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Yes, the FBI and CIA can read your email. Here's how

The U.S. government -- and likely your own government, for that matter -- is either watching your online activity every minute of the day through automated methods and non-human eavesdropping techniques, or has the ability to dip in as and when it deems necessary -- sometimes with a warrant, sometimes without.

Gen. David Petraeus, the former head of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, resigned over the weekend after he was found to have engaged in an extra-marital affair. What caught Petraeus out was, of all things, his usage of Google's online email service, Gmail.

This has not only landed the former CIA chief in hot water but has ignited the debate over how, when, and why governments and law enforcement agencies are able to access ordinary citizens' email accounts, even if they are the head of the most powerful intelligence agency in the world.

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They always could

Folks, are you forgetting about the ECHELON Network!! They can track any and every electronic communication on earth - for over half a century now.

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Heard they used "Drafts" folder

I heard the former director and his affair used the "Drafts" folder to communicate -- that way, the email was never actually sent, they both just logged in to the same Gmail account and typed to each other that way.

While this might be the truth, I agree that all electronic communication can be monitored -- and if so, then the NSA data center in Utah can see their communication with the Gmail servers, and thus the contents of the communication even if it wasn't "sent". So I have a hard time buying the story, and maybe the story is out there as a "honey pot."

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Snail mail and short wave

Why do you think the U.S.

has outlawed competition to its letter service?

Yes the can

I know for a fact they are in my emails, texts etc. and it is all illegal. I can not go into the specifics but they new exactly what day and time a close friend would be getting back to her office from out of state and the IRS was there waiting for her. They would only know by reading her texts and emails. They are so lawless

If you login to a DOD computer

If you login to a DoD computer, you instantly have to accept:

"Use of this or any other DoD interest computer system constitutes a consent to monitoring at all times."

If he ever brought up his personal email at work, one would think that he would be able to be monitored legally.


Except the DoD almost certainly blocks Gmail. Many other, less sensitive, departments do.



Wtf kind of comment is that

Wtf kind of comment is that


Does anyone else

find it odd that a man chosen to be the director of the CIA would expose his personal liasons in an e-mail?

Um...how stupid to THEY think we are and how paranoid do THEY think they can make us? I think the goal is to paralyze the public with fear, so much so that no-one will even whimper when the final curtain comes down.

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Something Else Behind It

I figure there's more to the story, and this is just the public cover story. They made some sort of agreement with him: "OK, we are going to distract people with this soap opera so no one looks any further, and you are going to go along with it." Obviously if every government and military official who was adulterous had to resign overnight, we would end up with the anarchy that so many desire.

This strategy takes place in

This strategy takes place in other areas as well. See sig.

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Dey be up in yo besswax 24/7 and even on Easter Sunday...gots dem telepaths and remote viewers too when ya aint online...




Wonder if the non-human sources can read pig latin?
We need a code.

We could just use Newspeak

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