The Electronic Frontier Foundation has put together a site that seems geared towards educating people about “digital defense” in this Orwellian era of pervasive electronic surveillance. Incidentally, the NSA whistleblower Russell Tice came forward last week on Keith Olbermann’s television show (also part 2) about the scope of communications eavesdropping being done, and confirms what all us “crazies” have been ranting about for almost a decade now – not only do they have it all available, but when analysts (Tice’s former role in the NSA) go to sieve out metadata to match for something they are looking for, such as all 2-minute phone conversations between, say, Florida and Kansas (such domestic wiretapping where both endpoints are domestic is not supposed to be in the domain of the NSA), the dragnet gets ALL of those calls to analyze and store, not just the ones they are targetting for “terrorist” activity.
Furthermore, he said that there were orders to go specifically after journalist organizations, and I think it was at that point that he decided he didn’t want to be an accomplice and started to speak out. Naturally he got fired and demonized, but him, the lovely Sibel Edmonds, Ray McGovern and other similar figures got together and formed the National Security Whistleblower’s Coalition as they saw a convergence in this increasing abuse of governmental power.
That’s just what he’s willing to say on national television. NSA’s already building a huge datacenter in San Antonio, TX, undoubtedly in part to further facilitate such activities. It’s clear that every American on the Internet, regardless of their level of technical competence, needs to know how to take some basic countermeasures to this kind of activity to thwart this invasion into personal, private communications that are supposed to be protected by the 4th Amendment to our Constitution. Also, the message needs to be sent out that this totalitarian behavior will not be tolerated and we as a nation will simply bulldoze over it and continue to be free thinkers.
I already link the more radical “How to Exit the Matrix” write-up here on my blog that, despite being informative and thorough, is not for everyone. This EFF site should be a more mainstream alternative for those who can’t just disappear from “the grid” and assume a gazillion identities on underground black markets.
More on NSA’s “secret rooms” at telephone companies here, just in case you think such things are unsubstantiated rumors.