50 Years After Dr. King: The NSA is Developing Tools to Prevent New Movements for Social Justice and Individual Freedoms
Dr.Martin Luther King was targeted by the U.S. Government’s COINTELPRO, which used intelligence and surveillance technologies of the day, as well as infiltration and violence ...
By Carl Messineo
Partnership for Civil Justice Fund Legal Director
Winston Smith, the protagonist in Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984 spent much of his time writing in his diary in the one corner of his flat which the Government’s mass surveillance technologies could not reach. It was his only vestige of privacy from government spying.
The NSA intends to deny each of us even a corner of privacy where our intimate communications, personal and political associations and transactions cannot be scooped up and warehoused systematically by government technology.
Today the New York Times and The Guardian reported that U.S. and British intelligence have, covertly and/or with the approval of Internet and technology companies, inserted secret vulnerabilities or “back doors” into the encryption software we use every day. The financial scope of this operation code-named “Bull Run” is over 10 times that which is expended on the notorious PRISM domestic spying program. The documents establishing this come from disclosures made by whistleblower Edward Snowden.
The target of this and related programs? Outlook.com, Skype, Hotmail, Google, Yahoo, Facebook. The intent is to subvert every form of commercial encryption, the encryption algorithms used to transmit and protect your banking transactions, to store medical information, Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), and more.