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the end of privacy

2008-01-19 00:12:57.1947+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell wants to read all information crossing the internet in the United States:

Spychief Mike McConnell is drafting a plan to protect America's cyberspace that will raise privacy issues and make the current debate over surveillance law look like "a walk in the park," McConnell tells The New Yorker in the issue set to hit newsstands Monday. "This is going to be a goat rope on the Hill. My prediction is that we're going to screw around with this until something horrendous happens."

I got there via Wendy McElroy who linked to The Raw Story on McConnell's over-reaching and Ars Technica's look at the issue.

Right now, go figure out what it takes to run GPG on your email client, and find a secure channel by which to give me your key. When organizations that have been so profoundly wrong so many times are justifying themselves with

In the past six years, McConnell says, U.S. intelligence agencies have stopped "many, many" terrorist attacks.

something horrendous has already happened, and a good start at correcting that is making sure that twits like this would-be J. Edgar Hoover don't get their chance to play out their stupid power trips, even if they can get our congressweasels to roll over for this sort of idiotic scare-mongering.

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#Comment Re: made: 2008-01-19 14:16:41.463418+00 by: meuon

Time to go back to the U.S. Postal Service, Fed-X, UPS.. and I expect to see a booming business in encrypted cell phones, but even they say regarding law enforcement:

...you can simply urge the GSM operator to disable the data call service for the person in question. Since all secure GSM calls are transported using the GSM the data call mechanism, the subject then has no longer the capability to place secure GSM calls. This applies to any encrypted GSM phone model on the market, not just the CryptoPhone.

All of a sudden bad-sci-fi movies like Johnny Mnemomic make sense in the real world.

Watch the rest of the world build-out their own private 'net to ensure their traffic does not cross US controlled telecom (not that hard, partially already done).

#Comment Re: The Zeitgeist Movie made: 2008-01-20 18:43:15.908832+00 by: jeff [edit history]

Nearly all of this becomes crystal clear in the landmark Zeitgeist movie. Must viewing. I believe it's the move widely viewed video on the Internet these days.

"They must find it difficult... those who have taken authority as the truth, rather than truth as the authority."

-Gerald Massey