By Kathryn Muratore | This past week, the head of the Chinese National Counterintelligence Executive (NCIX) held a press conference noting that “Somebody with a wireless device in the US should expect it to be compromised while he’s there.”
Oh wait, no, that didn’t happen.
In a case of the pot calling the kettle black, the US NCIX told Americans traveling abroad that their electronic devices (such as laptops and cell phones) could be compromised by foreign spies.
Curiously, there was no mention of the domestic spying conducted every day by a plethora of US intelligence agencies.
And while the PRC may indeed be tracking your movements and attempting to spy on your online activity, the current US administration has no moral high ground to stand on, as it has:
– created a militarized cyber command to conduct covert espionage on digital properties, both foreign and potentially domestic
– used the NSA and other intelligence agencies to intercept all electronic communication
– enacted dozens of anti-privacy statutes including the PATRIOT Act and REAL ID
– amended FISA to immunize companies that operate wiretapping stations and retroactively legalize any potential illegalities
– compiled an ever increasing dragnet dubiously called the “No Fly List” which has more than a million suspects
– continued to operate and upgrade ECHELON listening stations domestically and overseas
Last year Judge Napolitano discussed these intrusions in length at the summer FFF convention, noting then that the NSA is also provided a backdoor to track and monitor all cellular devices.
And not content with strip searching you in public a new Homeland Security policy allows the US government to confiscate (indefinitely) and search any electronic device at any port of entry.
Thus, ignoring star chambers, detention camps, extraordinary rendition, and PLA torture techniques, no amount of foreign borrowing could prop up the insolvent nature of the US administrations moral bankruptcy and brazen disregard for individual privacy.