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Brazil greenlights $200m internet cable to Europe in bid to outfox NSA

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Re: Undersea taps - pah!

So you figure that is what happens to undersea cables in the USA and UK?

And then the USA allows a foreign country to base a high capacity satellite transmitter or undersea cable to an enemy 500 feet away on the same beach, so the traffic can be routed off to the spying country?

No barrier is 100%. It is all about defense in depth. Many layers of 90% to 99% security that make breeches unfeasible for mass surveillance.

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Re: Jimmy Carter

Good point.

And $200 million will buy 2-1/2 F-35s or 1/20 of a B-2.

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Re: Catch 22

I don't understand.

"making it more attractive for ISPs to base themselves in the country."

Undersea cables from Spain to Brazil are about South American communicating with Europe, Asia and Africa without going through the USA.

Nothing about communicating within Brazil.

So far as anyone has said Brazil has sufficient internal ISPs, even if the loyalty of some staff feel greater loyalty to the Imperial Power than their own country.

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Re: Encryption is a good option

HeartBleed was open source.

Check out Linux's and Apache's histories on SANS. Open source is still has plenty of vulnerabilities.

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Re: Basic encrption vs availability

Spain is the closest neighbour in that direction.

This map shows that for connections to adjacent countries Brazil has many connections.

Unfortunately to get to Europe or Asia the vast majority of capacity is funneled through the USA.

http://www.submarinecablemap.com/#/landing-point/fortaleza-brazil

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Remember that the USA has a history of shutting of internet access to countries it dislikes

Remember that the USA has a history of shutting of internet access to countries it dislikes during times of conflict.

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Economies of scale?

There are economies of scale. But:

1. The cost of sending traffic is a minor portion of the overall cost of web and computer services.

2. Brazil's cable will serve a huge number of customers. Brazil has 200 million people and unlike the cables serving Australia's 23 million people, Brazil's undersea cables will serve other countries as well.

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Re: Its pure politics

Does Proctor and Gamble run its corporate LAN through Johnson's and Johnson's?

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Re: Another reason it might be pointless

"And moving everybody away from Microsoft spyware to linux."

Why, is Linux spyware any better?

Recent experience has proven that vulnerabilities can lurk in open source software for decades.

If you want your citizens to be foreign spyware free you pretty much need to create your own national software company to create it.

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Re: Another reason it might be pointless

While it is true that Russia is an imminent threat, the USA is the only current violator of non-UK EU sovereignty.

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The USA doesn't let Russia own Verzion or Comcast for a reason

The "it won't make a difference" claims are based on the current situation where, according to what Snowden has released, the USA has US citizens in all the commercial undersea cable companies in return for those companies being given permission to access the US parts of the internet.

That "it will make a difference" is proven by the fact that the USA is very picky over who operates its internal internet.

Which one of those in the "it won't make a difference" crowd would allow an enemy state to run their internet service?

Exactly, the USA doesn't let Russia own Verzion or Comcast for a reason.

And that reason is physical access to the network does make a difference when it comes to mass surveillance.

Of course it won't stop targeted surveillance. But targeted surveillance is not the issue. Mass surveillance of the peaceful citizens of the USA's supposed allies is.

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Windows XP refresh will DO NOTHING for lame PC market next year

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Re: 0 for 2 I think

Servers tend to be component based, components can be updated separately.

And with servers you're dealing with experts who will evaluate whether the hardware is still good enough and would it be better to just install a new OS.

I think there is a significant chance many/most Windows 2003 servers will be upgraded to later server software. Same physical machine, later OS. (I know this isn't what sales people want to hear, but it is what we'd seriously consider in we had Windows 2003 servers. If it was a close decision as to what to recommend I could probably be swayed by arguments regarding higher reliability/stability, upgrade-ability, or savings in electricity or rack space.)

Merely updating the OS was rarely a chosen path for XP desktops and laptops.

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Re: Market Segmentation

I think I totally agree.

You can't use a scooter to do a truck's job. They'll always be desktops and laptops (for the next 10 years anyways, after that who knows, direct connections into the body?).

(Of course it is possible that tablets will grow in size and get physical tactile keyboards and mice or styli so they can do laptop jobs, but then I'd call them laptops.)

The phone and tablet market will mature, but the life expectancy for a phone or tablet is unlikely to get beyond 3 years, due to physical wear and tear. So when it is a mature those 2 markets it will replenish at a faster rate.

The real key to boosting desktop and laptop sales is to come up with something that the prospective customer's current computer cannot do. I just don't see what that could be, other than a good topic for more brainstorming.

