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In NSA-intercepted data, those not targeted far outnumber the foreigners who are
The Washington Times ^ | July 5, 2014 | Barton Gellman, Julie Tate and Ashkan Soltani

Posted on 07/05/2014 8:34:50 PM PDT by Cato in PA

Ordinary Internet users, American and non-American alike, far outnumber legally targeted foreigners in the communications intercepted by the National Security Agency from U.S. digital networks, according to a four-month investigation by The Washington Post.

Nine of 10 account holders found in a large cache of intercepted conversations, which former NSA contractor Edward Snowden provided in full to The Post, were not the intended surveillance targets but were caught in a net the agency had cast for somebody else.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; Technical
KEYWORDS: dragnet; nsa; nsascandals; policestate; snowden; spying; surveillance
We have to stop this. No, I'm not talking about chewing out your congresscritter; considering how oblivious the Supreme Court is on technology, I have little doubt that most people in Congress are much better.

We have to do what we can, legally, to protect ourselves. Use encryption. Use peer-reviewed software that has been verified free of backdoors. It's all we've got.

A good place to get started is https://prism-break.org.

1 posted on 07/05/2014 8:34:50 PM PDT by Cato in PA
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To: Cato in PA

So, my guess is they’re grabbing random conversations, looking for harmful ‘lexicon’ words and hoping to catch a bad guy or group as a result. It sucks. I want anonymity in my emails, just like a letter.


2 posted on 07/05/2014 8:38:04 PM PDT by irish guard
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To: Cato in PA

The Govt treats everyone like a terrorist, unless they really are a terrorist.


3 posted on 07/05/2014 8:43:45 PM PDT by UnwashedPeasant (Don't nuke me, bro.)
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To: irish guard

“..hoping to catch a bad guy or group ..”

IOW, you want the bad guy or group to go undiscovered, correct?


4 posted on 07/05/2014 8:46:39 PM PDT by Rembrandt (Part of the 51% who pay Federal taxes)
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To: Cato in PA

Defund this Anti-American, Terrorist Training Center.

5 posted on 07/05/2014 8:47:29 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: Cato in PA

A handful of few tips for any privacy-conscious FReepers:

INTERNET SEARCHING

Don’t use Google, Bing, Yahoo, or any other search engine that tracks your search results. You might as well be sending data straight to the NSA.

StartPage searches Google on your behalf completely anonymously. In other words, you get the exact same search results as you would with Google, except you keep your privacy.

DuckDuckGo is an independent search engine that also does not track you. Its search results are a bit more hit and miss, but they’re fairly good overall.

BROWSER

There are many excellent tools available for Firefox browser that can assist you in protecting your privacy. Here are a few of my favorites:

-User Agent Overrider: Use this to change your browser’s user agent so as to appear as generic as possible. You can get a list of the most popular user agents here.
-Adblock Edge: Use EasyList to block ads, EasyPrivacy to block trackers. Add the Fanboy social list to block Facebook buttons, etc. Social media sharing buttons track your browsing even if you don’t have an account with them.
-Self-Destructing Cookies: Accepts cookies from Web sites but deletes them automatically when the tab you’re using is closed unless you say otherwise. Fights tracking cookies that this article mentions are used by the NSA.
-HTTPS Everywhere: An extension by the EFF. Enables secure connections whenever possible.
-NoScript: One of the best security and privacy tools that Firefox has to offer. NoScript has a significant learning curve, but if you master it, you can stop most threats cold. For example, try enabling NoScript and then going to Whatismybrowser. You’ll see that it is impossible for that site to get a list of the plugins you have installed.

EMAIL

Keep an eye on MailPile. It’s an up-and-coming browser-based email client that aims to make it dead simple to send and receive encrypted email.

BitMessage is a decentralized, experimental alternative to email. It’s still in its early stages, so if you want to know more, you might have to ask me or a similarly knowledgeable person for help.

The Free Software Foundation has come out with an email encryption guide called “Email Self-Defense:” https://emailselfdefense.fsf.org/en/

ORGANIZATIONS

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is one of the premiere Internet privacy organizations.

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is possibly the most ideologically “pure” technology organization out there. Its purpose it to promote open, peer-reviewed software.

Whether or not you believe “open source” is worth a darn, it’s a fact that the only way to be sure that the NSA hasn’t compromised the software you’re using to be able to see what it’s made of. You can’t do that with software like Windows.


6 posted on 07/05/2014 8:47:43 PM PDT by Cato in PA (Resist!)
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To: Cato in PA

Thanks for the information.


7 posted on 07/05/2014 9:01:49 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Cato in PA

The other thing to do is to place a signature on your emails, every email with a list of words that have been flagged. If everyone did that the NSA would not be able to sort through all the digital noise.

