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NSA Calls Encrypted Data Threat to Nationís Security
Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 21 June 2013 | John Semmens

Posted on 06/23/2013 11:52:33 AM PDT by John Semmens

The National Security Agency’s widespread warrant-less snooping was justified by Director, General Keith Alexander, as “an essential component of our efforts to protect the Government from hostile adversaries.”

“The idea that we should obtain warrants before we gather vital intelligence is absurd,” Alexander asserted. “Should a soldier on the battlefield obtain a warrant before he pulls the trigger on his rifle?”

Alexander pointed to the large volume of encrypted data flowing through domestic Internet and phone lines as proof that the threat is real and imminent. “The fact that a person would send an encrypted email is, by itself, an indication that nefarious activities may be underway,” Alexander maintained. “I mean, if you’re not doing anything wrong why are you going to the extra trouble of encrypting your communications? Innocent people don’t behave this way.”

The idea that data might be encrypted in order to foil criminal attempts to steal it failed to impress the General. “It should be obvious that encrypting communications is exactly what a terrorist would do,” he said. “Honest people should avoid emulating this behavior. Acting in such a suspicious way in order to protect personal information selfishly places one’s own interests ahead of the national interest. Such misplaced priorities ought to raise a red flag. At the very least, those who do encrypt their communications can’t blame us for watching.”

if you missed any of this week's other semi-news/semi-satire posts you can find them at...

http://azconservative.org/2013/06/21/congressman-demands-more-balanced-campaign-against-terrorism/


TOPICS: Conspiracy; Government; Military/Veterans; Politics
KEYWORDS: nsa; satire; surveillance; tyranny
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To: Xenophon450
Oh yes, and the obligatory: FU Keith Alexander.

I prefer to say "FUKA".

21 posted on 06/23/2013 1:58:07 PM PDT by Lazamataz ("AP" clearly stands for American Pravda. Our news media has become completely and proudly Soviet.)
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To: Xenophon450

Maybe just because I desire to. I don’t need a reason to keep you from reading my mail. Here is a perfect example of bureaucratic paranoia ... his very statements make him suspect of a dire need of mental health help.


22 posted on 06/23/2013 2:21:10 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (Drug abuse is not a victimless crime ... look at what Obama is doing to the country!)
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To: John Semmens

“Privacy is a threat to national security.”


23 posted on 06/23/2013 3:02:49 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: John Semmens

“The Constitution is a threat to national security.”


24 posted on 06/23/2013 3:03:13 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: John Semmens

One of your best yet, John.


25 posted on 06/23/2013 3:08:34 PM PDT by Focault's Pendulum (I live in NJ....' Nuff said!)
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To: John Semmens
We need to ban opaque envelopes and make everyone mail their letters in transparent paper, too.

Mailing a letter in an opaque envelope is, by itself, an indication that nefarious activities may be underway.

-PJ

26 posted on 06/23/2013 3:11:41 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: RobertClark
with the advent of quantum computing, encryption is worthless, at all levels

A really simple encryption method, so simple it can be done by hand, cannot cracked, even using quantum computers: One-time Pad

27 posted on 06/23/2013 3:41:41 PM PDT by Reeses
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To: John Semmens

I think this entire incident has destroyed the entire “cloud” industry BS.

It als means that subscription based programs are doomed to failure (is adobe listening? is ms listening?)? Those subscriptions mean access to private computers.

Cloud computer is just a sucker marketing gimick to sell server space.


28 posted on 06/23/2013 3:58:16 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: John Semmens

“The idea that we should obtain warrants before we gather vital intelligence is absurd,” Alexander asserted. “Should a soldier on the battlefield obtain a warrant before he pulls the trigger on his rifle?”

Sounds pretty close to the rules of engagement that Obama has forced on to our soldiers.


29 posted on 06/23/2013 4:14:08 PM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I go to sign up for the American Revolution 2013 and the Crusades 2013?)
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To: John Semmens

Does this narcissist know that some of us are required to keep confidences and are required to have things encrypted? He has no right to know my or my clients’ business and he can kiss my ass


30 posted on 06/23/2013 9:15:52 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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