Late yesterday, the Wall Street Journal revealed that the U.S. Department of Justice is using airplanes equipped with “dirtbox” technology to hack into Americans’ cell phones from the air. (Read all about it in The Guardian) This technology converts an airplane into a fake cell
Yes, military. Let us not forget that the National Security Agency is a branch of the U.S. military. You’ve already learned, thanks to the revelation by the Washington Post today, that the most massively armed military on the planet has been collecting tracking information on
There is no reasonable security justification for daily espionage against 5/7 of the world’s population. This is constant spying beyond even Big Brother in size.
342,651: The number of signatures on the most popular petition on the White House web site, a petition to impose government regulation on the Westboro Baptist Church because many Americans find the church to be hateful. 114,184: The number of signatures on the second most
There are 200 responses to their survey so far, and out of those 200, only 10 law enforcement agencies told the ACLU that they do not track cell phones. What’s more, most of those police departments and county and state law enforcement agencies that do track cell phones report obtaining search warrants to do so only in a minority of cases.
There is no requirement that the owners of electronic equipment be suspected of any crime or any other form of wrongdoing. Homeland Security will take your computer at will, without explanation, just because it wants to, and you might never get it back.
People are indeed in danger, but mostly we’re not in danger because of terrorism. Far greater are the threats that come from the way that our lives have been redesigned in order to support a large population through technology. Many more lives would be saved, and much more suffering would be eliminated, if our federal government spent less time worrying about Homeland Security, and more time considering how to make our homes more secure from the dangers of day-to-day exposure to the dangerous artifacts of our technological society.