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New US Government Project To Monitor Electronic Communication 164

An anonymous reader writes "PRODIGAL (Proactive Discovery of Insider Threats Using Graph Analysis and Learning) is a recently uncovered U.S. government program created in partnership with the Georgia Tech School of Computational Science and Engineering, ostensibly to monitor IMs, texts, and emails on government networks, is feared to be turned on the U.S. population at large. From the article: 'Cherie Anderson runs a travel company in southern California, and she's convinced the federal government is reading her emails. But she's all right with that. "I assume it's part of the Patriot Act and I really don't mind," she says. "I figure I'm probably boring them to death."'"
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New US Government Project To Monitor Electronic Communication

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  • by khasim ( 1285 ) <brandioch.conner@gmail.com> on Monday December 05, 2011 @12:09PM (#38266742)

    People always get that bit confused. What it REALLY means is
    "A person who spends money in a recklessly extravagant way."

    Nice name for this program.

  • Re:wrong images (Score:5, Informative)

    by CarbonShell ( 1313583 ) on Monday December 05, 2011 @01:14PM (#38267724)

    Uhm, wasn't Sen. Kennedy on the No-Fly list at one time? Not to mention people like Robert J. Johnson, John Lewis


    Walter F. Murphy, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton, reported that the following exchange took place at Newark on 1 March 2007, where he was denied a boarding pass "because I [Professor Murphy] was on the Terrorist Watch list." The airline employee asked, "Have you been in any peace marches? We ban a lot of people from flying because of that." "I explained," said professor Murphy, "that I had not so marched but had, in September 2006, given a lecture at Princeton, televised and put on the web, highly critical of George Bush for his many violations of the constitution." To which the airline employee responded, "That'll do it."

    source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_Fly_List [wikipedia.org]

  • Re:it does matter (Score:5, Informative)

    by Jah-Wren Ryel ( 80510 ) on Monday December 05, 2011 @01:19PM (#38267802)

    Theres a saying ive seen on here, around the net

            First they came for the Communists,
            but I was not a Communist so I did not speak out.

            Then they came for the Socialists and the Trade Unionists,
            but I was neither, so I did not speak out.

            Then they came for the Jews,
            but I was not a Jew so I did not speak out.

            And when they came for me,
            there was no one left to speak out for me.

    Martin Niemoller [raoulwallenberg.net]

At work, the authority of a person is inversely proportional to the number of pens that person is carrying.