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

Stephen A. Frye s.frye at verizon.net
Mon Nov 11 19:46:25 MST 2013


Who is "they"?

 

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         I am afraid of NOTHING! When you are, they've defeated you. - jaq



At 08:30 PM 11/10/2013, Carl Spitzer wrote:







FROM THE WASHINGTON POST 

Why the gov't source leaked PRISM

By DYLAN BYERS <http://www.politico.com/reporters/DylanByers.html>  | 


6/6/13 6:28 PM EDT 


 

 


The Washington Post has published a remarkable report
<http://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/us-intelligence-mining-data-fr
om-nine-us-internet-companies-in-broad-secret-program/2013/06/06/3a0c0da8-ce
bf-11e2-8845-d970ccb04497_story.html>  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
<http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2013/06/report-govt-collecting-verizon-
phone-records-165528.html>  about the NSA's collection of Verizon phone user
metadata, the New York Times editorial board argued
<http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2013/06/nyt-obama-admin-has-lost-all-cr
edibility-165612.html>  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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