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4 high-tech ways the federal government is spying on private citizens

uguess 2012/05/09 01:49:48
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Like it or not, the government is becoming increasingly watchful of everyone... even you
One of the running jokes in the 1980s was how the former Soviet Union spied on its private citizens. As comedian Yakov Smirnoff used to joke: "In Soviet Russia, TV watches you!" But here in America, we were all safe from the prying eyes of the government.

Fast forward to 2012, when the
U.S. government actually has the tools and capabilities to spy on all
its citizens. These eyes go well beyond red light cameras. Right now, the government is tracking the movements of private citizens by GPS, reading private citizens' emails, and possibly even reading what you're saying on Facebook.
It does so all in the name of law enforcement and Homeland Security, of
course — but whether or not that makes you feel safer is up to you.


Does a new Utah facility really monitor your emails?
1. The NSA is building a massive data center in Utah to read every email you'll ever send.


Many of us are aware that little of what we say on social networks
is really private. But you'd think your emails would be safe from
prying eyes — especially those of your government. Not so, once the
government completes work on a top-secret Utah data center reportedly
built to spy on civilian communications.

The $2 billion facility, slated to be complete by September 2013, is allegedly designed to be able to filter through yottabytes
(10^24 bytes) of data. Put into perspective, that's greater than the
estimated total of all human knowledge since the dawn of mankind. If
leaked information about the complex is correct, nothing will be safe
from the facility's reach, from cell phone communications to emails to
what you just bought with your credit card. And encryption won't protect
you — one of the facility's priorities is breaking even the most
complex of codes. The good news (if there is any) is that the sheer volume of internet
traffic and emails sent in a single day is far too much to be read by
human eyes. Instead, the government will likely need to rely on
complicated algorithms to assess each transmission and decide if they
represent a security threat. So you're probably out of the government's
earshot here... as long as you watch what you say.


2. The FBI maintains detailed files on numerous public, semi-public, and private figures. Have you ever thought of taking a job with the government? If you value
your privacy, think twice — the government runs incredibly extensive
background searches on its high-profile applicants. What kind of information does the government want from its
applicants? Well, when former Apple CEO Steve Jobs was under
consideration for a job with George H.W. Bush's administration in 1991,
the FBI compiled a massive file
on him. Included in that file: the fact that Jobs had a 2.65 GPA, his
history of marijuana and LSD usage, and his tendencies to "distort
reality" and to "twist the truth" in order to achieve his goals. Of course, Jobs is far from the only figure with an FBI file. Other public personalities profiled by the FBI include John Lennon,
Marilyn Monroe, Jimi Hendrix, and even Anna Nicole Smith. If you're
curious about what goods the FBI has on you, you can always submit a request
to view your own personal file. It is worth noting, of course, that the
government doesn't profile everyone — just certain people of interest.
Is your data out there for the taking?
3. Homeland Security is reading your tweets and Facebook status messages.


Unless you play around with your Twitter and Facebook privacy settings, just about anything you say is public. So it might not come as a surprise that the Department of Homeland Security is seeking contractors
to build software and hardware capable of reading through what it calls
"publicly available social media." Essentially, the government wants to
read through your tweets and status messages to see if there's any
information that might help in detecting threats. There are some ground rules to the project. The government won't pose
as a Twitter follower and won't accept or send any Facebook friend
requests. Still, even with those restrictions, there's a lot of
information floating out there for the feds to read, even if most of it
is nonsense about Justin Bieber.


4. Your ISP may soon be required to keep files on what sites you visit.

The idea sounds pretty far out there — a law that would require your
internet service provider to keep constant tabs on you, along with
detailed records of what websites you visited and when. But that's
exactly what the Hawaii state legislature proposed this January with H.B. 2288 and companion bill S.B. 2530. The
bill, sponsored by State Rep. John Mizuno (D), "requires internet
service providers... keep consumer records for no less than two years."
The bill then goes on to specify that these records must include "each
subscriber's information and internet destination history information." Thankfully, the bills' sponsors
withdrew the offending legislation from debate. But the reason wasn't
just public outcry. Also a factor was the fact that the U.S. House of
Representatives is considering a similar bill titled Protecting Children From Internet Pornographers Act.
That bill, sponsored and written by Texas Republican Representative
Lamar Smith, would mandate that commercial ISPs create logs of
customers' names, bank information, and IP addresses. That information
could later be used by attorneys seeking to prosecute in a criminal
trial or even in civil cases and divorce trials.

