Thursday, June 6, 2013

We can't let NSA spying go unchallenged

As most of you know, it came to light a few days ago that the US National Security Agency got a FISA court order to force US mobile phone carrier Verizon to turn over daily logs containing the metadata of every single call made on or to the Verizon network for a period of three months. That means that every call that is made to or by a Verizon customer is essentially being monitored and information about that call is being sent to the NSA every day. It doesn't matter if you've committed a crime or not. It doesn't matter if you're under any sort of official investigation or not. It only matters that you somehow interacted with the Verizon network.

Apparently, they don't actually need that pesky 'reasonable suspicion' thing anymore in order to get our personal information. All they need to do is wave the 'we catch terrorists' flag in front of the right judge and everything is unlocked for them. Everything. And please, don't make the mistake of thinking 'wow, I'm safe since I'm not on Verizon'. It's more than Verizon. While there's no conclusive proof, people like NSA whistleblower William Binny have stated on the record that NSA is capturing every single communication American citizens have. Emails, phone calls, texts. faxes. everything.

It's become obvious that we can't rely on the government, courts, or congress, to protect us from an out of control intelligence agency hell-bent on knowing everything. It's time we take matters into our own hands. We have to stop asking them to stop spying on us and simply stop them from doing so ourselves. The technology is there and it's freely available. We just have to get off our lazy asses, care about our privacy enough to do something about it, and use the tools we have.

But I think it's going to take more than that. We need to actively work to foil these surveillance systems. We need to overwhelm them with useless data that has to be analyzed. We need to tie them up with so many false-positives that they will find the task of monitoring ordinary Americans who've committed no crime distasteful and over burdensome. We have to take direct action.

It's time we put a stop to this over-reaching government. It's time we set limits as to what and how much they can take. It's time that we say "HELL NO" to their intrusions into our privacy and our lives.  It's something that only we can do; nobody can do it for us.

Over the next few weeks, I'll be posting a series of articles and videos on how we can defend ourselves against these intruders. Some will deal with the technical aspects of such a defense while others will deal with the social aspects of it. I hope you find these posts useful and use them to protect yourself against surveillance.

The time for asking them to respect our rights has passed. It is now time to make them respect our rights. Their time has passed. Our time has come.

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