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Online forums provide key havens for terror plots
WASHINGTON (AP) — In secretive chat rooms and on encrypted Internet message boards, al-Qaida fighters have been planning and coordinating attacks — including a threatened if vague plot that U.S. officials say closed 19 diplomatic posts across Africa and the Middle East for more than a week.
For years, extremists have used online forums to share information and drum up support, and over the past decade they have developed systems that blend encryption programs with anonymity software to hide their tracks. Jihadist technology may now be so sophisticated and secretive, experts say, that many communications avoid detection by National Security Agency programs that were designed to uncover terror plots.
Exactly how U.S. spy systems picked up the latest threat is classified, and Shawn Turner, spokesman for National Intelligence Director James Clapper, refused to confirm or deny Katz's analysis on how it might have happened. Intelligence officials have suggested that the plot was detected, in part at least, through NSA surveillance programs that have been under harsh worldwide criticism for privacy intrusions in the name of national security.
After the NSA programs were revealed in June by former NSA systems analyst Edward Snowden, jihadi websites began urging followers to also use software that would hide their Internet protocol addresses and, essentially, prevent them from being tracked online. That aimed to add another layer of security to the online traffic.
"You can encrypt things in such a way that you can assume that even the NSA can't undo them — there's no back door," said Dan Auerbach, a technology expert at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which is challenging NSA eavesdropping in federal lawsuits.
Other technology experts believe the government could access encrypted messages with the help of Internet providers.
The above are a couple of very minor snippets from a rather long article. I strongly recommend reading it. While it is al-Qaida-centric in tone, I would advice the reader to understand that all references to that specific group could be removed and any other group substituted... The articles title might clue you in on one potential substitution... People who use online forums. Given that everyone reading these words engages, on some level, with conspiracy / alt-news sites - we would all be prime targets for this sort of scrutiny.
Guess what folks... that's Big Brother selling his evil and freedom ending spy program to the Joneses. That is the average person being told that wholesale domestic spying is good and that Americans receive a great benefit of security from it, so they should respect it - and be suspecting of all who do not view it as a necessary and wonderful thing. That is, in no uncertain terms, brainwashing through propaganda.
Thus is appears that the few tools we have left with which to protect ourselves are about to come under severe scrutiny. This is an absolute shame because some of us are old enough to remember the first battle fought over the legality of encryption. Not too long ago, at all, carrying a thumb drive that contained PGP - an encryption tool - on it was legally classified as "smuggling munitions across international borders" and was a major Federal offense.
Thus is appears that the few tools we have left with which to protect ourselves are about to come under severe scrutiny.
Again, what is your evidence that these mechanisms have come under severe scrutiny?
Levison – accompanied by his lawyer during the video interview – said he is legally unable to talk about the full circumstances of his decision to shut down Lavabit, which had 410,000 registered users when it closed last week.
"I can't talk about that. I would like to, believe me. I think if the American public knew what our government was doing, they wouldn't be allowed to do it any more," said Levison, who described the closure as "the lesser of two evils".
"There's information that I can't even share with my lawyer, let alone with the American public. So if we're talking about secrecy, you know, it's really been taken to the extreme," he said.
My feelings are not based upon a single article at all. My feelings are informed by many factors, over a period of years. As it happens these incursions into cyber-freedoms are currently happening at a much greater pace than at any time in the past and are becoming nearly a daily issue.
New account trolling?
Yes, you seem to be trolling my new account.
Wth is wrong with you?
I am asking reasonable questions about the OP. I made it clear what my problem was with the OP.
I asked for evidence of the claims.
Another poster gave me an answer.
His answer was not one of the points in the OP.
I found the answer acceptable.
What does this say about the OP?