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The NSA has compromised almost 100,000 computers around the world in its quest to get its tentacles into air-gapped computers operated by adversaries such as the Chinese Army. The revelation was made by the New York Times in a report published on Tuesday based on documents released by Edward Snowden. The spy agency has …

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It's in the chairs!

They run off and get new chairs.

It's in the mousepads!

New mousepads.

It's in the monitor!

New monitors.

It's in the keyboards!

New keyboards, just for the hell of it, new computers.

It's in your glasses!

New glasses.

It's in...

The NSA swoops in on the going out of business sale.

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Or you just put your IT gear used for classified material inside a TEMPEST shielded room... just like we were all doing 20 years ago.

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or

You fill it full of fake information and watch the NSA run around like morons chasing fake leads and make-believe nasty men.

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So. Where are the pictures?

Someone somewhere should have found the physical evidence by now (the extra chip with a wire antenna) and posted the pictures. Or some overly-observant Linux-god IT-type would have noticed their USB cable inexplicably slurping files. Or some ham radio type would have noticed the RF signal and tracked it back to the source. So where is the evidence? I'm not implying that this story is therefore not true. I'm just asking: Where are the pictures?

Typically these sorts of things would have been detected, documented, reverse engineered, decoded, tested to see 'Will it blend?', bill-of-material cost estimated, and so on. All in the first week.

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People who are likely to notice this sort of targeted attack aren't targeted by it. Simples, and obvious.

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So that's why no pictures?

I always wondered why some of my porn was so slow loading. It's GCHQ sluping my genitalia for use when I become a threat or when I am able to serve a political purpose.

I'd better ease off my effort to expose Glowballs as a Thatcherite threat designed to thwart Arthur Scargil. ...Oops!

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Proving His Enemies Right

The People's Republic of China is a totalitarian dictatorship which oppresses its people in general and minorities in particular; it menaces the liberty of the people of Taiwan.

A disclosure of active intelligence operations by the U.S. against China, therefore, is directly weakening the U.S. against a potential - and actual - adversary.

Remember the time, not long ago, when an American airplane over international waters was disabled by a Chinese pilot, forcing it to land on Chinese territory - causing the plane, containing classified technology, to be taken apart while in China?

Up until now, his disclosures seemed to a layperson like myself to be such as to cause minimal damage, but to serve the purpose of informing the American people of activities affecting their privacy which may have been in violation of the Constitution.

The quantum computer disclosure was not in that category, but it only revealed what most people would have guessed - that the NSA was interested in the technology, enough to spend a few dollars learning about it.

But at this point, the people who have been saying from the start that he deserves to be shot as a traitor finally have something they can point to.

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@john savard

The NSA and US govt lost the "right to privacy" when the decided to start spying on allied leaders, foreign businesses, charities, not to mention ordinary people.

To believe they are motivated by some urge to keep us or Taiwan or anywhere else safe is naive at best.

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"The People's Republic of China is a totalitarian dictatorship..."

Not really, not anymore. Things are a bit more subtle than that.

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Re: Proving His Enemies Right... ExCUSE me?

Just a few years ago, I MYSELF suspected stuff like nightstand, if only because with a good dose of paranoia that leaks from time to time, I once pondered (probably from watching a TV movie or one from Hong Kong or extrapolation of plot events) the use of infiltration radio waves to hijack computers. It is not a far-fetched idea to bring to reality.

Now, supose that *I* had gone public with it, but only after, say, handing someone $1,000 to rig up a proof of concept against major laptops and desktops and a handful of year 2007 mobiles. Would that make ME a traitor, even though I would have no proof that the tech is or could be in use, but a a much more sophisticated level tha $1,000 might tempt someone to make?

Watch enough movies and work in tech and allow your mind to feel the fear of characters in movies cornered and angry, and you can eventually start scratch-padding all sorts of things that are likely in play in the real world, but you'd be smart not to try to show who might be the target of such tech.

