, anywhere, without exposing themselves to retaliation, self defense, or even public scrutiny.
This pen in my pocket is good because I can use it to express ideas that will live beyond my fragile body, inspiring countless generations to the noblest heights of humanity, progressing the freedom and egalitarianism of untold civilizations. Or I can stab someone in the neck with it.
Please, dear congress critters, please; stop blaming the tools.
this is kinda troubling.... if the NSA realizes that they are losing support from the government, they might decide to destroy all their data before they get shut down, and before it can be analyzed. I think the DOJ needs to stage a raid real quick before all the criminal evidence "disappears".
Leaving your home and walking down the street is a form of a "tradeoff" in that when you go outside, other people can see you, and that, in some ways, is a "violation" of your privacy.
That's quite an assertion, and with nothing to back it up. How is other people being able to see you when you're out in public in any way a violation of your privacy?
Maybe you missed the phrase "in some ways", and the quotes around "violation"?
Let me translate. Some people might, but not necessarily do, view knowledge of their presence among the general population (including when and with whom) as a violation of privacy, for some definition of privacy that might not be held by the majority of people.
OK, that's too abstract. How about a concrete example? Some celebrities do indeed protect themselves from the paparazzi when going into public places, and have stated that being unmasked has adversely impacted their private lives.
WalMart also won't break into my new SO's apartment next week, tie them up and blackmai -- er, detain them and encourage them to help investigate their love interest's terrorist affiliations because last month I (accidentally I swear) befriended the CIO of the Afgani mob. At least I'm pretty sure WalMart won't. Not too sure about my government these days.
No, it does not. Because you are not an American citizen, you don't deserve the basic human right to privacy nor the dignity it entails. In fact, I invite you over to our great country so you can be so privileged as to have our illustrious leaders personally spit in your non-human face. You should be thankful we let you talk on the Internet at all.
I really fail to see how this would stop anything. if you implement forward secrecy and are given the order to provide decryption keys, you will be convicted if you fail to do so. if you say "that's not how the software is written" they will respond with "so what? it's open source. modify it and save all ephemeral session keys.".
So we have a simple request. Since metadata is no big deal and it's not surveillance, when will Senator Feinstein release all of the metadata on all of the phone calls to and from her various offices, mobile phones and home phones?
Let's not forget, we can also access her family's phone records, doctor appointment times, shopping habits, etc etc. (Does she have grandchildren? How often were they late to school?) Same for all of their friends / schoolmates / collegues.
After all, if 2-3 hops is relevent enough for the NSA, then it should be relevent enough for the proponents of this "no-really-it's-not-I-tell-you surveillance program".
I couldn't think of a better time to be watching CSPAN and have someone extrapolate when her youngest granddaughter started her first period.