For example:
Bomb, jihad, Conservative, IRS, Homeland Security, Obama, Terror, Terrorist, Terrorism, Nixon, Airplane, Air port, Dirty Bomb, Radiological Device, Biological Device, Blow up, Destroy, Halal, Jews, Catholics, Holy War, Defend, Provoke, Bush, Clinton, Snuff out, Islam, Border, Immigration, Death of a President, Fatwa, Fire fight, Grenade.

Have fun with this one NSA


8 posted on 07/05/2014 9:02:50 PM PDT by Fai Mao (Genius at Large)
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To: Cato in PA

I took your advice and just installed all of those..!

Many thanks..!


9 posted on 07/05/2014 9:04:44 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: Cato in PA

Link to MailPile:

https://www.mailpile.is/


10 posted on 07/05/2014 9:06:26 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: Cato in PA

Obama sweeps up everything
what about that don’t people get?

when you call your bank in the Caymans,

Obama and Reid know.


11 posted on 07/05/2014 9:07:21 PM PDT by RockyTx
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To: Fai Mao
If you really want to troll the NSA, there's a Firefox extension for that: Flagger.

My first thought was: wouldn't that put me on the NSA's watch list? Then I remembered that they're probably watching all of us right-wing Christian extremists on here already.
12 posted on 07/05/2014 9:32:19 PM PDT by Cato in PA (Resist!)
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To: Cato in PA

Exactly, Cato. Who says ordinary conservative internet users, Freepers, Republicans, and Donald Sterling, are “those not targeted”? Aren’t they the #1 threat to the Obama administration?


13 posted on 07/05/2014 11:15:42 PM PDT by Rainier1789 (My Constitution has a 2nd and 10th Amendment)
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To: UnwashedPeasant

it’s pretty tough to justify spying on ALL Americans under the guise of protecting the country from terrorism...

if you release FIVE top enemy commanders while simultaneously flooding the country from millions of unknowns


14 posted on 07/05/2014 11:49:26 PM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: sten

As the drip drip of all of this comes out.. many who called Snowden a traitor will realize he was giving us a heads up!


15 posted on 07/05/2014 11:52:42 PM PDT by antceecee (Bless us Lord, forgive us our sins and bring us to everlasting life.)
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To: Fai Mao; gaijin

in the 80s, having to scan 10m emails a day might have been an issue.

today, it’s pretty simple to scan thru 100m emails in an hour.

current tech is analyzing images in near real-time. lots and lots of images.

text is trivial by comparision


16 posted on 07/05/2014 11:55:21 PM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: antceecee

He can still be a traitor. Most of what he has released is supposedly for the benefit of foreigners, or about how we spy on foreigners.


17 posted on 07/05/2014 11:59:33 PM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: PghBaldy

Sorry... what he has accomplished is opening eyes of many who blindly believed in our government.


18 posted on 07/06/2014 12:03:37 AM PDT by antceecee (Bless us Lord, forgive us our sins and bring us to everlasting life.)
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To: Cato in PA

bkmk


19 posted on 07/06/2014 12:09:19 AM PDT by AllAmericanGirl44
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To: sten

“it’s pretty tough to justify spying on ALL Americans under the guise of protecting the country from terrorism...if you release FIVE top enemy commanders while simultaneously flooding the country from millions of unknowns”

Our overlords aren’t justifying anything to anyone; they just do it. Only Bush was expected to justify this; how dare you hold our “affirmative action token” president to the same standards as a white person.


20 posted on 07/06/2014 3:27:56 AM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic warfare against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: Cato in PA

I wouldn’t trust encryption with all the resources they have - odds are that they can read most of the encrypted stuff with little problem. It might take them more resources, but it sure shouldn’t be relied on and be used as a sense of security.


21 posted on 07/06/2014 3:51:41 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: Cato in PA
In NSA-intercepted data, those not targeted far outnumber the foreigners who are

I believe it was US President Theodore Roosevelt who first coined the term "weasel words", and I've seen no better example than the title is this article. The number of "foreigners" targeted is irrelevant.

22 posted on 07/06/2014 7:28:35 AM PDT by The Duke ("Forgiveness is between them and God, it's my job to arrange the meeting.")
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Mr. GG2 uses Startpage. I just don’t care anymore.


23 posted on 07/06/2014 8:51:52 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: antceecee

I just have a tough time taking him seriously, when, as Gary Kasparov said, he’s not also pointing out or investigating what could be wrong in Russia, but rather being selectively outraged at what goes on in just the U.S.. Call me what you will, but there’s plenty that’s going on that is simply not right in Russia, and the fact that Snowden is selectively outraged at the U.S. while turning a blind eye to issues concerning Russians and their own government, I have a hard time taking a biased, one-sided person like that seriously.


24 posted on 07/06/2014 2:27:40 PM PDT by Morpheus2009
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To: PghBaldy

He has certainly told me a hell of a lot about what they are doing to American Citizens!!!!


25 posted on 07/06/2014 10:45:52 PM PDT by antceecee (Bless us Lord, forgive us our sins and bring us to everlasting life.)
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