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Google Pressure Cookers and Backpacks, Get a Visit from the Feds
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http://news.yahoo.com/google-pressure-co...00667.html

Philip Bump 1 hour ago

Michele Catalano was looking for information online about pressure cookers. Her husband, in the same time frame, was Googling backpacks. Wednesday morning, six men from a joint terrorism task force showed up at their house to see if they were terrorists. Which begs the question: How'd the government know what they were Googling?

Catalano (who is a professional writer) describes the tension of that visit.

[T]hey were peppering my husband with questions. Where is he from? Where are his parents from? They asked about me, where was I, where do I work, where do my parents live. Do you have any bombs, they asked. Do you own a pressure cooker? My husband said no, but we have a rice cooker. Can you make a bomb with that? My husband said no, my wife uses it to make quinoa. What the hell is quinoa, they asked. ...

Have you ever looked up how to make a pressure cooker bomb? My husband, ever the oppositional kind, asked them if they themselves weren’t curious as to how a pressure cooker bomb works, if they ever looked it up. Two of them admitted they did.
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#2
Good thing I already have a pressure cooker and a backpack.
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#3
I posted this in another thread...

Quote:NSA program reportedly allows analysts to track emails, chats, web searches

The National Security Agency is operating a massive database system that allows analysts to scour individuals' emails, chats and Internet browsing histories at will, according to a new report from The Guardian based on leaked documents.

The article was quickly challenged by the NSA. In a statement forwarded to Fox News, the agency said "allegations of widespread, unchecked analyst access to NSA collection data are simply not true."

The agency acknowledged the existence of the program -- called XKeyscore -- but said access is limited and suggested it was mainly aimed at foreign intelligence targets.

The Guardian article described it differently. According to the piece, the XKeyscore program is the "widest-reaching" system the agency has and allows analysts without prior authorization to dig around the database by filling out an on-screen form giving a basic justification.

According to the report, the program covers "nearly everything a typical user does on the internet" including emails and websites visited. It also reportedly allows analysts to intercept Internet activity in "real time."

The Guardian report seems to make a distinction between what is technically possible under this program and what is legally allowed. It notes that U.S. law requires the NSA to get a warrant if the target is a U.S. individual -- but says the XKeyscore program provides "the technological capability, if not the legal authority" to go after Americans without a warrant as long as an analyst knows information like an email or IP address.

The NSA, in its statement, pushed back on these assertions.

"The implication that NSA's collection is arbitrary and unconstrained is false," the agency said. "NSA's activities are focused and specifically deployed against -- and only against -- legitimate foreign intelligence targets in response to requirements that our leaders need for information necessary to protect our nation and its interests."

The agency said those with access to the system are trained on their "ethical and legal obligations." The agency complained that the ongoing leaks continue to jeopardize security.

The statement said the programs as a whole have helped defend the nation, and that as of 2008, "there were over 300 terrorists captured using intelligence generated from XKEYSCORE."

The report was based on documents by NSA leaker Edward Snowden, who continues to evade capture by the U.S.

Journalist Glenn Greenwald, who wrote the Guardian article, had claimed over the weekend that he had evidence to back up Snowden's past claims that low-level workers and other officials could tap into almost anyone's communications.

The report comes after several intelligence officials testified Wednesday on Capitol Hill about the surveillance programs, defending them as vital to national security.

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#4
Oh this will be a fun experiment. Off to google!
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#5
If true, that's the most obscene thing I've read from this site today. And I've read pretty much all the other ones...
Vampire pig man since September 2012
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#6
So what?
NSA needs to compile information so they can catch the evil doers.
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Anymore it's really hard not to fucking hate this country.
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#7
You know the irony of all this? I desperately want a pressure cooker for canning, and want to get a hiking backpack. I considered getting both from Amazon in the near future (along with a SOG axe) but now....
Vampire pig man since September 2012
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Camper;113394 Wrote:You know the irony of all this? I desperately want a pressure cooker for canning, and want to get a hiking backpack. I considered getting both from Amazon in the near future (along with a SOG axe) but now....

Don't you also need some fertilizer, and a new kerosene can, and a mechanical timer for on your stove? Don't forget about the 50lbs of nails and some wire too for that addition you're building.
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streaker69;113396 Wrote:
Camper;113394 Wrote:You know the irony of all this? I desperately want a pressure cooker for canning, and want to get a hiking backpack. I considered getting both from Amazon in the near future (along with a SOG axe) but now....

Don't you also need some fertilizer, and a new kerosene can, and a mechanical timer for on your stove? Don't forget about the 50lbs of nails and some wire too for that addition you're building.

LOL...other than the stove timer I actually need those things!

Of course, nothing beats the "honey, stop at the store" trip when I lived on Cape after our first was born:

- Trashbags, baby oil, lighter fluid & matches, baby formula.

I decided to pick up some beer and condoms too, since we were out of both...and a tarp and small bundle of rope because I was going to be putting up the grill in the storage shed that weekend and wanted to wrap it to keep mice out.

The looks I got at the checkout....in my sleep deprived state I didn't notice until I got home and the wife said something. Explained a lot!

This day and age, I doubt I'd make it out of the store until I provided a dog to shoot.
Vampire pig man since September 2012
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#10
My pressure cooker arrived a couple of days ago. I posted my explanation for ordering one on Facebook so they wouldn't waste their time coming to talk to me. I addressed it to the NSA, FBI and Joint Terrorism Task Force. That should be sufficient to trip the flags.

I did ask them to hit 'Like' so I would know they read it.

Certainly a fine reason to go back and read the thread about not using Google.
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