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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > People Don’t Care That Government Is Spying

People Don’t Care That Government Is Spying

People Don’t Care That Government Is Spying

Added: Wednesday, November 6th, 2013
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Right To Share
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According to researches, most people don’t worry that the authorities are collecting their personal information, even after Edward Snowden’s revelations exposed a terrifying level of the surveillance.

The observers point out that there is very little public disquiet about government surveillance. The recent poll revealed that 42% of respondents believe the security services have balanced powers to spy on ordinary people, and a further 22% said they didn’t have enough powers. When asked whether Snowden’s leaks were a good or a bad thing, 43% of respondents believed they were bad and only 35% thought they were good.


Perhaps, the level of public complacency about the shocking leaks was a reflection simply of ignorance. After all, most Internet users have no idea about how the web works and so may be very naive about the implications of the authorities being able to read everyone’s email metadata and call logs.

The alarming fact is how relaxed many of the professional peers seem to be about it. To them, the recent leaks only confirm what they had suspected. For some reason, the discovery that our societies have managed to achieve Orwellian levels of surveillance only makes them smile wryly or shrug. This level of passive acceptance can be found quite scary.

Even the journalists seem to have succumbed either to a weird kind of spiteful envy, or to a desire to behave as the unpaid stenographers to the security services and their political masters. This could be seen before in the visceral hatred directed towards WikiLeaks and Julian Assange by the mainstream media in Britain and the United States.

Just a few days ago a welcome sign could be seen in the US, where some people in journalism have woken up to the existential threat posed by the National Security Agency to their profession – and, by implication, to political freedom. A group of researchers from Columbia Journalism School and the MIT Center for Civic Media have recently submitted a paper on “the effects of mass surveillance on the practice of journalism”, where they
argued that what the agency was doing was incompatible with the existing law protecting the confidentiality of journalist-source communications. They also claimed that the climate of secrecy around mass surveillance was harming journalism, because their sources couldn’t know exactly when they are monitored, or how intercepted data might be used against them. The NSA should supposedly defend freedom, but it seems all the wrong way...

November 6th,2013

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Date:  Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Comments (19) (please add your comment »)

posted by Turtle (2013-11-06 13:29:41)
Warwicked avatarThe level of public complacency is definitely a reflection of ignorance. Also a lack of value on the rights we as a society have been led to believe we have.

posted by Trusted UploadermenTurtle (2013-11-06 15:40:29)
Thoughtcrim avatarSadly, the grazing sheeple have apathetically allowed their "rights" to become "privileges".

posted by (2013-11-06 18:35:53)
peloe309 avataryou have to ask yourself - who are the people being asked the questions - most people dont have a clue when it comes to government infringements on individuals privacy - also i agree with Thoughtcrim's comment - " the grazing sheeple have apathetically allowed their "rights" to become "privileges"."

posted by ET loverSuperman (2013-11-06 19:15:31)
tonymengela avatarI'm sorry but the title to this article is very incorrect, the only thing I can say is the research questions must have only been asked at the main NSA office. I have not met one person yet that thinks this is great and I talk to quite a few people. Sorry but NO Person thinks its ok to just have your privacy invaded,,, thats just BS

posted by Blocked (2013-11-06 19:17:04)
lololy avatarThe Title is incorrect

posted by Blocked (2013-11-06 22:52:15)
majordik avatarThe observers point out that there is very little public disquiet about government surveillance. The recent poll revealed that 42% of respondents believe the security services have balanced powers to spy on ordinary people, and a further 22% said they didn’t have enough powers. When asked whether Snowden’s leaks were a good or a bad thing, 43% of respondents believed they were bad and only 35% thought they were good.

No one asked me?

Appears their so called "poll" more likely was only about 100 people that work for the spying agency's..

posted by (2013-11-07 00:44:45)
No avatarThis idea that nobody cares is propaganda to make you (the enemy) feel isolated and alone. this is utter garbage. this is an attempt to silence people.

posted by Turtle (2013-11-07 01:24:28)
No avatar80-90% of people I run into agree, it's TREASON. It's a war on the public. YOU ARE THE ENEMY in the eyes of the NS(S)A. Unfortunately, many think they're powerless to stop it, and many ARE ignorant.

Some think they have nothing to hide. Those are the same retards that take a pic of their kid in gradma's yard with an Iphone, put it on facebook, and say the kid will be there while they're on vacation. They think that because they are innocent morons, that there's no reason to be concerned about disclosing such data. The reality is that a bad guy can tell the GPS coordinates of Grandma's house, abduct your kid and kill your mother just because you're an idiot that thinks they have nothing to hide.

The reality is that the NS(S)A's capabilities are vastly beyond this, and simply having a badge or title doesn't mean you aren't a criminal, willing to participate in waging war on your own nation, violating your neighbors rights, the law, and common decency as the NSSA has done.

Many also are clueless as to the scope. A kid can hack your phone and know everything about you, but that's nothing. The NSS(ubversion)A is forming associations with metadata. This alone is catastrophic. Imagine if Hitler could type "jew" or "torah" and get a list of not just people that talked about it, but the people they have ever talked to, their family, their habits, hangouts, clubs, etc. Now imagine he had ARGUS and HELLADS drones(look it up) hunting them.

