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How the US government secretly reads your email
Guardian News ^ | 11 October 2011 | Heather Brooke

Posted on 10/11/2011 11:09:01 AM PDT by george76

Secret orders forcing Google and Sonic to release a WikiLeaks volunteer's email reveal the scale of US government snooping. Somewhere, a US government official is reading through a list of those who sent or received an email from Jacob Appelbaum, a 28-year-old computer science researcher at the University of Washington who volunteered for WikiLeaks. ...

Appelbaum is a spokesman for Tor, a free internet anonymising software that helps people defend themselves against internet surveillance. He's spent five years teaching activists around the world how to install and use the service to avoid being monitored by repressive governments. It's exactly the sort of technology Secretary of State Hilary Clinton praised in her famous "Internet Freedom" speech in January 2010, when she promised US government support for the designers of technology that circumvented blocks or firewalls. Now, Appelbaum finds himself a target of his own government as a result of his friendship with Julian Assange and the fact WikiLeaks used the Tor software.

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as the law stands, government officials don't need a search warrant to access our digital data. Searching someone's home requires a warrant that can only be obtained by proving probable cause, but digital searches require no such burden of proof. Instead, officials essentially "self-certify" ...

Most people are not aware of the ease with which governments – free, open and so-called democratic – can access and peruse our private communications...

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The fourth amendment of the US Constitution should protect against unwarranted search and seizure. Its inclusion in the Bill of Rights was a result of colonialists' anger at abuse suffered at the hands of British officials using writs of assistance

(Excerpt) Read more at guardian.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Washington; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: email; fourthamendment; google; govreadsemail; govtabuse; internet; lping; sonic; tyranny; wikileaks

1 posted on 10/11/2011 11:09:05 AM PDT by george76
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To: george76

Early on it all was eschelon


2 posted on 10/11/2011 11:23:31 AM PDT by Joe Boucher (FUBO)
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To: george76
DOWNSIDE LEGACY AT TWO DEGREES OF PRESIDENT CLINTON
SECTION: STATUS OF US INTELLIGENCE
SUBSECTION: ECHELON, HIGH TECH

3 posted on 10/11/2011 11:23:43 AM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: george76

Early on it all was eschelon


4 posted on 10/11/2011 11:25:21 AM PDT by Joe Boucher (FUBO)
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To: george76

I sometimes wonder if technology will drive us to go back to payphones, meeting in public places to quietly converse, and using hand signals to communicate/whispering coded words in the other persons ear. And of course using only cash or barter for transactions.


5 posted on 10/11/2011 11:25:23 AM PDT by MichaelCorleone (Doesn't anyone love liberty anymore?)
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To: george76

NarusInsight


6 posted on 10/11/2011 11:30:27 AM PDT by ▀udda▀udd (7 days - 7 ways a Guero y Guay Lao << >> with a floating, shifting, ever changing)
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To: MichaelCorleone

Not to mention worrying about trusting your neighbors, family, or friends about what you talk about.


7 posted on 10/11/2011 11:32:07 AM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: george76

Not surprising... Just think of the dossiers they build from this place.


8 posted on 10/11/2011 11:36:29 AM PDT by NeverForgetBataan (To the German Commander -- ..........................NUTS !)
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To: george76

It’s been obvious for a long time that it’s particularly foolish to put anything in an email—or facebook, etc.—that you don’t want anybody and everybody to read.

The old rule applies: Never put anything in writing.


9 posted on 10/11/2011 11:39:25 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius.)
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To: Cicero

‘Never put anything in writing.’

Including FR.


10 posted on 10/11/2011 11:42:47 AM PDT by AlmaKing
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To: MichaelCorleone

seems to work in Chicago..... /sarc


11 posted on 10/11/2011 11:49:03 AM PDT by pointsal
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To: AlmaKing

Too late...


12 posted on 10/11/2011 11:52:18 AM PDT by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: george76

They must be bored to tears.


