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  • John Cartwright 8:37 PM on July 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    NSA equating Linux use with terrorism. 

    The NSA are equating Linux users with terrorists. This after they created the NSA Selinux security framework for Linux machines around the world. They are monitoring the visitors of the website http://www.linuxjournal.com and flagging them as terrorists and putting them on a watchlist. This is a quite concerning development. Linux users are usually more experienced with computers and networking than other computer users, although Windows professionals are also very knowledgeable. But the old crusty men in Congress are probably concerned with the takeup of the many Linux distributions that are used by businesses and home users all around the world. Source code of an NSA program shows their interest in the Linux journal website and the tails anonymising Linux distribution. They do not want users to be anonymous on the Internet at all. This is the beginning of a slippery slope that will result in a totalitarian regime that will result in total control of the Internet. The article about this paints a picture of a 1984 like government that wishes to have total information awareness about every citizen.

    This is not going to catch the real terrorists that are planning attacks on America. They know how to hide their tracks and share information with each other without the authorities catching wind of the impending attack. This article has more information about this troubling development: http://daserste.ndr.de/panorama/aktuell/NSA-targets-the-privacy-conscious,nsa230.html. The NSA are planning to take down the TOR network and other anonymising services that protect users of the Internet. Free services like the TOX Instant Messaging system that allows secure and encrypted communications would also be threatened by the National Security Agency. They only wish to know everything about everyone. But what will they get out of this? Are they just building a massive database with information about everyone on the planet? What are they looking for?

  • John Cartwright 7:32 PM on May 9, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    ASIO wanting more powers for surveillance of Internet users. 

    The ASIO spy agency is asking Australian ISPs to log all the data that travels to and fro from a users computer. This would require an astronomical amount of storage space if this is to be taken literally. But they are just interested in fighting terrorism by monitoring all Internet traffic that passes through Australian ISPs. An ISP would be forced to keep all the data transferred by its customers for two years for retroactive spying if the person comes under suspicion for any terrorism related activity. Storing two years worth of Internet data for even one person, especially if they were using the National Broadband Network and they were a heavy user of Bittorrent software like uTorrent or Vuze. They would need to build huge data centers at huge cost to store all of that data and they would be forced to decrypt any encrypted data.

    Marge vs the Monorail.

    Marge vs the Monorail.

    That depends on whether the owner of the data was willing to give up the encryption keys. Even 512 bit encryption would not be easy to decrypt. In the United Kingdom, there is a new law that will force people to give up their encryption keys or face jail time. That will probably be enforced in America as well. Some encryption like gpg(1) for Linux and the PGP Windows equivalent allows very high levels of encryption and the data is safe unless the owner is asked by a judge to reveal the passkey. ASIO wants less government oversight into their activities whilst increasing monitoring of all methods of communications over the Internet. The Skype software is alleged to have software backdoors built in allowing surreptitious snooping of all calls made through the service.

    All of this is in the name of protecting us from terrorism, but the TSA and Homeland security hassling people wanting to go about their business with radiation emitting backscatter body scanners and intimate pat down searches that are a violation of privacy and human rights is the real terrorism. There have been no real terror threats since 9/11 and yet we are increasing security and bringing in increasing levels of intervention into privacy and forcing four year olds to consent to an aggressive pat down search just because she ran back through the cordon to hug her mother. The terrorists have won in America, the people are scared and nervous all of the time and are feeling less safe than they did before 9/11 even after all of the security measures that are supposed to protect them.

  • John Cartwright 10:31 PM on January 15, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Department of Homeland security monitoring social media and blogs. 

