[Rushtalk] YOUR GOVERNMENT AT WORK - YOU SHOULD BE VERY AFRAID

Carl Spitzer cwsiv at keepandbeararms.com
Sun Nov 10 18:30:58 MST 2013





                       FROM THE WASHINGTON POST 
                                    
                   Why the gov't source leaked PRISM
                                    
                           By DYLAN BYERS |  
                                    
                          6/6/13 6:28 PM EDT 
                                    
                                    
                                    
                                    
 The Washington Post has published a remarkable report showing that the
 National Security Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have
   been monitoring the central servers of major Internet companies --
  Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube and
 Apple -- and "extracting audio, video, photographs, e-mails, documents
 and connection logs that enable analysts to track a person’s movements
                        and contacts over time."
                                    
  Why did a government source leak information of this program, dubbed
    "PRISM," to the Post? What follows is perhaps the most chilling
    paragraph I've read to date about U.S. government surveillance:
                                    
                                    
          Firsthand experience with these systems, and horror at their
          capabilities, is what drove a career intelligence officer to
         provide PowerPoint slides about PRISM and supporting materials
        to The Washington Post in order to expose what he believes to be
         a gross intrusion on privacy. “They quite literally can watch
                your ideas form as you type,” the officer said.
                                        
                                    
                                    
 In the wake of last night's Guardian report about the NSA's collection
   of Verizon phone user metadata, the New York Times editorial board
 argued that the Obama administration "has now lost all credibility" in
  defending its abuses of executive power. That was before the report
about PRISM, which unlike the Verizon metadata, includes surveillance of
                             user content.
                                    
   “'They quite literally can watch your ideas form as you type,' the
                             officer said."
                                    
           If that doesn't make you uncomfortable, it should.
                                    
                                    
                                    

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