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A Reminder: There Is No Such Thing As A Secret. Ever.

Date/Time Permalink: 12/13/11 02:32:03 pm
Category: General

It's quite funny watching aghast at the news that the FBI was using Carrier IQ to spy on citizens.

It's like watching Alzheimer's patients. "The govenment's spying on you." "What, it is? How shocking!" One month later: "The govenment's spying on you." "What, it is? How shocking!"

Look folks, it would not surprise me in the least to find out that communications were intercepted all the way back in the days of the Pony Express and the telegraph. Magic Lantern, Carnivore, Echelon, CIPAV, Oasis, and that's just the US Federal government tools that we know about.

Furthermore, may I quote the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act of 1994?

"CALEA's purpose is to enhance the ability of law enforcement and intelligence agencies to conduct electronic surveillance by requiring that telecommunications carriers and manufacturers of telecommunications equipment modify and design their equipment, facilities, and services to ensure that they have built-in surveillance capabilities, allowing federal agencies to monitor all telephone, broadband internet, and VoIP traffic in real-time."

...how soon we forget! So, yeah, the phone industry literally has to include backdoors for spooks to spy on you by law.

And I always point out, Penguin Pete's Law of Surveillance, which goes "When you're watching everybody, you're watching nobody." There just aren't enough eyeballs to read the data, so this doesn't amount to everybody being spied on. This amounts to everybody being able to be spied on, but the government being the government, actually spied-upon citizens probably amount to about 10% of the "suspicious" ones, with maybe one in ten of them actually being rightly suspected. Most of the people paranoid about this have no reason to be paranoid for themselves. On the other hand, either get used to living like a bug under a magnifying glass 24/7 or do something about it at the ballot box, people!

I should just rerun all my posts from years ago and see if anybody even notices.

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