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When Spies and Crime-Fighters Squabble Over How They Spy On You 120

The Washington Post reports in a short article on the sometimes strange, sometimes strained relationship between spy agencies like the NSA and CIA and law enforcement (as well as judges and prosecutors) when it comes to evidence gathered using technology or techniques that the spy agencies would rather not disclose at all, never mind explain in detail. They may both be arms of the U.S. government, but the spy agencies and the law enforcers covet different outcomes. From the article: [S]sometimes it's not just the tool that is classified, but the existence itself of the capability — the idea that a certain type of communication can be wiretapped — that is secret. One former senior federal prosecutor said he knew of at least two instances where surveillance tools that the FBI criminal investigators wanted to use "got formally classified in a big hurry" to forestall the risk that the technique would be revealed in a criminal trial. "People on the national security side got incredibly wound up about it," said the former official, who like others interviewed on the issue spoke on condition of anonymity because of the topic’s sensitivity. "The bottom line is: Toys get taken away and put on a very, very high shelf. Only people in the intelligence community can use them." ... The DEA in particular was concerned that if it came up with a capability, the National Security Agency or CIA would rush to classify it, said a former Justice Department official.
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When Spies and Crime-Fighters Squabble Over How They Spy On You

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  • Fear (Score:2, Funny)

    by Charliemopps ( 1157495 ) on Saturday July 26, 2014 @11:01PM (#47541137)

    What they fear isn't the criminals finding out about it...

    Woe to him who gets evil gain for his house To put his nest on high, To be delivered from the hand of calamity! You have devised a shameful thing for your house By cutting off many peoples; So you are sinning against yourself. Surely the stone will cry out from the wall, And the rafter will answer it from the framework.

    Habakkuk 2:9-11

  • by sumdumass ( 711423 ) on Sunday July 27, 2014 @01:25AM (#47541477) Journal

    ike it or not, Canadians are american, as are mexicans, columbians, brazillians and so forth.

    No they are not fool. They are North American or South American or from the Americas. Years of language use that supersedes probably your grandparents time in this world are not to be tossed aside in order to some pretentious idiot to feel good about themselves.

    Just because he had the courtesy of making the distinction between the peoples of the americas, does not make his point drivel. Instead, it shows insight which has obviously been lost on redneck sister fuckers such as yourself.

    Dribble, I did not say drivel. It shows he is a clueless moron and it seems like you are too.

    The fact that you have your head buried so far up your own ass that you are unable to admit that the term american is shared by countries other than our own, just goes to show how people like you allowed our country to become so fucked up through ignorant flag-waving patriotism, and trying to drown out all criticism by mindlessly chanting "USA! USA! USA!"

    No, it has never been until recently that people are so damn lazy they drop the North or South or Central or Latin from the American when talking about continental origins. It's intellectually dishonest and intellectually lazy. You can lie to yourself all you want but it does not make it correct and when you use the improper terms, do not be surprised if people think you are silly spouting silly things and worth little more than being ignored.

    Go pop another Budweiser and shoot a defenseless animal while claiming you're a "real man". Leave the actual thinking to those with more than 2 brain cells to rub together.

    If you could even put two brain cells together, you wouldn't be spouting this rubbish. It doesn't take much to think, you should try it and then apply it to what you are about to say some time,

If a 6600 used paper tape instead of core memory, it would use up tape at about 30 miles/second. -- Grishman, Assembly Language Programming