Need more reasons to feel paranoid about the NSA? Watch this.

This is a terrific presentation from tech researcher and journalist Jacob Appelbaum. At December's Chaos Computer Congress in Hamburg, he presented the latest documented revelations about how deep the NSA spying rabbit hole really goes.


Appelbaum timed his talk to come out at the same time as a Der Spiegel article detailing the discovery of an NSA group called TAO, which helps the agency spy on citizens' private computers — even intercepting computer deliveries to add backdoors to targeted people's machines. Working with the German news magazine, Appelbaum carefully explains what he found and how it affects ordinary people around the world.

The extreme overzealousness of the NSA's spying programs has been revealed bit by bit in the wake of whistleblower Edward Snowden's revelations last year. Now, even conservative politicians like Republican Sen. Rand Paul are saying that the NSA is going too far. Paul recently threatened to sue the federal government for spying on its own citizens.


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y'know there's a way to legislate this so that "everybody wins".

they eavesdrop on anyone they want to, however they want to - for their stated purpose: stopping terrorists and national defense.


if they find out anything else about you that's criminal, it becomes completely inadmissable and useless in prosecuting you. not hip on legal stuff but i think it's called "fruit of the poisoned tree" or something?

this would actually DISINCENTIVIZE the government from doing overbroad sweeps and surveillance... because if they inadvertently come upon really incriminating stuff on you while they're looking for terrorists, they just torched their own case against you.

in my mind, this is win win win.

and hey, maybe we can use the NSA as a tax payer funded "life alert"!