Not much is private anymore

Between private companies violating your privacy
and now the government, is there any way to avoid prying eyes? Not
really, unless you make significant changes in the way you use the web.
So before you send that next tweet or post that next Facebook status
message, think about whether or not you'd be okay with a complete
stranger looking at it — because that's very well what may happen.

[Image credits: Hammer51012, brewbooks] This article was written by Fox Van Allen and originally appeared on Tecca

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  • snell/GOD & COUNTRY-zero cl... 2012/05/09 03:14:18
    This is just wrong ! on every level
    snell/GOD & COUNTRY-zero cliques
    +9
    This privacy invasion IS [just wrong] but we live in the so called information age where [ur] business is [mii] business - gone are the days of privacy and what it meant - and here to stay is PC and PF (public forum). Nothing is sacred, personal, OR private.

    from this:
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  • Lanikai 2012/05/09 21:59:43
    This is just wrong ! on every level
    Lanikai
    +1
    Can't we sue them for invasion of privacy and illegal search?
  • uguess Lanikai 2012/05/31 18:56:47
    uguess
    obama proven fraud ! and not legal to hold the office of president !

  • keeper 2012/05/09 16:24:42
    This is just wrong ! on every level
    keeper
    +1
    Big Brother has arrived!!
  • uguess keeper 2012/05/09 18:10:42
    uguess
    +2
    LISTEN TO WHAT THE BASTARD TRAITOR OBAMA TOLD THE RUSSIANS ! AND HILARY IS EVEN MORE EVIL ! SHE USE THE AMERICAN FLAG AS A PENTAGRAM ! NO SHEET !

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?...




    TAP ON THE PICTURE TO ENLARGE AND READ IT CLOSELY ! THIS WILL SCARE THE HELL OUT OF YOU !

    evil obama
  • uguess keeper 2012/05/09 20:23:20
  • uguess keeper 2012/05/09 20:42:16
    uguess
    +2
    Pass this along if you agree with the judge ! this man in MHAO is right on and a true American !

  • uguess keeper 2012/05/10 05:57:08
  • Red Branch 2012/05/09 15:05:19
    This is just wrong ! on every level
    Red Branch
    +1
    This is all very depressing and disheartening and I am at a loss for words.
  • doc moto Red Branch 2012/05/09 19:37:22
    doc moto
    +1
    Here is something to cheer you up!
  • tncdel 2012/05/09 14:23:24
    This is just wrong ! on every level
    tncdel
    +2
    You did see this already, didn't you?:
    http://www.sodahead.com/unite...
  • uguess tncdel 2012/05/09 20:18:49
  • Bozette 2012/05/09 11:50:52
    This is just wrong ! on every level
    Bozette
    +4
    It is getting worse all the time. Technology is a double edged sword, it can be used for good and it can be used for evil. Smart phones, smart meters, smart TV...don't let the name fool you, they are all dumb things to use as they are recording your private information. It is all about control. Since 911 people have willingly given up their privacy and rights for a false sense of security over a miniscule threat. One is more likely to die by committing suicide or by law enforcement (that's an all too real possibility the way things are going) than by a terrorist attack. We have created a monster with the DHS and the president has effectively given himself dictatorial powers. That is an excellent video you posted below Daniel...I hope it isn't already too late.
  • Guido 2012/05/09 10:34:10
    Undecided
    Guido
    +1
    People have known about this for 60 years....why do we care so much now...
  • seadog6... Guido 2012/05/09 11:47:15
  • Guido seadog6... 2012/05/09 11:52:10
    Guido
    +1
    How will modern technology be used against you. Just you...Don't get me wrong I'm not for it but America has been using it for years
  • seadog6... Guido 2012/05/09 12:03:27
  • Guido seadog6... 2012/05/09 12:14:27
    Guido
    +2
    they will fall asleep keeping up with me...
  • seadog6... Guido 2012/05/09 12:21:13
  • Guido seadog6... 2012/05/09 12:26:30
    Guido
    +2
    Or you not doing anything they need to keep track of
  • seadog6... Guido 2012/05/09 12:36:33 (edited)
  • D D seadog6... 2012/05/10 04:57:46
    D D
    +2
    Everyone is on a list according to their "threat level" decided by either a computer (if you are low) and by a person if you are higher "threat".

