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  •  No, they can identify targets with software (0+ / 0-)

    For example, if you have live GPS data, you can write a program that outputs a list of everybody at a particular location (e.g. a Keystone pipeline protest).

    Republicans: Taking the country back ... to the 19th century

    by yet another liberal on Mon Jun 17, 2013 at 08:45:20 AM PDT

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    •  But my point still stands (0+ / 0-)

      Sure they have the capability but in order for that to be a threat to the protestors, someone in authority would have to say "let's find out all we can about them".  Ultimately the threat to us and overstepping of our citizen rights is all about the person doing the targeting not the tool.  

      So, I fully agree with you that there are capabilities within this vast ocean of data that could be very intrusive to innocent lives but my point is that our emphasis needs not be so much on demanding instant changes to the laws and oversight (which has this side effect of pointing fingers of blame at our current Democratic leadership and splitting us down the middle) but instead working our asses off to keep the right (who we know to be the exact authoritarians we fear) as far away from the reins of power as we possibly can.  No changes will occur if they take back over and if we can't keep the Presidency, and Senate and take back the House.  

      The changes we want to law will be a hard and LONG battle and during that interim we need men with a conscience to stay in power.  We have to stop tearing them down.

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