6 thoughts on “Is This Why The NSA Want To Read Our Emails?

  1. beastrabban

    Reblogged this on Beastrabban’s Weblog and commented:
    In this video, James Corbett discusses the threat to individual liberty posed by increased government electronic surveillance. He specifically describes the acquisition of personal data by the NSA’s ‘Sentient World’ program, a giant computer simulation that uses personal information and current news to predict responses in real time to various crises, such as hurricanes and bio-terrorism attacks. The simulation is also available for private companies to lease, so they can simulate and predict public reception of a new product, for example. The nodes in the computer system are already at one to one level – that is, individual citizens have now been represented in the system as a single node. This clearly represents a significant threat to the freedom and privacy of the individual, but too few people are aware of it. This needs to change so that the government agencies can be held properly accountable, and the balance of power between the government and individual can change in the individual’s favour.

  2. beetleypete

    When we are buying online, studying, chatting to friends, or posting blogs, sharing photos, or paying an electric bill, we may be amazed at this convenience. Many are more than happy to live in this digital age, of unparalleled possibilities. Few can imagine the ideas and plans outlined in this video, and the staggering facts it relates. This is indeed important stuff Sue, and as Beast says, ‘a significant threat’.
    The only problem I see, is deciding how many users actually care, or worry about such things. Youngsters on Facebook, Internet shoppers, and many other users, will never read anything like this, or watch films like this. That for me, is the real worry.
    Well done for publicising it. Regards as always, Pete.

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  4. beastrabban

    Sue and Pete, I read a very good book back in the 1990s on the threat posed by electronic surveillance, including biometric ID cards, electronic banking, the tapping of electronic communications – telephones, emails and so on, and even implanted microchips. It’s Big Brother: Britain’s Web of Surveillance and the New Technological Order, by Simon Davies (Pan 1996). These are issues I really intend to blog about later.


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