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(Schneier on Security)   Remember way back in 1997 when the NSA thought it was un-American to spy on Americans? Neither do we   (schneier.com) divider line 17
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2013-06-28 04:15:32 AM  
2 votes:

sendtodave: The problem with this whole thing is a lack of trust.  The NSA could say "We continue to value civil liberties, we don't spy on our own people, we have some standards," and no one would believe them.

Or, rather, those inclined to not believe them wouldn't believe them.  And those included to trust them would still trust them.  And so, the whole thing still boils down to those that trust the government, and those that don't.

Snowden gave ammo to those that don't trust the government.  Those that support the government aren't happy about this.


Trust is the belief that you can predict another's behavior with an acceptable degree of confidence.   Some people accept a lower degree of confidence than others.  Discovery of behavior that you did not predict lowers one's confidence.

Note that it's entirely possible to trust someone to screw you every chance he gets. The most paranoid people are exhibiting the greatest trust.
2013-06-27 10:19:17 PM  
2 votes:
I always thought the NSA was forbidden from listening to any domestic communications, just like the CIA is expressly forbidden from conducting any operations on US soil (hence why the FBI and CIA clashed for decades.)

Amazing what one terrorist attack will do.

Scared little children. Willing to give up the core beliefs of America for absolutely no security.
2013-06-28 08:50:02 AM  
1 votes:
I'm sick of 9/11 changing everything, can't we change some shiat back at this point?
2013-06-28 03:08:06 AM  
1 votes:

ZipSplat: maniacbastard: \dude looks like he needs to take a seat over there

Bruce Schneier is a very prolific and respected cryptographer.  He also sometimes rambles on the internet about how he thinks the government might be reading his e-mail, and that since it's unlikely that someone would try to sneak a bomb, blade, etc  through a TSA checkpoint designed to detect such things, then TSA checkpoints must be entirely impotent because in their presence not a single attack has been thwarted.


Or, you know, you could reference an actual argument that he made, that airport security measures are too costly for minimal benefit and easily bypassed.
2013-06-28 01:42:44 AM  
1 votes:
ZipSplat:

No, America has decided that the real problem here is wearing pants.  If we weren't wearing pants, we would have no pants to poop, afterall.  And pants are so restrictive, no pants is very liberating.  If we want to stop pooping our pants, we must stop... wearing... pants.

Nah, we still wear pants, but now the NSA has a mic in everyone's underwear.
2013-06-28 01:34:49 AM  
1 votes:

sendtodave: dookdookdook: 9/11 changed everything.  EVERYTHING.

Pooping one's pants in fear tends to lead to a change of pants.


True. But most rational people would change into clean, fresh pants. America seems to have changed into even poopier more fear-stenched pants. :-/
2013-06-28 01:29:38 AM  
1 votes:

ZipSplat: Ricardo Klement: ZipSplat: maniacbastard: \dude looks like he needs to take a seat over there

Bruce Schneier is a very prolific and respected cryptographer.  He also sometimes rambles on the internet about how he thinks the government might be reading his e-mail, and that since it's unlikely that someone would try to sneak a bomb, blade, etc  through a TSA checkpoint designed to detect such things, then TSA checkpoints must be entirely impotent because in their presence not a single attack has been thwarted.

That's really a counterfactual, isn't it? How many successful attacks have there been on aircraft in the U.S. since the TSA took over screening?

TSA is transportation security theater, but the assertion they've not thwarted a single attack is impossible to prove.

Yes, it's a dumb argument.  I hate the TSA and the stupid checkpoints as well, but people make the dumbest arguments (as above) against them.  "Not a single prisoner has escaped that prison by climbing over the wall.  As such, we should stop wasting money on maintaining that wall."


Non-white voters are no longer disenfranchised, we should get rid of laws to prevent disenfranchisement of non-white voters.

Seems the argument has legal merit.
2013-06-28 01:15:35 AM  
1 votes:

Nem Wan: ZipSplat: 1derful: nmrsnr: You know, both of those quotes could be said with absolute conviction today. The NSA may have no interest in spying on American citizens, that does not mean they do not want the capability of intercepting intelligence even if it comes from a domestic, non-US citizen, source.

Have you been on planet dumbass since 2001? It's been fairly extensively documented over the years that the U.S. has been spying on its own citizens.

Source?  I follow this issue pretty well, almost always the initial reporting is heavily sensationalized and misleading, then nobody reads the follow-up.

"Warrantless wiretapping" - the Bush administration decided it didn't need warrants to listen to the suspected terrorist's side of a suspected terrorist-to-American conversation.  It was invoked 17 times.