MOreover, I became even MORE paranoid/suspicious of it due to periodic reports of police vans containing mini-mobile cell towers, able to hijack comms and equipment. That was public maybe 2008 of 2009. As SOON as that hit the press, anyone in China's military elite ignoring it would be a fool. So, I suspect China -- if up to that point it had done nothing -- probably began R&D to find out their own susceptability. After all, China has been making supercomputers since the 80s or 90s (IIRC), and surely some of their own brightest minds posited such things but had other priorities or dearth of money to pursue it...

I don't condone nor condemn what Snowden did (as yet, I'm ambivalent. Maybe because since ALL governments lie, outright lie, for their missions, it is a game on THEIR level, and I don't have to take as stand because no country would listen to me one way or another -- aside from stringing me up domestically for being "ambivalent" -- because their missions will just adapt, evolve, improve, or fail), just as with "I can neither confirm nor deny the presence or absence of nuclear veapons aboard the USS (name your ship)" could be in some cases circumvented by states tech savvy enough to backscatter ships entering and leaving port.

Besides, every compromise just forces tech innovation, and hopefully at some point gets in the way of the REAL bad guys -- the ones stealing credit card numbers, hacking pace makers, and the like.

And, once again, so long as China OWNS most of the US debt and can plunge the sanctity of the "full faith and credit of the Dollar" down the commode, it is the height of hypocrisy to call one's economic salvation a "mortal enemy", except for public consumption by the weakest of minds. Enough of our politicians gave away the farm only a handful of years ago, yet pretend they didn't facilitate or turn a blind eye. China is (currently) worlds manufacterer of economies of scale choice, and until that changes, China's not going to do anything mortally wounding to change that. OTOH, she probably will do EVERYthing possible to keep the USA from delaying her own slip, and will do everything possible to take and keep that crown. Even in football, no one team keeps on winning and winning and winning... The USA is not the Energizer bunny. Even a $1, 20-minute battery is king if juice is only needed for 10 minutes in a desperate moment.

I'll pause before I too far in spirals on non-sensicality...

Just my $1.88...

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@Spoddyhalfwit:

Re: "To believe they are motivated by some urge to keep us or Taiwan or anywhere else safe is naive at best."

Silly snarky posting made even more so by using the name-handle, "Spoddyhalfwit". Or, was that deliberate?

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"And, once again, so long as China OWNS most of the US debt and can plunge the sanctity of the "full faith and credit of the Dollar" down the commode....."

Why would the wily Chinese want to destroy the value of all of those U.S. Treasury Bills they're holding?

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>>Why would the wily Chinese want to destroy the value of all of those U.S. Treasury Bills they're holding?<<

I wondered that too, but thinking about it, what would they do with them? It's a bit like what to you get as a present for the man who has everything?

I suspect the dollar holding is more use as a threat/negotiating tool than as a currency holding. Anything they could buy from USA they already have and probably manufacture for themselves. It's no secret that The Party gets a copy of all blueprints manufacturers take into China, USA has very little in terms of what they actually need. The dollar holding may actually be more use to keep the US from overreaching.

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"The People's Republic of China is a totalitarian dictatorship which oppresses its people in general and minorities in particular; it menaces the liberty of the people of Taiwan."

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Right, errr and America is? I would put it to you that one is no better than the other albeit that the US has a wider spread empire.

The NSA deserves all it gets. It is not fulfilling its legal mandate and is branching out in a way that the CIA tried in the 50s and 60s. the moment it started spying on all and sundry it set itself up for a fall.

Disclosure no surprise and a normal extrapolation from the Tempest concept.

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@Nicho

Sssshhhhh . . . . You're ruining a perfectly good black-vs-white/right-vs-wrong/good-vs-evil world view.

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"The People's Republic of China is a totalitarian dictatorship which oppresses its people in general and minorities in particular; it menaces the liberty of the people of Taiwan."

Yeah, so what are you gonna do about it? Cruise around with yer faggot Carrier Battle Groups like a German Kaiser steaming around in front of Murocco?

I may remind you that it was the US that invented the plan to kill 250 million chinese as collateral damage by "bomb as you go" SAC sorties -- in case of a war with Russia, You can never be too sure.

