More bad news about the online surveillance methods used to nab terrorists, but are ultimately more likely to collect information on you, your friends and what you like to surf for online.
Instead of recording only what a particular suspect is doing, agents conducting investigations appear to be assembling the activities of thousands of Internet users at a time into massive databases, according to current and former officials. That database can subsequently be queried for names, e-mail addresses or keywords.
Such a technique is broader and potentially more intrusive than the FBI’s Carnivore surveillance system, later renamed DCS1000. It raises concerns similar to those stirred by widespread Internet monitoring that the National Security Agency is said to have done, according to documents that have surfaced in one federal lawsuit, and may stretch the bounds of what’s legally permissible.
Seriously people, this is getting pretty tiring. We can’t put everybody’s rights on hold because there may be a few dozen people out there talking about blowing something up in an online forum. It’s just not right. And remember, they’re keeping all that data. They don’t purge what they don’t use. Storage is cheap, cheap, cheap and apparently so are our civil rights.
Trust me…this new program is bad, bad, really quite bad. I’d reprint the entire story here, but that would be tacky and I’m counting on you to read the whole thing since, you know, you’re online.
I mean, it’s not like anybody’s watching…