Many women (and men) have experienced some form of stalking. Since the birth of the Internet and social media — stalking has taken a life of its own. The link is full of stories of stalking on Facebook and other social media. Bullying using the internet is also common and a few people (mostly women) have committed suicide due to a combination of stalking and bullying.
US crime statistics show that 1 in 12 women will be stalked in their lifetime, as will 1 in 45 men. At any one time, approximately 1 million women and around 375,000 men are the target of stalking in America. Los Angeles, home of Hollywood, is the stalking capital of the world. But it’s not just famous people who get stalked. The majority of stalking cases involve ordinary people.
So put the new powerful NSA stalking tools in the hands of thousands and we have the perfect storm — NSA stalking — of anyone of interest to individual’s with access to XKeyscore’s tools. Of course NSA has issued the standard denial — that they are “professionals” and follow the “rules”. But the military is making up the rules and they have a secret puppet court ready and waiting to approve whatever they are doing, have done or are going to do. Our tax dollars are paying for this rape. When the military takes over there is no privacy. The military has taken over and they have their own courts.
XKeyscore: NSA tool collects ‘nearly everything a user does on the internet’
This is the title of Glenn Greenwald’s latest column in the Guardian about NSA collecting “everything” in the way digital messages and tracks on the Internet. This data collection is from both US citizens and anyone in the world apparently. Apparently foreigners are fair game and who know how many of the foreign governments are working with NSA to collect and share data on their citizens?
Please read the article and then read it again. My first impression was one of being stalked — it doesn’t matter if I am never a target of the NSA stalkers — the point is that any of us COULD be a target of the NSA stalkers. What is probably happening is that many people are self censoring — they are afraid to talk about NSA spying and they certainly won’t look at the evidence for themselves. The corporate media will report this newest information (NYT has an article — but I don’t trust the NYT) and we can be sure that 0bama is in full damage control. He has managed to shut down the informal hearing by Congress on NSA spying.
The comment section following each new NSA spying revelation is always interesting — apparently the trolls are very busy — demanding that Greenwald dump all the NSA related documents NOW! Greenwald’s response to that demand:
Thanks for reporting this. I have to ask though, why is it that you are doling out this information now after the recent congressional inquiry into NSA spying and not earlier?
We’ve published almost two dozen exclusive articles about NSA spying in the last 7 weeks, in multiple different countries around the world. Is that pace not fast enough?
There are thousands upon thousands of documents and they take time to read, process, vet, and report. These are very complex matters. On top of everything else that has to be done with these articles, from explaining, debating and defending them in the media to dealing with the aftermath.
People can accuse us of many things. Not publishing enough or fast enough is hardly one of them.
That House vote was about one specific topic – bulk collection of phone records – that this newest article has nothing to do with. That House vote isn’t the be all and end all: it’s just one small battle in what I can assure you will be a sustained and ongoing discussion/controversy.
There is a lot more to report still. Accuracy is the number one priority. That takes time.
NSA had a response to the newest report of their unlimited spying:
“XKeyscore is used as a part of NSA’s lawful foreign signals intelligence collection system.
It is lawful — because they say it is lawful — so there! But is it constitutional — how about the 4th Amendment to the Constitution?
“Allegations of widespread, unchecked analyst access to NSA collection data are simply not true. Access to XKeyscore, as well as all of NSA’s analytic tools, is limited to only those personnel who require access for their assigned tasks … In addition, there are multiple technical, manual and supervisory checks and balances within the system to prevent deliberate misuse from occurring.”
“Every search by an NSA analyst is fully auditable, to ensure that they are proper and within the law.
“These types of programs allow us to collect the information that enables us to perform our missions successfully – to defend the nation and to protect US and allied troops abroad.“ (emphasis mine)
Note the emotional blackmail used on military brats in order to keep us silent is still being used by the military but this time in order to stomp down all of us from demanding that the military NSA be brought under control. Shut up or your daddy might die — and that would be your fault. The military must have all data on everybody ’cause if it can’t stalk everyone — troops will die. Troops will die because of very bad political decisions and a rotten to the core military command. People will die because the US Constitution has been made null and void by the US military command.
I’m not a kid any more — and I can see the psychology mind games that the President and the congressional whores are playing.
Greenwald’s latest column isn’t all that surprising — but the details are important. A vast amount of tax payer dollars have been spent to spy on anyone who uses the Internet — or who uses cell phones — or who mails or receives letters or packages. Just part of what the NSA spends could go a long way to provide one payer health care for all and perhaps even more research dollars for major diseases.
The slide show used by NSA to explain XKeyScore to new hirers is now up on the Guardian.
This slide show has a 2008 date. More than likely XKeyScore has been updated and revised through the years. Techies are estimating the cost of the storage and software development in the hundreds of billions of dollars. NSA claims to have captured 300 “terrorists” etc by using this massive data collection and thousand of employees (contract and NSA). The final slide lists the future plans for XKeyScore — more data, faster etc. Just like software developers anywhere — only this software is secret — the top secret list — USA, AUS, CAN, GBR, NZL. This soap opera story just keeps getting dirtier and dirtier.
We are all stalking victims.
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