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Feds Demand User Passwords As Congress Sells Us Out
Freedom Outpost ^ | July 26, 2013 | Dean Garrison

Posted on 07/26/2013 11:23:43 AM PDT by EXCH54FE

It’s been a rough couple of days for any freedom loving American. Two big stories broke in relation to the NSA scandal and neither bodes well for the future of privacy in this country. Yesterday’s big story came from CNET. That is significant in and of itself because CNET is not exactly what you would call a site for political news junkies. CNET is more for the computer savvy techies.

They are reporting that the feds are applying intense pressure to gather passwords. CNET reports:

The U.S. government has demanded that major Internet companies divulge users’ stored passwords, according to two industry sources familiar with these orders, which represent an escalation in surveillance techniques that has not previously been disclosed.

If the government is able to determine a person’s password, which is typically stored in encrypted form, the credential could be used to log in to an account to peruse confidential correspondence or even impersonate the user. Obtaining it also would aid in deciphering encrypted devices in situations where passwords are reused.

A second person who has worked at a large Silicon Valley company confirmed that it received legal requests from the federal government for stored passwords. Companies “really heavily scrutinize” these requests, the person said. “There’s a lot of ‘over my dead body.’”

Of course no one is going to admit to providing such info. It’s bad for business. The CNET article is enough to raise serious questions. And even if some of the big providers are saying “no way,” you can bet that they aren’t all saying that. There is no such thing as internet privacy. Keep that in mind going forward.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cnet; corruption; criminalgovernment; fedpasswords; govtabuse; nsa; passwords; rapeofliberty; scandals; tyranny; waronliberty
I don’t think it’s quite fair that the federal government should have my passwords when I can’t even remember some of them. Maybe I can send the NSA a Freedom of Information Act request to obtain my lost passwords.
1 posted on 07/26/2013 11:23:43 AM PDT by EXCH54FE
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To: EXCH54FE

F them.


2 posted on 07/26/2013 11:26:35 AM PDT by Mark17 (This creepy a$$ cracker is retiring in the Philippines)
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To: EXCH54FE

Don’t worry, they will take care of your balance.


3 posted on 07/26/2013 11:26:37 AM PDT by Shady (Creed of the PC Police: You're guilty when we say you are...)
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To: EXCH54FE

Heck, no need to back up your data at all: just ask the NSA to copy from THEIR archive. . .


4 posted on 07/26/2013 11:27:10 AM PDT by Salgak (http://catalogoftehburningstoopid.blogspot.com 100% all-natural snark !)
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To: EXCH54FE

Many “representatives” will be holding community meetings during the August recess. It might be a good time to let your voice be heard!


5 posted on 07/26/2013 11:29:52 AM PDT by Errant
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To: Shady

The Democrats own the NSA , IRS ,FBI and ObamaCare etc ,all that’s missing ,THE PASSWORDS


6 posted on 07/26/2013 11:29:53 AM PDT by molson209
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To: EXCH54FE

Apparently Google, Apple, Sprint and Verizon have already complied. If not the passwords, then your complete account history is in the hands of Fedzilla


7 posted on 07/26/2013 11:30:06 AM PDT by Old Sarge (My "KMA List" is growing daily...)
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To: EXCH54FE
Fourth Amendment? "Secure in their papers,effects," etc.

?????

8 posted on 07/26/2013 11:31:21 AM PDT by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: EXCH54FE
There have been a recent spate of commercials on TV and elsewhere from a company or companies generously offering to "help you remember all your passwords" by storing them with said company. "Never again have to hunt for a forgotten password!" is the tantalizing offer.

As soon as I saw it, I knew it was a Government-driven attempt to gain access to everyone's password-protected data. And now we know it's true.

This craven criminal cabal in the White Hut is the most depraved, slovenly, cynical pack of tyrant wannabe's we have ever had to defend ourselves against. They plainly deserve summary execution for their perfidy. Abdication of their Otah's of Office and Treason Against America during Wartime. And they aren't so very far from fomenting so much animus throughout their citizenry that they end up with precisely what they have coming.

Little Barbie is pushing for an all out race war, never considering that when the enraged masses finish dealing with all his rump-swabs, he just logically becomes next on the "to do" list.

Talk about not thinking it through, huh?

LMAO!!!!

;-\

9 posted on 07/26/2013 11:37:07 AM PDT by Gargantua (America's starting to smell like a steaming pile of Obama.)
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To: EXCH54FE

Without a Miranda warning, anything you say or do on the internet may be used against you.


