Wednesday, January 31, 2007

invasive Internet surveillance technique

* cnet via tpmm:
"The FBI appears to have adopted an invasive Internet surveillance technique that collects far more data on innocent Americans than previously has been disclosed.

Instead of recording only what a particular suspect is doing, agents conducting investigations appear to be assembling the activities of thousands of Internet users at a time into massive databases, according to current and former officials. That database can subsequently be queried for names, e-mail addresses or keywords. . . .

"What they're doing is even worse than Carnivore," said Kevin Bankston, a staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. . . "What they're doing is intercepting everyone and then choosing their targets."

. . . [Bankston said] the FBI is "collecting and apparently storing indefinitely the communications of thousands--if not hundreds of thousands--of innocent Americans in violation of the Wiretap Act and the 4th Amendment to the Constitution.""
no sith.

* tpmm:
"That long awaitied National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq is finally coming Monday, according to outgoing Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte.

* cannon and larisa are playing dressup.

* AP:
"Two private advocacy groups told a congressional hearing Tuesday that climate scientists at seven government agencies say they have been subjected to political pressure aimed at downplaying the threat of global warming.

The groups presented a survey that shows two in five of the 279 climate scientists who responded to a questionnaire complained that some of their scientific papers had been edited in a way that changed their meaning. Nearly half of the 279 said in response to another question that at some point they had been told to delete reference to "global warming" or "climate change" from a report."
* kax:
"The strategy is to stay in Iraq until the oil industry is completely piratized. It has nothing whatsoever to do with Democracy and every thing to do with capitolism. Under Saddam, it was nationally owned. Under Maliki, it is partially state owned. Not good enough. They wanted Chalabi to win,` so Maliki has to fail and by God, they'll stay till his gov't collapses and they can install their dictator of choice. The NeoNutzis have alreadcy alluded to having a new dictator to stabilize Iraq. If this were not so, why didn't they support the Maliki Peace plan? They had an agreement from the Sunnis to lay down their arms if we withdrew our troops in two years. Mission Accompolished, right? Wrong. Tey want all the oil open to Aerican speculators ands venture capitolists, period."

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