    niop
  • seadog6... D D 2012/05/10 05:00:27
  • uguess D D 2012/05/10 14:45:54 (edited)
    uguess
    +1
    Uh, Duh the answer is A ? LOL ,

    Especially if you are a VET and or have a face book or tweeter account that is Pro Constitutional and if you support Ron Paul.

    freedom fighter

    SAVE THE PLANET AND ELIMINATE the NEW WORLD ORDER

    B0y doing this, you will SAVE 95% of the useless waste, crime, murders, overhead, enslavement and ozone killing BS and HOT AIR
  • littlebuffalo55TBA 2012/05/09 08:32:33 (edited)
    This is just wrong ! on every level
    littlebuffalo55TBA
    +2
    It will not stop untill WE the People draw the lines for them! No matter what your persuasion it will not stop until WE ALL tall them! It's that simple!
  • D D 2012/05/09 08:17:49
    This is just wrong ! on every level
    D D
    +3
    People have no idea the freedoms and liberties they have lost. We all have been investigated but are unaware because so much can be done with technology. If people knew what they were doing they would feel very violated.
  • uguess D D 2012/05/10 02:37:55
  • uguess D D 2012/05/10 05:56:19
  • doofiegirl BTO-t- BCRA-F ~... 2012/05/09 07:57:40
    This is just wrong ! on every level
    doofiegirl  BTO-t- BCRA-F ~PWCM~
    +5
    Something is Terribly wrong with this!!!!!!!!!!!! What happened to the term "invasion of privacy"? More of Odimwit's 'Big Brother" outlook on life! It's all about government control!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • uguess doofieg... 2012/05/10 02:39:03
  • doofieg... uguess 2012/05/10 07:41:06
  • Charu ∞ijm♥∞ 2012/05/09 05:09:30
    This is just wrong ! on every level
    Charu ∞ijm♥∞
    +8
    Of course it is and the people are too STUPID (thanks to federal unionized programming) to see it and laugh at those who do! God help us if this allowed to progress.
    lord acton
  • uguess Charu ∞... 2012/05/10 02:40:06
  • Charu ∞... uguess 2012/05/10 02:47:43
    Charu ∞ijm♥∞
    +2
    AWESOME!!
    nobama 2012 ad gif
  • uguess Charu ∞... 2012/05/10 05:57:33
  • Charu ∞... uguess 2012/05/10 13:25:53
    Charu ∞ijm♥∞
    AMEN!!!!!!
  • doofieg... Charu ∞... 2012/05/10 07:41:24
  • Charu ∞... doofieg... 2012/05/10 13:26:09
    Charu ∞ijm♥∞
    +1
    Gotcha!
  • snell/GOD & COUNTRY-zero cl... 2012/05/09 03:14:18
    This is just wrong ! on every level
    snell/GOD & COUNTRY-zero cliques
    +9
    This privacy invasion IS [just wrong] but we live in the so called information age where [ur] business is [mii] business - gone are the days of privacy and what it meant - and here to stay is PC and PF (public forum). Nothing is sacred, personal, OR private.

    from this:
    ringing old style phone
    to this:
    ringing old style phone
  • uguess snell/G... 2012/05/09 03:30:30 (edited)
    uguess
    +4
    THIS IS A HUMAN TRUTH, EVERY BIT AS REAL AND RIGHTEOUS TODAY AS WHEN IT WAS FIRST STATED. SO, IF THE US GOVERNMENT HAS ABSOLUTE CONTROL THEN IT IS ABSOLUTELY CORRUPT.

    " Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."
    Lord Acton (WELL BEFORE 1889) EVIL LEADERS



    obama proven fraud ! and not legal to hold the office of president !

  • DeeB 2012/05/09 03:12:12
    This is just wrong ! on every level
    DeeB
    +6
    Of course it is wrong and they know it and are laughing because the people are so dumbed down they are just allowing them to do it. Hell why not make it easy for the psychopaths? And you pay them to do it to you too!! It would be funny if it wasn't so damned sick!

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