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2013-08-21 02:57:12 PM
11 votes:
This is why I always attach MP3's to my emails. If the RIAA finds out that NSA is listening to music without paying for it, the NSA will have their internet service disconnected.
2013-08-21 01:36:06 PM
11 votes:

vpb: Mugato: I'm not an expert on This but I know a little and while they're not looking at everyones shiat just assume that they are. But most likely you Are not that interesting

I do think that the idea of being interesting enough to watch is a part of what attracts people to these sort of conspiracy theories.


This is how I feel about it...

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2013-08-21 03:57:39 PM
7 votes:
i.imgur.com
2013-08-21 01:26:08 PM
5 votes:
I just can't wait until the next Republican president so that I can say, "But Obama."
2013-08-21 01:20:24 PM
5 votes:
Clearly, the semantic difference between the headline's words and the article's words mean there is nothing here about which anyone should be concerned. As all patriots know, we should never fear the government's ability to do something. This is why so many people who are fine with NSA spying programs completely support gun registration.
2013-08-21 04:28:20 PM
3 votes:
A little sidebar here.
Is the NSA hireing?
Because if the NSA is monitoring 75% of all Internet traffic, and if 94% of that is porn, I may finally be qualified for a Government job.
2013-08-21 02:52:47 PM
3 votes:
Hello...just stay in the 25% of the internet they're not monitoring.   Duhhh?
2013-08-21 03:08:20 PM
2 votes:
2013-08-21 03:04:56 PM
2 votes:

J. Frank Parnell: AGremlin: Hello...just stay in the 25% of the internet they're not monitoring. Duhhh?

That's reserved for the illuminati pedophile ring.


The Vatican has it's own internet?  That's swank.
2013-08-21 02:55:24 PM
2 votes:

uncleacid: Just a piece of paper.

[a.abcnews.com image 640x360]


A piece of paper that is being treated like this more and more:

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2013-08-21 01:53:19 PM
2 votes:
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2013-08-21 05:00:32 PM
1 votes:

DROxINxTHExWIND: cameroncrazy1984: vpb: Headline: We tap into 75% of US internet traffic.

TFA: The system has the capacity to reach roughly 75% of all U.S. Internet traffic

Having the capacity to do something is not the same thing as doing it.  We have the capacity to nuke Chicago, but that doesn't mean that we have already done it.

This sort of straw man is typical of these NSA "spying" stories.

I came in here to say this. Jesus christ, you people are tech-illiterate.

Why would they create a system that they have no intention of using? Why would a guy with 1984 in his name not be worried about the possibilities?


two words: LAN PARTY

The most awesome Deathmatch Evar!
2013-08-21 04:52:34 PM
1 votes:

Dubya's_Coke_Dealer: Don't worry, eventually a Republican will be President again, and all you "Patriots" can go back to not caring about this sort of thing.


Without patriots you'd be a slave. Careful not to slander people willing to fight for what you are losing.
2013-08-21 04:19:03 PM
1 votes:

Outrageous Muff: Face it, you all think the government is lying to you. So no matter what they tell you, you will dismiss it as a lie.

Basically:
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Ric Romero here, reporting that people tend to disbelieve claims made by pathological liars. Up next is Connie with the weather...
2013-08-21 04:03:51 PM
1 votes:

Outrageous Muff: However regulations say that all NSA collected data can not be used against a US citizen and that all dealings with citizens are handed over to the FBI who does get warrants.


We should also let the cops search our houses and vehicles so they can decide if they need to get a warrant to search for the things that they just searched for. I can't see how this could possibly go wrong.
2013-08-21 03:58:43 PM
1 votes:
I won't lie... I support NSA cybersurveillance for all the people in this thread that use "it's" when they should use "its"
2013-08-21 03:42:29 PM
1 votes:
Some dude printed a bunch of these signs....

i.imgur.com
Just how far are people willing to bend over?
2013-08-21 03:28:11 PM
1 votes:
And as this thread goes on I get an AP news alert: NSA collected thousands of US communications with no connection to terrorism.

