You’d better watch your back. I do not want my government having access to everything I do…able to piece all of my transactions together to weaponize my data when it suits them. I do not worry about what this present administration will do with the data…I don’t worry about indefinite detention centers for Americans etc for as long as we are a Republic – the Constitution protects us. Having said that – I will not give up a little bit of liberty for a little safety.
Democracy Now shares the story of a Whistleblower from the NSA HERE:
In his first television interview since he resigned from the National Security Agency over its domestic surveillance program, William Binney discusses the NSA’s massive power to spy on Americans and why the FBI raided his home after he became a whistleblower. Binney was a key source for investigative journalist James Bamford’s recent exposé in Wired Magazine about how the NSA is quietly building the largest spy center in the country in Bluffdale, Utah. The Utah spy center will contain near-bottomless databases to store all forms of communication collected by the agency, including private emails, cell phone calls, Google searches and other personal data.
Wired has a blockbuster article on the NSA – must read HERE:
But so is the exponential growth in the amount of intelligence data being produced every day by the eavesdropping sensors of the NSA and other intelligence agencies. As a result of this “expanding array of theater airborne and other sensor networks,” as a 2007 Department of Defense report puts it, the Pentagon is attempting to expand its worldwide communications network, known as the Global Information Grid, to handle yottabytes (1024 bytes) of data. (A yottabyte is a septillion bytes—so large that no one has yet coined a term for the next higher magnitude.)
It needs that capacity because, according to a recent report by Cisco, global Internet traffic will quadruple from 2010 to 2015, reaching 966 exabytes per year. (A million exabytes equal a yottabyte.) In terms of scale, Eric Schmidt, Google’s former CEO, once estimated that the total of all human knowledge created from the dawn of man to 2003 totaled 5 exabytes. And the data flow shows no sign of slowing. In 2011 more than 2 billion of the world’s 6.9 billion people were connected to the Internet. By 2015, market research firm IDC estimates, there will be 2.7 billion users. Thus, the NSA’s need for a 1-million-square-foot data storehouse. Should the agency ever fill the Utah center with a yottabyte of information, it would be equal to about 500 quintillion (500,000,000,000,000,000,000) pages of text.
Gather.com has this:
Apparently, the reason the NSA is able to say that privacy will not be intruded upon is because the data is encrypted. However, the data can be accessed, if needed. With some questionable laws that make growing a vegetable garden a crime, for example, what will happen in the future when other things are criminalized? Can they access the data to determine if a United States citizen has ever planted basil and sent an email or had a conversation about their tomatoes? Will this be a tool to bring people down that do not toe the line? What if a blogger criticized a government official? What if a person cheats on his or her spouse? Will political opponents have access to all financial data, for example? For the government to have access to citizen’s google searches is intrusive and Americans need to stand up against it!
One article in Wired states:
“Flowing through its servers and routers and stored in near-bottomless databases will be all forms of communication, including the complete contents of private emails, cell phone calls, and Google searches, as well as all sorts of personal data trails—parking receipts, travel itineraries, bookstore purchases, and other digital ‘pocket litter.’”
Constitutional attorney Gary Kreep, president of the United States Justice Foundation, believes the U.S. government is using the guise of “Internet protection” to infringe on personal privacy, according to a story by onenewsnow. He said, “I’ve been involved in politics [since] 1964, been a lawyer since 1975; this is the first time in my life where I genuinely fear for the future of our republic because of the actions of the federal government.”
America is ranked 5th in the world in terms of the most advanced electronic police states.
“In an Electronic Police State, every surveillance camera recording, every email you send, every Internet site you surf, every post you make, every check you write, every credit card swipe, every cell phone ping… are all criminal evidence, and they are held in searchable databases, for a long, long time.”
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