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Bloomberg Article Describes the Death of Digital Privacy: Snowden’s Revenge

Written by Gary North on August 5, 2013

If anyone has any doubts that Edward Snowden personally blew a hole in the dam of the U.S. government’s surveillance state, consider this article on Bloomberg. This is a conventional media site. It is mainstream to the core. Yet here is what it has reported.

Imagine the government passed a law requiring all citizens to carry a tracking device. Such a law would immediately be found unconstitutional. Yet we all carry mobile phones.

If the National Security Agency required us to notify it whenever we made a new friend, the nation would rebel. Yet we notify Facebook Inc. (FB) If the Federal Bureau of Investigation demanded copies of all our conversations and correspondence, it would be laughed at. Yet we provide copies of our e-mail to Google Inc. (GOOG), Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) or whoever our mail host is; we provide copies of our text messages to Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ), AT&T Inc. (T) and Sprint Corp. (S); and we provide copies of other conversations to Twitter Inc., Facebook, LinkedIn (LNKD) Corp. or whatever other site is hosting them.

The primary business model of the Internet is built on mass surveillance, and our government’s intelligence-gathering agencies have become addicted to that data. Understanding how we got here is critical to understanding how we undo the damage.

Computers and networks inherently produce data, and our constant interactions with them allow corporations to collect an enormous amount of intensely personal data about us as we go about our daily lives. Sometimes we produce this data inadvertently simply by using our phones, credit cards, computers and other devices. Sometimes we give corporations this data directly on Google, Facebook, Apple Inc.’s iCloud and so on in exchange for whatever free or cheap service we receive from the Internet in return.

The NSA is also in the business of spying on everyone, and it has realized it’s far easier to collect all the data from these corporations rather than from us directly. In some cases, the NSA asks for this data nicely. In other cases, it makes use of subtle threats or overt pressure. If that doesn’t work, it uses tools like national security letters.

The Partnership

The result is a corporate-government surveillance partnership, one that allows both the government and corporations to get away with things they couldn’t otherwise.

There is no way that anything like this would have been published by Bloomberg three months ago. Snowden provided the evidence. This blew the hole in the dam. The dam is beginning to crack.

The American public is now aware of what has taken place. The government’s attempt to paint Snowden as a traitor is not working. A recent poll reveals that well over half of the voters think Snowden is a whistle-blower, not a traitor.

The NSA is on the defensive. It has never before gotten this much negative publicity.

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck were right. They wrote the script in 1996.

Continue Reading on www.bloomberg.com

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15 thoughts on “Bloomberg Article Describes the Death of Digital Privacy: Snowden’s Revenge

  1. I remember when establishment movie critics sneered at Damon’s monologue for being “sophomoric”. Now the other shoe’s pinching like hell.

  2. They also gather data from online dating sites…like taking candy from a baby!

  3. Let them gather their precious data (it's their own personal 'my precious'). God's going to destroy their precious government no matter what they do.

  4. Doesn't obammiecare demand a chip with medical history (and more) be placed in all recipients…….for their own safety. Ha! This chip would act as a tracking device, as well. The kinds of things listred in the article that government might do… may happen sooner than we think. I saw a video showing how they would place a chip between the thumb and forefinger.

  5. If technology CAN be used in a negative fashion, it WILL be used in a negative fashion. Write that down somewhere in disappearing ink.

  6. Texas Chris says:

    It's like the baby giving you the candy…

  7. Texas Chris says:

    I did a search of the original 2,700 page PPACA… No mention of chip or microchip. That's not to say it's not in the final wording of the law in the Federal Register.

    Not, it DOES mandate electronic medical history filing, but that's a different thing all together…

  8. "a corporate-government surveillance partnership" …

    Just another manifestation of fascism on the rise.

    The Congress and President could put an end to this simply by passing specific laws ensuring privacy. While the Court has held there is no implicit assurance of privacy, there is nothing barring legislation that makes it so. The Court passed judgement only on existing law. That does not inevitably mean new laws may not overturn a Court ruling made prior to that law.

  9. Anyone want to learn smoke signals or carrier pigeons with me. Oh duh, that's a bit too public and the birds can be shot. What's left?

  10. skiprosa38@gmail.com says:

    We are all stupid as we have done it to ourselves. How much better off we were when we went face to face. The young fools all want it now including data and information. Go back to face to face and we can still save our privacy.

  11. Anyone remember “Woomail”? They advertised complete security, with a money back garantee. The idea was that you got a Woomail account and communicated with other Woomail accounts inside their server where the messages stayed and did not traverse unsecured lines. NSA shut them down.

  12. Courier and face to face, that is how NSA Security goons run their black ops stalking harassment of critics and (internal) whistle blowers.

  13. George W. Taylor says:

    Far as I am concerned he is a hero for exposing the truth of the N.S.A.– I also had a top secrete clearance in Korea in 1962-1963 as i was in The Air Force Advisory command, and never said any thing of what happen on my watch . But this country has gotten so far out of hand, that i'm glad he came forward! This was the land of the free–but sadly no more.

  14. BarleyWheets says:

    Our United States Constitution already… says.. what NSA & FBI & Obama our doing is illegal! We don't need more laws.. to tell them to STOP .. WE need to ENFORCE the Constitutional LAWS.. & force OUT any person, government, business, corporation.. and any other so called government entities IF they do NOT OBEY the Constitution or they will go to PRISON!! NO IFs ands or Buts about… OBEY the Bill of Rights… and the United States Constitution Period!

  15. Obama could easily be convicted by his own words! IMPEACHMENT IS NOT POSSIBLE UNTIL REPUBLICANS –OR A THIRD PARTY –GET CONTROL OF THE SENATE! The Senate is the JURY SOOOO get the act together! We are 82 yrs and are SICK …SICK.. of what is happening to OUR COUNTRY! The state of Oklahoma is suing Obama and others. This will go eventually to the Supreme Court ….Jail?

    Marianne Ernhart