Posts tagged National security
We learned last week, on the May 1 edition of CNN’s Out Front with Erin Burnett, that our government has been spying on all of us for years. In the relevant portion of the transcript, former FBI counterterrorism agent Tim Clemente tells us so matter-of-factly that he almost seems surprised that we didn’t already know:
BURNETT: Tim, is there any way, obviously, there is a voice mail they can try to get the phone companies to give that up at this point. It’s not a voice mail. It’s just a conversation. There’s no way they actually can find out what happened, right, unless she tells them?
CLEMENTE: “No, there is a way. We certainly have ways in national security investigations to find out exactly what was said in that conversation. It’s not necessarily something that the FBI is going to want to present in court, but it may help lead the investigation and/or lead to questioning of her. We certainly can find that out.
BURNETT: “So they can actually get that? People are saying, look, that is incredible.
CLEMENTE: “No, welcome to America. All of that stuff is being captured as we speak whether we know it or like it or not.”
At this point I don’t see any harm in discussing it, though I’ve known about this for longer than I’d care to admit. One of the difficult aspects of working in the security realm is that I hear many things from many sources, and quite a few of them involve topics I can’t (or won’t) divulge to others. So it is in this case.
But now that the cat is out of the bag, it’s worth looking at this a bit more thoroughly. (more…)
A while back I posted an article, in which I mentioned that the next war is likely to have a significant cyber component to it.
Fans of the graphic novel V for Vendetta (or the film adaptation) will recognize in the photo the use of the masks of anonymity associated with Guy Fawkes, who was part of a failed attempt to blow up the British Parliament in 1605. Fawkes made his attempt to overthrow the government under a false persona. Hence the use of the mask is often associated with attempts to overthrow totalitarian regimes through the use of anonymity and solidarity.
The trigger for Anonymous’s attack was a direct, public threat made by HBGary’s CEO, Aaron Barr, to the Anonymous group to expose their constituents. Two weeks ago, Peter Bright published an article on Ars Technica outlining how the attacks took place.