Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 21st Jun 2013 19:08 UTC
Legal "Britain's spy agency GCHQ has secretly gained access to the network of cables which carry the world's phone calls and internet traffic and has started to process vast streams of sensitive personal information which it is sharing with its American partner, the National Security Agency. The sheer scale of the agency's ambition is reflected in the titles of its two principal components: Mastering the Internet and Global Telecoms Exploitation, aimed at scooping up as much online and telephone traffic as possible. This is all being carried out without any form of public acknowledgement or debate." Woah.
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RE[3]: Comment by marcp
by ASmith on Mon 24th Jun 2013 18:07 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by marcp"
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I swear I shiver every time I hear something like 'if you live a decent, law abiding life then you have nothing to worry about'.

Fresh in the UK news this week is an account about how the Police trawled for evidence to discredit the family of a boy who was murdered at a bus-stop in the early 90s (Stephen Lawrence) because they wanted to defend against criticism of the Police's handling of the case. There was no internet (as we know it now) so they had to send an undercover officer onto the job, but imagine how easy it would be now, with all this information on tap.



Many folks do no realize how many officials in defense contractors and government agencys are on the payrolls of the multi-billion dollar drug cartels as well as other neferious organisations who thru their paid agents can access that same information for carrying out murders, extortion and blackmail.

Even former President Clinton related his concern about Israeli pressure on their intercepts of his phone calls regarding the huge at that time exposure of his having an affair with a young intern in the oval office. PRISM and before PRISM has two Israeli firms that designed the cloning of the telecom cable and main relay point communications streams which all calls are routed thru.

Children that have suddenly found themselves misplaced onto terrorists watch lists have found it is impossible for their parents to remove them. That could and likely will cost those young citizens MILLIONs in lost employment during their lifespans as nearly all employers in the west run extensive background checks on potential and current employees.

Familys now must be rightly concerned what their children state in a blog, forum or sms text to friends could and would be used against them and their loved ones decades later if not sooner. Disembarking in a foreign nation and finding you or a family member had a red flag based on a data intercept years earlier and preventing you from entering that country, preventing you from obtaining a visa is going to be going from a rare occurrence to a much more common shocker which I seriously doubt main stream western media is going to even publish.

Journalists now are routinely being threatened with espionage and felony charges for simply reporting on such events in real-time much less reporting on whistleblowers who expose criminal actions by government and military officials whose ethical and moral conduct must be impeccable yet now are going after those that expose their criminal actions.

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