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US extends and deepens surveillance of its citizens

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Any authoritarian government worth its salt knows the importance of keeping all citizens under surveillance. The US has already moved a long way in that direction, and recently has taken another giant step, described here.

Although the information collected about you (your ISP must retain customer names, addresses, phone numbers, credit card numbers, bank account numbers, and dynamic IP addresses—a record of your personal information and financial activity access numbers plus the web sites you visit) presumably is kept private (except when hacked and stolen), the FBI can get any information they want with a National Security Letter (thanks to the Patriot Act) and the ISP or other source cannot tell you that the information has been released: it’s against the law. — Not to mention that this puts the information on-line and thus accessible to NSA for data trawling and pattern-seeking.

So pretty much all this activity becomes an open book for law enforcement to browse as they want. That’s probably not the stated use, but I imagine that’s what it will become.

Of course, now that we have this law, we’ll all be perfectly safe.

Written by Leisureguy

29 July 2011 at 3:26 pm

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  1. A very good point you bring up and one that i would like to add a comment to.

    Back when the USSR embassy was built in Washington they acquired the land with strategic foresight. It was elevated, had no nearby obstructions and had a relatively sophisticated eavesdropping system in place.

    This technology at the time allowed the USSR to eavesdrop on every phone call placed or received in the entire north eastern corridor of the USA. As our and their government communications technology increased through the late 70’s and the early 80’s, the Ruskies from their location could eavesdrop on any and yes, i do mean any phone, in the entire continental USA and then some.

    This is quite common knowledge and I am not suggesting that because they can do it, then we should be able to do it, no not that. What I am suggesting is that like it or not it’s already being done. Most laws and certainly one’s that protect our personal information are only drafted really to just give the citizenry that false sense of security, give them the feeling that their are places that the govt. cannot go.

    To assume that the law is going to prevent a governmental official from snooping when they actually have been snooping for years, is pretty silly, that would take amendment to the constitution as apparently that is what it’s going to take to get Washington to stop overspending, so imagine what it will take to stop them from over snooping like hoover did way back in the 50’s and 60’s



    29 July 2011 at 4:35 pm

  2. HR 1981 has actually only passed the initial committee. Its next destination is the House floor, where it will (hopefully) not pass. There are numerous petitions and form letters available online for people to make use of in contacting their local representatives to make their voices heard.

    I encourage everyone to somehow contact their local representative and tell them what an atrocious act of privacy invasion this bill would be, if signed into law.

    Here is an easy link:



    29 July 2011 at 7:35 pm


    The NSA is hiring about 1,500 people in the fiscal year which ends September 30 and another 1,500 next year, most of them cyber experts. With a workforce of just over 30,000, the Fort Meade, Maryland-based NSA dwarfs other intelligence agencies, including the CIA.

    It also engages in cyber-spying and other offensive operations, something it rarely, if ever, discusses publicly.



    2 August 2011 at 8:03 pm

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