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This piece of information is significant for a number of reasons,” wrote Gallagher, but the most crucial perhaps is how it compares to Microsoft’s remarks last year. As RT wrote in 2012, Microsoft was awarded a patent that summer that provides for “legal intercept” technology that allows for agents to “silently copy communication transmitted via the communication session” without asking for user authorization.

Al-Rasub.  “NSA leaks hint Microsoft may have lied about Skype security.”  June 13, 2013.  Original: RT.

The rogues are going to need their own satellites.

Russian President Vladimir Putin called the massive U.S. surveillance programs, revealed last week by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, “generally practicable” and “the way a civilized society should go about fighting terrorism.”

Fisher, Max.  “Vladimir Putin defends the U.S. on spying programs, drones and Occupy Wall Street.”  The Washington Post, June 13, 2013.

For Russophiles, RT’s YouTube channel has a longer episode clip.

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Both the wicked and the wise know that a thing can be hidden if it is not spoken about, or if it is spoken about, channeled selectively, or, effectively, not heard.

“SIGINT” is, for all intents, an international field probably skewed by growing electronic prowess.

Have my advertisers — that’s “MARKINT” for “Market Intelligence” I guess — gone too far tracking my shopping-related browsing and slipping into my online browsing experience repeated — and nuisance — reinforcing advertising?

After I’ve bought whatever it was I was looking at, I wish they would quit.

It must noted that 9/11 and the Boston Marathon attacks took place beneath extraordinary effort and traffic in security-minded organizations.  One may ask how either was possible if these systems were so powerful?  In at least two other instances, the shooting in Little Rock and the Fort Hood Massacre, it would seem “HUMINT” (yes, “Human Intelligence”) was just not sexy enough to promote the detention of either perpetrator before the fact.

Clayton, Mark.  “Obama pressured to confront China’s Xi Jinping on cyber spying (+video).  The Christian Science Monitor, June 7, 2013.

India.com.  “India fifth-largest target on US electronic spying list.”  June 10, 2013.

Global Research.  “NSA Leaks Help — Rather than Hurt — the United States.”  June 13, 2013.

Murphy, Dan.  “News flash: the NSA is spying on China.”  The Christian Science Monitor, June 13, 2013.

Wikipedia.  “Signals Intelligence”.