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Greenwald: US and UK spy agencies defeat privacy and security on the internet

US and British intelligence agencies have successfully cracked much of the online encryption relied upon by hundreds of millions of people to protect the privacy of their personal data, online transactions and emails, according to top-secret documents revealed by former contractor Edward Snowden.

The files show that the National Security Agency and its UK counterpart GCHQ have broadly compromised the guarantees that internet companies have given consumers to reassure them that their communications, online banking and medical records would be indecipherable to criminals or governments.

The agencies, the documents reveal, have adopted a battery of methods in their systematic and ongoing assault on what they see as one of the biggest threats to their ability to access huge swathes of internet traffic – "the use of ubiquitous encryption across the internet".

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Like Duh...

All they have to do is break the encryption on about 100 certs for the most popular websites and they would be able to decrypt 75% (lions share) of all encrypted web traffic.

How long would it really take them to break SSL certs with the worlds most powerful cray supercomputers?

And who says that Microsoft and others CA's aren't loading already broken ciphers (public private key pairs) into windows then giving the NSA the a jump start on the entire process.

And who says that this isn't already a requirement of some BS national security directive law, we don't even know about, that only select (corrupt committee members of congress) even know about.


"Take hold of the future or the future will take hold of you." -- Patrick Dixon

So...they REALLY are nothing but a bunch of CRIMINALS!!

It has been more than bad enough to know that they are in fact able and willing to READ my emails, (YES...they are...I know from PERSONAL experience!) but now they are also without any kind of court order that we know about, - cracking all encryption and getting access to my most private content on the Internet!?

They are JUST DOING IT! Plain and simple! Not asking for permission, - just DOING IT!! It is exactly the same as if they are just starting to open all ENVELOPES and read the contents of what is sent in the old but good snail-mail system without asking, without permission...without any court order!

In fact, - it is the same as if they are just starting to force themselves into my bedroom at night, WITHOUT asking, without permission and without any kind of court order!

Heck, - what am I saying here? They have already started to this, have they not?

Bottom line is they are all a bunch of CRIMINALS! And the other bottom line is this: There is only one way to live a life in FREEDOM and with the minimum of privacy and protection from thee gangsters these days: And that is to become an INTERNATIONAL Citizen! Which I have taken the steps to become, starting more than 5 yeas ago...

Where you going to go where

Where you going to go where there isn't some freedom squashing thugs there to ruin your sense of peace, security, and liberty? The criminals are in every land unless you want to go to some deserted island and they are probably there too to kick you off.



"The agencies insist that the ability to defeat encryption is vital to their core missions of counter-terrorism and foreign intelligence gathering.

But security experts accused them of attacking the internet itself and the privacy of all users. "Cryptography forms the basis for trust online," said Bruce Schneier, an encryption specialist and fellow at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society. "By deliberately undermining online security in a short-sighted effort to eavesdrop, the NSA is undermining the very fabric of the internet." Classified briefings between the agencies celebrate their success at "defeating network security and privacy".

"For the past decade, NSA has lead [sic] an aggressive, multi-pronged effort to break widely used internet encryption technologies," stated a 2010 GCHQ document. "Vast amounts of encrypted internet data which have up till now been discarded are now exploitable"

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You certainly are asleep. In

You certainly are asleep. In multiple ways.

Wide awake and watching

probably the slickest propaganda campaign of the decade. And watching how many people are falling for it.
Glenn Greenwald has been set up to help bring about UN control of the Internet. Aided by Putin, and plotted for, for decades
I don't know what sites you like looking around in, so I wont post any links, but check out Laura Poitras, and her incredible good fortune of having a complete stanger, Edward Snowden Blow a Big Whistle down her computer, just at the very time she was to start filming Part 3 of a 3 part Government Spying documentary. Part 3 being about...wait for it...Whistleblowers. Coincidence? Maybe...but not likely.
Thank God she had been funded by the MacArthur Foundation, (go digging around in THAT lot),grabbed her media boy, Glenn, with his brand new Media platform
and off to Hong Kong they go.
Any flags being raised?

All of the information

All of the information released by Snowden has proven very embarrassing to US politicians and the military/spy complex. Any perceived side benefits to those releasing this information is incidental.

All people act out of self-interest. This isn't a conspiracy theory, it's a fact of life. There are benefits to Snowden (he exposes a system that is corrupt and unconstitutional so that hopefully his daughter won't grow up in a world dominated by this system, or worse), benefits to Greenwald (he and his paper have broken a story that has already changed the course of history and shaken the people of many countries to their core, which could result in him winning a Pulitzer prize or the like), even benefits to the Russians (Putin gets to embarrass Obama and the US further, making him look good in comparison).

Anyone who latches onto a story or event will do it for some personal benefit, that is guaranteed. That fact doesn't weaken the power and effect of the original story.

The problem with that BS you continue to say:

At no time, in any of his reporting, anywhere, including any of his appearances, has he said anything about defaulting to the UN, the UN should have any control of the internet, etc. That is, unless, I have overlooked it. If I have, links! In fact, Glenn has repeatedly said: OBEY THE US CONSTITUTION.


Just have a good hard look

at the people who are behind the Glenn Greenwald media machine and start joining the dots.
Start doing you own digging, instead of expecting to be spoon fed.



How about dissecting each

How about dissecting each story on its merit instead of playing the crybaby?

Lost you there.

I'm not implying that what is being leaked isn't true. Not at all.
Since 2009 there have been warnings that Government spying was getting too big.
I don't question the content of Mr Greenweld's reporting, I question the motives of the people behind Mr Greenweld.
The crybaby comment is beneath you.

Apparently the "crybaby"

Apparently the "crybaby" comment was what it took to get you to admit the Snowden revelations were the real deal.

As for the motivations of "the people behind Mr. Greenwald"... who cares? Facts are facts.

Come on velveeta.

Lets be adult about this.
Not once, ever, have I even implied that Snowden's leaks aren't real, are dishonest, or are untrue. Never!
As for the motivations of the people behind Mr Greenweld.... who cares?
Well YOU should care if you are libertarian in your thinking.
Are you quite happy to embrace the United Nations as your quasi Government, the MIC as your "in country" Government, and the likes of George Soros, the council of foreign relations, and the CIA directing the pathway of the US and the Globe?
I have posted two articles for you to understand that the People Behind the People in the News are the ones to be watched.