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Me, today. 5.23.12. Who’s Spying on You?

OK so maybe “spy” is a strong word, but it’s pretty damn close. Today I read an article about how the National Security Agency has become the largest, most covert, and potentially most intrusive intelligence agency ever. Here’s a small blurb.

Under construction by contractors with top-secret clearances, the blandly named Utah Data Center is being built for the National Security Agency. A project of immense secrecy, it is the final piece in a complex puzzle assembled over the past decade. Its purpose: to intercept, decipher, analyze, and store vast swaths of the world’s communications as they zap down from satellites and zip through the underground and undersea cables of international, foreign, and domestic networks. The heavily fortified $2 billion center should be up and running in September 2013. Flowing through its servers and routers and stored in near-bottomless databases will be all forms of communication, including the complete contents of private emails, cell phone calls, and Google searches, as well as all sorts of personal data trails—parking receipts, travel itineraries, bookstore purchases, and other digital “pocket litter.” It is, in some measure, the realization of the “total information awareness” program created during the first term of the Bush administration—an effort that was killed by Congress in 2003 after it caused an outcry over its potential for invading Americans’ privacy.

WHAT!?!?! Are you friggin kidding me? How is this NOT an invasion of privacy?!?! The article goes on to detail other uses of this data center, but the most concerning part is the above. I cannot fathom the creators imagining this would be remotely acceptable by the public, and exactly the reason why this has been kept secret. Read the full article here. http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/03/ff_nsadatacenter/all/1

Part of being an intelligent and independent woman is being well informed. Seek out these types of stories on various topics. These days it’s hard, there are so many sources and so many publications, where do you go to get a simple, quick blurb? I use Zite. It’s a free iPhone and iPad magazine app that gives you the world’s top stories by category (letting you choose what categories you see) in a short 1-2 paragraph article. Get out there and be empowered by knowledge.

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