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The NSA's 5-Page Entirely Redacted Definition of Metadata

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emptywheel
NSA has a five page definition of the term "metadata" that is centrally important to upstream 702 collection. But you're not allowed to read it.
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When The President Hates A Race And Talks Sick Racist Trash

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bmaz
President Donald J. Trump is a racist bigot. Jemele Hill was right on that one, not that sane people had not already realized it long ago, and well before his election. Take his ignorant position on the Central Park Five case, just as a for…
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How to Read the DHS Targeted States Information

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emptywheel
This post attempts to correct some misconceptions about the DHS notice yesterday that Russians attempted to target the voting registration databases of 21 states.
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The NSA's Purge Obfuscations

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emptywheel
When the government had to provide John Bates with a number of total purged communications in 2011, it did not include PRISM collection in that.
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The Reclassification of Details on the 2011 Upstream Fight

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emptywheel
The government has just reclassified the dates that make it clear the NSA was blowing off Ron Wyden's request for a count of US person communications sucked up under 702 at the same time as they were developing that for John Bates.
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Amid Promises to Share Ads with Congress, Some Other Interesting Promises

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emptywheel
Little noticed in Facebook's promise to keep investigating what happened in last year's election is a suggestion they'll also look at what the campaigns did.
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A Better Example of Article III FISA Oversight: Reaz Qadir Khan

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emptywheel
NSA's General Counsel said some funny things in a speech about judicial oversight of FISA's Section 702. Here are some corrections.
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One Thing Not Mentioned in Mueller Requests from the White House: The Putin Phone Call

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emptywheel
One thing is not explicitly on the three versions of lists of things that Robert Mueller has requested from the White House: details of the January 28 phone call with Vladimir Putin.
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Facebook Troll Account Events Happen in Wake of Guccifer 2.0 Released Targeting Data

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emptywheel
The first events Facebook troll promoted events that might legitimately have had an effect on the election -- a set of rallies in Florida on August 20 -- came in the wake of Guccifer 2.0 releasing congressional targeting data for FL.
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SSCI Plays Hardball with Michael Cohen's Attempt to Distract from Trump Tower Deal

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emptywheel
As he did with HPSCI, Michael Cohen tried to manipulate the press to present a narrative suggesting his testimony to Congress pertains exclusively to the Steele dosser. Richard Burr and Mark Warner were having none of that.

USA Freedom Act Scofflaw Rosemary Collyer Claims She Can't Find a Tech Expert

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emptywheel
Rosemary Collyer claims she can't find a tech expert who can help her avoid the errors she made in this year's 702 reauthorization. That's unconvincing.
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The Domestic Communications NSA Won't Reveal Are Almost Certainly Obscured Location Communications

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emptywheel
Reading the documents released since Ron Wyden and Dan Coats started fighting about how NSA collects on Americans using Section 702 strongly suggests this is about collecting from location obscuring servers.
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Jemele Hill Is Right, Trump Is A Racist Bigot, Trash Talk

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bmaz
The biggest sports story of the week, unless you are a legal freak in the Zeke Elliot weeds, is more politics than sports. The classy and wonderful Jemele Hill of ESPN let fly some hard truth about Trump on his favorite medium, Twitter. And…
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The (Thus Far) Flimsy Case for Republican Cooperation on Russian Targeting

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emptywheel
We already know of cases where Russian related targeting assistance was provided in last year's election. But it was provided by Russians to Republicans, not the other way around.
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Financing Medicare For All

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Ed Walker
If you only read mainstream media you’d think Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All bill was terrifyingly expensive. An opinion piece behind the paywall in the Wall Street Journal cites a couple of studies with huge headline numbers like $2.5…
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Facebook Doesn't Need a Probable Cause Search Warrant to Turn Over Ad Data to Robert Mueller

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emptywheel
Everyone is in a froth because two articles assume, based on faulty assumptions, that Robert Mueller got a probable cause search warrant to obtain information from Facebook. Short of having a confirming source, there's no reason to believe that's the case.
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Shadow Brokers and the "Second Source"

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emptywheel
While I doubt that Shadow Brokers is the Second Source of NSA files shared with Jacob Appelbaum and WikiLeaks, I think he may have a mutual shared source with them.