Saturday, February 6, 2010

Am I Busted? (Not Really)

So, I got to thinking about national security and wondered where my blog/rants fit into the picture? Hmmm, just what does the State think about yours truly? Am I a friend, a terrorist, a psychopath bent one destroying the world as we know it? While my intentions are nothing but good, I'm not all that sure how the cabal sees them.

Have I been reported to Where do my Constitutional rights begin and end with this blog thingy? Am I on some terrorist watch list? Really, what is gonna happen when I show up at an airport to try to fly on a domestic flight? How about you regular chat room perpetrators that leave a trail of comments a mile long every day (with some unsightly comments about our fearless leaders)? You may want to read on as well.

Has my blog hit Rahm's list of internet warriors against the government? You know what Rahm thinks, “When you think about the First Amendment…you think it’s highly overrated.” Having the link to Alex Jones' Fall of the Republic prominently displayed in the headline of the blog may not help. Listening to his webcasts or calling into the show every now and then to speak with Damon Vickers or G. Edward Griffin most likely has not helped either. I think I'm on some list somewhere, maybe two or three.

Am I reverting to some paranoid conceptions buried in my mind from college days or is my conspiratorial side just frothing up? Just what are they using or doing to keep track of Shanky's Techblog? What got me thinking about all of this? Are We Winning the Battle on the Web? Or Are We Just Letting Off eSteam? on Washington's Blog did. What was most interesting (since I am believer in future internet censorship and the dwindling rights of the Constitution) is this blurb from one of Washington's former posts (Spying, Artificial Intelligence and Martial Law)  "And that the security services - especially the NSA - are tracking everything we do on the net. Indeed, as I've previously written:
A governmental unit operating in secret and with no oversight whatsoever is gathering massive amounts of data on every American and running artificial intelligence software to predict each American's behavior, including "what the target will do, where the target will go, who it will turn to for help"...
The Pentagon is also running an AI program to see how people will react to propaganda and to government-inflicted terror. The program is called Sentient World Simulation:
"U.S defense, intel and homeland security officials are constructing a parallel world, on a computer, which the agencies will use to test propaganda messages and military strategies.

Called the Sentient World Simulation, the program uses AI routines based upon the psychological theories of Marty Seligman, among others. (Seligman introduced the theory of 'learned helplessness' in the 1960s, after shocking beagles until they cowered, urinating, on the bottom of their cages.)

Yank a country's water supply. Stage a military coup. SWS will tell you what happens next.

The sim will feature an AR avatar for each person in the real world, based upon data collected about us from government records and the internet."
OK, that's some freaky shit. I honestly believe that when Bush cranked up Homeland Security under the Patriot Act, we all got screwed in the name of protectionism. Maybe the NSA is what I should be afraid of and the military? is a great place for all sorts of current information on the invasion of our privacy on the internet.

Is it just the government or are the corporations getting in on the act? From The Electronic Fronteir Foundation's NSA Spying, "The evidence also shows that the government did not act alone. EFF has obtained whistleblower evidence [PDF] from former AT&T technician Mark Klein showing that AT&T is cooperating with the illegal surveillance. The undisputed documents show that AT&T installed a fiberoptic splitter at its facility at 611 Folsom Street in San Francisco that makes copies of all emails, web browsing, and other Internet traffic to and from AT&T customers, and provides those copies to the NSA. This copying includes both domestic and international Internet activities of AT&T customers. As one expert observed, “this isn’t a wiretap, it’s a country-tap.”" I wonder what Disqus has going along with Google, Microsoft and the lot?

We all know Yahoo is in on the act."In response to a Freedom of Information Act request seeking details of Yahoo's! policies allowing the Justice Department to request wiretaps of its users and the amount they charge US taxpayers per wiretap -- the search engine leviathan declared in a 12-page letter that they couldn't provide information on their approach because their pricing scheme would "shock" customers. The news was first reported by Kim Zetter at Wired."

NSA warrantless surveillance controversy is covered under this link on Wikipedia. "The exact scope of the program is not known, but the NSA is or was provided total, unsupervised access to all fiber-optic communications going between some of the nation's major telecommunication companies' major interconnect locations, including phone conversations, email, web browsing, and corporate private network traffic." 

Feeling comfy? Ha, I wonder how many red flags this post and all the topics I am searching is throwing up right now (not to mention some of my past beauties)? No knocks on the door yet. I could go deep into the conspiracy side of this sensitive issue, but for now I'll leave that be. I just want to get you thinking of the possibilities of what exists and make you aware that everything we do out here might just be under a microscope.

To my government handler: I hope you have a good evening and let me know if I can do anything to make your spying more enjoyable. I aim to please.