Posted October 31, 2013 6:33 am by with 2 comments

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Let’s face it. Nothing is private. If you think it is then you might just be an idiot. Sorry to be so blunt but the latest news regarding the NSA and Google (along with Yahoo) makes it pretty clear that nothing is private. Now whether you care about that is another issue because many don’t and that’s their prerogative.

The Washington Post (is this Jeff Bezos impacting the ‘reporting’ already?) tells us the brutal truth.

The NSA, working with its British counterpart, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), secretly taps into the internal networks of Yahoo and Google, the two biggest Internet companies by overall data traffic. The operation intercepts information flowing between the enormous data centers that those companies maintain around the world. In general, Google and Yahoo use privately owned or leased lines to synchronize their data centers.

Since a picture can say so much more take a look at this graphic describing how Google gets gamed by the NSA.


Now if you want to see the handmade drawing that apparently sent two Googler’s into a fit of techno rage this is the one which is also from the Post.


Google is trying to make sure it doesn’t appear implicit in this activity.

In a statement, Google’s chief legal officer, David Drummond, said the company has “long been concerned about the possibility of this kind of snooping” and has not provided the government with access to its systems.

“We are outraged at the lengths to which the government seems to have gone to intercept data from our private fiber networks, and it underscores the need for urgent reform,” he said.

At this point what’s it matter who is in on this and who isn’t? It’s being done and we, in the process, are getting it done to us. Doesn’t matter really so you need to make up your mind as to whether you want the government to know everything you do online then you keep going right on your merry way. Otherwise, you need to go old school, underground but even then it might be hard to hide.

What’s your desire in this mess? Does it matter to you or is it just the way it is?

  • restorethe4th

    It matters very much. It is important

  • Since the businesses that exploit your interests for their own profit “know everything we do online”, what is the problem with the government scanning all that activity in the pursuit of identifying patterns of behavior that reveal connections to terrorists and other enemies of the state who are trying to kill you?

    The outright hypocrisy that people have expressed in this faux outrage is just unbelievably stupid. The US government has been tapping into electronic communications ever since the Union Army started monitoring telegraph lines during the Civil War. The US Constitution appoints Congress to oversee the defense of this nation and to conduct its oversight in secret if its members deem that to be necessary. The US courts have determined that these kinds of activities do not violate the Fourth Amendment.

    For all the hoopla and angry venting that has gone on, not one person has shown that their constitutional rights have been abridged or that their life has been directly affected by monitoring activity that has existed since before everyone alive today was born. That no one has bothered to stop and look at what history has to tell us is the saddest statement about all of this.

    Edward Snowden is just a damned stupid fool who has absolutely no clue as to what he has done. Glenn Greenwald is an anarchist propagandist who has long made it clear that he wants to destroy the people’s trust in their own government. And people fall for this bullshit.

    Meanwhile, Al Qaeda — the very real threat that killed over 12,000 people in more than 20 countries last year through more than 8,000 terrorist attacks — continues to use the Internet to plan and coordinate it activities, and to recruit new members and allies, and to spread its message of launching a global jihad by 2020, and you people all act like that will never affect you.

    When you succeed in stopping the NSA, what plan will you put in place to find and track Al Qaeda’s operatives? How will you tell the US military, CIA, and our allies where to find the terrorists who keep the money flowing to our enemies? This isn’t all about car bombs. There are very real processes at work here that have produced substantial results.

    But keeping the public informed on the details means our enemies will know the details, and informing our enemies of what we are doing to find and stop them only aids them.

    You have to make a choice here, a very clear choice, about whether you value imaginary liberties that never existed or whether you value human life. I vote for human life. Al Qaeda needs to be stopped and so far my freedom to rant against the US government’s stupid foreign policies (that pretty much created Al Qaeda and the reasons for its war against the West) hasn’t been abridged in the least.