What do we Do about the NSA ?NSA , intercepting traffic on sub sea cables and recording that traffic.
NSA , intecepting phone calls inside of america , claiming they only listen in on meta data .
NSA , repeatedly lying to their own senate, and getting caught.
NSA , sharing information with the FBI , so they can "create parrallel lines of investigation" to convict (read that "Frame" ) drug dealers, their right to defend themselves and face their accusers effectively revoked by divine fiat (oops... presidential fiat , I meant to say)
Hmm... do I really want to get into the part where we're defending drug dealers ? Isn't that Ichy ? Well...how do we know they're drug dealers ... because they were convicted ... Oh right ... they were framed, the conviction is a fantasy of the FBI's "perfect case" that doesn't require a shred of real evidence, becuase the 'real evidence' is actually highly illegal to bring into a court so they just made stuff up.
Rather like convicting me because you know where my phone was , but tracking my phone is illegal , so you'll pay an informant to say I was at 9th and Trembley , oh I deny it I must be lying of course people who commit crimes lie ! , and deny me the opportunity to point out that my girlfriends phone died that day so i lent her mine until she could recharge hers ...
NSA sabataged encryption standards , so as to hack and read anyones messages.
NSA writes malware to infect computers owned by people they don't like.
NSA has committed industrial espionage (Petrobrazil , hacked their computers to see what their bid was on a Brazilian project and give the information to a competing american corperation so the american could win , which is why brazil has been ticked at USA for over a year now ... )
On and on , and every day new revelations.
What do we do about these terrible , terrible people ?
Not a dang thing.Huh ? Excuse me ,you just went on for a whole page about their terrible crimes. What do you mean not a dang thing ?
The USA has made a number of promises. Promises about being a great democracy , a beacon of freedom, a safe haven for capitalism. And quite frankly , it has fallen down and broken many of those promises. No question at all about it.
But it is still a better place to live than Russia. As much as I admire Edward Snowden and consider him a hero for unveiling the dishonesty of the NSA , and in truth the entire USA (ie: Obama is backing up the NSA to the hilt, so we gotta blame the whole government , it isn't just "one rogue branch" ) , as much as I admire him , I have no intention of joining him in russia.
As much as I admire China's efforts to get another operating system off the the ground and kick the windows habit , that admiration stems from a need for all of us , all nations (except the USA) needing to kick the windows habit, and it's good to pay attention to the guy going first so you don't make the mistakes he made. I have no intention of moving to china , and I certainly don't applaude their endless cycle of human rights violations (except maybe against the muslim radicals ...) I merely watch with the interest of one who knows we are next in line to walk the same path.
Because lets face it. You can't plant spy devices in stuff when people are watching you. They'll say things like "That's a USA phone ? You know the NSA is listenning on everything you do , right ? Oh ,and they share that info wtih the FBI and even local law enforcement, so the average cop on the street is probably listenning in on your phone as well "
If you are a foriegn government building a secure network , and the USA twists your arm and makes you sign a treaty saying USA corperations (whom you KNOW FOR CERTAIN will plant bugs in that suddenly not so secure network) are allowed to bid , and they routinley underbid local corperations , guess what ? You don't have to accept anyone's bid . You can turn around and decide you aint going to waste the money , because it's supposed to be a secure netowrk , and it obviously isn't secure.
And if they force you to bulid it anyways, you will build the crappiest , most worthless "secure" network you can get away with it , and then warn everyone within a country mile it's being spied on they shouldn't use it. Then you'll stop paying the bills to maintain it and let it slowly fall apart.
I predict the rise of a new kind of secure network. And it will be called "Sneaker Net". And it will be guys in sneakers with security clearances and usb sticks and chits for unlimited taxi rides running back and forth all over the capital city of every nation in the world. And it will be ok for them to talk with the cabbie , because they have no idea whats on the usb sticks they carry so they can't reveil anything anyways.
I predict Joe Average will stop using the current , infested internet . He will have no choice. The number of hacking incidents is always rising. And after your bank account gets cleared out a time or two , you kind of get the picture maybe this internet is crap , and you don't care that people blame you for having a weak password or what not , you just know you can't make rent this month because some russian (or chinese) hackers just cleared you out.
I predict Joe Average will lay some cable of his own so his near by neibours and himself can share information without some hackers on the other side of the world getting copies. I predict this cabling will be artfully not mentioned to anyone in authority, because that annoying TIPPS or TAPPS or whatever it is treaty just may come into force , rendering such "private networks" totally illegal , but people will do them anyways.
I predict people meeting at coffee shops , with lap tops , and ignoring the free wifi , as they sit and chat and drink their copy , and exchange usb sticks, and copy data back and forth , and return the usb sticks, keeping a copy of the information. All without any of it being transmitted over the air or across a wire for any intelligence agency or hacker anywhere to copy.
I predict MMO games (online virtual worlds) will become one of the few applications to remain on the old network , for a time, because you pretty much know you're associating with a bunch of total strangers and you're not going to reviel your life secrets to them. But even that time may be limited, because even this last week , the beginning of September 2014 , a group of hackers tried to take down World of Warcraft , one of the largest MMO's on the planet. And in five years, who knows, maybe they'll succeed in knocking it off , at which point the internet will likely be declared unusuable and be scrapped anyways.
Won't that be a hoot. NSA invests all this effort into forcing everyone onto this one , single internet , one with no security they havn't sabataged , so they can spy on the world. Woopsie ... can't actually use the thing it's full of spammers and hackers and black mailers who keep knocking your servers off line ! Ferget about it lets try something different ...