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Revealed: The NSA’s Secret Campaign to Crack, Undermine Internet Security

Newly revealed documents show that the NSA has circumvented or cracked much of the encryption that automatically secures the emails, Web searches, Internet chats and phone calls of Americans and others around the world. The project, referred to internally by the codename Bullrun, also includes efforts to weaken the encryption standards adopted by software developers.

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Sep. 8, 2013, 9:22 p.m.

The Fourth Amendment would be a good place to start. Anything less than
that is unacceptable,after all the members of of our 3 branches of Gov’t
took an oath to do just that ! ! ! Members of all 3 branches have betrayed us !

Wake up America, Democrats or Republicans. liberals or conservatives it’s two sides of the same evil coin it’s called Fascism. So the next time a Democrat or Republican asks for your vote, support or money just say no & vote for an independent candidate. Send a message they can’t ignore & will understand ! ! Both parties have been complicit in this criminal activity.

The Government will continue its propaganda campaign useing the following
tactics as quoted by Joseph Goebbels during the 1930’s & 1940’.

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will
eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such
time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic
and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important
for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth
is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the
greatest enemy of the State.”  AND

“The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless
one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly - it must confine
itself to a few points and repeat them over and over”

The supreme law of The USA is the Constitution, not the Patriot act the
FISA act, or any other such acts that have unconstitutional provisions,are
invalid & it matters not how many public officials say it’s legal, it’s NOT for the 1st,4th,5th,6th 9th & 14th amendments say otherwise ! ! To say it is legal only shows the public their betrayal of the Constitution, their oath of office, and the American people.

No more lies, excuses rationalizations,or justifications, the public needs
to hold these officials to account to the fullest extent of the law under
Title 18 sec. 241 & 242 So any future traitors will know there will be
consequences to such behavior. I am sure the United Kingdom must have equivalent laws.


He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.
Benjamin Franklin

Experience hath shown, that even under the best forms of government those
entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it
into tyranny.
Thomas Jefferson

Lorenzo Diego

Sep. 9, 2013, 5:38 a.m.

I don’t see what the big uproar is about the NSA discovering a means to crack SSL, TPL, or AES encryption.  First, I would rather it be the NSA discovering how to do this instead of Russia, China, and Arab country or worse (e.g., North Korea, Syria, Pakistan, to name a few). 
What American citizen has been arrested unlawfully (or even lawfully) based on NSA cybersleuthing?  None to my knowledge.
And, if a US citizen is accused of a criminal act, he or she would have to face a public trial. 
As for snooping on foreign governments, so what?  Do you really think that they do not snoop on us?  Sure they do, even our friends.  That is the nature of the game.
Now, if the NSA is taking US citizen info and providing that to other law enforcement (e.g., grabbing banking info and giving it to the IRS, or revealling private medical info to whomever), then there is a problem.  But there is no evidence that anything like this has been going on.
The real issue is the need for oversight, and such oversight must be airtight.  For example, if a Nixonian-like president has access to such information, that could be trouble.  But, again, with proper security and oversight, then that should be preventable.
For those all worried about conspiracies by our government, you might want to look first at corporations which have no interest in your rights or the sanctity of your liberties.  All they care about are profits, So with the information they have at hand, that is even more troubling. 
And, worse, there are some very unsavory governments in this world.  They would not care one iota if you suffer or died in a heartbeat.  In fact, a dictator like that in Syria or North Korea would kill any of us without giving it a second thought.  The NSA and other western country intelligence agencies protect not just our way of life, but our very lives.  For all of the critics out there, do you really think life is better in such horror zones?  If so, go live there….please, just go.
And, with respect to so-called “whistle-blowers,”  who hide out in Russia or other authoritarian countries, well, I hope you’re enjoying your stay in the land of the free (not).
So, you don’t want to be spied upon?  Simple, don’t do anything stupid such as communicate with terrorists.  Seriously, though, if you call, or email, or communicate with people outside of the United States, and especially in areas of threat (e.g., Arab countries, Russia, China, etc.), you will be flagged, as you should be.  I don’t care if the U.S. government spies on foreigners.  I expect our government to do just that.  I expect that foreign governments are spying on us.  I would be more concerned if the U.S. didn’t spy on foreign governments and their citizens.

Donald W.

Sep. 9, 2013, 6:54 p.m.