    The Department of Homeland Security is using new resources to watch social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter as well as blogs for any postings that show dissent. They really have gone insane, they are always asking for more and more powers to crush dissent and they are invading the privacy of air travellers with even more invasive body searches, even on children, looking for imaginary bombs. Mexico are supplied with weapons from the US military and they want to restrict the freedom of Americans to own weapons and to enter a shopping mall or movie theatre without being molested by the TSA agents. They even wanted the ability to cavity search young children to look for inserted bombs. This is typical of America, they want to restrict the freedom of their own people and yet they are arming Mexico for a war to come? In the Robocop movies, they showed a war between Mexico and the Homeland, so this might be a little predictive programming in the media. I am sure this will happen, I wonder if their are any large reserves of oil or gas in Mexico that would make it worth conquering, or is this just another war that the Homeland is starting for the sake of a war. They are planning a war with Iran, they are still spending untold billions of dollars on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and they want another war?

    The Homeland is slipping into debt, the people are dumbed down with mindless television like Wife Swap USA, American Idol, The Batchelor and The Kardashians. Not to mention a segment about the person who does the spray tans for the celebrities on Dancing With the Stars, featured on Yahoo.com, a website that like Ninemsn.com, is dedicated to pointless news that has nothing to do with actual quality journalism and any coverage of the decaying moral state of America, but a lot to do with the pointless drivel that Americans slurp up from their television every day. Who the heck really cares about the Kardashians, Brittany Murphy or Katy Perry. Sometimes I wonder, with the stuff that the people of the Homeland watch, how much damage have they sustained to their brains? Watching Jersey Shore, with a load of unintelligent greased up guys and girls that have no real intelligence and can only get drunk, have sex with each other and then get drunk again. That is why the Homeland is dying, the television with about 500 channels is rotting the brains of Americans and turning them into zombies. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15280.htm. The Homeland that was the most powerful nation on Earth is now a dying cesspool with the television dominated by the monster that is reality television.

    Who the f*&k cares if Snooki is drunk again or if there was a celebrity breakup that has rocked Hollywood. If people would actually research what was really going on in their country or god forbid, read a book, they might learn a little more. The Homeland residents do not seem to care that the TSA are body searching children, especially in California. The television tells them what they need to know and nothing more. it does not matter that .50 caliber M82A1 sniper rifles are being shipped into Mexico to arm the terrorist Zeta drug lords or that sex offenders have been hired to body search children, no there is a new 3D movie out and it is the best thing ever! Or that Kobe Bryant has signed over his energy guzzling houses over to his ex-wife. That is what really matters is it not? Something like that will trend at #1 on Twitter, but the decline of the Homeland will not rate as much of a mention. Some Americans believe that the Earth is only 6000 years old and that all the fossils we have found were placed there by the Devil to confuse us. I wish I was making that up. And they will say that the Universe is 6000 years old as well, not 13.5 Billion years old. The nation seems to be controlled by the mega churches and drowning in ignorance and materialism. Not all Homeland citizens are like this, but many are. The Homeland is still a relatively powerful country with a large military, but an uneducated majority that watch FOX news and believe everything they are told by the talking head on the screen.

    David Suzuki in one of his books described the modern newscast as a talking head that delivers the news by stating the mere facts of what happened, but without any background story and a real analysis of the real event and its effect on politics and the people. The Homeland education system is slipping lower and lower, many schools are focusing all of their money on sport and neglecting science and mathematics. This is having a real impact with the people losing interest in reading books and spending their time watching brain rotting reality televison and increasing their friend count on Facebook and playing Farmville. Not to mention the Homeland troops that are urinating on dead bodies in Iraq. No wonder everyone else hates the Homeland and its people. Why do they need to worry about the increasing cost of the wars overseas when they have cable television and the Superbowl. The Iraq war will cost taxpayers 4 to 6 trillion dollars. That is US$4,000,000,000,000. We could have built a moon base or travelled to Mars with that money, but they wasted it on a war looking for non-existant WMDs and trying to secure the nation. But they have not succeeded, they have only left a huge debt for the country to pay off. And the nation will not be able to afford to travel into space for the foreseeable future due to the massive debt incurred in the name of fighting terrorism.


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