Now shut up, admire how PRC finances the US government and go brownnose the progessive Hillary-Obama duo. Maybe you can get a fine job in their "Pivot to Asia" program.

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"The People's Republic of China is a totalitarian dictatorship which oppresses its people in general and minorities in particular; it menaces the liberty of the people of Taiwan."

So your media tells you. Just as their media tells them that we are the aggressors. But that's ok: Neither of us have been there and we can totally take Murdoch's word on it, because he's a nice guy.

I'm not seriously saying that China is a happy place of freedom, but I am saying that you are blithely painting your own team as the good guys, despite the fact that China isn't the one currently sticking its military into other nations.

"Remember the time, not long ago, when an American airplane over international waters was disabled by a Chinese pilot, forcing it to land on Chinese territory - causing the plane, containing classified technology, to be taken apart while in China?"

I also remember all of the totally illegal flights over Chinese territory and invasion of their airspace by American recon aircraft. How do you justify that level of aggression?

"But at this point, the people who have been saying from the start that he deserves to be shot as a traitor finally have something they can point to."

Bullshit. This isn't a revelation. You acknowledged that you are a layperson in the field and hence only know what the media tells you. So how do you make the judgement that this is a step too far?

Truth is, everyone knows that even an airgap doesn't secure a system and never has. Do you honestly think China hasn't figured it out and takes precautions, too?

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@Psyx - "I also remember all of the totally illegal flights over Chinese territory and invasion of their airspace by American recon aircraft. How do you justify that level of aggression?"

I am not a US (nor Chinese) citizen but it's interesting to me how some people think in the US. The argument seems to go that the US can be trusted (and should be allowed) to break to rules because it has the moral high ground.

The point I can't help feeling they have missed is that you only have the moral high ground if you follow the rules - even when they don't suit you. Especially when they don't suit you. Once you start doing the wrong thing, you lose your claim to that moral high ground.

I am reminded of Shep Smith's righteous rant about torture. To paraphrase and condense, he said:

"I don't care if it's effective - we don't torture."

"If you want to be the shining city on the hill, we don't get to torture."

"This is America; we don't f$%king torture!"

While torture and spying are different beasts, the generalisation is that you don't get to claim the moral high-ground if you break the rules and you don't get to claim to act for the people if you do things they don't agree with.

If you've not seen this epic rant, then I highly recommend you seek it out.

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"The People's Republic of China is a totalitarian dictatorship"

They are not a totalitarian dictatorship...

They are a People's Democratic Dictatorship, which is a big difference,

mainly because they have a hierarchical electoral system, so yes they have local votes, but in reality it is unlikely a non CPC member will get elected, although it happens, the reason being if you want to get into power you join the CPC, there are people in the CPC who took part in protests in China, they know change takes time...

Anyway democracy is over-rated, when did choosing a leader in the UK make the slightest bit of difference?

Labour get in, they spend all the money, Conservatives get in, they save money, Labour get back in and they spend the money....

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To quote the king of the swamp in the Holy Grail

"Let's not bicker about who killed who"

Good guys or bad guys? I counsel impartiality: Do not trust any politician

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"The People's Republic of China is a totalitarian dictatorship which oppresses its people in general and minorities in particular"

So finally following America's lead in this space then....

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And EU trade offices? Are you going to tell us the EU is a totalitarian dictatorship too?

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@formerkowloontonger

Well you have "loon" in your posting name?

Having read some of your previous posts I see you are one of those American folks who has permanent skid marks in your y-fronts from worrying about Muslim terrorists (while no doubt ignoring the staggering number of Americans shot each year by other Americans exercising their right to bear arms). Hardly surprising then that you soak up whatever Uncle Sam tells you without questioning what involvement Angela merkel or the Brazilian state oil company (or Cletus in the trailer next to you) might have in plotting Jihad.

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Re: "China is a totalitarian..." blah, blah, blah.

Every criticism applicable to China is also applicable to the US ... ten times over. How many wars has China waged recently, for example? How many countries has it invaded? How many children has it murdered with killer drones?