@Lorenzo Diego
  The problem sir is that the information is available for attacking the America people right to protest. Ever heard of the OWS movement and how it was squash and the tactics use by fronts posing as corporations. I myself was sent an attempted hack into my bank account by such individuals. No doubt getting their information from some source like the NSA. These fronts are control by intelligent groups; and probably, in-fact are intelligence groups. Do you honestly think that they would collect such a vast amount of information on every citizen of the U.S.A. and not use it? Have you not notice how effective they were in destroying the only group who oppose doing business with a Communist regime and wanted to bring jobs back to the U.S.. If that was not enough to scare you, then as a fellow citizen, I must be afraid for you.

Leo Cotnoir

Sep. 9, 2013, 7:34 p.m.

Donald, OWS did not fail because of police action, even the heavy handed tactics used in NYC and Oakland in particular. It failed because 1) it lacked direction and clear purpose, 2) it was hamstrung self-imposed gridlock caused by the insane idea that one person could block any decision, and 3) in many places it was largely subverted by the Ron Paul libertarians who are essentially a corporatist front group.


Sep. 9, 2013, 9:04 p.m.

@“Leo Cotnoir”...
By picking up the topic ball, where-ever it’s fumbled, and running off into some other, even less relevant direction, Mr. “Leo Cotnoir” (pseudonym) has again shown he a merely a demi-god of distraction, mis-direction, mis-, and dis- information, and PROBABLE OPERATIVE AGENT for the CRYPTO-SYSTEM…
Sure, Mr. “Leo Cotnoir” claims that I’m a “raving lunatic”, but hey, I will let *YOU* American people be the judge of THAT…
“OWS”, or Occupy Wall St., didn’t “fail” at all…Even Burning Man lasts only a week, it’s not 24/7, 365/6…

Donald W.

Sep. 9, 2013, 9:12 p.m.

Leo, thanks for the reply. While I agree with your views about some of the reasons which it fail, I respectfully disagree with the notion that it was not also because of police action. Using my own source of intelligence—that is the Google search engine. I see many articles where police action was one of the direct causes of its’ failure. The new homeland security being a major factor in coordinating the police action against them, which means that they were targeted as a National Security issue. Also, emails were intercepted where Private Security Firms targeted them, These firms can almost always be traced back to Government intelligence operations. I really do not think that the NSA involvement to intercept communications and pass this information to various law enforcement which targeted these mostly peaceful demonstrators is so far-fetch. But for sure it is one of the most successful operations they have ever had against its’ own citizens and the most shameful and unconstitutional one.


Sep. 9, 2013, 9:26 p.m.

@Donald W….
Donald, the *ONE* guy in my town, who actually set up an “OWS” tent/camp, *WAS* shut down by the local police…politely and peacefully, yes, but still…If not for the FORCIBLE law-enforcement shut-downs, most American cities would still have small, but flourishing OWS encampments…
Mr. “Leo Cotnoir” is a FedGov agent-provacateur…His *job* is to spread mis-, and dis- information… It’s best to ignore him…

Oliver Osswald

Sep. 11, 2013, 10:05 a.m.

Instead of spending billions on defence strategies, do the following:

1) Identify your oponents
2) Identify their unfulfilled human needs, which make them so angry
3) Help them to get those needs fulfilled

Someone who enjoys sustenance, freedom, security, social contacts, education and meaning (to name some fundamental needs) will not attack others.

With the Marshall plan after world war II, the US has gained a good friend with Germany - one had learned from the errors after world war I, which lead to German nationalism and subsequent catastrophies.

So instead of using all this brainpower to break into the privacy of people, why don’t you invest in some kind of new Marshall plan to identify the needs of your angry oponents - and pacify them by helping to get those needs fulfilled?

What once worked with ‘Nazis’ would work with ‘Terrorists’ as well. If you look closely you will discover that they are human beings with exactly the same human needs as you and me.

Leo Cotnoir

Sep. 11, 2013, 10:57 a.m.


So what tipped you off to my using my real name as a pseudonym? I am in awe of your brilliance and perspicacity.

Leo Cotnoir

Sep. 11, 2013, 10:58 a.m.


The civil rights and anti-Vietnam war movements faced far more intense and aggressive police action that OWS yet they survived and succeeded. To what do you attribute that?

