Friday, May 12, 2006

What's next?

I watched Keith Olbermann last night with my roommate. Keith spent about half the show on the NSA phone database. Quoth the roomie: "This is probably just a diversion from something even more outrageous." Paranoid much, are we?

Probably just a realist. Think Progress gives us this cheery thought for the weekend:
CongressDaily reports that former NSA staffer Russell Tice will testify to the Senate Armed Services Committee next week that not only do employees at the agency believe the activities they are being asked to perform are unlawful, but that what has been disclosed so far is only the tip of the iceberg.
Any guesses? Hint: Watch the skies. They're probably watching you.


Anonymous said...

From the "what do I know" department: Sounds like a reasonable guess to me. John Perry Barlow coined—or at least used—the vivid metaphor, "digital slime trail" and wrote about TIA back in 2002. He finds the all seeing eye on our dollar bill a prophetic image. Worth rereading.

excerpt: "This could ultimately include your bank statements, your grocery purchases, your grades in school, what you checked out from the library, your e-mails, your tax returns, your phone call records, all the porn movies you've ever watched in Marriott Hotels, every place you filled your car over the last year, the record of your scuba dives, your medical costs - indeed, everything that makes up the thick digital slime trail we all leave behind us in a deeply digitized society. Having assembled all these yottabytes (that's 2 to the 80th power) it would then data-mine the whole matrix in search of patterns that might correspond to evil-doing."


Michael Markman said...

Concern for Tice's safety was the first thing that crossed my mind when I read that he was ballyhooing his testimony.

Michael Markman said...

But then I thought... well... in this world "they" probably know what he's up to anyway. (And look at us... discussing this on the public internets where the scary bald general can track us. Yikes!