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the elderly professionals who write this stuff that "young people" use

One of the skills for surviving in tech over the decades is to identify synonyms.

If you think every new word some marketing guy coins is really a new product you're sunk because you're going to be making bad purchasing decisions or giving bad purchasing advise.

Hence the "elderly" professionals who write this stuff that "young people" use are more reluctant to use the marketing buzz words.

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As a programmer myself I can tell you the PC market is "a hardware problem"

Firstly:

The PC market is a hardware problem. So don't expect to fix it with software.

No good operating system or application can justify replacing a perfectly adequate computer.

If computer manufacturers and OEMs want to sell more computers they need to take a long hard look in the mirror, then get off their butts and start doing the job they're paid to do.

The only thing that can drive computer hardware sales is hardware innovation -- new features that create new machines that can do things current machines can't.

Secondly:

The PC market is a mature market. You can expect tablets and phones to become mature markets over the next couple of years.

You'd better develop business plans to weather mature markets.

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NO MORE DOUBLE IRISH, thunders Dublin. Erm, from 2020 that is

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Our governments should stop waiting for Ireland et al

If the major industrialized nations would simply make a stand and base their tax policies on where companies do the majority of their business, rather than letting them pick the lowest tax rate.

If they did that there would be no way out for these tax dodgers. I mean, what are they going to do, is Starbucks going to shift their operations to Ireland, Luxemburg and St. Kites?

Is Amazon going to limit sales to the USA, UK and Canada to less than it sells in Ireland?

Expecting Ireland to fix this is a waste of time. Even IF Ireland wanted to fix it some other nation would come along and do the same thing.

And the UK is guilt free in this. Many tax havens are UK territories and protectorates.

Likewise the USA permits New York to act like a tax haven in some sorts of arrangements.

Ireland is merely the worst of a bad lot.

The thing is, the wealthy don't want this fixed. They want the problem to continue, they want to continue to not pay their fair share towards education, transportation and national defense. So they lobby to prevent effective action, and they lobby successfully.

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something said to stop other governments from taking their own actions.

A promise of changes in 2020 sounds more like something said to stop other governments from taking their own actions.

How else can little Ireland maintain its internal tax windfall by stopping major countries like the US, UK, France, Germany, Japan, Canada, etc. from properly taxing these massive companies?

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Facebook's Zuckerberg in EBOLA VIRUS FIGHT: Billionaire battles bug

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indeed it is more than most governments according to the UK government's numbers

"The National Post has determined it's more than the governments Canada, France and China combined."

So let's see:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/defeating-ebola-in-sierra-leone-summary-of-conference-pledges/defeating-ebola-in-sierra-leone-summary-of-conference-pledges#donor-governments

And that was updated October 8.

Canada £18.6 million will be provided.

And I don't see figures for China or France there or anywhere in google, so I assume $0. (Otherwise the PR agents of those governments will be out of a job.)

Other governments:

Australia £7.4 million

Finland £1,394,000

Ireland £784,000 plus some supplies.

Italy £4,386,000

Switzerland £3.25 million pledged.

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Doctors Without Borders

Anyone who thinks Zuckerberg isn't doing enough can go here and make their own donation:

http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/our-work/medical-issues/ebola

There is no rule you need to be a billionaire, and many of us regular workers in the IT industry have above average incomes for the western countries in which we live.

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Good for Zuckerberg and The Giving Pledge Organization

Good for Zuckerberg.

And good for Bill Gates and Warren Buffet for starting the The Giving Pledge which is an organization for as many of the world's wealthiest individuals and families as will join to commitment to dedicate the *majority* of their wealth (over 50%) to philanthropy.

Here's the full list of pledging billionaires and billionaire families participating:

http://givingpledge.org/

Click on their photos to read their pledges.

This is a really big deal: Traditionally wealthy people have passed the wealth on to their immediate descendents, sometimes just their eldest sons. This is billionaires saying we don't want that kind of generational hegemony over the world. An easy thing for the rest of us to tell them to do, but a big break from history and historical practice for them. (Plus they've got to tell their kids.)

(Journalists: It would be interesting to read a list of those on the Forbes Top 100 Wealthiest Individuals who are not also on The Giving Pledge.)

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Forbes Top 100 Wealthiest Individuals who are not also on The Giving Pledge.

Journalists: It would be interesting to read a list of those on the Forbes Top 100 Wealthiest Individuals who are not also on The Giving Pledge.

