The NSA is watching: Time to panic?
Despite telecom and Internet company denials about sharing data with intelligence agencies, the Prism program makes it clear that privacy only exists offline -- way offline.
Documents obtained by the Post indicate NSA has taken data from the servers of Google (GOOG), Facebook (FB), Yahoo (YHOO) and Apple (AAPL). Microsoft (MSFT), which owns and publishes moneyNOW, an MSN Money site, was also named, though the company, along with several others named, denies involvement.
Congress may have some explaining to do as well. It went along with both the Protect America Act and amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Service Act in 2008 that not only immunized companies that voluntarily cooperated with U.S. intelligence investigations, but got rid of FISA's warrant requirement for targets "reasonably believed" to be outside the United States.
While Mashable notes the myriad ways Prism is intended to target only persons outside the United States, there's a lot of wiggle room for the attorney general to allow intelligence agencies access to whatever data they deem fit for their investigation. As long as the NSA has reasonable suspicions that someone involved is operating outside the U.S., according to The Guardian, the agency can access email, video and voice chat, posted videos, posted photos, stored data, VoIP calls, video conferencing, social networking details, logins just about anywhere and "special requests."
We'd love to tell you that you can avoid all of this just by moving your information to a site or service that isn't named, like MySpace, Twitter or Dropbox, but that's not exactly how the NSA operates. Another document obtained by The Guardian indicates that it is planning to add Dropbox as a Prism provider and that it wants, in its words, to "expand collection services from existing providers.”
If you want the absolute honest truth about privacy in the modern age, here it is: It only exists off the grid. If you have a number attached to your name, if you send a bill to someone, if you swipe a card, enter a login, use bandwidth, talk over land lines, send letters through the U.S. Postal Service or large package companies, you can be traced. If you don't want folks to find you, there are a lot of people in this nation of ours who equip their homes with solar panels, use radiant or gravity heat and drill wells in remote places with the sole purpose of preventing the rest of the world from finding them.
That's been the choice for as long as the overwhelming majority of us have lived here. Technology is just drawing that line more clearly. It's up to each American to make that decision for himself or herself, but neither the government nor its partners makes that decision easy when they swap information behind closed doors.
Way back in 2001, Bush ordered the warrant-less monitoring of Americans overseas phone and internet usage. Yet those that are Rush's low information voters will tell you different. Obama is Wrong and Bush was Wrong. Blame both for doing it and just tell the truth. Otherwise you are only making it worse.
government has freedom to take away freedom of citizens. emperor time. All citizens live free or die hard.
is there a satellite watching me now?
they got the idea from the movie. we can experience thrill movie for free now. but we don't get paid?
I wonder how many hard drives they need for this? hard drive companies make lots of money from this.
I think no any firewall software can shield this. they can even send a virus to your pc, control your keyboard or destroy your pc.
Time to panic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Corporations are sitting on RECORD CASH and Profits yet some folks prefer to run around screaming it's Obama fault. Corporations love that idiots focus on Obama and not the FACT that they are the one's screwing YOU. To let Corporations leverage their power base because some low information voters live with Alice in Wonderland is what continually drags this country into a Black Hole of lower paying jobs. More folks on Food Stamps because the Corporate Barking Dogs needs two more Mega Mansions while you live in a trailer Park. More folks on Food Stamps simply because Corporations refuse to pay a living wage.
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