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Feds put heat on Web firms for master encryption keys (CNET)

Feds put heat on Web firms for master encryption keys (CNET)

Posted Jul 25, 2013 3:11 UTC (Thu) by wahern (subscriber, #37304)
In reply to: Feds put heat on Web firms for master encryption keys (CNET) by dlang
Parent article: Feds put heat on Web firms for master encryption keys (CNET)

"it's mission is to spy on foreigners"

That was the case throughout the 1980s and 1990s, after the Church Committee hearings in the 1970s caught them spying on Americans. But it's abundantly clear that President Bush tore down those walls, so we're back at square one.

The NSA absolutely spies internally. Even before the Snowden leaks it was already known that NSA trawling is how the Feds caught Governor Elliot Spitzer paying prostitutes.

And as far as I know there are no laws that prevent the NSA from spying internally. You're thinking of the CIA. The NSA is part of the Department of Defense, which is why it's always headed by a general.


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Feds put heat on Web firms for master encryption keys (CNET)

Posted Jul 25, 2013 3:50 UTC (Thu) by dlang (subscriber, #313) [Link]

The military is under it's own set of restrictions against being used for domestic law enforcement

Feds put heat on Web firms for master encryption keys (CNET)

Posted Jul 25, 2013 4:01 UTC (Thu) by hummassa (subscriber, #307) [Link]

And you don't think it's naïve to imagine that they will break those restrictions, just like the NSA broke its own?

Feds put heat on Web firms for master encryption keys (CNET)

Posted Jul 25, 2013 4:47 UTC (Thu) by wahern (subscriber, #37304) [Link]

But the NSA doesn't do law enforcement. They do intelligence. They then hand the intelligence off to the FBI to do the enforcement part.


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