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Coyote Musings
Coyote handsome
his coat the same brown
as the dust from which he rises


What is the sound of one hand slapping Schroedinger's cat?


The Quantum Duck goes "quark, quark."

September 2010
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Missing Left Sock Beast [userpic]

I'm keeping serenejournal's changes.

I am an American citizen. I am not an advocate for terrorism. If called upon by my country, I would reluctantly but dutifully defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Inclusion of the following list of terms in this personal web log represents my opposition to the President's domestic spy program as well as my belief in the Bill of Rights and my 1st Amendment rights of free speech.

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I didn't ask. Just copied verbatim.

Carnivore was an FBI program that would (or possibly will, but I think Carnivore died) have allowed them to read ALL e-mail that traversed any part of the Internet in the US. The volume of email is, of course, too much to possibly go through, so it would do keyword searches and flag only certain messages for review by humans. I think that after much uproar and realistic analysis of just how much mail there was to go through it was dropped.

but in case it wasn't, Hello Special Agent Cranivore, how are you today?

ECHELON, not Carnivore.

Carnivore was the name of an FBI project that could be set up at an ISP or backbone location to wiretap on specified e-mail addresses.

It didn't sniff all email looking for certain phrases. It captured all e-mail and other Internet traffic to/from a certain account or IP(s) under inverstigation.

Basically, it was a tamper-resistant, locked down packet sniffer. There wasn't one big "carnivore", it was just the name of an ordinary box that could be dropped onto an ISP's network. With a warrant.

You're thinking of "ECHELON", which is an alleged NSA project that captures all telecom traffic in some foreign locations and sniffs for certain phrases. It's real, as far as anyone can guess, and it does tap and selectively capture international traffic. ECHELON has been around a lot longer than the recent NSA wiretap scandal.

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ECHELON