The Internet: The NSA Circumvents User Privacy

Technology, U.S., Op-ed, NSA, spying, agencies

This controversial move has the nation split. There are users who roll their eyes in the face of privacy demands, stating the policing has helped. Helped to conquer pedophiles and other crimes – but has it? The continuous NSA circumvention causes questions on these stats. Certainly, in the obvious spectrum of controversy lies the essence of fact behind stats. It all starts becoming one long, consistently interrupted Matrix code. Considering the basics of this review, has the NSA saved or prevented crimes? Many more point to a sinister goal of this “spying” agency. The paper trail is starting to show a more focused mission of the NSA.

The NSA director defends his agency’s actions, stating it is the NSA that has “foiled” over 50 terrorists plots. None of the alleged terror plots were detailed, but we’ll be willing to give the agency a level of credit. Both sides of the political field had stated the NSA is necessary. Does this appease the public or further wonder on the intentions? It was Edward Snowden who scoffed at the idea the NSA prevented any such crimes. It was listed in previous documentation from Snowden, the NSA was specifically looking to target citizens, not protect them.

The NSA has effectively invested billions of dollars into its “counter-terrorism efforts” since its inception. Tech experts, who asked not to be named, state the NSA has “bullied” into tech companies, demanding unfettered access to user information. Facebook recently announced of the NSA probe of their user information. In joining Facebook – Google, Microsoft, Twitter and many more companies have attested to NSA probes on random users, from around the globe. In addition, Skype was mentioned as a target by the NSA for access to listen to calls.

An occupy site revealed the growing reach of NSA.
An occupy site revealed the growing reach of NSA.

The Guardian reported the NSA has worked with individuals and companies to weaken security measures to acquire information. The documents that were once within the grasp of Snowden, reveal a darker misuse of Internet privacy from the agency:

  • ┬áThe NSA has cracked encryption codes, opening the doors to user information. This information is alleged to encompass banking records and medical information.
  • The brute force was acknowledged in the documents obtained by Snowden. In addition? The documents showed significant ties between the NSA and some of the world’s largest tech companies and Internet Providers (none were publicly mentioned.)
  • NSA has a budget of $250 million annually (say what to that deficit?)
  • The NSA has strict “don’t ask, don’t tell” policies in place regarding encryption tools.
  • The NSA is also reportedly looking to encrypt a specific access pipeline to their agency from Yahoo, Facebook and Google.
  • The controversial agency stated this mass supervision and monitoring of the Internet, is the cost of Americans wanting “unrestricted” access to the Internet.

A tech expert stated the NSA ruse of counter-terrorism is nothing more but lies. Atop of the NSA out of control budget, the PRISM program adds an additional $20 million annually to that level of privacy intrusion. Tech companies like Microsoft has pleaded to users, stating their hands are tied. Once an order is issued by the governing agency, they have no choice but to comply. This of course became questioned, when it was rumored Microsoft opened the doors to Outlook for the NSA.

Perhaps, further yet are the once naysayers as earlier listed, that are now thinking twice. Those insane conspiracy theorists are starting to look a bit more sane, begrudge them the obvious information being released. Remember, the Bullrun of the American civil war? Guess what the name of the NSA encryption tool is called? Yes, Bullrun. This play of correlation reveals a darker intent against the same citizens funding this agency.

A review of the NSA in 2012 revealed just the tip of the problematic iceberg
A review of the NSA in 2012 revealed just the tip of the problematic iceberg

Interestingly, once these documents started to surface, media friends the Guardian, the New York Times and other agencies were contacted by government officials. They were requested not to publish the article on this revealing information. You can review them in detail under sources, at the end of this article. The NSA has found a way to circumvent the security tools for many companies, exposing delicate information. This is beyond a text message – this is in regards to medical information, banking, housing and information on our children. The Internet has become more than a preying ground for those “terrorists,” it has given our own government agencies a green light to misuse the information.

Angelina Bouc

Sources
The Guardian
The NY Times

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