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And if the US does take a bad turn, a dossier on you is in the cloud

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We create our own dossiers through our purchases, our Facebook likes, our Uber records, our blogs, our reading matter online, and so on. Dossiers that the old-time authoritarian security services would have killed to get (and sometimes, I imagine, did).

Now we see that those dossiers are in fact pretty much available to any government in the world. From the article quoted in the previous post:

The United States, too, has carried out cyberattacks, and in decades past the C.I.A. tried to subvert foreign elections. But the Russian attack is increasingly understood across the political spectrum as an ominous historic landmark — with one notable exception: Mr. Trump has rejected the findings of the intelligence agencies he will soon oversee as “ridiculous,” insisting that the hacker may be American, or Chinese, but that “they have no idea.”

Trump, of course, is hardly a disinterested party. You can tell from his actions that he totally does not grasp “conflict of interest.” He thinks that he should be the one to decide whether the Russians tilted the election in his favor. (And if they did, he owes them one, which could repay by blocking the investigation. Thus the conflict of interest, which means on this issue he should observe silence. He’s involved.)

Written by LeisureGuy

13 December 2016 at 2:13 pm

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