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Part of the move to constant citizen surveillance

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The US government is moving quickly to establish routine comprehensive surveillance of citizens. The NSA seems to already be filtering all communications (telephone, email, and the like), thanks to the lawbreaking of the telecomms, which have (illegally) given the NSA complete access to their equipment and to the call and message streams. (Barack Obama, after pledging that he would vote against giving the telecomms immunity on their lawbreaking, broke his word and voted in favor of giving the companies immunity. An early indication of his attitude toward civil rights and toward the law.)

Now it looks as though Facebook is part of the new focus. Read this post by Ed Brayton, which discusses this report by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which begins:

Recent news has made it abundantly clear that the government uses the Internet and social networking sites as tools for investigation. But what’s not clear, and what the government has been reluctant to reveal, is how this information has been collected and utilized. To get answers, EFF, with help from Berkeley Law’s Samuelson Clinic, made a series of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests asking various law enforcement agencies to disclose documents detailing their use of social networking sites in their investigations. When the government refused to comply with these requests, we went to court to compel them to respond. The latest disclosures from this litigation reveal just some of the ways the government is obtaining and using information from the Internet. . .

Brayton also quotes from, and links to, a Computerworld article.

Ominous and consistent with the direction the US is moving.

Written by Leisureguy

18 July 2011 at 8:36 am

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