Dear Colleagues, Further to John Youngs' postings...Part 1 see url: https://medium.com/@NafeezAhmed/how-the-cia-made-google-e836451a959e Part 2 see url: https://medium.com/@NafeezAhmed/why-google-made-the-nsa-2a80584c9c1
see url: http://cryptome.org/jya/echelon-dc.htm see url: http://www.pirp.harvard.edu/pubs_pdf/o%27neill/o%27neill-i01-3.pdfThe cat is now out of the bag as far as the surveillance on the internet is concerned. There is no privacy, there is no secrecy, there is no confidentiality, there are no human rights as far as using the internet is concerned. They are all illusions. TOR, TAILs, Encryption, Bitcoin and such like are all in the process of being cracked or have been cracked. Those who use them are most likely to be targetted than those who don't. Most certainly, all encrypted communications are collected, collated and stored until such time as they are decrypted. Metadata rules, followed by content collection.
Any gadgets which comprise the internet of things, anywhere, anytime can be hacked, located, contained, isolated, programmed without one even knowing it...apart from a very small group of people outside of the intelligence agencies who have sufficient political, philosophical, social engineering, computer engineering, information technology and communications skills, who, if they are lucky and really astute can avoid it, but even they will never really know. Computer security is an illusion. There is of course a large group of people within the classified community who at various levels know this also, but much of their knowledge and skills are compartmented, isolated on a need to know basis and very few of them have the wideness of view and philosophy to be able to "connect up the dots", even if they have the inclination. Even the "big yins", those who are supposed to control the behemoths don't have access to everything.
Think tanks are important, some more so than others. For those of you who like to do a bit of research, a bit of reading, which is more than just proving conspiracy theory, or blaming others, then those two urls John Young posted are well worth a follow up. Look carefully at the Highland Group and the Highland Forum. The Highland Forum produces a recommended book list and gives a few names of people who are involved in all sorts of projects from all sorts of backgrounds. The Highland Group has all sorts of interesting information, people involved and projects going on, both in the past, now, and in the future.
For those of you who are new to this sort of thing, may I suggest that you should read through each of the two articles at least 3 times, so that you get an understanding, a comprehension and an assimilation of the knowledge therein. There are many urls contained in the articles which are a research project in themselves. If you have the time and inclination to do this, you will have a better understanding about what our world society is all about, in particular the aims of certain groupings within the United States and the "western powers", regarding power relationships, between governments, each other and other groupings.
There are many connections and interconnections, networks, groupings, which look at different aspects of a situation, many different kinds of projects with many aims. Some of those groupings are in harmony, some are in conflict, some co-operate, some compete...and different groupings, different factions can change just like that and move from support to opposition. Some of them have a legal relationship, others an economic relationship, others still a sociological or consultative relationship. it is all very diverse.
Using ones own noddle, ones own intellectual capital, comes for free...or at least at the cost of many hours, days, years of study and practice, but when one marries up intellectual capital to real capital, the funding and so on, then it can be very difficult to keep up with, never mind to change or even beat. Individual noddles are all very well, but many individual noddles working together improves the knowledge of everyone...and the internet and mailing lists allows that to happen for next to no cost.
Just a few thoughts...:-) . Trying to get the ball rolling...:-) ATB Dougie.