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  1. Zuma

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    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051228/ap_on_hi_te/spy_agency_privacy

    By ANICK JESDANUN, AP Internet Writer
    2 hours, 22 minutes ago


    NEW YORK - The National Security Agency's Internet site has been placing files on visitors' computers that can track their Web surfing activity despite strict federal rules banning most of them.

    These files, known as "cookies," disappeared after a privacy activist complained and The Associated Press made inquiries this week, and agency officials acknowledged Wednesday they had made a mistake. Nonetheless, the issue raises questions about privacy at a spy agency already on the defensive amid reports of a secretive eavesdropping program in the United States.

    "Considering the surveillance power the NSA has, cookies are not exactly a major concern," said Ari Schwartz, associate director at the Center for Democracy and Technology, a privacy advocacy group in Washington, D.C. "But it does show a general lack of understanding about privacy rules when they are not even following the government's very basic rules for Web privacy."

    Until Tuesday, the NSA site created two cookie files that do not expire until 2035 — likely beyond the life of any computer in use today.
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    Read this and that the NSA is spying on NSA, CIA and DIA employees, wow this is a lot on their table, while it is necessary to police your own, wonder how much of their resources are used internally vis a vis their time on potential terrorist threats?
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    What I want to know is after 4 years of spying on Americans, after all the money spent on tracking the terrorists, HOW MANY TERRORISTS HAS george bush PROSECUTED?? HOW MANY???



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    HOW MANY TERRORISTS HAVE STRAPPED ON BOMBS AND KILLED AMERICANS, "IN AMERICA"
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    Give them time. Dubya has hard work to do in Iraq. He's making them the best he can...geesh.
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    Um...errr.. duh....Bush is da man!!!
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    Interesting, the AP website places a cookie on your computer when you visit it. DUH!
    Lefties, all ideology, no rational thinking.

    from BOTW...
    "cookies "track . . . Web surfing activity" only within the domain that created them. That is, a cookie installed when you visit www.nsa.gov cannot collect any data except that generated by your other visits to nsa.gov.

    In any case, it turns out that the NSA recently installed a software upgrade, which was preprogrammed for the cookies, and the techs there reconfigured the software after it was called to their attention. It also turns out that the AP Web site puts a cookie on your compute when you visit."
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    It's truly amazing that MSM will report this as "news". Just about every site you visit uses cookies.
    Case in point.
    I just checked my cookie cache.
    Is Ian spying on us?:p
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    Ian won't send you to prison on a whim like the NSA.
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2005
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    Document any cases of your ludicrous assertion of folks sent to prison on a 'whim' by the NSA.
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    NSA is not stupid enough to leave a paper trail.
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    Let me translate that for you...

    short form ...
    "I made it up"

    or, long form...
    "I read it on one of the wacko left wing websites I visit for inspiration"
  13. Zuma

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    Let me see if I understand you…are you saying that the NSA is not enforcing the Patriot Act?
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    I will respond to the weak straw man since you've abandonded defending your ludicrous assertion and wish now to divert attention from your defeat.

    Of course I am not saying that stupid thing re NSA.

    NSA is a spy org, NOT an enforcement org for one. Learn something about government. Something not found on DU or similar sources.
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    Not sure what that all means...
    But I guess this means you agree...:)

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