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Foxconn exec on iPhone 6: You're BENDING it WRONG

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Maybe he doesn't have internet access and hasn't seen the videos

Maybe he doesn't have internet access and hasn't seen the videos

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Hey, non-US websites – FBI don't have to show you any stinkin' warrant

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Re: Entirely off topic

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You_can%27t_have_your_cake_and_eat_it

"An early recording of the phrase is in a letter on 14 March 1538 from Thomas, Duke of Norfolk to Thomas Cromwell, as "a man can not have his cake and eate his cake".[8]

The phrase occurs with the clauses reversed in John Heywood's "A dialogue Conteinyng the Nomber in Effect of All the Prouerbes in the Englishe Tongue" from 1546, as "wolde you bothe eate your cake, and have your cake?".

And it carries on with other examples of continuous use since 1538.

You cannot both eat the cake and have the cake as an uneaten asset.

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Re: illegal abroad surely

It is especially odd since the acts of hacking into the foreign server are being committed on US soil.

In essence the FBI is claiming it can ignore US law and ignore international law when in the USA and dealing with foreigners.

The FBI is claiming we aren't human so the protections humans get under US and international law do not apply to us.

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existing procedures for dealing with foreign governments and foreign law enforcement

@veti, "... If you want to conduct a search in foreign territory, where do you apply for a warrant? Whom do you serve it to? What if the territory concerned has no concept of a "search warrant"? ..."

There are existing procedures for dealing with foreign governments and foreign law enforcement agencies that the FBI that the FBI is well aware of and uses regularly for non-cyber searches.

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Merkel has the right idea, make the non-UK EU internet like a corporate intranet

Merkel has the right idea, make the non-UK part of the EU internet like a corporate internet -- keep internal traffic internal, and put up boundary defenses at the interfaces with the outside internet.

Failure to do that is a failure of governments in job #1, the job of safeguarding their own citizens from hostile foreign powers.

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So the FBI's position is that it is legal for governments to hack US servers?

So the FBI's position is that it is legal for the Chinese, Russian Israeli, French and Iranian governments to hack US servers without warrants? Really?

Because that is the logical conclusion from this:

"US government attorneys have argued that the FBI didn't need a warrant to snoop evidence from the Silk Road darknet drugs souk, for a simple reason: its servers were located outside the United States."

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If you aren't human you don't get human rights

If you aren't human you don't get human rights.

Clearly the people who run the USA, US voters, don't think of the rest of us as human.

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Apple blacklists tech journo following explicit BENDY iPhone vid

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Like Apple, Sarah Palin also used to black list journalists and news organization.

Like Apple, Sarah Palin also used to black list journalists and news organization.

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The IT kit revolution's OVER, say beancounters - but how do they know?

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Has IT spending gone down? Good question.

There is probably been a shift from purchasing things that tax law requires be depreciated over a number of years to buying things that are business simple expenses.

Perhaps there were changes in depreciation laws in some countries too.

But also a lot more is leased or run off-site, or run in a cloud.

Software is more likely to be developed by external vendors rather than in-house.

And some companies may have shifted responsibility for some purchases out of IT departments, for example cell phones, memory sticks, program packages not widely used, etc.

I can't even begin to guess whether over all expenditure on IT type things has gone up or down. I would say it is going to vary company to company, industry to industry, and tax jurisdiction to tax jurisdiction.

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Re: The popular "Y2K Myth" idea is based on ignorance.

There is no argument because some of us know the cold hard facts and the facts are available in the written records of many companies.

Y2K projects were vital to prevent widespread disaster in business world-wide.

There is absolutely no debate about that amongst fully informed people.

Sure there was probably some scamming going on:

1. Managers getting legitimate work done (at higher Y2K wages)( now rather than later under the guise of it needing to be done urgently.

2. Sales people falsely telling companies that perfectly good machines would not work after Y2K.

Also prices of programmers went up and the prices consulting firms charged went up hugely during Y2K, but that wasn't a scam, that was simple supply and demand. Supply is constant while demand goes way up, so price goes up.

So sure, some scamming, probably less than 5%, perhaps much less than 5% since there were so many legitimate ways to make money if people only had the time. But the overwhelmingly great majority of the Y2K expenditures were absolutely vital to continued business.

I worked for 4 client companies in Winnipeg and Toronto during Y2K.

My guess is 95% all Y2K projects were necessary for business to continue, 4% was legitimate work done early using Y2K budgets, and at most 1% was actual fraud.

The Register should lead the way to ending the popular lies that IT types invented the Y2K Myth for personal profit.

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Miscreants leak banking baddie's secret source

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Where are GCHQ, the NSA and CSIS on providing espionage tools to terrorists?

