NSA Steps up call monitoring
The US Government's Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) has just released their mandatory report into the bulk collection of data, and it is shocking reading. (A copy of the full report is available HERE)
Over the course of 2017, the National Security Agency (NSA) collected some 534,396,285 call detail records (CDRs), representing a dramatic increase over the previous year when, the agency gathered details of 151,230,968 calls, according to the report released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI).
This shows the unabated infringement of the rights of US citizens caught up in this, and the arrogance of the US Government to think that it is acceptable to vacuum up all of an individuals communication, just in case they need to thwart a terrorist.
William Binney - NSA Whistleblower Explains
Has the original intent been subverted?
William Binney worked for the NSA for over 30 years and was "responsible" for the design and architecture of the technology used in the foreign surveillance program.
This video talks of the original intent of the program and how that has been "re-purposed" for internal surveillance.
Do words matter?
It's interesting how the English language has been changed to suit the needs of those in power.
Surveillance as defined by the various government agencies is not triggered when the data is collected but only when it is listened to, read or interacted with.
There does not appear to be any time constraint on the storage of the information and therefore it can be searched at any time in the future.
What can I do about it?
Lets be honest here, if the "Intelligence Apparatus" wants to surveil you, their resources to do so are far more extensive and subversive than could generally be protected without severe disruption to your life.
That doesn't mean that we can't take steps to make their job a little more difficult.
By using an anonymous number, you are able to disconnect your identity from your phone number making it more difficult to use that information in their profiling. It is relevant to note that although the report specifically states they don't collect your name or address, again it is our view that they are simply playing with words. They may not COLLECT the name and address information but we are sure that they would data match the information collected by other agencies.
By using a VPN you are able to secure your location and encrypt your traffic, making it more difficult to intercept your messaging information.
Finally encrypting any data that you store in the cloud, makes it more difficult for companies and governments to "sweep and read" your information either for advertising or nefarious purposes.
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For more information and additional reading find the following links:
NSA Spied On 534 Million US Calls In 2017, Up Sharply From 2016 - ZeroHedge.com
ODNI Releases Annual Intelligence Community Transparency Report - ODNI Source Report