If you want to rant about totalitarian regimes, I suggest you start with the worst, the one that represents the biggest threat to the rest of us, the one that, for example, has the dubious distinction of being the the only country in history to deploy a nuclear weapon in warfare. On a civilian population. Twice.

China is the least of our problems.

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>>Why would the wily Chinese want to destroy the value of all of those U.S. Treasury Bills they're holding?

As a minimum it gives them huge leverage. And if they really wanted to, it gives them the economic equivalent of the nuclear option. Bear in mind, just a few months back when the US government shut down, the Chinese were threatening - the US better keep paying their debts [to us the Chinese] and not default - or else.

Once upon there was an empire called Rome - it was big and powerful and subjugated peoples paid 'tribute' to the Romans. Then Rome grew fat and lazy and thought they could keep their enemies at bay by reversing the whole process and paying 'tribute' to them. Of course, the Goths and the Vandals and the Huns saw this for what it was - weakness. And the rest is history.

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The US spy plane was flying right on the border of chinese airspace playing a game of chicken with the chinese airforce pilot who was trying to ensure the US spy plane did not enter chinese airspaces when both planes collided. The chinese plane and pilot were lost the US plane was only damaged.

It is very unclear and probably unknowable whether the US pilot, chinese pilot or both made the fatal mistake but the entire situation was instigated by the aggressive and provocative actions of US spy planes flying straight at the border of chinese airspace and seeing how they reacted.

Potrraying this as chinese agression is very misleading

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"The People's Republic of China is a totalitarian dictatorship which oppresses its people in general and minorities in particular; it menaces the liberty of the people of Taiwan."

Whilst the US has the highest prison population per head of any country in the world, and highest total prison population, way more than China does. In particular, one in ten black American males is a prison inmate, around ten times the imprisonment rate of the general population. US prisons are run as for-profit organisations, offering cheap labour and often undercutting privately owned businesses, such that a large portion of Us manufacturing is actually produced by what is essentially forced labour.

People in glass houses, and all that.

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Re: "China is a totalitarian..." blah, blah, blah.

They have invaded:

Vietnam

Korea

Tibet

Several small islands.

And had a small war with India.

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Talking of killing, I found this article in a newspaper called the Florida Weekly. I was on holiday there at the time. I brought the paper home then found the article online :

http://fortmyers.floridaweekly.com/news/2013-11-06/Opinion/The_rising_resistance_to_Obamas_drone_wars.html

An nteresting article.

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"Whilst the US has the highest prison population per head of any country in the world, and highest total prison population, way more than China does."

To be fair; China saves prison space by flat-out shooting severe offenders.

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Re: "China is a totalitarian..." blah, blah, blah.

"They have invaded: Vietnam, Korea, Tibet, Several small islands. And had a small war with India."

None recently. And in the same timespan, we can also cite America for: Grenada, Panama, Iraq (twice), 'Stan, Viretnam, Korea, Haiti, Yugoslavia, the Dominican Republic, and an attempt on Cuba.

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The reason why they dont crash the dollar holdings is twofold:

1)Why piss in your own chips - you can buy a lot of whatever with that lot.

2) Send the US into a death spiral and they are going to make North Korea look sane.

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"""Why would the wily Chinese want to destroy the value of all of those U.S. Treasury Bills they're holding?"""

Never underestimate the radical-left stupidity.

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mainly because they have a hierarchical electoral system, so yes they have local votes, but in reality it is unlikely a non CPC member will get elected, although it happens, the reason being if you want to get into power you join the CPC, there are people in the CPC who took part in protests in China, they know change takes time...

Yes, never mind the fact that the largest army on earth, the PLA, is the military wing of the CPC. That's just a happy coincidence.

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As far as I can tell, this is any USB peripheral modified to include hacking into the PC and transmitting data out by radio. How it works at a range greater than most Wi-Fi from a receiver puzzles me.

So it looks like a USB memory stick, but once you plug it in, it does other things too, e.g. install itself as a "keyboard" that types in messages from the NSA.

By the way: I'm not mad. Well, not mentally ill. I am annoyed.

