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  •  digital intrusion on mammoth scale (4.00)
    Stop using the word "wiretap".

    If what many suspect is true what the NSA has done is search through EVERYBODY's emails etc, possibly PCs for key words, etc.

    This is not "listening" to a few hundreds, even thousands of people talking. This likely involves the entire US of A.

    •  You got it (4.00)
      Hence why Gonzales mentioned new technologies. They are plugging into internet back bone, and sweeping everything. How do u get a warrant for that? I forget the name of the actual program, but its capabilities for being able to sweep huge amounts of data was quite astounding, and that was a few years ago, when I worked for an ISP.

      "Perhaps the meek shall inherit the Earth, but they'll do it in very small plots . . . about 6' by 3'." -- Robert A. Heinlein

      by marko on Tue Dec 20, 2005 at 05:21:54 AM PST

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    •  I've always found this amusing (none)
      if you were a terrorist, do you suppose you'd be writing an explicit email using words like: terrorism, bombs, al-Queda, etc.?  It seems a key words search would be a big joke.  People use code words to discuss buying pot, for goodness sake.  And I can't imagine that terrorists refer to themselves as terrorists.  Seems like the only information they would pick up through a key word search would be, well, people like us.

      Just because you're self-righteous doesn't mean you're not a hypocrite.

      by AMcG826 on Tue Dec 20, 2005 at 05:39:55 AM PST

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    •  This is the thing that will (none)
      frighten people even more than a phone wiretap.

      People say things in email that they don't say over the phone or in person.  I'm changing my IMPEACH sign to:

      Is BUSH reading YOUR EMAILS???
             IMPLEACH BUSH

      He may look like an idiot and talk like an idiot but don't let that fool you. He really is an idiot - Groucho Marx

      by AlyoshaKaramazov on Tue Dec 20, 2005 at 06:16:29 AM PST

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