Remember that the next time you take your phone(GPS) somewhere and ask yourself what you would do if a drone tracked you thhere and fired a missile or laser at you. Then ask youself if it's worth it.

posted by (2013-11-07 04:16:15)
qualisar avatarbelieve we care not for the undoin is at hand. No longer are the public playtoes and free labor. The domino effect is occuring and the people are uniting know for they have seen w2hat you did not want them to see. Your time is numbered!

posted by (2013-11-07 04:57:37)
Rockman avatarThink they need more powers to catch more bad guys; all countries spy on their own folks and other countries world wide .

posted by (2013-11-07 05:02:33)
No avatarI suspect that article is a plant from the NSA.
What I know is that the Law says :

"No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference."
Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 12

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized"
US Constitution - 4th Ammendement

"Those who trade freedom for security always find themselves with neither one nor the other"
Benjamin Franklyn

posted by Turtle (2013-11-07 06:21:48)
No avatar@Disgusted Right on!
"Patriotism is supporting your country all the time and your government when it deserves it."
---Mark Twain

@10 They ARE the bad guys. Just because the Nazis do it doesn't mean we have to to defeat them. If you want the nation to compete with fascist dictatorships to see who can tyrannically oppress people more, then you're a traitor too. To the NS(S)A YOU are the bad guy if you blow the whistle on criminal activity like Snowden did. That's why they're spying on you to start with- to protect themselves from accountability.

posted by (2013-11-07 07:58:30)
alchemy316 avatarsnowden in many eyes did not have to go to china and did not have to go russia .. alot of you seem to miss the point yes the nsa did and does shitty things but other avenues could have been taken . an ex nsa director stated leak all the docs before snowden to derail his importance . now we see what happens all these countries spy on each other data deals are coming . i agree with each and all points here i cannot disagree with opinion at all my opinion is snowden gave us names to things we only speculated over , russia sees him as important now while he has docs but remove that what happens to him ? will the germans protect him from the us or is this pending dc talk gonna prove washington double talk prevail once again. most people just dont understand the scop of all this they hear spying and have no idea what that entails. ask me this will change things yes to the public eye but if the nsa and us gov and uk chose to leak out this info before him they will have to rapidly revamp. lets hope people wake up and stop fearing the unknown and remember we still have power.

posted by men (2013-11-07 08:29:22)
solyd avatarSome great comments here @ 2, 4, 6, 7, and 8, especially @ 4 and 7. @7 echoes my sentiments exactly. I logged into youtube this morning and am notified that most comments no longer come to my youtube inbox, they are now delivered to me by google+ via email or sms to my phone. WOW. A new setup to make it easier for the spying control freaks to easily monitor/access most youtube comments. Unbelievable. Youtube being monitored is nothing new but obviously this switch to comments available to view in email and sms, makes it easier for them.

posted by men (2013-11-07 09:39:51)
solyd avatarafter making that comment above, I got logged out and could not log back in to comment, even after rebooting my PC, eventually tried to message oziman for asistance and as I tried to send the message it logged me back out. Tried to log back in and got a red message saying my ip address was banned. I tried to download something and it allowed me but would not allow me to log in. used c cleaner and now I am back in able to comment. Is that normal? Seems weird to me.

posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2013-11-07 23:17:07)
Embolism avatar@solyd well I hope you are`nt on windows and not using a dodgy proxy if so I hope you have encrypted HDD or promptly wiped HDD since if your seeing the ISP notification that you are blocked then there is a good chance your IP is logged and those foot falls on the stairs might not be the missus with your Hot chocolate,also hope you are using an android phone with Orweb and Orbot or they have your location through windows O/S whether you think your GPS is off or not and even more dangerous if you have an account rather than pay as you go or you top up with a credit card,not wanting you to feel more paranoid than the rest of us.Ultimately it`s not always what information you have but the intrusion into your life which should be paramount and the effect on everyones psyche from this American and GCHQ spying which has proved all but fruitless in the USA and only benefits the NSA and Federal authorities in the UK.

posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2013-11-08 01:13:35)
Embolism avatarAmerica and it`s global partnership are now not only controlling which sites the masses can go to,interfering in news reporting,monitoring and controlling the media, but in such behavior are influencing the people with imbued paranoia,neurosis and preying on their fears to manipulate them into distrust,xenophobia and an all consuming acceptance that what is told to them by their Government is and has to be the truth,after all the NSA and Government would`nt lie would they.

posted by (2013-11-08 04:42:22)
rebornawareness avatarWhat free Journalist??? Journalist are mostly a bunch of scumbags who have sold their sole for their position. Else they might be mind controlled slaves, same as celebrities and musicians. I heard the worlds food supply is controlled by 6 companies what makes the writer think the media is any different?? Of course, the writer is part of that controlled media. That's why He or she seems so ignorant and misinformed about Journalists, who would kick their own mother to get that job on T.V. as opposed to the hundreds of other people wanting the same job. They shouldn't be thought of as a vehicle for justice and to get truth out, but rather as a vehicle for disinformation, cover ups and brainwashing.

posted by ET loverSuperman (2013-11-08 12:04:08)
tonymengela avatar@ 14 it is new Youtube policy, you cannot comment unless you are bonded with gooogle+ as much as I'm sure spying has a lot to do with it, it really boils down to google making you use their social network. It is googles way to get millions of new subscribers to them through Youtube.

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