But hey, just because they can doesn't mean they are right? They're only spying on terrorists, been doing it for years, nothing to see here.
2013-08-21 03:26:30 PM
1 votes:

Voiceofreason01: lying to congress is a crime


Oh, you talking about Clapper? If you want to go after him, be my guest, the NSA, however, didn't lie to Congress, since they already knew the answer when they asked him the question.
2013-08-21 03:26:18 PM
1 votes:
Due to the invention of Google toilet Internet, cameras have been placed to observe your shiatty data uploads to prevent piracy.
i.imgur.com
2013-08-21 03:25:20 PM
1 votes:

MadMattressMack: redheads when looking for pr4ns


Ginger Prawns?
2013-08-21 03:24:59 PM
1 votes:
Only 10% of the prison population is innocent, so it is all good, right? Rights? What the hell are those?

Gobama, go sheeple. You guys cried bloody murder because under Bush there were rumors if you took out bomb making books in a library for might be reported. Not a single incident I can remember hearing about. Obama? Record everyone's telephone and Internet traffic, no problem. Sick the IRS and EPA on your political enemies, no problem. Americans killed overseas because of screw ups? Who cares....

Hippiecrits man, big time.
2013-08-21 03:24:09 PM
1 votes:
Face it, you all think the government is lying to you. So no matter what they tell you, you will dismiss it as a lie.

Basically:
static.someecards.com
2013-08-21 03:24:00 PM
1 votes:

CrazyCracka420: Haha, sure they do *pats nmrsnr on the head*, sure they do.


Hooray, I was just talking about these yesterday and now I have a reason to post one:

www.visi.com
2013-08-21 03:22:42 PM
1 votes:

J. Frank Parnell: mediablitz: HypnozombieX:  It's the whole reason that the internet was released to the masses to begin with. To have another dimension in which developed countries could dominate. The good news is that they didn't think their clever plan all the way through. Oh yeah,
fark the NSA

There's paranoia, then there is PARANOIA...

Yeah, next he'll be saying the internet was invented and given to the world by DARPA.


If I could go back in time, I would change their name to the Defense Enhanced Research Projects Agency.

Strictly for entertainment purposes.
2013-08-21 03:21:39 PM
1 votes:

Lando Lincoln: We're not talking about governments spying on each other.


No, you're talking about a subject you only know have the side off, and when you are told it you dismiss it because the "government is evil and lies to us". You think a democratic government that has secrets is evil, yet you cheer China and Russia for defending "freedoms".
2013-08-21 03:21:03 PM
1 votes:

midigod: The NSA themselves acknowledge thousands of those abuses.


THAT is real news. Although the fact that they keep those numbers and ran an internal investigation points more to "normal bureaucracy" than "diabolical big brother agency," but it's disturbing that they don't have to share those numbers with the Congressmen who authorize the program. They should see how often, and how badly, it messes up as part of their decision making.
2013-08-21 03:19:12 PM
1 votes:

GanjSmokr: I'm curious... to those of you here who say "they aren't actually monitoring, they just have the capability to monitor", would you be as dismissive of this situation if the president had a different (LETTER) behind his name?

Be honest with yourselves.  I'm sure some of you actually would be as dismissive, but I'm equally sure that some or you would be very vocal about your displeasure.


/personally, I think it's bad no matter who's in charge
//but I try not to be a partisan idiot most of the time, too.



Presidente?
2013-08-21 03:14:26 PM
1 votes:

The Muthaship: Maybe sadder than the fact that the government is illegally spying on innocent Americans en mass, is how many of those citizens are making excuses for them.


CrazyCracka420: Also the FBI and other spying agencies certainly would never illegally spy on citizens, it's not like Hoover used this information for furthering political agendas in this country.

Seriously, you unpatriotic spineless farks who support this illegal spying on our own citizens, are pretty farking ignorant to our own country's history.