I see CSIS in an article like this I expect it to be the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (annual budget, $513,007,839 (2013–14)) has chocked up a victory for our side.

Instead the CSIS Danish security consultancy probably not even 1% of that size.

The source code to these trojans all represent risks to national security far greater and far more real than any risks claimed for the revelations of Snowden.

The source code to these trojans all represent far greater and far more real gifts to terrorist organizations than anything claimed for what Snowden revealed.

The source code can be used to raise funds for terrorism.

The source code can be used by terrorists to design trojans for gaining secret, top secret and compartmentalized information.

So why, how, when GCHQ, the NSA and CSIS have not completed job #1 their "War on Islam"*, er uh correction, "War on Terrorism", how do they find the time and money to spy on peaceful: trade negotiators, lawyers consulting on trade negotiations, local grass roots politicians, business leaders, academics and regular people's emails and web visits, plus have the additional free time to monitor teenage daughters sexting?

Focus people. Think. Threats to the common person's computer security are national security threats.

Sure you like to hide behind the commercial crooks, use some of the same tools, and hide your malware traffic in with their malware traffic.

GCHQ, NSA and CSIS, with your lax attitude on trojans and spyware for commercial theft you're inadvertently aiding terrorists; you're standing by and watching people give espionage tools to terrorists.

Obviously many of the spyware techies of those agencies read this website. Please lobby your bosses on this issue.

You and us, we're on the same side. I realize this is probably just an oversight on your bosses' part, not seeing the potential these tools, thinking they're only a base criminal threat and not realizing their a gift to terrorists. Please help your bosses see the reality.

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FAKE Google web SSL certificates tip-toe out from Indian authorities

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Difficult to solve does not equal impossible to solve

Difficult to solve does not equal impossible to solve.

Merkel was on to something with her idea to keep EU internet traffic within the non-Five-Eyes part of the EU -- just like most companies do already. Keep the traffic internal when you can.

Why trust so many? Why not have the option to only trust the part of the web located in countries where you have human rights and the protection of the law?

Sure it isn't fool proof, but nothing is. You own a car. It can be hacked. You still choose to own it, you're just careful where you park it.

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must be something they learned form us during the British raj.

India acting like the USA, UK, Canada, Australia and NZ?

Oh yeah, must be something they learned form us during the British raj.

I mean really, its out in the open, probably most countries are doing this sort of thing.

And if criminals are doing it, well, how many criminals kill people using signature based drone attacks?

Let's face it: Our internet is full of security holes because those who run our countries want it full of security holes.

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YouTube in shock indie music nuke: We all feel a little less worthy today

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Youtube simply doesn't understand how we find music

This reflects a fundamental misunderstanding of how people use the web:

"and relatively few recordings are so compelling that consumers would leave YouTube if they were not available."

When I search for a song I go where that song is.

If the song is not on Youtube I never go into Youtube so there is no Youtube to leave.

Independent labels could put their music anywhere, so long as google indexes it we'll find it.

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Stopping IT price gouging would risk SOCIALIST DYSTOPIA!

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Same thing in Canada -- hidden monopolies and anticompetitive agreements

If they were selling in a free market then there would be no urge by Australian consumers to import directly -- and there would be no foreign commercial contracts bar against foreign retailers selling to Australian consumers by mail order.

We have the same problem in Canada -- hidden monopolies and anti-competitive agreements.

Here it doesn't affect computer gear or video disks, but it affects almost all other consumer electronics, automobiles, cosmetics, household chemicals, etc.

And WE CAN EASILY TELL WHEN THESE THINGS ARE IN EFFECT. All I have to is go to Amazon's US site and try to have the thing shipped to Canada. If neither Amazon no any retailer will be ship it here, then there must be an export prohibition.

And since Canada and the US have NAFTA, that export prohibition is not some law, it is a commercial agreement. A manufacturer has told a US retailer he cannot sell to Canadians -- thus ENDING THE FREE MARKET.

1. Lack of competition because of big retail chains.

2. Commercial agreements giving exclusive import rights to one or two companies.

3. Retailers and importers coordinating prices.

4. Manufacturers preventing wholesalers and retailers selling to Canadians.

"The latter two squirmed uncomfortably as they articulated arguments that they charge what the market will bear, as is their right even if it means local punters inexplicably pay twice as much as customers in comparably-wealthy nations."

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Thanks for nothing, OpenSSL, grumbles stonewalled De Raadt

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45 days is not much time to audit the code of anything meaningful

A month and a half, 45 days, is not much time to audit the code of anything meaningful, let alone think about designing fixes, coding the fixes, doing system testing, and doing regression testing.

