The Age of No Privacy: The Surveillance State Shifts Into High Gear

The government has become an expert in finding ways to sidestep what it considers “inconvenient laws” aimed at ensuring accountability and thereby bringing about government transparency and protecting citizen privacy. Indeed, it has mastered the art of stealth maneuvers and end-runs around the Constitution. It knows all too well how to hide its nefarious, covert, clandestine activities behind the classified language of national security and terrorism. And when that doesn’t suffice, it obfuscates, complicates, stymies or just plain bamboozles the public into remaining in the dark. Case in point: the National Security Agency has been diverting “internet traffic, normally safeguarded by constitutional protections, overseas in order to conduct unrestrained data collection on Americans.” It’s extraordinary rendition all over again, only this time it’s surveillance being outsourced instead of torture.

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Show Notes

“NSA's use of 'traffic shaping' allows unrestrained spying on Americans,” ZDNet

“More Than 50 Countries Helped the CIA Outsource Torture,” Wired

“File Says N.S.A. Found Way to Replace Email Program,” The New York Times

“Legal loopholes could allow wider NSA surveillance, researchers say,” CBS News

“NSA broke into Yahoo and Google data centers around world, report says,” CBS News

“NSA Ends Sept. 11-Era Surveillance Program,” NPR

“10 ways America has come to resemble a banana republic,” Salon

“Microsoft to follow Amazon into UK with cloud hosting service,” PC World

“Our Partners,” Domestic Surveillance Directorate

“The NSA is watching. So are Google and Facebook,” Los Angeles Times

“Dystopia, Digital Detoxes, And How 'Black Mirror' Helps Us Make Sense Of The Apple Watch,” Forbes

“Forget Credit Cards, Now You Can Pay With Your Eyes,” Smithsonian

“Rise of 'voiceprint' ID technology has privacy campaigners concerned,” The Guardian

“Google’s secret NSA alliance: The terrifying deals between Silicon Valley and the security state,” Salon

“The Details About the CIA's Deal With Amazon,” The Atlantic

“ATT, Verizon, Sprint Are Paid Cash By NSA For Your Private Communications,” Forbes

“What You Need To Know About The NSA Reform Bill Passing Through Congress,” ThinkProgress

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  1. Bo Modén says:

    How is the grip and control on us living in Europe ? I happen to live in Sweden ? To what level is the EU subordinatet to US Big Brother ?

    • After 9/11 all of the worlds intelligence agencies secretly merged under one organizational super-structure and doubled or tripled in size then to top all this off added adjunct intelligence fronts like the Department of Homeland security in the US to further the reach of the core intel agencies. Illicit covert surveillance is WORLDWIDE now has expanded to include organized stalking, harrassment and directed energy weapon attacks. No this isn’t a proposal for a new sci-fi book… I wish it were… Look up Dr Katherine Horton on YouTube for an excellent assessment of what I’m talking about. It would be really great to see NewsBud do an interview with Dr Horton and/or a feature segment on Organized Stalking and Targeted Individuals…

  2. Isn’t it a losing strategy to put all this information behind a paywall, and make it available only to the people that know it already? I once suggested the solution below, I’ll try again:

    It would be great to give members the possibility to unlock their favorite programs, say by voting: Every member would get to cast one vote per week. In parallel, once a week, the episode that accumulated the most votes would get to be unlocked.

    It’s such a waste to have it all behind a wall.

    • The voting solution is probably not in your IT budget. The low cost solution is that you as a team vote to unlock episodes. I would do it much more frequencly than you do now.

  3. If you’ve gotta hide it to get away with it, then you know you’re doing wrong. This is a campaign to criminalize privacy by people who have no moral compass and no backbone.

    NB. If it’s prefaced with the word ‘Smart’ take it as meaning the opposite.

  4. Jan Kolenc says:

    NWO microchips are coming

  5. Jerry Agbon says:

    The question now becomes how do we fight back successfully?

  6. vincent fries says:

    The best money I ever spent getting a membership.

  7. Organized stalking, surveillance and electronic weapon programs that target individuals are the biggest news story regarding surveillance. I have yet to hear NewBud mention this issue except as a small portion of a MindHack episode. The people being targeted with these super-extreme surveilance/torture/slow-kill programs are being referred to as Targeted Individuals and they are now targeting at least well over a million Americans with these programs and millions and millions more in the EU and the rest of the world. The vast majority are never heard from but as they’re now targeting high profile people with the ability to fight back like celebrities like Randy Quaid, multi-millionaire high-tech leaders like Chris Burton and Oxford educated PhD scientists with distinguished professional careers like Dr Katherine Horton this surreal reality is making its way out of the shadows and into the light of mainstream consciousness. Yes this is how sick our world has become… Hiding from it won’t make it go away. We need to confront it head on.

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