Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 12th May 2014 23:47 UTC
Internet & Networking

For years, the US government loudly warned the world that Chinese routers and other internet devices pose a "threat" because they are built with backdoor surveillance functionality that gives the Chinese government the ability to spy on anyone using them. Yet what the NSA's documents show is that Americans have been engaged in precisely the activity that the US accused the Chinese of doing.

What surprises me the most is that there are still people who are surprised by this.

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by Alfman on Thu 15th May 2014 03:05 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: So..."
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Look, I'm trying to understand your point of view. I really am trying hard here.

It really doesn't take a microscope to understand it. Some people are evidently willing to give up their individual rights in return for some perceived security, but not all of us are. Many of our principals are based in freedom from the rule/power of others. We the people need to know what the government is doing instead of the other way around.

Come on, man! You really think these folks are out there to get you? Just to take your porn collection and family photo's? Come on! Might as well put your tinfoil hat on.

Just earlier you claimed to be "trying to understand", but here you let loose a straw man... I'll pretend I didn't see that.

The NSA has much better things to do than that. If they've implemented a back-door on routers, obviously this is for national security reasons and intended for whoever they deem a serious threat to the U.S. Of course this is dirty tactics, but this spying sh!t has been going on for ages! No single battle or war was won by being nice.

Dictators say this too, it's a crap justification for intercepting the personal communications of one's own people. Even if you want to condone this behavior, you still have to acknowledge the blatant hypocrisy.

The Chinese use these methods extensively, so I really believe it's a good thing they get a taste of their own medicine. Or would you rather NOT know what those sneaky bastards are up to?

Let me get this right, since China does something, then it's ok for the NSA to do it too? I'll admit that before the leaks, much of the NSA's behavior would have been attributed to the likes of China, but China has a terrible reputation on civil rights for it's own people. That's not something I would want my country to emulate.

Edited 2014-05-15 03:18 UTC

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