The Ottumwa Courier

September 6, 2013

NSA invading privacy


Ottumwa Courier

---- — The majority of people in developed countries spend at least some time interacting with the Internet, and governments of the industrialized world are secretly abusing that necessity in order to extend their powers beyond what are appropriate — and legal. At this point in history, the greatest danger to our freedoms and way of life comes from omniscient (all-knowing) state powers who are being kept in check by nothing more than "a piece of paper" (policy documents). The government has granted itself power it is not entitled to — with no public oversight.

The now-infamous and notorious National Security Agency (NSA) has built an infrastructure that allows it to intercept almost everything. With this capability, the vast majority of human communications are automatically ingested with no specific targeting. By using intercepts, NSA employees can report “every Internet website accessed, every keystroke made, every cell phone conversation/email communication (incoming and outgoing), every purchase made electronically, every book purchased or checked out of a library, the names of magazines subscribed to, and every medical professional visited. All such information goes directly into NSA/IRS databases.

This is why for seven years the government has built up such social media companies as Facebook, YouTube, Verizon, AT&T, Google, Micosoft, Yahoo, et al. It is why instant billionaires like Facebook's CEO have been created. These corporations are all linked to the NSA/IRS. The NSA is currently constructing a second massive complex in Utah, and the IRS has built 16 new automation centers and hired 16,000 more enforcement agents.

Any NSA analyst can target/wiretap anyone, any time, anywhere, from accountants to federal judges, even to the president. To do that, the NSA specifically targets the communications of everyone. It ingests them by default. It collects them in its system, filters them, analyzes them, measures them and then stores them for unspecified periods of time.

For nearly 61 years, the NSA has been collecting and analyzing foreign and domestic data. In short, they (NSA/IRS) are intent on making every conversation and form of behavior in the world known to them. Purely pathetic!

Wendell Carr

Ottumwa