We need Inigo Montoya up in here. "Illegal" does not mean "I don't like it." I do not support illegal spying, but as of right now none of what has been reported on by the press has mentioned any law breaking, just that the NSA has the capability of intercepting and reading lots of information which they do not do until they have an approved warrant from a judge.
2013-08-21 03:11:06 PM
1 votes:
Next stage: We record and data-mine absolutely everything in every electronic form of communication using super-computers programmed to look for suspicious key-words and patterns. But humans do not read more than a fraction of the data, after it is tagged by the computers for a human judgment and more complete surveillance if deemed useful.

In other words, we hardly know more about you than Facebook, Twitter, Google, your blog, your Mother's friends, your credit card company, your telephone company, your cable company, your bank, your school, your wife's Private Eye, and your official records know about you.

Well, apart from the kind of information that can only be obtained by sophisticated data-mining and which consists of secrets that you don't even know about yourself.

Your sudden interest in what the government knows about you is going on your permanent record, citizen.
2013-08-21 02:57:26 PM
1 votes:

I_C_Weener: I just can't wait until the next Republican president so that I can say, "But Obama."


Obama made congress create this law before he was even President! That's how deep it goes!

And he won't even use his dictator powers to stop it!
2013-08-21 02:56:38 PM
1 votes:

vpb: Headline: We tap into 75% of US internet traffic.

TFA: The system has the capacity to reach roughly 75% of all U.S. Internet traffic

Having the capacity to do something is not the same thing as doing it.  We have the capacity to nuke Chicago, but that doesn't mean that we have already done it.

This sort of straw man is typical of these NSA "spying" stories.


I came in here to say this. Jesus christ, you people are tech-illiterate.
2013-08-21 02:56:05 PM
1 votes:

DROxINxTHExWIND: I don't want to be THAT guy, but I remember in all of the "Truther" threads when people like me suggested that maybe the Bush administration knew more or even were complicit, the argument against it was, "the governement is incapable of that sort of efficiency".


/I guess they've been training


As has been mentioned, the actual usefulness of what data has actually been collected I'd imagine is questionable...simply from sheer volume. But that doesn't make the act of collection proper or legal.
2013-08-21 02:53:56 PM
1 votes:

AGremlin: Hello...just stay in the 25% of the internet they're not monitoring. Duhhh?


That's reserved for the illuminati pedophile ring.
2013-08-21 02:47:09 PM
1 votes:
Do you tinfoil-wearing internet pirvacy people understand the logistical problems that arise from recording that much data? Much less the time and manpower it would take to look at at and catalog it for anything?
2013-08-21 02:47:04 PM
1 votes:

The Muthaship: Maybe sadder than the fact that the government is illegally spying on innocent Americans en mass, is how many of those citizens are making excuses for them.


"But they're keeping us SAFE!"
2013-08-21 02:44:28 PM
1 votes:
Article: "The NSA is spying on 75% of the Internet!"

Reality: The NSA has the capability to log 75% of communications, but doesn't because of the vast amount of rules and regulations they have to adhere too.
2013-08-21 02:44:17 PM
1 votes:
How is NSAnta Claus supposed to find out who is naughty and nice without spying on everyone?
2013-08-21 02:26:41 PM
1 votes:

vpb: We have the capacity to nuke Chicago, but that doesn't mean that we have already done it.


Actually that's a pretty good comparison: We have the capacity to nuke Beijing, but we have the capacity to re-target and then nuke Chicago. And re-targeting nukes is not a few computer taps away.

It's publicly known NSA can spy on Americans with a keypress. Now imagine what we haven't heard about.
vpb [TotalFark]
2013-08-21 01:11:49 PM
1 votes:
Headline: We tap into 75% of US internet traffic.

TFA: The system has the capacity to reach roughly 75% of all U.S. Internet traffic

Having the capacity to do something is not the same thing as doing it.  We have the capacity to nuke Chicago, but that doesn't mean that we have already done it.

This sort of straw man is typical of these NSA "spying" stories.
 
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