The big news today was that President Obama has formally addressed the NSA’s (National Security Agency) recent cell phone record faux pas. The New York Times had some pretty good coverage of the entire back pedaling event.
My congratulations go out to our President for openly dealing with this unsavory and embarrassing issue.
But… We he would probably not even talk about this if it was not for the recent revelations that the NSA was listening in on European government leader cell phone calls. Basically if the NSA would not have been caught they would still be doing the same thing they have been doing many years. All in the name of national security of course.
So now it’s all out in the open and there will be new guidelines?
I really don’t think anything will be any different except that the NSA will be more diligent at plugging leaks so they don’t get caught again. No one likes it but their job is and always has been to listen in on all voice and data traffic.
Many months back a Wired Magazine article talked about a new NSA facility located out in the Utah Desert desert with the sole purpose of capturing and analyzing all forms of communications.
So I guess to make a few extra bucks now the NSA is going stop using the Utah facility to listen in on us and rent it out to Netflix so they can stream movies even faster? I don’t think so.
Presidents come and go. Senators come and go. Congressman come and go. Supreme court Judges come and go. But… There will always be an NSA and they will always be listening to anything they can get their hands on.
Bottom line… Assume everything you say or write over your phone or on the internet is going through the NSA’s computers. If you don’t have anything to hide, no worries. Use the wrong words that the NSA computers are targeting and anything can happen. I won’t include any example sensitive words here for fear that these snoops will start going through my stuff.
The time to start worrying is if/when all that information and listening capability falls into the wring hands. But how do you define “wrong”?