More NSA Revelations. Our Own Government Is The Biggest Spy Organization In The World.

by Daniel Russ on December 10, 2013

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When I was the Creative Director on the US Air Force account, we put ads in video games to communicate to prospects. It occurred to me then that people could communicate with each other sereptitiously inside of a game module. Whadya know? The Snowden leaks to the Guardian have revealed that the NSA was spying on people inside their gaming sessions. Now the NSA was palling around with avatars like gnomes and demons and elves.

Today we learn:

Ina letter to Obama, Twitter, Apple, Microsoft, Google and Facebook have said:

“The balance in many countries has tipped too far in favor of the state and away from the rights of the individual — rights that are enshrined in our Constitution….This undermines the freedoms we all cherish. It’s time for a change.”

 

LONDON (AP) — Eight major technology companies have joined forces to call for tighter controls on government surveillance, issuing an open letter Monday to President Barack Obama arguing for reforms in the way the U.S. snoops on people.

The companies, which include Google, Facebook and Twitter, said that while they sympathize with national security concerns, recent revelations make it clear that laws should be carefully tailored to balance them against individual rights.

“The balance in many countries has tipped too far in favor of the state and away from the rights of the individual — rights that are enshrined in our Constitution….This undermines the freedoms we all cherish. It’s time for a change.”

–       AP

 

And from WAPO

“The FBI’s elite hacker team designed a piece of malicious software that was to be delivered secretly when Mo signed on to his Yahoo e-mail account, from any computer anywhere in the world, according to the documents. The goal of the software was to gather a range of information — Web sites he had visited and indicators of the location of the computer — that would allow investigators to find Mo and tie him to the bomb threats.

Such high-tech search tools, which the FBI calls “network investigative techniques,” have been used when authorities struggle to track suspects who are adept at covering their tracks online. The most powerful FBI surveillance software can covertly download files, photographs and stored e-mails, or even gather real-time images by activating cameras connected to computers, say court documents and people familiar with this technology.

Online surveillance pushes the boundaries of the constitution’s limits on searches and seizures by gathering a broad range of information, some of it without direct connection to any crime. Critics compare it to a physical search in which the entire contents of a home are seized, not just those items suspected to offer evidence of a particular offense.”

 

sources: WAPO, AP

 

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