Not content to illegally collect the telephone records of American citizens, the government's National Security Agency is now targeting "social network" computer users -- wildly popular sites like MySpace with its 80 million registered users.
Parents have been outraged to learn that kiddie-sex freaks have been collecting data on youngsters from public online sources such as MySpace or Friendster. But the new NSA efforts are aimed at everybody, a police-state scheme to track your every move, your every thought, your every comment left on some dumb blog.
The evil plot was first called "Total Information Awareness" in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, when scores of long-planned surveillance and police-state operations suddenly appeared before a punch-drunk America.
While most of those elaborate schemes were passed without opposition, the TIA plan by the newly created Information Awareness Office was too much even for an injured, bewildered America.
The IAO's logo was the Masonic all-seeing eye symbol, glaring down from the heavens not at our alleged Middle East enemies, but upon America itself.
Worse, the new spook office was run by convicted felon and traitor John Poindexter.
So the creepy new logo was disappeared, and then the TIA program itself was allegedly closed down -- but it was only shifted to another program and hidden under that flimsy cover.
Today, the all-seeing eye is focused on the information you willingly provide to websites. If you use real names, real addresses, real ages, real interests or real photos in connection with your online activities, you are leaving a trail of personal and financial information the government is collecting to use against all Americans.
"I am continually shocked and appalled at the details people voluntarily post online about themselves." encryption expert Jon Callas told New Scientist this week.
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