So the NSA have been sprung wholesale spying on the French! With friends like that, who needs enemies? Yet another indication that the NSA is completely out of control, and needs to be reigned in. Meanwhile, back in NZ, we have been sold out to the GCSB, the NSA’s handmaiden by Key and his cronies. Hope it was worth it John, because the rest of the world is headed in the opposite direction.
However, Europe appear to be pushing back against the US. There are proposals for the EU to ban the likes of the NSA taking information on their citizens. On the table are a raft of new laws that would force American comapanies in particular, conform to EU privacy laws, meaning in essence that if a US company is caught supplying information to the likes of the NSA, they will be fined, heavily. Can’t see the US taking this lying down, but the Europeans are pissed. And I frankly don’t blame them.
Cryptoseal VPN have closed their doors, for what would appear would be very similar reasons to Lavamail. They fear that sooner or later, they will be forced to hand over their keys to the Governement, so they can snoop on their customers. Rather than being put in that nasty position, they have opted to pull the pin. Cryptoseal spelled out that under the current political climate in the US, noone in the business of crypto can expect to be safe from the Governement, as it continues in its endevours to be the perfect surveillance state.
Not overly surprising that the NSA were snooping on their neighbours, but i do find it a little comical that they got caught. Still, they have made it pretty clear that they will not be stopped, and are largely answerable to noone. As the adage goes, “who is watching the watchers?”
And now it would appear that Obama is desperate for the US Supreme Court to take on a case lodged by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC). In a nutshell, the EPIC are arguing that the NSA have overstepped the mark, and are asking the Supreme Court to intervene. Obama is arguing that the Supreme court does not have juristriction over foreign intelligence, but so far as I can tell, this has never been tested. I suspect Obama knows this, and is fearful it is going to open a can of worms …
So it would appear that Gen Alexander and Dr Inglis are leaving the NSA. Don’t expect for one second though that the NSA are going to loosen the reigns on their spying activities, probably quite the opposite in face. Obamas regime no doubt to groom the new head of the NSA to their own specifications, largely out of the public eye, the way they like it.
This seems to be the definitive list of Guardian articles on both the NSA, and the GCSB. Looks like there is a lot of good reading in there …
It would appear that David Cameron is wanting to test the ligitamacy of The Guardian publishing stories from Edward Snowden. That’s funny, I thought the UK was a democracy? The only thing that really surprises me is that it took this long for him to take a swipe …
Couple of articles here, one of which amuses the hell out of me. The other worries my, but I guess it was to be expected, and is exactly want they are counting on.
The first article is on how the NSA seems to choking to death on all the spam that people seem to receive. Obviously the spammers are terrorists!!
The second article is how people appear to be brow beaten over the whole spying issue. Months ago people were up in arms about it, now they appear ambivalent, such is the human condition.