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"Of course, the Goths and the Vandals and the Huns saw this for what it was - weakness. And the rest is history."

Funnily enough the first thing the Vandals did after taking over Rome was to start repairing the infrastructure - it hadn't been maintained for a couple of centuries and was on the verge of falling apart.

I wonder if the same thing would happen this time around (all those collapsing bridges...)

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Re: "China is a totalitarian..." blah, blah, blah.

"They (china) have invaded..."

Perhaps one should look at how many countries the USA has invaded - starting with Canada - and let's not forget that small war with Spain, started by a newspaper baron after a US Navy ship's boiler exploded whilst in Havana port, in order to sell more papers.

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Re: "China is a totalitarian..." blah, blah, blah.

It's even more extensive than that. It's also worth bearing in mind that the US spends over 17 times more on warfare, per head of population, than China.

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@ John Savard,

You are right in the sense that this disclosure tipped the NSA's hand as to methods. However, to say that we shouldn't know that our government can compromise even AIR-GAPPED computers, at the MANUFACTURER level is pretty damned important news on the privacy, civil liberties and IT security fronts. I don't mind so much that the NSA can do this, there are crooks and dictators and terrorists and hostile intelligence agents out there that richly deserve to be surveilled.

However, I would like there to be real disclosure on when and how these operations happen, and how are they authorized and who authorizes them and where they have happened in the past. Putting a bug in Kim Jung Il's Playstation = OK by me. What worries me is what, if anything, REALLY prevents putting a bug in somebody's tablet or laptop because they are a civil liberties activist, or are pushing for defense budget reduction, or are involved in some other perfectly legal political cause that just doesn't happen to agree with the agenda of the NSA and it's masters.

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"The NSA and US govt lost the "right to privacy" when they decided to start spying on allied leaders,"

No the US government lost that right when the powers that were decided to overfly Russia and anywhere else they wanted with their U2 aircraft. All my hero, Mr Snowden, has exposed is that highly illegal misuse of drone aircraft is only the tip of the iceberg.

I thought their submarine cable splicing activities, that were such a massive fail a few years ago, was the wake up call but no, it appears some of us are still in an African river full of crocodiles, hippopotami and bilharzia ...and loving IT.

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Not really; power is what power does.

"Rome was big, powerful and subjugated people. Then Rome grew fat and lazy and thought they could keep their enemies at bay by reversing the whole process and paying 'tribute' to them. Of course, the Goths and the Vandals and the Huns saw this for what it was - weakness. And the rest is history."

Get your history right.

A powerful state can take what it wants and do what it likes no matter how fat and lazy it gets. (If it can just magically handle that waive. I think you have a ghost in your machine.) What happens is thast internicene shenanigans takes the steam out of good politics and you end up with dimwits and hooligans who drive the ship of state onto the rocks.

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"Why would the wily Chinese want to destroy the value of all of those U.S. Treasury Bills they're holding?"

I don't know, but I can posit several possibilities. Whether they are probabilities, who knows?

1. To destroy the despised capitalist americans and bring them to their knees, thus proving the superiority of the workers paradise in a final and decisive manner (I have to admit this one is highly unlikely to have any roots in reality, but fits in well with the way merkins would like to believe that communists think)

2. To leverage their position in trade negotiations, land talks, political matters of all kinds. In fact, this doesn't even require that they destroy the currency. Just needs a few officials to publicly state what a shame it would be if Chinese investors were to lose confidence in US Treasury bonds and try to dump them into the market.

3. Because it doesn't matter to the Chinese. As a people they have never been driven by thoughts of short term gain or loss. Look at what they've been doing in Africa for the past 20 years - investment in infrastructure, healthcare and education entirely at Chinese expense, with no timetable set for repayment.

If the Chinese did get offended by the NSA spying on them, concern about possible losses on their investments would not prevent them pulling the plug on US debt.

Just saying

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So the Chinese military will make it a standard procedure to enclose their air-gapped systems in Faraday cages.

[Wasn't this one of the things revealed by Der Spiegel and Jacob Appelbaum - and reported by El Reg - a couple of weeks ago? Recycling, eh?]

