Your Internets Are Not Safe

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Technology, The War On Terrorism

More bad news about the online surveillance methods used to nab terrorists, but are ultimately more likely to collect information on you, your friends and what you like to surf for online.

From CNET:

Instead of recording only what a particular suspect is doing, agents conducting investigations appear to be assembling the activities of thousands of Internet users at a time into massive databases, according to current and former officials. That database can subsequently be queried for names, e-mail addresses or keywords.

Such a technique is broader and potentially more intrusive than the FBI’s Carnivore surveillance system, later renamed DCS1000. It raises concerns similar to those stirred by widespread Internet monitoring that the National Security Agency is said to have done, according to documents that have surfaced in one federal lawsuit, and may stretch the bounds of what’s legally permissible.

Stretch? Uh…yeah.

Seriously people, this is getting pretty tiring. We can’t put everybody’s rights on hold because there may be a few dozen people out there talking about blowing something up in an online forum. It’s just not right. And remember, they’re keeping all that data. They don’t purge what they don’t use. Storage is cheap, cheap, cheap and apparently so are our civil rights.

Trust me…this new program is bad, bad, really quite bad. I’d reprint the entire story here, but that would be tacky and I’m counting on you to read the whole thing since, you know, you’re online.

I mean, it’s not like anybody’s watching…

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4 Responses to “Your Internets Are Not Safe”

  1. The Heretik : Down the Tubes Says:

    [...] The Minimum? The Bush Adminstration once agains takes the minimum and pushes it to the maximum. How bad is it? “. . . they’re keeping all that data. They don’t purge what they don’t use. Storage is cheap, cheap, cheap and apparently so are our civil rights.” [...]

  2. marcus Says:

    Just one problem: the story is false, according to DOJ’s public statement, which challenges the sourcing of the CNET story.

  3. bob in fl Says:

    “First they came for the Jews, & I did nothing to stop it. Then they came for… And finally they came for me, & there was no one left to stop it.”

    Wake up people. Our so-called leaders have lied to us about their intentions & reasons for actions & none more so than the current crop To believe anything from the DOJ, the Pres, or anyone else currently in a position of power w/o other sources backing their claims is just plain stupid.

    One respondent says the Department of Injustice says it ain’t so, yet he/she forgets who the Attorney General’s boss is – King George. Nuff said.

  4. adam Says:

    The article names CNet’s sources. DOJ says the sources were misquoted. How hard can it be for some other reporter to nail that down?

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