Congress Considering Mandatory ISP Snooping

Mandatory data retention requirements worry privacy advocates because they permit police to obtain records of e-mail chatter, Web browsing or chat-room activity that normally would have been discarded after a few months. And some proposals would require providers to retain data that ordinarily never would have been kept at all.

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EFF: AT&T Forwards All Internet Traffic to NSA

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has filed a class-action lawsuit against AT&T for its wholesale violation of the Fourth Amendment rights of millions and contravention of federal wiretapping laws by forwarding all of the internet traffic of its subscribers to the National Security Agency (NSA).

The EFF has compelling evidence to back its claims including several internal AT&T documents and testimony from an AT&T telecommunications technician.

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US Government Declares War on the Internet

In an article that reads like a dystopian fiction, the Sunday Herald reports on US plans to “pwn” the internet, expand psychological operations (psyops) and establish global communications hegemony.

Firstly, the Pentagon says it will wage war against the internet in order to dominate the realm of communications, prevent digital attacks on the US and its allies, and to have the upper hand when launching cyber-attacks against enemies.

Secondly, psychological military operations, known as psyops, will be at the heart of future military action. Psyops involve using any media – from newspapers, books and posters to the internet, music, Blackberrys and personal digital assistants (PDAs) – to put out black propaganda to assist government and military strategy. Psyops involve the dissemination of lies and fake stories and releasing information to wrong-foot the enemy.

Thirdly, the US wants to take control of the Earth’s electromagnetic spectrum, allowing US war planners to dominate mobile phones, PDAs, the web, radio, TV and other forms of modern communication. That could see entire countries denied access to telecommunications at the flick of a switch by America.

The internet like freedom itself ends not with a bang but with a whimper.

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