If you're using tracert, you've got Windows on your computer. Nothing wrong with Windows if you want to use it for a business, or for surfing
around, e-mails, etc. But for geeky stuff you need something a bit more versatile. You might get some of this software ported to Windows, but not
everything is. YMMV.
The word "hack
" is seriously abused. I encourage you to check out the link for more
As for the FBI, what makes you so sure they're not still using Carnivore, or something similar? Just because they say so? I'm not saying the FBI
is a bunch of liars, but the FBI has been known to be very economical with the truth, let's say. We simply don't know what they're up to, and we
have no way to find out.
I am confident that the FBI, or NSA, or some other governmental agency is happily monitoring every single thing we say on the Internet. I don't know
whether they have the ability to analyze this data in realtime, but I'm sure they have the capacity to store it all and pick through it at their
leisure. Fortunately for us, 85% of what they get is ads for penis-enlarging pills, and pleas for help from Nigerian generals, princes, and others
who have millions o dollars in a forgotten account that they need your help to get out o the country.
You know that the government has to be giving special attention to ATS and sites like it. They probably aren't too worried about Aunt Bea's
Knitting Circle or Ferrets Forever. I'm assuming they'd focus more on sites that discuss the faults of the government or the country, that talk too
much about freedom, the Constitution and Bill of Rights, that emphasize peace or unity, racial equality, and all those other subversive notions. Oh,
and animal rights and environmentalists. "Troublemakers".
The government is afraid of anyone who wants to change the status quo
, and anyone who's "different". Different from what? From what the
individuals in government think is the right way to be. That changes, depending on who's in power.
Ah, so let me get of my little soapbox now. I think that someone - maybe everyone - is monitoring all of our communications, using whatever products
they've developed since 2001. I'm sure they're doing it quietly, and will vigorously deny doing anything at all, or breaking the law. I am
equally sure that they are breaking the law. I don't know the names of the products they use, but that probably doesn't matter. It's not like you
can order a copy from Amazon or something.
[edit on 10/12/2009 by chiron613]