13 posted on 10/11/2011 12:05:03 PM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: AlmaKing

‘Never put anything in writing.’

Including FR.

***

Too late.

They found me. I have to leave the country.


14 posted on 10/11/2011 12:09:05 PM PDT by ROTB (Christian sin breeds enemies for the USA. If you're a Christian, stop sinning, and spread the Word..)
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15 posted on 10/11/2011 12:29:15 PM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: george76

If I can’t think it, say it, or do it in the light of day, I don’t, but I still hate having the government looking over my shoulder.


16 posted on 10/11/2011 12:49:35 PM PDT by pallis
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To: george76

If anyone here doesn’t believe NSA isn’t screening every electron in this country and large parts of the world, then fairy tales must be true.

Keywords, phrases, names and actions. Likely also screened by ISP, location and tagged against verifiable data base information.


17 posted on 10/11/2011 12:54:15 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: MichaelCorleone

18 posted on 10/11/2011 1:35:40 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin

That is dangerous. You must erase that sign and swear allegiance only to your government. That which provides your food, housing, health care and education. This sign is an empty hate filled cult. /sarc


19 posted on 10/11/2011 1:40:04 PM PDT by Dick Vomer (democrats are like flies, whatever they don't eat, they sh#t on.)
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To: Cicero
It’s been obvious for a long time that it’s particularly foolish to put anything in an email—or facebook, etc.—that you don’t want anybody and everybody to read.
The old rule applies: Never put anything in writing.

Timeless Advice. Cardinal Richelieu: "Never write a letter and never destroy one." can be updated to emails and social networking posts.

20 posted on 10/11/2011 2:55:20 PM PDT by Oatka ("A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves." ┬ľBertrand de Jouvenel)
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To: AlmaKing

Well, I signed up for FR fairly early, but not until I have been a visitor to the forum (then known as Whitewater) for a number of months.

I didn’t want to put myself on clinton’s bodycount list, but I decided that Jim could be trusted not to release identities. So I joined.

Actually, I’m sure that by now, the Gubbermint can ID all of us anyway, if they really want to. So, I’ll take my chances. Is it worth the bad press for them to throw us into slave labor camps? Probably not yet. There are a lot of worse enemies out there for them to worry about.


21 posted on 10/11/2011 4:02:51 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius.)
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To: george76

They are more than welcome to read all my emails. I’ll start adding a PS to all of them saying “get off my back you pitiful government jerks” and other similiar thoughts.


22 posted on 10/12/2011 3:09:55 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Romney as president will just destroy the country slower than Obama.)
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To: MichaelCorleone
I sometimes wonder if technology will drive us to go back to payphones, meeting in public places to quietly converse, and using hand signals to communicate/whispering coded words in the other persons ear. And of course using only cash or barter for transactions.

Although these can be interecepted, but I can foresee a return to the use of CB radios too.
23 posted on 10/12/2011 5:46:02 PM PDT by Nowhere Man ("People should not fear their government, their government should fear the people." - V for Vendetta)
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To: MichaelCorleone
I sometimes wonder if technology will drive us to go back to payphones, meeting in public places to quietly converse, and using hand signals to communicate/whispering coded words in the other persons ear. And of course using only cash or barter for transactions.

Although these can be interecepted, but I can foresee a return to the use of CB radios too.
24 posted on 10/12/2011 5:46:14 PM PDT by Nowhere Man ("People should not fear their government, their government should fear the people." - V for Vendetta)
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To: Cicero

I decided to make it easy fer ‘em years ago. I posted my name and address. Molon Labe!


25 posted on 10/12/2011 8:16:44 PM PDT by wastoute (Government cannot redistribute wealth. Government can only redistribute poverty.)
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To: MichaelCorleone

Communism create such a paranoid society and it’s happening here.


26 posted on 10/24/2011 7:53:57 AM PDT by SQUID
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