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Surveillance State Crosses Rubicon

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C/NET:

Judge orders Google to comply with FBI’s secret NSL demands
A federal judge tells the company to comply with the FBI’s warrantless National Security Letter requests for user details, despite ongoing concerns about their constitutionality.

PS

Guardian/Glenn Greenwald:

Obama’s new FBI chief approved Bush’s NSA warrantless wiretapping scheme

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6 Comments

  1. oogenhand says:

    Reblogged this on oogenhand and commented:
    Now it is official.

  2. Sorry to ask but what does this mean exactly?

  3. George says:

    “Crossed the Rubicon” – just now? Hardly! It was crossed in 2001 when the NSA decided to start recording EVERYONE’s communications and committed to building a supercomputer in Bluffdale, Utah to make it possible. So this federal judge’s order to Google is hardly groundbreaking- it is only a rubber-stamp of approval for this and other federal agencies to spy on Americans, which they have been doing for the past 12 years anyway. This article in Wired magazine details the NSA’s project:

    http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/03/ff_nsadatacenter/all/

    That article is really worth reading in order to get a mental picture of just how malevolent this governmental system has become. I found the following quote to be particularly frightening:
    “William Binney was a senior NSA crypto-mathematician largely responsible for automating the agency’s worldwide eavesdropping network. Sitting in a restaurant not far from NSA headquarters, the place where he spent nearly 40 years of his life, Binney held his thumb and forefinger close together. “We are, like, that far from a turnkey totalitarian state,” he says.”

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