Update: Looks Like Snowden has decided to stay in Russia.
Snowden says he wants asylum in Russia.....
MOSCOW (AP) — Edward Snowden emerged from weeks of hiding in a Moscow airport Friday, still defiant but willing to stop leaking secrets about U.S. surveillance programs if Russia will give him asylum until he can move on to Latin America.
Snowden said he was ready to meet President Vladimir Putin's condition that he stop leaking secrets if it means Russia would give him shelter that could eventually help him get to Latin America. There was no immediate response from Putin's office, but speakers of both houses of the Kremlin-controlled parliament spoke in support of Snowden's plea.
Vyacheslav Nikonov, a senior lawmaker with the main Kremlin party, described Snowden as "a bit nervous but smiling" and noted his "perfect haircut." He said that when asked to describe his stay at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport, Snowden answered with one word: "Safe.".....snip~
Snowden says he wants asylum in Russia
Associated Press – 3 hrs ago <<<<< More Here.
NSA Talking Points On Utah Data Center: We're Teaming Up With Tech Companies To 'Protect' The Internet | Techdirt
"•DISCUSS THE FOR TAKING NATIONAL ACTION TO THE CYBERSECURITY PROBLEMS WE FACE. ◦US DEPENDENCE ON THE INTERNET PROBABLY GREATER THAN ANY OTHER NATION
◦NOT JUST MEANS OF COMMUNICATIONS BUT DATA IS THERE As WELL -- FINANCIAL DATA, DATA
◦CYBERSPACE CONTROLS OUR CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE -- BANKING, ENERGY, AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL, UTILITIES
◦THREAT IS GROWING -- INFRASTRUCTURE TARGETTED FOR AND POTENTIALLY FOR DISRUPTION OR DESTRUCTION BY GROWING NUMBER OF AND ACTORS"
"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."
Let me break this down. First, its the right to be "...secure in [our] persons, houses, papers and effects..." Metadata is like me watching you talk to somebody, and taking note of that. It isn't intruding physically into our houses, persons, nor is it reading our papers or going through our effects.
"...Searches and seizures..." Metadata is neither taking anything from us, nor is it searching anything that belongs to anyone. It's observing interactions taking place. It is not a search because its intent is not to check what we're saying.
"...Particularly describing the places to be searched..." Imagine that all our electronic interactions are moved into a physical realm. Our personal data would be stuff we carry on us. Our text messages and so forth (the words in the conversations) are like two people talking face to face.
And metadata is like us walking up to someone and shaking their hand, waving at them, or hugging them. But even less so, because hugging vs. shaking hands tells us how close the two people are. Metadata doesn't even do that. It does nothing more than show us who is talking to whom. Not what the contents of the conversation are, nor does it provide us with any information about the people themselves.
I don't think that the entire process is fully constitutional, however. If there is one link in the chain I'm worried about, it is the process by which the DOJ gives the NSA a warrant to probe into the individuals they've observed. I don't know much about this process. I don't know what the checks and balances are, what the requirements are, all I know is that over 95% of 500 requests have been granted.
If everyone wants to pick something about PRISM that's shady, this is the thing to go after and demand accountability for. Sure, it's creepy to think that the government is watching to see who we all talk to, but there's nothing unconstitutional about it. The DOJ giving out warrants to basically every person the NSA is remotely interested in is the worrying thing about all this, and I hope you all realize that.
Veni. Vidi. Vici.
-Gaius Julius Caesar
The Only Thing to Fear is Fear Itself.
-Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Metadata is like USPS making note of whom you write to and how frequently; the data is on the outside and not protected as established by SCOTUS.
In fact, USPS already does a similar program where they take a picture of all mail and store it for future use- yep, just like the NSA's electronic version. In fact, the FBI used the USPS program to trace those ricin laced letters sent to some senators and POTUS a few months ago.
The NSA program is equivalent to the USPS program but electronically; your right to privacy ends when you hit "send" and your communication flows thru a third party (ISP) and enters the realm of the electronic spectrum.
Update on Snowden:
Russia: no asylum application from Snowden.....
Russian immigration officials said Saturday they have not received an application from Edward Snowden, the U.S. National Security Agency leaker who wants to get asylum in Russia.
Snowden came to Moscow's Sheremetyevo international airport on June 23 from Hong Kong, apparently intending to board a flight to Cuba. But he did not get on that flight and is believed to have spent the last three weeks marooned in the airport's transit zone.
On Friday, he met with human rights activists there and said he would seek Russian asylum, at least as a temporary measure before going to Venezuela, Bolivia or Nicaragua, all of which have offered him asylum.
But the Interfax news agency quoted Russian migration service head Konstantin Romodanovsky as saying no asylum request had been received as of Saturday. The state news agency RIA Novosti cited migration service spokeswoman, Zalina Kornilova, as also saying no request had been received.
Snowden had made a previous bid for Russian asylum, but President Vladimir Putin said he would have to agree to stop further leaks of information about American intelligence service activities before it would be considered. Snowden withdrew the bid, but participants in Friday's meeting said he was now ready to agree to stop leaks.
Granting asylum to Snowden would add significant new stress to already-troubled Washington-Moscow relations.
Obama and Putin discussed Snowden, among other issues, during a telephone call on Friday, the White House said in a terse statement that provided no specifics of their conversation about the NSA leaker. White House spokesman Jay Carney said the call was planned several days ago, suggesting that it was unrelated to Snowden's meeting with the activists.
Russia so far has sidestepped the issue by claiming that it cannot take action on Snowden because his presence in the transit zone puts him technically outside Russian territory. But by agreeing to the condition that he stop leaks, Snowden could force Russia's hand.....snip~
Russia: no asylum application from Snowden
Associated Press – 5 hrs ago <<<<< More here way more.