10 posted on 07/26/2013 11:37:35 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Gargantua

Somebody needs to remind Congress that they are target number one for the bureaucrats in jack boots.


11 posted on 07/26/2013 11:38:44 AM PDT by Oldexpat
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To: EXCH54FE

Have they obtained a warrant, documenting probable cause?


12 posted on 07/26/2013 11:44:11 AM PDT by G Larry (Let his days be few; and let another take his office. Psalms 109:8)
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To: EXCH54FE
Does that mean they could access my stuff, download a bunch of kiddie porn, then arrest me for being a pervert?
13 posted on 07/26/2013 11:46:52 AM PDT by tbpiper
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To: EXCH54FE

Passwords for what ‘sites’, specifically?......


14 posted on 07/26/2013 11:48:11 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: EXCH54FE

I can now say with certainty that we live in a fascist country. Didn’t take long to go from A Noble Idea to Total Tyranny.


15 posted on 07/26/2013 11:48:50 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Freedom of speech - a myth about a long-gone country.)
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To: tbpiper
Does that mean they could access my stuff, download a bunch of kiddie porn, then arrest me for being a pervert?

Of course. If they hadn't already thought of that, you just gave them the idea.
16 posted on 07/26/2013 11:48:59 AM PDT by Old Yeller (Goodbye America. Glad the majority of my years were spent during the good days.)
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To: EXCH54FE

Are genuine warrants no longer required?

Are have our rights been degraded to the point where the courts issue phony blanket “warrants” that attain to every person in the USA?


17 posted on 07/26/2013 11:49:02 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: EXCH54FE

The Feds need to be told to Bugger Off!!


18 posted on 07/26/2013 11:51:07 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: BenLurkin
have our rights been degraded to the point where the courts issue phony blanket “warrants” that attain to every person in the USA?

There's precedent. They were called "writs of assistance."

19 posted on 07/26/2013 11:55:57 AM PDT by omega4412
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To: EXCH54FE

“Other orders demand the secret question codes often associated with user accounts.

Good. I’m changing mine to insulting phrases that will annoy the sneaky lawbreaking feds.

You know - what town were you born, color of first car, etc.

Yes, this is a fascist country.


20 posted on 07/26/2013 11:56:21 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Freedom of speech - a myth about a long-gone country.)
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To: EXCH54FE
What is the nature of the Fed's ‘intense pressure’ on these companies? I wonder if it's similar to the time-honored tactic of making them an offer they can't refuse.
21 posted on 07/26/2013 12:01:24 PM PDT by MichaelCorleone (Jesus Christ is not a religion. He's the Truth.)
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To: Venturer
Without a Miranda warning, anything you say or do on the internet may be used against you.

Even worse, with your password it makes it even easier for them to impersonate you and frame you for any crime they so choose, in order to lock your @ss up and put you away for political reasons.

22 posted on 07/26/2013 12:01:49 PM PDT by MCH
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To: Errant
Here's a link to the roll call vote on the Amash amendment to end NSA snooping. This is the one that failed 205 - 217. Glad to see my critter John Mica voted in favor of the amendment. Means I won't have to go yell at him during the August recess.
23 posted on 07/26/2013 12:03:24 PM PDT by Thane_Banquo ( Walker 2016)
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To: Thane_Banquo

Mine voted in favor as well. I had already spoken to both local offices and his DC office.


24 posted on 07/26/2013 12:09:46 PM PDT by Errant
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To: EXCH54FE

The obvious response to this is to NEVER discuss anything via any electronic means that may get you trouble.

I can talk face to face with people and plan just about anything, then carry it out when I need to and not one spec of that information would ever appear on an electronic device.

Go ahead and get my passwords - then log into my credit card accounts and see that all I buy are hotel rooms while on vacation, and maybe dinner once in a while. Get my email password and check out my credit card and utility bills - and see that everything is as expected.

Read all my text messages you want (just random texting going on - get a baseball score once in a while).

I never, ever, EVER write anything in an email, on a text message, or on a posting anywhere that may incriminate me, or lead one to believe I am doing anything illegal or terroristic.

So if I WAS planning something those discussions happen face to face in a basement with no windows while loud music plays upstairs.

If one is so stupid as to get caught using this stuff, then they deserve it!


25 posted on 07/26/2013 12:25:00 PM PDT by msrngtp2002 (Just my opinion.)
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To: MCH

Never thought of that, but you are right.

This bunch would do it too.


26 posted on 07/26/2013 1:24:50 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: EXCH54FE

“F—k You”, THAT’S my password.


27 posted on 07/26/2013 1:25:45 PM PDT by dfwgator
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