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NSA Monitoring your Social Connections: This is Criminal Activity

NSA-criminalsWhat might seem obvious, hasn’t been. And the extent of what the NSA is not just collecting, but watching, is breathtaking.

The latest revelation? Your social connections. As the NY Times reported:

Since 2010, the National Security Agency has been exploiting its huge collections of data to create sophisticated graphs of some Americans’ social connections that can identify their associates, their locations at certain times, their traveling companions and other personal information, according to newly disclosed documents and interviews with officials.

Jim Babka at DownsizeDC says you really should be considering this criminal activity:

This story is about social CONNECTIONS, not social network technology (though it does include that). Now, we learn that since 2010, sophisticated graphs have been compiled of the persons with whom individual Americans associate. They use GPS, emails, passenger manifests, bank codes, Facebook profiles, unspecified tax data, and more. So, the NSA wonders, with whom did you have lunch last week? This is a clear violation of the 4th Amendment, being paid for with money stolen from you. In other words, it’s clear evidence of a crime. And a criminal organization cannot, by definition, be protecting us from crime; therefore it’s not a government.

Over at Amidst the Noise, they sum it up quite well:

The NSA is creating graphs that track our social connections, geographical movements, and communications. Not foreigners or suspected terrorists–of YOU, and me, and other Americans.

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