Were you told that the government had forced the telephone company to install a secret bug in every telephone, a bug that allowed the government to listen to anyone’s calls, where would you expect that? Nazi Germany? Soviet Russia? Communist China? Never America! But it seems that the NSA has somehow installed hidden software in the hard drives of PC’s sold to millions … secret spyware that allows the U.S. Government to eavesdrop on the buyers of those computers. It seems obvious that the Feds have leaned on the computer manufacturers who, now that the word is out, will find some sales difficult. Thanks, Uncle Sam! Who needs jobs at computer makers anyway!
Poor Edward Snowden tried to tell us. He now has to live as a watched Russian for his pains. What it appears to amount to, is that there is no phone in the U.S. and likely the world, that today, is not available to our government. Increasingly, the same applies to the Internet. Murphy warned us: “What can happen, will happen!”
In today’s form of warfare, guiding smart bombs to the bad guys while avoiding civilians is a premium. (For us, not for the bad guys.) This requires effective intelligence on the ground. Such intelligence often comes from tapped communications. And both U.S. military and Islamic terrorists rely heavily upon internet style communication. Listening in is a useful weapon. At home, it advances the lists of friends and enemies.
We had heard that NSA had leaned on the big Internet service providers for access to the Web. Now we are told that computer makers aren’t clean either. No surprise, unfortunately. And now the FCC, the FTC and the FEC are all lined up trying to use regulation under old laws to justify their taking control of the Internet. What can happen, will happen … especially, when nobody much cares. Our brave new world of technology is becoming more interesting all the time. And we can’t say that our governors aren’t listening to us …