I see this thing about Prism and the Echelon system before that is still rumbling on.
It shows just how ridiculous this "war on terror" is. We're spending multibillions of dollars to fight a bunch of primitive clowns that don't have an army, navy, or air force, or a clue
Did you see the terrorists who got convicted this week, they intended to bomb an EDL rally with a nail bomb made out of a firework, got there 2 hours late then got stopped on the M1 in the way back home for not having valid car insurance.
So two guys in a Volvo V70 were more effective than the Utah data centre.
Computer intelligence only works if they understand the vagaries of humanity and what they are looking for – inhumanity. What a waste of storage full of facebook duck face and pictures of food.
I think the debate will continue past "Everybody's a target; everybody with communication is a target" and move on to ROI (return on investment) on tens of billions spent – it seems like contractors are in control of this and not elected bodies.
I think you have to say that with more and more Americans falling below the poverty line is this money well spent?
It’s quite obvious that “total information awareness" is a fallacy, and if this is not regulated, it is logical to presume that big business can buy can buy diplomatic secrets, legal documents, confidential personal communications.
information has a value, we know this from Facebook.
Is it just possible that there is a price list and you can just buy information by knowing the right people and handing your credit card over to Menwith Hill – “That will be £10,000 or would you like a full work up for £25,000”
There little or no indication that this policies effectiveness has improved in over a decade. In business there is the 80/20 rule. Maybe they don’t understand that.
Is the largest, most covert and potentially most intrusive intelligence agency ever created an ineffective failure – I would think they don’t have much longer to prove themselves.
This won’t be decided on morality, it will be done based on what is understood in business – the bottom line and US $
So for the time being jihadists are safe because on the whole they are under the radar. And we are safe because of their idiotic attempts to execute an attack. We just have to be thankful that they are so disorganised. A computer can’t understand ridiculousness embedded in the world of extremism unless they get the Utah super computers to read the Koran and then very slightly tilt its head to the left.
From our point of view, you are more likely to get struck by lightning or win the lottery 3 weeks in a row. Once we take that on board the expenditure looks even more excessive.
It will all sort itself out in the end as anyone who wants to run the world under Sharia law, will soon find out that his wife won’t let him and after the next election congress will pull the purse strings after they review the contractor’s invoices.
Bell Helicopters and Vietnam anyone?