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@T. F. M. Reader

Not just the Chinese military:-

"Frequent targets of the uber-snoop tech include the Chinese Army, along with Russian military networks, trade institutes within the European Union, systems used by Mexican police and drug cartels, and folk in Saudi Arabia, India, and Pakistan."

In other words, pretty much of the rest of the world. And I thought "Team America: World Police" was satire...

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"So the Chinese military will make it a standard procedure to enclose their air-gapped systems in Faraday cages."

Dude: Everyone ALREADY DOES.

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What's truth?

Every empire spends billions attempting to present itself as a benevolent force for good - both to its own people and those it is conquering.

A constant trickle of facts emerge over time from various possible sources - journalists, insiders, personal experience - which show these messages to be propaganda and hypocrisy.

Snowdon has just delivered one of this generation's defining puzzle pieces (as Ellsberg did before him in the Sixties), but it will be forgotten soon enough as any national government worth its salt sets the message and tone in the long run - they establish what the majority will think and feel is real unless they question it (...and yes, there's a whole field of research dedicated to how this happens).

So, was Snowdon wrong to provide another small puzzle piece exposing the hypocrisy and lies of the U.S. being a free and democratic country operating within the law as a global force for good?

The founders of the U.S. were well aware of these issues. For them, Government is for the People - not the other way around. At *least* since Nixon (although Eisenhower's warnings about the influence of the Industrial-Military complex in the halls of power is perhaps more relevant), the corruption feared by the American Constitution because strong enough for those that are Governing to regard themselves above the People.

Now, the U.S. Secret Police regard themselves above Government, with or without Snowdon, it's the beginning of the end for the U.S. empire in the long run. The military and oil boys have already brought the U.S. to the brink of financial and moral bankruptcy. Democracy, as a means of systematic adjustment based on honest feedback from the needs of its people as they sample the environment around them is not possible, when the foxes are running the hen house. After all, can anybody here point to a Secret Police anywhere in the world, or through their actions in history, whose primary function isn't support of the ruling class rather than even the government of the day, let alone the people?

Snowdon is providing a last gasp opportunity for those in American who believe in Democracy, to react and slap the NSA, and the Military, back into their corner (which I doubt is still possible).

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A device that can transmit 8 miles to a briefcase sized receiver is going to need considerable RF output power (several hundred mW).

You could certainly derive such power from a USB port and conceal such a transmitter in larger USB devices, but the problem is it will be eminently detectable, both from an RF point of view, and from a software point of view when, say, a keyboard presents itself as something other than an HID.

Its not that this stuff couldn't have been done. I just feel is is highly unlikely that it could be done without some inquisitive individual finding it.

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That's why I think that the Snowdon 'revelations' have done no harm at all.

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Do not ruin rampant paranoia. It is such a surprise that a government might target another to find out what they are doing? That is what diplomacy is about and certainly what espionage does.

When will we get a Sowden Li running from his Chinese/Russions.Nork/whatever masters to hear how wonderfully honest they are and how they never do anything like the USA's Snowden suggests.

I'll put down my Enid Blyton book of spy fairy stories now, the one ghost written by a failed junior spy explaining how only the West seeks to look after its interests. I do not need any more fiction as I am now fully up to date with all the cr*p I need today from reading much of the above bedroom fantasy stuff.

For all you paranoid conspiracy theory pluggers. Who has experience bomb plots killing people in our buildings and transport? Oh yes we did in London, why, because intelligence was missed. I am more than happy for someone to look for the needles in hay stacks needed to stop such atrocities. Somehow the thought of being blown up, maimed or killed feels much worse than some one scanning email headers to see IF I'm writing to some dodgy character with murder on their tiny mind.

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Re: Sceptical @AC 07:55

Superb Strawman, there.

My point has nothing to do with whether spying on private citizens is wrong or right ( I happen to think it's wrong ), or the rights or wrongs of Edward Snowden's actions ( I happen to think his actions did far more good than harm ).

My point was merely that, in this case, I am sceptical about the veracity of this spying tech.

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