No Opt Out from Government Surveillance
It's ironic that the US government are so keen to protect its netizens from surveillance by private firms when its highly likely they are the worst offenders of all for mass snooping. It's received (perhaps not surprisingly) little mainstream media coverage (even The Register hasn't mentioned it), but NSA expert James Bamford has written in interested article in Wired about it. While the sources may have an axe to grind, NSA whisteblowers reveal that the agency is involved in (at the very least very dubious & possibly illegal) dragnet surveillance of all electronic communications data. They don't seem to be just recording who contacted who, but are actually scanning the contents of people's emails & search terms on Google. There seems to be a mania to record every type of possible transaction including financial records & even book purchases. Damn, they'll probably even make a note of this! Yet hardly anything ever appears in the newspapers. It's all left to fringe publications. GCHQ probably do the same.
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