“In testimony that could stir more controversy, [Deputy NSA Director John] Inglis disclosed that the NSA sometimes conducts what’s known as three-hop analysis. That means the government can look at the phone data of a suspect terrorist, plus the data of all his contacts, then all those people’s contacts, and finally, all those people’s contacts. If the average person calls 40 unique people, three-hop analysis could allow the government to mine the records of 2.5 million Americans when investigating one suspected terrorist.”
It’s been a little over a month now since we learned that that the Obama administration has shredded the Constitution in order to spy on us every day. At the time this first became public, Obama said he would welcome a debate on the matter. But now, a month later, there’s still no serious debate underway.
Obama is helped in all of this by what passes for our news media. To the extent there is any continuing coverage of Big Brother’s determination to find out everything he can about you, it tends to be focused on Edward Snowden and whether he’ll be able to elude capture by those who would like nothing better than to lock him away forever and thus silence his voice.
They don’t want you to know what they’re up to; and yet bits and pieces of the story continue to dribble out. For example, did you know that law enforcement personnel at all levels have relatively unfettered access to e-mail, personal information and other documents you may have stored away in the “cloud”?
That’s because the Electronic Communications Privacy Act is so outdated it considers anything you store on a third-party server, like e-mail, pictures or other personal information, abandoned if it’s been stored there for more than 180 days; and because you’ve “abandoned” it, law enforcement can look at all of it armed merely with a subpoena, not even a warrant from a judge.
In short, it’s not just your metadata that’s vulnerable here. It’s the full content of every e-mail and every cloud-based document that you’ve stored online for more than 180 days.
Of course, we can be comforted to know that the courts are protecting us; at least that’s what Obama and his cronies would like you to believe. But you know something? Obama lies. The courts aren’t protecting you at all.
Yeah, I know. I seem to be harping on the same old thing. I mean, what the hell? It’s only the Constitution of the United States. Fortunately, there are still a few lonely voices that seem to share my concern. Here is an article worth reading and still another.
And it’s mildly encouraging that the House Judiciary Committee, unlike the Intelligence Committees, is apparently unwilling to roll over completely for Obama and his spies. That’s what happens when the spooks diss you 🙂
Admittedly, there may not be very much you can do about any of this at the moment. But you should at least try to keep yourself informed. I’m doing my best to share what I can. Maybe it will help you explain to your kids and grand-kids how America lost its way.