My Life as an "Extremist" (⌐■_■)
The NDR has released some source code (or rather, script code) detailing what the NSA actually does: According to the excerpt below I am accounted as an extremist! No wonder, the US dept. of homeland security questioned me closely when I entered the states ;-)
How do you become an extremist? You visit either of the two websites above.
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Of course that is a bit of a hyperbolic statement, since TAILS is probably being advocated in many places, not just on extremist forums. But in any case, the code does not care and flags all traffic to these sites all the same. And that is really, what is the larger problem of what we know about the NSA activity: They indiscriminately collect vast amounts of information with little to no oversight; consider, how much data Edward Snowden – one IT contractor of countless employees – has been able to extract and physically remove from the NSA's oversight.
And I am pretty certain that every employee of the NSA is a idealistic youth who does not steal data for personal gain, but just to publish the agency's lack of oversight to the rest of the world (with perhaps a touch of vengeance added).
This is yet another sample for how algorithms govern our lives and impose symbolic categories on us humble beings. But that is going to be the material for another post...
The full published code can be grabbed from NDR here: http://daserste.ndr.de/panorama/xkeyscorerules100.txt
And for those too lazy to click and those who prefer syntax highlighting, here is the code as well: