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The NSA’s SKYNET program may be killing thousands of innocent people

Something, something, 4th Amendment…something, something, 5th Amendment…something, something, morality of remote strikes…something, something, valuing machine learning and metadata aggregation over true HUMINT….

What other buzzwords and concepts can I throw in there? Something, something, war crimes…something, something, history will judge….

“Ridiculously optimistic” machine learning algorithm is “completely bullshit,” says expert.

Source: The NSA’s SKYNET program may be killing thousands of innocent people | Ars Technica UK

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Rand Paul Says No Pardon for Snowden—Or the US Government

This is an interesting take on the Snowden kerfluffle: a moderate view that says that Snowden should be punished within the context of his alleged crime (essentially amounting to a slap on the wrist compared to the current administration and Republican frontrunners’ plans to hang him, or worse) but also saying that the US government must also be held accountable to the higher crimes committed against the People of the United States.

People always want to cast Edward Snowden as a hero or as a villain, but the presidential hopeful says he has “mixed feelings.”

Source: Rand Paul Says No Pardon for Snowden—Or the US Government | WIRED

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How to Protect Yourself from NSA Attacks on 1024-bit DH

Honestly, even if you “have nothing to hide”, it’s still a good idea to beef up your security settings. Privacy is a basic human right, and to give up on that right is to give up on freedom itself.

In a post on Wednesday, researchers Alex Halderman and Nadia Heninger presented compelling research suggesting that the NSA has developed the capability to decrypt a large number of HTTPS, SSH, and VPN connections using an attack on common implementations of the Diffie-Hellman key exchange algorithm with 1024-bit primes.

Source: How to Protect Yourself from NSA Attacks on 1024-bit DH | Electronic Frontier Foundation

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No Safe Harbor: How NSA Spying Undermined U.S. Tech and Europeans’ Privacy

It looks like this whole NSA debacle is going to have adverse effects on the US economy as well. Thanks, Obama!

The spread of knowledge about the NSA’s surveillance programs has shaken the trust of customers in U.S. Internet companies like Facebook, Google, and Apple: especially non-U.S. customers who have discovered how weak the legal protections over their data is under U.S. law. It should come as no surprise, then, that the European Court of Justice (CJEU) has decided that United States companies can no longer be automatically trusted with the personal data of Europeans.

Source: No Safe Harbor: How NSA Spying Undermined U.S. Tech and Europeans’ Privacy | Electronic Frontier Foundation

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Edward Snowden says he would go to jail to come back to the U.S.

His crime is upholding and defending the Constitution from its enemies–foreign and domestic. His NDA required that he break that oath.

Snowden still wants to come home.

Source: Edward Snowden says he would go to jail to come back to the U.S. – The Washington Post

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France’s Government Aims to Give Itself—and the NSA—Carte Blanche to Spy on the World

Because the “free world” hasn’t yet figured out that spying on its citizens is exactly the opposite of “freedom”.

The United States makes an improper division between surveillance conducted on residents of the United States and the surveillance that is conducted with almost no restraint upon the rest of the world. This double standard has proved poisonous to the rights of Americans and non-Americans alike. In theory, Americans enjoy better protections. In practice there are no magical sets of servers and Internet connections that carry only American conversations. To violate the privacy of everyone else in the world, the U.S. inevitably scoops up its own citizens’ data.

Source: France’s Government Aims to Give Itself—and the NSA—Carte Blanche to Spy on the World | Electronic Frontier Foundation

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Jeb Bush: NSA Needs Broader Powers To Combat ‘Evildoers’

Someone wants to be his Big Brother by being our Big Brother!

ATLANTA (AP) — Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush said Tuesday that the government should have broad surveillance powers of Americans and private technology firms should cooperate better with intelligence

Source: Jeb Bush: NSA Needs Broader Powers To Combat ‘Evildoers’

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