PRISM - not actually a datamining operation, actually a program that streamlined and standardized an information retrieval process for issuing FISA warrants and national security letters to select large tech companies.

Verizon metadata - Depersonalized metadata, which has been decided to be property of phone companies, not the customer, were given to the NSA for traffic analysis.  It cannot be linked to any American without a warrant to go about discovering that information.

The media and the internet like to shiat their pants and scream over the NSA violating their civil liberties, but to my mind they just end up looking like old people standing around DC with tea bags hanging off their tri-corn hats rambling about death panels and the Muslim brotherhood.

I'm not sure you follow this issue pretty well if you think a FISA warrant is a product of meaningful judicial review of specific circumstances justifying a specific search. Fisa court oversight: a look inside a secret and empty process


Oh look, an article by Glenn Greenwald on the FISA court.  You know, Glenn Greenwald, the guy who farked up the Snowden reporting in the first place by reporting his opinion of what was going on as fact.  And lookie here, he's doing it again.
2013-06-28 01:03:06 AM  
1 votes:
What changed?

What's changed is us. People believe the government is spying. So some kid who releases some documents with "Top Secret" stamped on them and tells us the government is spying on everyone. Never mind that the documents don't actually support what he says. Never mind that the few details of his statement that can be confirmed turn out to be exaggerations at best, lies at worst. That doesn't matter. He told us what we want to hear, and that's all that matters.
2013-06-28 12:37:09 AM  
1 votes:

1derful: nmrsnr: You know, both of those quotes could be said with absolute conviction today. The NSA may have no interest in spying on American citizens, that does not mean they do not want the capability of intercepting intelligence even if it comes from a domestic, non-US citizen, source.

Have you been on planet dumbass since 2001? It's been fairly extensively documented over the years that the U.S. has been spying on its own citizens.


Source?  I follow this issue pretty well, almost always the initial reporting is heavily sensationalized and misleading, then nobody reads the follow-up.

"Warrantless wiretapping" - the Bush administration decided it didn't need warrants to listen to the suspected terrorist's side of a suspected terrorist-to-American conversation.  It was invoked 17 times.

PRISM - not actually a datamining operation, actually a program that streamlined and standardized an information retrieval process for issuing FISA warrants and national security letters to select large tech companies.

Verizon metadata - Depersonalized metadata, which has been decided to be property of phone companies, not the customer, were given to the NSA for traffic analysis.  It cannot be linked to any American without a warrant to go about discovering that information.

The media and the internet like to shiat their pants and scream over the NSA violating their civil liberties, but to my mind they just end up looking like old people standing around DC with tea bags hanging off their tri-corn hats rambling about death panels and the Muslim brotherhood.
2013-06-28 12:25:02 AM  
1 votes:
The problem with this whole thing is a lack of trust.  The NSA could say "We continue to value civil liberties, we don't spy on our own people, we have some standards," and no one would believe them.

Or, rather, those inclined to not believe them wouldn't believe them.  And those included to trust them would still trust them.  And so, the whole thing still boils down to those that trust the government, and those that don't.

Snowden gave ammo to those that don't trust the government.  Those that support the government aren't happy about this.
2013-06-28 12:22:55 AM  
1 votes:

nmrsnr: You know, both of those quotes could be said with absolute conviction today. The NSA may have no interest in spying on American citizens, that does not mean they do not want the capability of intercepting intelligence even if it comes from a domestic, non-US citizen, source.


Have you been on planet dumbass since 2001? It's been fairly extensively documented over the years that the U.S. has been spying on its own citizens.
2013-06-28 12:19:35 AM  
1 votes:

sendtodave: dookdookdook: 9/11 changed everything.  EVERYTHING.

Pooping one's pants in fear tends to lead to a change of pants.


Not for those who wish to wallow in it.
2013-06-28 12:00:16 AM  
1 votes:
9/11 changed everything.  EVERYTHING.
2013-06-27 11:55:04 PM  
1 votes:
The NSA was *founded* to do intra-border surveillance. CIA did extra-border surveillance.

I'm gonna say someone was "saying the right thing" in 1997, not necessarily following through.
2013-06-27 11:42:56 PM  
1 votes:
COINTELPRO

/look it up
2013-06-27 08:32:31 PM  
1 votes:
You know, both of those quotes could be said with absolute conviction today. The NSA may have no interest in spying on American citizens, that does not mean they do not want the capability of intercepting intelligence even if it comes from a domestic, non-US citizen, source.
 
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