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Re: What law/legal requirement

But that is the thing, the aforementioned BSD person had tried to do this but was thwarted by secrecy.

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Five-eyed vampire squid must be unhappy

Five-eyed vampire squid must be unhappy.

The possible impending need to subvert updates to OpenSSL and LibreSSL.

And at time when there might actually be a few of those so-called "many eyes" looking at this open source code.

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REVEALED: GCHQ's BEYOND TOP SECRET Middle Eastern INTERNET SPY BASE

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Spying destroys democracy - an act of 'international treason' against democracy.

The people who have most to fear from GCHQ are honest loyal Britons and their loyal allies.

Enemy security agencies and terrorists know they're targets of spying and take precautions, where as our allies do not expect us to spy on them in return for them not spying on us.

That is why the Guardian reports that at G7 conferences GCHQ is successful at spying on everyone but the Russians (and the other 2 five eyes there, US and Canada).

If enemies are encrypting their data who is being spied upon?

To what end are the hundreds and billions of pounds being spent on?

The answer is to fight foreign commercial interests and to fight democratic movements.

Fighting democracy at home and abroad by keeping track of grassroots movements and sabotaging them.

Sabotaging opposition parties.

Why was Tony Blair re-elected so many times? Were the British public that stupid?

Or did the Americans ensure the other parties could not select an effect leader to run against him?

We won't know for 35 years, maybe 100 years.

How does the pond scum at these agencies sleep at night?

Spying on enemy militaries and enemy governments, spying on enemy arms makers, that is their appropriate job -- a good decent job.

But spying on people's political discussions, spying on peaceful political discussion and decent -- that is an act of 'international treason' against democracy.

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Re: TRAITORS

The people doing this spying are the traitors.

That is the thing. When those in government and military service put loyalty to unit, division, department or ministry ahead of loyalty to the nation and its people they become the most vile form of traitors.

"these installations cost tens of millions to design and build"

That's tens of millions of dollars spent by the most traitors acting against the interest of the British public.

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Good work. Being patriots to your country often involves going against bureaucrats.

Patriots to your country.

The sad thing is that too many in government and military service put loyalty to unit, division, department or ministry ahead of loyalty to the nation and its people.

That makes those officers, soldiers and civil servants traitors against the country and its people.

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GCHQ, the NSA, CSEC, in a D-Day scenario they'd be on the side being invaded.

D-Day was launched against our enemies, a bunch of dictatorships that spied on their own civilians and the civilians of their allies.

What GCHQ, NSA, and CSEC are doing is against our own people and against democratic movements.

GCHQ, the NSA, CSEC, in a D-Day scenario they'd be on the side being invaded.

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Re: Yawned but found it interesting enough to be the one thing today he commented on

Yawn, old news, but new enough and important enough that it was the article you chose to comment on today.

What gets commented on gets further stories -- even when those comments say "yawn". Kardasians are a prime example.

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Re: Why is this a surprise?

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"AC as I might need a security clearance on my next job!"

Gee, and you posted on websites that publish articles hostile to the bureaucracy.

Your IP address corresponds to an IP address that messaged a forum that was messaged by someone who messaged a forum that Snowden visited.

Your sunk by the very traitors we're all against.

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Red Herring Re: Been going on for years....

There is spying on foreign militaries, spying on hostile governments and so on. Yes been going on for years.

But that is a red herring. This is not about that.

This is about the new type of spying we're doing where we capture all traffic, all civilian conversations, it is spying on the process of democracy, spying on peaceful political discussion.

This new type of spying we're doing is incompatible with democracy at home and abroad.

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It was new enough news that you took time out of your busy day to comment on it.

It was new enough news that you took time out of your busy day to comment on it.

How many other news articles were that important today?

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Re: We have a right to know what is being done, but perhaps a little too much detail?

The people in Oman don't need sophisticated equipment to look out their car windows as they driver past.

This was only secret from us.

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Re: Congrats

Jim, this sort of thing is only secret from us taxpayers, our enemies know all about it.

It is kept secret from us because it can be and is used against us, against our democracy, by our own government employees -- government bureaucrats in and out of uniform -- pond scum whose loyalty to their unit trumps any thought of loyalty to the nation and its people.

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Re: Now Trident makes sense.

That Saddam had nukes was the excuse given to us.

Blair and Cheney knew Saddam didn't have nukes and the proof is that if he did we wouldn't have invaded without first neutralizing them. And if we'd neutralized them there'd be physical proof they existed.

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