How far is too far?

I don’t know about you but I’m terrified of the National Security Agency.

If you’re not, soak in this lengthy New York Times article and get back to me.

I’m not sure if I’m more upset by activities of the N.S.A. or by the fact that they have been conducting them in complete invisibly. I don’t want to get myself in too much trouble — they are watching — but if all that Edward Snowden did was reveal these activities are happening, right under our noses, then I say, “Go Ed.”

Just when we thought we had learned the most stunning revelations about the N.S.A., more has be found in the leaked files.

bigbrotherAccording to the Times,

“The agency has circumvented or cracked much of the encryption, or digital scrambling, that guards global commerce and banking systems, protects sensitive data like trade secrets and medical records, and automatically secures the e-mails, Web searches, Internet chats and phone calls of Americans and others around the world, [Snowden’s] documents show.”

So basically, anytime a website or trustworthy institution promises the information you give them is safe and encrypted, guess what? Doesn’t matter to the N.S.A.

The Times article continues,

“Beginning in 2000, as encryption tools were gradually blanketing the Web, the N.S.A. invested billions of dollars in a clandestine campaign to preserve its ability to eavesdrop. Having lost a public battle in the 1990s to insert its own ‘back door’ in all encryption, it set out to accomplish the same goal by stealth.”

For a government institution, owned by the People if I’m not mistaken, the agency appears to be working like some rogue entity on a ruthless mission to remove all traces of privacy in an ever-digitized world, and it has seemingly limitless powers in accomplishing this goal.

“… the agency used its influence as the world’s most experienced code maker to covertly introduce weaknesses into the encryption standards followed by hardware and software developers around the world.”

I really, really don’t want to be the crazy conspiracy guy who thinks the government is after him. Perhaps my only relief is that I’m pretty sure I don’t have anything incriminating to hide. But is that how America or any “free” society” should work? ‘If you don’t do anything wrong, then you shouldn’t have anything to hide‘???

I don’t know what to say, and I’m probably like most people in not knowing how upset I should be.

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