[FoRK] what to do with the PRISM database
eugen at leitl.org
Thu Jul 11 05:46:37 PDT 2013
On Thu, Jul 11, 2013 at 08:14:46AM -0400, Damien Morton wrote:
> That's classical Police State stuff. Lets assume the user's of PRISM put
Yes, and it still works. Today, much better due to superior
sigint: earlier warning for phase change approaching, and you
have full realtime tracking on key targets. You need a good
story to prevent outrage, which can be fabricated, possibly
via a false flag operation. Total incarceration rate is already
higher than during Stalin's purges, adding 0.1% or less is not
going to make a large difference.
The high incarceration rate in the US creates a potentially
mobilizable cohort of angry people with an axe to grind
towards the establishment, and ability to dish out violence.
There is also enough arms in the general population and sufficient
numbers of veterans who can raid depots and put results to good use,
if sufficiently motivated.
> their billy clubs down, and restrict themselves to more subtle effectors,
> maybe making certain phone calls fail to connect, or delaying delivery of
> certain messages.
That's useful for an early phase. Before your targets can
move and spread warning you bag them in the wee hours.
In general ability to selective disrupt communication
will generate a lot of alarm if demostrated, so only
Same thing with the hypothetical ability to break some
cryptosystems considered strong today. You may collect
intelligence, but not act on it without showing your
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