Leo Cotnoir

Sep. 11, 2013, 11:05 a.m.

Oliver, you make some good points but they have several problems.

1) how do you identify your opponents without an intelligence apparatus?

2) the primary reason for hostility toward the US among Muslims is our mindless support of Israel’s atrocities toward the Palestinians. Do you really expect that to change?

3) we actually do quite a bit to address human needs around the world but since that provides little profit to the military/industrial complex it is not widely supported by the American people or the Congress.


Sep. 11, 2013, 11:21 a.m.

@“Leo Cotnoir”...
See, more tactics of FedGov Agents revealed…
Rather than engage in productive discussion, we see Mr. Cotnoir try the Trojan-horse tactic of personal flattery, and the mis-direction of big words designed to create the impression of genuine thought and interest in the topic…
Just like the lame-stream media hoping the American People won’t notice the latest ploys of the MIC, if the media is filled with fluff, and the latest HollyWood celebrity hype…
BTW, Leo, I live in a perspica TOWN, not a “city”...
Maybe THAT is why the NSA can’t seem to find me, no matter how hard I try to flag them down…

Oliver Osswald

Sep. 11, 2013, 11:34 a.m.

@Leo Cotnoir:.

> 1) how do you identify your opponents without an intelligence apparatus?

The number of Caeda supporters will shrink to an insignificant number if one helps the people in the supporting areas to live according to THEIR needs and wishes. Just consult ethnologists of your universities, study books and the news - and one can identify such regions (like the sahel zone, etc) no need for PRISM here.

> 2) the primary reason for hostility toward the US among Muslims is our mindless support of Israel’s atrocities toward the Palestinians. Do you really expect that to change?

Don’t bring weapons but listen to the needs of ALL parties involved. Express what you heard so they know they have been heard. (Isreal needs security. Palestinians need independance and a future for their children. etc) Provide help.  Nothing more. Only then the fire will eventualy stop burning.

> 3) we actually do quite a bit to address human needs around the world but since that provides little profit to the military/industrial complex it is not widely supported by the American people or the Congress.


Leo Cotnoir

Sep. 11, 2013, 11:37 a.m.


I guess I should not have expected you to be smart enough to recognize sarcasm. My comment was not flattery, it was ridicule, which you richly deserve.

Leo Cotnoir

Sep. 11, 2013, 12:06 p.m.

More words of “wisdom” from our friend Bradford, posted at the Oath Keepers web site in April 2013:

“…Hey, FOLKS!
3 REMINDERS about that “Pledge of Allegiance….
It was first written, in a shorter version, around ~1900, by a SOCIALIST / ANARCHIST!…
Originally “missing” were 2 key phrases, added later, by Acts of Comgrss”
2.: “…and to the republic…”
3.:…”…under God…”….

Donald W.

Sep. 17, 2013, 4:36 p.m.

  How do I attribute it, quiet easily actually. The ability of the NSA has grown astronomically high with its’ capabilities of bugging and keeping track of persons since Vietnam. States are now able to reach across other states with vigorous attack tactics thanks to the new Homeland Security. Also, more spy agencies are much more coordinated and many more of them exist since the Vietnam protesters, one already mention which is Homeland Security. Technology and the ability to spy on citizens has grown 1000s of times more advance since the days of the Vietnam protesters. More laws are now enacted which not only directly violates our ability to protest but also which says we basically have no rights under the new National Securities Laws. Yes citizens has been detain and put under torture without no trial whatsoever in the United States. Google it! Try starting with the Patriot Act. Your question shows no thought at all except as a clever tactic to under-mind the argument which was presented to you. ?The whole article and these comments are about an out-of-control Government which is violating our freedom. I myself have been a victim of this, so I am not just talking from reading opinions and articles. The U.S. Government went so far as to violate my religious rights and even sent someone into a RCIA program which I was attending trying to join the catholic church which was a church which he absolutely despise. So, if you think that the Government will police themselves and control what they do with the information they collect on people, you are absolutely insane.Think about it, they destroy a group of men and women who was protesting communism and Wall Street help of the rise of a more powerful communist state(China) which is threaten the entire world with its’ bullying. My God, men, what does it take to wake a person like you from the dead! How do you think Hitler got his money funded for the Nazi party? OUR WALL STREET. Google it, for Christ’s sake!

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