NSA and GCHQ think they're fighting a civil war.

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PostSat Sep 07, 2013 12:48 am » by Middleman


The latest NSA revelation by Ball, Borger and Greenwald in the Guardian today has this little gem tucked away in it.

The NSA's codeword for its decryption program, Bullrun, is taken from a major battle of the American civil war. Its British counterpart, Edgehill, is named after the first major engagement of the English civil war, more than 200 years earlier.


Wow. Breathtaking.

Think about the message those names send, both inside and outside the intelligence community. The people are the enemy, and the enemy are the people.

The politicians and securocrats are constantly talking about the damage done by Snowden and Manning and Wikileaks, but do they give even give the slightest thought to getting out of their own way, like maybe by taking code words randomly from a dictionary, instead of making them both relevant and provocative?

No, they decide to be all clever.

When do the adults get to be in charge?

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PostSat Sep 07, 2013 1:13 am » by Webcat


Middleman wrote:The latest NSA revelation by Ball, Borger and Greenwald in the Guardian today has this little gem tucked away in it.

The NSA's codeword for its decryption program, Bullrun, is taken from a major battle of the American civil war. Its British counterpart, Edgehill, is named after the first major engagement of the English civil war, more than 200 years earlier.


Wow. Breathtaking.

Think about the message those names send, both inside and outside the intelligence community. The people are the enemy, and the enemy are the people.

The politicians and securocrats are constantly talking about the damage done by Snowden and Manning and Wikileaks, but do they give even give the slightest thought to getting out of their own way, like maybe by taking code words randomly from a dictionary, instead of making them both relevant and provocative?

No, they decide to be all clever.

When do the adults get to be in charge?


F**king brill post! :flop:

You hit the nail on the head here.

WHO DO THEY THINK ARE THE REAL ENEMY?

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