The NSA Maps Everyone’s Social Networks (and backbones, iPhone, Estabrooks)

“Every bond you break
Every step you take
They’ll be watching you…”

At least, if you use social networks. No, this is not really news (did anyone think they were NOT doing this?), so I’m covering this mostly for two reasons:

a) It’s going to be staring at me with a baleful fishy-eyed glare from the headlines in my RSS reader for the next two weeks anyway, so I might as well get it out of the way; and,

b) The hilarious photo of the NSA top dawg giving some photographer the “oh shit I’ve been caught on camera who let this guy into the room” mid-speech stare.

Anyway, they are still trying to pretend they don’t simply spy on absolutely everyone, so in this case they qualify their data-diving with “for foreign intelligence.” In other words, if you’ve ever communicated with a foreigner?

Just for the record — I’m a foreigner. Everyone all at once now… “HI NSA!”

And, if it hasn’t dawned on you yet that social networks are an elaborate ploy to get you to tell business+government all about your social networks and where you might go hide if your life turned into “Enemy of the State” and by the way who’s organizing the resistance du jour, well, now you know.

Oh, by the way the Fort Medeans (Medians? Ha ha I made a math pun) are also tapping the ‘murican intarweb backbones. I mean, Internet “background.” News here is mostly that this revelation came from a senator who’s been leading the leaker witchhunt.
http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20130927/13562624678/dianne-feinstein-accidentally-confirms-that-nsa-tapped-internet-backbone.shtml

Attention high-speed video fans! The proper way to use the new iPhone:

More Estabrooks… an interesting quote. And troubling, considering his later positions high up in the research apparatus.

“LASTLY, I cannot help but feel that
the great requisite to any telepa-
thy experiment is of necessity missing
in the psychological laboratory. This
is strong emotion. The literature in-
dicates that emotion is necessary, and
until we can devise some experiments
which make use of it I do not feel we
have given telepathy a fair trial.[…]
Those cases
which seem most striking are very
hard indeed to refute. But proof in
science is repeatability, and every
time we attempt to repeat these expe-
riences in the laboratory we have
a dismal failure. Why? I do not
know. Possibly because the whole
thing is a mass of fraud, superstition
and faulty observation. But also
possibly because we cannot introduce
violent emotion into laboratory tech-
nique.” http://www.unz.org/Pub/NorthAmericanRev-1929feb-00201

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/29/us/nsa-examines-social-networks-of-us-citizens.html

“Since 2010, the National Security Agency has been exploiting its huge collections of data to create sophisticated graphs of some Americans’ social connections that can identify their associates, their locations at certain times, their traveling companions and other personal information, according to newly disclosed documents and interviews with officials.

The spy agency began allowing the analysis of phone call and e-mail logs in November 2010 to examine Americans’ networks of associations for foreign intelligence purposes after N.S.A. officials lifted restrictions on the practice, according to documents provided by Edward J. Snowden, the former N.S.A. contractor. “

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