Spy charges pit security against privacy

Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by PartTimePongo, May 12, 2006.

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  1. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/4763799.stm

    "An anonymous source" carries no credibility. However, how far are the US Government prepared to go?
  2. Well Box have access to all ISP's trunking equipment!
  3. So, how is this any different to Echelon?
  4. Echelon, whats that, it dont exist. Neither does that big golf ball dome place called Menwith Hill where the NSA are stationed :lol:


  5. Surely this is a dog bites man story-are people surprised that the NSA are doing this? or that there is acknowledgement by the US Government that they are doing this?
  6. Oh, I see, I didnt realise we were still peddling that line. Its easy to lose touch once you go rogue. :D

  7. PTP wrote:
    By the look of it very far. How big would this database have to be exactly?

    Every call made in the US? According to the CIA, the US has 295,734,134 people, let us assume each one makes just one call a day, every day for a year. That would be a mighty big excell spreadsheet wouldn't it? And for what?
  8. Thread edited.

  9. Oh dear, are we not alllowed to have a bit of humour in forums like current affairs then?. I see the "Humour" threads have been removed. Shame the one copyrighting an actual BBC logo has not been removed, I think that would have far more serious consequences than us just cracking a joke!!.
  10. What BBC copyrighted logo is this?

    I've no objection to humour , especially in threads that have already developed. I will however edit out or move pointless and non-contributory attempts at 'humour' in the early stages of thread development.

    Hijacking a thread and trashing it in it's early stages isn't humour, especially when the serious contributions are getting lost.

    It's Current Affairs. As it says on the front, it's the "Serious' bit.
  11. Then may I suggest the BBC template that has been edited on a thread be removed for copyright issues!. Im very supprised a MOD did not pick up on this.
  12. I suspect the BBC template was copied from another source known for it's spoofs. Enough BBC personnel of all shades use this website, some even contribute. I am sure if they have a problem with it, they will contact us.
  13. The system is not designed to record every message, only those that contain certain words and phrases. Those messages are then filtered out for special attention. Obviously, the vast majority are innocuous and disregarded. However, just occasionally, something crops up that warrants further investigation, in which case, details are passed to the relevant agency.
  14. Slightly related to the thread, but is it true or just an urban myth that if I were to make a telephone call, send a text or e- mail containing the words Bomb/ Kill/ Assasinate/ President, that all my future calls would be entered on a data base somewhere. I myself suspect it's bollox but others think it's true. :?
  15. Each call/e-mail/fax/telex is dealt with on a seperate basis. Assuming that each message is innocent, no further action would be taken, after all, many people will use key trigger words and phrases without any cause for alarm. However, if a suspicious pattern starts to evolve, individuals may warrant extra attention.