They aren’t “states” but we get the point. They certainly contribute to the surveillance state. Of course them “working” with regulators to an even greater extent would make things worse.
16 years ago today the world went nuts. And it hasn’t recovered. Things have basically been crazy ever since.
Perhaps the saddest thing to come out of the September 11th attacks is the degree to which this country abandoned long held principles in a climate of fear. It was on 9/11 that the surveillance state was really birthed on a domestic level. It was in the wake of the attacks that many Americans just gave up their birthright to dignity,
“Welcome to the hive. We know ALL about you. We’ve been listening for years.”
“Improper”? Is that the correct word?
The prior administration still has much to account for, which may be why so many from the Obama years are freaking out in government and out.
(From The Hill)
The National Security Agency and FBI violated specific civil liberty protections during the Obama administration by improperly searching and disseminating raw intelligence on Americans or failing to promptly delete unauthorized intercepts, according to newly declassified memos that provide some of the richest detail to date on the spy agencies’ ability to obey their own rules.
It does seem that our dystopian future is going to be (is) a mix of both 1984 and A Brave New World.
And don’t forget, there are many government contractors making a lot of (taxpayer) money developing the surveillance state. (To keep an eye on the taxpayers.)
So there you go. I don’t think Farkas knows (or knew, she probably knows now) what she just did.
In her effort to look like a big shot she exposed herself and others. Congrats you’re a “Washington insider.” Nice move. D’ho.
We’ll see how this pans out but this does not surprise me given the whispers that have floated through the ether over the last 6 months. Obama, again, could be in real trouble.
But there is another question we have. What the heck is going on in the intel community these days?
AT&T’s Hemisphere program was built to sell to law enforcement.
We’ve got the data. You (the cops) want the data. We’ll sell you the data. And you don’t even need a search warrant to get it. Sweet deal.
Good on Democratic Senator Wyden too. (Who is part of the coalition opposing this new rule.) The guy is wrong on many things but on tech and privacy stuff he has often been very good.
Big Brother has little brothers across the country and the little brothers are becoming more and more powerful as they collect more and more data. (Just like Big Brother.) Add that the ability to crunch this data is becoming less expensive (nearly “free”) and quicker with each passing day and it isn’t heard to extrapolate where we are headed.
Do we want to be monitored 24 hours a day? Because that is the trajectory we are on. Are we just going to continue to roll over and give in to the HIVEMIND?