Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 30th Dec 2013 15:49 UTC

The German newspaper Der Spiegel has unveiled a whole bunch of stuff about the NSA and its tools that defy belief. Their tools and actions go way beyond what we already knew; we're not just talking passive information gathering through cables and such, but way, way more.

For instance, the NSA can divert shipments of purchased computers and equipment to their own secret workshops, where malware and spying hardware is added to these products before they are then shipped onward to the buyers. They also intercept Windows crash reports as they are sent from users' computers to Microsoft's servers. Worse yet, they can reportedly add special hardware to drones that can wirelessly infect computers from up to 8 kilometres away.

We've only seen the tip of the iceberg here. The fact that no heads are rolling in Washington over this illustrates just how corrupt and undemocratic the US government has become.

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That's not desperate, it's out of control.

It seems they keep looking for more and more ways to snoop on people and there don't appear to be any limits or boundaries.

I do wonder, if they managed to get even more and more data on us, if they would reach a point where they could mirror everything that happened in one giant computer. It would also enable them to rewind to certain dates and times and see exactly how the world was at that precise moment.

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