‘Thousands of NSA Analysts Can Listen to Domestic Phone Calls,’ Read Emails, Texts, IMs
UPDATES: Aplenty – from late last night – below. Please, indulge us and read from top to bottom – for clarity’s sake. —– That’s some good news right there. The National Security Agency (NSA) has acknowledged in a new classified briefing that it does not need court authorization to listen to domestic phone calls…. Hold the phone. (Get it?) The NSA claims “it does not | Read More »
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The “Consider This!” Podcast, Episode 44, The One-Year Anniversary: What Edward Snowden’s Revelations Really Reveal About Government
The latest episode of the “Consider This!” podcast is out. Conservative commentary in 10 minutes or less. It’s the one-year anniversary of Consider This! Just seems like yesterday it was getting off the ground. They grow up so fast. And since it’s a special occasion, I hope you won’t mind that my usual 10-minute-or-less podcast nearly hit 13 minutes! Edward Snowden, via Glenn Greenwald, brought a few things about | Read More »
The end-user license of liberty
One of my favorite Dilbert cartoons showed the hero’s laconic office mate, Wally, discovers to his horror that agreeing to the Microsoft End User License Agreement meant he would have to spend several months of indentured servitude as a towel boy at Bill Gates’ pool. I thought of it when hearing the sarcastic suggestion today that we might all have unknowingly agreed to the NSA’s | Read More »
The Trouble Isn’t With NSA Spying On Us
It’s good for us to revisit the issue of balancing between preserving our cherished civil liberties and the need for security measures in order to safeguard peace for Americans. If we don’t revisit the issue now and again, it will mean we’re complacent and take the civil liberties for granted. We shouldn’t take anything for granted. But this diary isn’t about Edward Snowden or NSA | Read More »
The Police State of Obamaville
When people think of a police state, they usually think of heavily armed, uniformed police kicking in doors and dragging out family members in the dark of the night. A police state doesn’t require police kicking down your door… at least not in the beginning, particularly when one is evolving from some other form of government, say for instance a constitutional republic. I’m not sure | Read More »
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Tech at Night: A few quick points on FISA, NSA, and PRISM.
It’s the hot topic, so I’m going to start off with a few points on FISA and PRISM.
Point one: Foreign agents can control US phone numbers, particularly in this age of constant cybersecurity threats.
Point two: Searching a third party service provider isn’t the same as searching your home.
Point three: ECHELON is an old program, one where the UK’s intel team spies on us, and the NSA spites on them. NSA-avoidance advice that tells you to favor non-US firms is laughably stupid.
Point four: Data mining of metadata for mathematical analysis of networks, using known terrorists and allies as anchors, isn’t the same as spying on anyone.
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IF NIXON WIRETAPPED A ROOM, and OBAMA A NATION, then the People Are Given an Opportunity
“We shall meet in the place where there is no darkness.” George Orwell’s “1984” Our thoughts are being recorded. If you are reading this your intents are being scrutinized like light through a PRISM. If you are sharing this, your intention is an action which can be interpreted by government overlords to mean the Clintonian, “Whatever is, is.” Only recently taking the body part scanners | Read More »
Welcome To The American Orwell State
If we don’t end the emerging American Orwell State, Francis Fukayama and the Dead Kennedys both could be tragically correct. History may well end, and it could end with Bedtime For Democracy. What Fukayama got right is that Western governments would emerge with hegemony over the rest of the world due to their advantages in wealth, culture and technology. What he got wrong was that they would use these advantages to stifle their own citizenry through the formation of what George Orwell described as Oligarchical Collectivism.
To properly assure the uncontested hegemony of an Inner Party Elite, all information must be controlled and censored. How else can both Google and the noble, all-knowing state assure themselves that we’ll do no evil? Well, according to The Washington Post (and other officially official sources within the Ministry of Truth), we no longer need to worry about that.
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