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Surprise! The NSA is tracking around 5 billion mobile phone location records every day

Surprise! The NSA is tracking around 5 billion mobile phone location records every day

Ever read Jeremy Bentham? At first glance, some of his ideas sound pretty reasonable. His happiness principle sounds like a good way to live life, for example. I think that some of his proposed applications of these ideas were too far on the side of insane though. How about his Panopticon, where one watchman could keep an eye on over 100 people, but the people being watched could not see him. The main focus for this was prisons but Bentham considered any public building suitable, hospitals, schools and kindergarten/daycare. Which to me amounts to ruling by fear.

Saying that, he also believed in a transparent surveillance system, so at least you knew you were being watched. It doesn’t sound too far away from what we have at the moment, to be honest. Edward Snowdon’s leaked files have opened many eyes, and we’re still finding terrifying erosions of civil liberties buried in them. Here’s a report from the Washington Post that tells us that the NSA collect around 5 billion phone records every day, all over the world.

Not only do they collect this mindblowing amount of information, based on location, but they are running analysis on this data to find patterns and relationship between connections. They say the data is anonymised and that they use it to track legitimate threats to national security. We now know they do this, but we can’t ever know if they are looking at or analysing our own data. So, it’s ended up being pretty transparent surveillance after all. One entity looking at five billion people sounds very similar to a Panopticon to me.

Last modified onThursday, 05 December 2013 10:06
Kieran McNairn

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+11 # PurpleMonkeyDishwash 2013-12-05 10:50
Fuck you NSA. You can lick my scrot-sac. I hope your mother suffers from lupus and you suffer a long and painful death via cancer of the rectum. You can lick my fucking toe-jam as well because I am currently in the process of sneaking some marijuana on plane with me. Fuck your mother. Fight the power.
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+6 # jt33 2013-12-05 12:51
im scared to vote this up...
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+2 # pokerfacekilla 2013-12-05 18:18
WAKE UP AMERICA
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-7 # Wet Willy 2013-12-06 01:55
I have nothing to hide. I am a patriotic American that loves Ford and sex with men in the San Fransico area... basically a true-blooded American!!!

Let them spy. If you aren't doing anything wrong then you got nothing to worry about.

You are a terrorist if you are concerned about this.
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+1 # Voice of Reason 2013-12-06 21:11
You do know that Ford was a Hitler and Nazi sympathizer, right? There were also reports of him backing Hitler's party financially.
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